A plea To Polk Audio

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by paulBAW, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. paulBAW

    paulBAW Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2003
    Messages:
    57
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I have this thread posted on the Polk Audio forms but I feel so strongly about it I have decided to post it on this forum as well.


    A plea to Polk Audio
    I seriously would like to know why Polk Audio doesn't (can't) get their higher end product like their LSi series of speakers into higher end stereo shops not only in my area (Toronto, Canada) but in the United States as well. The Polk Audio LSi's can compete with Paradigm Studio's, PSB Stratus, Energy Veritas, Monitor Audio's, B & W's, and Klipsh to name but a few. But for some reason or another I get the impression that Polk would rather hide their products.

    This is two fold really. I have a friend who wanted to hear the Polk Audio LSi's, after searching around we found one (!!!!) vendor in eastern Ontario. We set-out for the 30min drive. When we got there we listened to the Polk Audio LSi9's and LSi15's. The disc was the Rolling Stones on SACD. After the audition we left and talked about what we had heard. My friend was laughing at me, because I had be thinking about these speakers for some time. He wasn't impressed at all with the sound. Both of us knew that alot of this had to do with the room and surrounding equipment. Our "audition" system was an entry Level Sony ES Home Theater receiver, a $200 Sony DVD player. 50 cent RCA's and lampcord cable. The room was large, open, wooden floors and generally bright. All this to demo $2600 and $1500 CDN speakers. The salesman knew nothing about the speakers only that he could give us a "deal".

    15minutes after listening to that demo we stopped by another stereo shop. A much higher end vendor. We were met by an older gentleman who gladly showed us around. My friend was dying to listen to some PSB Mini Stratus, having just heard the Polk Audio LSi's. The gentleman glady put on our disc in a Pioneer Elite 47 DVD player and Elite VX-45 receiver. Audioquest was both the speaker wire and interconnects all around. The room was treated and the speakers properly brought out 3 feet from the wall. My friend looked at me with glee. The sound was fuller, the soundstage wider and midbass more accurate. I have had alot of experience with PSB speakers and even though the majority of what the PSB's did was much better, I thought the strengths of the Polk Audios outweighted them, and the weaknesses could be covered by better connects, source and amps. I still took a gamble though, because the PSB's did sound better. I had to "imagine" what the LSi's would sound like with better equipment.

    My friend still hasn't heard these speakers on my setup yet. I can't wait till he does. He's typical really, no different then I was 3 years ago. If it aint in high end store it's probably not very high end. I kinda get sick of the Paradigm diehards telling me I was crazy for not buying Studios. They have probably never heard the LSi's on the same equipment as their Studio's. Not really because they dont want too, probably more to do with they simply can't.

    The other problem I face now, is that I want to upgrade my CD player. Now normally if I were to buy speakers like the other brands mentioned I'd have no problems going into a higher end specialty shop which carried those same speakers and other higher end gear like NAD, Rotel, Arcam, Bryston, etc...It would have been nice to go to a retailer and buy Polk Audio LSi9's then come back maybe 6-12 months later and get that great little Rotel CD player they showed me. I could have listened to it on my exact same speakers I owned. Now I am forced to take my SACD player with me, compare it to other brands, Rotel, NAD, Arcam and imagine how my new CD player might sound on my LSi's. I could get a home audition if I tried I suppose but I think you get my point.

    Polk Audio LSi's are a very nice product. This is more of a suggestion then a rant. I wouldn't have taken the time to write this if I didn't honestly want to see Polk's sell or be distributed via better retail outlets. You guys have a great product in the LSi lineup, I just wish you would allow people better places to hear them. I have heard many Americans have had the same problems as well. Great speakers, nowhere to hear them. The RT and RTi lineups are avaliable at many Big Box locations, I wish the LSi's were given a chance to shine in nicer shops where I can demo other equipment along with them. Just a suggestion.
     
  2. Steve_D

    Steve_D Second Unit

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 1999
    Messages:
    299
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The answer is simple, and this comes from someone whose 1st "good" speakers were Polks. And who was considering some LSI9's on the advice of someone I trust for speaker advice, so I am not ripping on their excellent LSI line. Polk sold out. Like Pioneer before them, Polk became more concerned with profits then decent sound. Smaller Audio shops got cut out of the deal, with Crutchfield and Circuit City and the like forcing prices and quality down. Some of the company founders left. It was downhill from there. Pioneer took years to come back with their high end lines. It will take Polk the same.

    Today, I can get a pair of Polk LSI9's for less than $600 shipped on the net. What audio shop is going to carry these, only to have most customers pick up the phone and call an internet wholesaler?

    Instead of bemoaning Polk, I prefer to support the companies that support our hobby. There are plenty to choose from, both the larger B&M suppliers like Paradigm, PSB, and Energy, and numerous, high quality small speaker builders like SVS, ACI, Tyler, GMA, etc...
     
  3. anthony_b

    anthony_b Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2000
    Messages:
    1,071
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  4. Burke Strickland

    Burke Strickland Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 1997
    Messages:
    271
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  5. Jaime B

    Jaime B Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    May 28, 2002
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Steve_D and Burke:

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] !!!


    JaimeB
     
  6. paulBAW

    paulBAW Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2003
    Messages:
    57
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I dont think your getting my point anthony_B....Big box retailers don't carry the LSi lineups...when will you ever see a $3000 speaker at a Best Buy or CC? You won't...you might find them at chessy lower end stores...smaller locations with the same lack of product knowledge as a BB or CC...

    I'd personally never buy ANYTHING from BB or CC...they sell low-fi products at best. Seriously, not speakers, amps, cables, DVD players, CD players, or Even most of their TV's...

    It would be even more of a SIN to have the LSi lineup at a BB or CC...that would be like Paradigm offering their Reference Studio 40's, 60's and 100's at a Best Buy location. Or being able to buy Energy Veritas as well...YUCK.

    There is much less overhead at smaller shops as well. You could probably get 15% of higher end speakers at most small shops, YOU'D NEVER EVER get that at a big box location...I know I've worked in one. They simply don't understand how the true AV market works.
     
  7. CurtisC

    CurtisC Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2003
    Messages:
    369
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Yes,while we have Matts attn..you should never have made the rt series.They cost me 1.7k for the worst speakers I ever owned.
     
  8. anthony_b

    anthony_b Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2000
    Messages:
    1,071
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    1. When I purchase my components I go straight to JandR, and had no issue returning something or getting help. (buying from big stores and small high end stores both have there advantages and disadvantages).

    2. The LSi series can be found at Big stores/companies like JandR and Crutchfield. (I know they can not be found at CC and BB).

    As consumers we need to take advantage of the best of both worlds.
     

Share This Page