Polk Audio LSi

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by BillSune, Jan 28, 2004.

  1. BillSune

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    hey all,

    I'm looking at purchasing a speaker setup and from what i have heard i like the Polk Audio LSi series speakers.

    Here is what I'm looking at:

    Polk Audio LSi 25 main's (2500)
    Polk Audio LSi 9 rear's (900)
    Polk Audio LSi Center (500)

    Possibly Velodyne SPL 1000 Sub (depends)


    Let me know what you think and what would be a good way to power this set up for under 2000

    Thanks,

    Bill
     
  2. GrahamT

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    Hi Bill,

    I have not heard the LSis but I know they are 4 Ohms and you need a good powerful amp to drive them. You could go with a seperate pre/pro and power amp from Outlaw audio or Audio Source. Also an AVR to consider would be the Harman AVR7200, they can be found pretty cheap right now.
     
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    Deep six the 25's and get the 15's. With the $$ you save, buy a much better sub.

    Outlaw, Adcom, B&K, Carver, Rotel - all good amp choices for the LSi. Agreed - it is a tough to drive speaker and needs high current capability.
     
  4. Frank Zimkas

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    Agreed, scrap the 25's in favor of the 15's...
    and ditch the 9's in favor of the 7's or better yet the LsiFx's. Both are wall mountable, the 9's aren't. The 9's are great speakers, but they really would be overkill for surround only duty.
     
  5. Lewis Besze

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    I dissagree! I would only get the 9s as surrounds[see my set up]they would be the perfect match for the 15's up front. Yes they should be mounted on stands,but because they sound better that way too.I agree with Ed about getting a better sub,and scrap the 25s.Or just do like me and get 9s all around and spend the saving on the sub.I got mine online for around $1600 shipped[4 LSI 9s and 1 LSI-C].
     
  6. BillSune

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    I do think that 4 LSi 9's would be a good option. What is the real advantage to having 15's and not just going with the 9's

    Bill
     
  7. Frank Zimkas

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    the 15's have a better bass response than the 9's. I've got a pair of 9's for a 2 channel system and they do sound great, but the bottom end in the 15's is noticably better.
     
  8. Lewis Besze

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    What Frank said,however the 15's are using a single 8" driver for bass,so it's extension will still be in the mid 30's.Any sub can do that.
     
  9. Frank Zimkas

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    True, but not everyone uses a bass for every type of listening. I don't use a bass for 2 channel. If you listen to a lot of bass heavy music(organ, hiphop/rap) then a bass may be needed to reproduce the low end to your satisfaction. I prefer a full range tower for mains, but that's not to say that it's the only way to go.
     
  10. Lewis Besze

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    Did you mean sub? I think we been down on that "street" before.I choose the 9's because I have superrior sub/bass to most any speakers out there, I just needed good speakers from 80hz and up.
     
  11. Frank Zimkas

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    Yes, I meant a seperate sub.
     
  12. BillSune

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    Alright guys thanks for all the advice.

    I ended up with:

    Fronts: LSi 15's
    Rears: LSi 9's
    Center: LSi C
    Along with an order for a Denon 3805
    I am running all Monster Cable Z Series Speaker Wire

    Now I am on to a subwoofer, right now I am considering a
    Velodyne SPL 1000. What are your opinions about the sub is there anything else I should consider in that price range, looks are important due to the wife and it "matches very attractively" with the towers and with the audio towers that I am building to sit next to my 34" Toshiba Cinema Tube.

    Thanks,

    Bill
     
  13. Frank Zimkas

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    You could wait until the matching Lsi sub comes out.
     
  14. BillSune

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    The only concern I have with the LSi sub is that it is going to sound very much like the PSW 650. For the most part the Polk Audio subs haven't impressed me at all. I think that they just don't give you that little bit of extra kick that some other company's do.

    Another question is that if you were happy with the cherry finish.

    Bill
     
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    Bill-

    Did they give you a delivery estimate for the 3805?
     
  16. Lewis Besze

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    Bill,
    If looks and sound are both important then I would contact Kyle at acoustic visions or Brian at Rutledge Audio.
    Both are superrior to most commercial subs out there,and they do custom designs.
     
  17. BillSune

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    No they did not give me an estimate but the MSRP is 1299.

    I will definitley be giving one of those two, if not both to see what they can do or what they think.

    Thanks,

    Bill

    P.S. Frank, I like you home theater setup but what do you think of the cherry finish of the LSi's I've heard it can look a little orange.
     
  18. Frank Zimkas

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    I really like the cherry finish a lot. The ebony finish just doesn't do it for me. I've got a seperate pair of Lsi9's for my 2 channel rig and they are currently in my white colored living room, I don't think they look orange. Since my HY is a dark brick-red everything in there looks a lot darker and "redder" in color.

    FWIW, the new LsiW wil have both a power port and a slot port. Looks to be an interesting design. Dom a Google search for Polk Audio LsiW and you'll get more info.
     
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  20. BillSune

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    Yes that price was with the setup mic.
     

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