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I'm in the market for some higher end bookshelf speakers. I'm currently using Polk lsi9's, very nice warm sound speaker with a nice all around sound signature. I am just hoping to keep the warm sound but add some width to the soundstage and over all dynamics of the music. They are currently powered with a demon 3312 receiver also have a klipsch rw12d subwoofer. Budget is 2k +/- couple hundred. Thanks

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Thanks for trying to help, but i don't think any of those are truly an upgrade mostly a downgrade to be quite honest.

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I'm in the market for some higher end bookshelf speakers. I'm currently using Polk lsi9's, very nice warm sound speaker with a nice all around sound signature. I am just hoping to keep the warm sound but add some width to the soundstage and over all dynamics of the music. They are currently powered with a demon 3312 receiver also have a klipsch rw12d subwoofer. Budget is 2k +/- couple hundred. Thanks

 

Those Polks are nice speakers. As far as dynamics are concerned have you though of going for a better sub? That Klipsch is ok for it's price range but there are far better choices. Just a thought.


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Those Polks are nice speakers. As far as dynamics are concerned have you though of going for a better sub? That Klipsch is ok for it's price range but there are far better choices. Just a thought.

I have thought about a better sub, maybe a svs sb12 or pb12.

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I have thought about a better sub, maybe a svs sb12 or pb12.

I was just thinking a good quality sub would get you a lot closer to the musical enjoyment you want and a much better HT experience. I used to own your sub so I'm familiar with it. Nice for the money but doesn't cut it compared to SVS, Rythmik, HSU and Power Sound subs. It will take you into another world. Might be worth exploring the subwoofer forum.

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These should sound a little better than your Polks:
http://www.amazon.com/Wharfedale-Opus-2-1-Speaker-Finish/dp/B001H3P6QW/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_3
Whoops Those are floor speakers. Try this:
http://www.amazon.com/Wharfedale-Opus-M1-Piano-Finish/dp/B001H0KLC4/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_3
or these
http://www.amazon.com/Canton-Vento-820-Silver-Pair/dp/B001DDVG7E/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_11
Boy, these super expensive bookshelf speakers don't handle many watts, do they?
These look pretty cool too
http://www.amazon.com/Canton-Ergo-620-Speaker-Black/dp/B001F6F85A/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_41

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these will be warm yet transparent with great dynamics. you can go for the newer version the focus 160s but they'd probably take up your whole budget.
http://app.audiogon.com/listings/monitors-dynaudio-focus-140-2013-01-08-speakers-11030

and a pair of these to really push them
http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/2200.html

or look into a nice integrated amp; if this is for 2-ch.
http://app.audiogon.com/listings/solid-state-simaudio-moon-i-3-se-special-edition-integrated-amplifier-superb-sonics-mint-cond-2013-01-17-integrateds-98029-issaquah-wa

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Looks like I have some reading todo! smile.gif Thanks, for pointing me in the right direction.

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I was just having fun really. I know you're not crazy enough to spend $2000 on speakers at Amazon. smile.gif I do like those Wharfedale M1s though.
I'm actually curious as to what you end up getting. I might learn something.
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The further I search the internet the more of these speaker company's I've never heard of pop up. I don't have the slightest clue what I should buy at this point. Maybe just get a little crazy and spend some of that tax return on some b&w 805 diamonds Lol.

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This isnt going any where:p, never new amazon had so many speakers lol.

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This isnt going any where:p, never new amazon had so many speakers lol.

 

That's for sure. So many to choose from. It would certainly be a benefit if there was some place you could audition some speakers. The LSi9's are a pretty darn good speaker and a great value. You could spend more and end up moving sideways at best. Using another persons ears for a recommendation is always a gamble. Sometimes you win and ...................


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Its a bit of an unknown territory. I don't think I've ever even heard of someone spending $2000 for a pair of bookshelf speakers. You can get some awesome ones for less than $1000. That's why I said I was curious as to the outcome of this thread but no one is responding.

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Absolutely!

I suggest that you look at some speakers that have been extensively tested and carefully evaluated by professionals in published articles, with praise, and then get them in your home on trial and LISTEN TO THEM with your gear in your acoustic environment; AT HOME.

There is NO SUBSTITUTE for hearing them in your home with your gear! Do whatever it takes to accomplish that.

Three that qualify are the Dynaudio Excite X12, the Gallo Acoustics CL-2, and the PSB Imagine B speakers. There are many others but these 3 may be some of the best.

There are tests on these in Stereophile and other publications which will give you some information to consider.

I think it is accurate to say that they are all much much better than the ones you have now.

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Thanks for trying to help, but i don't think any of those are truly an upgrade mostly a downgrade to be quite honest.
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Looked around some more and there is a company called vr3 mods that offers cross over mods for my lsi9 speakers would be for when i place them in another room once i get the new bookshelves. Any one have any advice about this, Price is around 250

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Looked around some more and there is a company called vr3 mods that offers cross over mods for my lsi9 speakers. Any one have any advice about this. Price is around 250

From what I've read it supposed to be worth it but I have no hands on experience with it. One member who did his CC with the mod said it was an improvement.

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You want some $2000 bookshelf speakers and now you're looking at a $250 diy workaround on a pair of Polks? biggrin.gif
Outta here. Good luck.

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fwiw, with that kind of coin i would be wheelin and dealin on audiogon with some great used speakers.
some examples;
dynaudio focus 140 $1295
focal profile 908 $1229
reference 3a mm de capo i $1500 (i personally own and love)
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You want some $2000 bookshelf speakers and now you're looking at a $250 diy workaround on a pair of Polks? biggrin.gif
Outta here. Good luck.

In fairness, his Polks did retail for $1500/pair. We aren't talking about the Monitor 30s here... wink.gif
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In fairness, his Polks did retail for $1500/pair. We aren't talking about the Monitor 30s here... wink.gif
I see. No offense really but you would have to hold a gun to my head to get me to pay $1500 for a pair of Polk bookshelf speakers. But that's just me. I'm sure they sound great.

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I see. No offense really but you would have to hold a gun to my head to get me to pay $1500 for a pair of Polk bookshelf speakers. But that's just me. I'm sure they sound great.

Most people don't pay that much. The closer you get to the end of the model run the bigger the price drops. I've actually listened to the LSi9's. They are the top end of my LSi15's. I just get the benefit of lower bass.
Considering what I paid they were an excellent value.

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Just updating an old thread, ended up purchasing Polk lsim 703s to replace my lsi9s. Couldn't be happier. Much larger soundstage, still have the Polk house sound but its much more precise and open sounding. Also bough dual svs sb12 nsd subwoofers and an acurus a250 amplifier. Bough subs and amp before I replaced the speakers though. Couldn't be happier with the set up.

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Just updating an old thread, ended up purchasing Polk lsim 703s to replace my lsi9s. Couldn't be happier. Much larger soundstage, still have the Polk house sound but its much more precise and open sounding. Also bough dual svs sb12 nsd subwoofers and an acurus a250 amplifier. Bough subs and amp before I replaced the speakers though. Couldn't be happier with the set up.

 

Good to see your happy with them since I pulled the trigger on the 703's yesterday. Hope they rub my ears as good as they do yours.


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Good to see your happy with them since I pulled the trigger on the 703's yesterday. Hope they rub my ears as good as they do yours.
I did a side by side with my lsi9s and at first I it just seemed like a lateral change, after 5 hours of break in the difference was huge. I'm told they will just keep getting better. I was skeptical with the break in thinking what could it really change but now I can see why these have gotten such awesome reviews.

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Polk LSi9 are awesome speakers, for what they're currently selling for you'd be hard pressed to find anything better. I've considered the new line, glad to see a positive statement from someone who has done the same. I don't care for anything else Polk has, but their top speakers are worth at least an audition by discerning listeners.

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I went from lsi-9's to NHT 3's, and while I preferred the 3's I have nothing but respect for the 9's. I have waited for Polk to update the lsi line and really find the 3-way 703 to be an intriguing speaker. I hope the folks who purchased it continue to give the rest of us their impressions of the 703.
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