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Guys, I posted this in the classified area, but thought this would maybe be even better. Some may have seen a while back that all my stuff is packed up in storage. I have speakers, Oppo 203, rack, theater chairs, etc, trying to prepare for my first home theater coming soon. So, for my RTiA9s (maybe even front sound stage, with CSiA6) I was thinking about going with a clean, second hand Emotiva XPA-2 OR XPA-3. Anyone have one they would like to go to an AVS Polkie?

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Guys, I posted this in the classified area, but thought this would maybe be even better. Some may have seen a while back that all my stuff is packed up in storage. I have speakers, Oppo 203, rack, theater chairs, etc, trying to prepare for my first home theater coming soon. So, for my RTiA9s (maybe even front sound stage, with CSiA6) I was thinking about going with a clean, second hand Emotiva XPA-2 OR XPA-3. Anyone have one they would like to go to an AVS Polkie?

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Or even something else relatively inexpensive...?

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Guys... trying to prepare for my first home theater coming soon. So, for my RTiA9s (maybe even front sound stage, with CSiA6) I was thinking about going with a clean, second hand Emotiva XPA-2 OR XPA-3. Anyone have one they would like to go to an AVS Polkie?
FWIW I bought my XPA-2 used on eBay a few years ago... only had it powered on a couple times. If you keep looking, eventually something will fall into your lap.
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Thanks so much, Rob. I know. It's just getting close, but I don't have to do anything right now...

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last week I just bought almost new XPA-G3 on Audiogon; great seller and was just purchased 4 months ago & barely used. I paid low 500s shipped (MSRP is now $999); was a bargain & warranty already transferred by Emotiva

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last week i just bought almost new xpa-g3 on audiogon; great seller and was just purchased 4 months ago & barely used. I paid low 500s shipped (msrp is now $999); was a bargain & warranty already transferred by emotiva

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So I got tired of waiting on my second 705 to come back in stock at Adorama and decided to use my pair of 703s as temporary fronts. Built a pair of stands over the weekend and I think it came out well.

They sound incredible with the 706c despite their being criminally underpowered at the moment with my old Onkyo receiver. Also please ignore the wires, bit of a mess at the moment I know :c

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Enjoy; aren't the speakers a bit too close together?

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Enjoy; aren't the speakers a bit too close together?
Oh yeah I have them about two feet wider. Had to bring them in a bit to fit the 705 in the picture
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Lsi15's ??

There's a pair of Lsi15's on local CL at a great price that look to be in good condition. As I recall there's something unusual about the way the woofers are handled on these... can someone enlighten me please? I would be powering them with an Emo XPA-2 or XPA-5. I also have Lsi9's in the BR and now 703's in LR... probably will put the 703's in the BR and use the Lsi9's as surround... now concerned that the 704 center might be overpowered by the Lsi15's. Thoughts?

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Oh yeah I have them about two feet wider. Had to bring them in a bit to fit the 705 in the picture
Agreed. I have found an equilateral triangle with two vertices for the L&R speakers and third vertex to be my seating location as the best bet for sound immersion. Oh and the speakers also toe in towards my seat direction.
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There's a pair of Lsi15's on local CL at a great price that look to be in good condition. As I recall there's something unusual about the way the woofers are handled on these... can someone enlighten me please? I would be powering them with an Emo XPA-2 or XPA-5. I also have Lsi9's in the BR and now 703's in LR... probably will put the 703's in the BR and use the Lsi9's as surround... now concerned that the 704 center might be overpowered by the Lsi15's. Thoughts?
Not sure what you mean by unusual? They are just passive 8" drivers. Some folks swapped out the stock driver for the DB840 SVC sub driver as it was given blessing to do so by Polk Engineering. Same with adding some dynamat around the port tube from the inside.

Other than that, nothing special about the sub. Its just not powered by a plate amp like the LSi25

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Not sure what you mean by unusual? They are just passive 8" drivers...
Other than that, nothing special about the sub. Its just not powered by a plate amp like the LSi25
Thanks, Dan. Yeah, I was thinking of the 25's. As for the "passive drivers" (hmmm)...
So it sounds like the 15's are basically the 9's with a couple diaphragms in the bottom?

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Thanks, Dan. Yeah, I was thinking of the 25's. As for the "passive drivers" (hmmm)...
So it sounds like the 15's are basically the 9's with a couple diaphragms in the bottom?
They are the 9's + a 8" side firing woofer. I personally like them but thats cause I got em for a steal, I cant do stands downstairs with kids and not worry about the 9's tipping over, etc.

For 2 channel some folks may not need a sub with them as they dig low for music. But we all know I'm a basshead so I'd still add a sub(s) anyway.

Here is your info on them and the crossover points for each driver

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Thanks! I saved the pdf 'cause I never got an owners manual with the Lsi9's... I had bought them used. I haven't heard from the guy selling the 15's yet, but I hope I can get them. 32Hz at the -3db point is plenty low for music and most uses. I'd still keep the sub, but probably only for LFE, like I'd been doing with the Rti12's.

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LSi 7 Replacement Woofer

I have the original LSi's in my HT. Though getting long in the tooth now, they still sound great to me. However, I have had problems with woofer failures in both the center channel and the LSi 7's used as front left and right speakers. While the woofers don't completely die they do produce a buzzy sound at higher levels. When you push the cone in on the affected drivers the motion is not smooth. I may well be just overdriving them and perhaps need to raise the crossover point a bit.

In any event, a few years ago I replaced a couple of the buzzy drivers and everything was fine. I can't recall where I purchased the woofers, but it may have been from Polk itself. I now have another bad woofer but can't seem to find a replacement to buy. Even Google failed to find a source, and I have located some pretty obscure components with Google in the past.

Can anyone point me to a place where I can purchase OEM woofers for a LSi 7?

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I have the original LSi's in my HT. Though getting long in the tooth now, they still sound great to me. However, I have had problems with woofer failures in both the center channel and the LSi 7's used as front left and right speakers. While the woofers don't completely die they do produce a buzzy sound at higher levels. When you push the cone in on the affected drivers the motion is not smooth. I may well be just overdriving them and perhaps need to raise the crossover point a bit.

In any event, a few years ago I replaced a couple of the buzzy drivers and everything was fine. I can't recall where I purchased the woofers, but it may have been from Polk itself. I now have another bad woofer but can't seem to find a replacement to buy. Even Google failed to find a source, and I have located some pretty obscure components with Google in the past.

Can anyone point me to a place where I can purchase OEM woofers for a LSi 7?

Thanks.
You'd need to call Polk Customer service. And I mean pickup the phone and CALL. They tend to respond quicker on the phone than via email inquiries.

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Silly question, but how do you know if a woofer is failing? Just a buzz? Often I have wondered if I am hearing anything from the 3 woofers of my RTiA9. Well, until have raised the volume to high enough to deafen me from the tweeter and the mids.
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If you heard the sound at high levels you would have no doubt the speaker is malfunctioning. Plus, when the same thing happened to the center channel speaker and I replaced the woofer the problem went away and never came back.

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Thanks. I just called them and literally got the last one they have and the last one they are ever going to have. In case this happens again, does anyone know if this was a custom driver for Polk or one they sourced from another manufacturer.




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Thanks. I just called them and literally got the last one they have and the last one they are ever going to have. In case this happens again, does anyone know if this was a custom driver for Polk or one they sourced from another manufacturer.
I can't answer your question, but it's good to know that replacement drivers for the original Lsi's have dried up, as I was about to buy a pair of used Lsi15's that sounded too good to be true (the deal, not the speakers). Most likely there's a driver going bad that I would not have discovered until getting them home. Thanks for the heads up!

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Another option for me would be to swap the woofer from the LSi7 with an identical woofer in the surround speakers. I doubt the surrounds ever reach a high enough level that the problem would be noticeable.


Having had a couple of bad LSi woofers, I suggest anyone considering the purchase of a used speaker gently push the woofer inward as far as it will go with their fingers. With a good driver, the movement should feel smooth and unimpeded for the whole length of travel. The bad woofers have all had a rough, scraping feeling after the woofer is pushed in for about 1/2 of its full travel. I can't guarantee this test is 100% diagnostic of the problem, but it is easy and free to perform, for whatever it is worth.

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Signature series vs RTi/CSi?

Anyone actually compare speakers from either series? The signature series is a little cheaper and it therefor seems some have assuming it is slotted below the Rti series but that may not reflect how they actually perform. Right as the signature series was announced I had purchased RTiA3s and CSiA6. I have no complaints with my current setup but wondering if I missed out on a better value.

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Anyone actually compare speakers from either series? The signature series is a little cheaper and it therefor seems some have assuming it is slotted below the Rti series but that may not reflect how they actually perform. Right as the signature series was announced I had purchased RTiA3s and CSiA6. I have no complaints with my current setup but wondering if I missed out on a better value.
Order a pair of the S20s from Crutchfield and compare them. I'm sure others would be interested as well.

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Order a pair of the S20s from Crutchfield and compare them. I'm sure others would be interested as well.
Fry's used to have both the TSI's and the RtiA's in the same room for comparison. The Rtia's were a hint clearer but you could likely only tell when they were right next to each other and doing an AB test as I was.

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Fry's used to have both the TSI's and the RtiA's in the same room for comparison. The Rtia's were a hint clearer but you could likely only tell when they were right next to each other and doing an AB test as I was.
The Signature series is IMHO ABOVE the TSi/TSx/Monitor/R series but BARELY below the RTi's. You wont see the RTi's for long as they are due to die as a line IIRC.

I've heard the Signatures and they sound VERY GOOD for what they are. They also have a walnut vinyl finish with gray bezel that looks SCHWEEETTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Signature series is IMHO ABOVE the TSi/TSx/Monitor/R series but BARELY below the RTi's. You wont see the RTi's for long as they are due to die as a line IIRC.

I've heard the Signatures and they sound VERY GOOD for what they are. They also have a walnut vinyl finish with gray bezel that looks SCHWEEETTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks that's helpful. I have the RTiA3s and CSiA6 in cherry which I like the look of and blend very well with our furniture. So if I'm not missing out on sound quality then I'll stick with what I have.

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Anyone actually compare speakers from either series? The signature series is a little cheaper and it therefor seems some have assuming it is slotted below the Rti series but that may not reflect how they actually perform. Right as the signature series was announced I had purchased RTiA3s and CSiA6. I have no complaints with my current setup but wondering if I missed out on a better value.
I compared a set of T15's and S15's against my RTi12's for timbre. T15's are crap. My Onkyo HTiB speakers sounded better.
The S15's had nice midrange and clean highs. Comparable to my RTi12's.
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I compared a set of T15's and S15's against my RTi12's for timbre. T15's are crap. My Onkyo HTiB speakers sounded better.
The S15's had nice midrange and clean highs. Comparable to my RTi12's.
I haven't done any comparisons but I'm super happy with the S15s. My setup is much more modest than many here and I wanted to keep it around $1500 for the entire setup (S15 L/R, S35 center, Pioneer SW-8MK2 sub, Marantz 1606). The S15s continue to impress me across many types of music and movies. I have young twins and don't need to listen very loud, though on the extremely rare occasions that I'm home alone I love to crank it up and they sound fantastic. Also my wife, who does not care at all about speakers or home theater stuff in general, has made several comments about how amazing they sound. At some point I might get some S20s for L/R and move the S15s to rear surround, but I'm in no hurry as the S15s sound great to my ears as primary speakers.
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Tv : Panasonic 85VX200
Subwoofer: Jbl Ht Ps300
Front:Polk S60
Center: Polk S35
Surround:Polk S20
Cable:Monster Z3
Receiver : Pioneer Lx 83
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