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Hey all, I'm considering grabbing 3 LSIM 703 for my front channels when they go on sale again and had a question. I see the top is curved but are the sides curved as well or flat? The reason I ask is because I'll have the center on it's side as a center channel until I can swing a setup where the center is vertically oriented as well.
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Hey all, I'm considering grabbing 3 LSIM 703 for my front channels when they go on sale again and had a question. I see the top is curved but are the sides curved as well or flat? The reason I ask is because I'll have the center on it's side as a center channel until I can swing a setup where the center is vertically oriented as well.
The sides are basically flat but with a curve at the front. You COULD lay the speaker on its side; however, I would advise against using an LSiM703 in that orientation. Unless, that is, you're the type of person who likes to eat his peas with a knife.

If for some reason you can't fit an LSiM704c in your room/budget (or if you are adamant about having identical L/C/R speakers) I would suggest getting another (cheap/used) placeholder center-channel speaker (e.g., you could pick up the compact but timbre-matched TL3 at the Polk Audio eBay Store for under $150 shipped) or do without one for the time being.

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703s are VG speaker at 40-50% off; love them + have 704c center and it's as good as my more expensive Revel C205.

I would NOT lay a 703 on it side

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Are you guys saying you wouldn't lay an lsim 703 on it's side for aesthetic reasons or you don't think it will sound as good? As good as the 704 and 706 center channels are I would think an identical center would be best for the front soundstage even if it wasn't in it's ideal vertical orientation.
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Are you guys saying you wouldn't lay an lsim 703 on it's side for aesthetic reasons or you don't think it will sound as good? As good as the 704 and 706 center channels are I would think an identical center would be best for the front soundstage even if it wasn't in it's ideal vertical orientation.
three of a kind is better they all need to be in the proper orientation. the center is a nice compromise when you can have your center take up a lot of vertical space.
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Are you guys saying you wouldn't lay an lsim 703 on it's side for aesthetic reasons or you don't think it will sound as good? As good as the 704 and 706 center channels are I would think an identical center would be best for the front soundstage even if it wasn't in it's ideal vertical orientation.
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three of a kind is better they all need to be in the proper orientation. the center is a nice compromise when you can have your center take up a lot of vertical space.
In what world would anyone label the LSiM706c a compromise? That thing is a monster!

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So the LSiM line goes on sale at least once a year. I've been considering a further upgrade to those because they make a size HUGE center channel in that line in the 706C, which I expect will solve the only issue I have with my older LSi's. But I'm wondering if it's worth the money even at 50% off.

Anybody out there have experience with *both* the LSi and the LSiM lines? Care to weigh in?
I'm kinda surprised nobody has responded. Maybe you should try the Polk Audio forum.

I have four LSiM703s and the 706c. The setup sounds pretty good to me, but I have no experience with the prior LSi line.

The LSiM line is available quite often at 50+% off at Adorama. If you're interested, keep an eye on Slickdeals.
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In what world would anyone label the LSiM706c a compromise? That thing is a monster!
It has nothing to do with size, but I thought it was pretty much accepted that 3 identical speakers for your LCR all vertically oriented is going to be the best sound possible. I've been using 3 identical 2 way bookshelf speakers as my LCR for the past few years and I would never go back, the 3 identical speakers create a much more seamless soundstage.
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It has nothing to do with size, but I thought it was pretty much accepted that 3 identical speakers for your LCR all vertically oriented is going to be the best sound possible. I've been using 3 identical 2 way bookshelf speakers as my LCR for the past few years and I would never go back, the 3 identical speakers create a much more seamless soundstage.
Three identical speakers work fine for a LCR setup, however, center channel speakers are designed so that their sound field emanates properly. That is why they have a symmetrical driver compliment with an equal number of mid drivers on each side and tweeters in the middle. You can't go wrong with a center channel from the same series. Go with the biggest center channel you can. 75 percent of a movie comes through that speaker.
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