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Has anyone done any tweaking to their Tsi 100's to get better sound? I know they aren't the flagship models of Polk's bookshelves but I was wondering if anyone has been able to get more depth and better imaging. I plan on upgrading to Audioquest Rocket 33 speaker cable and Im trying to find a Carver TFM-6CB amp to get more power. They are currently being powered by an older RCA receiver (I know this is a weak link, but a new AVR isn't in the budget at the moment) And I'm using a Pioneer SW-8MKII subwoofer....So long story short, is there anything I can physically do to the speaker to the speaker to get better sound?
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You aren't going to get better sound with those speaker cables. Save that money and get a better receiver in the future.

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Originally Posted by elementtw1023 View Post

is there anything I can physically do to the speaker to the speaker to get better sound?
Pick it up and move it out of the way when you replace it with a better speaker. It's probably not a bad $75 speaker, but it's still a $75 speaker.
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I plan on upgrading to Audioquest Rocket 33 speaker cable
That's not an upgrade, it's just tossing your money down the drain. You don't get better sound using inexpensive speakers and expensive wire, you get better sound with more expensive speakers and cheap wire.
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Haha I'll be sure to pick it up and move it out of the way asap! I live in a smaller apartment and I'm just starting out building my rig and I don't need anything too spectacular at the moment. I'm using my system now mainly for music but also for 5.1 movies. I would like to eventually get Rtia3's but like I said I'm on a tight budget at the moment. And what's in my living room now will most likely be put into a listening room once I buy a house. I was just hoping to get better imaging from the Tsi's for the time being
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I was just hoping to get better imaging from the Tsi's for the time being
Toe them in. The issue with imaging is that you can only get a perfect 'phantom center' effect in a small area, as it relies on your hearing the shared L/R content at exactly the same levels from both speakers. Move your head a few inches and that's no longer the case.
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Toeing them in helped quite a bit with imaging. I'm going to look into room treatments because hanging a comforter on my back wall improved the sound drastically.
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Toeing them in helped quite a bit with imaging. I'm going to look into room treatments because hanging a comforter on my back wall improved the sound drastically.
http://www.realtraps.com/articles.htm
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Toe them in. The issue with imaging is that you can only get a perfect 'phantom center' effect in a small area, as it relies on your hearing the shared L/R content at exactly the same levels from both speakers. Move your head a few inches and that's no longer the case.

Is this the case with all speakers or just a speaker that was incorrectly designed and/or "budget"?
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Is this the case with all speakers or just a speaker that was incorrectly designed and/or "budget"?
Most speakers. Perfect imaging is when you play a stereo source, close your eyes, and hear all of the center panned vocals and instruments coming from center stage, even though there's no speaker there. With most speakers you only get that when you're very close to being on-axis with both speakers, and that usually requires toeing them in.
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