Originally Posted by jbob460
I've been following this thread for about the last 90 pages and you guys talked me into starting to upgrade my system (thanks, I think). So far I have only upgraded the the most lacking areas with a pair of A3's for my rears and an A6 center and I love them. I'm slowly building a 9.1 (or 2) system for a 30x30 game/HT room with the system centered on one side and music being the bulk of my listening. My mains are next on the list and I don't know whether to go with the A9's or LSI25's that are selling for the same price on polk e-bay. I'll probably eventually get some A9's for my wides and figure out the rears as I go. Would the LSI's sound good in a predominantly RtiA system? Does it make sense to mix 'n match LSI's in just because they're a good deal (can't afford a total LSI system) or should I just get some A9's and not look back?
If your mainly doing music, I would suggest the LSI line over the RTi's. From the LSi line I would suggest the 9's or 15's for your fronts. The 15's kick rear with the proper power (you will need a dedicated amp for the LSi line
). If you can get a dedicated amp for your LSi's then you will be shocked at how well the will reward you.
The 25's while nice with their built in amp, simply are IMHO not worth it. You can get the 9's or 15's and get just as much sound from them. Paired with a good sub the 9's + sub will win over the 15's and 25's and not cost too much more if any.
I just moved my LSi 15's from a 5 channel Carver AV-705x amp to a M1.0t while leaving the rest of the speakers on the AV-705x and am currently listening to music in "Direct" mode on my receiver and you wouldnt know I dont have my sub cranked at all. I am in a room thats 14x23 long and am about 9 feet from the speakers. I have some pics of my setup here
If you join the Polk Forum you can build your LSi setup for low cost. To give you an idea of cost, here is the cost of the stuff I bought off members on that forum:
LSi 15's: 500 (I later purchased Polk db840 subs to replace the stock ones for 160)
LSi F/X: 425
As you can see I have less into my entire setup than the purchase price for one set of LSi 15's at cost.
If you want to do it, you can slowly build up your setup, the only thing
is you need to realize, you must have
one dedicated amp channel per LSi to really get what you want.
I have only a 5.1 and honestly I dont see myself going for more anytime in the future. I am setup perfectly for 7.1 but dont feel the need at all as these things already destroy my place.