Originally Posted by DanPopov
Do you happen to know they compare to each other sound-wise? If the CSi3 sounds just as good or close, that would be awesome because since it's smaller, it will have more of that WAF that I could use right about now...
I have both. I still use a Csi3 in the family room with Rti6's for TV viewing and background music. It does well at that. But I would not expect it to deliver on HT. As I said, it is small, and if your needs are small, it is perfect. It can be tucked into any cubbyhole in a TV stand or cabinet, and it is completely sealed so there is no rear port to accommodate.
The Csi5 on the other hand, is a beast... larger than the CS20... It was the Csi5 that got me out of the Monitor line and into the Rti's. I had "outgrown" the CS2 and was running a CS20 with M70's when I bought a Csi5 to use with the M70's. The difference in clarity was remarkable... astounding even. Before long I was ordering some Rti10's to go with it and moved the M70's to the side.
Since then I have moved on to the RtiA's all around, including the CsiA6. But that original Csi5 is still up in the bedroom. It's a bit large for what we watch in there but as our BR is almost as large as the living room spacewise, it works very well. In short, I would say ALWAYS go with the larger speaker, otherwise you would probably outgrow a smaller one and end up paying twice later on... and end up with a basement full of outgrown speakers, such as mine.