View Full Version : LSIs arrived this morning
06-25-2002, 04:36 PM
My LSi15s and 9s arrived this morning, I have been waiting for over a month, can't wait till I get off work at 7 so I can set them up. Already have the LSiC, and the 15s are replacing a pair of 25 year old Heil or Hiel speakers that were my dads back in the day. My first major speaker purchase, I should just leave work early.
06-25-2002, 04:39 PM
Damn, I would be soooo pumped up were I you; not because I think you're that great, but because you're going home to those sweeties ;>}
I'm sure you're great, too.
06-25-2002, 04:40 PM
Yeah, take off early. You're not doing anything anyway, right?:D
Congratulations on the purchase!
06-25-2002, 04:43 PM
That's a justified reason to leave work if I ever heard one!! Just think, they're sitting in your house right now..begging for life. :D
06-25-2002, 04:43 PM
Cool! Give us the low-down once they are up and running.
06-25-2002, 05:06 PM
How much for the Heil's? What model are they?
06-25-2002, 05:11 PM
I don't know much about the Heils. They have a 10 inch woofer, a horn tweeter like Klipsch uses today, wood cabinet, heavy as all hell. My dad bought them back in the 70s and has had them since. They do a pretty good job, but it was time for me to get my own and upgrade.
06-25-2002, 05:21 PM
So you sellin em or what?
Jonesin' to get my spend on Russ
06-25-2002, 07:23 PM
I didn't catch what color you picked......what are you going to run them with??
Congrads man , they are very good speakers.Way worth the cost and the wait.
I bet your listening to them as I post.
06-25-2002, 07:30 PM
3 hours till I'm done at work - (I work on a compressed shift 12 hour days - OT everyday, but only 3 or 4 days a week. So I still haven't heard them yet, thinking about them sitting at my house all boxed up though. I went with black, just so I am not limited with furniture colors and stuff later on, black goes with anything. For now the old HK 300 will have to do, but if they don't sound good enough maybe I will impulse by a 5x200 seperate amp, who knows, I am prone to impulse buy online at work when I have nothing to do.
06-25-2002, 09:17 PM
Let us know how it sounds with your hk 300 as I have the same receiver. I agree with your choice of color but what did you think of the cherry? I've seen the color range from light cherry to a deep almost orange appearance.
I applaud your commitment to your job & employer. Hell, if it were me I'd take a sick day. I couldn't get anything productive done if I had those waiting at home for me. ENJOY!!!
Let us know if you get the new version of the lsi9's.
06-25-2002, 11:23 PM
New version? Explain that one please
The new version is suppose to do away with the top beveled edges and the midrange drivers will be aligned closer to the tweeter. This change was reluctantly confirmed by the people at polk. I believe this is not purely for cosmetic reasons. I have also heard that the ebony color might be made slightly darker.
06-26-2002, 02:02 AM
Interesting, very interesting.
06-26-2002, 11:26 AM
LSis Finally arrived.
I finally got home after waiting 7 hours at work to get the news LSis out of the box and hooked up. After opening the boxes, the first thing I noticed was the ebony color, does not look like the ebony on the web page. It is not black with greyish streeks as one is led to believe, it is black with brown wood grain streeks, not what I expected, but oh well. They are heavy as all hell, it was fun trucking them down to my basement. I finally got them all hooked up to my old HK 300, the center and 15s are bi wired with Monster 12 guage M series Biwire, the 9s used as rears are wired with IXOS 13 guage, no bi wire, I used my old Heils as temporary stands for the 9s. I popped in the Eagles Hell Freezes over DTS dvd and sat back and enjoyed. Much to my surprise, the HK 300 didn't do that bad of a job. It was definately pushed when I turned it up, but I never got to full volume, only about 80% and that was almost to loud. As this is my first real audio purchase, I will not be able to give an in depth review commenting on warmth, depth, all that crap. But I will tell you this, I like them a lot, worth every penny, the color was kind of but ugly, but the sound makes up for. I listened to the whole dvd and just enjoyed it. I would definately recomend a powered sub to compliment the 15s and provide the deep base, I had one and turned the crossover down real low to provide the real deep base. One thing I noticed, similar to the current Trouble shooting post about the LSiC, is that my ****ty old 27 inch panasonic tv did the same color thing, with the bi wired LSiC, under the Lower frequency driver, the tvs pictured bounced, and changed picture, which kind of pissed me off. But for now I am just enjoying the sound, after a 6 week wait between the purchase time and the receiving time, but for the prices I got, well worth the wait.
Next purchase: Power Amp, 200 X 5, when: probably an impulse buy that I can't predict at the moment.
06-26-2002, 11:27 AM
Jad, not only is it flat on the top, but on the bottom also. I have the Sanus Natural Foundations stands and the current LSi9s set a little unsteady on the pegs. (see attached pic)
Maybe I can convince Ken to let me switch out cabinents ;)
"Polk" Paul DiComo
06-27-2002, 02:09 PM
Yes, the photos on our web site are not representative of current production LSi in three ways:
1. Color - Ebony wood is not jet black but has some reddish/purpleish highlights. Dark finishes are hard to photograph and get right.
2. The bevels on top and bottom are now gone and both top and bottom surfaces are flat. That bevel design proved almost impossible to manufacture efficiently while maintaing good fit and finish. You will continue to see a mix of beveled and flat top units in stores as we still have inventory of bevel units in some models and finishes.
3. The small gap between the drivers and tweeter are much smaller now. That change was made before actual production so I doubt anyone got a pair with the gap. It wouldn't matter anyway, just a manufacturing/cosmetic choice - no effect on sound.
We will take new photos of current actual production units and update the site as soon as we can.
As far as the LSiC problems go, when you bi-wire em don't you have to open the box/remove the speakers? I'm thinking that when you do the bi-wiring, you are knocking something loose inside that is causing shielding problems.
Just a hunch....
06-27-2002, 02:37 PM
No, there is nothing to open up to Bi-Wire the LSiC. It's just like the LSi7/9, with two sets of binding posts.
"Polk" Paul DiComo
06-27-2002, 02:45 PM
This phenomenon comes as a big surprise to us as it hasn't happened to us on our TVs here or in our homes nor in review situations. But we believe you (even Steve), really we do.
I want to assure every LSi owner or potential owner that we will do everything in our power to get to the bottom of this and solve it. We WILL solve it. We will kep you posted via this forum on our progress and the ultimate solution to the problem. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, set the center speaker to the Small mode and use the supplied rubber feet or other vibration isolating devices such as Vibrapods. If that doesn't do the trick, move the speaker farther from the TV by raising it up with books or some other handy substance.
DO NOT go out and buy bucking magnets as suggested in one reply. The drivers have bucking magnets on them already and adding more will make the problem worse instead of better.
Ken will stay in touch with anyone who has the LSiC to gather further information that may help us track down the source of the phenomenon. If you have an LSiC and haven't been in direct contact with us, please call or email Ken Swauger (800)377-7655 ext. 891; mailto:email@example.com.
Be patient We will come up with a solution.
06-27-2002, 09:23 PM
That's too bad about the beveled edges cause I think I'd like them better. Anyway, will Polk be posting "real" lsi photos ?
06-27-2002, 11:57 PM
I like them 2 it gives them some class or personality.....Man don't change them.
06-28-2002, 09:51 AM
Maybe the change is it to "fix" the sloppy built quality.
06-30-2002, 09:20 AM
You know when compared to other in there price class except B&W cndnt series,they don't have that bad of built quality as I posted before.I think I expected more then they where,you know when your all juiced up on something they can be led to be better then they are.
I would like to see the change.........I'm not exactly sure what that means .......change it straight...HOW!!!!
06-30-2002, 02:07 PM
How much for the Heils?
06-30-2002, 02:13 PM
Heils are not for sale. There my dads, he still wants them. Sorry
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