View Full Version : Polk LSi9's on their side.
10-19-2007, 08:37 PM
I really don't want to have to do this. But I just spoke with a cabinet builder that built the cabinets for a project I'm working on, and I don't have enough room for the speakers I have spec'd, the LSi9's. They will only fit if I put them on their sides. I can't even fit the LSi7's.
Has anyone done this, or does anyone have any comments on what doing this will do to the sound?
This project owner is driving me crazy. No communication on the items I spec'd to the cabinet maker. Nothing fits. Aaarghh!!!! :mad:
10-19-2007, 08:43 PM
You'll regret it. The imaging and detail will simply disappear.
10-19-2007, 08:46 PM
10-19-2007, 08:54 PM
That's what I was afraid of. :( :confused: :mad:
10-19-2007, 09:06 PM
Which will make the owner happier? On their sides, different speakers or redesign? IMO Option 1 is not viable.
10-19-2007, 09:24 PM
The part about being on their side doesn't bother me as much as the whole idea of putting them in a cabinet. Very bad idea.
10-19-2007, 11:51 PM
Having the speakers "on" a cabinet is a necessity, unfortunately. They aren't really necessarily inside a cabinet.
The installation is for a 50" Plasma above the fireplace, with custom Built in Cabinets and Shelves on both sides of the Fireplace.
The bottom section is going to be enclosed cabinets with Doors, for A/V equipment, CD / DVD Storage, etc. The Cabinets are 30" Tall and around 24" Deep. The speakers would be sitting directly on top of the Cabinet Section, with Shelves above. I have 12" of clearance before the first shelves which I believe will be somewhere around 12-14" Deep. So the front of the speakers would be out past the shelves above if they were on their sides, and there would be at least some air space behind them, and they won't be closed in on the sides really.
The shelves and cabinets are already built just not installed. So redesign is the last thing the owner wants to do, but frankly that's what I want to push for, I think it just means the other shelves above have less vertical space.
I would be open to other speaker alternatives in the same price point, but I just don't think 12" is enough space for anything quality, at least that I'm aware of. I've also already had the other speakers for the 5.1 system delivered. LCi80 in ceiling for the Center, TCi60's in ceiling for the rears (again not optimal, but no other options.) The TV is too high already and above a fireplace, so the center can't go below, and their is no room above. The back walls have structural elements that prevent in wall rears, and stand mounted rears were out, because of wife required aesthetics.
The owner called after I emailed him, and of course was like, you know I do want something that sounds really good, "Will it really make that much of a difference to put them on their sides". I told him I thought it would.
I picked the LSi9's as they are from my understanding Timbre Matched to the LCi80's.
At this point I'm wondering if I wouldn't be better off just doing all the fronts with LCi80's in Ceiling, I just thought it would be better to have at least the L and R at a more optimal height.
Anyway, I really appreciate the feedback. If you have more great, and Thanks!
10-20-2007, 12:13 AM
To each his own, and I own a 50" plasma. The last place I would put my plasma is above a fireplace. Perhaps this one is just for show and nobody ever throws 2 or 3 logs on it.
10-20-2007, 12:19 AM
Like I said there are a lot of problems with this guys requests. Fortunately, the fireplace is Gas. My biggest problem with it is that the TV is almost 60" off the ground. Initially he wanted the face of the screen flush with the wall so that the mount and TV would actually be recessed. I did convince him to at least let me use an articulating and tilting mount, so it can be pulled out and tilted down a bit for extended viewing, either way its a break neck install.
Its not a dedicated theater room. This is the Main Den in the house, so its very restricting on needs.
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