I ordered a pair of LSi 15 from my "local" Polk Dealer 90 miles away. I should get them next week. He didn't have any 15's set-up in the listening room. Just the 9's.
The Paradigm Studio 40 V2 in my two channel setup are going to be outta here. I fell in love with these speakers before I heard the LSi line as an upgrade from the RT35i speakers I had as mains with an entry level Onkyo receiver. Wow how things change.
A few months ago I was going through a Paradigm Studio vs. Polk LSi thing to determine which route I was going to take in my Home theater. Honestly, if I had not discovered this forum through my brother Tony, I may be sitting with all Paradigm stuff right now. Man oh man am I glad I found this forum. I did a shootout and wrote about it, only to discover later that the LSi 9's were still not broken in fully (after a month!) and needed better wires and more break-in to really show their true sound.
I am spoiled with the LSi 9 / Rotel / transparent setup in my living room. This combo is truly magical for me. Thanks Mantis for all of the suggestions and for turning me onto Transparent wire at such fantastic flea market prices.
I got a new amp for the office a week ago and have it with the Studio 40s burning in the new B&K amp. I would say I have about 70 hours on the new amp now. Well, I purposely didn't listen to the living room setup for the entire week. Last night I played some music on both systems to compare in two channel. No contest, the LSi spanks the Pdimes every which way. Highs, midrange, and bass. The LSi treble is so much more refined and handles music with so much more finesse it is scary good. The Studio 40s are good speakers, but they sound average to me now compared to the LSi. They also tend to be a little too "hot" for me on the high end and it annoys me especially when one hears the same music on the LSi.
So I finally bit the bullet and decided to go with the LSi 15 in the two channel rig in the office. My budget was $1,500 and below. I was looking at some speakers such as B&W, Dynaudio 52, Spendor, another set of LSi, and came to the conclusion with Mantis' suggestions that the 15 would fit my current setup perfectly. Buying in the "blind" without listening is not an easy thing to do. But I know what the LSi 9 can do and have put my trust and confidence in the LSi line as well as the opinion of people in this forum. This gives me a lot of flexibility down the road too. LSi 9 in the office for example and 15s in the living room.