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    Default RTi A9 or LSi9

    Anyone know how these two would compare. I am mostly interested in music application such as CD's and Blu-Ray concerts. I have 2 subs now so anything below 80hz is covered by them.
    And would a CSiA6 center work okay with the Lsi or would I have to go with a LSiC. I currently have RTi A7's with a CSi A6.

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    For music I'd go with the LSI 9's.

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    Got to say I love the LSi9's on some sturdy stands.

    I would try to stick with the LSiC although I have never heard one. Seems logical to timbre match the front sound-stage.

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    I think my LSi7s are 10 times better for music than my RTi A3s. Even though the A9s are an amazing speaker, I'd choose the LSi9 + subwoofer combo over them any day. Throw them on a fillable stand filled with sand or whatever you want/can put in them.
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    Lsi 9's, no question. As for the center, based on my previous with the Csi5 (old version of the CSiA6 ) there is a difference in timbre. Ideally you want the LsiC, but I am running a CS20 with my Lsi25s and have no complaints. The Csi5 is a great center, but tends to be bright. Not so with the Cs20.
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    I'd also check out the lsi7, i know a few of us actually prefer it over the 9
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimAckley View Post
    I think my LSi7s are 10 times better for music than my RTi A3s. Even though the A9s are an amazing speaker, I'd choose the LSi9 + subwoofer combo over them any day. Throw them on a fillable stand filled with sand or whatever you want/can put in them.
    Everyone is different - that is the cool thing about it.

    I was the opposite - preferred the RTiA3s over a set of LSi7s I got...too laid back for the music I prefer.

    But, I've moved on and have something different now....its all about the journey...

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    Thanks for the replies. I would like to add that I like to listen around 95 - 100 db mostly play things like Eagles, Pink Floyd, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ top etc.
    The room size is about 14 x 24 x 8 with the system positioned along the long wall but not centered on that wall.
    Don't know if any of this matters, but I thought I'd throw it out there.
    If I get something new, the A7's will go to the rear. I have a 200wpc x 5 amplifier.
    Fronts: Polk RTi A7's
    Center: Polk CSi A6
    Surrounds: Polk TSi500's
    Subwoofer:Polk DSW Pro 500, Emotiva Ultra 12
    Amplifier: Emotiva XPA-5
    Processor/AVR: Emotiva UMC-1
    DAC: Emotiva XDA-1
    CD player:Emotiva ERC-1
    Blu-Ray: Oppo BDP-93
    Turntable: Kenwood KD-500
    Tonearm: Polk-Mayware Formula 4
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    Quote Originally Posted by geebolt View Post
    Thanks for the replies. I would like to add that I like to listen around 95 - 100 db mostly play things like Eagles, Pink Floyd, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ top etc.
    The room size is about 14 x 24 x 8 with the system positioned along the long wall but not centered on that wall.
    Don't know if any of this matters, but I thought I'd throw it out there.
    If I get something new, the A7's will go to the rear. I have a 200wpc x 5 amplifier.
    Then LSi9s are for you....imo. :tongue:

    Give them a clean amp source and some juice (watts...amps....you know....power...) and they will wake up and give you some incredible enjoyment.

    H9: If you don't trust what you are hearing, then maybe you need to be less invested in a hobby which all the pleasure comes from listening to music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Tracy View Post
    Then LSi9s are for you....imo. :tongue:

    Give them a clean amp source and some juice (watts...amps....you know....power...) and they will wake up and give you some incredible enjoyment.
    +1. LSi ftw!
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