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    My son is headed back to college in a few weeks and he needs a new pair of speakers for his on-campus apartment (Blew out his last pair during his sophmore year - college kids -go figure).

    Here's my dilema. I can either buy him a set of speakers (used or new for about 300-400 bucks) or give him my LSI9s. I'm being selfish because if I give him my LSI9s and I can upgrade to the LSIM 703s

    To help me make a decision, can someone tell me if the LSIM 703 is leaps and bounds better than the LSI9? My listening is about 70% HT and 30% Music.

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    Grab the LSiM's for you and let him take th 9's with him. Make sure he takes a proper 4 ohm capable amp with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nooshinjohn View Post
    Grab the LSiM's for you and let him take th 9's with him. Make sure he takes a proper 4 ohm capable amp with him.
    If I decidee to give him the 9's, would simple 40 watt NAD integrated (316Bee) be sufficeint to drive them in a small apartment setting?

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    It is college; they will be trashed! Too horrid a fate for such a fine speaker.

    Sell the LSi9s, buy him some disposable speakers and get yourself the LSiMs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skrol View Post
    It is college; they will be trashed! Too horrid a fate for such a fine speaker.

    Sell the LSi9s, buy him some disposable speakers and get yourself the LSiMs.

    Stan
    Stan - I did think of that. I guess I need to see what I can get for the 9's and how much I would need to spend on his college speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skrol View Post
    It is college; they will be trashed! Too horrid a fate for such a fine speaker.

    Sell the LSi9s, buy him some disposable speakers and get yourself the LSiMs.

    Stan
    I tend to agree. Though I do realize there are college students that aren't your stereotypical party animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSOVLSK View Post
    I tend to agree. Though I do realize there are college students that aren't your stereotypical party animals.
    Then you haven't met my son

    I kinda realize that giving him the 9's is not the most prudent decision. I am just looking for any excuse to get the LSIms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCNJ View Post
    Then you haven't met my son

    I kinda realize that giving him the 9's is not the most prudent decision. I am just looking for any excuse to get the LSIms.
    Sell the 9's, get him some vega towers to trash and get yourself a new set of lsiM's, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TouchOfEvil View Post
    Sell the 9's, get him some vega towers to trash and get yourself a new set of lsiM's, IMO.
    Good suggestion. I looked up the Cerwin-Vega VE-12F. It got really good customer reviews (all 5 stars) and Musician's Friend has them for $239 a pair!
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    Your son will hate CP forever for the above advice The LSi9's are sexy enough to get him laid a couple times, not with the Cerwin-Vega
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMara View Post
    The LSi9's are sexy enough to get him laid a couple times
    You, sir, have just ended any debate regarding whether I should get the LSi7s or 9s. Thank you.

    What if you made him buy his own speakers? I imagine he'd be more inclined to take better care of them. And you can keep both the LSi9s and get the LSiM 703.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMara View Post
    Your son will hate CP forever for the above advice The LSi9's are sexy enough to get him laid a couple times, not with the Cerwin-Vega
    LMAO. I had my son read some of the replies and told him his audio fate was in the hands of the Polkies on this forum. He wasn't happy - especially about the not getting laid part
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoBigBlue View Post
    You, sir, have just ended any debate regarding whether I should get the LSi7s or 9s. Thank you.

    What if you made him buy his own speakers? I imagine he'd be more inclined to take better care of them. And you can keep both the LSi9s and get the LSiM 703.
    He does work every summer but he barely makes enough money to last him throuhgout the school year. I have a soft spot for audio and feel it would be cruel and unusual punishment for him not have a stereo at college.

    Buying him the Vega's will serve as a lesson for him to stay in school so he can afford to buy good quality audio equipment when he gets older.
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    Sounds like a plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCNJ View Post
    He does work every summer but he barely makes enough money to last him throuhgout the school year. I have a soft spot for audio and feel it would be cruel and unusual punishment for him not have a stereo at college.

    Buying him the Vega's will serve as a lesson for him to stay in school so he can afford to buy good quality audio equipment when he gets older.
    don't forget he can blast the vegas and most likely not hurt them. Under powering a set of lsi9's and a dorm room is some blown speakers waiting to happen.
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    Give him the 9's, and use the cash for an inexpensive 2-channel Adcom, maybe the gfa535 or gfa545. Theres lots of them on eBay. Then go get the LSIM's for yourself.

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    I would have recommended a pair on Monitor 40 bookshelf's that you could get for less than the Cerwin-Vegas.

    Another option are some good old Polk R series speakers. They are inexpensive and sound great. You won't worry too much if they are trashed after some party.

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    Tell him to buy his own speakers, then when they get trashed, he can buy himself some others that he will take much better care of since it is coming out of his pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCNJ View Post
    Buying him the Vega's will serve as a lesson for him to stay in school so he can afford to buy good quality audio equipment when he gets older.
    Now your talkin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCNJ View Post

    Buying him the Vega's will serve as a lesson for him to stay in school so he can afford to buy good quality audio equipment when he gets older.
    Great idea! lol

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    What a dad. I was glad to have parents that helped with tuition. I had to make my own speakers (more because it was a fun project).

    If my finances weren't so tight right now, I'd make an offer for your 9's in a heartbeat.
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    Get him a set of AudioEngine A5's, sell your LSi 9's and buy the LSiM's
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    almost all the college kids listen to music loud.....only give him LSi9 if you feel comfortable seeing them trashed and not feel anything...

    I did see RTi6 in CL for $55 in the CITY....it's a short drive....how about them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcapri79 View Post
    Another option are some good old Polk R series speakers. They are inexpensive and sound great. You won't worry too much if they are trashed after some party.
    That's what I would do. There are always RT7s, RT5s, RT55i, etc. in good shape on ebay that can be had for very little cash, and they sound great.
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    I couldn't do it to him (Cerwin Vega's that is). I bought him a pair of POLK RT5s on eBay. He's pretty excited to get his ears on em. Another Polkie in the making

    Thanks to all for your advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCNJ View Post
    I couldn't do it to him (Cerwin Vega's that is). I bought him a pair of POLK RT5s on eBay. He's pretty excited to get his ears on em. Another Polkie in the making

    Thanks to all for your advice!
    Nothing wrong with that. Hope he enjoys em.
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    I just received the Polk RT5s. What a great little speaker! They play loud, very clean sound and lots of good bass. My son should be very happy.
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    Great set of speakers. I still regret selling mine last year. Hopefully your son will enjoy them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skrol View Post
    It is college; they will be trashed! Too horrid a fate for such a fine speaker.

    Sell the LSi9s, buy him some disposable speakers and get yourself the LSiMs.

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    To say they're guaranteed to be trashed is a bit wrong. I've had my 25s since my sophomore year of college, but I kept them in my bedroom, and parties never ventured in there much so they were okay. I always put the grills on for the parties though.

    Now, having just graduated, and having been one of those party animals that filled a 4-bed/4-bath/2-den apartment to the point of standing room only every other weekend, I'd say I've got a decent authority on this subject I strongly advise you to snag him a pair of the older JBL Northridge floorstanders (E80 or E100), which you can get for relatively cheap, and will rock his apt without the worry of being knocked off of stands. My E50s got knocked off of their stands on occasion at my parties, hence my suggestion for a floorstander. I ended up setting them on my sub cabinets during parties (I ran 2 18s along with the E50s in my living room).

    If you did give him the 9s, I would make sure they stay in his bedroom, and give him something with more oomph for the common space of his apt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post
    Get him a set of AudioEngine A5's, sell your LSi 9's and buy the LSiM's
    I second this, this way he doent need to worry about amps, by the way they are coming out with a new model a5+, which include a remote, that would be my recommendation as perfect for dorm.

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