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    Default LSi 9's With VR3 Fortress Mods

    The Fedex guy pulled up this morning holding a box that looked like what i have been eagerly anticipating; My LSi 9's are back from Trey in NC.

    I carefully unpacked the box noting that Trey took great care to make sure that short of a nuclear attack, that my speakers were well protected. We all know that shipping speakers is a risky proposition, and we all saw what that delivery guy did with that flat screen tv when the gate was locked.

    I carefully inspected them and gave the lacquer a little buff up, and took the 7's off the stands and connected them up. The new binding plate and posts have a very clean look, and mechanically the posts are perfect.

    So I got me a fresh cup of joe, and decided to give them a listen.

    Anybody who owns or has listened to the LSi 9 knows they represent one of the best bang for the buck audio values in recent history. The fine folks at Polk definitely made big sound come out of a relatively small box.

    The VR3 changes are very noticeable.

    While the bass was always very good on the stock 9, now it is very concise, quick, and I notice that after the initaial attack of the bass note, that the sustain of the note is very warm and smooth, a detail that i did not notice before. Bass players use hi wattage amps with 15" speakers to get that sound, and although I recognize there is no way these little guys can possible move that much air, the reproduction is accurate and very pleasing.

    As a guitarist, I am very tuned to tonality, and relate to how guitars and other stringed instruments are portrayed by a speaker.

    While my 9's were away, I was listening to my Moni 5's and was very impressed by the mid qualities they were able reproduce. I am happy to report that I can now sell my 5 and the modded 9's now exceed the 5's ability to make guitars sound the way I like to hear them. When someone is playing clean i hear that open back crunchy sound that I crave. I listened to John Petrucci/Dream Theater's On the Backs of angels.. There is a 12 string intro, that goes into a creamy sort of melodic passage that is followed by triple rectifier Mesa Boogie sound which all sounded dead on.

    I as trying to think of an acoustic guitar song to test, and played Black Water by the Doobie Brothers and was please that I was able to hear all the detail that a guitarist would hear accurately... picks strumming stings, and those realistic little buzzes and twangs that are really there that some how get lost in the mix.. The fiddle piece was sweet and I could hear the bow on the strings. The vocals and harmonies were tight, and not compressed; I distinctly could pick out the 3 and 4 part vocals without effort.

    As I try to evaluate the crossovers handling of the ring radiator tweeters performance, I think the stock 9's used the rr tweeter as more of a marketing gimmick, and although it performed well, and never sounded the least bit harsh to me, this mod seems to handle the handoff between the mid and hi without me noticing it to be as pronounced as it was pre mod, and now smoother and more accurate... cymbals are ringing like real cymbals, and I don't hear any evidence of over accentuation. The piano on Steely Dan's Aja was near perfect, and I was equally impressed at the Saxophone and Drum passages as they pegged my amps VU meters.

    Overall the LSi 9 is a fine loudspeaker, and the VR3 mod makes it a great speaker. If you have a set of 9's and the power to drive them this mod makes them sound incredible across the musical spectrum that I have tested so far.

    I will post more impressions, and consider the VR3 Fortress mod a very worthwhile bang for the buck enhancement.

    Thanks Trey!
    HT:Polk LSi c LSi 15's VR3 LSi 9's LSi FX's Dual DSW MP3K's Marantz AV7701 Sunfire TGA-7401 Oppo BDP-93 Sony PS4 Directv Genie HD DVR Samsung 64" Plasma

    2 C: VR3 LSIM 703's Monitor 5B's SDA SRS 2.3's DSW MP 1K Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang 50Years Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's Tesla E83CC's Marantz 2385 Yamaha M80 Parasound 2100 Pre Squeezebox Touch Marantz SA8004 SACD Music Hall MMF 5.1 TT Musical Surroundings Phonomena II Phono Pre

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    You could always modify the 5's and see how they stack up against the modded 9's. I'm glad you're enjoying the mods though. Looks like another satisfied customer for Trey.
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    Nice write up.
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    Very good initial write-up. If Trey replaced any caps, and I'm sure he did, your new 9's are only going to get better as time goes on. I'd give them at least 50-100 hours to really come around. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Reeter View Post
    Very good initial write-up. If Trey replaced any caps, and I'm sure he did, your new 9's are only going to get better as time goes on. I'd give them at least 50-100 hours to really come around. Enjoy!
    Can I get up to go to the br?
    HT:Polk LSi c LSi 15's VR3 LSi 9's LSi FX's Dual DSW MP3K's Marantz AV7701 Sunfire TGA-7401 Oppo BDP-93 Sony PS4 Directv Genie HD DVR Samsung 64" Plasma

    2 C: VR3 LSIM 703's Monitor 5B's SDA SRS 2.3's DSW MP 1K Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang 50Years Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's Tesla E83CC's Marantz 2385 Yamaha M80 Parasound 2100 Pre Squeezebox Touch Marantz SA8004 SACD Music Hall MMF 5.1 TT Musical Surroundings Phonomena II Phono Pre

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey081057 View Post
    Can I get up to go to the br?
    Only if you grab me a cold beer one the way back.
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    Nice write up, I'm on the fence with modding my 9's with a vr3 kit. Thanks.
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    A local acquaintance sent his LSi9s off to Trey as well. Haven't heard if he got them back or not but I have forwarded him the link to your review. I am excited to hear the results first hand especially after how huge of a difference a similar upgrade to my RTAs has made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michael1947 View Post
    Nice write up, I'm on the fence with modding my 9's with a vr3 kit. Thanks.
    Get off the fence.

    My latest observation: The sound much fuller at moderate to low (average listener) levels. The mids and lows seemed to be a little mushy before the mod.

    I only noticed this cuz i turned them down and went out to run a few errands and came back and sat down and am listening at a level that is far below 11... like maybe 2 ish...
    HT:Polk LSi c LSi 15's VR3 LSi 9's LSi FX's Dual DSW MP3K's Marantz AV7701 Sunfire TGA-7401 Oppo BDP-93 Sony PS4 Directv Genie HD DVR Samsung 64" Plasma

    2 C: VR3 LSIM 703's Monitor 5B's SDA SRS 2.3's DSW MP 1K Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang 50Years Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's Tesla E83CC's Marantz 2385 Yamaha M80 Parasound 2100 Pre Squeezebox Touch Marantz SA8004 SACD Music Hall MMF 5.1 TT Musical Surroundings Phonomena II Phono Pre

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    Hey Mike!

    Thank you so much for such a well written review! :) It was a pleasure to have your speakers here to record and I appreciate the opportunity! Enjoy!
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    (Looks like my local acquaintance hasn't sent his in yet but will be doing so next month.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey081057 View Post
    Get off the fence.

    My latest observation: The sound much fuller at moderate to low (average listener) levels. The mids and lows seemed to be a little mushy before the mod.

    I only noticed this cuz i turned them down and went out to run a few errands and came back and sat down and am listening at a level that is far below 11... like maybe 2 ish...
    Your review was spot on. I have the Castle mods on LSi9's. I'm the other Michael in the reviews on his site.

    Trey does excellent work and fast turn around. When he had my x-overs it like a play by play on what he was doing. Great guy to work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hertz9753 View Post
    Your review was spot on. I have the Castle mods on LSi9's. I'm the other Michael in the reviews on his site.

    Trey does excellent work and fast turn around. When he had my x-overs it like a play by play on what he was doing. Great guy to work with.

    Yes he treats customers like gold and I felt very comfortable dealing with him from my initial contact
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    2 C: VR3 LSIM 703's Monitor 5B's SDA SRS 2.3's DSW MP 1K Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang 50Years Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's Tesla E83CC's Marantz 2385 Yamaha M80 Parasound 2100 Pre Squeezebox Touch Marantz SA8004 SACD Music Hall MMF 5.1 TT Musical Surroundings Phonomena II Phono Pre

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    So today ( without the O/L home) I decided to take the training wheels off after listening for a little over a week peaking at app 85 dB... I put on RHCP and let them peak to app 108 dB, and they sound f in great... the bass is still tight, and nothing seems lost. I don't want to push them any higher....They sound great but feel even better...
    HT:Polk LSi c LSi 15's VR3 LSi 9's LSi FX's Dual DSW MP3K's Marantz AV7701 Sunfire TGA-7401 Oppo BDP-93 Sony PS4 Directv Genie HD DVR Samsung 64" Plasma

    2 C: VR3 LSIM 703's Monitor 5B's SDA SRS 2.3's DSW MP 1K Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang 50Years Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's Tesla E83CC's Marantz 2385 Yamaha M80 Parasound 2100 Pre Squeezebox Touch Marantz SA8004 SACD Music Hall MMF 5.1 TT Musical Surroundings Phonomena II Phono Pre

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