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    Question RTi vs LSi

    Hey guys, been checking on that smoking LSi set mentioned in the Misc. audio deals thread. How would my equipment push those 4 ohm speakers and would they do better for music and movies?? Also, would my Onkyo drive the surrounds and center @4 ohms?? Pretty sure my 2250 would drive the LSi25s easily since its rated at 400wpc @ 4ohms. Anything else I need to be aware of?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snake1 View Post
    Hey guys, been checking on that smoking LSi set mentioned in the Misc. audio deals thread. How would my equipment push those 4 ohm speakers and would they do better for music and movies?? Also, would my Onkyo drive the surrounds and center @4 ohms?? Pretty sure my 2250 would drive the LSi25s easily since its rated at 400wpc @ 4ohms. Anything else I need to be aware of?
    Wouldnt suggest connecting the LSi's to that Onkyo at anything above low volumes.
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    I think you would be fine with the Onkyo, buy more amps later if need be. Its always best to get the speakers you want first then upgrade around them

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    So maybe another used Parasound to drive the other 3 channels? So what is the advantage of these over my RTi's?
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    Music is going to sound far superior but you may loose a little sparkle for HT but on the upside you could crank the volume up higher on the lsi without listening fatigue

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    Well 90% of what I do is music anyway.
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    How much could I get for all my speakers if I sell them and go for the LSi setup?? All are clean!
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    $500 for the towers, $150 for the center, $150-200 for the surrounds. Those are more realistic numbers (i.e. you could get more), but you may be able to fetch more for the towers anyways. I could see you easily getting $800-1k for the package depending on how long you want to sit on them.

    If you're all about the music, you would probably enjoy the LSi line more. I find them to be a bit too mellow for movies, but great with music.
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    Sounds possible then!

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    What color is your speakers?

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    Mine are black

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    Quote Originally Posted by snake1 View Post
    Mine are black
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken brydson View Post
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    Ok guys, the LSi's are still available and I can probably get them. The question is should I?? Am I moving up the food chain so to speak if I get these LSi's and sell off the RTi's?? I love more input about these speakers and soon cause if I move I need to move fast!
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    You may want to double check with Omar as he has already made arrangements with me to pick then up...I'm just saying it sounds like he is taking whoever gets there first versus the first person he made arrangements with. Fact is I told him I could have my buddy in STL pick them up tonight from him and he said that Saturday morning was fine.

    Just trying to make sure neither if us are getting double dealt as it looks like he is trying to deal to us both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZLTFUL View Post
    You may want to double check with Omar as he has already made arrangements with me to pick then up...I'm just saying it sounds like he is taking whoever gets there first versus the first person he made arrangements with. Fact is I told him I could have my buddy in STL pick them up tonight from him and he said that Saturday morning was fine.

    Just trying to make sure neither if us are getting double dealt as it looks like he is trying to deal to us both.
    Gotcha man! I won't 'break line'. Kinda shady way of doing people though if you think about it! I was just emailing him 30 min ago about them.
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    Look at the feedback over the years. Much of it is right inline with Polk's description of the two lines.

    RTi - "High output floorstanding loudspeaker"

    LSi - "The LSi is for the serious listener; the person who really enjoys music, who sits down and intently listens to his stereo system. This person could be a serious home theater enthusiast, too. They want to hear every detail a movie soundtrack has to offer. There's no question these speakers play loud, but the LSi Series is for the listener who is more interested in quality over quantity."
    - Matt Polk, Founder, Polk Audio

    If you are after more detail and are willing to give them the power they need than go for it because the price is right on those and you are not too far away. Also, if these don't work out I would bet you could get what you paid for them.
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    I have both RTiA5 and Lsi9. While both can do either HT or music, they both shine more in their respective areas. The lsi's are amazing at music. So laid back and smooth. Very accurate speakers, that you dont get tired of listening too. The RTiA line his bright and can be fatiguing over time. More dynamic IMO. Which is better for movies.

    I have my RTiA5s connected to a vsx32 and a dsw 600, and my lsi connected to my caver's. If I have people over or cleaning the house and want some music. The A5's do just fine. When I go into my room to relax and the main focus is listening to music my lsi's are very enjoyable.
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    Thanks for the info guys! I wasnt able to get those particular ones but this will be good info for the future! As long as LSi's can do HT well enough then I'll be happy. Music is the majority of what I listen to anyway but don't want to loose that theater experience!

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    I use a 5 channel setup of LSi's and its the bee's knee's for me.


    2 channel its RTA's all the way though (the RTi series precursor)
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    i've been through LSi and RTi setups....I really prefer LSi with any music and RTi with HT....

    I ended up with RTi with dedicated HT setup in the end....

    If you do 90% music, then yes LSi is worth it...
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    Thanks guys! I'll be looking! May start slowly with just some 25s, then a center, then surrounds. It won't be timbre matched for a while but will be eventually.
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    Must take in to account the finding a center speaker for the LSi line is ruff. The LSiC is what you want and there hard to come by.. though there was one that just sold a few days ago on ebay. Some say to just use 2 LSi7s or 9s combind for the center channel.. but one would have to use 2 separate channels to run just the center as you will need to use a splitter from the center pre-out on your receiver/processor to each channel for the center.
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    Snake, if it comes down to building over time, you should take the LSiM into more serious consideration. It bridges the tonal gap between the LSi/RTi line very well. They can easily pull double-duty and sound good doing it. Prices are a bit higher, but I'd take the 703 over the LSi15/25 any day of the week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    Snake, if it comes down to building over time, you should take the LSiM into more serious consideration. It bridges the tonal gap between the LSi/RTi line very well. They can easily pull double-duty and sound good doing it. Prices are a bit higher, but I'd take the 703 over the LSi15/25 any day of the week.
    DS, only trouble is M's are so expensive, but deals can be found on the LSi's. M's would be amazing though!! That'd be the choice if I could do it for sure!
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    Yeah I recently got the 705s for $1211 each and the 703s for $573 each from Polk Direct (Polk Audios ebay store) http://stores.ebay.com/polkaudiodirect

    You'll have to email/call them and ask if they can give you a deal and if they have anything they don't have listed that your after. :)

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    Would LSi15s or 25s be the most desirable??
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    That's a tuff one cause the sub in the 15s suck and theres a mod out there that replaces the sub with a polk audio car sub.. people like the 15s cause of the passive sub use. The 25s have a larger sub and no mod needed...but is a powered sub.

    Me I was on the fence between the 2 when I was figuring out which to get.. was leaning to the 25s since I would not have to deal with modding them. Polk direct only has ebony 25s in... on amazon theres a pair of cherry 15s. Black is my fav color but I love the contrast look of the cherry on the LSi towers.
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    Also Polk direct will charge you tax but was willing to give me 5% off.. amazon no tax (for me anyways).
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    Wow things change fast.. both sites now have mixed pairs. I guess you'll have to email them to find out if they have a matching left and right in the same color.
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    RTis are the sweet spot for HT and movies on a good amp. If you have the equipment to back them up I'm sure both speakers are very capable. I just prefer the RTi's for my Theater. Looking at eventually getting a set of Def Tech 8080 series speakers, but I've been working on other projects instead. Maybe this yr.
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