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    Default I shouldn't have listened to those 705's again

    So i went to my local electronics dealer and listened to their lsim705's again. They sound so much better than my lsi15s. Why did i do that? I was only there to return a damaged end table i ordered from the same place. I was just getting to the point where i was happy with these things.

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    Was that at American? What were they powering them with?

    That is where I heard them and they had like an 80W Cambridge integrated and they sounded sweeeeet.
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    Yes, that's where i listened to them. I did the same thing a while back and i didn't remember liking them that much. Maybe it was my son nagging me to leave the entire time. Maybe they have been broken in more? Who knows. They sure sounded nice this time. I never cranked them up very loud but they seemed very nice at sane listening levels. I might have to get some now.

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    I wish they had the 703's there so i could compare. It's hard to pay twice as much if you can settle for the cheaper alternative.

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    Plainoledave,

    An interesting experiment would be to take your LSi15s and a SPL meter with you. I've thought about doing the same thing, but I have been too lazy.

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    Guys, the LSiM's are, by far, the better speaker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plainoledave View Post
    I wish they had the 703's there so i could compare. It's hard to pay twice as much if you can settle for the cheaper alternative.
    I compared the 703/705/707 in my 2-channel rig for a while, and my conclusion was that the 703 was by far the best bang for the buck. In terms of sheer performance, I'd rank them as you'd expect: 707, 705, 703; for bang for the buck I'd rank them 703, 705, 707. Some people prefer the 705's to the 707's, citing bloated bass on the 707's. Not me. Room probably has a lot to do with this though.


    Guys, the LSiM's are, by far, the better speaker.
    As a one time or another owner of the LSi-7's, 9's, and 15's, as well as the LSiM-703's, 705's, and 707's, I can say that this is unequivocally true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plainoledave View Post
    I wish they had the 703's there so i could compare. It's hard to pay twice as much if you can settle for the cheaper alternative.
    I think the 703's are a good choice as an alternate to the 705's but they need good amplification. That 6 1/2" driver can get wild and over extend itself at medium to higher volumes but a good amp fixes that and keeps them under control. It's a big bookshelf and it does a good job with the lower frequencies. Wish you were around when we had the 703 demo program going on here in Wisconsin. I got my 705 system up for sale and every time I turn it on I second guess my choice in selling them.

    My favorites are 705, 703 then 707's. If I were you I'd grab the 703's first because you can always move them to the rear if you ever decide to get towers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Guys, the LSiM's are, by far, the better speaker.
    100% agreed, but they are no substitute for the SRS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Guys, the LSiM's are, by far, the better speaker.
    Extremely rare moment here , but I have to fully agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Guys, the LSiM's are, by far, the better speaker.
    It would be interesting to see sales figures for the same given time span at introduction between the LSI's and LSIM's. I think at 4 g's a pair for the 707's Polk is finding out what their customer base is. Though I also have to believe their marketing told them people were willing to shell out that coin. Which I find hard to believe in today's economy.

    We all know that manufacturing anything is a numbers game, you have to move product. I just don't see a stampede for 4 g speakers these days. I could also be wrong, what the heck do I know. Polk has a track record of delivery good sound within their targeted price points. I just think as their targeted price points move higher, sales volume goes down, which spells death for a given line. Time will tell.

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    Oh, the difference between my 15's and the 705's doesn't require any a/b testing. It's pretty much a night/day thing for me. the endless upgrading in this hobby can be cruel.

    I don't think sales of these are that good, at least not at my closest dealer. They don't even stock them at this point due to slow sales or so the salesmen have told me. They don't put them on sale anymore, allegedly, due to them being special order items now.

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    You also have to be able to find them. According to Polks website, there isn't a dealer within 200mi of Toledo who carries them.

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    Dave - I picked up those Maggie's up in your backyard. I shoulda buzzed ya and dropped in. Sorry your so disappointed with the 15's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daboyz View Post
    Dave - I picked up those Maggie's up in your backyard. I shoulda buzzed ya and dropped in. Sorry your so disappointed with the 15's.
    Yes, you should have.

    No worries on the 15's. It's not that i'm disappointed with them, it's just that i want the next great thing. You know how it is. Have you heard the 705's, Dave? They are fantastic, I am going back with my music and sitting in front of them for an hour. I'm sure the salesmen will love that. lol.

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    Have not had the pleasure. The Rockford American TV&A has never carried any Lsi piece. I'm about 30 mins from a Fry's. They usually have them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daboyz View Post
    Have not had the pleasure. The Rockford American TV&A has never carried any Lsi piece. I'm about 30 mins from a Fry's. They usually have them.
    To my knowledge, Fry's will not be carrying the new LSi lineup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nooshinjohn View Post
    To my knowledge, Fry's will not be carrying the new LSi lineup.
    That is correct, the one here in Indy has the new TSx series, the RTi line (which is weird given how old it is), RTi A, and the Monitor and some R series. No LSiM's.
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    So why is the distribution of this line so restricted? It's got to be tough to sell speakers at these price points by mail order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xsmi View Post
    So why is the distribution of this line so restricted? It's got to be tough to sell speakers at these price points by mail order.
    my best guess is that most retailers don't want to stock the speaker due to the price and the slow pace at which they sell. They are priced quite a bit higher than the model they are replacing. Weren't lsi15 and lsi25 priced at $1700 & $2500, respectively? Now you're looking at $3K and $4k.

    edit: nevermind, i see 25's used to be $1499 each, still 33% more for a set of the top of the line but definitely worth it if the 707's are better than the 705's.
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    But I can listen to $16K B&W 801d's in town, drive 60mi to Ann Arbor and hear $250 Wilson's and $126 Sonus' TODAY! These have been out almost 2 yrs and other than driving to a fello Polkie's house, I can't get my ears on 'em. Of coarse I can just plop $4K down, sight unseen. But how many people are willing to do that?

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    I know, I'm whining in that last post. But the only Polks I can hear locally are the TSI line.

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    Don't worry about it. I'd be frustrated too, if I were you.

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    Dave,

    We can go in on a pair of 705's and switch them out every 3 months
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    The thing that really struck me with the 705's is how good they sounded at low volume levels. You really can't tell that you're listening to anything special with my lsi15's until you get them pretty loud.

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    I listened to the 705's, and thought they sounded nicer than the 707's although not in my room with my rig. my issue is how do i sneak them into the house. Just out of curiosity can anyone estimate what my VR3 Fortress modded lsi 9's be worth?
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    Quote Originally Posted by plainoledave View Post
    The thing that really struck me with the 705's is how good they sounded at low volume levels. You really can't tell that you're listening to anything special with my lsi15's until you get them pretty loud.
    Plainoledave,

    What are you currently running your Lsi15s with? I understand that everyone's definition of low volume is different. I'm just curious what components are in your signal chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D_M View Post
    Plainoledave,

    What are you currently running your Lsi15s with? I understand that everyone's definition of low volume is different. I'm just curious what components are in your signal chain.
    an old NAD 7600 receiver (150 wpc continuous, 400 dynamic), NAD 512 CD player. Monster Cable speaker wire and cheap cables. I should upgrade my rca cables, for sure, possibly everything. lol.

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