This is not really a “review” per say but is more of an acknowledgement of how incredibly nice the LSiM series is and a thank you for Polk for providing us Polkies with such a good deal recently. So please do not read this thinking you will receive descriptions of sound and so forth.
I think there comes a point in a hobby where you become disenchanted with your first love or more so what started you in the hobby. I am not sure why this is or perhaps it is "if I move backwards I am not moving forwards" or whatever the case may be but for my own reasons I have not owned Polk speakers in about seven years. Once I walked away from the Polk brand it was a lot of parallel changes with mostly different sound signatures (Definitive Tech) and I eventually had a system I felt was extremely good, the best I have heard with my modified Tyler Acoustics Super Towers. I have traveled many many miles to hear top notch systems to gain experience. I actually traveled 700 miles to hear the Wilson Audio Alexandria II in a 1.5 million dollar system and I was able to hear the JM Lab Grande Utopia on a regular basis for years. These experiences were an eye opening experience to what audio was all about. Anyways, a long story short when I had to sell my Super Towers due to personal reasons I have not really been in a hurry to have a reference 2 channel system. Plus I want my next system to be a complete in wall home theater with actual box style speakers for mains.
Over the last two years I have owned quite possibly thirty to forty plus sets of speakers from a multitude of Tyler Acoustics, Joseph Audio, Definitive, Rogers, the list goes on and none of them really made me sit down and listen after the modified Super Towers.
Enter Polkfest 2012, Baltimore Maryland, headquarter tour and the LSiM was the topic of discussion with multiple demo rooms. I will be honest that every demo at Polk headquarters left much to be desired and that was not a good demo for me. It was not until we arrived at Stu's house and listened to the LSiM705 on the Audio Research gear, on an IPod no less did my ears perk up. They were not my Super Towers but they had an extremely special quality to them that allowed you to just listen.
With that said, I am not really a review type person anymore because what is it to describe audio through words? I just wanted to chime in that I can without a doubt say that the new LSiM series is a true statement series from Polk Audio, particularly the 705. It will not be the best speaker out there once you move to an upper level (it will provide stiff competition in a lower price point) but in its level I think you would be extremely hard pressed to find a speaker for the dollar that is built as nice, looks as nice and provides the sound quality that the 705 delivers.
I appreciate the venue Polk Audio has provided us with this forum and the LSiM is truly a collection of all of our complaints, wishes and wants rolled into an extremely tight good looking package. From a long ago Polk Audio owner I am proud to say I have these speakers in my possession and I hope they will be a part of a system in my humble abode for many years and anyone that knows me that is one heck of an accomplishment.