I am at a dilemma here. So I would really appreciate help from everyone.
I currently have an all B&W 602 S3 based setup with a B&W sub. Currently using a Pioneer Elite 56txi frontend, and a Pioneer elite 59avi player. I also using a 2 Adcom GF555-MKII (200w/ch/8ohms) to power my front and rears, the center is handled by the receiver. I happy with the sound but I am beginning to get bored with the sound. Comparing to other speakers I have heard, Paradigm Reference and the B&W 805, the 602 seemed to be boxy although the midrange is very good. Last night, while watching LOTR ROTK, one of my 602 suddenly became dead silent. After careful inspection, it wast shot and took along one channel of the Adcom it was powered from. This gave a better excuse to upgrade. So I thought of upgrading my current speakers, this time to a 7.1 to make good use of PLII which I love.
My dealer doesn't have the LSi9 in stock. If he did, I would take 3 pairs of Lsi9 and an LSiC center to complete my 7.1 But that isn't the case because he doesnt have any in stock. What he has is an LSi15, LSi7, and the LSiC. Now, this are the configuration I am planning:
LSi15 - Front
All for U$2700.00
LSi7- Front, Side, Rears
All for US2100.00
LSi9, Front, Side, Rears
(I have to wait 1 month though for the order to arrive)
LSi15 - Front
B&W 602 S3 - Side and Rears ( These are the current speakers I have which can be demoted to the side and rears) (The damaged speakers can be repaired at no cost from the dealer) In this configuration though, I am worried about timbre matching since I listen to SACD 70% of the time.
What would be the best option for me. I listen to 90% music 10% movies. I want the option that will give me the best sound but at the same time will be most cost-effective. For now, because one of my Adcom has been "shot", I am left with 3 channel working so that would be the front and center only. For the rest of the channels, it will be powered by the Pioneer until such time I seal the deal on an ATI 200w/ch amplifier I am eyeing right now.
And as an aside, are Polk LSi series really that good? Will I hear a dramatic improvement compared to my current setup? Or should I be looking at some other brands. I am impressed by the reviews the Polk got. So I auditioned it but in a not so ideal setting powered by mediocre receiver. So I have mixed feeling. I can't bring it at home and even if I can, I really don't have the time cabling and uncabling so I am relying on the experts here. So let's hear it.