Over the past several months I have upgraded my HT system. I was on track to start building the 2CH rig, but with proper direction (my wife) the decision was to focus on the HT system and then concentrate of the music portion. Hey, who am I to argue with progress.
- RTi100’s – Front
- RTi6’s – Rear
- CSi5 – Centre
- Yamaha RX-V1500
- Rotel RB-1080
- LSi9’s – Front
- LSiFX’s – Rear
- LSiC – Centre
- Proceed AVP-S
- Proceed AMP5
The upgrade occurred in stages as the first item to arrive was the Proceed AMP5 (5 Channel Amp). I did a comparison between the Rotel and the Proceed on both the Rti100’s, RTi6’s and the LSI9’s. No Comparison – the Proceed win hands down. The Rotel kicks out 200wpc(8ohm) / 350wpc(4 ohm) and the Proceed is 125wpc(8 ohm) / 250wpc(4 ohm). The volume level was actually lower using the Proceed to reach the same volume level using the Rotel. There goes my thought around HUGE rated power amps. The bass was more refined using the Proceed which is something that I never thought about. And talk about clean power, WOW.
Next came the LSi9’s. After a weeks of using the LSi9’s I am blown away by their performance. I really like these speakers. I was alone one Saturday and put on The Eagles – Hell Freezes Over and it was like listening to an entirely new song. The “brightness” was gone and everything seemed rich and smooth. The soundstage is amazing. One thing that shocked me was the built quality of these speakers. And I thought the RTi series were nice.
Now, the brain replacement. After receiving the Proceed AVP-S processor everything seemed to come together. My experience is somewhat limited as I have only owned about 4 receivers, but this one does them all in. This detailed the sound and truly eliminated that “brightness” from the Yamaha RX-V1500. The ONLY thing that I miss was having all of the controls for all of my gear on one remote. No big deal, I can always purchase a universal remote. It just makes everything easier for the rest of the family.
I guess the best way for me to describe the difference in sound is like a transparent film has been eliminated from the sound. No more haze hanging over the vocals. As well, I purchased some Signal Cable IC’s (Silver Resolution Reference Digital Interconnect for the Marantz CDP) and Balanced IC’s (Analog Two Balanced Interconnects between the Amp & Processor). The additional cables increased the clarity quite a bit.
The LSiC will be here next week & the LSiFX’s should be here sometime in the beginning of July.
I know some people believe that there is not a lot of difference between the RTi and LSi lines for HT, but have to differ. The additional detail and quality was well worth the money and I do not regret the upgrade one bit. Thanks a lot to everyone for all their help, especially Jesse. You guys helped me a lot and for me, separates are the only way to go.
The 2CH rig will have to wait under later this year or even next year. Besides, the LSi9’s are nothing to complain about for 2CH. Thanks again everyone. Have a good one.