I finally did a good demo of the LSI line.
I spend 3 hours there for a complete(maybe not)listen.They had all models in stock.The first speaker I listened to was the LSI7's.My first reaction was dissapointment.They sounded horrible.They where already playing in the room I went into.I found the problem of the horrible sound.They where Hooked up to Yamaha rxv3000.Not a good match at all.****ty I will add.
I found a Pioneer Elite vsx 47tx which I'm real familiar with its sonic properities.So away I went.Using the Pioneer with the Elite dv47a dvd Player which I own and know exactly how it sounds.
I went right for the LSI 15's.sitting there in cherry,as the rest of them where,I noticed they are darker cherry then Id hoped for.Nice but slightly dark.The build quality isn't as good as I thought.Almost sloppy,the wood panels where slightly off center,you have to look for it but I'm as Anal as they come.The Black lacquer was real nice touch,I was suprised to find it on the back as well.The power port and carpet spikes where real close to the new rti series as they where there as well.The mid bass drivers seem to be right out of the rt line.They even had the slightly sloppy glue marks.No matter though, build quality is the last thing on my mind right now so I will get to the good stuff!!!
Sound.............Man I don't know how to post what I heard,I have real mixed feeling about the LSI line.Better then the first time I heard them but not exactly what I was hoping for.
The Pioneer Elite receiver powered them with ease,Dynamic range didn't suffer at all.
I started my listening with Train "Hopeless" from the "Drops of Jupiter" cd and SACD as I own both and brought both.I listened to the regular cd first.Detail was what lacking slightly as everything was there but the air I'm used to hearing On the Dynaudio 72 and 82's just wasn't there.But they Image extremly well and have a bigger soundstage then the rt line.Comparing this track on my rt1000i's,the LSI 15's clearly had a laidback fuller sound with much better controled bass.I played this song 3 times to listen for every detail.The LSI 15's didn't really let me down that much as they did have a much better sound then the rt line,but I'm starting to think the Dynaudio's would have there way with them.
I didn't want to jump to soon, so I desided to stay for awhile and listen to a number of different songs I know well.Next up was the SACD of the same song,The LSI's can play SACD much better then I was ready for,I seems like they where more designed for higher resolution music as they came to life and some air came back into the picture.Air I mean the seperate sounds having the ability to be extremly clear as if they where the only sound comming from the speaker,if you focus on them.I know the difference in the SACD vs the CD and now I was Impressed with the speakers.Very nice.
Next I went back to regular cd and listened to Lorenna Mckinnitt.The Mask and Mirror cd.The hole cd...something I rarely do in someone elses demo room.I sat there and found that the female voice came across soft yeat powerfull when called apon.Amazing,She is so good,her voice can make you feel deep inside her music like she was sitting there next to you stroking your hair and face singing to you personally.Anyone who has heard her sing can relate to what I just said.When she sings"the dark night of the soul"I loose my knees,and my heart starts beating harder,the LSI's delivered the Emotional responce I was after.I got to listen to the music and not sit there and study the speaker,thats what I love about speakers,everything thats makes me, is there.
I had to change the beat as I wanted to stay for the day.So in went stain'd"breaking the Cycle" cd and i played "Epiphany".I started to find faults in the speakers with this track.Again I know the track backwards and forwards.The Dynaudios recreate a live performance with Aaron Watters sitting on a stool playing his guitar singing.The LsI's lost some of that experience as they sounded like 2 speakers trying to go.The bass responce was very controlled but not near deep enough.They fell off in the low extention on that track,If you know the track, you know what I'm talking about.Nevertheless,they where clean and clear,And I was happy overall with there presentation of that song,pleasing if you will, but didn't hold a candle to the Dynaudio's.
Next up was Dave Matthews" EveryDay"cd.I don't know it backwards or forwards but i had to bring it because it's DAVE.There is 2 tracks on this cd I like alot 'When the World Ends', and If I had it All'.This isnj't the best sounding Dave cd, but I like the music nonetheless.I was hear nor there how It sounded on the LSI 15's.Good not bad buy no WOW factor what so ever.
To finish off my insane demo as the Owner of the store thought I had a problem,No one demo's like that, that he has met.So I went for another SACD I brought along with me...Jerry Goldsmith and I ran the Star Trek Theme sound In multichannel.The LSI's started to Impress me once again,they opened up with great force.The Dynamic range of that recording coupled with the vsx47tx was deadly.And the LSI system was up for the challenge.The LSI center was sharp and clear and mated perfect with the LSI 15's.The soundstage was big and open.I liked what I heard.
Right now as I sit hear in my room Posting this post I can't for sure that they made me wanting me to take them home right now.I thought about it when I was in the Store,I asked myself if I should just take the system home,Pick up a Rel Storm III,stop by the shop and deside on Rotel seperates,the rsx1065,avr307 or the Pioneer Elite vsx49tx.
But the Dynaudios stopped me dead in my tracks,bastards they are to beat.
But I like the Idea of Dipolar rears over monopoles as Dynaudio don't currently offer.The Polks do.Thats the one thing I like better in the LSI system right now,I'm sure after a couple of hours I will think of many things, but for now this is what I have to offer.