I had LSi7's for over a year and loved them since the day the fed ex guy dropped them off. I recently parted with them and have been without LSi's for about a month and a half. The monitor 7's stood up to the challange but just couldn't fill the hole the lsi's left. A day or two after selling the lsi7's I placed an order for a pair of ebony 9's. Since I get an absolutely amazing deal on them through work I decided to upgrade because it would basically be a lateral move money wise.
It took about a month to get them because I had to mail a money order to Ontario and then they shipped the speakers from polk hq somewhere south of the border. I got a little worried at first when I saw the tennis ball sized hole in the side of the box (at that point I could see the ebony veneer) but they managed to survive without a scratch.
I got them home and started moving things around to make room, turning my sub off in the process. I sat them down in about the same spot I had my lsi7's and threw in a cd. Immediately I was floored by the bass. I went checked again and my sub was in fact turned off. Never have I ever heard a bookshelf that I liked without a sub. I ran my lsi7's sometimes without a sub and always felt it was really lacking something for 95% of the music I tried. I was expecting an improvement but I had no idea the 9's would be such a different speaker. Honestly, it's hard to do a comparison between the lsi7's and 9's because I've been listening to monitor 7's for the past month.
Now that I have the 9's I'm tempted to get rid of my sub or put it to use elsewhere. I've been playing around and for the most part I just don't need it. Getting a good blend might take a while, but in the meantime it'll be staying off. Who knows, maybe the Atlas 15 will make it into my '68 beetle :p (if I can somehow make room for it).
The finish on the new generation of lsi's is even nicer than the old style. I love the seamless look and it looks like they've done a better job with the driver cutouts. On my seamed 7's I noticed it looked pretty jagged and rough around the drivers but on the 9's it has nice smooth edges. The veneer, as usual, is top notch and looks great. My 7's were cherry so I tried out ebony this time and I think I chose well. The ebony is much much darker in person and looks just fantastic. I was thinking it would be a bit lighter with a hint of purple (as seen in photos) but it's nearly black in person.
I'm so glad I took the chance and sold my 7's so I could order the 9's. It cost me next to nothing to upgrade and the wait was well worth it. :D
Discs in que for tonight include Rush Gold, Zeppelin III, Joes Garage, Steely Dan and some Supertramp to finish things off. Probably get some more photos and comparisons later.