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    Default Karma: Polk Audio Surround Bar

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    This Karma is for a Polk Audio Surround Bar. This is the same SB that was passed around for reviews, awhile back.

    Here's some history...

    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...round+bar+demo

    It's touched many hands, and the basic requirement was that they post a review....and that never happened for a few folks. I guess they were to busy to offer an opinion.

    Whatever, who cares....they didn't, but Polk is offering this Surround Bar for Karma.

    The product and shipping is FREE and the unit is 100% functional, albeit, a couple scratches, and a ding on the body. It's silver in color and will be shipped in new packaging.

    KARMA REQUIREMENTS:

    "Do you think the LSi line should be updated, upgraded or completely overhauled?"

    Just answer the Karma question and let me know that you are "in"...and we're solid.

    This Karma is open to participating members only. That means you contribute and post every now and then...not all the time. Your post count doesn't need to be high to join the karma but it should exist.
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    I've never heard a LSi's series speaker. But as far as looks go, it doesn't appear to be aging yet.

    EDIT: After reading other responses, I've never been crazy about side firing woofers either. I believe in the LSI's case, it's to have a narrower footprint and keep the WAF up. One way to keep a somewhat narrow stance and get rid of the side firing woofer would be to have a pair of 8" front firing woofers, which would change it's clean look. Appearance wise, I believe running the veneer all the way up the sides, and even a sheet on the front panel, stopping at the bottom of the mid driver would be a nice touch.
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    I'm not sure what "participating member" means but I would like to be included if I qualify.

    I only wish to have the LSiC overhauled and made bigger. The 7's, 9's, 15's, and 25's are fine.

    Perhaps add a Lsi15 without the side firing woofer?

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    IN LIKE FLYNN

    My opinion? Yeah, it's time to refresh the LSi's. Particularly in the looks department. I love the look with the grill on but, sans grill, I just have never cared for the look...plus, the LSi's have been out for, what, 5 years? That's an eternity in the life span of a consumer product.

    I wouldn't dick with the sound or even the lineup compliment. I just think it's time to update the cabinetry.

    Now...if Polk wanted to make a 'statement' line-up. I'd REALLY love to see what Polk could come up with given carte blanche to come up with a real reference quality speaker...

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    Doro; "Do you think the LSi line should be updated, upgraded or completely overhauled?"

    For what Polk does at the price point they are trying to achieve, I think no. Their LSI line is fine.

    As far as upgrading? What's wrong with it?

    Overhauled? To step into the next level? 10% should be devoted everyday toward achieving that goal. By the year 2009, we should see the end result. ;)

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    Personally, I feel the LSi series could benefit from a general overhaul. Although the series has enjoyed a respectable tenure since being introduced back in 2001, it’s time to re-introduce a more competitive product that will once again challenge today’s crop of accessible hi-fi.

    Expanding a bit further, the woofers currently employed are dated. Although they succeed in being nearly bullet-proof, there are plenty of high performance mass market drivers available today that offer similar strength without the use of heavy materials. In other words, make the Lsi’s a bit more linear and give them a more stable impedance curve.

    I’ve always enjoyed the looks of the LSi series. Naturally, I am always curious to know what concepts have been submitted by the art/design department.

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    As far as the LSi's, they should probably be updated again in the next coupld of years. Maybe lose the integrated amp on the 25 and a model between the 9 and 15... Maybe a LSi7 with an 8" woofer on bottom in tower form. As far as woofers go, they could probably add some throw and weight with the new tech that's out there to get them to dig a little lower and louder.
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    There are some cosmetic changes that would be nice on the LSi line. (Removable wood sides, smaller grill on the front of the 15's and 25's, the curved sides of the RTiA line are just sexy, etc.)

    With that being said - the sound for the pricepoint they are offered at is still great. I would rather see the LSi line go unchanged for another 5 year cycle (except maybe some minor cosmetic freshening) and a new "Signature" or "SRS" line be offered above the current LSi line.

    While a great speaker and one I am proud to own - the LSi is still not what I would consider a flagship speaker and the best a company like Polk could produce. I look forward to hearing where Polk goes from here.

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    In please.

    Upgrade them with cabinets like the new RTiA line. Lose the powered sub in the 25's. Lose the powered sub in the 15's and call it an LSi-11.

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    Heck yeah I'm in. I've never head LSIs, but I think it's time to star a new. I think Polk need another iconic speaker that gets the audio world talking, not just because of the sound, but also the price.
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    Hell yeah, throw me in...

    I think the LSi line is sweet, but a few changes are in order.

    1. The mid/woofer should be bumped up to Polk's more traditional size of a 6 1/2" driver. Leave the tweeter alone!

    2. How about a tower/sub package. The towers comprise of 4 mid/woofers and a tweeter and come packaged with a special "whoop your ass" sub OR you could buy the towers alone (for those of us with big subs already.).

    I had a pair of LSi 7's and loved them! They had to go unfortunately due to downsizing gear inventory. There is room for that soundbar though, ;)

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    I'm in:

    I have had and loved the complete LSi line, I still have a mint pair of 9's which I will never sell, that being said:

    1. I think the body should include an all glossy black body.
    2. The side panel should be offered in maybe one more color.
    3. I think they have aged well, and for right now will stand the test of asthetics and function as Polk's high end speaker.

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    Yes please throw me in. I have major audio withdrawal!


    I think a revision is in order. The styling of the LSIs (floorstanders) looks a little dated to me and the side firing subs need some rethinking.

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    I've never heard an LSi speaker, never had the chance to, no dealers sold them near me. Because I've never heard them I would say they need updated. Personally I don't care for the looks of them at all. If I'm going to lay down big bucks for speakers I want some beautiful wood veneered cabinetry. Piano black just doesn't do it for me (even with wood side panels). That's just my opinion...
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    I would like to see a smaller version of the LSIFX's.

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    Cool Karma. I'm in.

    Having just bought a pair of LSi15's.... Don't F with the sound of these things!!! They sound fantastic for the pricepoint.

    I think that the LSi line could use a freshening in visual appeal. I love the looks of the 15's, but they have been out a while. The challenge would be increased visual appeal, but minimizing the cost impact. Offer more than two finishes (cherry and ebony) and keep some aspect of the piano black in the design.
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    Nice Karma. I already won a Polk karma, so not in.

    Heard the LSi line for the first time at Chicago fest (15, 9 and 7's).
    Soundwise, I think they are awesome as they are for the price point.
    I would not change anything cosmetically to the bookshelves, but the floorstanders IMO need some warmer lines and less piano gloss.
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    In please.

    I would like to see an LSI SDA hybrid that combines the imagery of the SDAs with the exactness of the LSI line. Keep the Vifa tweeter and upgrade the drivers to a larger size like the SDAs...
    Also, provide a little bit larger side firing woofer to handle HT applications, and hold onto the glossy black finish of the current LSI line.

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    In please.

    I have not listened to LSi line. I do really like their look. Don't change anything, eveybody seems to love their sound.
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    Count me in please.

    I absolutely love my LSi7, wouldn't change a thing about it. it looks beautiful and sounds fantastic. I guess Polk could get a different sound out of the LSi line, but I doubt they could get a "better" sound at this pricepoint. Different may be better for some, but not for othersl, but I don't know if you'd risk the reputation of the LSi line just to get a different sound...
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    In please. However considering that I have never owned the LSi line (only heard them) I think the sound is great. I do think that the cabinets could be adjusted to be a little more "modern" to stand out against its counterparts.

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    The LSi line is really well built and I am completely satisfied with them. They have a classic look.

    If they were to be changed, they could use a few aesthetical upgrades. Something sleek and simple. I do think that just simply repackaging a speaker line with new looks isn't enough, so it might help doing a few tweaks and refinements to make the LSi line that much better than it already is. I think the key is to make sure you can keep them in the price range that they're currently at.

    My vote is for Updated/Upgraded. An overhaul makes it a new line.

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    In please. The LSi line is very good and is a line that could stand pat for many years (much like many of the other mfgs have done). Rather than redo the LSi, maybe venture back into speakers "above" the LSi line. A very limited market no less...but maybe worth the effort.
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    A few tweaks is all they need- make teh LSi 25's biampable (tweeter on one set of posts, mids on another, keep the high-level input...)
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    I'm in! I just have to write one of those really nice reviews you see all over the internet? Cool, I always wanted to write a review.

    I think the LSi series is an amazing series already and they are perfectly adequate to sell for a couple more years. However it is often in the company's best interest to keep their lines as updated as possible. So I suppose it is a toss up. My opinion is that it is just fine for now.:D

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    Make the LSi a little more efficient and your in like Flynn
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    LSi 7, 9 & 15 (These I have heard) I won't comment on the 25's

    Looks - Good
    Sound - Great
    Change - NO

    LSiC

    Looks - Good
    Sound - I think the CSi5 is better for HT
    Change - YES

    New Product line

    Please!!! As many have mentioned already, I too would like to see what they can come up with in a product line above the LSi series.

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    I chose Rti12' for my setup due to the reviews and a few auditions I was able to get in of the Lsi series. The word on the street was that they were great music speakers and the Rti's were better HT speakers. I think most of the world is looking for 5.1/7.1 type setups out there. Very few people are still 2 channel (although the current ones are the most enthusiastically).

    So I would push the Lsi's with that in mind with a redesign. I would do aesthetic changes to make them look more contemporary. People should want to add them into their ht setups. I think there’s a lot of speaker options out there for the price of the LSis. I can also say that I just would not be interested in the Lsi25 with the build in sub amp. Polk Subs are just no interesting for their price, not enough power. If you do keep the design, you gotta get an Amp in there. I just don’t get the whole sub in the speaker thing as it is. Why? Preout subs are everywhere now, I don’t see the need for them in 2007. I think you are trying to just do to much in one speaker.

    I think they need to move more like the Rti series in number of drivers as you go up in “numbers”. Bigger and larger mids on a scale with their number (even if you choose to keep them a more musical speaker).

    You got to get marketing out on them. On most of the Polk line, it just seems like marketing has disappeared with the exception of monitor series at CC and Best Buys.

    Of course, don’t forget that not many people can drive 4ohm or even know how to.

    So as you can see, most of my "pickin's" are on aesthetics and marketing. I think they are pretty decent sounding speakers for music tastes but you are missing an entire market.

    I think all 3 lines should focus on the exact same specification: An all around good speaker no matter what its used for.

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