When I got my first set of LSi-9's I was surprised that they didn't look more like the RTi12's I had. I was hoping to keep them in the same room and just switch between the speakers for HT or music. I was a bit disappointed in that they didn't match but I really did like the finish anyway. Actually it's because they didn't match the RTi12's or the Cherry entertainment center I had to relocate them to a separate room, the wife wouldn't have the different woods right next to each other. This relocation quickly morphed into a dedicated 2 channel rig ;):D. Its all good though because the 2ch rig is in a better room sonically now.
Anyway, in pictures I saw online of other LSi9's, 7's, and 15's, they all looked more like I originally thought, closer to the RTi12 finish. I figured it was always just the way they photographed or that different LSi models had diff finishes. Its hardto show texture in a photo unless that is the intention of the photo.
I just recieved my 2nd set (both direct from Polk), and the Cherry finish is radically different than my first set. While I think each finish is beautiful on thier own, I am a bit disappointed since they won't mix well in the same room if I decided to setup a multi channel LSi rig.
What is the normal finish?
Do I have an oddity?
Or did they change the finish at some point?I know the new RTiA series has a different finish than the RTi sereies as I also have a CSiA6. Its a darker or more brown cherry finish to my eyes. (Its mostly concealed so it doesn't matter in my case)
Here's a shot of the side of my RTi12, just for comparison:
Some pics of the newest set I just got. It has a very smooth texture-but not glossy-almost velvety smooth. Its a deep brown/red-I would call it a deep cherry finish. Ahough they look similar in the photo, I think the new LSi9's finish is similar but darker than the RTi12s. A much better match though.
Its very hard to photograph this finish as it always shows up too orangey or red in the pic when a flash is used (I tried several white balance settings) so here are two shots; one with and one without a flash. Neither are completly accurate to what I see with my own eyes though. I need to take better pics with a camara with a hotshoe flash.
Angle shot to help show texture
And here is my first set. It has a wood grain texture-not smooth and its much less deep in cherry color. I can;t even be sure its actually Cherry wood. Almost oakish.
Notice even with the flash its not nearly as red.
Side shot to help show texture
Another texture shot
Anybody notice the same differences with the Ebony colors?
Feel free to post your own pics