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    Default CSi A4 or CSiA6

    I have RTi A5s for my fronts and I am wonderring whether The CSi A6 is really worth paying the extra for over the CSi A4. Future Shop sells the A4's here for 374.99 and the A6's for 574.99. That it quite a difference. I am in Canada, so that is in Canadian dollars. Also will I really see much difference right now as I don't have rears yet?

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    I have the CSi A4 with my RTi A5's and it sounds great with movies, and games. If you listen to alot of music that's in 5.1 you might want to go with the CSi A6 although I don't know of a whole lot of 5.1 music. Any blue ray music I have listened to in dolby true hd could have used the A6. Don't get me wrong, the A4 sounds really good, but I imagine that the A6 would sound better for vocals. It's not really much of an issue though for me, because most of my music listening is 2 channel.

    Anyway, either will be a good choice, it just depends on how much 200$ means to you. If I would have seen the CSi A6 on polk direct I would have gotten it instead, but I didn't so I got the A4. I am happy enough with it that I doubt I will ever upgrade to the A6.
    The A6 is probably huge too. The A4 is pretty big, but I bet the A6 would really stand out wherever you put it.
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    You may want to check out this thread:

    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...ight=CSi+CSiA6
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    So, do you think I will notice a big change watching movies, with just the fronts and a sub?? and adding the A4

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    Yes, you will notice a difference if you go with the A6. I struggled with the same decision a few weeks ago and finally got the A6. I had a little problem and really strained sometimes to hear the dialogue. It gives you a full rich deep sound stage. There is a real differnce in dialogue and clarity between the two. The A6 simply fills out the front. If it's not going to hurt you too much to spend the extra money then I think you'll be pleased with it.
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    I've had both, the A6 is definitely better and worth the extra money.

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    The A6 is a perfect match for the A5s:D
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    Quote Originally Posted by renowilliams View Post
    I have RTi A5s for my fronts and I am wonderring whether The CSi A6 is really worth paying the extra for over the CSi A4. Future Shop sells the A4's here for 374.99 and the A6's for 574.99. That it quite a difference. I am in Canada, so that is in Canadian dollars. Also will I really see much difference right now as I don't have rears yet?
    I am in the same boat as you. I have an A4 and really like it but people on here tell me that i will see a nice difference in the A6. I'm thinking about selling my A4 to upgrade. cant wait to see what everyone has to say on this topic.
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    CSI A6 go big or go home!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leroyjr1 View Post
    CSI A6 go big or go home!!!!!!!!
    I agree!! Go big. CSI A6 is awesome!!!! Some places are even back ordered on it!! thats how awesome it is. everyone wants it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by leroyjr1 View Post
    CSI A6 go big or go home!!!!!!!!
    Exactly!

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    CSI A6 all the way!
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    CSi A6!!!!!!!!
    The forum has spoken!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by metal83 View Post
    CSi A6!!!!!!!!
    The forum has spoken!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
    Hey wassup metal83? :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagrant Pistol View Post
    Hey wassup metal83? :D
    Hey what's up man, hows the new setup working out for ya? :D


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    Quote Originally Posted by renowilliams View Post
    I have RTi A5s for my fronts and I am wonderring whether The CSi A6 is really worth paying the extra for over the CSi A4. Future Shop sells the A4's here for 374.99 and the A6's for 574.99. That it quite a difference. I am in Canada, so that is in Canadian dollars. Also will I really see much difference right now as I don't have rears yet?
    If you have the room to place the CSiA6 get it. You won't be disappointed. The CSiA4 is used if you don't have the space in your set up or that $200 becomes an issue. I understand we all have bills to pay and have to make cuts especially in this economy.

    As suggested in this thread, there are black CSi5s available and this is a good option as well.

    I have used the CSi3 and CSi5 with RTi8 speakers. The CSi3 is ok, but the CSi5 is better. Right now I use a CSiA6 along with the LSi series for the rest of my setup in one room. The CSiA6 is a very nice center speaker.

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    I would go with the A6 if you have the space. In my case I didn't, so I had to get the A4. I upgraded the caps and it makes a HUGE difference. Vocals are so much more open now. I'm VERY happy with the A4 now....:D
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcapri79 View Post
    If you have the room to place the CSiA6 get it. You won't be disappointed. The CSiA4 is used if you don't have the space in your set up or that $200 becomes an issue. I understand we all have bills to pay and have to make cuts especially in this economy.

    As suggested in this thread, there are black CSi5s available and this is a good option as well.

    I have used the CSi3 and CSi5 with RTi8 speakers. The CSi3 is ok, but the CSi5 is better. Right now I use a CSiA6 along with the LSi series for the rest of my setup in one room. The CSiA6 is a very nice center speaker.
    I second the CSi5.... Awesomly capable center channel.
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    Too bad Polk direct wont ship to Canada...I got my 2 A6's for 205 bucks each...tax and shipping included. I also have an A4....its a very nice center channel, but if you have the room go with the A6.

    If you could get a friend/polkie near the border to get it for you that would be ideal. They have the A4 for 139 right now...http://cgi.ebay.com/CSi-A4-Cherry-Ch...d=p4634.c0.m14
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    Without a doubt, go with the bigger center!!
    It's all in the detail.


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    Quote Originally Posted by renowilliams View Post
    I have RTi A5s for my fronts and I am wonderring whether The CSi A6 is really worth paying the extra for over the CSi A4. Future Shop sells the A4's here for 374.99 and the A6's for 574.99. That it quite a difference. I am in Canada, so that is in Canadian dollars. Also will I really see much difference right now as I don't have rears yet?
    I didn't realize those sell for such a high price. I got my A4 for $250, and then returned it for the A6 which was $399, both brand new from Tweeter last May.

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    A6 all the way baby!!!!!!!
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    A6!!

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    Is it clear which one you should go with yet? ;):D

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    Its a toss up as to who gets me to spend money more quickly, you guys or my kids. Well it looks like the A6 (big surprise). Oh well, its fun spending money on audio gear.

    Thanks for the input everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renowilliams View Post
    Its a toss up as to who gets me to spend money more quickly, you guys or my kids. Well it looks like the A6 (big surprise). Oh well, its fun spending money on audio gear.

    Thanks for the input everyone.
    LOL....Great choice...:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by renowilliams View Post
    I have RTi A5s for my fronts and I am wonderring whether The CSi A6 is really worth paying the extra for over the CSi A4. Future Shop sells the A4's here for 374.99 and the A6's for 574.99. That it quite a difference. I am in Canada, so that is in Canadian dollars. Also will I really see much difference right now as I don't have rears yet?
    no question get the csia6. i had the a4 and now have to a6. Believe me there is a huge difference between the 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by metal83 View Post
    Hey what's up man, hows the new setup working out for ya? :D


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    :) Thanks man!!! My set up is a dream. I'm loving it more and more everyday! I'm re-watching movies and re-playing some games. Wow!! What a difference it is compared to my old Monitor series set up ( just sold them to my friend, gonna miss them :( ). Can't get enough.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by renowilliams View Post
    Its a toss up as to who gets me to spend money more quickly, you guys or my kids. Well it looks like the A6 (big surprise). Oh well, its fun spending money on audio gear.

    Thanks for the input everyone.
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    Default Should I keep my csia6

    I have a csia6 with a pair of lsi15s. Should I try to get the lsic and get rid of the csia6? I think the csia6 sounds good but I think matched speakers may sound better.

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