The Polk Audio LSi-15's were one of the first true high end loudspeakers that I've ever owned. I remember gawking at the then brand spanking new series in a Polk brochure and saying to myself "Man, It would be cool to own those speakers one day!" That was around 2001 or so, when I was still just a teen working a minimum wage job. At the time, buying into those kind of products was just a far off dream. Thankfully though, some situations changed and approximately a year later, those bad boy LSi's were mine. You could say that this is what started the spiral down the path towards audiophiledom.
As I went down ye old traditional path of bringing home tons of different gear and speakers, the LSi-15's I once lusted after ended up taking long term residents in my parents HT. Hmm.. so much for that eh? Throughout the years, this is where they have served their duty, largely ignored by yours truly.
Well, yesterday I unplugged the speakers and took them to the digs. I plugged them into about $14,500 worth of McIntosh gear (along with nearly $2,000 in MIT cables) and what can I say... I'm re-discovering these speakers all over again. Wow, I forgot just how damned good these things are for the money. Although it does seem to take a disproportionate investment in electronics to bring out all of their beauty, there is no denying how good these things can be when done right.
So how good are they? Well, let's just put it this way. I have a set of $14,000 towers on hand at the moment that have been displaced. No, I won't give out the name of those towers (either here, or in the PM), but they are from a fairly respectable brand. I've been listening to the LSi-15's play music all day, and while I can safely say that they are far from perfect, they get a lot of things right. Sometimes, its good to get back to your roots.
Much respect, Polk LSi-15... I'm glad I found you again!