Performance Objectives of the Polk Audio LSiM Series Loudspeakers: The
LSiM series loudspeakers are Polk Audio's best high-performance loudspeaker. Polk
Audio designed the LSiM series loudspeakers to create a sound that virtually
transports you to the scene of the recorded performance. It was engineered &
created with the following performance objectives in mind.
- Pleasing tonality, even during extended listening at
- Crisp, lifelike impulses, transients & coherent detail
without any unnatural ringing or decay.
- Natural reproduction of complex low frequency instruments &
- Uniform sonic representation within the listening area &
immersive spatial impression.
- Reproduce concert/theater levels while maintaining linearity
- Compatibility with a wide array of electronics both past,
present & future.
- Work as promised for many years of enjoyment (5 year parts & labor
Dynamic Balance: Dynamic Balance is a proprietary Polk Audio
technology using laser imaging to determine what combination of speaker
materials create the least amount of resonance. Eliminating resonance in
speakers results in a wide, smooth response, & low distortion.
3-Way Driver System: The Polk Audio LSiM series surround loudspeakers employ a 3-way driver system for crisp, detailed highs;
natural, lifelike midrange; and accurate, dynamic midbass. The surround
loudspeakers house a 1" (diameter) Dynamic Balance Enhanced Ring Radiator
Tweeter, a 3.25" (diameter) Dynamic Balance Super Cell Aerated Polypropylene
cone midrange driver, & a 6.5" (diameter) Dynamic Balance Super Cell Aerated Polypropylene
cone midbass woofer.
Enhanced Ring Radiator Tweeter: The ring radiator tweeter
was a vital element in the success of Polk Audio's original LSi Series. Polk
Audio engineers have made some nuanced improvements in the design of this
tweeter. First, they reshaped the tweeter's bullet-shaped phase plug, allowing
it to move farther out of the baffle, improving dispersion and eliminating
horn-loading. Next, they opened up the tweeter's face-plate, then redesigned the
tweeter's diaphragm roll to make it more efficient and improve dispersion even
more. Finally, they gave the new ring radiator tweeter its own tuned enclosure
(Dynamic Sonic Engine). This new ring radiator tweeter boasts higher power
handling, extended dynamic range, improved dispersion and extended top-end
Super Cell Aerated Polypropylene (APP) Cone Woofer: If the
perfect cone material is lightweight (for faster, more efficient action) and
stiff (for less distortion-causing flex), with enough internal damping to
suppress and offset any limitations of its lightweight stiffness, then the Super
Cell APP Cone Material is about as perfect as cone material gets. Aerated
Polypropylene (APP) is a mineral-filled polypropylene material that's been
"puffed up" with injected air to form a honey-comb structure. Polk Audio's
original APP cone approached the ideal balance of lightweight stiffness with
high damping, along with good resistance to moisture, UV and temperature
extremes. Next generation LSiM series loudspeakers employ Polk Audio's next
generation of APP Super Cell. In Super Cell APP, the "puffed cells" are larger,
for a thicker cone material that actually has less mass than the original APP
material. Super Cell APP has larger cells, for lighter weight and more inherent
damping, plus uncompromised stiffness, for unsurpassed transient response and
Butyl Rubber Surrounds: Durable, soft, injection-molded
butyl rubber surrounds are tuned to absorb and suppress unwanted cone
resonances. Polk Audio's butyl rubber material is impervious to UV, extreme
temps & humidity, for a lifetime of smooth, reliable sound.
Extended Linear Motion Voice Coils: Allowing lots of
movement in a limited space, ELM Voice Coils power the LSiM series speaker's
mid-range & mid-woofer drivers to extend their higher-frequency response with
much less impedance.
Cast Aluminum Baskets: These lightweight, cast aluminum
baskets provide a rigid structure for precise alignment of the speaker's active
parts, for flat response & low distortion, with no mechanical resonances or
ringing. The open design provides ample venting for unobstructed linear
Orth Crossovers: The Polk Audio LSiM series surround
speakers employ proprietary engineering, designed and patented by Polk Audio to
maintain a lower order crossover design & increase power handling. Orth
Crossovers feature Mylar/polypropylene capacitors for sparkling highs & Air Core
Inductors for superior transparency. Notch Filters and sophisticated Zobel
circuits smooth the impedance curve of the system for more efficiency & better
high frequency response.
- Tweeter/Midrange Crossover: 2.4 kHz 18 dB/oct
- Midrange/Midbass Crossover: 240 Hz 12 dB/oct
Timbre-Match Series: You can achieve incredible realism &
seamless surround effects when you build a complete Polk Audio LSiM series
speaker system. All LSiM series speaker models feature the same components &
tuning for perfect timbre-matching.
Frequency Response Note: The overall frequency response is
45Hz to 40kHz & the -3dB frequency response is 55Hz to 30kHz.
High-Gloss Black Wood Veneer: The Polk Audio LSiM loudspeakers are
finished in a high-gloss black, furniture-grade wood veneer.
MDF Enclosure: The enclosure is an integral part of the
sound design of the Polk Audio LSiM series loudspeakers. All LSiM cabinets are
made of .75" MDF, with wide-radius baffles of robust 1.25" MDF. Substantial
internal bracing (each driver has its own separate non-parallel chamber)
increases efficiency and banishes internal resonances & standing waves, for high
power handling and incredible smoothness. Wide-radius baffles, along with
zero-diffraction magnetic grilles, help stabilize imaging for a very wide,
Dynamic Sonic Engine (DSE): At the heart of the Polk Audio
LSiM series surround loudspeakers is an enclosure-within-the-enclosure design
(known as the Dynamic Sonic Engine) that houses the mid-range driver & the ring
radiator tweeter. Molded into one rigid piece, the DSE enclosure tapers to a
"turbine" that reduces back-wave reflections. The DSE combines its two speakers
in an aligned, optimized array for wide, uniform dispersion in the critical
200Hz-2kHz midrange, improving transient response. The combination delivers
exact timbre-matching, improved high-frequency dispersion and greater horizontal
Note: The ring radiator tweeter & midrange driver are
housed in a separate internal sealed enclosure from the ported enclosure
which houses the midbass woofer.
PowerPort Bass Venting: PowerPort Bass Venting is a Patented
Polk Audio technology that uses a specially designed "cone" at the mouth of the
bass port to direct moving air as it exits the port. Air moving out of a bass
port creates turbulence, which can result in boomy distortion & "port noise",
especially at high volume. This distortion can cause bass output losses up to
3dB, wasting lots of amp power. To eliminate bass-stealing turbulence at the
mouth of the port, Polk Audio engineers designed the PowerPort. It's unique
shape promotes "laminar" airflow even in short tube ports by mimicking the
properties of longer, flared port openings. No turbulence means no wasted power,
which means more efficient bass response.
Zero-Diffraction Magnetic Grille: The super thin (1mm),
zero-diffraction grille has no measurable effect on the speaker's response.
Completely unobtrusive, stylishly sheer; the grille locks into place
Gold-Plated Binding Posts: Each surround loudspeaker has one
set of gold-plated binding posts. The binding posts will accept bare wire (16-12
AWG), pin connectors, spade connectors, & banana plugs (single only).
Color-Coded: The surround speakers' binding posts are
color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive & negative.
Keyhole Slots for Wall-Mounting: The LSiM series surround loudspeakers
have built-in dual keyhole slots for wall mounting (stud-mounting recommended).
The dual keyhole slots are spaced 12" apart (a mounting template is provided). The
surround loudspeakers can be hung either on side walls or rear walls.
The loudspeakers should be mounted 6-8' off the floor. If
you're setting up a 7.1 system, mount the Surround Back Left & Surround Back
Right loudspeakers at the same height as the Surround Left & Surround Right
Note: The LSiM series surround loudspeakers should be
oriented so that the Dynamic Sonic Engine (3 1/4" mid-range / 1" Ring Radiator tweeter)
points toward your listening area. Therefore, the surround loudspeaker that
would serve as the right surround on a sidewall will become the left
surround on a rear wall.
Wall Distance Switch: The LSiM series surround loudspeakers feature a wall distance switch located on the
baffle underneath the grille. If position
limitations demand that the surround loudspeakers be mounted closer than 2' from
side walls or ceiling, the proximity of the surface can result in a response
"bump" between 50 & 200Hz. This can cause the loudspeakers to sound "boomy". The
wall distance switch flattens the response & eliminates "boominess" without
sacrificing deep bass response for more lifelike sound. Set the switch
accordingly to <2' or >2'.