great speakers, great purchase
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I've had these speakers for two years now and have been very impressed. I have two LSi-9s for my fronts, LSi-C for the center and two LSi-7s for the rears and a Polk PSW-1000 subwoofer. It is all powered by an Onkyo TX-SR806 7.1 receiver. I have Monster heavy-guage (10 guage?) speaker wire and all monster cables. My LSi-C and LSi-7s are bi-wired and my LSi-9s are bi-amped. I listen to a lot of music, including SACD and DVD-Audio. I have tried the LSi-9s both bi-wired and bi-amped and either way, they sound great for what are supposed to be bookshelf speakers. In listening to stereo SACD tracks with the speakers bi-amped, the clarity borders on freightening. Even with standard CDs, I routinely pick up details I miss with an inferior system. Some people try to compare the bass response to that of tower speakers (with large powered woofers), but the bass is VERY good for bookshelf speakers. If your main use is for surround sound, you should have a subwoofer anyway and towers would be a waste of money. I use my subwoofer with stereo sources, but even without the subwoofer, they sound great. For what it's worth, I was toying with splurging on LSi-25s for my fronts so that I could use them for stereo, without the subwoofer. I actaully had a Polk technical rep ADVISE AGAINST IT, saying that the LSi-9s with my PSW-1000 sub give better sound! Bottom line, the LSi-9s are a great buy and great performers for the size and cost.