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Polk Audio LSiM 705 47" Floorstanding Speaker (Single) EXPIRED

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Promoted 07-25-2016 by Discombobulated at 11:48 PM View Original Post
Adorama.com has Polk Audio LSiM 705 47" Floorstanding Speaker (Single) on sale for $749.97. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

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  • Polk Audio LSiM 705 47" Superior Performance Floorstanding Tower Speaker
  • Binding Post Jumpers
  • 5-Year Polk Audio Parts & Labor Warranty
  • Manual

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Offer valid for a limited time only. The LSiM 705 features a 5 1/4" mid woofer aerated polypropylene for smooth blending along with a 5"x7" Cassini oval subwoofer radiators. Great for a mid-sized room w/ top end response - Discombobulated

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Edited July 25, 2016 at 11:45 AM by annie930ny
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$750 + free shipping


I believe this is the lowest prices I have seen on these. Last time they were on sale was last march. This deal is for a single speaker. I believe they are shipped separate anyway.
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The LSiM series have had rave reviews from multiple avforums. Does Polk produce some lower quality speakers...yes, in their base line models. However, this is their flagship series. It's like saying you'd never pay such a high price for a Nissan and then you find out that it's a GTR.
I can't answer this without doing a bit of research on my own, maybe some folks here can chime in who actually own them. But... I will say...

Unless you have a receiver that is upper tier (say $1000 or more for a very rough guide), it is probable that purchasing an amp would be the better long term decision, because:

1) When you are investing in speakers of this calibre, it is typical that while they may sound good with lower tier receiver amps, they will also probably sound much better with more power than those receivers can provide.

2) If you purchase an external amp, then you are not limited to a subset of expensive receivers where you then may be forced to pay for features you don't care about. All you need to make sure of is that the receiver you choose has preamp outs for the front channels. As one example of this, you can save roughly $1000 going from one of the models of Pio Elite's to the next almost every generation, where the main difference is only power, all of the other typically important features are the same.

3) Over time, it is much cheaper to upgrade receivers because you don't have to worry about 2) above. Speakers and amps can last decades with care and there is little motivation to upgrade due to technology changes, unlike receivers given new display resolutions, audio formats, features (like BT, wireless, the list is long over just the past 5 years). I have a pair of Energy Veritas 2.8's with a Aragon 2ch amp that are roughly 20 years old (older for the amp), and I have had little motivation to upgrade. Compared to other systems and the relative investment... they still sound fantastic. The one exception (for me) would be for Maggie's or ML's, but I just don't have the room to set those up properly, and last time I looked they weren't great for HT for more than a couple of people in the room given the small sweet spot. But OMG, when you are in that sweet spot...

4) If you know how much power you need, figuring out if a receiver has enough is a PITA. Receiver manufacturers use different standards to measure, and there are MANY tricks they use to make the number on the box much higher than it is. A common example is to only measuring at one freq, for two channels driven, at a thd much higher than acceptable. If you have two speakers that are already barely underpowered and power was measured this way, if you are driving 3 or 5 other speakers with an active surround sound track (not common, unless you use 5/7 channel stereo), then that will further reduce the power available to your mains and they will sound worse than normal. I think some just straight up lie, and as they don't always publish their testing methodology, it is impossible to tell.

Figuring out the true power for amps is MUCH easier, that same trickery doesn't get passed people who review amps for a living. Receiver reviews I have read lately... well lets just say that the quality of those reviews given what they actually research and that has objective, measured information is just deplorable, nowadays they review the features you can already see on the manufacturer's site and then use a bunch of meaningless adjectives with no method for comparison like open and airy and blah blah blah. For a time actual real output of receiver amps was measured in the way that consumers needed to figure out whether the receiver could power their speakers or not. Some of those are still written, but you are lucky if you find one for a midrange receiver that you are interested in.

Note that these are general rules, and there are always exceptions, and this also depends on some specifics about these speakers and your use case. If you never will play them past a certain volume, and these speakers are capable of sounding great at low volumes with a particular receiver's amps where those amps don't change from generation to generation, then a receiver only might be perfect. That is where either the research comes in, or doing your own in home demoing to be sure.

Finally, you may pair these up with a receiver and think they sound great... and never know what you are missing because they don't have enough power.
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I don't even know why you guys waste time educating some of these idiots.

If they can't utilize the resources at their disposal to do practical research on goods, so be it...More SD's for the rest of us.

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In before the "in for 12 for the bathroom" comments.
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I bought 2 of these to replace my LR in March and I absolutely love them. The Cherry color is gorgeous and the sound is fantastic. They really put out great sound for the cost, ESPECIALLY this price. TU!
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Good lord, spending this much on Polk speakers should be a crime. Bad deal and entirely not worth the money. Look into B&W or Martin Logan as some mainstream options in this price range, much better quality speakers (lots of other brands worthy of consideration as well). Polk speakers really belong in that <$500/pair category and even then they're incredibly mediocre for what you get.
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Quote from Shintsu View Post :
Good lord, spending this much on Polk speakers should be a crime. Bad deal and entirely not worth the money. Look into B&W or Martin Logan as some mainstream options in this price range, much better quality speakers (lots of other brands worthy of consideration as well). Polk speakers really belong in that <$500/pair category and even then they're incredibly mediocre for what you get.

are you talking about polk in general or their specific lsi line up? i only heard geard things about it
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Seems a little high, but I could just be cheap.
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The LSiM series have had rave reviews from multiple avforums. Does Polk produce some lower quality speakers...yes, in their base line models. However, this is their flagship series. It's like saying you'd never pay such a high price for a Nissan and then you find out that it's a GTR.
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Anyone know if it's just the 705's that are discounted? Prices are not showing correctly on my phone unless someone sets a link. Thank you.
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are you talking about polk in general or their specific lsi line up? i only heard geard things about it
Quote from brandon.carriere07 View Post :
The LSiM series have had rave reviews from multiple avforums. Does Polk produce some lower quality speakers...yes, in their base line models. However, this is their flagship series. It's like saying you'd never pay such a high price for a Nissan and then you find out that it's a GTR.

I don't even know why you guys waste time educating some of these idiots.

If they can't utilize the resources at their disposal to do practical research on goods, so be it...More SD's for the rest of us.
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Good lord, spending this much on Polk speakers should be a crime. Bad deal and entirely not worth the money. Look into B&W or Martin Logan as some mainstream options in this price range, much better quality speakers (lots of other brands worthy of consideration as well). Polk speakers really belong in that <$500/pair category and even then they're incredibly mediocre for what you get.
What you say is generally true for most Polk Audio speakers. but these LSiMs are top of the line.
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good price and I can't afford it Smilie

I bought a pair of Tech Def 8060's and a 8040 center for under $900 and they sound awesome, clear and clean. The 8060 has built-in powered sub so I don't need a separate sub and it shakes our walls.
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Good deal here people. These are really good speakers.
Yes, polks entry level line is nothing to write home about. But these are in the different league.
Here in SD, people rave about monoprice premium speakers and pioneer Andrew jones speakers. One should really listen to each, side by side and then choose what's best for them. These will blow them out of the water. Feed them good power and then these will sing.
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What kind of receiver would i need to rum a pair of these?
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They look so gooooood, wish I had the $$$ atm!
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