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Past history suggests a number of people who troll these polk threads are about to dash the hopes of many.
My 2 cents, these are a fantastic deal. Easily worth $600 a pair. They sound really alive and are never harsh. They will report poor recorings as such but not as drastically as some systems and that is good unless you crave absolute detail or have less hearing sensitivity up high. The midrange is not forward, it is very smooth. Vocals and "real" instruments sound real. Electronic stuff is detailed and bumps. They have a lively dynamic bass and midbass. Sub is required for the sub 50hrz slam. That said the bass will be enough for 90% of people.
These are a level up from the usually suspects in the upper-low budget audiophile zone. Much more refined than the KEF q150, ELAC UB5, Infinity R162 all of which I have enjoyed here at home.
They did sound a bit hard and stiff before they broke in. Give them about 10 hours of fairly loud playing time. They really losened up.
The build quality is very high and they are buult far superior to anything I have seen for $600.
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For an audiophile on the cheap like me, these are a great fit, and $600/pr is a great price. They've been $500/pr before, but haven't seen that price in over a year. They seem to be getting phased out for a new model on the horizon that will probably have a much higher street retail price — at least at first.

All the usual cautions apply — give them time for break in, they need a lot of power, and underpowered amps will not serve them well. I started with a decent 35 wpc classic amp and they sounded outright bad, switched to an overbuilt 120 wpc stereo amp that could really drive 4 ohm speakers and it was like night and day. They dig surprisingly deep for their size, but if you love bass you'll want a sub or the 705/707 lines instead.

These have all the resource of Polk for design and build, but the Polk brand generally doesn't command high-end prices. These are a level beyond most Polks in components, cabinets and crossovers, and a small boutique company would probably charge $2,500+/pr for comparable quality. The ring tweeters alone would be $200 off the shelf wholesale, and these use a special customized version Polk designed just for this speaker. Cabinets are super solid/inert, heavy, and the fit and finish is on par with much more expensive speakers.

I don't know how they compare to the rest of the modern $1,500/pr bookshelf competition (KEF LS50, etc.), but these relegated my B&W 805s and Monitor Audio Silver 6s to secondary systems/rooms — and those speakers have earned a lot of great reviews. The ELAC are supposed to be good bang for buck, but it's hard to imagine them really competing with these on sound quality alone.
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Past history suggests a number of people who troll these polk threads are about to dash the hopes of many.
My 2 cents, these are a fantastic deal. Easily worth $600 a pair. They sound really alive and are never harsh. They will report poor recorings as such but not as drastically as some systems and that is good unless you crave absolute detail or have less hearing sensitivity up high. The midrange is not forward, it is very smooth. Vocals and "real" instruments sound real. Electronic stuff is detailed and bumps. They have a lively dynamic bass and midbass. Sub is required for the sub 50hrz slam. That said the bass will be enough for 90% of people.
These are a level up from the usually suspects in the upper-low budget audiophile zone. Much more refined than the KEF q150, ELAC UB5, Infinity R162 all of which I have enjoyed here at home.
They did sound a bit hard and stiff before they broke in. Give them about 10 hours of fairly loud playing time. They really losened up.
The build quality is very high and they are buult far superior to anything I have seen for $600.
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How do these compare vs SVS ultras?
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The Cherrys say open box when you add them to your cart.
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Past history suggests a number of people who troll these polk threads are about to dash the hopes of many.
My 2 cents, these are a fantastic deal. Easily worth $600 a pair. They sound really alive and are never harsh. They will report poor recorings as such but not as drastically as some systems and that is good unless you crave absolute detail or have less hearing sensitivity up high. The midrange is not forward, it is very smooth. Vocals and "real" instruments sound real. Electronic stuff is detailed and bumps. They have a lively dynamic bass and midbass. Sub is required for the sub 50hrz slam. That said the bass will be enough for 90% of people.
These are a level up from the usually suspects in the upper-low budget audiophile zone. Much more refined than the KEF q150, ELAC UB5, Infinity R162 all of which I have enjoyed here at home.
They did sound a bit hard and stiff before they broke in. Give them about 10 hours of fairly loud playing time. They really losened up.
The build quality is very high and they are buult far superior to anything I have seen for $600.
Can you offer any more comments as these relate to the UB5s? I am using a very inexpensive amp (Onkyo A-9050) and have been using UB5s since they launched. I have a very small space in an apartment and typically listen at low volumes. I enjoy the bass extension the Elacs offer. I also have no real desire to upgrade my power source any time soon, but I love the idea of these Polks. I especially like the idea of something as well built as these.
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For an audiophile on the cheap like me, these are a great fit, and $600/pr is a great price. They've been $500/pr before, but haven't seen that price in over a year. They seem to be getting phased out for a new model on the horizon that will probably have a much higher street retail price — at least at first.

All the usual cautions apply — give them time for break in, they need a lot of power, and underpowered amps will not serve them well. I started with a decent 35 wpc classic amp and they sounded outright bad, switched to an overbuilt 120 wpc stereo amp that could really drive 4 ohm speakers and it was like night and day. They dig surprisingly deep for their size, but if you love bass you'll want a sub or the 705/707 lines instead.

These have all the resource of Polk for design and build, but the Polk brand generally doesn't command high-end prices. These are a level beyond most Polks in components, cabinets and crossovers, and a small boutique company would probably charge $2,500+/pr for comparable quality. The ring tweeters alone would be $200 off the shelf wholesale, and these use a special customized version Polk designed just for this speaker. Cabinets are super solid/inert, heavy, and the fit and finish is on par with much more expensive speakers.

I don't know how they compare to the rest of the modern $1,500/pr bookshelf competition (KEF LS50, etc.), but these relegated my B&W 805s and Monitor Audio Silver 6s to secondary systems/rooms — and those speakers have earned a lot of great reviews. The ELAC are supposed to be good bang for buck, but it's hard to imagine them really competing with these on sound quality alone.
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The Cherrys say open box when you add them to your cart.

they are brand new.
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how are these compared with infinity primus p363, if I can only afford a 2.0 system w/o sub and w/o center?
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anybody knows what's the total gross weight for both boxes?
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anybody knows what's the total gross weight for both boxes?
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These are great speakers and this is a great price. I've got a pair as the main monitors at my computer and with a small sub they are outstanding. I bought a second pair as the rears for my surround system and I couldn't be happier with them.
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Can you offer any more comments as these relate to the UB5s? I am using a very inexpensive amp (Onkyo A-9050) and have been using UB5s since they launched. I have a very small space in an apartment and typically listen at low volumes. I enjoy the bass extension the Elacs offer. I also have no real desire to upgrade my power source any time soon, but I love the idea of these Polks. I especially like the idea of something as well built as these.
The ELAC UB5 is a superb $500 speaker. It is more analytical than the LSIM703. It is less musical / rich sounding though I did really like it. No where near as dynamic but with possible better bass extension. The lsim703 can play very loud.
Lsim703 has a larger soundstage..
In no way do the UB5's disappoint - they are just not quite my favorite between the two. Some would prefer them.
I like trying different speakers so I get around but I could be very happy with either set. Choosing 1 I pick the lsim703.
Build quality is very high on the lsim703 think KEF LS50 butv3 way with a larger cabinet. 30lbs worth. Bracing and high quality furniture grade finish. No comparison with the cheap looking ELAC's.
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These are great speakers and this is a great price. I've got a pair as the main monitors at my computer and with a small sub they are outstanding. I bought a second pair as the rears for my surround system and I couldn't be happier with them.
Mind if I ask how you hooked them up to your PC? Thanks.
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