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Polk Audio LSi9 Dual-Driver Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Real Cherrywood Finish)

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  • Dual drivers and the Ring Radiator Tweeter reveal pinpoint details, realistic imaging and projection, a wide soundstage with surprisingly deep and wide frequency response.
  • The LSi Series sounds like a Polk Audio loudspeaker should: realistic, transparent, wide and embracing, with no distortion even at lifelike volume levels.
  • Amplifier Specs:Recommended Power: 20-200 watts per channel.
  • Rigid Cast Aluminum Driver Baskets resist flexing and "ringing" for ultra-tight bass and coloration-free midrange.
  • The solid, non-resonant, 1.5"-thick heavy duty panels reinforce the enclosure's solid quality, helping it remain totally and more efficiently acoustically inert.
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Product Specifications

Brand NamePolk Audio
Speaker TypeBookshelf
Color NameGloss
Item Display Height15 inches
Depth15.25 inches
Driver Configuration2x 5.25" mid/woofer, 1x 1"ring radiator tweeter
Frequency Response Curve38 Hz - 27 kHz
Crossover DescriptionDriver 1: LPF at 200Hz 12dB/oct, Driver 2: LPF at 2.4kHz, 12 dB/oct. Tweeter: HPF at 2.4kHz 18dB/oct.
Speaker Driver Material TypePolypropylene
Peak Power Handling - Speakers200 watts
Maximum Speaker Depth (inches)15.25 inches

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Polk Audio
  • Model Number: AM2197-D
  • Color: Gloss
  • Speaker Type: Bookshelf
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
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Product Description

The Polk Audio LSi9 bookshelf speaker is a bookshelf speaker that delivers superior linearity, definition and imaging, as well as bass response that's rich, deep and satisfying. It's superior musical accuracy equals serious theatrical impact. Like the whole LSi Series, it is highly accurate and intensely musical. Its dual driver and Ring Radiator Tweeter (rare in a speaker of this price) present a large soundstage without sacrificing pinpoint localization. The Mylar bypass capacitor in the high-pass crossover extends and flattens high frequency response. Hear musical details you've never heard before. Listen to the LSi Loudspeakers with SACD and DVD-Audio sources to reveal higher accuracy and resolution, with more dynamic response and superb focus; true three-dimensional imaging and remarkable reproduction of even the finest details.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 8.6 x 14.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 65.5 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0009WWUIO
  • Item model number: AM2197-D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,771 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005
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The quality is superb. What Polk has achieved is marvelous. The finish is elegant. The clarity is excellent. That said, these babies are heavy, require stands (and nice ones to match the finish), and the speakers (and stands) must be positioned for the best "sweet spot" (they are directional). While the bass is adequate, given today's tastes, many will want to add a sub-woofer for bass and precussion clarity. When you factor the add-ons and positioning the stands it may make you wonder why you didn't buy a floor-standing speaker and be done with it. This is a convenience and not a quality trade-off.
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Polk wrote the book on customer service.

We have two pairs of LSi9 speakers. I bought the first pair in March 2009 after reading wonderful reviews about them here at Amazon. We have a set of Polk SRS 3.1s in our living room, so I didn't want to get anything else but Polks. The SRS 3.1s are 48 inches high and weigh 100 pounds EACH, and they are 19 years old, but they sound as fabulous as the day we got them, so my preference for Polk is justified. The LSi9s were placed in our master bedroom, to be used mainly with the computer where I store most of our music. They sound just as good as the towers in the living room, perhaps tighter and better focused, even though they are only a third of their size. I loved them so much that three weeks later I went back to Fry's Electronics to get another pair for my office, to replace the Klipsch bookshelf speakers we had there for a while. Well, Fry's only had one set left, an open box pair which were in use as demonstrators. The price was right, so I bought them on the spot.
Now comes the good part. One of the open box speakers didn't sound right. I reluctantly called Polk Audio's customer service, expecting a run-around from voice mail hell. To my surprise on the second ring a pleasant young man named Eric answered. I told him about the problem with the open box speaker, and Eric said I could ship it to San Diego for repair, or he could send me the parts and I could repair it myself. He said there are only one or two parts which might be bad, and replacing them takes only 10 minutes. I didn't want the hassle of shipping the 35 pound speaker, so I asked Eric to send the parts. The crossover didn't help, so I called again and asked for the 5 1/2 inch driver.
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Hello. This is one of the first products I actually felt compelled to write a review about. I spent a couple months researching speakers before I purchased these guys. I went to most of the high end audio stores in Manhattan. I listened to Focal Chorus 806/807, Totem Rainmakers, Rega R1/R3, and the B&W 685/CM1. All are great, but I liked the Polk's because they do everything you want from a speaker. These are speakers that you can listen to album and after album. They are not overly bright like the B&W's are. Also they produce excellent bass that is tight, not boommy. I have a large Kef sub, that I no longer use. I am using these speakers with a NAD A/V receiver. For stands I went with Lovan Affinit 29 inch.
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I have a media cabinet that I needed to install some bookshelf speakers (no room for floor mounted ones). After a lot of checking around, I went with the LSi9 speakers from Polk. I really like the sound of them. Their compact size does not take away from the great sounds. And I love the cherry finish.

Couple of things to be aware of ... as the other poster mentioned, these bad boys are heavy! Also, as with all speakers in the LSi line from Polk, they are 4 ohm impedence which means you need a strong receiver to drive these.

But like I said ... I love the sound. I use these with the LSiC for the center channel and RTiA3s for the rear surrounds and a Polk subwoofer to complete the 5.1 system :)
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I use these speakers as part of my 5.1 home theater setup. LSi 9's for front channels, LSiC center channel and LSi 7's rear channels, and a self-powered Velodyne DD 12 (1250 watts/channel) for sub-woofer. I have two Adcom 545 II (125 watts/channel into 8 ohms)powering the rear and front speakers, and I bi-wired the center channel with a third 545 II Adcom amp. I have the Integra 40.2 surround processor as the brains of the system. So you can do home theater well on a limited budget as all of the components in the system are a fraction of what you could spend. The LSi 9's with the cherry wood cabinets are beautiful, but my wife had to build custom oak shelves for them as a consequence of their usually large depth dimension for a book shelf speaker. Not a problem as my wife loves wood working and it saved the cost of stands. The speakers themselves require much power and the original 100 watts/channel Sony integrated amp system just was not up to speed; the resultant sound was dull and muddled to the extreme (not all 100 watt amps are built the same as the Adcoms are vastly superior, albeit, I have heard that Adcom is not the company it once was). Still, comparing the LSi 9's to my Dahlquist DQ 10's speakers powered by the 200 watt/channel Counterpoint tube /solid state hybrid amp and Counterpoint tube preamp, the LSi 9's come up short especially in mid range clarity, but than again, anything would sound inferior (and it may be more a function of the other components rather than the speakers themselves). Hence, I have two systems in my front room, one to play music and the other for home theater applications. The LSI 9's do have a lot of bass for a book shelf speaker, but if you want to "feel the sound" then you will still want a subwoofer to augment the lower frequencies.Read more ›
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