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

4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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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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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 Information

Product Dimensions 15.2 x 8.6 x 14.9 inches
Item Weight 65.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 65.5 pounds
Manufacturer Polk Audio
Item model number AM2197-D
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4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #438 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers > Bookshelf Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com April 18, 2005

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By J. Williams on October 17, 2007
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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The Lsi9 is a behemoth among speakers in its price and size category. Its large, heavy, and demanding of amps and stands. The demand to performance ratio precludes the speaker from reaching the pinnacle in its price class. Yet, despite the presented difficulties, the listener will find more than ample consideration rendering the speaker worth the effort and expense.

Sound quality is the prime factor for choosing a speaker, and for some, appearance is more than an after-thought. The Lsi9 should please the demanding listener and viewer equally. The cabinet is comprised of 3/4" mdf covered in glossy black paint, with solid one inch thick wood panels affixed to each side. The cabinet is rock solid and uses metal 5-way binding posts. Almost all speakers in this price category utilize wood veneers when not relying exlusively on high gloss paint. Internet photos don't do justice to the beauty exhibited by the Lsi9. Other manufacturers may offer speakers that rival the sound, its doubtful that they can approach the visual appeal, and very improbable that the others can equally satisfy both.

The refined appearance is complemented by exemplary sound. The drivers are remarkably smooth and detailed when rendering both poor and high quality recordings. A non-fatiquing experience is guaranteed. Instruments approach life-like quality without undue harshness. When asking the speakers for reference level volumes with amps rated 300 and 200 watts continuous at 4 ohms (the Lsi9 nominal impedance rating), no harshness along the frequency range is detected.

In terms of frequency balance, bass levels may be a little high for those who desire the typical two channel bookshelf output.
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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 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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