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on August 10, 2017
I just purchased my fourth pair of these speakers. You can't beat them for the price and quality. I have a surround system and I found that if you double up on them, they gain a marvelous extended quality. By saying double up I mean connecting 2 of them in parallel and using 2 of them as one speaker. I connect a 1,000uF capacitor between them to maintain the 6 ohm impedance of one speaker for the amp. The capacitor is invisible and has no effect on the frequency response.
I use 2 of these TSi100 speakers in parallel for the left front channel, 2 more together for the right front channel, and 2 more together for the center channel for total balance. Yes they sound much better than a typical center channel speaker. The ones for the left and right are stacked one on top of the other, and the center channel ones are laying side by side. With all 3, the bottoms are butted together. It greatly improves the stereo imaging effect by providing a taller projected pattern of sound from each speaker. Instead of sound from an 11 inch box, I get sound from 22 inch boxes.
The 4th pair I just purchased will be hung from the ceiling behind the listening area for the left and right 7.1 back surround speakers. I will not double up on them. And believe it or not, I am using 2 Polk CS-10 center channel speakers (one on each side) for the left and right 5.1 side surround channels. As odd as it may sound to you, the CS-10 makes a better side surround speaker than it does as a center channel speaker. I did not like the CS-10 as a center channel speaker. It was missing depth quality because of the smaller and odd shaped box.
If anyone is curious, I round out the Polk Speaker array with the Polk PSW-10 Subwoofer. Another excellent product from Polk. The room is only 20' x 20' so the 10 inch Sub is a great choice.
By the way, I read a few reviews of the TSi100 that were not very favorable. But from what they said, they were expecting way too much. Some of the reviews said the speaker had low bass response. Guys, it is a 5.25 inch woofer in a shoebox. Did you really think they would pound the house? If you want bass, get a subwoofer. Subwoofers are why smaller speakers can sound better with less distortion at higher volumes. Low frequency bass in a speaker can distort the rest of the sound it produces. Removing the deep low bass frequencies from a speaker, allows the speaker to produce cleaner sound and much less distortion across the spectrum.