New Polk Audio "Legend" Speaker Series shown at 2019 Hong Kong High End Audio Video Show

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 27,368
    Frys was a big, big deal when we lived in the Silicon Valley -- but that was a long, long time ago (1989-91) :|

    There was one within easy walking distance (2 blocks) from the place I worked in Sunnyvale in those days. Being from the East Coast, I would actually walk over there. The Californians all would drive.
  • Do you guys know and understand just how Best Buy has weathered the storm of disappearing retailers?
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 18,281
    edited September 2019
    Hyme2019 wrote: »
    Do you guys know and understand just how Best Buy has weathered the storm of disappearing retailers?

    Large debt🤪
    Yea I don't know, but what I do know is our BB is a shell of what it was. If it wasn't for phones and computers I doubt they'd still be in our city. They ditched music media years ago and barely have any 4k or Blu-ray media at all. Lots of TV's are sold there I guess also. Barely any audio stuff and it is all bottom of the ladder.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 9,502
    Hyme2019 wrote: »
    Do you guys know and understand just how Best Buy has weathered the storm of disappearing retailers?

    Price matching Amazon and online ordering/delivery/in store pickup.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • Sure that’s part of it nightfall, but actually eliminating overhead. Have you noticed the designated spots for brands like Samsung, Sony, apple etc. well the manufacturers pay for those spots. Furthermore the manufacturers actually also hire people to work there. So Best Buy doesn’t pay as much for square footage or employees.
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 3,207
    edited September 2019
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Was only saying that (not to deter from your added value) as a confirmation of no other higher end speakers in the works from Polk.
    If I’m being honest, the legends look like they are cheaper (looking) than the LSiMs

    Ouch..not to me brother I got the big ones on my list of will do's!! Anyone know the weight of each tower??
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 45,653
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Was only saying that (not to deter from your added value) as a confirmation of no other higher end speakers in the works from Polk.
    If I’m being honest, the legends look like they are cheaper (looking) than the LSiMs

    Ouch..not to me brother I got the big ones on my list of will do's!! Anyone know the weight of each tower??

    Here you go brother.

    Height48.6" (123.44 cm)
    Width17.94" (45.57 cm)
    Depth17.38" (44.15 cm)
    Weight118 lbs (53.52 kg)
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  • How do you guys feel about the move from high gloss cabinets to more traditional real wood veneers?
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 23,243
    I wish the face had a gloss look to it, and I love the real wood.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 45,653
    Hyme2019 wrote: »
    How do you guys feel about the move from high gloss cabinets to more traditional real wood veneers?

    What high gloss cabinets? The LSiM cabinets are a satin sheen with real wood veneer. The cherry color is applied mixed in the finish to give a uniform appearance. The midnight mahogany is a black toner applied over the cherry color.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 45,653
    I wish the face had a gloss look to it, and I love the real wood.

    The black ash version comes with a gloss black baffle. The walnut version comes with a matte black baffle.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 23,243
    Walnut with the gloss is what I would order if I could.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Statement V2 cartridge and Origin Conqueror Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered…History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right” — George Orwell

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • F1nut wrote: »
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Was only saying that (not to deter from your added value) as a confirmation of no other higher end speakers in the works from Polk.
    If I’m being honest, the legends look like they are cheaper (looking) than the LSiMs

    Ouch..not to me brother I got the big ones on my list of will do's!! Anyone know the weight of each tower??

    Here you go brother.

    Height48.6" (123.44 cm)
    Width17.94" (45.57 cm)
    Depth17.38" (44.15 cm)
    Weight118 lbs (53.52 kg)

    Thanks Jess. Was thinking they were bigger.
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 27,368
    Gloss finishes are cheezy (to me) -- de gustibus non est disputandum, though, of course.

  • WLDockWLDock Posts: 2,840
    edited September 2019
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Gloss finishes are cheezy (to me) -- de gustibus non est disputandum, though, of course.
    Yes, the subjectivity of speaker selection. Once you find your sound you may not like the available finishes. Just think about the tough decisions designers, manufactures go though regarding finishes... especially if only a couple will be offered.

    Gloss finishes may not suite all tastes and not work with all decors. However, a high quality gloss finish mated with the right decor can have a very upscale appearance when done right.

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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,350
    DSkip wrote: »
    The LSI line was never meant to be at a business like fry’s. Frys was able to persuade Polk into it and then you saw the issues that resulted from having speakers never intended to be run on receivers getting paired with entry level AVR’s.

    I saw that first hand. Sales guy told my coworker any AVR would work. Guy got a cheap Sony from work and cooked it in like a week. Then he went for a ES model, last I knew it was still going.

    Fry's is in some type of death roll, still open but stores are empty. Sad to see,

    After viewing the specs on the Legends, I myself wouldn't put them on an AVR at least not the L800 or L600. They look like they need a nice big amp backed by a 20a circuit.

    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 27,368
    edited September 2019
    I could live with a glossy black Steinway -- if I had to ;)

    (the ones I've actually spent some quality time listening to have had a satiny finish, FWIW)

    I (still) think the loudspeakers in the photos above still look cheezy. nouveau riche.
    That said, of course, de gustibus non est disputandum.
  • verbverb Posts: 10,313
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I could live with a glossy black Steinway -- if I had to ;)

    (the ones I've actually spent some quality time listening to have had a satiny finish, FWIW)

    I (still) think the loudspeakers in the photos above still look cheezy. nouveau riche.
    That said, of course, de gustibus non est disputandum.

    Mark IIRC you have a rather sizable collection of black paint! At varying gloss levels. :)
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  • Hyme2019 wrote: »
    Do you guys know and understand just how Best Buy has weathered the storm of disappearing retailers?

    We talked about this in a marketing class in college. Best Buy embraced the fact that they are essentially a showroom for people to purchase things online. Next time you're in a best buy, take note of the amount of space that is dedicated towards branded displays. Windows/Surface, Mac, Samsung phones, every cell phone carrier, Samsung TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung Washer/Stove/Fridge, Kenwood, Nest, Ring, etc etc etc. Magnolia is actually staffed separately and is somewhat of it's own company leasing space from Best Buy to get in on join sales with TVs.

    All those companies pay a premium for dedicated floor space at a much higher rate than other stores. Best Buy has made up for a drop in sales by basically becoming a staff showroom for a few key brands who lease their floor space. Once you take away all the least floor space, Best Buy is actually a really small store of stuff that Best Buy actually keeps track of.
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  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,983
    edited September 2019
    Hyme2019 wrote: »
    Do you guys know and understand just how Best Buy has weathered the storm of disappearing retailers?

    From what I'm seeing at Best Buy lately, it won't be long. They are looking similar to Circuit City before they went down. Hopefully it is just my local stores and the chain will survive.
    Stan

    Main 2ch:
    Polk LSi15 (DB840 upgrade), Parasound: P/LD-1100, HCA-1000A; Denon: DVD-2910, DRM-800A; Monster HTS3600-MKII, Grado SR-225i; Technics SL-J2, Parasound PPH-100.

    HT:
    Marantz SR7010, Polk: RTA11TL (RDO198-1, XO and Damping Upgrades), S4, CS250, PSW10 (DXi104 upgrade), Marantz UD5005, Pioneer PL-530, Panasonic TC-P42S60

    Other stuff:
    Denon: DRA-835R, AVR-888, DCD-660, DRM-700A, DRR-780; Polk: S8, Monitor 5A, 5B, TSi100, RM7; Pioneer: CT-6R; Onkyo CP-1046F; Ortofon OM5E, Marantz: PM5004, CD5004, CDR-615; Parasound C/PT-600, HCA-800ii, Sony CDP-650ESD, Technics SA 5070, B&W DM601
  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,983
    The HK photos show gloss bezels but the release photos are a matt finish. I think the matt finish looks classier on these speakers.
    Stan

    Main 2ch:
    Polk LSi15 (DB840 upgrade), Parasound: P/LD-1100, HCA-1000A; Denon: DVD-2910, DRM-800A; Monster HTS3600-MKII, Grado SR-225i; Technics SL-J2, Parasound PPH-100.

    HT:
    Marantz SR7010, Polk: RTA11TL (RDO198-1, XO and Damping Upgrades), S4, CS250, PSW10 (DXi104 upgrade), Marantz UD5005, Pioneer PL-530, Panasonic TC-P42S60

    Other stuff:
    Denon: DRA-835R, AVR-888, DCD-660, DRM-700A, DRR-780; Polk: S8, Monitor 5A, 5B, TSi100, RM7; Pioneer: CT-6R; Onkyo CP-1046F; Ortofon OM5E, Marantz: PM5004, CD5004, CDR-615; Parasound C/PT-600, HCA-800ii, Sony CDP-650ESD, Technics SA 5070, B&W DM601
  • KexKex Posts: 4,605
    skrol wrote: »
    From what I'm seeing at Best Buy lately, it won't be long. They are looking similar to Circuit City before they went down. Hopefully it is just my local stores and the chain will survive.
    Actually, for some investors: Best Buy's Turnaround Is One for the Ages. Similar stories are unfolding at Target and Walmart, in fact, offering same day pick-up in store, and next day or two day shipping without the need for a membership (Amazon Prime).
    Alea jacta est!
  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,983
    Well I hope they can hang in there. I hate to see them get trounced by Amazon.
    Stan

    Main 2ch:
    Polk LSi15 (DB840 upgrade), Parasound: P/LD-1100, HCA-1000A; Denon: DVD-2910, DRM-800A; Monster HTS3600-MKII, Grado SR-225i; Technics SL-J2, Parasound PPH-100.

    HT:
    Marantz SR7010, Polk: RTA11TL (RDO198-1, XO and Damping Upgrades), S4, CS250, PSW10 (DXi104 upgrade), Marantz UD5005, Pioneer PL-530, Panasonic TC-P42S60

    Other stuff:
    Denon: DRA-835R, AVR-888, DCD-660, DRM-700A, DRR-780; Polk: S8, Monitor 5A, 5B, TSi100, RM7; Pioneer: CT-6R; Onkyo CP-1046F; Ortofon OM5E, Marantz: PM5004, CD5004, CDR-615; Parasound C/PT-600, HCA-800ii, Sony CDP-650ESD, Technics SA 5070, B&W DM601
  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 4,899
    TopperDude wrote: »

    Thanks for sharing. Seems they have never heard SDA’s before.
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    Sunfire CG Sig 405 X 5
    OPPO BDP-83 SE
    SDA SRS 1.2TL Sonicaps and Mills
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    Sur - FX1000 x 4
    SUB - SVS PB2-Plus

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    Sony Bravia XBR- 32-Inch 1080p
    Onkyo TX-DS898
    GFA 555
    Yamaha DVD-S1800BL/SACD
    Ft - SDA 1C

    Not being used:
    RTi 38's -4
    RT55i's - 2
    RT25i's -2, using other 2 in shop
    LSI 15's
    CSi40
    PSW 404
  • Interesting how they liked it so much that it became their point of reference for the rest of the show. Really getting me excited to hear this apparently really awesome new series:)
  • vmaxer wrote: »
    TopperDude wrote: »

    Thanks for sharing. Seems they have never heard SDA’s before.

    Their next podcast is supposed to be all about the Polks
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 27,368
    verb wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I could live with a glossy black Steinway -- if I had to ;)

    (the ones I've actually spent some quality time listening to have had a satiny finish, FWIW)

    I (still) think the loudspeakers in the photos above still look cheezy. nouveau riche.
    That said, of course, de gustibus non est disputandum.

    Mark IIRC you have a rather sizable collection of black paint! At varying gloss levels. :)

    good point -- we're a little short on pianos lately, though.

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 9,507
    TopperDude wrote: »

    Damn, they talked about the L800s for 25 mins. Sounds like they kinda stole the show! They said other rooms that they went to afterwards sounded like they were playing mono recordings.

    Nice job, Polk!
  • Well I’ve confirmed the Polk Legend series will only be sold through Prosource dealers.
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