Upgrade fever kicking in

Zo_SoZo_So Posts: 8
Hey guys. New to the forum. My current setup is Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2 towers with a matching htm61 s2 center channel. Powered by an Onkyo Rz830. I love this setup but I’ve got the upgrade bug!

I’m looking at the Polk Lsim 705 speakers. Does anyone have experience with my speaker and the Lsim series? How would they compare to one another? I prefer music/movies 50/50. I know sound is subjective. Would the Lsim be an upgrade compared to B&W 600 series? Or should i just leave what i have alone? I’ve had the Rti A7s before and loved them!

Even though this is a Polk forum I’d like everyone’s input of Polk or others vs my setup.

Thanks!

Comments

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,472
    Personally I would purchase a dedicated external three channel amplifier and use that to power your front stage, instead of the Onkyo.

    In my opinion this would result in more gains than switching out your speakers.

    Welcome to the forum, stay a while!
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • Zo_SoZo_So Posts: 8
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Personally I would purchase a dedicated external three channel amplifier and use that to power your front stage, instead of the Onkyo.

    In my opinion this would result in more gains than switching out your speakers.

    Welcome to the forum, stay a while!

    I have the Monolith 3x200 on my radar! Adding one of those would add better sound to my current system? I’ve heard people say it but never actually tried it myself.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,385
    As someone who can't stand the sound of B&W speakers feel free to take my opinion with a grain of salt. Since you like them and liked the stock RTiA7's I'm not sure you'd like the more natural sound of the LSiM's. On the other hand your ears may be maturing and the 705's could be just the ticket. Bottom line, they will sound very different than what you've been used to.
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  • Zo_SoZo_So Posts: 8
    F1nut wrote: »
    As someone who can't stand the sound of B&W speakers feel free to take my opinion with a grain of salt. Since you like them and liked the stock RTiA7's I'm not sure you'd like the more natural sound of the LSiM's. On the other hand your ears may be maturing and the 705's could be just the ticket. Bottom line, they will sound very different than what you've been used to.

    The rti reminded me my current towers with less bass and midrange. At least to my ears. The Lsim has sparked my interest (visuals, specs, and positive feedback.) Price is half of ATM, so that’s another positive mark.

    How do Lsim differ from B&W? You say you don’t like them. What about them don’t you like or prefer?
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,385
    edited January 11
    I find B&W speakers non-musical, lacking emotion. The LSiM's have more of those qualities. For the record, my opinion has nothing to do with this being Polk's forum. I'd say the same if we were on another forum.

    Edit: out of all the LSiM's I preferred the 705's by a good margin.
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  • Zo_SoZo_So Posts: 8
    edited January 11
    F1nut wrote: »
    I find B&W speakers non-musical, lacking emotion. The LSiM's have more of those qualities. For the record, my opinion has nothing to do with this being Polk's forum. I'd say the same if we were on another forum.

    I plan on also purchasing a Monolith 3x200 for the front 3. Would that be enough for them if i decide to keep them? Have you hear anything better than the Lsim series?
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,472
    Zo_So wrote: »
    I have the Monolith 3x200 on my radar! Adding one of those would add better sound to my current system? I’ve heard people say it but never actually tried it myself.

    I don't personally have any experience with Monoprice's Monolith amps, but if I were in your shoes I would try to save up for a Parasound instead: https://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PAHA31
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,385
    edited January 11
    Ha, you're asking the wrong guy about any of the Monoprice products.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

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  • Zo_SoZo_So Posts: 8
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Zo_So wrote: »
    I have the Monolith 3x200 on my radar! Adding one of those would add better sound to my current system? I’ve heard people say it but never actually tried it myself.

    I don't personally have any experience with Monoprice's Monolith amps, but if I were in your shoes I would try to save up for a Parasound instead: https://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PAHA31

    Wow. That’s a very nice amp. Not sure if i can force myself to spend that kind of scratch on one🤷🏻‍♂️

    I think Monolith is made by ATI. Could be wrong. Don’t know much about ATI if they do build them.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,472
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • Zo_SoZo_So Posts: 8
    Clipdat wrote: »

    3 of those would be right around my price range!
    Specs look pretty good too.
  • rpf65rpf65 Posts: 2,105
    Start by saying I’ve never owned B&W speakers, but have listened to them quite a few times. I preferred other manufacturers sound over the B&W sound, and will just leave it there.

    Years ago I demoed to the RTI A5’s, A7’s, And A9’s running ona upper mid range Denon AVR, don’t remember the model number. I preferred the A5’s due to better mid range response. Didn’t know at the time that the A7’s and A9’s were drastically under powered which greatly compromised the bass/midrange response.

    Currently running the LSIM 705’s. When I first bought them, I was running them on a Yamaha RX A20xx series AVR. I liked them much better for music than I did the RTI A5’s, but preferred the A5’s for HT, so I added an amp to the front 3. Figured that it couldn’t hurt, and if it didn’t improve anything could just sell the amp.

    Well let’s just say my cousin, like a great many women, didn’t understand why I was “wasting” so much money on electronics until then. Everything on the front sound stage improved so much that I came home one day and found her using the wand attachment on the carpeting around the stand and front speakers.

    Was working a lot of hours, and was getting behind on house cleaning and she decided that I needed a little help. During the conversation she said she didn’t know what I did, but that she wasn’t touching anything on my system, because she didn’t want to mess anything up.

    Don’t get me wrong she still thinks it’s completely ugly, would never allow something like that in her home, but comes up to watch a few movies a week. She doesn’t own a sound bar, if that’s any indication how low of a priority this hobby is on her list.

    The improvement on the music side, which is more important to me, was even greater. I still prefer the RTI A5’s for home theater, but music is a higher priority to me.

    Just my long winded way of agreeing with Clipdat. I think that your speakers need some good clean power to see what they can really do. Maybe look for a used amp, to see if you hear an improvement. A two channel amp will give you an idea, even with a 5.1 system while watching a movie. If your running more speakers, there will be a bigger improvement.
  • Zo_SoZo_So Posts: 8
    rpf65 wrote: »
    Start by saying I’ve never owned B&W speakers, but have listened to them quite a few times. I preferred other manufacturers sound over the B&W sound, and will just leave it there.

    Years ago I demoed to the RTI A5’s, A7’s, And A9’s running ona upper mid range Denon AVR, don’t remember the model number. I preferred the A5’s due to better mid range response. Didn’t know at the time that the A7’s and A9’s were drastically under powered which greatly compromised the bass/midrange response.

    Currently running the LSIM 705’s. When I first bought them, I was running them on a Yamaha RX A20xx series AVR. I liked them much better for music than I did the RTI A5’s, but preferred the A5’s for HT, so I added an amp to the front 3. Figured that it couldn’t hurt, and if it didn’t improve anything could just sell the amp.

    Well let’s just say my cousin, like a great many women, didn’t understand why I was “wasting” so much money on electronics until then. Everything on the front sound stage improved so much that I came home one day and found her using the wand attachment on the carpeting around the stand and front speakers.

    Was working a lot of hours, and was getting behind on house cleaning and she decided that I needed a little help. During the conversation she said she didn’t know what I did, but that she wasn’t touching anything on my system, because she didn’t want to mess anything up.

    Don’t get me wrong she still thinks it’s completely ugly, would never allow something like that in her home, but comes up to watch a few movies a week. She doesn’t own a sound bar, if that’s any indication how low of a priority this hobby is on her list.

    The improvement on the music side, which is more important to me, was even greater. I still prefer the RTI A5’s for home theater, but music is a higher priority to me.

    Just my long winded way of agreeing with Clipdat. I think that your speakers need some good clean power to see what they can really do. Maybe look for a used amp, to see if you hear an improvement. A two channel amp will give you an idea, even with a 5.1 system while watching a movie. If your running more speakers, there will be a bigger improvement.

    I just may try the amp first. I’m heavily eying 3 outlaw 2200s atm
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 6,035
    I got so many LSiM's that I don't have room for a wife. I hope this helps. Seriously love em for HT and I got some 707's dialed in that they do music good. What was your question?
  • Zo_SoZo_So Posts: 8
    afterburnt wrote: »
    I got so many LSiM's that I don't have room for a wife. I hope this helps. Seriously love em for HT and I got some 707's dialed in that they do music good. What was your question?

    Basically if anyone had my series of B&W and the Lsim line and directly compared both side by side.

    Like I’ve said before, I’ve owned the Rti A7 and loved them. I’d assume I’d like the Lsim better overall.

    I can relate to the wife comment lol!
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