Polk Audio LSi15 Crossover Modification Thread

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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    edited March 2013
    Pictures taken on top of Bill's immaculate rack!
    - Not Tom

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  • TankmanTankman Posts: 430
    edited March 2013
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    edited March 2013
    Thank you sir!
    - Not Tom

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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,184
    edited March 2013
    Wow...beautiful.

    Trey, have you heard the lsim 705?

    Curious how a modded 15 would stack up with a 705.
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    2 Channel
    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Amplification - Parks Audio Budgie, Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
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    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"
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    Man Cave
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    CD: Cambridge Audio
    Speakers - SDA 2A; Epos Epic 2
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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    edited March 2013
    Thank you sir!

    The LSiM705 is a baddd mother...

    Having heard the LSi9 modified in person I would say a LSi15 modified would hold its own against the LSiM705.

    Now if you were modify the LSiM705... game over I am afraid. Those speakers modified would be a force to reckon with for sure.
    - Not Tom

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  • thefferonthefferon Posts: 2
    edited June 2013
    Hi Trey,

    Noobie here. I just picked up a nice pair of Lsi15s. I want to do both the DB840 woofer mod (drivers and mortite on order!) and possibly the crossover mod if feasible. I'm wondering:
    - were you / the customer ultimately happy with the improvement in sound from this upgrade?
    - do you offer assembled crossover upgrades for owners to install in their Lsi15 cabinets? I picked up my speakers locally and can't imagine packing them up and shipping somewhere both ways (for both cost and TLC reasons :) ). Have you done more of this mod since your last post?

    Funny, my speakers have mismatched finish - one is ebony the other cherry. My brother is a carpenter and does fine cabinetry so I'm enlisting his help to replace the wood panels on both speakers so they will match. Any advice on that mod, as far as avoiding altering sonic qualities by using different kinds of wood, or on mounting materials and methods?

    Thanks,
    The Fferon
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    edited June 2013
    Hey Fferon!

    Please give me a shout at [email protected] :)

    To my knowledge all of the LSi15 modifications I have performed have ended with happy ears! :) You will just have to ship the crossovers, not the whole speaker... :)

    Will talk more in email!

    Thanks! :)
    - Not Tom

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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    edited December 2013
    I am really liking the Delrin... fancy fancy
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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    edited December 2013
    Woo hoo!
    - Not Tom

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  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,795
    edited December 2013
    I like! Since I just acquired a pair of LSi15, I have my sights on XO upgrade.
    Stan

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

    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-, Technics SA 5070, B&W DM601
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    edited December 2013
    Thank you sir!

    The LSi series responds to upgrades very well!
    - Not Tom

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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    Clarity Cap ESA
    Mundorf E Cap bypassed by ESA
    Mundorf Mox Resistors
    Stock Inductors, Stock Wiring
    Point to point with aluminum termainl plate

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    - Not Tom

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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    The caps and resistors are as basic as they get... the resistors and inductors have their own set of compromises as well
    - Not Tom

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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    Clarity Cap CSA - Jantzen permite and air core for easy fit

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    - Not Tom

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  • sgmsmgsgmsmg Posts: 382
    I finally shoe horned these bad boys in last night. Looking forward to giving them a listen tonight. Wonder how long it will take for them to break in.

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    2 Channel
    Pre:Bryston BP173
    Amp:Bryston 4B3
    Speakers: Golden Ear Triton Reference
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Bryston BDA-3, Bryston BDP-3, Bryston BCD-3, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 Speaker, Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 XLR, AQ Diamond USB/HDMI
    Power: PS Audio P10 Regenerator, AC12, AC10 and AC5 Cables
    Display: Sony XBR65-Z9F

    Home Theater
    Pre: Yamaha CX-A5100
    Amp: Parasound A21, A31, A51
    Speakers: Polk LSiM 707 (FL/FR), Polk LSiM706 (Center), LSiM 703 (SL/SR), Polk 900-LS (Atmos)
    Subwoofers: SVS SB13 x 4
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: AQ Rocket 88, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7
    Power: PS Audio P5 Regenerator, Furman IT Reference 15i, Pangea AC14SE and AC9SE Cables
    Display: Sony XBR75X940D
  • sgmsmgsgmsmg Posts: 382
    So far so good. I can definitely hear a difference. Can't wait until they are broken in more.
    2 Channel
    Pre:Bryston BP173
    Amp:Bryston 4B3
    Speakers: Golden Ear Triton Reference
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Bryston BDA-3, Bryston BDP-3, Bryston BCD-3, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 Speaker, Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 XLR, AQ Diamond USB/HDMI
    Power: PS Audio P10 Regenerator, AC12, AC10 and AC5 Cables
    Display: Sony XBR65-Z9F

    Home Theater
    Pre: Yamaha CX-A5100
    Amp: Parasound A21, A31, A51
    Speakers: Polk LSiM 707 (FL/FR), Polk LSiM706 (Center), LSiM 703 (SL/SR), Polk 900-LS (Atmos)
    Subwoofers: SVS SB13 x 4
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: AQ Rocket 88, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7
    Power: PS Audio P5 Regenerator, Furman IT Reference 15i, Pangea AC14SE and AC9SE Cables
    Display: Sony XBR75X940D
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    I'm very impressed with where you installed those! lol
    - Not Tom

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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    Break in is about... 2-300 hours
    - Not Tom

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  • sgmsmgsgmsmg Posts: 382
    VR3 wrote: »
    I'm very impressed with where you installed those! lol

    Definitely was not an easy space to get to but it was worth the effort.
    2 Channel
    Pre:Bryston BP173
    Amp:Bryston 4B3
    Speakers: Golden Ear Triton Reference
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Bryston BDA-3, Bryston BDP-3, Bryston BCD-3, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 Speaker, Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 XLR, AQ Diamond USB/HDMI
    Power: PS Audio P10 Regenerator, AC12, AC10 and AC5 Cables
    Display: Sony XBR65-Z9F

    Home Theater
    Pre: Yamaha CX-A5100
    Amp: Parasound A21, A31, A51
    Speakers: Polk LSiM 707 (FL/FR), Polk LSiM706 (Center), LSiM 703 (SL/SR), Polk 900-LS (Atmos)
    Subwoofers: SVS SB13 x 4
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: AQ Rocket 88, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7
    Power: PS Audio P5 Regenerator, Furman IT Reference 15i, Pangea AC14SE and AC9SE Cables
    Display: Sony XBR75X940D
  • sgmsmgsgmsmg Posts: 382
    VR3 wrote: »
    Break in is about... 2-300 hours

    Any pointers for proper break in? I need to research this more. At the rate I get to use these that will be next year some time :D
    2 Channel
    Pre:Bryston BP173
    Amp:Bryston 4B3
    Speakers: Golden Ear Triton Reference
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Bryston BDA-3, Bryston BDP-3, Bryston BCD-3, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 Speaker, Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 XLR, AQ Diamond USB/HDMI
    Power: PS Audio P10 Regenerator, AC12, AC10 and AC5 Cables
    Display: Sony XBR65-Z9F

    Home Theater
    Pre: Yamaha CX-A5100
    Amp: Parasound A21, A31, A51
    Speakers: Polk LSiM 707 (FL/FR), Polk LSiM706 (Center), LSiM 703 (SL/SR), Polk 900-LS (Atmos)
    Subwoofers: SVS SB13 x 4
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: AQ Rocket 88, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7
    Power: PS Audio P5 Regenerator, Furman IT Reference 15i, Pangea AC14SE and AC9SE Cables
    Display: Sony XBR75X940D
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,826
    edited April 2017
    sgmsmg wrote: »
    VR3 wrote: »
    Break in is about... 2-300 hours

    Any pointers for proper break in? I need to research this more. At the rate I get to use these that will be next year some time :D

    Leave them on playing the radio 24/7

    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    Yep, just background music on a loop for a week or two - leave the house, leave em playing :)
    - Not Tom

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  • sgmsmgsgmsmg Posts: 382
    Does extremely low volume count? I work nights and sleep during the day.
    2 Channel
    Pre:Bryston BP173
    Amp:Bryston 4B3
    Speakers: Golden Ear Triton Reference
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Bryston BDA-3, Bryston BDP-3, Bryston BCD-3, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 Speaker, Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 XLR, AQ Diamond USB/HDMI
    Power: PS Audio P10 Regenerator, AC12, AC10 and AC5 Cables
    Display: Sony XBR65-Z9F

    Home Theater
    Pre: Yamaha CX-A5100
    Amp: Parasound A21, A31, A51
    Speakers: Polk LSiM 707 (FL/FR), Polk LSiM706 (Center), LSiM 703 (SL/SR), Polk 900-LS (Atmos)
    Subwoofers: SVS SB13 x 4
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: AQ Rocket 88, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7
    Power: PS Audio P5 Regenerator, Furman IT Reference 15i, Pangea AC14SE and AC9SE Cables
    Display: Sony XBR75X940D
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,044
    VR3 wrote: »
    external would drastically increase the costs of the modifications...
    No chit, Sherlock! LOL

    Tom

    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction.

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,309
    sgmsmg wrote: »
    Does extremely low volume count? I work nights and sleep during the day.

    yep
  • sgmsmgsgmsmg Posts: 382
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    sgmsmg wrote: »
    Does extremely low volume count? I work nights and sleep during the day.

    yep

    Thanks!
    2 Channel
    Pre:Bryston BP173
    Amp:Bryston 4B3
    Speakers: Golden Ear Triton Reference
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Bryston BDA-3, Bryston BDP-3, Bryston BCD-3, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 Speaker, Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 XLR, AQ Diamond USB/HDMI
    Power: PS Audio P10 Regenerator, AC12, AC10 and AC5 Cables
    Display: Sony XBR65-Z9F

    Home Theater
    Pre: Yamaha CX-A5100
    Amp: Parasound A21, A31, A51
    Speakers: Polk LSiM 707 (FL/FR), Polk LSiM706 (Center), LSiM 703 (SL/SR), Polk 900-LS (Atmos)
    Subwoofers: SVS SB13 x 4
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: AQ Rocket 88, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7
    Power: PS Audio P5 Regenerator, Furman IT Reference 15i, Pangea AC14SE and AC9SE Cables
    Display: Sony XBR75X940D
  • sgmsmgsgmsmg Posts: 382
    Reporting back after these have had some time to break in (~300 hours). These speakers have definitely been transformed. All for the better. More detailed, accurate and efficient if that is possible. I can't really give a quantitive evaluation of improvement because I made some changes to my setup during the break in. A major one being the use of a different DAC (NAD M51) than my Oppo 105 and another is the addition of heavy curtains to cover the reflective window surfaces in the room. Currently I have no room treatments but that is an eventuality.

    If anyone is considering a Vr3 crossover upgrade it is well worth it in my opinion. Excellent communication, with progress reports and pictures. Top notch service and support. The quality of these can be seen in the pictures contained in this thread. These crossovers were well worth the money spent. I wanted to upgrade but didn't want to have to deal with selling/buying more speakers. Not to mention I wasn't looking forward to lugging these back down from the 3rd floor.

    Thanks again to Vr3!!!! :) B) :) B)
    2 Channel
    Pre:Bryston BP173
    Amp:Bryston 4B3
    Speakers: Golden Ear Triton Reference
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Bryston BDA-3, Bryston BDP-3, Bryston BCD-3, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 Speaker, Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 XLR, AQ Diamond USB/HDMI
    Power: PS Audio P10 Regenerator, AC12, AC10 and AC5 Cables
    Display: Sony XBR65-Z9F

    Home Theater
    Pre: Yamaha CX-A5100
    Amp: Parasound A21, A31, A51
    Speakers: Polk LSiM 707 (FL/FR), Polk LSiM706 (Center), LSiM 703 (SL/SR), Polk 900-LS (Atmos)
    Subwoofers: SVS SB13 x 4
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: AQ Rocket 88, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7
    Power: PS Audio P5 Regenerator, Furman IT Reference 15i, Pangea AC14SE and AC9SE Cables
    Display: Sony XBR75X940D
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,425
    I appreciate the kind words :) Thank you again!
    - Not Tom

    Vr3Mods.com ///// Version3Audio.com

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • sgmsmgsgmsmg Posts: 382
    VR3 wrote: »
    I appreciate the kind words :) Thank you again!

    No problem. You deserve them. Thank You!
    2 Channel
    Pre:Bryston BP173
    Amp:Bryston 4B3
    Speakers: Golden Ear Triton Reference
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Bryston BDA-3, Bryston BDP-3, Bryston BCD-3, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 Speaker, Wireworld Gold Eclipse 7 XLR, AQ Diamond USB/HDMI
    Power: PS Audio P10 Regenerator, AC12, AC10 and AC5 Cables
    Display: Sony XBR65-Z9F

    Home Theater
    Pre: Yamaha CX-A5100
    Amp: Parasound A21, A31, A51
    Speakers: Polk LSiM 707 (FL/FR), Polk LSiM706 (Center), LSiM 703 (SL/SR), Polk 900-LS (Atmos)
    Subwoofers: SVS SB13 x 4
    Source: Oppo UDP-205, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
    Cables: AQ Rocket 88, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7
    Power: PS Audio P5 Regenerator, Furman IT Reference 15i, Pangea AC14SE and AC9SE Cables
    Display: Sony XBR75X940D
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