LSiM 702 FX Vs FXi A6

LSiM 707/706 front stage is in the mail! Then I saw the 702's were on sale...

No question they're superior and my desire for a timbre matched set is strong, but knowing the rear is not nearly as important, how much of a difference might I really notice?
Use is 75/25 movies/music. Prefer straight stereo for music with the very occasional Multi-Channel Stereo for being extra loud/showing off/party mode and I certainly don't care about timbre matching in those scenarios.

Or...Am I being silly and $400 for $1500 new surround speakers is a no-brainer or not a big enough deal to irritate the wife by another $400?

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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,307
    edited September 2019
    Oops wrong thread!
    2 Channel - Dual Purpose system in the works

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  • One of the various LSiM threads lately. :p
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,307
    Sincerely I’m already here. I personally wouldn’t spend the money on the surrounds. I have the fxia4’s and am planning on just using those with my 707/706 front end.
    2 Channel - Dual Purpose system in the works

    Polk LSIM707 I Polk LSIM 706C I Modwright SWL9.0 Anniversary Pre I B&K Ref 200.7 I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs throughout I Streamer and surrounds TBD


  • WLDockWLDock Posts: 2,709
    edited September 2019
    The most obvious difference besides the timber match is that the FXi A6 are Dipole/Bipole and the 702's are direct radiating / monopole. If you ever plan to go ATMOS, they don't recommend dipole/bipole speakers but direct radiating (monopole) speakers for the surrounds. The 702's could be a plus in that situation.

    Its hard to say what will work for you just based on that alone. IMO, the only way to know is to try them in your own system. The other points are IMO, the 702's look a little neater on the wall but again that is subjective.

    I once had the 703/706 set and always wanted the 702's as I love the look of them on the wall. I currently have surround speakers with the same half cylinder shape, the Artison Portrait LRS . Mine are dipole 3KHz - up, monopole 3KHz - down

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    I was looking at the prices and thinking about the 707's but they might be too much for my room. I really want the 705's. However, the 703/706/702 combo would kill mated with a couple of subs. Hummm.....

    So, if it were me, I'd go for a full LSiM set.
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  • mak99mak99 Posts: 347
    LSiM 707/706 front stage is in the mail! Then I saw the 702's were on sale...

    I was thinking the same, though my current setup has in-ceiling surrounds (80F/X-RT) and in-wall rear surrounds (65RT). Cutting into the walls/ceiling to route new speaker wiring for side surrounds would be a PITA (basement ceiling, gear in adjacent room). Though a friend of mine (who happens to be a well-known A/V reviewer/calibrator/consultant) was over earlier this month and commented if I added side surrounds I could repurpose the ceiling speakers for Atmos duty (7.1.2). Hmmmm....

    So it's tempting to buy a pair of 702s for the future, should I ever do a big enough upgrade that requires lots of wall/ceiling work, such as 7.1.4, 7.1.6...

    With my 707s/706 arriving this week, I'll also order 80F/X-LS to replace the ceiling RTs as they will be a five-minute swap-out as they use the same cutout size. That way five of the seven speakers will be timbre-matched. I wish they made a 65LS so I could do the same for the rear surrounds. The 265-LS are taller and might not fit between the sound panels and ceiling soffit (~21" clear, cutout is 19-3/16", grille flange is ???).

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  • Geoff4rfcGeoff4rfc Posts: 1,786
    LSiM 707/706 front stage is in the mail! Then I saw the 702's were on sale...

    No question they're superior and my desire for a timbre matched set is strong, but knowing the rear is not nearly as important, how much of a difference might I really notice?
    Use is 75/25 movies/music. Prefer straight stereo for music with the very occasional Multi-Channel Stereo for being extra loud/showing off/party mode and I certainly don't care about timbre matching in those scenarios.

    Or...Am I being silly and $400 for $1500 new surround speakers is a no-brainer or not a big enough deal to irritate the wife by another $400?

    I recently retired my FXiA6's and replaced them with the 702's...…..big difference, much happier.

    I enjoyed the Di/Bipole speakers for years and loved the way they put the action "in your face" but now I'm really appreciating the subtlety of the 702's.....much more!
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  • Geoff4rfcGeoff4rfc Posts: 1,786
    scubalab wrote: »
    TTT

    What is TTT ?
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    Pre/Pro: Marantz 8802A - Amplification: Emotiva XPA-DR3, XPA-2 x 2

    2CH
    Emotiva: ERC 3 connected via XLR's

    Speakers
    PolkAudio Mains: LSiM707, C-706, SS: 702F/X, RS: RTiA9


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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 15,924
    edited September 2019
  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 4,630
    Geoff4rfc wrote: »
    scubalab wrote: »
    TTT

    What is TTT ?

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  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,178
    I much prefer the 702. Great looking and great sounding. YMMV.
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