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Polk Audio CSi3
3 Reviews
rating  4.33 of 5
MSRP  200.00
Description: <ul> <li>Video-shielded</li> <li>Bass-reflex</li> <li>Frequency response 65-26,000 Hz (-3dB)</li> <li>8-ohm impedance</li> <li>Sensitivity 89 dB</li> <li>Handles up to 180 watts</li> <li>5-way binding post terminals</li> <li>Real wood veneer</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by canuckle a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2006

Bottom Line:   
The CSi3 is a very nice "not too expensive" centre speaker. The box is a little big compared to other speakers in this class but the sound is full and crystal clear in the highs. It really projects vocals out as it should. Quality construction with good posts makes it easy to connect and it looks fine with a high-end home theatre system. Pretty efficient and easy to drive with any modern amp.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   Future Shop



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wkomassa a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Great "little" center channel speaker. The real cherry veneer finish is nonexistent on other speakers even close to this price range. The build quality of this speaker is also excellent. If they put a price of $400 on this, I wouldn't bat an eye. The CSi3's vocal production is also excellent. Voices literally jump from the screen with excellent clarity and tonality. It produces an excellent sound field, even when listening only a few feet away.

For music, this speaker is also right on the mark. In fact, it really adds quite a bit when listening in 7 channel stereo or to multi-channel music sources. Instruments are clear and detailed, although not as much as a speaker designed for musical reproduction as opposed to vocals. I really don't see how anyone could be disappointed in this speaker, especially considering they are practically giving these away.

Polk has also cut a slant on one large face of the speaker, which is nice if, like me, you have this below the listener's ear in your setup. A nice feature for sure.

If there is one fault of this speaker is that the cabinet is pretty big for a "small" center channel speaker. I actually had to remove the top glass on my TV stand and drop the speaker in from the top to get it onto the top shelf of my cabinet. No biggie, but it sure as hell makes me glad I didn't opt for the CSi5, which is a behemoth.

I did also listen to several other center channels, especially the CSi5 from Polk since I was pretty set on Polk RTi8's for my mains. I've got to say that neither I nor my girlfriend could justify the additional $200ish to make the bump to the CSi5, and I'm glad we didn't for the above mentioned space reasons.

I "sidegraded" on this from a Mirage MC-4. The Mirage cost around $75 more new, and I've got to say this speaker is much more for the money and I think it sounds better overall as well. Build quality is DEFINITELY better than the Mirage, which had a junk cabinet with really, really cruddy vinyl stuff on it. Ick.

Overall, at this price point, this is definitely a 5 star speaker. Honestly, if I could give this 6 stars in the value department, I would. This speaker has no right to be made this well or sound this good for less than $200.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $179.00

Purchased At:   American TV, Waukesh



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jburkett a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This is a very attractive speaker. The cherry finish is nice. It is a very crisp sound speaker. The sound is very convincing and almost to real at times. I enjoy the highs from this speaker. It is very crisp. Possibly annoying to some, but I enjoy detailed highs. The low end is fairly impressive also. For such a low price I think you will feel you made a smart purchase. I highly recommend this center channel and I am very critical when it comes to lows and highs.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Crutchfield




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