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Polk Audio CSi40
12 Reviews
rating  3.92 of 5
MSRP  479.00
Description: - Reformulated poly-composite Dynamic Balance drivers with butyl rubber surrounds for durability and smooth wide range response. 1" silk/polymer composite dome tweeters for clear, detailed highs. <br>- Power Port bass venting for low distortion bass response, extending the range of Center Channel Speaker performance. <br>- Identical RTi components for a more lifelike, seamless timbre-matched surround sound environment. <br>- Magnetic shielding for safe placement directly on or near video sources.


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

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Does it all quite well. It is of course a perfect match for my Polk RTi70 main speakers and the 500fx surrounds. The aesthetics are not the greatest and you need a nice wide flat top on a RPTV to put it on. Takes more power to drive it than my previous centers, but I wanted beefier 6.5" drivers at the center since so much movie audio comes from the center. I'm happy enough with it to keep it for a few years.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Sound Distributors



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul Dupuis a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I think that it's a good speaker for the price (I wouldn't have paid 500 hundred for it!)

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Future Shop



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jim Cochran a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I recently found the center channel of my home theater system to be lagging behind of the rest of the system. As everyone knows, the center channel is the heart of a home theater. Based on some research, and advice given by other reviewers on this and other sites, I decided to purchase a Polk CSI40 center channel speaker. I must say that all of the praises were well founded. The sound clarity and top end performance put my previous center channel speaker to shame. The two 61/2 inch drivers and single tweeter allow for more than enough range to handle all center channel duties, wether listening to music, or watching movies. It handled the best and worst I could put it through. The enclosure is a bit unwieldy for TV top mounting, and it is quite boxy looking. All aesthetics aside, It was worth every penny.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by loverdo a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2003

Bottom Line:   
after reading countless reviews , i thought the csi40 is the center chennel i need , since my main front speakers are polk i,ve been told is best to have a match speakers , so i got the csi40 , 1st of all i got an open box didn't sound the way i was expecting it , so took it back , got new one never been used , still same thing ,i don't if just me or that speaker sucks , it's for sure not worth $ 300 to upgrade , so i'll keep looking for center channel till i find what i'm looking for .

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $284.00

Purchased At:   cc



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Raymond a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This speaker has very good midrange performance but is weak in highs, compared to the centers in the same price range such as Mission M5C and PSB Image 8C, and its clarity is not as good as Mission M5C and PSB Image 8C as well. I picked Polk CSi40 as the rear center channel for my system although I was going to purchase a Mission M5C at the very beginning, just because of Polk’s better dynamic performance in mid and low frequency ranges. I would try PSB Image 9C if I had not bought this one.

My current system:
Receiver: Yamaha RX-V2200,
Fronts: Mission M53,
Front Center: Polk CS400i,
Rears: Sony SS-C250AV,
Rear Center: Polk CSi40.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Future Shop




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