Polk to Demo LSiM Flagship Line at Venetian
Polk Audio will anchor its Venetian exhibition space during CES 2011 with demos of its recently introduced new LS8iM reference home speaker line, to give dealers not already exposed to it when it was unveiled in the fall a chance to hear the new flagship range for themselves. The company will also add some other home audio models in the sound bar and compact monitor categories.
The LSiM series, replacing the 10-year-old LSi range, has been redesigned “from the ground up,” according to Al Baron, product line manager, with input from the original line’s lead engineer, Scott Orth. “The line is extremely refined, and represents stored-up ideas,” said Baron. Major changes, he added, are its newly designed cabinetry, more anti-resonant than before, updated drive units, enhanced, dual PowerPort technology and the Dynamic Sonic Engine – a combination of a newly designed 3 1/4-inch driver and Polk’s Ring Radiator tweeter in its own compact cabinet inside the larger cabinet. The line’s tickets are slightly higher than the earlier line, because “we didn’t want to restrict ourselves in technology,” he said.
“What the line is is an ultimate expression of what we can do. Each transducer is new. We didn’t have the technology 10 years ago to develop a driver of the caliber of the new 3 1/4-inch,” added Mark Suskind, product line management vice president. “It actually goes down to 200Hz, effectively handling the low-frequency range of a 5 ¼-inch. Off axis, they are incredibly well balanced, and the image stays localized.”
Also at CES, Polk will conduct two-channel demos of the top-line model in the company’s compact monitor Blackstone TL series – the Model 3 (February availability; $150 each). It uses the newly improved Ring Radiator tweeter and will be played together with the DSW wireless sub.
New, too, is the Component Home Theater CHT 500 surround bar, designed to be sold as part of a component system with a separate multi-channel receiver. It is a seven-channel, 1 1/2-inch-thick, 49-inch-wide bar (March; $999). The CHT 400 ($699), at 39 inches, is also part of the line. It uses a newly designed mid-range woofer that is less than one inch thick so that it can be accommodated in shallower cabinets.