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TONE AUDIO NO.54

Before shipping the

LSiM703s off to Andre, I was

anxious to see just how much of

the 707 floorstanders sound was

available here. Because the 707,

705 and 703 all share the same

components in their Dynamic

Sound Engine driver design, you

really only give up low-frequency

weight and dynamics as you

come down the range, so those

listening in a smaller room aren’t

really sacrificing much. In my

smaller (13-foot-by-16-foot) room,

these speakers really rock the

place, and a little bit of room

gain goes a long way.

While these speakers can

illustrate the differences between

amplifiers incredibly well,

I share Andre’s excitement for

using them with tube amplifiers.

I have excellent results with the

PrimaLuna ProLogue Premium

integrated, as well as with my

vintage Conrad Johnson MV50.

Combining the speakers with

the Rega Brio-R integrated amp,

a Rega DAC and a Mac mini

makes for a smoking system for

about $3,500—which is a perfect

place to start your audiophile

journey, or just stay there happily

ever after. There’s never been a

better time to be a music lover

and an audio enthusiast. l

REVIEW

Polk Audio LSiM703

Speakers

MSRP: $1,500 per pair

MANUFACTURER

Polk Audio

CONTACT

www.polkaudio.com

PERiPHERALS

Amplifier

McIntosh MA6600

integrated amplifier

Digital Sources

Rein Audio X3-DAC, Logitech

Squeezebox Touch with

Keces XPS, Only C700R

CD Player

Cable

Transparent MusicWave

MM2 speaker cable, Darwins

Cables Silver interconnects,

Kimber Kable Opt-1 TosLink

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