Summary: I bought this speaker during January, 2010 due to my HTIB center channel dying on me. I had no clue what I was doing at the time. Like I said, I was moving up from a HTIB setup. I was thinking that it would just be another speaker that would make noise. Boy, was I wrong. This speaker, along with the PSW10 and TX-SR606 that I had bought a year earlier (Subwoofer died on my HTIB setup and this is how I learned about powered subs and how the HTIB setup was not built for...
Summary: I'm not an audiophile but I can report that this center speaker brings good clarity to dialog in movies. I like the sound so much with this speaker that I bought a second for another home theater setup in another room. The one thing you should be aware of is that this speaker is BIG. Check the dimensions and make sure it fits your setup.
Summary: Great buy for the money, and I like the looks. It is a little bulky, so you might want to put a little shelf around it to put a flat screen on top. If you hang your TV there will be no problem. I recommend it.
This may serve you flawlessly for years and years.
8 May 2011
Summary: No longer made, this last generation speaker is the smaller version to the csi-5. I highly recommend this csi-3 to anyone who needs surround channels. However, I do not feel it is big enough for a center. The csi-5 is the way to go. However, the csi3 is a very long speaker, placed on its side and facing the right listening position will create a tall 3d sound stage, provided your fronts and sides can match.
Summary: The Polk CSi3 Center Channel has definitely enhanced the audio experience. I had previously installed the Polk 8" ceiling speakers for the front and back channels and this filled in the frontal gap with a touch more base than previously available. I have a sub-woofer to purchase sometime in the near future which should compete the system. I did have to return one of the ceiling speakers for repair without any hassle.
Summary: This is the 1st center channel and it really made a big difference at home. It is set up to work above or below you TV just by flipping it upside down. The voice and crisp highs can now be appreciated. At its price and paired up with the rti6's and fxi a4's and psw505 all from amazon, I got a great set up at a great deal. I payed half of what it would cost me at a retail shop and shipping is quick. Thanks Amazon.
Summary: I did a lot of research into a product for a media room before settling on the CSi3 with the PSW404 Subwoofer to match up with an Onkyo TXSR605 deck and leftover bose acoustimass speakers and a Samsung 120Hz 46" LCD. I am very satisfied with all of them and sourced all through Amazon. The voices are amazing and has the right punch in a 16'x27'theater room.
Summary: PROs: Brilliant sound. Fills out the front sound stage exceptionally well. Vocal clarity is top notch. I have found in my ownership of this speaker (since 2008!) that it is very versatile and pairs with most mid to high end speakers surprisingly well. Construction feels solid and the speaker has a good heft to it without being overly heavy.