Amp up your music listening experience with these magnetically shielded bookshelf speakers that feature Dynamic Balance composite woofers and tweeters and a front-firing bass port for a lush, balanced soundscape.
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Posted by: kennypistol from: FL on
alright... i do audio production from home and sometimes in a studio setting. i have used very expensive bi amplified studio monitors and i have used expensive HiFi speakers recently and i have found that most people listen to music on cheap home audio anyways.. so you need something in the middle! you need to mix with speakers that reflect the sound accurately but also that represent the way a home speaker might sound as well in order to have a good all around mix.
these speakers are exactly that! paired with a decent amount of power from a decent amp and you have a cheap set of decent reference monitors.
i am very satisfied with these speakers. they have improved the overall quality of my mixes!
* BY THE WAY* TO ALL THOSE THAT THINK THESE SPEAKERS SOUND MUDDY OR TINNY OR WHATEVER.. YOU HAVE TO LET THE SPEAKERS BURN IN!! YOU MUST LET THE SPEAKERS PLAY AT A DECENTLY LOUD VOLUME FOR LIKE 40 HRS BEFORE BEING ABLE TO PASS JUDGEMENT ON THESE SPEAKERS.
48 out of 54 found this review helpful.
Unbeatable for the money
Posted by: Tickerguy from: Niceville, FL on
I bought these to press into service with an older receiver as "near field" monitors for my PC -- which besides listening to music also does video editing. They were an attempt to evade paying $500+ for a set of powered monitors which I wasn't sure if I'd like, and can't audition easily in this area - there's just nowhere that sells that sort of gear in this immediate area.
First impression is that they're surprisingly heavy for their size. That's good; construction is solid and appears to be thick MDF. I detect no rattles or resonances.
$1,000 professional monitors they are not. But they cost $50 for the pair - not $500+ each.
Paired with an older but perfectly-servicable Pioneer receiver I had laying around they get plenty loud and are surprisingly well-balanced. The bass is reasonably tight but not copious -- but for a small bookshelf speaker what do you want in that regard?
Imaging is pretty good; much better than I expected. For reference I have a pair of KEF 104/2s in my family room as my "mains", so I know EXACTLY what I'm listening to should sound like. The soundstage is pretty good and has some 3-dimensional quality to it; surprising for this price-point. Be warned that I can easily detect audio artifacts in lower-bitrate MP3s on these speakers!
KEFs these are not, but again, we're talking about "for the money." The low end is a bit muddy and lacks some definition, but compared to the "pc-style" speakers I had connected before these blow the "computer speaker" genre to beyond the orbit of Mars. Surprisingly the usual "midbass" hump in response that you typically find in smaller speakers is blissfully muted -- almost missing. If you want it then dial it in with your equalizer or just turn on Loudness compensation in your amplifier. Just don't expect the walls to rattle; there's not enough driver in these to get there without a sub for help.
I could mix on these. I'd have to be careful with the low end, but I could do it. That cannot be said for most small bookshelf speakers; they are simply not flat enough and most have wildly-exaggerated mid-bass and a peaky treble that borders on shrill. These are blissfully missing both.
If you can't tell I'm quite impressed with these little things. You have to spend a LOT more money to do better; if you're willing to pop into the $300+ range then there are a number of very credible choices, but for $50 for the pair these are amazingly capable. I have them on my desk in "nearfield" about 3-4' from me.
If I was on a budget I could tolerate these as mains and surround speakers for a modest home theater setup as long as you add a decent sub and don't want IMAX-style volume.
25 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Bill0707444 from: Houston, TX on
These Polks replaced a pair of RCAs with 12" woofers. Big deep bass was not expected out of them-that's what subwoofers are for. I have a powered sub and did not need those huge speakers anymore. My setup is stereo, not surround sound or home theater-receiver is just 2 channels and puts out 75 watts/channel.. I was worried about them not having enough mid bass, but there's nothing to worry about at all. They have almost as much as the big monsters they replaced! The mids and highs sound great. Right now they're sitting on top of the other speakers about 3 feet above the ground. I can't wait until I get some brackets to hang them on the wall-probably sound even better. Some bookshelf speakers are very pricey-several hundred dollars. But these sound great at this entry level price point. Later I'll get another pair to replace the Pioneers with 8" woofers, hang all of them on the wall, and have more space in this cluttered room.
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19 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Big Sound, Small space!
Posted by: Valdrewski from: McHenry, IL on
These Speakers were used to replace a couple Onkyo bookshelf speakers that just didn't have the range I wanted for my system. I was suprised at how clear they are and that they had such a dynamic range. I was concerned that they might be to "tinny" sounding. Not in the least. They also have quite a decent low end response for the size as well.
16 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Smooth and pleasant
Posted by: Perfectionist from: on
Bought four of these little fellows to serve as front and surround satellite speakers, along with two other speakers and a Klipsch subwoofer in a 6.1 surround system (using a Sony STR-DH750 7.2 surround receiver). These little speakers produce a warm, balanced, and detailed sound, that is very pleasant on the ears and produces absolutely no listener fatigue. After taking off the grille of one of them when playing at a loud volume, I observed the woofer pumping away with quite a bit of excursion for such a small driver. This observation, along with the tight, punchy sound the Polks were emitting, makes me believe that even if used without a powered subwoofer, these little guys could produce very nice bass for bookshelf speakers. The soft dome tweeter is unbelievably pleasant on the ears, yet detailed, and the woofer is very tight and punchy.
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
The best there is for the money
Posted by: EtheKey from: Los Angeles, CA on
Are these a perfect speaker? No. But I paid a fortune for the front L & R speaker in my home theater setup. I looked (and listened) to a ton of speakers trying to find something that was workable without paying a fortune all over again. I found I couldn't find anything even close to this in terms of sound/value. I've only owned them about 2 weeks so I can't say how long they'll be around, but the build quality seems great. The only drawback I can see is that for my use (as a surround speaker), they are a bit large. But you can't have everything!
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Thouroughly Impressed for the Price
Posted by: UniversityofMiami from: Miami Florida on
I jumped on the opportunity to purchase these for just $50 during a sale, and it may have been the best decision Ive made in a while! The sound is literally amazing, I am using these as the only speakers for a single room stereo system, and they truly deliver excellent sound across all ranges. They deliver on power too, so whether you like quieter music or you want to make your neighbors angry, they can do it all. Amazing speaker, outrageously low price, could not be any happier!
14 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Great Surround Speaker
Posted by: BudB68742 from: Rochester, NY on
I first purchased the T15 a couple of years ago because they sounded really good in the BB Store and they just fit perfectly into the Headboard in my bedroom.
I connected them to a Pioneer VSX 1020K receiver for my Surrounds.
Since then I have been really happy with them, so much so, that when I recently purchased a new Pioneer Elite VSX53 receiver for my living room and needed some surrounds, it was a no Brainer, the Polk T15's!
So I have two pairs of these Speakers...Give them a listen and see what you think.
Are they as Great as my new Bowers & Wilkins' 685's, of course not, but they also do not cost over $600.00 a Pair and I am using them as Surrounds.
I would not use them for my Main L&R speakers in my living room (that's what my B&W 685's are for) but for Surrounds and possibly a Bedroom Main L&R, you could do a lot worse!
In the proper use, I really like these little Speakers!
They will take the biggest Surround Crashes, Pop's, Booms as well as subtle background nuances and just keep coming back for more!
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: eddie37 from: on
These speakers are fantastic.Nice design with great sound.Can't beat the price either.Trust me, you will not be disappointed.Sales person was very helpful, too.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Ground sound and quality
Posted by: mason337 from: North Royalton, OH on
I bought these speakers to serve as fronts in a home theater system with a Pioneer AV receiver, Pioneer subwoofer, and Polk center. I didn't want to buy the typical box speaker set because of the hassle of installing rear surrounds. I did want big sound from the fronts since the system will be used for both movies and music. Fronts are the most important element in a good sound system playing radio, CDs, iTunes or Pandora since most of those sources do not use the rear surrounds or center. I couldn't be happier with the T15s. They are well built, look great, and sound excellent. I also got them at the remarkable price of $49. These speakers easily fill my 16x20 living room and give outstanding audio in both movie and music modes.