Polk Audio - Blackstone TL1600 and Denon AVR-S540BT Home Theater Package 5.1-Ch. Home Theater Speaker System - Black
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4 2-way satellite speakers
Including 1 2-way center channel speaker.
50W active subwoofer
With a 8" subwoofer driver for powerful sound.
5 HDMI input, 1 HDMI output
High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
20Hz - 20kHz frequency response
For accurate sound reproduction.
Picks up the highs and lows for faithful sound reproduction.
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- Polk Audio Blackstone TL1600 and Denon AVR-S540BT Home Theater Package 5.1-Ch. Home Theater Speaker System
- Watts Per Channel70 watts
- Bluetooth EnabledYes
- Input(s)USB Type A, HDMI, Composite video, Subwoofer, Toslink optical, RCA
- Subwoofer Size8 inches
- Number of HDMI Inputs (Total)5
- Product NameBlackstone TL1600 and Denon AVR-S540BT Home Theater Package 5.1-Ch. Home Theater Speaker System
- BrandPolk Audio
- Model NumberTL1600/AVRS540BT SYSTEM
- Color CategoryBlack
- Number of Channels5.1
- Surround Sound SupportedDTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD
- Total Harmonic Distortion0.08 percent
- Impedance8 ohms
- Supported File FormatsWMA, AAC, MP3, FLAC
- Receiver TypeAudio and A/V
- Tuner Type(s)AM/FM
- Subwoofer TypePowered
- 4K Ultra HD CompatibleYes
- Digital Content ProtectionHDCP 2.2
- Radio TunerYes
- CD PlayerNo
- DVD PlayerNo
- Blu-Ray PlayerNo
- Auto CalibrationYes
- Number Of USB Port(s)1
- Headphone JackYes
- Ethernet Port(s)No
- Number of HDMI Inputs (Total)5
- Number of Optical Digital Audio Inputs2
- Number of Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs1
- Front Facing InputsUSB
- Number of Composite Video Inputs2
- Number of Analog Audio Inputs2
- Output(s)USB Type A, HDMI, Subwoofer
- Number of HDMI Outputs (Total)1
- Number Of Component Video Outputs0
- Number Of Composite Video Outputs1
- Number Of Speakers6
- Tweeter Size0.5 inches
- Woofer Size2.5 inches
- Product Height5.9 inches
- Product Width17.1 inches
- Product Depth12.6 inches
- Product Weight16.8 pounds
- Speaker Height6.5 inches
- Speaker Width15 inches
- Speaker Depth4.9 inches
- Speaker Weight3.4 pounds
- Subwoofer Height13.9 inches
- Subwoofer Width12.5 inches
- Subwoofer Depth12.5 inches
- Subwoofer Weight20.5 pounds
- Remote Control IncludedYes
- Cable(s) IncludedHDMI
- Additional Accessories IncludedAM antenna, remote control, FM antenna, auto calibration microphone
- Speaker(s) IncludedYes
- Speaker Type(s) Included1 center channel speaker, 1 active subwoofer, 4 satellite speakers
- Separate Subwoofer IncludedYes
- Wireless Subwoofer IncludedNo
- Manufacturer's Warranty - PartsNone
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor2 years
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 127 reviews(127 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Basic BUT GOOD Home Theater SetupPosted .
Lets start with delivery... This set-up is BIG. The box is just under 65 pounds. I'm not surprised given that is includes a large sub-woofer and a full multi-channel receiver, in addition to a nice center speaker and 4 solid front R/L and rear R/L speaker set. I hauled the box from garage to stairs and then got it downstairs with no problem. That said, if you have ANY doubt if you are hauling it a decent distance or up/down stairs, I might suggest to open the main box and separately move the Denon receiver box individually first, and then after moving it, remove the heavier Polk speaker box. Better safe than sorry and just my $00.02. As mentioned, the first box out is the Denon AVR-S540BT. Included in that box was the receiver, remote (with battery), AM and FM antenna's tuning speaker and user manual. I'll get to the setup later. Before removing the Polk box, important to note they include probably close to 100' of nice 16 gauge cable, a decent HDMI cable and a single lead for connecting Sub-woofer to the receiver. Nice inclusion, Polk/Denon. Next up, I removed the Polk Blackstone box. Inside were the usual suspects: 4 surround speakers, 1 center speaker and a hefty sub-woofer. Initial feedback was pretty impressive. They had a nice quality feel and were relatively heavy. With speakers and sub-woofers, I generally find that to be a good thing, indicating solid build and heavy magnets for the speakers. The next 2 hours was me replacing my 15+ year-old existing speaker wire. I did not want to taint my experience (positive or negative) by effecting performance with external variables. That said, I did have to buy an additional spool of wire for the last speaker, but I do have a LARGE basement so I was expecting that. All speakers are wired and connected... Important note, they chose to use a locking nut design that I really appreciated. It offered a 100% positive feeling in knowing that your speaker wire was fully connected. I don't really have anything against standard spring loaded wire connections, but these are certainly more high quality and positive. Another important note, they also included templates for mounting the 4 surrounds and 1 center speaker. I also appreciated that the speakers offer multiple mounting options from table top, speaker mounting kits and simple wall mount with a basic screw/nail single mount. Nice options. Next was the Denon AVR-S540BT receiver. Bare in mind, this an entry level receiver, but that DOES NOT mean its NOT a good receiver. This is an excellent option for a great choice for any 5.1 home theater. While you can always spend more money (sometimes a LOT more$$$) to get more features and advanced options, but there is nothing wrong this unit. I honestly find it to be nicely equipped for the price-point and found no features I had to have to meet my needs and the needs of most for nice 5.1 option. The receiver offers multiple HDMI inputs, 3 that are 4K pass-through. The front panel clean and simple, yet effective and efficient. Very handsome unit. The remote is large, but for me, that's a good thing. With my big-old sausage fingers, the buttons are nicely spaced and clearly labeled even for my old 48 year old eyes. I do wish it were back-lit, but still a very nice start. Set up was straight-forward and simple. On powering unit up, it is best to have it connected to a TV, monitor or projector. If you do, it will clearly display instructions. It will take you from the best suggestions for speaker placement, clear through the speaker attenuation (to get the most balanced surround experience) to the HDMI 4K port set-up. In all, it took less than 5 minutes. Where the rubber hits the road is in how this sounds. I started off with Dunkirk on Blu-ray. Wow. I was impressed. You could easily hear the bullets and bombs moving towards and from you and the thunder of bombs and mortars all around you.This thing packs a punch, but does so with an impressive elegance for an off-the-shelf box like this. The surround quality was excellent, the highs were crisp without being over-bearing and they blended nicely with crisp and smooth mids which are then impressively melted with the rich and powerful lows. The sub-woofer is excellent. I have a similar sized Bose that is impressive on its merits, but this Polk is the most impressive I have ever experienced in a home environment in a long time. A final note if you chose to buy this great unit, one nice feature to easily and immediately adjust this to your tastes and your room, on the remote there is a button labeled "CH LEVEL" that will quickly and intuitively allow let you adjust the dB level of each speaker, including the sub. I would suggest fiddling with that for a few minutes and using a couple mediums to fine tune or your ear and room. While there are far too many other features to list that would take weeks to experience and fine-tune, I have no problem recommending this unit to a friend. I also have no problem giving a 5 star rating. I am not going to "punish it" for not being a $900 unit. No, it does not have Dolby Atmos. No, it does not have 7.1 or 9.2 or anything else, but what it does have is great digital decoding and an excellent 5.1 option. Additionally, these speakers are also an excellent value that offer impressive quality. They easily out-kick their coverage. Great value. Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or anywhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Seriously Cinematic Surround SoundPosted .
I really love theater quality sound. I want it for my game room, for my family room, and anywhere else my wife will allow. My wife wants simple-to-operate controls, and fuss free TV or movie watching, I have no problem with sounderbars . . even have one . . but I’m gonna lean towards multiple speakers and more control features wherever I can. The POLK Audio - BlackstoneTL1600 and DENON AVR-S540BT Home Theater Package fulfilled my desire to recreate a theater and concert environment in a medium sized room. (I actually set up and tested in a 6400 cu.ft. room.) It even addressed a few problems and made managing my audio and video equipment much more convenient. SETUP: I’m not going to claim “really” easy, because, there are five speaker wires (10 wire pair ends to carefully strip), a subwoofer cable, and HDMI to connect to TV. But, ALL the cables I mentioned are included. [100 ft of speaker wire you can cut to size. Do not strip wire excessively - 3/8 inch is perfect for the spring-clip speaker connects on the Denon. They’re the cheaper connectors, but they are less likely to allow crossed wires and blown amplifiers. Connectors on each Polk are plastic twist posts. Again, be sure the stripped pair of wires NEVER touch each other. Tighten down on the bared wire, not the insulation.] The ON-SCREEN TV setup makes the process easy. BUT, you need to learn how to use ARC on your TV, especially if you also want to rely on the Apps built into your TV. Setup was flawless in every way. DENON provides room correction, even in this lower priced AVR. The REMOTE control is perfect for SETUP. The Denon Setup Assistant will CALIBRATE your speakers by AUTO MEASURING speaker DISTANCES, the ideal CROSSOVER points, and the best relative speaker LEVELS so the speakers are ideal for YOUR room. There is an included microphone for accurately setting up these (or any other future, upgrade) speakers for your room. The Denon phone App is better for everyday use. It controls volume, selecting sources, and manages your music. Worked nicely. [ARC - audio return channel - sends the multi-channel audio from your TV Apps or anything else connected to the TV out to the AVR for amplification. It uses the same HDMI cable that connects your TV to this AV system.The 4K HDMI cable is in the box. I then made sure ARC was enabled on both the DENON and my TV. (Some TVs only send 2-channel audio via ARC. My Toshiba-Fire TV did NOT have this problem. An optical cable from TV to the AVR might solve the problem for other TVs.] Here’s what I was able to accomplish: + I now have a single “switch” (the DENON AVR) for my different video sources connected to my 4k HDR TV. I’m upgrading everything to 4k eventually, and I want the 4K streaming and 4k media quality I‘m paying for to appear on my TV with 5.1 channel audio filling my room. + That theater sound I’m looking for is all here. The important voices are very natural and served mostly by the central channel with bass re-inforced by the subwoofer. All those other speakers are so well matched to the center, and blend so well with the subwoofer, that you aren’t so much aware of the individual locations, but are immersed in the sound field. It’s all very nicely done. Voices are especially easy to understand. Playing various music selections from my iPhone XR, I switched sound to multi-channel stereo, and every speaker was utilized … quite nicely. And, I can definitely say that I was able to fill my larger sized room with sufficient sound to mimic a theater or concert. This was very nice and capable of loud volumes when you want them. My room was so big I could get to harsh sound levels, but you’re not likely to do that in average rooms. + A comment on volume: Some of my acquaintances freak out if the volume dial “numbers” need to be higher than expected for “loud.” You say your old receiver only needed a 27 to reach the same volume as this AVR, which requires 40? I’ve owned enough audio equipment to know this is irrelevant and only represents a design decision regarding volume control behavior. Relax. It’ll get way too loud before you run out of numbers. + Setup and subsequent control from both the remote and/or my phone all works great. + I wanted brand names that will be reliable and hold value over time. Hey, it’s Denon and Polk. WHAT’S HERE? POLK surround theater SPEAKER SYSTEM; Each of the five, TL1 speakers has a tweeter and mid/bass woofer in a hand sized enclosure that looks great on a shelf or a wall bracket. (there are keyhole slots around back and threaded inserts for brackets and stands.) The center channel speaker adds another mid/woofer. THE SUBWOOFER: has an 8” ported driver and is powered by its own amplifier. It includes a Low Pass control that ensures you can blend the deep bass from the subwoofer with the mid-bass coming from the small satellite speakers. It has a Volume control so you decide how much thunder and roar fills your room. 14”H x 12.5”W x x13.4”D. THE DENON Audio Viideo Receiver: AVR-S540BT: This 5.2 channel AVR will pass Dolby Vision, HDR, HLG and 4K HDCP 2.2 through 3 (of five) HDMI inputs. It includes Denon’s SETUP ASSISTANT and it can be controlled from the Denon 500 Series Remote App, using Bluetooth, not Wi-Fi. (hence, the BT in the model number). This Denon receives, but does NOT send, Bluetooth signals (so, no wireless headphones, for example). Multichannel Surround codecs include DTS Master, Dolby TrueHD, Multichannel Stereo with 5.1 channels supported. SUMMARY: With all the resources of the most recognized and respected names in audio/video equipment, this theater package doesn’t just have the DENON and POLK names on it, but actually has their expertise and technology inside. This is the real thing. Yeah, it’s smaller, with less power, and leaves a few features off. But for a signifiant number of end users, it has the stuff that matters to them. This is clean, realistic sound that will fill a room with all the action, excitement and realism you heard at the cinema. The newest and most desired advanced video content is switched and passed on to your new TV without fuss or fault. I can recommend this Polk - Denon package.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Wires Everywhere But Great SoundPosted .
I was very conflicted on where to begin with my review because it delivers amazing sound from all angles. However, there are design elements that I didn't consider and I prefer a sleek minimal look where this has a large clunky receiver, wires all over and a dated operating/setup. At the forefront of everything the sound I got was theatre quality which is pleasing. I've had some sound systems that are muffled or are just loud without giving crisp and clear sounds. Polk's Blackstone system is what a good starter theatre system for the home should be. The subwoofer provided the best level of bass while the smaller five speaker system complimented the room. All of this was possible through the microphone which calibrates the speakers based on the room. Setup took me a while but I allocated time for it since I knew I would be splitting speaker wires and setting up various speakers. A pitfall for theatre systems is still the split wires and removing such and eye sore from a living room. I am disappointed in the Denon receiver because it was so bulky, it had a dated looking setup program which needs refinement and more features. It does not come off as user friendly. The remote is large and the volume animation on the tv made my 4K tv look tacky. I probably need in wall speakers to keep the minimal look I want so don't hesitate to get this system based on my feedback. I was just really hoping for a update from the theatre system setup I had in the early 2000s but there are still quite a few wires to work through which was really my big setback. Wires and the few dated qualities aside I really love the sound it gave me. I loved watching National Geographic and being able to ear water splashing and all the other sounds you just don't get from your normal tv speakers. I was also excited during a horror flick which made me feel like I was at the movies but at home. Great sound and I could not have asked for more!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Should get 5 startsPosted .
Setup and installation took me about 30 minutes, sound quality is super clear and it does offer premium clarity to the extend I can follow every single word coming out of the tv. Wiring is simple. Speaking of Denon AVR system, it is the process of redefining the sound and take it to the next level. I was able to connect my 3 4K devices; Xbox one X, PS4 Pro, Sony 4K player, and Apple TV 4th generation, in addition to more 2 hdmi ports for other devices. Sound modes are variable and offer sound quality enhancement. Watching a movie is a new great experience. I would highly recommend it if you like sound quality and 5.1 channels.I would recommend this to a friend
FeaturesQuality5 out of 5Value4 out of 5Ease of Use4 out of 5
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Nice sound systemPosted .Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Modern great looking system . Every thing you need in a sound system. For some reason it has to be turned up on volume to 60 percent to hear it . overall good sound system.
FeaturesQuality5 out of 5Value4 out of 5Ease of Use4 out of 5I would recommend this to a friend
FeaturesQuality4 out of 5Value5 out of 5Ease of Use4 out of 5
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
For the money, it on the money!Posted .
The clarity is quite remarkable at this price point! Right out of the box it’s easy to set up. With doing custom speaker wire runs and unpacking everything, I had the entire system installed and on in about an hour. The Denon receiver set up took just a few minutes to sample the room (with reference mic provided) and make necessary adjustments. After that it was time to test the system with my own ears. I have to say, I’m seriously impressed. This is a well matched speaker/receiver system and for $500.00, I really feel well pleased with my choice. Are there better systems out there? ABSOLUTELY! But you’ll obviously pay more for them! Are there cheaper systems out there? Absolutely! But you won’t get the clarity, frequency response or SPL from them. The channel separation, clarity and punch in this system... remarkable! Truly impressive! My only issue so far has been of my own doing. The receiver has 5 built in amps and at high volume they generate quite a bit of heat. I foolishly set my DVD player directly on top of it and choked off air flow, thus I caused (note I say I did it!?) the receiver to thermal fault. So make sure you set YOUR receiver where it has adequate and unobstructed air flow to keep cool. Other than that... this is a rockin sound System! Currently jamming Mr. Big’s Lean Into It at volume setting 75 and getting some house work done! Y’all have a blessed day!
FeaturesQuality4 out of 5Value5 out of 5Ease of Use4 out of 5I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The Sound That Gives You Chills!!!!Posted .
If I could give 5 Stars and Extra Credit for going above and beyond, I would for this rating. This Polk Audio BlackstoneTL1600 and Denon Home Theater Speaker System package gives me chills when listening to it. Since getting this new system, I find excitement in hearing what I didn’t hear before getting the system. My movies, TV shows and sports sound so good now! Finally, my Dolby Vision on my new 4K TV is appropriately matched with Dolby Audio on my new Polk and Denon Home Theater System. I now feel as though I am right there on screen seeing and hearing as if I was there. I was watching the new Netflix “Our World” documentary and was amazed at all the beautiful colors and then when the wind blew and I heard the waterfall, I felt chills. I felt cold, I felt like I was there in the jungle. I cannot adequately express how pleased I am with this system, but I will do my best. The Denon and Polk audio system arrived to my house two days ago and I was excited to see if I could improve the sound quality of my television without a lot of effort. The boxes arrived a bit dented and scratched up some. You can see that the box had been thrown around somewhere through the delivery service. I was concerned that something was damaged or missing as the top of the box appeared to be open. However, once I opened the box and checked the packing list I was pleased that everything was still inside the box and nothing was damaged. All of the items were well packaged and secure. Items were covered with packing styrofoam and additional softening sheets/covers. I was able to take everything out of the boxes and easily identify that everything I needed to connect my system and get it to work properly was included. They even provided good quality speaker wire and batteries for the remote. There was at least one item (sound calibration microphone) that I had not seen before, but turned out to be very helpful once I had everything connected. This system is made of high quality materials. Every piece, even the small speakers are heavier than most speakers Ive handled over the years. This is a good thing as you should want your system to last a long time and not fall apart easily. The quick start guide is extremely helpful and easy to read. It clearly is the first thing you should read before setting up your system and it actually reads “Read Me First…” on the cover. The guide is helpful in identifying what’s included in the box and the various steps that should be taken when connecting your system. It also includes some helpful options and hints to assist in ensuring you have the best connection for you. The guide leaves no steps left out and if you following each step, you shouldn’t have any problems setting up your system by yourself. Once the receiver is connected to your TV and the power is on, there his an online guide that will assist in ensuring you have everything connected correctly. It will guide you, on your televisions screen, though the steps of each connected device, step by step. The screens look a little 1985’ish (think astrods), but they are effective. And when connected via bluetooth, you can stream music as well as utilize the downloadable app to control the receiver. However, I had problems with the app and therefore didn’t find it very useful. It could be that the app needs updating or there is a bug in the program, but that’s just an extra bonus. The receiver’s remote is more than capable of controlling your sound and some aspects of the TV, if you have it connected to the HDMI ARC on your television. In this way I am to control the sound using any of my remotes and when I shut one system off, everything shuts off. This is extremely welcomed and appreicated. I was able to set up my system in less than an hour, but I took more time to set up each speaker as recommended and strategically place in areas and corners that would produce the best sound. I even utilized the included sound calibration microphone. Once I was done and ready to listen to the system, I was in audio heaven. I felt chills listening to the sound that were coming out of each speaker and since this is a 5.1 channel system, the sounds were separated perfectly. I head noises from behind and the side; even the clicks that moved on my AppleTV moved in the direction I moved on the television. I received my Home Theater System two days ago and quite honestly, I was ready to write my review the very next day. Within 24 hours I destroyed and threw away the packaging it was shipped in (I usually make it a practice of keeping the packing material for a few months in case I need to return an item). I’ve often wondered why there is such a big price difference in some of the sound bars and how some companies sell them much cheaper when they are designed to do the same thing; and that’s to increase the volume when you’re watching movies at home. I now see what the difference is and it’s clear. I mean it becomes very clear theoretically, practically and in reality. As soon as you connect this system it is clear (pun intended). I am now rewatching movies and shows to hear the difference. The Polk Audio BlackstoneTL1600 and Denon Home Theater Speaker System is a must purchase. If you want to feel as though you were right there inside your televisions at the game, in the foreign county, on the sky slopes, swimming in the water, or right there in the jungle, you need not look any further. If you want to feel chills as you hear sounds with clarity you didn’t know could be reproduced through a speaker system, then this is they system for you. This system will not only meet your needs, but I am certain it will exceed your expectations, just as it has for me. The Polk Audio BlackstoneTL1600 and Denon Home Theater Speaker System delivers the sound that will gives you chills. You can thank me in the comments… and you’re welcome.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Big Performance from Small PackagePosted .
I have always been a fan of true 5+ channel true surround sound setups, but recently I have been exposed to some nice sound bars that with their clean and simple setup have me questioning my loyalty to true surround sound. After installing this Polk/Denon tag team, it reminded me that there is no competition. True surround sound, especially this kit, just engulfs you in sound. As others have mentioned, this box is HEAVY. Its definitely a good idea to open the box, separate the components, and move them separately. My box handles started to split as soon as I went to lift it off my porch. Starting with the Denon receiver, it looks slick, but above all is feature packed. It has enough hdmi ports for even the most demanding home theater user. The remote is large, but user friendly. Also, any connections are straight forward. Dont be afraid of wiring. Its simple. YOU CAN DO IT. The Polk speakers in the kit are surprisingly small, which I was a little worried about since they were replacing my old front channels, which were large tower speakers. But a benefit of being small speakers, they were easy to place, especially when wall mounting on a screw. After turning them on, WOW. These speakers put out BIG sound. And not just loud, beat up your ears, sound. Its refined and clear. These speakers will fill even the biggest room with more than enough sound. Everything said and done, this kit is everything you need to bring the power of a theater to the comforts of your home. This kit will impress no matter what you throw at it. Side note: This receiver runs HOT. Make sure that you have plenty of ventilation around the receiver. I originally had the reciever in an enclosed stereo cabinet and before it finished playing the first song I played on it, the receiver shot off due to over heating. Luckily, the Denon receiver has built in thermal protection to keep you from burning it up. I found I just need to leave the door to the cabinet open and it works just fine.I would recommend this to a friend
Q: QuestionIs this a wireless (speakers) system. Meaning will it be required to use any speaker wires
Asked by CoolBreeze.
- A:Answer Yes, you will need speaker wires ( Supplied) Once you run your speaker wires, you could go to best buy and purchase what I call The wire ditcher ( used to hide the wires)
Answered by mrmeloco
Asked by alexa.
Q: QuestionDoes receiver have built in multi-band graphic equalizer. If so, how many bands per channel?
Asked by Henry8th.
- A:Answer No it doesnt. theres a room eq and thats it. no graphical of any kind
Answered by SymbioteSmokes