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Polk Audio - Signature Passive 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Pair) - Black Washed Walnut

Keep your sound system tucked away until you need it with these Polk bookshelf speakers. They are big on sound yet compact enough to fit on a bookshelf.

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    • Polk Audio Signature Passive 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Pair)

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (138 out of 139)

    Features


    1" terylene tweeter

    Offer crisp high frequencies.

    2-way speaker system

    Sounds like 1 source rather than several separate sources.

    Removable grille

    Remains acoustically transparent while protecting the speaker's components.

    Bookshelf- or wall-mountable

    For optimal placement.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 139 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good speaker line for the money

      Posted
      Souppyy
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I purchased a full set of Polk Signature Speakers for (mostly) a home theater setup where we needed to migrate to bookshelf speakers for our fronts. I have always had and prefer tower front channel speakers but in this case had to compromise. I originally attempted to use a set of 4- S15 for 5.1 surround paired with the Polk Signature S35 center and an older infinity sub. The sound was actually quite impressive and timber matched to perfection; however, we had the space and opted to purchase the Polk S20 for our front L/R channel and use the S15 for rear surround. The S20 reach down a bit lower in frequency response (39 Hz versus 50 Hz) and it was actually quite noticeable in our 16x30' living room. Keep in mind the S20 are much bigger. The S15 work great as rear surround and mounted nicely in my existing speaker mounts. I did decide to try the S30 center, I like the slim design of the S35 center and it sounds amazingly clear and crisp, but the lower end of the frequency response of the S30 better matches the S20's (42 versus 53 Hz). I will hook that up when it arrives and make a final determination but expect my final setup will include S20 fronts, S30 center, S15 rear surround, and potentially S15 side channels if I ever get a 7.1 or 7.2 receiver. I am overall very impressed by the Polk Signature series, especially for this price. It seems well designed, has good appearance with either the grills off or on. I considered Klipsch RP series, Definitive Technology SM series, as well as Martin Logan Motion..and I tried various lines out at a Magnolia store. However, for the price I feel the Polk do well and my home theater experience is great and I would highly recommend this line of speakers. Make sure you watch prices. Best Buy is good about price match and I used that convenience a couple times as the Polk website had sales that were not displayed through Best Buy, but they price matched. The January 15 return policy during the holidays is great and allows time to break in the speakers and try various options.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      2nd Upgrade from my Home Theater in a Box

      Posted
      Skibbidy

      I purchased and Onkyo HTIB system a few years ago. I recently purchased the Polk S30 to replace my center channel speaker. That review is on Best Buy's site already. Once I installed that center I immediately noticed my Fronts were lacking. If I had the space/money I would get the S60's, but that is beside the point. So I decided to replace the speakers that came with my HTIB with these S15's. So like the S30, I immediately noticed a massive quality improvement over my existing speakers. I love the look of the veneer on the Polk Signature series. They are a very "handsome" speaker and you can feel and see the quality from the moment you unbox them. I got them hooked up and mounted and had to spend a bit of time getting them calibrated and what not. It was an interesting feeling when I started demoing some material. I was expecting a very dramatic change and to be blown away. Well it was dramatic and I was blown away, but in a very calm way. I immediately felt like my room was just more "full" with sound. Before I felt that the room felt odd/empty except when I was directly in front of my center channel. Now I feel there is one massive speaker the width of my entire wall projecting sound at me. The nice part is a lot of times it doesn't even sound like a speaker, it sounds like an organic sound coming at me. My wife and I both immediately noticed the improved clarity, detail, and refinement in the speakers. We still are in the break-in period for both the center and the L&R. We're both excited to see how they continue to improve going forward. After owning 3 of the speakers I know I will absolutely grab the S60s at some point and move these S15's to my surrounds. I couldn't be happier with the quality of sound I have for the price we paid.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good Clarity, Nice Imaging, Occasionally Bright

      Posted
      tcb4
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      For some background, I'm coming off a pair of Pioneer Sp-BS-22LR's bookshelf speakers. These speakers sound significantly better than the Pioneers in my opinion. I would say they have a slight v shaped sound signature, but nothing overpowering. The treble, especially near field, touches on being bright, but this is usually only in lower quality tracks and isn't an issue at "normal" listening distances. That brings up my next point in that these speakers are very revealing. You can tell straight away weather a track is of high or low quality due to some harshness and just the overall loss of definition. It's not that they sound bad with lower quality material, they just sound cleaner and more impressive when playing higher quality content. The cabinets are high quality and come with above average wraps. The power port seems to work well, but the interior of the port is cardboard. This is the only sign of cost cutting I could see on these speakers, everything else seems class leading. They do seem to play down to that 50hz mark, but it's not without a little roll off. They hit much lower than the Pioneers did, but I'd say a sub is still recommended. Overall, they seem to be worth it, especially at or below two hundred dollars.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Upgrading my Home Theater in a Box

      Posted
      Skibbidy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I purchased an Onkyo HTIB system a few years ago. I recently purchased the Polk S30 to replace my center channel speaker. That review is on Crutchfield's site already. Once I installed that center I immediately noticed my Fronts were lacking. If I had the space/money I would get the S60's, but that is beside the point. So I decided to replace the speakers that came with my HTIB with these S15's. So like the S30, I immediately noticed a massive quality improvement over my existing speakers. I love the look of the veneer on the Polk Signature series. They are a very "handsome" speaker and you can feel and see the quality from the moment you unbox them. I got them hooked up and mounted and had to spend a bit of time getting them calibrated and what not. It was an interesting feeling when I started demoing some material. I was expecting a very dramatic change and to be blown away. Well it was dramatic and I was blown away, but in a very calm way. I immediately felt like my room was just more "full" with sound. Before I felt that the room felt odd/empty except when I was directly in front of my center channel. Now I feel there is one massive speaker the width of my entire wall projecting sound at me. I will definitely continue upgrading my system to more Polk Signature Speakers in the future.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      OK, OK 4 stars...sheesh!

      Posted
      Kloid
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Couldn’t find any really bad reviews on theses little speakers (checked amazon, Best Buy, Audio Forumn, etc...). On sale for $200 so I said what-da-heck! These are below the RTi series which I felt were too forward in the mid and high frequencies. Plus the bass was not full and warm enough to counter balance the sound. So I kept my expectations at a minimum. YIKES! Right out of the box I couldn’t believe I was listening to $200 speakers from Polk. OK, these are little speakers so where was the warmth and bass articulation coming from? After that shock I started concentrating on the mid and high frequencies. Yes they were forward and somewhat bright but this equated to more ambience and more audible decay and less zing! Most of my listening is of the late night, mid to low volume type. Not sure I would recommend these for surround systems playing at high volumes. These are “listening” speakers. I kept saying to myself, “I don’t understand this” during my initial 3 hour listening session. Best Buy has made a huge mistake by not auditioning these to customers in their Magnolia sound rooms. Seems like most of the reviews of all the Signature series speakers are also good. Folks, the secrets out. Read the reviews. Sound like a marketing guy, don’t I? There are some cheap plastic parts to contend with but I guess you got to cut corners at this price. Can’t wait till there broken in...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Speakers

      Posted
      MathMan
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This is my second set of Polk Audio speakers. The first set (2 towers, 2 surround, center and subwoofer) where purchased at least 15 years ago and still sound good. I have donated them to a friend. I purchased the complete Signature Series (S35, S15, S55) to replace the donated set. The look, the price and the sound make these an amazing set of speakers. My previous set sounded fine until I installed these. This set is the sound center for my home entertainment system. The center speaker brings the dialogue into the room. When listening to music, especially jazz or classical, I can close my eyes and feel that I am at a live performance. Play some Rock and you can make the whole house vibrated (without turning it up to its highest setting). Pink Floyd never sounded so good. A Denon receiver drives the speakers and after calibration created an excellent sound field that makes almost any seat an ideal listening position. I used 12 gauge (oxygen free) wire and installed banana clips on the ends for each installation and conduction. This was an excellent purchase that has taken my home theater entertainment system to the next level.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Polk does it again

      Posted
      KidRocksdad
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Firstly, I'm a big Polk fan, not because I have several sets of Polk speakers but because I've had many different name brand speakers including equally and much higher priced speakers. I'm using these particular S15's solely for a dedicated music room and they fit the bill perfectly. If you want earth quaking, nose bleeding, Excedrin popping bass, add a sub, If you want your neighbors to think your starting an 80's hair band, get towers. If you want clean, responsive accurate sound reproduction to be listened to at a human volume (or slightly higher) with almost any music genre, you'll be more than satisfied with these S15's Remember, speakers are only as good as the amp/receiver they're hooked up to. Results vary but you should avoid hooking your new Polk's to a Linux or GPX unit.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Speakers for the Money

      Posted
      MarkB
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      These are excellent speakers for the money. Nice warm sound, tweeter hits the highs but is not "too bright" Its easy to listen to these for hours at a time. These are purposefully designed for easy wall mounting without interfering with sound quality. The Port (Polk refers to this as the Power Port) is on the back, and a plastic housing channels it downward. This allows for the speaker to be directly against the wall without interfering with sound quality. A key hole slot is actually built into the plastic port housing, allowing for very easy direct wall mounting. Each Speaker weighs about 13 pounds, so you will need a quality drywall anchor or tie into a wall stud when mounting. I've used these for a stereo setup and also for rear surrounds in a Dolby 5.1 setup - easy wall mounting a huge plus for this. For the money they are excellent, and I highly recommend them.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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