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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 2569 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unbeatable for the money

    Posted
    Tickerguy
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    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. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nothing Special Here

    Posted
    Buddy
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    I purchased this set for 50% off (excellent BB pricing) and intended to replace an 1980's set of book shelf speakers (Design Acoustics DA-10's) being used in our bedroom with an older Yamaha receiver connected to our HDTV. Well, the Polks were not as efficient and also sounded like there was a blanket over the drivers. Had to crank up the treble just to balance them. A week later I tried them in my family room in a somewhat similar setup (35-watt home-brew SS stereo amp) primarily used with an HDTV. In this room I am using another 1980's set of speakers (Realistic Nova-10's). No comparison, the vintage Realistic's left the Polk's standing in the dust. These Polk's sounded lackluster, undefined, and did not meet my listening requirements for book shelf speakers. Tried them in both settings for about a week in each location thinking I would bond with them in one of these locations. Played them with CD's, Cable TV, DVD's, iPod, recorded concerts, etc. But I ended packing up the Polk's and returned them on the 15th day. At best, these are entry level "fair" sounding bookshelf speakers. I am thinking I should have purchased the Sony Core SSCS5 bookshelf speakers that were also 50% off. But with all of the glowing reviews for the Polk T15's, I thought the newer technology would be an "upgrade" to my outdated 1980's speakers. These T15's could not even keep up with technology from the past. If you have nothing to compare they with (A - B'ing with another set), then I could understand why others might think these would be OK. Currently the overall 4.7 rating just makes no sense to me, other than using these for rear channel surround sound duty. For your primary front channel stereo listening, look elsewhere, these are just "fair" at best to my ears.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent value!

    Posted
    havanajoe8
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    My apartment is odd- it's basically two small apartments connected together separated by a door. In the larger room I have a home entertainment system with a real stereo system- receiver, sub-woofer, larger speakers, etc. However, the kitchen is in the smaller room and I like to listen to music while having coffee. About six months ago I bought the Insignia 50 watt mini bookshelf system and connected my iPod to it via an Apple iPod dock. It's on top of the refrigerator. I like the system, but the speakers were never quite right- I felt that the 4 inch drivers were a little small and with the bass ports on the back the bass would hit the wall and I felt like it sounded a bit weak and muffled. I decided to go to Best Buy to see what I could get as an upgrade. I had done a little research online and I wanted to compare three speakers- these Polks, the Pioneer SP-BS22-LRs and the Insignia NS-SP213s. The Pioneers are power-hungry, and since this system is only 25 watts per channel I eliminated them first- plus they still had a rear bass port. The Insignias sounded ok, but seemed a little muffled. These Polks sounded the clearest, but I could not really tell how they sounded in the store, so I took them home. I'm VERY happy with the results! They are a little bigger than the original Insignias but not too big. Binding posts connected easily too. At first the sound was just ok. It took about an hour of breaking them in for them to really shine. First thing I noticed is that they are efficient- comfortable listening level with the Insignias was 16 on the volume setting, with the Polks it's 12. Second thing I noticed is that the upper midrange is much more clear- voices really carry, especially higher pitched ones. Finally, although they don't have exceptionally deep bass the response is certainly better than the Insignias. Not sure if it's because of the bigger woofers or if it's the bass ports being on the front but there is no longer any muffled bass. I'm hearing details in my music that I generally only hear through my main stereo system. If you have limited space and reasonable expectations I think you can't go wrong with these speakers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow! Nice upgrade

    Posted
    Dbgilbert786
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    Yamaha 6.1 surround sound front L & R main speakers replaced (after 12 years) with these Polks. Really nice. Rich full bodied sound with excellent distinction between lows, mids and highs. Really impressive. Fills the room, 4K blue rays totally awesome. Just music: streaming, radio or CD EXCELLENT! In the book shelf category I’ve seen $500.00 each. Yikes! In the under $150.00 a pair range these are your choice. No compromise, Polk would not sellout and slap their name on a cheap speaker just to get sales. This is a quality speaker. As the main front L & R channels for our surround sound system these speakers are really impressive. I love being alive during these technology driven times. It means you can get an excellent product at a really fair price via the competing market place. And, Polk stepped-up for sure. Unless you’re an audiophile already use to thousand dollar speakers you will love these for a long time. Ps we have a 3 thousand dollar Khlips set-up in our entertainment room so I am use to listening to a very nice 7.1 surround system. So, with some sound knowledge I am definitely recommending these Polk Book shelf speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So Far ... So EXCELLENT!

    Posted
    SpockCO
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    I "shopped out" this purchase ALL over the internet; I read dozens of reviews. ... I purchased these Polk Audio - 5-1/4" Bookshelf Speakers from Best Buy, because my local BB store (a true "flagship" store) is less than 4 miles away. ... These speakers were in stock and ready to be picked up in less than an hour! One of my most critical decision points (besides really good audio performance) was the height of the speaker's "cabinets"/boxes. - My shelves are "fixed", and a 10.63(+/-)" height was just right to fit them into my bookshelves. The Polk Audio reputation does mean a lot to me, and considering ALL the other competitors' speakers I looked at in this "purchase decision, shopping process", only the Polk Audio T15 speakers met ALL my criteria. ... Also, I was very glad that these speakers have such a large presence in the market that there were many, MANY reviews available to help me clarify the details that I could not find the answers for on BestBuy.com. They've been hooked up for less than 20 hours of running time now, but SO FAR, I'm amply impressed with how they sound, and I'm sure they WILL only get better after they've been fully "run in", some 20 to 60 hours of operating time from now. Finally, you may be interested to know that I purchased these Polk Audio - 5-1/4" Bookshelf Speakers as upgraded, replacement, front speakers for my bedroom home theater system. ... My new T15 speakers replaced a venerable, old pair of Yamaha NS-A328 home theater "satellite" speakers, and they are hooked up to a Yamaha HTR-5450 (500W RMS (Total)) Natural Sound AV Receiver using 16 AWG Rocketfish wires (- please see my review(s)). I hope all the opinions and information I have provided here will be useful for your "purchase decision, shopping process".

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than I expected

    Posted
    alienux

    I was a little skeptical of these speakers because of the price, and because of some negative reviews I read. I can say that I'm extremely happy with these speakers after having them in my HT setup for a week now. I needed to replace some very large KLH floor speakers that were about 3 1/2 feet tall and were acting as FL/FR, and to replace some larger JBL bookshelf speakers that I was using for rear surrounds (one of the JBL speakers started buzzing after my daughter knocked one over and stood on the cone when she was a toddler). My center channel is a Polk Audio CS series speaker, and I wanted to finally get front and surround speakers to match. I listened to the T15s in the store, and I thought they sounded a little dull compared to the other speakers, but they were on sale for 50% off, so I figured I'd give them a chance and I bought 2 pairs. When I first hooked them up, I thought they sounded like there was a little too much high end, but I hoped with some break-in time, they would start to sound better. I did have to increase the level of my sub since these don't put out as much bass as my previous floor speakers did, but they still have pretty decent bass for such little speakers. After only 3 or 4 days, the speakers started to come to life. We watched Pacific Rim and I was blown away by how good these little speakers sounded. My kids have been playing some PS3 games that use a lot of surround, and they sound incredibly clear and life-like. As I said, I did have to increase the sub-woofer level a little bit, but that's only because my previous front speakers had more bass than they really needed and I had the sub down some. Overall I'm very happy with these. I was only hoping to get at least as good of a sound out of these as with my previous speakers, and they've ended up being much better. I'd recommend giving them some good break-in time. Once that happens, these are amazing speakers with clear sound that are an amazing value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great small speaker

    Posted
    Spike1014
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    Finally got the approval from the old lady to piece together a surround sound, but on a budget. I have these speaker as my 2 mains and 2 rears and have the CS10 for the center channel. I was a little apprehensive while I was at the store because they sounded muffled and I wasn't to impressed with any bookshelfs they had on display. Well I went back and when there was no associate by me I pulled the cover and adjusted their receiver and man, now we're talking. I almost didn't buy anything because all the bookshelf speakers sounded like junk. But the audio guys had the bass turned all the way up with no treble. I turned up the treble and everything sounded great, so check the settings if you think it sounds like junk in the store. I went with the T15's because I had a budget and if I didn't I would have only had a center and the 2 fronts buying the speakers I wanted at first. But buying the T15's, two pairs and the center CS10 for less then $500. The speakers fit great in my bookshelfs and you can't even see them (black shelfs) and the rears are hanging from the wall with no problem. The clarity is great and so is the price. I cranked the volume up and you can hear it up stairs on the other side of the house clear as day. Even though I don't have a sub yet these speakers put out enough bass with no distortion to keep me patient for my sub. You won't jump out of your seat, but it sounds good. Once I get my sub these T15's will provide a great midrange sound to fulfill what I want. My living room is 18 X 16 and these speaker fill the room great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I'm impressed.

    Posted
    Bill0707444

    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. Wanna see some good pics-click on these Photobucket links. [IMG]http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j129/bill500_2006/Radios/Polk3.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j129/bill500_2006/Radios/Polk1.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j129/bill500_2006/Radios/Polk2.jpg[/IMG]

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality can't be beat for price when on sale

    Posted
    JoeyVIII

    Typically I build my own cabinets & crossovers for larger components such as for home theater usage i.e. towers, sub, center channel, etc. However, for my PC I decided to go with these budget friendly bookshelves, a Class-T digital amp running directly from the PC sound card, and 12" sub. I figured for the price they couldn't be beat & it saves me build time. IMHO out of the box they sounded a bit muddy with low/weakened highs that I don't normally see with soft dome tweeters & mids were a bit too mild for my taste, I suspect the crossover setup, but without possibly voiding the 5 yr. warranty and taking them apart I can't say for sure. I like my speakers fairly bright and pronounced, but not as harsh as you might get with some horn tweeters. Once I configured my EQ settings with my sound card and am slowly breaking them in they are starting to grow on me. So far they are handling everything thrown at them fairly accurately this includes FPS games, action movies, and all different genres of music. They are weak on the bass side as expected with almost any bookshelf speaker, but better than others at this price point. This doesn't matter to me much since they are being used in combination with a sub-woofer. I have cut the frequency off so these guys don't see anything below 90 Hz. Overall for the price that I paid on sale, 49.99, they can't be beat. Plus, they look as nice as they sound without distorting at a fairly loud volume level. Glad, that I finally decided to make my first Polk purchase with these models.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best bookshelf speakers for under $100 out there

    Posted
    SpartanGrad

    Dollar for dollar, you can't go wrong with these. I compared these to the other pair of bookshelfs under $100 at Best Buy (Pioneer#, and the Polks blew the Pioneers away. The next step up is double the price and more, and the sound improvement is very minor #mostly you get better bass with the more expensive bookshelf options#. I bought these along with a Yamaha RX-V373 receiver to begin my new surround set-up, and since I was going to move these to the rear after getting decent floor speakers for the front, it was an easy decision to choose these. More than sufficient for what you'd need with rear quality. While I waited for the front speakers, I did get to use these little babies out as my only 2 speakers. Not bad at all considering their size & price. Very clean/crisp sound you'd expect from Polk, and tight, decent bass but not chest thumping. I now have these complementing Polk TSI 400s as the fronts, a BIC center channel DV-32CLR, looking into subwoofers to perfect the experience #although the TSI 400s are pretty impressive bass wise if you live in a condo like I do). If you are more of a movie watcher, getting two pairs of these T15s for the fronts & rears, complementing with a center & subwoofer could be an affordable, yet very effective combination. I enjoy music as well as movies, so my set up with good towers for fronts works very nicely. As far as the T15s go...I couldn't expect any better performance from rear surrounds. Buy these and you will agree!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Took a chance at $50, but still returned them

    Posted
    GoodSon

    I compared these at the store against the Klipsh kb15, Bose 302, Polk tx110 and Pioneer bs22. These were by far the dullest sounding of the lot, but I know the BB testing arena can be challenging to give a fair test, so for $50 I said what the heck. Home they came. Out of the box, they sounded a little better in my setup, but still disappointing. I let them play for 2 days ( ~20 hours) at a fairly decent volume. They still sounded veiled and muted, like something was muffling the sound. And this was compared to my old cheapie Sony speakers. Weird. I would like to say they might be good as rear/surround speakers (especially for $50) , but there is no highs to speak of. A day or two later the Klipsch kb15 went on sale for $130. I bought those and A/B ed the Polk and Klipsches right up to the 15 day return date on the Polks. No contest. I returned the Polks and kept the KB15s with the only regret being spending over my $100 limit. . The Klipsch sound? No harsh highs ( as sometimes is reported) and the detail and clarity is exceptional. i found bBoth speakers need a sub to be used as a L/R main speaker. Maybe not a fair comparison as the Polks retail for $99 and the Klipschs retail for $249....(which is overpriced in my book). I would have loved to compare the TSX110 and the klipsch kb15 at home, but I didn't want to play the buy/play/return game anymore. I liked the KB15s over the TSX110 at the store, and I'd imagine that would continue in my home setup as well. If I didn't expect more from Polk, i would have given these speakers 3 stars

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Used as HT Surrounds

    Posted
    AlexMa
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    I bought two sets to use for front and back surrounds, which are paired up to a Polk Monitor CS1 II that is used for the center channel . This makes a great combination for a 5.1 HT system. These speakers were purchased on sale at half the price. Even at regular price, these entry level speakers will perform great and they are a great value. The entire unit is the same color, Black. A monolithic look blends better than two tone. Impressive sound from a small front ported enclosure. The enclosure is solid and built from wood which helps produce a warmer sound. There are no vibration/resonance because of the enclosure materials or construction. The front grill is removable and there is a 5 way binding post for terminations. There is a key hole in the back of the enclosure for wall mounting. But, the terminal plate sticks out farther than the back of the speaker. The problem comes when the unit is mounted to the wall and that plate comes in contact with the wall. Simple fix: Add rubber feet to all 4 corners of the back of each enclosure to help eliminate any vibration caused from the hard plastic terminal plate coming into contact with the wall. 8 very thin rubber feet come with the speakers for use on the bottom when placed on a flat horizontal surface such as a bookshelf or table top. These are too thin for use on the back. My receiver is pumping out approximately 120 watts per ch in a 5.1 system and the speakers are set to speaker small. Because of this, the crossover point is set higher and more of the lows are sent to the sub. This produces less distortions in the surrounds at higher volumes. With this configuration, the sound can play very clean at high volumes. GREAT for movies and listening to music.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't Be Fooled By The Hater Reviews On Here

    Posted
    Anonymous

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Deal I Ever Got that wasn't Free in 59 Years

    Posted
    TigerBytes
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    Best $360 (plus tax, but free S/H and 5 year Polk Warranty) I ever spent; got Twelve of'm for that! Expecting that part to be edited out, so let me just say that if I had heard them pumping out Pink Floyd in a store (nearest is an hour away), would've paid twice that and still think I got lucky. Bought them solely on the Polk name, a tiny pic from a daily Best Buy e-mail, and then reviews galore from all over. Proof-positive and a for-sure buy is to go listen to them, favorite CD's in hand; the Polks Will Demonstrate a good from bad MP-3 as well as any speaker pair out there, so leave the little "music" box at home. I have read many thousands of reviews over the years and they help like nothing else can; this is possibly my tenth or so writing one, as something has to really shine above all others to garner some of my life-minutes. A second clue to the Perfection per Unit Volume that THESE particular Polks deliver is that you will Not find specs on them anywhere, except this: 'Power Requirements: 20-100W' Even then, no reference to Watts RMS (as opposed to "Peak" or "Music" power et al, tools of the BS-sellers' trade. Reason? If Polk published the numbers, the price, the warranty, pushed for professional reviews, posted buyer reviews, then how on Earth are they going to sell their Expensive wares? Only just so many rich stupid people and then you're done.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can't go wrong with Polk even their "low level"

    Posted
    dmbfaninmass
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    Recently upgraded my home sound from 2 channel floor standing yamaha speakers with 12" woofers, 4" mids and 1" tweets and an old Kenwood receiver. Stepped up to a Yamaha RX-V365 receiver so i'd have equal disbursement of power to all 5 channels, and an LFE out. Went with Polk CS10 center, these T15's for the rears, a Polk PSW110 powered sub and kept the Yamaha's in the front because I haven't seen or heard much of anything that impresses me as these continue to after 14 solid years of use and perhaps even abuse. Anyway, these T15's are great. I got them on sale for $49.99 for the pair (i believe.. they were somewhere around 50% off during the holidays), and they're worth the full price, there is no question. I seriously thought about grabbing a 2nd set of these and another PSW110 sub for when I eventually upgrade to a 7.2 system. I use these as rear surrounds, but I've paired them up front with the sub and these are more than adequate for front speakers, if you have a sub. If you're fine with low bass production, these would work for a 2 channel system... You really just can't go wrong with Polk. I've been an audio enthusiast for many years and my ears are hard to please, but these between 50 and 100 bucks a pair are worth well beyond that. You can have great sound by a great speaker manufacturer for a low hit to the wallet. Superb.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little speakers

    Posted
    Scotty
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    I am using these speakers on my newly revived turntable setup. My system consists of a small 25W amp, a nice tube preamp and my 30 year old Bang & Olufsen 2404 turntable. These speakers are perfect for the job. They sound nice, since my system has no tone control whatsoever, they faithfully reproduce the real sound of the albums, sometimes with astounding clarity. They have some bass, but you may still need a subwoofer, because they are bookshelf speakers and will not produce chest pounding thump. I also have a pair on my home theater system for the "high" speakers. They also sound great for this role. No distortion and we play movies quite loud. I'm quite pleased with these little inexpensive speakers and wouldn't hesitate to buy them again. A lot of bang for the buck.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Surround Speaker

    Posted
    BudB68742

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not the best effort from Polk Audio

    Posted
    Clowndro
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    As much as it pains me to say, I was disappointed in the sound of the T15s. I had originally bought two pairs on sale from BestBuy. I'm a fan of Polk Audio, and I already owned the Monitor 40s, Monitor 70s, and PSW10 subwoofer and love them all. I bought the T15s for a second, smaller system, and was driving them with a late 90's Sony AV receiver, in stereo mode. Doing an A/B comparison between one pair of T15s and a pair of Infinity P152s (also with a 5 1/4" woofer), the Polks were comparatively lacking in low end, and had a much smaller soundstage. Some like to say that speakers sound "bigger" than they are--the Polks sound as small as they are. They reminded me sonically of a cheap boombox I had in junior high in the mid '80s. They will fill a room with sound if some volume is applied, but they are not a speaker that I would want to spend hours with. Maybe they might have improved with longer break-in, or maybe it was the amplification, but right out of the box, after spending a few hours of listening, I disliked them enough to pack them back up for return. I have since bought a pair of Monitor 30s and find them to be much better suited for music listening.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME

    Posted
    Kingdaddy
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    just hooked these up to an onkyo 430 reciever to a 40 inch westinghouse tv with the onkyo subwoofer on my patio and my ears are still ringing :) . i have a small patio it all went on to, but my pool is 70 ft out in the yard and we like to hear the music while swimming so i went this way instead of a home theatre system and WOW . it puts my sony home theatre system from costco in the house to shame for less $$$ .the onkyo puts out 65 watts a channel i think about 74/100 volume , they were clear as can be , i didnt go higher because my ears couldnt take it and my wife was yelling at me to turn it down thru the sliders . same with the subwoofer on 50% power and 50% base. the wood construction and rubber mounts left no vibration on the glass top . i will never buy a pre made plastic home theatre system again .polk has made a believer out of me . and although the sub is big ,the speakers are small enough to fit sideways in the shelves onthe 3-tier stand 22 inch high . .i just mounted the rubber mounts on the sides . and thats 2.1 , the reciever auto picked that up , i dont need the extra 2 speakers out there .( i should say > i cant justify getting them to my wife lol )

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Avg-Fidelity Studio Reference Monitor

    Posted
    PapaTom

    For the past 25-30 years, my studio, in which I primarily produce telephone "message-on-hold" programs, has housed three sets of speakers of varying quality, including a set of Realistic Minimus 77 4" bookshelf speakers, which served the purpose of simulating the sound of my productions through a telephone speaker. Just this past week, one of my trusty 77's died and, with no more Radio Shack to rely on, I had to quickly replace the set. Purchasing the T-15's was a hasty decision that I made based solely on reviews, as the floor model at Best Buy was wired incorrectly and did not accurately demonstrate the speakers. However, for fifty bucks, I took a chance, brought them home, and turned them on. Like others have said, these are not high-end speakers. For my purpose, they are a little large (at 5 1/4"), but are capable of providing the flat, dry response I need for monitoring recordings that will ultimately be played over the telephone. What's more, when EQ'd a little more thoughtfully, they sound like they'd work pretty well in a small home theater setup, too. I will always miss my 77's, but life has to go on, and with my new Polk T-15's, I think I will survive!

    I would recommend this to a friend