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Polk Audio - Dual 6.5" 2-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Each) - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 954 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For the price....excellent bargin

    Posted
    MrShifter
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    I was reluctant at first to make this purchase, due to the quality deterioration of Polk Audio over the years. I kept reading positive reviews on these, so I did extensive research over the net....all came back very positive. I have to admit, the reviews were 100% correct. I hooked them up with OFC pure copper 14 gauge wiring to my old JVC receiver. Remember these ARE NOT 8 ohm speakers, so 14 gauge is what is required to get the most from these speakers. Also I'm able to set up two sets of speakers so I run these in front and surround with Bose 301s.....sounds awesome. I only use to play my vinyl collection....not using for home theater at all. Some say the bass isn't there, me, I say more than I like....I'm old school and bass just ain't my thing, so no problem with me....I'm a "treblehead". These speakers look great, super quality, better than ones that are triple the price. Easy hook-up. come with rubber pads already installed for hardwood floors....don't even have to install the bottom pieces....will be stable on carpet. Best Buy had the best price and trust me, I checked every place you can image and then some. I'm glad I took the chance and saved some MAJOR bucks....let me say again, great value, great price.....save your money and purchase a pair....Polk is trying to get their reputation back and this is a great start. Back in the 70's/80s....they rocked for an affordable price....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Deal

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    MrZomb
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    I have been looking at home theater with a receiver verses the box systems and landed on getting a receiver for various reasons that are not really important to this review. After selecting a receiver finding speakers was a discouraging task simply because, well, the price! I looked and looked and noticed (as you may have as well) that the better reviews on the higher priced speakers were lacking enthusiasm and the bad reviews had some serious discouragement. My wallet forces me to sacrifice SOME quality for price SOME of the time but not here... I picked these up on sale luckily because I put the bulk of my budget into the receiver and was left with not as much as I like for the speakers. At first glance, the stats, did not send up any fireworks or urge to stop shopping and buy, but the sale price and reviews convinced me to try them out. I am hooked. Wow what sound. I used 12 gauge speaker wire and when I turned the system on the wife and I broke out all the good movies to see how our favorite scenes sounded. I mean even the commercials we watched over and over with the TV speakers we heard sounds we never realized where there! I had to produce the receipt because the wife just didn't believe I paid what I did for them. They work best as a part of the speaker team, make sure you get your center channel and sub woofer if aggravating your neighbors and blowing your socks off is the goal. My system is not impressive on paper by any means... 750 total watts, 4 speakers, awesome sound, and I still have a little coin left in my purse. We are extremely pleased with this product and the manufactures warranty. Do yourself a favor and pick you up a pair... or several.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK, but could be better

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    MORSirTrollingtonON
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    I bought them during the Thanksgiving sales 2016 for $150 both along with the rest of the T series of home theater package and a Sony AVR (the whole set with the AVR for some craziness of $427!). They were my initiation into the world of quality music and home theater. (As much as I am happy I discovered a new dimension of sound, part of me also wishes I hadn't because now I want even a better quality, and that means more money to be spent.) As many of the reviews have said, if you want cheaper way of increasing the quality of your music, these are a good option. If you care about the quality of the music and motion picture you are listening and watching, don't buy a sound bar, no sound bar can compare with even with the low end good home theater. Cheap tower speakers like these and their brother the PSW10 sub with a $150 Sony AVR will cost you as much as a mid class sound bar but quality of music you get from the towers, the sub, and the AVR is way superior to soundbar. Pros: - good highs with the silk tweeter - vocals are really nice - acoustics are nice too - satisfactory bass - solid MDF boxes Cons: - midrange is mediocre, probably because it does not have a designated driver for midrange frequencies - distorts the lows at high volume especially when the song has a lot of bass; Eagles' Hotel California for example starts with instrumental with low bass and the speakers seem to struggle with it. - distorts at high volume - they just can't get a clear sound when multiple instruments are playing, like a rock song, you can't hear clearly the separate instruments and the vocals are also mixed up and unclear. - treble is exaggerated and you have to compromise between getting clearer vocals by raising the treble and having too much of it. Well, maybe my expectations are too high for this class of speakers. However, if you are playing good quality of music (CD or better), have a decent AVR or an amplifier with at least 100W stated power per channel (so you can get about 50W real power, AVRs are notorious for lying about the power they can deliver per channel) and you are either a beginner at listening a higher quality music or merely want to upgrade form TV speakers and, of course, you are ok to listen to no more than the half way up of the receiver, these speakers will suit you. I would recommend that you get the sub also, though. But remember, if you like to crank up the volume, the T series is not for you. Neither is a cheap AVR. Look cool without the grill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Value, Not So Great Sound

    Posted
    Aldo

    I was looking to replace my vintage Mach I speakers with some smaller towers. After reading many positive professional and user online reviews, it looked like the Polk T50s would fit that sweet spot of price versus performance. I bought a pair on sale at Best Buy and connected them to my 80W receiver so I could do an A-B comparison with my current speakers. I fully expected that the Polk T50s may not sound as accurate as the Mach I speakers (15" woofer, multicellular mid horn, bullet tweeter) but was disappointed to find that the Polk T50s didn't even sound as good as some smaller bookshelf speakers I had, or even my desktop computer Altec system. I listen to vocal music and the Polks made the vocals sound hollow. Being an audio engineer, I suspected that the Polk T50s had a nasty peak around 1kHz, so I checked with a spectrum analyzer and sure enough, there was a peak there. I found an online review that included a frequency response graph and is also showed the peak. Such a peak makes the vocals sound behind the music, as if the singer was singing through a hollow tube. To verify my "ears" and measurements, I asked my wife to listen to a few A-B comparisons and she easily found the Polk t50s to sound worse in each comparison. I went back to Best Buy and bought the Sony SSCS3 towers (almost twice the price) and connected them to my system for a comparison. The Sony SSCS3 towers sounded much better than the Polk T50s and almost as good as the Mach 1 speakers. To me, the Sony SSCS3 towers are well worth the difference in price. I kept them and returned the Polk T50s. I wish Best Buy would set up the Sony, Klipsch and Polk speakers so you could do a direct comparison with the same source material. I found such a setup at one Best Buy, but it wasn't working correctly and didn't have the Sony towers hooked up. In all the other stores, they have separate displays for the three brands. Even better would be for Best Buy to include the Sony, Klkpsch and Polk speakers in their Magnolia rooms. Being able to properly audition speakers would have saved me the trouble of buying the Polks only to return them. I rated the Polk T50s three stars because those that use them for home theater audio or who listen to electronic, metal and other compressed music may not find the sound objectionable. So, if price is a concern, you may want to try a set to see if you are okay with the sound. Obviously, based on the many positive reviews here on Best Buy, a lot of people are fine with the T50s. Just be ready to return them and try other speakers if you aren't happy with the sound.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent speakers for the money!

    Posted
    Bassman75
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    I just read the 2 year old review submitted by D Ralen, and I agree with everything he said - good history lesson as well! I pretty much have the same speaker set-up as DR, with the exception being that I recently purchased one of the 7.2 Yamaha Aventage receivers, which is just a mind blowing, powerful receiver! So my regular 5.1 set-up also includes the addition of a slightly older pair of Polk floor speakers, (sorry, can't remember the exact model since I'm on break at work), which are placed along the middle side. So yeah, right now, I have a 7.1 set-up, which includes the T50's in the front. For now, I have just one sub, two would be a bit overwhelming for my room. So what I have is a sonically complete Polk killer set-up, with an even balance response around the room, definitely articulated by the T50's in front. I also just purchased a Samsung 4K DVD player from BB as well, and my family and friends were amazed by the sound as we watched Dunkirk in 4K. With the 7.1 setup, I've discovered that you don't have to blast anyone out of the room to achieve great sound, but rather, you get an even, balanced frequency response, full bass, crisp mids and sizzling high's. So yeah, I'm a Polk convert for sure - you won't be disappointed with the T50's! I bought them on sale for $150 a pair, ridiculous price for the sound and quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great POLK speakers for the price.

    Posted
    1983rocked

    These are great POLK speakers for the price and I even picked them up on sale. I don't need deep overpowering bass and these have been great for my taste in music and movies. They have nice tight but not to booming bass. I like a balanced mix of highs, midrange, and punchy bass so the music sounds realistic. I listed to CD's, vinyl records, DVD’s, AM/FM radio, and they sound great. They are hooked up to a receiver that puts out 100w per channel so I cannot push them all the way, but I don’t need to. They are as loud as I need them to be, loud enough to make the neighbors mad, they don’t take up much space, and look like a much more expensive speaker. Always wanted POLK speakers since the 1980’s but they were way out of my price range. For an affordable way to jam out, with a balanced sound, I would recommend these if you like; classic rock, oldies, jazz, blues, classic country, and older pop music. If you want booming bass that is in rap, dance, or hip hop I wound not recommend them unless you buy a sub-woofer. I will probably purchase the T30 POLK center speaker next. If I ever upgrade my speaker system POLK will be top on my list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A lot of sound for the money

    Posted
    Autobroker
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    I have owned Polk Audio speakers for about 8-10 years. My first set was RTi10 tower speakers. I bought them to enhance the sound of my stereo system - my main speakers were a pair of Genesis 66 towers - gorgeous speakers, but old technology. The Polk's are a lot cleaner, but the Genesis has a nice warmth. Two different technologies, but I must say that the Polk RTi10's did make the stereo sound better. Next, I bought a pair of RTi8's for the bedroom. I put my Genesis 66's up there and I added the Polk's to fill in a little. They are very clean sounding speakers and they compliment the Genesis 66's. So a few months ago, I decided to buy my sister a pair of speakers for Christmas. I looked at the Pioneer towers - I didn't like the sound. Next was the Sony towers - I didn't like them either. I did like the Klipsch, but that was a little more than I wanted to spend. I also looked at the Polk 440 towers - nice speakers but a little more money. I finally settled on these Polk T50's. They were in stock and it was only 3 days before Christmas, so I bought them. My first impression was, boy, these are light - as I picked up the box. When I hooked them up, I again noticed the light weight. When we turned them on, I'd say the sound was pretty good. For the price of these speakers, they do sound good. I recommend these speakers as a nice looking tower speaker set Price is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Speakers

    Posted
    crescentfallen
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    I replaced my Front surrounds Bose 301 with these Polks and man what an improvement.. The highs and mids came alive. I started hearing sounds I didn't hear before. Could not believe what I was missing. Not saying the Bose were bad, I moved them to the rear and they perform much better than when they were in the front. For the price of these Polks I am truly amazed.. I never had passive radiators before, but they do sound great. Played some Metallica and iron Maiden on Youtube and was very impressed. I watched the Omaha beach scene in saving Private Ryan over and over just to hear the sound effects. I have always upgraded my car speakers to Polk Momos (discontinued now I believe), and I have a Polk soundbar in my bedroom. They were all great sounding. I might even switch out my side speakers Bose 191 with the Polk OWM3. These are powered by an older Pioneer VSX-1020 pushing 110w per channel. Great buy for $150..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent speakers for much less money

    Posted
    Totong

    We were looking for another pair of cheaper speaker system for our bedroom to mimic our living room speaker system (TSX330B, TL150, and PSW108) and we found the T50 is on sale for $79.99. It sounds excellent with our DENON AVR-S710W receiver. First, it sounds horrible with our Klipsch HD Theater 300 Home Theater System. We then purchase the T30 center speaker, the T15B bookshelf speaker and another PSW108 subwoofer. Then we ran the Audyssey speaker setup again in our DENON AVR-S710W receiver. Wow! What a difference. I couldn’t even tell the difference between our T50 and our TSX330B floor standing speakers. If you are like me who is always looking to save some money, for $80 go grab the T50 quickly before the stores ran out of stock. I have the feeling they will discontinue this product. I almost forgot to mention. We also have the TSI300B floor standing speakers whom I paid $100 more than the T50. We have the TSI300B set aside for now. We are still enjoying our T50. I really love the sound of Polk Audio tweeters.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average

    Posted
    Morgs

    I bought a pair of T50's today and tried them out with a decent Denon receiver (the store I bought them from was of the compact type and didn't have any speakers ready for sampling as do the larger stores). They always say that one shalt not buy speakers without listening to them, and I suppose that here we have an example. Average frequency response, light-weight, good looking - the summary. Will be returning tomorrow and heading for Craigslist for some used proper two channel units. But hey - for $99 apiece you get 3rd world sound that could be worse, but my tapped-out 1990's JBL Northridge pair were 1/3 the size, twice the weight, and sound FAR better. You get what you pay for and could probably achieve the same result with a no-name Ebay pair for the same money. If you have $200 + tax to spend and want the convenience of a short drive instead of an internet hassle, expect nothing special, these are for you. But not if you expect a quality Asian reiteration of a quality product from an established brand. Keep looking.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Entry-level Polk sound at a stupid low price

    Posted
    Bill
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    Polk is one of those admirable companies that sells both high-end speakers that cost as much as a nice used car, and, a reputable basic speaker like this for the mere price of a couple tanks of gasoline. Like the doctor's Hippocratic oath, these speakers "first do no harm" and likely will be an upgrade to 90% of the speakers sold with "compact" or "mini" audio/video systems in the last 15 years. These are frequently on sale for $200 a PAIR, a ridiculously low price for a speaker this size, volume, and quality in 2017. And the don't need a huge wattage amp to get good sound and bass from these. Your audio nut friend who spends $2,000+ on a speaker won't love these, but, he/she will still respect them for the sound they make at such a low price. ...and that same audio nut might even buy a pair for their secondary system, office system, etc. Whatever minor audio offenses these might create under super-critical listening conditions is negated by bargain price. You can't touch these without spending 2-3 times this price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A quality speaker well worth the cost.

    Posted
    Budgetconcious
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    As one who has the entire T-Series Home Theater Speaker system from Polk Audio I feel more than qualified to write the following review. T50 Loud Speaker. The speaker is surprisingly well built, it's obvious Polk takes the design of their cabinets seriously. The speakers have rich bass that isn't overwhelming when used for movies and general TV watching, the Treble is vibrant and airy without being tinny sounding of full of hissing. All in all I'd have to say buy a pair of T50's and prepare to be impressed with the sound quality that Polk Audio has instilled in a pair of budget entry level Home Audio Speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth the cost if you can find them on sale

    Posted
    Spencer
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    I got these on sale from $74.00 at that price, I couldn't have expected more. One thing I noticed, when playing them next to my over 25 year old speakers. I had to flatten the EQ Settings as the tweeters on these are super sensitive. I personally consider that a good thing, considering, it helps to clean up the mids and lows. However I think many get these speakers confused because you see 3 set of drivers. No! There is only one driver! And it is working double duty producing Mid's and Lows. It's doing a good job, but don't fool yourself into thinking it has a full, mid and sub. If you really want to get best out of these speakers. You might want to consider adding a sub to compliment the speakers. But for the price. You can't go wrong.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love these speakers

    Posted
    Born2dive
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    I purchased the Polk Audio speakers as a set for a 5.1 system. Very happy with them. I was a little scared when the floor speakers first arrived because of the size of the box!!!!! Turns out they were just packaged really well as to avoid damage. I am in an 18x24 room and these speakers are great!!! They are perfect for tv and movies. The system as a whole (I have a Yamaha receiver) is a little underwhelming when streaming music over Bluetooth but, that seems to be an issue with MANY surround systems according to the MANY reviews I read. That being said, it still plays music very well and could possibly be better if I used the auxiliary cord to connect the phone but, where's the fun in that? If you are like me and bought a HTIB and hate it but, don't want to break the bank, buy the Polk Audio speakers and a decent receiver and you should be VERY happy!!! I got my whole set with a new Blu-ray player for about $900.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers

    Posted
    SCott
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    I bought these to pair with the stereo amplifier I use with my turntable. The speakers I use for my surround are great for movies and TV, but seemed a little lifeless when it came to playing music. I bought a dedicated amp for the turntable, and needed a pair of speakers to go with it. These were on sale and well-reviewed, so I bought a pair. I can't really go into the nuance an audiophile would when describing speakers, but I do know these are way better than my smaller surround speakers for music. I did try them as front surrounds for bit, just to see how they sounded, and they added a bit more "space," but I ultimately preferred my smaller bookshelf-type speakers for that purpose. Overall, yes, at the price these typically go on sale for, I recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    excellent

    Posted
    Peachy
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    I wish I could give this a 10! I bought an entire set of speakers from Best Buy and had them shipped to Atlanta GA. My son is hard of hearing and had becomes totally disillusioned with watching anything on TV or the computer with his old speaker system. He called me tears. He said "Mom you can't believe how wonderful these are! I had forgotten how beautiful music can be." He's had them 2 weeks now and he still is talking up a storm about these speakers. Thank you for pricing these where most people could afford them. They arrived EXACTLY when Best Buy said they would. That was another plus. It's nice to know there's other on line choices besides "THE" great big one :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Entry level floor speakers

    Posted
    LittleAVguy
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    I purchased a pair of these speakers to upgrade from a pair of bookshelf type speakers I had been using in my living room. At first I was a little concerned that the size would be a bit off putting, but I have found that they blend in pretty well. Sound-wise these are worlds better than the bookshelf speakers (as they should be), and since I have never owned similar speakers I really have nothing to compare them with. That said, I am very pleased with the sound. The primary reason I purchased these was not for sheer volume, but for clarity, particularly of dialog, and I am extremely pleased with them in that regard. The only reason that I did not give them five stars is that I feel like the faux woodgrain cabinet is a bit cheesy, and the I am a little worried that the fabric on the face seems a little bit flimsy, but for the price I would expect that they would cut some corners

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive looking speakers

    Posted
    MsLexus
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    I bought these speakers as a Christmas gift for my daughter. We currently own two pairs of Polk Audio speakers and they sound really nice. I thought I'd give her something to hook up to her stereo system. These speakers sound okay. Not like the ones we have. Bass is a bit boomy and the mids aren't as clear. The highs are also not as crisp. She's happy with them and they love using them for movies. Prior to this, I gave them our Sony Home Theater set up. They call it home theater, but it's a very basic receiver and five tiny speakers. The speakers are like the kind you find on a computer system. Thin wire, cheap speakers, etc. The Polk's sound much better than the "surround" speakers. The Polks are very light weight also. For the price, I sure can't complain. So I gave it four stars, which takes into account the price value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for surround speakers

    Posted
    Jasondomain

    I Purchased these little beauties as part of my 7.2 system to coincide with Bic America DV84 up front and when i got a copy of Skull Island King Kong on Blu Ray the sound effects and the roars and explosions were more than adequate for the space I'm using The mids and Highs were on point and putting everything to small mode made my subwoofers to carry that heavy load of deep articulate bass and the rest of the system soared in the nidrange and treble region also I'm using JBL Arena 120 for my front height speakers

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking, quality sounding speakers for the mo

    Posted
    mandoman
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    bought these to replace my old cabinet-style 15" Pioneer speakers that I've had for a decade. They were on clearance and for the price, impossible to refuse. Compared to the old speakers, I am discovering new subtle layers of sound in my music and movies that I never knew were there. I got the cherry wood cabinets which are actually a thin veneer over particleboard. Despite this, they are very heavy and normal household disturbances such as vacuum cleaners, children, and the occasional errant foot strike will not move them from their spot. They look very nice and attract compliments from friends, if that kind of thing matters to you. The tall size comes with a footprint that is not actually that big, similar to the size of my real (size 12) foot print. They take up less floor space than my old speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend