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

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 195 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good sound

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    CWRobin
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was looking for a good pair of speakers for mounting on my walls to round out my home theater setup. I have been very pleased with the sound quality from these speakers and the frequency response seems to be just a bit better than others at least in my living room. One important feature of these speakers is the plastic standoff on the rear. This displaces the speaker itself providing enough room for the porting to do its job and provide a bit more low end frequency response. Excellent sound, fills the room well and is crystal clear.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good speaker line for the money

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    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: 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