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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good speaker line for the money

    Posted
    Souppyy
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    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

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    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
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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Upgrading my Home Theater in a Box

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    Skibbidy
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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very honest speakers with good bass

    Posted
    Truck
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    I am upgrading my stereo from Insignia house brand bookshelf speakers (now discontinued, but were very good for the price) to these. My chief complaint with the Insignias was lack of bass. They were designed to be surround sound speakers, not primary speakers for a stereo. These Polk speakers have very good bass. It is not boomy or wooly, it doesn't vibrate your skull like a big subwoofer does, it's just enough so you know the bass is there. I doubt I'd want any more bass honestly, for my room. Treble range is very clear and forward. The soundstage (the invisible placement of the music in space) is much more apparent than the Insignia speakers as well. I really doubt you could get better speakers for this money, especially while on sale. Highly recommended. I could only imagine how a Polk Signature setup would sound in a 5.1 setup for home theater. Polk is a long-time name in home audio, they have always done great work. These speakers are no exception.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My first Polk Audio Speakers

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    Aaron
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    After years of not having a stereo system I decided to bring my receivers out of hibernation and get some music in my home again. I don’t recall how I heard about the Polks, initially but there was a special going on. I was originally looking at the T-15‘s but then noticed that the S 15‘s were reviewed much better and they were also on sale. I grabbed a pair at Best Buy and took them home to set my stereo up. I love how refined they sound. Not over-the-top in any particular range but balanced. We live in an age where people are bass-crazy and I can’t stand it. They usually have the bass cranked up so loud that it totally obliterates the music. These speakers are some of the most comfortable to listen to, especially when playing some of my old albums. The best way I can describe it is that they don’t fatigue me by being too extreme. Excellent for listening to opera or classical music too. I would highly recommend these speakers to someone looking for a quality listening experience.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Speakers

    Posted
    MathMan
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    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

    Excellent Speakers for the Money

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    MarkB
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Polk does it again

    Posted
    KidRocksdad
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    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

    Great speakers for a low wattage vacuum tube amp.

    Posted
    Chet
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    I built a vacuum tube amplifier, about 5 watts per channel. Originally I connected Radio Shack Optimus speakers. The results were dissappointing in sound quality. I then bought these Polk speakers. My amplifier came alive with a full and rich sound. Excellent low frequency response and very satisfying high frequency response as well without being too bright. With the amplifier volume turned very low the response is still rich and full featured. I am driving my amplifier with both a turntable and a digital satellite receiver. I am now very impressed with this setup and I strongly recommend these very efficient speakers for vacuum tube amplifiers. The price from Best Buy was also great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Compact , easy to mount

    Posted
    Speakerhalic
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    I had older small Polk towers, but was running out of room in my living room. I like the sound of Polks and had to downsize and these fit the bill. The tweeters were and up grade from my earlier polks. This helped widen the sound field. Polks to me are always easy to listen to. You cant hear every little going on like some other brands but that can really fatigue my hearing. So Polks are a good fit for me. They dont get harsh, unless they're really really pushed hard. I paired them with a Dayton Audio 12" sub that I already had and a polk center speaker and surrounds. Makes for a great system. With the sub I can't a test to how low they can go. All in all, love the sound

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really impressed with these speakers!!!

    Posted
    DiscJockeyFromJersey
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    I am a beginner DJ so didn't have much funds to start off with. Read the review for these speakers and decided to give them a shot. For my receiver/amplifier, I have an old Aiwa NSX-5200, 3 disc changer. Yep, still have it! Although, my CD changer no longer works, it's perfect to feed audio into through the RCA inputs. These speakers replaced the original Aiwa speakers and they sound really good! Get good bass at low volumes but they do start distorting at peak volume. Perfect size that blends in with my gear and at $159, they are a great bargain! The design is great as I take the grills off to make them look more menacing. Definitely happy with my purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful speakers

    Posted
    RAR4244
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    I currently have a 7.1 Klipsch system with front tower speakers, but I also have a 116" 3D projection system with a miss match set of speakers for 7.1 sound. I first bought the Polk T15 for 59.00 for surround speakers. After reading several reviews, I decided to try the S15s for front speakers at $158.00 ( price match.) Very glad I did, these speakers are great., very dynamic and bright. The T15s are not in the same league as the S15s (the price is telling), and they are the perfect size. I think the next go around, I will try S20s front, S15s surround, and the T15s rear since I already possess them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good value

    Posted
    InclinedPlane
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    The Polk Signature line seems to just fall just below the point where the law of diminishing returns kicks in, meaning that you get the best value for your money. Polk's LSiM line (and other top-of-line products from other companies) might have slightly smoother response, but at three or more times the price are not likely to give enough improvement for a vast majority of consumers to justify the cost. On the other hand, the performance over the entry-level T series is obvious. Matched with a good subwoofer, the S15s are all that most people are ever going to need. Highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable bass and clarity at this price

    Posted
    AudioGuy
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    This is an amazing speaker that sounds like something much bigger. I was looking for passive speakers with a passive subwoofer, but apparently they don't make passive subwoofers any more. But these speakers have a built-in subwoofer (look at the port in the back), so they don't need a separate sub. We played some CDs through these and the sound is crystal clear, I can't recommend the S15 enough! We greatly appreciated being able to A/B them with other speakers at the Best Buy in Manhattan, KS, so we bought them right there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for music or movies/TV

    Posted
    mick
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    These are pretty great speakers for the money. I am using them as rear surrounds for my 5.2 audio system. They’re a little large and I have them mounted on the ceiling slightly behind my listening area angled in toward me. Theyre paired with the S35 matching center and 2 infinity IL50 powered tower speakers (old, but freakin awesome). My receiver is an Onkyo TX-NR686. They do well as surrounds, but really rock when I’m listening to my music in all-channel stereo mode. I really get immersed in the sound (and probably upset the neighbors) Love Polk products, they’re a better value than Klipsch if you ask me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good sound

    Posted
    CWRobin
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    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

    Great bang for the buck

    Posted
    Erin
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    There are things that are important to me when listening to music. I love tight, controlled bass, an open, clear midrange and clean highs that are not muddied at higher volumes. These are traits that one expects to hear in full size tower speakers, not a set of bookshelf speakers. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not require a separate sub to get enough bass. These speakers have it in spades without being overly boomy. You will be hard pressed to find better bookshelf speakers for the money. Try them. You will hear your music as intended and every new track will surprise you. Your ears (but not your neighbors) will thank you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers for the price!

    Posted
    JAAM
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    I have been looking at building a smaller surround sound setup for our master bedroom. I currently have a LSiM setup in my main theater room and have always loved the Polk sound. These speakers for the price did not disappoint. I have only had them for a week, but I am still amazed at how good they sound! I did demo some other speakers that were much more expensive and ended up with a pair of these. The only con I can think of is they do need to be paired with a subwoofer to sound their best. I have them mated with a powered subwoofer with a 90Hz crossover, which allowed them to blend in perfectly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Addition to the T50's

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    Digithead
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    I have the Standing T50's which sound OK. I needed some surround speakers and took a look at these. I compared these against the Polk Bookshelf T15s in the store and there is no comparison. The T15s sound flat next to these. You don't know what you're missing until you actually hear what you're missing! Adding at least a pair of signature series speakers to my system makes the whole system sound better. These speakers are awesome and really improve the high-end sound in my Polk Audio / Onkyo Receiver system.

    I would recommend this to a friend