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Item #: 107CSR
 

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by Loren Barstow
Polk Audio

Your home theater's most important speaker

The center channel speaker is the workhorse in a home theater system. It has to reproduce clear dialogue and special effects that keep your eyes and ears glued to the movie action. A high-quality center speaker is a great investment for any surround sound setup. Try to choose one that's as closely matched as possible to your front right and left speakers, so that as sound moves across the front stage, it stays seamlessly realistic.

Polk designed their CSR center channel speaker for great sound at a budget-friendly price. Borrowing driver technologies from Polk's higher-end speaker lines, the CSR delivers precise dialogue and movie sound effects. Pair it with the R150 bookshelf or R300 tower speakers for seamless home theater surround sound.

Polk's exclusive Dynamic Balance® drivers feature smooth, accurate response for sound that's natural and detailed. Rubber surrounds increase the speaker's durability and power handling, so it's ready for even the most intense movie soundtracks. The solidly built MDF cabinet resists vibrations that can muddy the sound, and its black finish gives the CSR a clean look that goes well with many TVs and entertainment centers. Five-way binding posts on the back of the speaker provide a secure connection to your receiver or amp — a rare find for a speaker in this price range.

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Highlights:

  • video-shielded
  • bass-reflex
  • frequency response 55-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • 3/4" Dynamic Balance tweeter with neodymium magnet
  • dual 5-1/4" Dynamic Balance woofers with butyl rubber surrounds
  • 5-way binding posts
  • 19"W x 7"H x 8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Tweeter
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Dome
Midrange size (inches)
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Woofer size (inches)
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5-1/4
Connector Type
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5-way post
Power Range
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20-100
Sensitivity
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89 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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55-20k Hz
Height (inches)
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7
Width (inches)
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19
Depth (inches)
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8
Weight
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19 lbs
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • 1 Black center channel speaker
  • 4 Rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Mail-in poduct registration card
  • On-line product registration card

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Features
Frequency Response Note

Features

Dynamic Balance: Dynamic Balance is a proprietary Polk Audio technology using laser imaging to determine what combination of speaker materials create the least amount of resonance. Eliminating resonance in speakers results in a wide, smooth response and low distortion.

Polymer Composite Woofers: The speaker features two lightweight, yet stiff mineral-filled polymer composite woofers with good damping, giving you high efficiency, excellent bass, and low distortion. For high performance durability, each woofer uses a butyl rubber surround and an acoustically inert stamped driver basket.

Silk/Polymer Tweeter: The speaker has a 0.75" fabric/polymer dome tweeter with a neodymium magnet that provides clear, detailed highs.

Mylar Capacitors: The speaker utilizes Mylar bypass capacitors to extend its high frequency response and improve detail and transparency.

Acoustically Inert Cabinet: The speaker cabinet features all-MDF construction with internal bracings that virtually eliminate sound-muddying resonance.

Port: There is a single critically-tuned port opening on the rear of the speaker that has low port noise for increased and extended bass response.

Grille: The speaker features a removable anti-diffraction cloth grille that minimizes grille diffraction for spacious, three-dimensional imaging.

5-Way Binding Posts: The 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire, pin connectors, spade connectors, banana plugs, and dual banana plugs.

Magnetically Shielded: The speaker is magnetically shielded, allowing you to place it on your television without distorting the picture.

Timbre-Matched: The Polk CSR is designed to be used as a center-channel in any Polk Audio home theater or multi-channel music system for a more realistic seamless surround sound environment.

Mounting: The center-speaker comes with 4 rubber self-adhesive feet to help secure the speaker in place to prevent slippage and vibration. The center-speaker does not come with any type of wall-bracket or key-hole slot for wall-mounting the speakers.

Frequency Response Note

Frequency Response: The overall frequency response is 40Hz-24kHz, and the -3dB frequency response is 55-20kHz.

 
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5 out of 5

I didn't know what I was Missing!

Written By Brian B., Palm Springs, Ca. on Sunday, November 17, 2013
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I really had no idea the importance of a good, properly matched center channel to get the full effect of my surround sound set-up. But now I know in no uncertain terms! This Polk CSR speaker, combined with the matched bookshelf speakers absolutely made my system come to life. The dialogue and effects in movies, the instrumentation and vocals in music all have a totally new sound. I'm loving it and couldn't be happier.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio CSR

Written By Tim, Jackson on Sunday, May 26, 2013
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The center channel speaker sounds great. I bought the "scratch and dent" version and it looks great too. Good decision to buy this.
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5 out of 5

Super clear center Channel sound

Written By JamesJ, Grove City, Oh on Thursday, March 07, 2013
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I purchased this Polk Audio center channel speaker to finish off the replacement of my Bose surround system. This speaker is paired with 6 Polk OWM3 speakers also purchased from Crutchfield and powered by a Marantz sr7002 receiver. The center channel audio was so clear and accurate I was and still am amazed. I have never been disappointed by Crutchfield.
Pros:
Well built, Stylish, Awesome quality sound reproduction.
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

There are better choices at this price.

Written By Troy, Arkansas on Friday, August 31, 2012
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This is a very average center channel speaker. The CSR is a nice upgrade from many HTIB systems and certainly will sound better than your TV speakers. Musically it does a decent job. The speaker has good acoustic range and is very neutral with out distortion or coloration. For home theater use it does a decent job, producing clear dialogue for the most part. When watching a movie or program that has loud special effects or that has a lot of sound happening at once, the dialogue tends to get lost. Overall its not that the CSR is so bad, its just that there are better options. If you are considering Polk speakers, it just doesn't make sense to go with the CSR when the CS10 costs $10 more. The only logical reason to buy the CSR would be to match the R150s, but the CS 10 matches just as well.
Pros:
Go with the CS10 instead but, the CSR is decent. If you are looking at Polk and for some reason the CS 10 doesn't work for you, this would be a better choice than the Blackstone TL line. This speaker is solidly built using medium density fiberboard. The driver materials while not high end are good for this price range. Anything you buy from Crutchfield is pretty well risk free. The reasonable $7 fee for the shipping label is cheaper than actual shipping costs and the convenience is nice.
Cons:
Decent speaker but musically flat, lacking realism and depth. Dialogue gets lost if there are other sounds or special effects. This speaker would benefit from greater sensitivity. The CS 10 is a little better at producing clear dialogue and is only $10 more.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Center Speaker for my Home Theater

Written By Ruben, Gurabo, PR on Saturday, July 30, 2011
 
I buy this center speaker from Polk for the reputation and the great value. The used material of this speaker is from the best quality. I also buy the Onkyo TX- NR609 and Polks R150, I am not regret all make me very happy. Then I previous own a Polk Power Subwoofer PSW110, for surround have a pair of Klipsh make specialty for surround speakers and a Sony BDP-BX58 3D Blu-Ray Player. I consider me as an audiophile and with this all stuff I get now really have my taste very satisfied from sound and vision that I am searching from years. For conclusion this Center Speaker sound very good, have the best raw materials, there are good balanced and sound great for it was intended. I can not say goodbye until say that Crutchfield is the best company to buy online. Thank again for your good and kind service.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio CSR

Written By RMichael, Washington on Thursday, July 14, 2011
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I'm very satisfied with my Polk center channel speaker. It isn't as large as some (most) center channels and it fits nicely in the space I have for it. I have a smallish living room and it sounds great.

Crutchfield delivered as promised.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio CSR

Written By DanP, New York on Thursday, May 26, 2011
 
I bought this speaker to replace my little no name (guy in a van) center. I am very happy with it. Good Bass and crystal clear voices. I would recommend this speaker to someone who is looking for GOOD sound and at VERY GOOD price.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio CSR

Written By Cdminter55, Hopewell, Va on Monday, August 30, 2010
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I purchased the Polk CSR center speaker because of the reputation Polk has. This
speaker is a good quality speaker for the price. I like all the info that Crutchfields
provides to make my purchase easy. I also am very satisfied with the fast shipping. I
would recommend Polk speakers to anyone. Thanks Crutchfield.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great center channel!

Written By Brian, Fort Worth, TX on Thursday, April 16, 2009
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Great center channel speaker that produces excellent sound!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio CSR

Written By Cory, Lincoln, NE on Sunday, February 01, 2009
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I combined the CSR with two pairs of R150's for my budget home theater solution. The CSR sound quality is very good for the price. I am very happy with how it sounds with the R150 as well.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Polk Audio CSR

Written By 1numsum, Ventura, CA on Thursday, June 26, 2008
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OK speaker for the price. Bought to go with my r50 fronts but the csr seems to have a different sound.I thought it was a match but I guess I was wrong.
25 out of 40 people found this helpful
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