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Polk Audio Blackstone TL1600

Home theater speaker system

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Our take on the Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL1600

by Kristen Schaub
Polk Audio

Why choose a pre-matched speaker system?

Looking for speakers that'll deliver thrilling, edge-of-your-seat surround sound? Choosing a pre-matched speaker system is one way to ensure seamless home theater performance. These systems are made up of speakers that share the same tonal characteristics — that means the sound will stay consistent as it moves from speaker to speaker around your room. Most pre-matched systems come with a subwoofer — a must-have for high-impact bass.

Having trouble getting through movie night without nodding off and spilling the popcorn on the couch? Maybe it's time to upgrade your sound with Polk's Blackstone TL1600 speaker system. Ideal for small- to medium-sized rooms, this convenient package comes with all the speakers you need to get dramatic, engaging movie theater sound that'll keep your attention focused and your eyes glued to the screen. The four Blackstone satellite speakers and the center channel use some pretty advanced driver technology, so you experience impressively effortless sound from speakers that take up very little space. The package also comes with a powerful 50-watt subwoofer to add deep, rumbling explosions and room-thumping bass for all your favorite action flicks. And if you've got a new flat-panel TV, this system's stunning high-gloss black finish will make an excellent match.

Advanced technology produces astonishingly realistic sound
Polk's latest breakthrough is "Time Lens" technology, which aligns the drivers in such a way that all the frequencies reach your ears at the same time. It improves the speakers' soundstaging and imaging, so that you'll start to forget you're watching a movie and really feel like you're part of the action. This technology makes this system great for video games, too, because you'll be able to clearly pinpoint where sounds are coming from all around you, like monster roars or enemy gunfire.

Polk's enclosure design puts performance first
The satellite and center channel speakers also use an "acoustic lens" in their grilles to disperse sound waves in a way that makes your movie and music soundtracks sound larger and more open. And unlike a traditional port hole, these speakers have something called an "aperiodic-tuned rear port." It's more like a breathable membrane that controls air flow in and out of the enclosure, giving them the acoustic benefits of both a sealed and a ported enclosure, including better bass extension and a pleasing mid-bass boost. It also means you can place these speakers in the open or against a wall, and still get great sound.

Easy speaker placement
Each speaker comes with a keyhole slot in the back for easy wall-mounting. You can also use the discrete threaded insert to fit them to optional speaker brackets or stands. But no matter how you choose to set up your system, you can expect the kind of detailed, open sound that will make movie night way much more exciting.

Upgrade to a seven-channel home theater when you add a pair of TL1 satellite speakers to this system.

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System details:

  • includes four compact satellite speakers, a center channel speaker, and a subwoofer
  • Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better soundstaging and imaging
  • aperiodic tuned rear port
  • curved enclosures with high-gloss finish to complement today's flat-panel TVs
  • frequency response: 45-20,000 Hz (-3 dB)
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • threaded insert for use with optional speaker stands or brackets
  • keyhole slots for easy wall-mounting
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
TL1 satellite speakers:
  • 1/2" silk dome tweeter (each)
  • 2-1/2" Dynamic Balance™ midrange (each)
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • 3-13/16"W x 6-1/2"H x 4-7/8"D (each)
TL1 center channel speaker:
  • 1/2" silk dome tweeter
  • dual 2-1/2" Dynamic Balance™ midranges
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • 15"W x 3-15/16"H x 3-7/16"D
TL1600 powered subwoofer:
  • 8" down-firing woofer
  • built-in 50-watt (RMS) amplifier
  • heavy-duty, non-resonant enclosure with satin black finish
  • 12-1/2"W x 14"H x 13-3/8"D

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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Pieces in System 6
Color Gloss Black
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) ---
Woofer size (inches) 2-1/2
Woofer Composition Composite
Woofer Surround Rubber
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Connector Type 5-way post
Mounting Bracket Included Keyhole
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 31-36
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Specifications
RMS Power Range (watts) 10-125
Subwoofer RMS Power (watts) 50
Dimensions
Main Speakers (inches) 6-1/2H x 3-13/16W x 4-7/8D
Center Speaker (inches) 3-15/16H x 15W x 3-7/16D
Surround Speakers (inches) 6-1/2H x 3-13/16W x 4-7/8D
Subwoofer (inches) 14H x 12-1/2W x 13-3/8D
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Black powered subwoofer
  • 4 Gloss-black satellite two-way loudspeakers
  • Gloss-black center-channel loudspeaker
  • 5 Detachable black cloth grilles (attached)
  • System Diagram/Warranty booklet
  • Satellite speakers template
  • Center-channel speaker template
  • Online Product Registration card
  • Polk Audio brochure

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5.1ch Speaker Package
Satellite & Center Channel Speakers
Powered Subwoofer

5.1ch Speaker Package

System Overview: The Polk Audio Blackstone TL1600 high-performance 5.1ch home theater system features 4 matching satellite loudspeakers, a horizontal center-channel speaker, and a powered subwoofer. The Polk Audio Blackstone TL1600 system offers a compact, high-performance solution for your home theater, music listening, or gaming needs. Plus you can add individually available, perfectly timbre-matched Blackstone TL speakers (107TL1B, sold separately) to expand your home theater experience into 6.1, 7.1, or 9.1 channels.

Note: The system's overall frequency response is 40Hz-22kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 45-20kHz.

Satellite & Center-Channel Speakers

Polk Audio Black Stone TL Series: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL series loudspeakers (TL1) feature new innovations specifically designed to enhance compact speaker performance. The Black Stone TL1 series speaker is a two-way satellite loudspeaker utilizing a bass-reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port. The TL1 series loudspeakers are equipped with 5-way binding posts and offer various mounting options.

Dynamic Balance Driver Technology: Polk Audio's patented Dynamic Balance process allows Polk to design their drivers specifically for flatter frequency response, revealing the sharpest details and a more lifelike transparency, with absolutely no strain even at high volume. It's a bold, rich, warm, and lifelike sound.

Time Lens Technology: The sophisticated laser alignment of the "acoustic center" of the Blackstone TL tweeters with their accompanying drivers results in far superior imaging. The acoustic centers of the tweeter and mid-range woofer are aligned, creating a crisp accurate soundstage. The acoustic centers of the tweeter and mid-bass driver are located in the same plane for superior imaging, while the acoustic lens incorporated in the grille smoothes the tweeter's frequency response.

Drivers: The Black Stone TL1 satellite & center-channel speakers feature a two-way design.

  • 1/2" Silk Dome Tweeter: Each Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 satellite & center-channel loudspeaker utilizes a 1/2" silk-polymer dome tweeter for crisp, clear imaging, and smooth response that's never tiring.
  • 2-1/2" Long-Throw Woofer: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 satellite loudspeakers use a 2-1/2" composite long-throw cone woofer, while the TL1 center-channel employs dual 2-1/2" composite long-throw cone woofers. Each long-throw woofer utilizes Dynamic Balance driver technology (Polk's patented transducer design process) to produce a flat frequency response, with sharp detail, transparency, and the ability to play loud without strain.

Frequency Response: The overall frequency response of each satellite loudspeaker is 120Hz-22kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 135-20kHz. The overall frequency response of the center-channel speaker is 95Hz-22kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 125-20kHz.

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 satellite & center-channel speaker feature a non-resonant composite enclosure with a curved design, time-aligned geometry, integrated acoustic lens, an aperiodic-tuned rear port, and a beautiful high-gloss finish.

  • Curved Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 loudspeakers employ non-parallel surfaces that not only lead to a stronger, more rigid and acoustically inert enclosure, but they also result in less audible coloration from internal surface resonances.
  • Integrated Acoustic Lens: An innovative acoustic lens incorporated into the grille produces a high frequency response so smooth that it delivers a balanced, realistic performance. An acoustic lens is molded into the back of the speaker grille and helps create imaging frequency balance previously impossible in small high-performance satellite speakers.
  • Aperiodic-Tuned Rear Port: An aperiodic-tuned rear port enables better blending with a subwoofer. This design combines the bass extension of an acoustic suspension enclosure with the mid-bass boost of a ported enclosure by controlling airflow through the port for better extension without distortion.
  • High-Gloss Finish: The TL1 enclosure features a durable, deep automotive-strength high-gloss finish that matches today's most stylish flat-panel TVs. The TL1 satellites & center-channel speakers are available in a high-gloss black finish.

5-Way Binding Posts: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 center-channel is equipped with one pair of 5-way binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of speaker cables and connectors. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single or dual), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire (18-12 AGW).

Rubber Feet: The Polk Audio TL1 satellite & center-channel speakers feature integrated rubber feet so you can sit the speaker on a stand or shelf securely.

Wall Mountable: The TL1 satellite & center-channel speakers feature keyhole slots on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the speakers without any additional wall-mount bracket (mounting screws not supplied). There is also a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of each loudspeaker for mounting the speaker to the wall using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately).

Powered Subwoofer

8" Woofer: The Polk Audio powered subwoofer features a downfiring 8" long-throw Dynamic Balance poly-composite woofer with a foam surround for big, deep bass.

Built-in 50 Watt Amplifier: The down-firing woofer is powered by a built-in 50 watt RMS (100 watt Peak) amplifier.

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Polk Audio powered subwoofer utilizes a bass-reflex enclosure with a down-firing port. The powered subwoofer's enclosure features heavy-duty, non-resonant ABS construction with an elegant satin black finish that creates the ideal décor accent.

Audio Controls: The Polk Audio powered subwoofer features the following rear-panel audio controls.

  • Volume: The powered subwoofer features a rotary volume knob to adjust the subwoofer's volume to your preference.
  • Low-Pass Crossover: The rotary low-pass crossover knob adjusts the frequency range over which the subwoofer operates. You can adjust the subwoofer's low-pass crossover between 80-160Hz to prevent mid & high frequencies passing through to the woofer.
  • Phase: The powered subwoofer's phase switch can be set at 0 or 180 degrees. Whichever phase setting sound louder of fuller at the subwoofer's crossover point is the optimum setting.

Audio Connections: The Polk Audio powered subwoofer features the following line-level & speaker-level audio connections.

  • Line Level: The powered subwoofer is equipped with a pair of gold-plated line-level (RCA-type) inputs for connecting the subwoofer/LFE output of your A/V receiver to the powered sub.
  • Speaker Level: The powered subwoofer is also equipped with two pair of speaker-level input terminals and two pair of speaker-level output terminals to connect the powered subwoofer between the front-channel speaker outputs of your AV receiver and the speaker terminal inputs on this system's satellite speakers.

Automatic Turn-On/Off Circuitry: The powered subwoofer features auto on/off circuitry which automatically turn the subwoofer on when it senses an audio signal. When no signal is present, the circuit turns the subwoofer off after 15 minutes.

Frequency Response: The overall frequency response of the powered subwoofer is 40Hz-160Hz and the -3dB frequency response is 45-160kHz.

 
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4 out of 5

Good to very good speakers - weak sub

Written By Anonymous, Ebensburg, pa on Friday, October 24, 2014
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I installed 6 of these black stone speakers which I find very good. I have a rather large room these are in and they seem to be doing a good job the first week. However, the subwoofer is less to be desired for. It makes a nice base sound but produces next to nothing for bass feel.
Pros:
Great sound
Cons:
Weak subwoofer
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio is terrific!

Written By Wayne, Kelseyville, CA on Friday, October 17, 2014
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Want a dynamite home theater sound in a small package? That's what you get with Polk Audio Blackstone TL1600 home theater speaker system. Small, discreet speakers, with great design and sound you can't believe could be produced by such a modestly priced system. The subwoofer packs a great wallop too! The speakers were easy to connect to my Denon AVR, and in no time I had really terrific home theater sound! This is a great buy!
Pros:
Modestly priced; high quality; easily installed. The total package.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone TL1600

Written By Russ Q, Tequesta, FL on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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I changed out a Bose Lifestyle 25 system. These speakers were able to mount using tthee existing Bose brackets with minmal modifcations. Ver happy with the sound quality as compared to thee Bose for my application.
Pros:
Easy to mount on the wall or brackets. Easy connections, great sound quality
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great Quality

Written By Mike, Pittston, PA on Monday, September 15, 2014
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Sounds great for my new digital home theater system!
Pros:
Sound Quality
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

So far, sounds great

Written By SSound, Illinois on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
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Great sound. Nice to have two satellite speaker mounting options. One warning though. I took off a star because the recessed mounting screws on the satellite speakers. IF you use DEFTECH PROMOUNT 80 speaker mounts, you are going to have to widen the hole that leads to the screw mount because of the way the promounts work. You will also have to add (lock) washers when using the promounts since the screw holes are recessed into the back of the satellite.
Pros:
Sounds great. looks sweet.
Cons:
Depending on your mounting hardware, you may have to "alter" the speaker mounting "hole"
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By FAST///M3, Monrovia Ca on Monday, July 28, 2014
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Sound's like the way there suppose to. I love this speaker system. Polk audio always comes through.
Pros:
Perfect quality sound.
Cons:
N/A
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5 out of 5

Great Set of Speakers

Written By SteveS, Lexington, Va. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
 
These are replacing an older set of Bose speakers in a surround systems. These sound very full and balanced. I was able to test all of the systems in this price range at Crutchfield in Charlottesville. In this price range they were easily the best sounding set and even sounded better to me than some of the higher priced sets. Don't let the small size fool you, they have the ability to really fill a room with sound. My room is 15' x 15' with carpet and a Denon receiver, the sound is absolutely phenomenal, exceeded my expectations. The powered sub has plenty of power for smaller rooms and has plenty of adjustments, volume, crossover and phase switch to dial it in.
Pros:
Great sound in a small package. Priced right.
Cons:
None
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Sharon, Westfield, MA on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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Great Speakers especially for the cost. Used these to replace a old Sony DVD/Receiver combo with 5.1, very impressed. Only thing I forgot to do was purchased a RCA for the sub.
Pros:
Great sound
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Excelent Product

Written By HVC, Puerto Rico on Friday, January 10, 2014
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Excelent product. Very Clear sound and very powerful surrounds speakers for small and medium rooms. The subwoofer is powerful and cover the entire room in my case. The movies DTS HD sound sounds awesome. Good selection for upgrade my JVC old speakers.
Pros:
Very high and clear sound. Very powerful subwoofer. Looks esthetically good. Compact speakers.
Cons:
The subowoofer is a little big in size.
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5 out of 5

Great speakers!

Written By Jaclyn, Boston, MA on Thursday, October 31, 2013
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Great product, sounds fantastic. Set up in a smaller room and worked great!
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5 out of 5

Kicking system!!!

Written By C, Gilbert, AZ on Saturday, September 28, 2013
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I set up this system this week in my loft. I have it attached to my Denon AVR-1613 My room is about 15ft x 17ft. I was extremely surprised by the sound that came out of the system. THe sound is very crisp and clean. I heard other reviews saying the sub was the weak part of the system. I do not feel this way. I could feel the sub shaking my couch. It was an incredible experience. If there was a weak part I would say maybe the center channel needs a little more volume over the satellite speakers but for the price you cant go wrong. Its amazing. The Cutchfeild advisors will not lead you astray.
Pros:
Big speaker sound and price. Amazing system
Cons:
None, Very happy with my system
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A BIG grin the first time I heard these :-)

Written By Gary, N.W. IN on Saturday, July 27, 2013
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Amazing value for the money! Whether it's movie and television audio, music, internet radio, or more, Polk really hit the sweet spot of price, sound, and build quality with these little gems. I'm an old analog guy from back in the day and despise the "sterility" of current digital music. These speakers are "warm", just like my adviser Ringo said they'd be ;-)
Pros:
Size and shape flexibility for placement virtually anywhere in your room. Center Channel Speaker a perfect fit between the "handlebar-stand" of my Sony KDL-60R520A.
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Super easy install and sounds great!

Written By Greg, San Antonio, TX on Monday, July 08, 2013
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Super easy to install, sounds great, what else is there to say?
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4 out of 5

great sound

Written By Bob, Houston, Texas on Monday, July 08, 2013
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Really good product for the money. Not the highest end power and quality, but for the price, it's a great way to go. Also very easy set up. There was one issue with an internal setting, but the Crutchfield support guys got me right through it. I would recommend this product.
Pros:
Good sound. Easy set up. Nice, sleek look.
Cons:
None yet.
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5 out of 5

Amazing.

Written By BrettI, Minot ND on Monday, July 08, 2013
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Sounds amazing, looks great. Very impressed with these speakers. I paired them with a Sony reciever. The bass is not overpowering and it mixes very well with the speakers. During one movie i had to look around because the clarity of the insects in the surround speakers was so real i wasnt sure if it was the movie or coming from outside.
Pros:
Clarity, bass.
Cons:
For the price, none.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Solid Speakers

Written By JULMUZ, Austin, TX on Friday, May 31, 2013
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Let me qualify my review by saying my previous speakers were 8yr old out of the box home theater. I use them for watching TV and movies and the sound is clear and rich. They are a huge upgrade from my previous speakers. They have a great design and solid feel to them. The piano black looks really nice.

Wasn't looking for high end speakers but wanted speakers that we an upgrade from what I had. They are priced perfectly in the sweet spot. That's my two cents.
Pros:
Clear and rich sound , solid build, and great price.
Cons:
None so far.
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4 out of 5

SOUND GREAT PRICED GREAT!!!

Written By Tony, Levittown NY on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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These little guys sound great. Feel like I'm sitting at a theater.
Pros:
The price and the sound cant be beat!!!!
Cons:
Really don't have any. Only thing I don't like about them is their finish, which is a high glossy black, not good when little kids are around..
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5 out of 5

Full sound, small size

Written By Aurik, Dallas, TX on Monday, May 20, 2013
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I recently ordered a set of these to pair with my new 55" Plasma TV and Yamaha receiver to replace the el cheapo home theater in a box solution my wife had purchased 10+ years ago. Personally I would have liked to go with set of floorstanding mains with small satellites, but my wife quickly quashed that idea. These little speakers are fairly inobtrusive but bring big, clear sound to the party, and the sub gives you quite an OOMPH. I like watching action and sci-fi movies, and these speakers definitely bring the explosions to life.
Pros:
Big, clear sound from a small package
Cons:
None that I've found
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Rich sound in an affordable package

Written By john, Ecity,MD on Thursday, May 16, 2013
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didn't want to spend a $$$$$$ on a quality speaker system and this fit the bill....great sound from all (center base and satelites)...if the room was larger (20 x 20) i would have gone up a level
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5 out of 5

Exceeds all my expectations.

Written By Donald, P. G. County, Md. on Tuesday, May 07, 2013
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I have an older Polk set in my Br that could never come close to the reproduction that these satellites produce.
Pros:
Reasonable Size Power handling Sound
Cons:
None yet except no hardware for mounting included
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5 out of 5

Great system for the price!

Written By Phoenix, Raleigh, Nc on Tuesday, May 07, 2013
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I had a kluge of speakers in my system an decided to move to a matched system. I was a bit concerned about the small size of the speakers but was very happy the first time I fired them up. The sound is crisp and sound great.
Pros:
The size and sound.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL1600

Written By DBP, Pittsburgh,PA on Friday, April 19, 2013
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Overall a pretty solid purchase, probably best for small to medium sized rooms.
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5 out of 5

Love them

Written By Chris P, Central Valley California on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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After numerous attempt with other system to include a Bose system I these speakers finally have what I was looking for. I paired them with a Denon reciever and the sound is incredible. With music they sound like a live concert. With Movies full on surround. They are incredible. Especially for the price. I am very pleased.
Pros:
Gret sound, style and performance. Priced well also.
Cons:
None
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Not bad for starter

Written By Warcry, Independence Mo. on Saturday, December 01, 2012
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Ive puechased many polk products in the past,This is okay for starters but Ive already swapped the mains and surrounds,for the price its great
Pros:
Price
Cons:
I grew tired to quick,but I know what I like in speakers
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone TL1600

Written By Rick F., Southwest Ranches, FL on Thursday, November 01, 2012
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I was looking to upgrade from an older Bose Lifestyle system and kept reading all the positive reviews on these speakers. In the end, it was down to Polk Blackstone or Energy Classic. I choose these based on performance and Speakers modern style. Installation was cake. I watched The Avengers again after instaling these speakers and WOW - what a difference. I even ordered 2 additional speakers for 7.1 perormance. I cant wait to hear how it will sound.
Pros:
Very easy to install and they look great. Great Price and Value.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

TL1600 Blackstone

Written By GRH, Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, October 28, 2012
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I won't bore you with a long total home renovation story, but due to it chose to replace a Bose Acoustimas 15 sytem in a small 14 x 13 tv/library room. The system is set up in 5.1 configuration and sounds awesome, the speakers are perfect for a room that size. I am thrilled with the system paied with a older Sony V555ES reciever. IMO this set up is far superior to the Bose system ( however it is only up and running for 3 days..so time will tell. Set up was a breeze, however do not forget it is a RCA plug for the Sub, the speakers mounting threads are 1/4-20 which i did not see listed anywhere hope that save you some time.
Pros:
excellent sound quality, and value....i would highly recomend to anyone
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By Anonymous, Mckinney Texas on Friday, August 31, 2012
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Installation was very easy, sound is perfect. you get what you pay for the price no need for extra bucks
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Value

Written By GAC, Germantown TN on Saturday, August 18, 2012
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I purchased these to replace 10 year old Sony Speakers that I gave to my kids when they moved into an apt. I could have spent a lot more, but only use my home theater area a limited amount. For the price, free shipping, and the outstanding product support at the "other end of the phone",you can't go wrong. The sub can be adjusted to meet your needs and is more than capable. The center channel speaker delivers clear conversation. All in all, a great choice.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great little speakers

Written By David, Colorado on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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Paired these with a Denon AVR-1612 to handle the surround sound duties for my living room home theater setup. Very good quality sound and the powered subwoofer is more than sufficient for my moderate sized room. Amazing sound from such small unobtrusive speakers.
Pros:
Amazing sound quality. Easy setup. Attractive styling.
Cons:
None so far
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great gift for my husband and he loves it!

Written By Emily, St. Charles, MO on Saturday, July 14, 2012
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I bought this for my husband for Father's Day and he LOVED it! He installed it asap, and loves watching anything on TV with this system.
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5 out of 5

Great Experience with Crutchfield and the Speakers are Great too!

Written By Jack S., Bristol, TN on Wednesday, May 02, 2012
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I just had a fantastic experience with Crutchfield Customer Service. I bought my Polk Audio Blackstone TL1600 speakers near the end of April. On the first of May a new offer came out that when purchasing the speakers I would have qualified for a set of exterior Polk speakers. Crutchfield is sending me the exterior speakers. WOW that is going above and beyond!!!

The speakers are fantastic and sound great. I have them paired with a Denon AVR-1912 Home Theater Receiver and the sound is fantastic. The speakers were really simple to install. Crutchfield included some wiring labels which I thought was kind of odd, but it turns out they are fanatstic help keeping all the wires straight.
Pros:
Fantastic Sound Crutchfield Customer Service
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

TL1600 Blackstone (7.1 setup)

Written By MC_in_BigD, Fort Worth, Texas on Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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Wow! Let me say that again - wow! I matched this Polk set with the Sony STR-
DH810 and bought an additional pair of TL1 speakers to finish out the 7.1
setup. The first movie I watched was the A-Team (BD). Lots of action and things
blowing up. [insert Tim The Toolman Taylor man grunt] The speakers
performed well, especially the surround with 50-cal bullets grazing my ears! The
subwoofer is down firing and gives plenty of bass. I have a bonus room instead
of a dedicated media room, so this system is perfect for any flick on family
movie night. The price is very reasonable and Polk & Sony have never let me
down in the arena of quality.
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1 question already asked

How do I connect the tl1600 to my Visio 55" led television, do I need to purchase a receiver or can I connect directly to the television? [ steve  Jan 04, 2014 ]
3 answers
  • I think you will need to have a receiver. In my setup I have a Denon AVR (Audio- Visual Receiver), and it drives the speakers. Whatever receiver you get will need to be at least what they call a 5.1, which means it can drive the 5 speakers plus the subwoofer. Good luck, I'm pleased with the sound I'm getting.b [ DAVID   Jan 16, 2014 ]
  • Yes you need a receiver [ SARAH E   Jan 05, 2014 ]
  • You will need some sort of receiver as each speaker has it's own set of two wires, and there is a separate subwoofer hook up. Some DVD players have these hookups, most do not. [ DAVID B   Jan 05, 2014 ]

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