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Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL1

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by Kristen Schaub
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.

Don't settle for movie dialogue and on-screen action that sounds flat and lifeless. Add Polk's Blackstone TL1 to your home theater system, and it'll wow you with its dramatic, engaging center channel sound. Thanks to Polk's latest advances in driver technology, you'll experience effortlessly clear dialogue and dynamic special effects from a speaker that takes up very little space. And if you've got a new flat-panel TV, the TL1's high-gloss finish makes a great cosmetic match.

Advanced technology for astonishingly realistic sound
Polk's "Time Lens" technology aligns the drivers in such a way that all the frequencies reach your ears at the same time. It improves the speaker's staging and imaging, so that you'll start to forget you're watching a movie and really feel like you're there. An "acoustic lens" in the speaker grille disperses sound waves to make your movie and music soundtracks sound larger and more open. Rather than a traditional port, the TL1 center uses 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 it 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 this speaker on your TV cabinet or against the wall, and still expect great sound.

Easy speaker placement
The TL1 center has keyhole slots in the back for easy mounting on your wall. You can also use the threaded inserts to attach it to an optional speaker bracket. Create your own home theater system by adding anywhere from five to seven TL1 satellite speakers to this center channel, along with the Polk powered subwoofer of your choice.

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Highlights:

  • Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better soundstaging and imaging
  • frequency response 125-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • sensitivity 89 dB
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • 1/2" silk dome tweeter
  • dual 2-1/2" Dynamic Balance™ mids/woofers
  • aperiodic tuned rear port
  • 5-way binding posts
  • keyhole slots for easy wall-mounting
  • threaded inserts for use with optional stands or brackets
  • curved enclosure with high-gloss finish to match today's flat-panel TVs
  • weight: 4 lbs.
  • 15"W x 3-15/16"H x 3-7/16"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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2-1/2
Connector Type
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5-way post
Power Range
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10-125
Sensitivity
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89 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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125-20k Hz
Height (inches)
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3-15/16
Width (inches)
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15
Depth (inches)
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3-7/16
Weight
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4.05 lbs
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Gloss-black center-channel loudspeaker
  • Detachable black cloth grille (attached)
  • System Diagram/Warranty sheet
  • Template
  • Online Product Registration card

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

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.

1/2" Silk Dome Tweeter: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 center-channel 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 center-channel employs dual 2-1/2" composite long-throw cone woofers with Dynamic Balance driver technology (Polk's patented transducer design process) that produce a flat frequency response, with sharp detail, transparency, and the ability to play loud without strain.

Frequency Response: The overall frequency response is 95Hz-22kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 125-20kHz.

Additional Speakers: The TL1 center-channel speaker will require a powered subwoofer (107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound.

Enclosure Design

Enclosure Type: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 center-channel speaker features a non-resonant composite enclosure with time-aligned geometry and an aperiodic-tuned rear port.

Curved Enclosure Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 center-channel speaker employs 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 loudspeakers.

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 Polk Audio TL1 center-channel loudspeaker features a durable, deep automotive-strength high-gloss finish that matches today's most stylish flat-panel TVs. The TL1 center-channel is available in a high-gloss black finish.

Connections

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).

Mounting Options

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

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

 
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4 out of 5

Polk TL-1

Written By JGC, Atlanta, GA on Monday, March 03, 2014
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I have been using Polk speakers since 1978 and this is another in their long line of solid value products. I hate to say it, but price was a factor because my last center channel was destroyed by my two year old, so I didn't want to spend a lot (in case I had to do it again!). At the same time, the room is large (26' x 18'), so I needed something to get the job done, and I have been pleasantly surprised at how well the TL-1 handles the requirement! Like others have reported, it's not going to knock you down with it's lows (but it's not supposed to), its mids are solid and the highs are excellent (NOTE: I'm not audio purist by any means, but I've been a television producer for 25 years and know audio post production quite well). I have Polk RC85i in-wall surround speakers and a Polk 505 sub to handle the heavy lifting, so this little center channel does what it's supposed to - reproduce dialogue clearly. Has two screw slots in the back, plus a grooved slot in the back for wiring, that allows it to sit flush if hung against the wall (like I did), and small rubber feet if you want it to sit on a shelf/mantle. I gave it a 4, but in reality I would actually give it a 4.5 for being such a good bang-for-the-buck. It is what it is - a low-cost, solid value product that does what it's supposed to do.
Pros:
Great price; small and light; solid Polk construction.
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Full sound

Written By Bob, Fort Worth, TX. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Nice full sound!
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5 out of 5

polk

Written By roger, Midvale, UT on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
 
Great sound and price.love Polk audio
Pros:
Great sound and got power
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

exactly what I needed

Written By TCS, NY on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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Added the polk center channel to my setup, now voices are so much cleaner and clearer, perfect and you cannot beat the price.
Pros:
styling, sound, price
Cons:
did not get it sooner.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Polk TL1

Written By TJ, Puerto Rico, PR on Friday, January 03, 2014
 
The Polk Center Channel speaker was purchased to complete a surround sound system. It works and sounds great with my receiver.
Pros:
Excellent sound. Good looking speaker.
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk center channel speaker

Written By David, Jacksonville, FL on Monday, December 30, 2013
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The Polk Center Channel speaker was purchased to complete a surround sound system. It works beautifully and sounds great with my Sony receiver.
Pros:
Great value and sound.
Cons:
None.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Blackstone TL1

Written By Brad, Harbor Springs MI on Friday, December 20, 2013
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Very nice sound. Crisp and clear.
Pros:
Low profile. Good looking speaker.
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Polk Blackston TL1

Written By Steve, Denver on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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For the money, gives great sound. Looks good and does not take up to much space
Pros:
Easy to connect
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio BlackstoneT TL1

Written By Mark, Jacksonville on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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I had an older 5.1 HarmanKardon receiver that I moved to my office. I was looking for a center channel speaker that would just fill the bill for my purpose. Well it is a great buy. It sits only a few feet from me but it has clarity beyond my expectation considering its cost. Great speaker for a small room
Pros:
great clarity for voice, which is what a center channel should have.
Cons:
none
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk TL1

Written By Russ, Denmark, WI on Saturday, December 14, 2013
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Big clear sound from a small center speaker.
Pros:
Small size looks nice.
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

Works great!

Written By Anonymous, everett, wa on Monday, December 02, 2013
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Product works great. What makes it nice for me is the size. It's for a small room with limited space and this fits under the monitor but still provides big sound.
Pros:
fits in a small space.
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5 out of 5

TL1 Center Speaker

Written By Tim, Charlottesville, VA on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
 
Great Sound in a small package. I replaced my out of the box surround sound center w/ the TL1. What a difference. We had been having a hard time hearing dialogue, so we would turn it up, then the scene would change and we'd get blown out of the room. Now we can hear everything and don't have to mess w/ the volume. We even keep it set a lower. We used to have the volume set at 21-23 on our dial now we keep it at 17.
Pros:
Good sound, small size(relatively), Price
Cons:
None
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Crystal clear dialogue

Written By Randy, Rocky Hill Ct on Monday, October 28, 2013
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Paired with a set of Lsi100s bookshelfs this is a perfect match. Movie and television dialogue are very clear. When listening to music it fills out the sound image quite well. Standing only 4in tall, it fits great in front of the flat screen.
Pros:
Great for my mid size system with a 10in sub in a mid size room. Looks good too.
Cons:
Might be a tad small to use with Lsi floor standing speakers.
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5 out of 5

polk audio center channel

Written By trashmouth, sonoma, ca. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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Easy setup right out of the box. It is the perfect size which fits right below my tv. The black color blends well. The sound is phenomenal! It performs well with low or high volume.
Pros:
great sound & price
Cons:
the black grille itself when dusty will show
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sounds great, looks great.

Written By Bruce, Helena, Mt on Saturday, October 19, 2013
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Great value. Nice sound in a fairly small room. Hot, sleek design nuzzles right up under a TV screen.
Pros:
Sound, appearance.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Blackstone

Written By Greg W, Stokes, NC on Sunday, September 22, 2013
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Great sound and good looks
Pros:
Ease of install and quality of sound
Cons:
Connections not recessed enough to use banana plugs when wall mounting
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5 out of 5

POLK ( ONE OF THE BEST )

Written By PATRIOT NY, LONG ISLAND , NY on Thursday, August 15, 2013
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I HAVE A SONY RECEIVER (100 WATTS PER CHANNEL X 2 = TOTAL WATTS 200 ) REAR CHANNEL HAS TWO REG. SPEAKERS 5" WOOFER + 2X4 TWEETER EACH. THE FRONT CHANNEL I HAVE 2 POLK TL1 CENTER SPEAKER . I AM HARD OF HEARING BUT NOW VOCALS ARE MUCH CLEARER. I HAVE MY BASS TURNED DOWN LOW & TREBLE TURNED UP HIGHER. I STILL GET ENOUGH BASS WITH CRISP VOCALS.THE POLK TS1 CENTER IS A GREAT PRODUCT,GREAT PRICE & QUALITY UNIT.THIS IS MY FRIST PURCHASE FROM CRUTCHFIELD & I FELL THEY ARE A FIRST RATE COMPANY . CUST. SERVICE IS EXCELLENT & I WILL PURCHASE FROM THEM AGAIN .( POLK TS1 CENTER SPEAKERS BUY IT / MY ROOM SIZE IS 20 X 15 )
Pros:
TRIM / SOUNDS GREAT FOR MED TO SMALL ROOM / QUALITY PRODUCT - MADE WELL / VERY NICE LOOKING / VERY FAIR PRICE
Cons:
NO MAGNETIC SHIELDING / NOT A BIG PROBLEM - I HAVE 34" WIDE SCREEN TUBE CRT TV WITH A THIN BOARD UNDER SPEAKER ON TOP OF SET / NEW FLAT SCREEN TV NO PROBLEM
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

center channel speaker

Written By Big T, Waveland, Ms on Monday, July 15, 2013
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The speaker produces a high quality sound for the price. Replaced a high end pinnacle center channel with the polk and can not tell the difference between the two.
Pros:
price and sound quality
Cons:
none
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk audio Blackstone tl1 center speaker

Written By jerrys, dracut ma. on Monday, June 10, 2013
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a great sounding speaker....crisp clean sound fits nicely below my Samsung smart tv.does not block any of the tv. Polk audio makes a great center speaker.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great sound

Written By K, Virginia on Sunday, June 02, 2013
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Works great. Great sound for small package. I had been waiting to get a center channel that was not going to consume my whole mantel but still keep up with the other speakers and this does it. Its shiny black look blends well with my samsung smart tv.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL1

Written By Anonymous, dover, de on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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excellent sound quality
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great center channel!

Written By JarrodB, Charleston, WV on Friday, April 19, 2013
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Awesome speaker for the price.
Pros:
Movie dialog is very clear, sleek design
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Much Improves Qualit of Voice

Written By JBRoss, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, March 22, 2013
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We would have trouble hearing dialogue that was low or portrayed a whisper in the story. Adding this to the system changed that tremendously. Now we hear almost everything and our listening pleasure has been greatly enhanced. This is well worth the money.

As an aside, this is a compact unit and it fits nicely under the HDTV without blocking any of the screen. I tried Bose and others, but their models were all a bit larger.
Pros:
Delivers improved fidelity with voices and other "center speaker" sounds.
Cons:
Some loss of range, but not enough to be too concerend.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone TL 1 Center Channel Spkr.

Written By Bob, New Jersey on Sunday, March 10, 2013
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Really nice sound and looks great, easy hookup and fast and dependable delivery. Geat job !!
Pros:
Sounds great.
Cons:
Nothing.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nice Speaker

Written By Nancy, San Ramon, Ca on Thursday, January 31, 2013
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I bought two of these. I bought one to replace a silver colored Infinity center speaker that did not look good under my new black wall mounted 64" Samsung plasma TV. The sound does not seem to be as crisp as my old speaker but comes in a close second with very good sound quality. The size is perfect, both length and especially the low profile height. The black speaker is barely noticable under the TV. Overall it is a great buy. I bought the other speaker for my sister who has a 50" LCD mounted on its stand that sits on a credenza. Again, the size was perfect...low profile enough to nestle on the stand under the TV and barely noticable as the TV is also black. Another great buy!
Pros:
Size, color, sound quality
Cons:
Not enough to mention
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect for a Home Theater

Written By MaccDuff, Georgia, USA on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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A great center speaker for a home theater setup delivering crisp, clear vocals. I'm hearing sounds from my CDs that I never knew were there!
Pros:
Order handled quickly by Crutchfield, packaged well, and at a good price. Even come with a template for wall mounting.
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5 out of 5

Great Value

Written By Jerry S, Texas on Monday, January 21, 2013
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This center speaker is a great bargain and does a great job. My room is medium sized. this is the first center speaker I've purchased and it really changes the listening of the rest of the speakers for the better.
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3 out of 5

Smaller than the speaker it replaced

Written By Fohtey, Houston, TX on Sunday, January 20, 2013
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The reason I bought this speaker was to replace the one my daughter repeatedly grabbed and dropped on the floor. That speaker was made in Malaysia and cost $10 and I used it for nearly 20 years. Overall, this new Polk speaker has a smaller sound, is more sensitive and has superior clarity than the one it replaced so it's really ideal for its purpose as a center channel. It's also smaller, has a better speaker wire connectors and easier to secure so my daughter can't pull it down.
Pros:
Small size, good sensitivity, good clarity
Cons:
Slightly tinny due to smaller size - not really much of a "con".
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio TL1 Center Channel

Written By J. D., Arlington Texas on Saturday, January 19, 2013
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Small area to have a center speaker, and this one fits great. Decent sound excpet I still can not hear all of the dialogue without increasing the volume, but then when action scenes come on it is too loud!
Pros:
Pretty good quality siound
Cons:
Has a boxy sound at low volume levels.
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5 out of 5

Polk Center Channel speaker TL1

Written By Rick H, Apollo Beach, Fl on Friday, January 18, 2013
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My surround sound is in a pretty small room. I didnt need to spend a lot of money for a center channel but I didnt want something that sounded cheap. I also had never owned any Polk products. What a nice surprise! It sounded just fine, and its low profile didnt block my view of the tv. And all for a very reasonable price. Mission accomplished----thank you Polk and Crutchfield!
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4 out of 5

TL1

Written By JOHNS, MANTECA, CA on Saturday, January 12, 2013
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EXCELLENT QUALITY FOR THE PRICE
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio TL1 Center Channel

Written By GaryG, Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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The only "low profile" center channel I could find. It is much more aesthetically pleasing than the rather boxy center channel I had before. All in all the audio quality is good, but not great, but i didn't expect it to be based on the size of the unit.
Pros:
Good looking center channel. Decent performance. Cost effective
Cons:
Nothing worth mentioning.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone TL1

Written By Pleased Customer, Moriarty, NM on Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Initial rating is very high. The product was delivered quickly and works as expected with quality Polk Audio products. Well worth the money.
Pros:
Great center sound for movies.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

polk audio blackstone tl-1

Written By doug b, martinsville in on Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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this center speaker is perfect....sounds great....for the small size..big sound.....i have a onkyo thx receiver 608
Pros:
rich full sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Good for what it does...

Written By Anonymous, Western N.Y. on Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Great sound, good product. Thought about TL-2 but saw this outlet for a few $$ off. sounds good in our new den and kinda glad I didn't get the higher end TL-2. This is plenty for our needs. Music, sports/TV. Movies in the future....when wife picks out furniture. Worth the cost.
Pros:
price, and performance for the price!
Cons:
none.
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4 out of 5

Polk Center Speaker

Written By JoeB, Needham, MA on Sunday, August 19, 2012
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Quality sound at a reasonable price
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4 out of 5

not bad. a little boxy sounding

Written By ps, At the end of the internet... on Thursday, July 19, 2012
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Not a bad speaker. I was a sound engineer for 12 years. I have long since gotten past critical listening environments at home, but I still like decent sound. This speaker is not bad for center channel but is a little boxy, but what to expect from a small plastic box. I have it coupled with a couple in-ceiling Polk 8 in. front left and right. Wanted a little more for center for the TV to make it so I did not have to crank up the ceilings to make it audible. This did a decent job for that. All of this from a newer Onkyo AV receiver with the Audyssey setup. Seemed to all work ok. So I would say not a bad speaker. Might get a couple more for wireless surround which is the next step in the process.
Pros:
Small, fits under the front of my Sony 40" without blocking the screen any. Black color makes it become pretty invisible visually. Decent upper mids and high end.
Cons:
Little boxy sounding, but not too bad. Guess i was expecting more.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

A Winner

Written By A Listener, Megalopolis on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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I rolled the dice and won on this one. The Polk TL1 center produces much better dialog than did my old one; not muffled or distorted. Now I don't have to fiddle with the receiver knobs to eke out understandable speech. Also, old center was more expensive and bigger than the Polk TL1, which is a pleasant surprise.
Pros:
Reproduces dialog accurately Small size Inexpensive
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Sound, Small Package

Written By Ralph T., Bowling Green, OH on Friday, June 29, 2012
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Replaced all my 25 year old speakers with Polk Audio. The sound from them blows away my old set up. The sound from the center channel is great for such a small package. Great value for the money.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

BEST ONE

Written By Anonymous, PORT ST LUCIE, FL, on Sunday, June 17, 2012
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ONE WORD TO SAY G R E A T
Pros:
THE BEST SOUND
Cons:
NOW I HAVE TO GET REED OF MY HIGH PRICE SPEAKER
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5 out of 5

terriffic speaker

Written By Kikomon, Cocoa, Florida on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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I got this TL1 to replace an older Sony speaker that was three times the size of the TL1. I am so glad I did. This speaker's audio imaging is superb and it really balances well with my Yamaha NS1000 main speakers (which I bought about 30 years ago-they are 80+ pound monsters). My audio now is MUCH better. I have mounted it on my Sony 40" Bravia with a Center Stage Bracket CSB-1205-BLK.
Pros:
Superb audio imaging - balances well with my main speakers. Quite small in size. Looks like it was made for a Sony Bravia.
Cons:
None.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great little speaker

Written By Frank jr, COLORADO SPRINGS on Sunday, May 20, 2012
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cNeeded a small speaker to fit in front of my tv.Just the right size
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4 out of 5

Great sound for a great price!

Written By Midnight, Alsip, Illinois on Thursday, March 01, 2012
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My wife and I finally took plunge and purchased a new 60 inch plasma tv, and stand. The opening on the stand for the center channel was only 4 inches high, so my old center channel which served me very well had to go because it did not look good on top of stand. I called Crutchfield for advice and Dolly suggested the T1. Man what a great crisp sound! (especially now since I'm using an optical connection) It is just a high quality speaker for a great price. No way was I going to spend $1,000.00 for a center channel speaker!
Pros:
Sound, price, look (nice shiny black finish), and size!
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Great small center channel for flat screens

Written By Anonymous, Placentia, CA on Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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I would give 5, but those are hard to come by. Otherwise, I was looking for a small center channel speaker that would fit in a nook for a 70" TV. The larger standard center channel speaker did not fit and so needed to get something with a lower profile. I was skeptical the beginning, but this performed like a champ. Don't expect SUPER sound, but for a good center, it is more than adequate, especially for the $ value.
Pros:
Good price for a good low profile speaker.
Cons:
A little weak compared to larger center channel models.
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5 out of 5

Can't beat it

Written By John M, Wisconsin on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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Wasn't a big fan of Polk Audio until now. Great center speaker for the price.
Pros:
size, looks, price
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL1

Written By arrowpilot, Pawleys Island, SC on Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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Perfect size to fit center of wall unit for clear dialog sound.
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5 out of 5

great for the price

Written By Matthew, Chicago IL on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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This is way better then my generic center speaker I had for years and the price
was great for its small size (needed to not obscure my flat screen). LOVE IT!!!!
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL1

Written By Anonymous, SC on Wednesday, February 16, 2011
 
This speaker is excellent for the price. I was a little hesitant to buy this as
I could not find many reviews online. Not sure how it compares to the TL2 or
TL3, but I am extremely satisfied with it. Dialogue from movies and TV shows
are crystal clear.
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5 out of 5

Great sound in a small package

Written By Jim W, Pace Florida on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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This Polk center channel speaker has been a great addition to my surround system. I
had a size requirement for the location the speaker needed to fit within. This speaker
has excellent sound performance considering the compact size and economical pricing.
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5 out of 5

Great sound, compact

Written By GK, Hampton, NJ on Tuesday, February 08, 2011
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Placed it on the entertainment cabinet in front of the TV. Nice, compact design, gives
plenty of power in our small (12x12) media room.
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4 out of 5

Excellent Buy

Written By BobC, Clementon, NJ on Monday, November 08, 2010
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The Polk Audio Blackstone TL1 is an excellent buy for the price. The sound quality is exceptional for a speaker at this price. It's compact design and mounting holes make it perfect for my wall mounted flat panel TV. If you're looking for great sound at a great price I highly recommend this product.
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3 out of 5

Not bad for the buck

Written By Dennis, Bethel, CT on Monday, November 01, 2010
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I mounted my LED TV to the wall and needed a center speaker with a low profile depth wise.
The Polk was the onily thing I could find at a reasonable price and knowing the Polk name I
new I would be safe. I had an larger center but it was too bulky, sounded great but the boss
said it had to go. The sound quality on the Polk is not equal to the one I had, the old one was
twice the cost but the Polk has a very good center channel sound. We are pleased to date. I
like that it has the mounting holes on the back so it can be mounted to the wall directly. I also
like that it is a shinny black because it is the same as the TV.
overall we are happy with the sound and quality.
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