Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Center channel speaker

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Don't settle for less-than-thrilling movie sound. Polk's Blackstone TL2 center channel speaker uses some pretty advanced technology to take your home theater experience to the next level in sonic realism. You'll be wowed by clear, nuanced movie dialogue and dramatic special effects. And if you've got a new flat-panel TV, this speaker's high-gloss finish will make a stylish match.

Advanced driver technology for remarkably lifelike sound
Polk's "Time Lens" technology aligns the drivers in such a way that high- and low-frequency sounds all 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 prevents unwanted diffraction, while simultaneously dispersing sound waves in a way that makes your music and movie soundtracks sound larger and more open. The TL2 also features Polk's acclaimed PowerPort® technology to help reinforce lower bass output. Plus, its sturdy cabinet is reinforced with a steel plate to help fight resonances that can muddy the sound.

Easy speaker placement
The TL2 has keyhole slots in the back for easy mounting to your wall straight from the box. You can also use the discrete threaded inserts to fit it to an optional speaker bracket. Create your own home theater system by adding anywhere from five to seven TL2 satellite speakers to this center channel.

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Product Highlights:

  • Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better staging and imaging
  • frequency response 125-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • sensitivity 91 dB
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • 3/4" silk dome tweeter
  • dual 3-1/4" Dynamic Balance™ mid/woofers
  • PowerPort® technology for better bass response
  • steel-plate reinforced cabinet fights internal resonances
  • curved enclosure with high-gloss finish to match flat-panel TVs
  • 5-way binding posts
  • video-shielded to prevent magnetic distortion on tube TVs
  • 16-5/8"W x 4-1/4"H x 3-13/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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.

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Polk Audio BlackstoneT TL2

Written By nolan, Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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Glad I purchased this. I was looking for a center channel. The size is great for a center channel when space is limited. This is a more than adequate center speaker for 90% of the people out there who are looking for one. Crutchfield delivered the speaker very quickly (1-day) with no additinal charge. Amazing!

Pros: small with big sound for a limited space. Fits in front of a flat screen TV perfectly without blocking out any of the screen.

Cons: May not be suitable for large spaces

Just right

Written By tk911x, Illinois on Friday, May 15, 2015

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Good sound quality, small in size ... just what we were looking for.

Good Center Channel

Written By BB, Fort Wayne, IN on Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Clear, crisp center channel sound. Blends well with other Polk products of similar construction.

Pros: clear sound

Cons: none

Nice sound for the price

Written By Mike L, New York on Saturday, January 24, 2015

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This speaker sounds good for the price and size.

Pros: Compact size and good sound

Solid product

Written By Air Bastarrica, Carol Stream, IL on Saturday, January 17, 2015

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I bought this center speaker, two in-ceiling speakers and two bookshelf Polk speakers. The whole set works great with my Denon receiver.

Pros: Looks and works great. Solid product

Cons: Nothing so far

polk TL2 center channel speakers R

Written By Robert, NASHVILLE, TN on Thursday, December 25, 2014

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A really good sounding center speaker. For size and price.

Pros: Sound for size.

Cons: None

Great little speaker

Written By Randy, Millbrook, AL on Monday, November 24, 2014

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I replaced an older front speaker with the TL2 and I am so thankful that I did. The sounds that comes from this little unit is unbelievable.

Pros: Great sound!

Cons: None

TL2 Center Channel

Written By S. Croxton, Alford, FL on Monday, November 17, 2014

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I had to purchase a new center channel since I upgraded my front speakers; dialogue was being drowned out even with center channel at full volume. The TL2 replaces a home theater in a box sat/sub combo center channel and what a difference. I ran YPAO to see how it would set it up, +4 was chosen and I've not had to raise volume manually at all. I chose the TL2 due to space limitation and the speaker fit perfectly in the space provided. I wanted to stay with the Polk RTi series center channel (RTi A3 front speakers) but that was not an option. I can't tell if the speaker is or is not voice matched to the Rti L/R speakers because of the clarity of dialogue it blends in well. I don't hear pristine highs coming from this speaker and I don't know if I should so I can't offer an opinion. I am satisfied with my purchase. Keep in mind the distance from the center channel to my couch is 8 feet.

Pros: good looks, ample size for a small to midsize room, sounds good with clarity of dialogue.

Polk Audio BlackstoneT TL2

Written By Paul, Tacoma, Wa on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Good speaker but not very powerful. It just does not work for football. For a smaller system it will work well but if you need lots of sound and power it is not the one. What can I expect with 3.25 inch drivers. I sent it back and bought the PSB Alpha C1... GREAT speaker with 5.25 inch drives it puts out the sound.. Football is like you are there.

Pros: Good for a small system.

Cons: So small.

Compromise for Size

Written By James D., Burleson, TX on Monday, September 22, 2014

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Good looking with respectable sound quality. But not on par with the glowing reviews I see. Although better than average, I would not give it a 5 star review. Even though its more expensive than the Polk TSi CS10, the CS10 has better sound., But I could not fit my CS10 into our new Console, so I went with the TL2.

Pros: Price and Look

Big sound small speakers

Written By Glenn C., West Brooklyn Illinois on Friday, September 05, 2014

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Incredible sound from small speakers the Lamborghini in the need for speed movie will convince you

Pros: Small size allows for easy placement in front of the tv without blocking the screen they sound incredible I would not trade them for bigger more expensive speakers

Cons: None whatsoever


Written By sam, Oakland CA on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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does the job, really clear sound. Thanks Crutchfield

Polk TL2 center speaker

Written By GregK, Greensboro, NC on Sunday, July 13, 2014

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Great center speaker at a good price. Replaced an older center speaker and now we can actually enjoy our movies. Along with the new Polk sub-woofer sounds a whole lot better.

Pros: Price and easy to hook up

Cons: None than I have found.

Polk TL@

Written By MG, Dallas, TC on Friday, June 27, 2014

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Excellente speaker for the price. I bougth two of these, one for my family room and one for the media room.. Excellent sound.

Pros: excellent sound

Cons: none yet

Can hear voices better

Written By SteveE, Davis, CA on Monday, June 16, 2014

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There are fewer "what did s/he say?" questions in the TV room since we got the TL2. I prefer this CC speaker over the one that came with the Energy Take 5 package. Very happy.

Pros: Clarity of voice.

Cons: None.

Big sound Little package

Written By onthelake, Dalla,s Texas on Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Replace a 10 yr old JBL center receiver and was not sure if this small unit would be sufficient. The sound is great and it just backs up the quality merchandise from Crutchfield. Been a customer for over 15 years and don't plan on changing.

Pros: Great Sound

Cons: Non found so far

good sperker

Written By mary, sanger ca on Sunday, May 18, 2014

I replaced energy micro center with this speaker and now I can her the voices better and doesn't over power the rest of micro sperkers and blend in great love it so far

Pros: Small but powerful

Cons: None so far

Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Written By CPinCT, Connecticut on Monday, May 05, 2014

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I have a Boston Acoustics surround sound setup in my family room but was not content with it's ability to provide strong sound via it's smaller cube speaker I was using as a center channel. The TL2 has been a great addition to the system and has improved the overall sound quality of my system. Very happy with the project quality, sound and price.

Pros: Large enough to create a much deeper sounding center channel, but still small enough to fit on my fireplace mantel. Price was also very reasonable for the difference it has made. Very sleek looking with a polished black finish.

Cons: None that have been confirmed.

didn't realize what I was missing?!

Written By John M, Woodbury, N.Y. on Sunday, April 13, 2014

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What a difference having a center channel speaker. Now I can hear the dialogue clearly!

Pros: Small footprint

Cons: None

polk tls center speaker

Written By M Racher, henderson nv on Thursday, March 06, 2014

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Great service from Crutchfield

Pros: Great sound,easy to install

Cons: none

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Written By Anonymous, Oriental, nc on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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This is a good compact speaker with a decent sound. The speaker won't be as powerful as some out there but compliments any decent set of bookshelf speakers well

Blackstone TL2

Written By Jeff H, Leola, PA on Friday, February 07, 2014

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Center channel speaker is the most important one for movie viewing-most of the dialogue comes from it. I decided to upgrade my center channel with the TL2-what a difference! Dialogue is much clearer; it's well worth the cost for the upgrade.

Pros: Not tall-fits in front of TV without blocking view of bottom of screen. Easy to install.

Cons: None I can think of.

Polk Center channel speaker

Written By Bob D., California on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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At first I was skeptical but after hooking this up I was impressed. I replaced two Bose bookshelf speakers tucked in behind the TV which blocked some of the sound. I placed the TL2 in front , it sounds great, crisp clean highs , mids and fair bass. The only thing I miss is the low tones from the 6 1/2 " woofers in the Bose speakers.

Pros: Great sound out of such a small speaker. Clear crisp highs mids and fair bass. Overall a great center channel speaker and not too expensive.

Cons: Not real great lows , but I didn't expect too much bass from this speaker.

Great product - small but effective

Written By Robert, Somerville MA on Thursday, December 26, 2013

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I wanted a center speaker with a small footprint to fit on my smallish TV stand. In front of the (46" flat panel) TV, without blocking the TV screen.

I feared I might not get good sound quality from such a small unit but I found that it performs great and has vastly improved my enjoyment of the TV. I use a Pioneer VSX-70 A/V receiver.

Pros: Small footprint, excellent sound

Cons: None

Polk TL2 Center Channel Speaker

Written By Anonymous, Pleasanton, CA on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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I am extremely happy with the performance of the TL2. I was replacing a double cube Bose speaker and had planned to incorporate the Bose VCS 10 as the replacement, but after futile tries in EBay gave up and went with Polk. This speaker is definitely a better substitute than the cube speaker previously used. This speaker performs well even at low volume settings.

Pros: Small size, excellent package design, and relatively inexpensive.

Cons: None

Nice speaker

Written By Patrick, Houston, tx on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Good speaker clear sound and has a little bass

Pros: sound and size

Cons: none

Center channel speaker is great!

Written By Jean, Tucson, AZ on Sunday, October 06, 2013

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Super sound at a very reasonable price. Compared to my ceiling mount center channel speaker, this is much better.

Pros: Small size and SUPER price!

Cons: None

Review - Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Written By Mac, Gonzales, La on Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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Wonderful product which has already paid multiple dividends regarding hours of enjoyment for our family/friends following ALL the we compliments received after watching Saints pre-season @ our home...!!! I'm afraid of just how many folks may tailgate @ our home for games...!!! Value & return on investment is EXCELLENT...!!! We also are appreciative of all the assistance @ Crutchfield.com...!!!

Pros: Simplicity of installation & how well it blends in with its' surroundings on the fireplace mantle in our family room...!!!

Cons: NONE

Great sound from a small speaker

Written By Pat, Baltimore, MD on Saturday, June 22, 2013

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Great sounding bookshelf speakers. Work great with a sub as front speakers too.

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Written By DC, Austin, TX on Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Great sound from such a small unit.


Written By KBC, Paoli pa on Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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Flat response. Very high pitch. There may be a issue with it.

Pros: Small. Perfect for wall set up.

Cons: Sound quality. Not rich. High pitch.

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Written By Anonymous, Bentonville, AR on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

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I can hear the dialogue so much more clearly while watching movies now! Fits great in front of my TV on the stand without blocking the screen and matches my other Polk speakers

TL2 Center speakers

Written By JR, Winder Ga. on Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Good sound , fit good in front of my widescreen tv. The color go's good with the rest of my system.

Pros: Good highs,nice mid range speakers.

Great Center Channel

Written By PMY, ny on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Great Speaker, great styling! Great Performance

Pros: Small compact, with big sound

Cons: Not a one!!!

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Written By Doug, Seattle, WA on Monday, February 11, 2013

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Great speaker at a great price.

Pros: Easy to install

Great center speaker

Written By coreilly1, Providence, RI on Friday, February 01, 2013

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Sharp, crisp sound with just enough bass from this speaker. Works well in my mid-size room. Great speaker for the money.

Pros: Compact, Sharp, crisp sound. Just enough bass. Price

Great small speakers

Written By home theater newbie, Fargo, ND on Monday, November 12, 2012

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These little wonders actually have some bass and are good enough for CD music in small to medium sized rooms. A free compact sub with a TL2 satellite system seems to be a very good deal.

Pros: I tried them with the RTi A3 and PSW111 compact sub and they seemed to match pretty well.

Cons: A larger center speaker, like the A4 or A6, would be better In a large room for movies and sports. The TL2's are great for multi-channel stereo and surround.

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Written By EP, mn on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Small, sharp looking, and enough sound for my basement living room.

Pros: Looks, price

Cons: Highs of sound could be crisper

just the right size

Written By lana, lincoln,ca. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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good sound, just the right size for my wall unit, ,sounds good with my ceiling surrond sound, happy so far.

solid speaker and the right size

Written By Mike, Durham, NC on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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Great sound and design - the perfect fit for placing under flat panel TVs on stands.

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Written By A2MATH, HOWELL MICH on Sunday, March 20, 2011

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Loved it until i bought a pair of tsi 400. It just didnt sound as good.But it is
a very fine speaker if you match it up correctly.

Great Little Speaker

Written By Mike D, Appleton, WI on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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I like most of the other customers of these speakers, had very little room for the
larger (And more expensive!) center channel speakers. It works great, and adds a
touch of class at an affordable price.

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Written By AmericoA, San German, PR on Sunday, February 27, 2011

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Sound comes out crisp and clear. Need to adjust your AVP to make sure the sound
coming out is higher that the two front speakers.

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Written By DW, Omaha, NE on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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Great sound from a little speaker. Looks real nice mounted on the wall, underneath my
low profile TV. In a sound system with large front L & R Speakers this center channel is
a great compliment. I would question its performance with smaller front speakers, but I
am quite happy with my purchase and how it works for me.

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Written By Jack, Houston, TX on Wednesday, February 09, 2011

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I've had the TL2 center channel for about a month. It's a good center channel speaker.
The glossy black case matches my TV and is about the same width as most
components so it looks nice in my entertainment center.

The sound is good and goes well with my Yamaha in ceiling speakers. I wasn't able to
compare it to the TL1 which is it's cheaper cousin and about $40 less. Overall, I'm very
satisfied with the speaker.

Center speaker better than expected

Written By hairzilla, Elkins, WV on Thursday, February 03, 2011

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I wanted a larger center speaker but I had to adapt to limited space for the speaker. I was
surprised by the sound quality. The fidelity of voices from the center speaker is excellent.

Hands-on research

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

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) ---
Woofer size (inches) 3-1/4
Connector Type 5-way post
Power Range 10-125
Sensitivity 91 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 125-20k Hz
Height (inches) 4-1/4
Width (inches) 16-5/8
Depth (inches) 3-13/16
Weight 4.5 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
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.

3/4" Silk Dome Tweeter: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel speaker utilize a 3/4" silk dome tweeter for crisp, clear imaging, and smooth response that's never tiring.

3-1/4" Composite Injection Molded Woofer: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel speaker employs two 3-1/4" composite injected molded cone woofers with Dynamic Balance driver technology (Polk's patented transducer design process) that produces a flat frequency response, with sharp detail, transparency, and the ability to play loud without strain.

Frequency Response: The speaker's overall frequency response is 90-24,000Hz, and the -3dB frequency response is 125-20,000Hz.

Additional Speakers: The TL2 center-channel speaker will require a powered subwoofer (107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound.

Enclosure Design

Enclosure Type: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel speaker features a non-resonant composite enclosure with time-aligned geometry, and PowerPort technology.

Curved Enclosure Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 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.

Steel Reinforced: Extra-rigid steel plates reinforce the curved enclosures of the TL2 center-channel speaker, resulting in an acoustically inert enclosure free from internal resonances and any audible coloration, for more lifelike audio detail.

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.

PowerPort: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel speaker utilizes Polk Audio's patented bass venting technology, for added midbass response and increased efficiency. PowerPort technology decreases port turbulence and virtually eliminates "port noise," for a massive 3dB boost in bass response.

High-Gloss Finish: The Polk Audio TL2 center-channel loudspeaker features a durable, deep automotive-strength high-gloss finish that matches today's most stylish flat-panel TVs. The TL2 center-channel is available in a high-gloss black finish.


5-Way Binding Posts: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 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 TL2 center-channel features four integrated rubber feet so you can sit the speaker on a stand or shelf securely.

Wall Mountable: The TL2 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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