Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Single satellite speaker (White)

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If you want big, detailed home theater sound, but don't have the room for large floor-standing speakers, then check out Polk's ultra-compact Blackstone TL2. Thanks to Polk's decades of speaker-building expertise, along with some pretty advanced driver technology, you'll experience effortlessly clear, engaging sound from speakers that take up very little space.

Advanced technology produces astonishingly realistic sound
The "TL" refers to Polk's "Time Lens" technology, which aligns the drivers in such a way that high- and low-frequency sounds all reach your ears at the same time. This improves the speaker's imaging and soundstaging, so that you'll feel less like you're watching a movie and more like you're part of it. An "acoustic lens" in the speaker grille disperses 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 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 a keyhole slot in the back for easy mounting to your wall straight from the box. You can also use the threaded insert to attach it to an optional speaker bracket or stand. Create your own home theater system using a combination of black TL2's in the front of your room and white TL2 surrounds in the back. Don't forget to add the TL2 center channel speaker and a Polk subwoofer to complete your system.

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Product 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
  • 3/4" silk dome tweeter
  • 3-1/4" Dynamic Balance™ mid/woofer
  • PowerPort® technology for better bass response
  • steel-plate reinforced cabinet fights internal resonances
  • curved enclosure with high-gloss finish
  • 5-way binding posts
  • includes combination keyhole slot and threaded insert
  • 4-1/8"W x 7-1/16"H x 5"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Gloss-white satellite two-way loudspeaker
  • Detachable white 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 TL2 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 series satellite speaker utilizes 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 series satellite speaker employs a 3-1/4" composite injected molded cone woofer 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 overall frequency response is 95-24,000Hz, and the -3dB frequency response is 125-20,000Hz.

Additional Speakers: The TL2 satellite speaker will require a powered subwoofer (107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound. You can also add addition TL2 series speakers for 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 channel home theater configurations.

Enclosure Design

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

Curved Enclosure Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 satellite 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 enclosure of the TL2 series satellite speaker, resulting in acoustically inert enclosures 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 satellite speakers.

PowerPort: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 series satellite 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 series satellite speaker is available in a durable, deep automotive-strength high-gloss white or high-gloss black finish to match today's most stylish flat-panel TVs.

Connections

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

Wall Mountable: The Black Stone TL2 satellite speaker features a single keyhole slot on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the speaker without any additional wall-mount brackets (mounting screws not supplied). There is also a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of the satellite speaker for mounting the speaker to the wall using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately).

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Great for movies!

Written By Enforcer23, Texas on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Great surround sound speakers. Blu Rays thru my Marantz 5.1 and PS3 sound FANTASTIC. But when it comes to music, they don't quite have the punch I'd like. But I suppose that is to be expected from such small front speakers. Nonetheless, I am happy with my purchase. I will be upgrading the front speakers though :-)

Pros: Paired with a Polk Audio Subwoofer that came free with the purchase, Blu Ray Movies sound GREAT.

Cons: Not quite the punch I'd like on music. But still not too bad for such small speakers. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars...

TL2 Review

Written By Sonya, Griffin, Ga on Friday, April 11, 2014

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Love them, Absolutely great sounds

Pros: Great sound quality

Cons: bracketts sold separate

Small Speakers, Big Sound

Written By Anonymous, Albuquerque, NM on Sunday, April 06, 2014

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Polk makes good speakers. TL2s are perfect for a compact surround setup with an HDTV. I'm using them with a Marantz NR1403 receiver on a 3.1 setup. The Marantz classified them as large speakers during the auto setup. They sound excellent.

Pros: compact, great sound, quality construction

Cons: none

Polk Blackstone TL2

Written By Anthony G., Albertville, AL on Friday, April 04, 2014

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If you want surprisingly crisp tones from your rear surround speakers, look no further than Polk's TL2's. How so great sounds come out of a little package has to go back to Polk's engineering. Just by changing these two speakers, (rear surround) in my setup, it awoke by 18 year old system. I can't wait to get my Polk TSi 400's and Polk CS 10 hooked up.

Pros: Compact. Aesthetically pleasing. Rich, crisp tones.

Cons: I didn't buy more of them

Great surround speaker

Written By Vishu, Ocean Springs, MS 39564 on Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Sounds great for a small speaker

Terrific for a smaller space

Written By Bob H, Lake Monticello, VA on Saturday, August 03, 2013

Much depends on the ears of the listener. Polk speakers are noted for the warmth, or smoothness, of their sound quality. For a small office they are excellent when coupled with a receiver also noted for its warmth. I use a Yamaha 573 as my receiver and have Polk TL3s as center channel and front speakers. The TL2s are used for surround center and back speakers with a Polk PSW 111 sub woofer to round out the 7.1 system. For my office space these fill the room with smooth, crisp, music which is slightly warmer than a neutral, flat, sound. Since I find 'bright' or 'brilliant' music tires out my ears I prefer the warmth Polk supplies. I find the Time Lens feature that aims the sounds, especially the treble, to your sitting position a positive feature on these.

Pros: Beautiful music, and when watching DVDs, a good reproduction of speech.

Cons: I haven't found anything wrong with any of the Polk speakers I have had.

Blackstone

Written By speakaman25, 44514 on Saturday, July 27, 2013

Great sound buying more

Small footprint, big sound

Written By GlennR, Silver Spring, MD on Friday, July 26, 2013

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I replaced some surround sound speakers I have had for years. These TL2s really improve the effect. In fact, my new Sony receiver classified them as big speakers when it did the automatic setup. I tried the TL1s but wasn't happy with them. I love that Crutchfield let me send those back and get these. The customer service was amazing. The day after I shipped the others back I had a credit on my credit card!

Pros: Big sound, reasonable price, nice look

Cons: Haven't found one yet.

Great Clarity / Good Power / A little more bass?

Written By GatorMan, Round Rock, TX on Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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These units are used in my 7.1 system as my surround rear and side speakers. Great clarity and power out of these little guys and they look great. Love the speaker connections on them and easy wall mount capabilities. Lots of power these can be driven by a powerful amp like the Denon I got. But if your looking for more bass then you might want to look at a more traditional style speaker.

Pros: Clean Sound / Lots of Power / Easy to Mount

Cons: Could have a bit more low / bass to the depth of the speaker.

Great little speakers

Written By Pat S., Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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These are great sounding speakers in a very small package. Use them with a subwoofer for very full, rich sound.

Pros: small size great sound beautiful high glass finish

Cons: made in China

Perfect Surround Speakers

Written By Eric K, Philadelphia on Monday, June 24, 2013

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These speakers sound awesome.

Pros: Small in size, perfect for surround speakers.

Cons: None

Great

Written By Daniel M, Conway, AR on Friday, May 31, 2013

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These speakers are great. I have them hooked up with a TL1 Center speaker and 4 Polk RC80i speakers. Couldn't have gotten a better surround sound for the money

Pros: loud and small

Cons: none

Fantastic Sound

Written By Biltil, Keswick on Friday, May 24, 2013

A bit pricey but worth the money if you need quality sound in a small beatifully designed case.

Pros: Heavy enough to prevent moving accross the room by itself. Takes volume without the bass doubling back on itself. Brillient highs and a smooth midrange brings it five stars from me.

Cons: No cons here except price but then again its pure quality.

Nice Surround Speakers

Written By Bob, Amherst, NY on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Bought 2 Polk Audio Blackstone TL2 to compliment my other Polk speakers (Fronts: TSi100, Center: TSi CS10). Needed something that had a small footprint and was white. Placed them on the back wall. Once they were configured properly, they sounded great. Originally had them as front speakers with the TSi CS10. The TSi CS10 over powered them. Moved the TL2s to surround speakers and wow, they performed well. Highly recommend.

Pros: Work well as behind the seating surround speakers.

Cons: Not good for front speakers.

Polk Blackstone TL2

Written By Stosh, Shermansdale,Pa on Monday, March 04, 2013

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Bought 2 Polk blackston TL2s to compliment my other Klipsch speakers in my home theater. Placed the Polks on the back wall. It took a while to get them to perform correctly. The auto sound setup on my Yamaha receiver didn't do the job. After manually adjusting the distance and other settings, I finally got the volume corrected. Very happy so far. They have been in use for about 2 weeks.

Pros: Work well as behind the seating placement

Cons: none

very satisfied

Written By Mike W., Hamden , Ct. on Sunday, February 10, 2013

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I use them as sattilite speaker in my home theater and couldn't be happier

Pros: nice appearence, great as sattilite speakers

Cons: none

Great little speakers!!!

Written By Believer, Minneapolis, ks on Sunday, February 03, 2013

I purchased the 5 piece set of the TL2 speakers two years ago and they have been great. The mid-range driver in one of them quit working about two weeks after I bought them, but polk replaced it quickly. Overall they are a great budget speaker, but be sure you have a good subwoofer as these speakers are too small to produce good low frequencies. Oh and if you're buying these as a set and opt to get the free PSW111 I strongly urge you to put the money towards a better sub! These speakers will overpower the sub at high volumes and sound too bright. I just recently upgraded to a PSW505 which is discontinued but can be purchased elsewhere. I have never been happier! Overall the TL2s are worth the money!

Pros: Great looks, good sound for movies and low volume music listening. Works well with low power.

Cons: If you really put the power to them at high volume they seem too bright, but I would imagine thats just because of the size.

Very Good!

Written By foreaces, Royal Oak, Michigan on Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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Bought these speakers to enhance the high end frequencies of an audio dedicated sound system. Coupled with a pair of floor speakers, these opened up and added more depth to the entire sound spectrum. Worth the money.

Pros: Great design, full sound.

Cons: None

Superior Design and Sound

Written By TJ, Texas City, Texas on Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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Since I already purchased the Blackstone 5 Speaker Package a while back, I purchased 2 more BlackStone TL2 speakers to match what I already had and to complete my 7.1 system (for use as either Surround Back or Front Height; currently being used as Front Height Speakers.) Polk sound as usual is superior and the desiign is sleek and modern. I love the black piano color. On a side note, I had to return the first 2 I ordered as both speaker casings were damged. It appeared as if this occured during the manufacturing process. Anyhow, Crutchfiled's process of return and redelivery was a breeze.

Pros: Design, size and sound

Cons: None

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Written By Joe P, Waukesha, Wisconsin on Monday, September 24, 2012

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I am very pleased with the speakers,lot of sound in a small package

Great Speakers

Written By Me, Denver, CO on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Really love these little speakers. I've paired them with 2 Polk 8 inch in-ceiling speakers, and a PS -10 sub (10", 100W), and everything sounds very good together. There is great difference with the different modes, and I'm using an Onkyo tx-nr414 network receiver. From music to movies, these TL2s are great front speakers, and attractive looking too. Enjoy.

Pros: Small, good sound, look great, adaptable.

Cons: None.

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Written By jb, mobile, al on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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part of an indoor surround system i value-engineered using all polk products. needed the surround speakers to all be white. used a pair of atrium5 in front, atrium4 in rear and one blackstoneTL2 for the center...with the polk special, all of it was less than $500! looks and sounds like a lot more...crutchfield/artie was a great help...

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

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

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Sound is great. Crisp and clear. Sensitivity is great with low power AVP.

Polk Audio speakers

Written By Ed D, Gloucester, Virginia on Tuesday, February 08, 2011

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We needed small speakers to support our new TV and Blu-ray set. Since the speakers
had to be small we wanted to find a set with good quality sound. The Polk Audio units
nicely fit our needs.

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We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff  Apr 02, 2014 ]  Staff
Can you attach these to a speaker stand? I have an old set of Polk speakers that mount on a stand. The speaker wires go up the middle of the stand and two nuts on the back attach the speaker to the stand. [ Larry  Mar 29, 2014 ]
It weighs 3 lbs. [ SALOMON  Jan 13, 2014 ]
I'm unsure of the exact weight but it is less than 5 lbs. Most of your basic mounts would be fine for this speaker [ DANIEL  Jan 12, 2014 ]
The speaker weighs about 3 pounds. Polk includes holes on the back of the speaker to mount directly to the wall. I ended up purchasing Pinpoint Mounts AM20-White. The mount allows you to aim the speaker and was easy to install. [ GERALD S  Jan 12, 2014 ]
About 3 pounds each. I used Paramount mounts to put these in my ceiling. They are plastic mounts but plenty strong. Good Luck. [ Martin  Jan 12, 2014 ]
Its heavy, about 5 pounds. I got the mounting bracket at home depot, it was 2 dollars per bracket. Its not an advertised item, and hard to find, but its there. Contact me if you want photos [ ERIC  Jan 12, 2014 ]
The speakers weigh about 2 pounds together. They have a back opening that alloud to be hanged from the wall. [ JUAN  Jan 12, 2014 ]
3 pounds most universal mounts will work [ SETH  Jan 12, 2014 ]

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