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by Kristen Schaub
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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.

Anchor your home theater system with high-performance sound

Polk's Blackstone TL3 packs big-speaker punch in a compact center channel design. Built using the same tweeter design found in their flagship full-sized loudspeakers, as well as exclusive state-of-the-art technologies, the TL3 overcomes some of the usual limitations of compact speakers. You'll hear the kind of accuracy and detail you expect from a much larger center channel speaker, including a wide soundstage, crisp dialogue, and realistic special effects. It's the perfect choice when space in your living area is limited, but your love of great sound is not.

Lifestyle

Crisp, dynamic sound thanks to high-tech drivers

A big part of the TL3's incredible sound is the 3/4" Ring Radiator tweeter. Found in Polk's flagship speakers, this sophisticated tweeter reproduces transparent, natural highs. The dual 3-1/4" aerated polypropylene woofers are lightweight, but also stiff and strong, allowing the cones to move more freely in the baffle. It means you can play your music and movies loud without hearing any distortion. Polk's Extended Linear Motion voice coil helps make the cone movement even more efficient to further cut down on distortion and extend the speaker's dynamic range. This increased efficiency is the key to the TL3's big speaker sound.

Immersive home theater performance

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 TL3 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 system building

The TL3 has keyhole slots in the back for easy mounting to your wall straight from the box. You can create your own compact home theater system by adding anywhere from five to seven TL3 satellite speakers to this center channel. And don't forget a Polk subwoofer to complete your system with rumbling bass.


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Highlights:

  • Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better soundstaging and imaging
  • frequency response 115-28,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • sensitivity 90 dB
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • 3/4" Ring Radiator tweeter
  • dual 3-1/4" aerated polypropylene Dynamic Balance® mid/woofers
  • Extended Linear Motion (ELM) voice coil helps reduce distortion and extend dynamic range
  • PowerPort® technology for better bass response
  • steel-plate reinforced cabinet fights internal resonances
  • curved enclosure with high-gloss finish
  • 5-way gold-plated binding posts
  • includes combination keyhole slot and threaded insert
  • 16-3/4"W x 4-1/4"H x 3-15/16"D
  • weight: 4.7 lbs.
  • 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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Ring radiator
Midrange size (inches)
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N/A
Woofer size (inches)
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3-1/4
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5-way post
Power Range
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10-125
Sensitivity
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90 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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115-28k Hz
Height (inches)
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4-1/4
Width (inches)
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16-3/4
Depth (inches)
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3-15/16
Weight
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4.7 lbs
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

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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Overview: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 series center-channel speaker (TL3) features new innovations specifically designed to enhance the compact speaker's performance. The Black Stone TL3 is a two-way center-channel loudspeaker with a 3/4" Dynamic Balanced ring-radiator tweeter and dual 3-1/4" Dynamic Balance aerated polypropylene woofers inside a bass-reflex enclosure with a bottom-firing port. The TL3 is equipped with 5-way binding posts and offers various mounting options.

Note: The TL3 has an overall frequency response of 115 to 28,000 Hz and will require a powered subwoofer(107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound.

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.

3/4" Ring Radiator Tweeter: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 series center speaker features a 3/4" ring radiator tweeter that is normally found only on high-end loudspeakers. The 3/4" ring radiator tweeter offers incredible accuracy and detail, so you music sound likes the artist intended.

3-1/4" Aerated Polypropylene Woofer: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 series center speaker employs a 3-1/4" aerated polypropylene 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. The aerated  polypropylene cone is lightweight, yet stiff and strong, with longer linear excursion capabilities in a limited compact enclosure space, so it plays louder with less distortion.

Optimized Linear Motor Structure: Engineered for better compact speaker performance, Polk's OLM Motor Structure flattens the BL Curve, making cone movement more efficient than previously possible, reducing distortion and extending the small speaker's dynamic range right up into big speaker territory

Frequency Response: The speaker's overall frequency response is 90-31,000Hz, and the -3dB frequency response is 115-28,000Hz.

Additional Speakers: The TL3 center-channel speaker will require a powered subwoofer (107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound.

Enclosure Design

Enclosure Type: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 center-channel speaker features a non-resonant composite enclosure with time-aligned geometry, and PowerPort technology.

Curved Enclosure Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 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 TL3 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 TL3 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 TL3 center-channel loudspeaker features a durable, deep automotive-strength high-gloss finish that matches today's most stylish flat-panel TVs. The TL3 center-channel is available in a high-gloss black finish.

Connections

5-Way Binding Posts: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 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 TL3 center-channel features three integrated rubber feet so you can sit the speaker on a stand or shelf securely.

Wall Mountable: The TL3 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

size does matter

Written By Old Guy, Birmingham AL on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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I was updating my system and as a cost saving measure i wanted to retain my Klipsch SF-2 speakers. A matching Klipsch center was too large for my application so my adviser recommended the TL 3. I could not be more pleased with the unit as the pass between them is solid and the TL3 is efficient enough to work well with the Klipsch at a low volume.
Pros:
Good sound, small footprint, reasonable price. Use your Crutchfield adviser!
Cons:
none for my application.
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5 out of 5

Great!

Written By Matt, Rochester, MI on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
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This center channel is fantastic. Highly recommended.
Pros:
The speaker has great sound and is small enough to fit under my flat screen TV.
Cons:
Expensive, but worth it.
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4 out of 5

Polk audio center speaker

Written By Fred P., Punta Gorda, Florida on Thursday, May 22, 2014
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Very good sound and works quite well.
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5 out of 5

Speaker that blows--in a good way

Written By Jeff, Hammond, LA on Thursday, May 01, 2014
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Ok, I wasn't too sure about this speaker. My media room is 20x30 with a 25 ft ceiling . I just didn't think this would work. Was I ever wrong. This speaker blows and that's good!! The sound that comes out is crisp clear and easily fills my room. Way to go Polk.
Pros:
Small, shallow, looks good on wall.
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio BlackstoneT TL3 Reviews

Written By Rmill, Hummelstown, Pa on Monday, April 14, 2014
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It is a nice speaker for the price. The sound is clean and better than expected for a speaker this size. I would have loved to get something a little bigger but I have size constraints
Pros:
Sound,size and bang for the buck.
Cons:
Lack of depth and power due to the smaller woofers.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent Center Channel

Written By Lost dog, Nashville, TN on Friday, April 04, 2014
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Great center channel speaker from Polk. Sounds great paired with other Polk speakers and Sony receiver. You could spend more but no reason to.
Pros:
Size. Fits we3ll under LED TV Appearance Sound quality
15 out of 15 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best Home Theater Upgrade

Written By CoryS, Nashville, TN on Saturday, March 08, 2014
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This thing is incredible. So much of your sound comes from your center channel don't go cheap here. This speaker was the size I needed. Looks great (got the wife's approval) and sounds even better! I haven't heard the TL1 or TL2 but I would easily spend the extra money and get this one again. It just sounds incredible.
Pros:
Size and Sound
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone TL3

Written By jimmy, Grand Blanc, MI on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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Love the sound. The size is perfect.
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5 out of 5

TL3 review

Written By Mike, Littleton, CO on Monday, February 10, 2014
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I was torn between the tl2 and the tl3 and am happy that I chose the tl3. I am impressed by how clear the highs are and how much clearer dialogue is while watching tv now.
Pros:
Big sound for such a small speaker.
Cons:
None.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL3

Written By Roy, Rockford, IL on Sunday, February 09, 2014
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I replaced a much larger sized center channel speaker with this unit and the sound is crisper/clearer and better overall. I bought it to match a set of L/R TL3's with a sub. Very happy with this center speaker.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL3

Written By Anonymous, South Lake Tahoe, CA on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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Pretty good center. New to home theater systems, but I think I could find a better / louder center for vocal highs when watching movies.
Pros:
Good sound for size
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5 out of 5

Great speaker for it's size

Written By Dave C, Florida on Monday, December 23, 2013
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I purchased this as a center channel to go with 4 MC80 in ceiling speakers. I was told buy some that this would not sound good and that I should go with some of the bigger Polk center channel speakers but I wanted to stay with a more streamlined unit for my family room. I have no regrets buying this unit and feel that the sound is very good for it's size. I use my system for music, movies and TV and feel it is very clear, giving great dialogue. On some movies I have to turn the volume up but do not think it is a TL3 issue but believe it is the way some movies are produced. I highly recommend this unit.
Pros:
size and sound from a small unit
Cons:
I do not like the faceplate over the woofers/tweeter, it is a felt material and wish it was more of a nicer grill.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Speaker

Written By Bill, Wilmington, NC on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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Great sound from a small package that compliments my front speakers. Small size fits well below my flat panel TV.
Pros:
Size and frequency response.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great things come in small packages!

Written By Angrybiker, Hampstead,Md on Friday, November 01, 2013
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i got this speaker to upgrade from an older large box center speaker that blocked my tv front panel so i couldn't use the remote to operate the tv.i have always been a big fan of polk and already having the rear surround TL3's this was a no brainer.the size and shape is awesome.as far as the sound it is a polk baby! it sounds great.enough said just buy it!
Pros:
low profile size and shape and its high gloss black finish,sound of course
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

lt3 hits the sweet spot

Written By MLC, Long Beach, c.a. on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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The Polk tl 3 center channel works very well in my larger tv room. I hesitated to purchase this speaker because it may have not been big enough for my room. after listening to it for about a month I have zero buyers remorse. I'm very happy with it.
Pros:
not an overwhelming bohemian in size most other center channels are.
Cons:
I haven't found any cons yet.
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5 out of 5

great product

Written By Anonymous, San Antonio, TX on Friday, October 18, 2013
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I used this in my home with other TL3 front speakers, and my parents liked the clarity of voices so much from the center, that they added the TL3 center channel along with the MC80 ceiling speakers to their new home.
Pros:
very clear vocals at all volume levels
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone TL3 center channel speaker

Written By Larry S, Orlando, Fl on Monday, August 19, 2013
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I am very happy my with purchase of the Polk Audio TL3 center channel speaker. Great sound with small foot print that I needed. Checked out a lot of reviews before purchasing. Will continue building my 7.1 system with Polk Audio speakers. Crutchfield service and shipping were excellent.
Pros:
Awesome sound and build quality. Great value for dollars spent.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Nice Upgrade

Written By JohnM, Wisconsin on Friday, August 16, 2013
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I have a real tight corner in which I set up a home theater in a box. I picked a budget Yamaha package that had a set of small speakers and was affordable. The sound out of the center channel speaker was weak, making the overall sound rather shallow. With the addition of the Polk T3 the center filled out very nicely. It has good depth and full range of tone. I am very pleased.
Pros:
Great sound
Cons:
Odd form factor
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5 out of 5

Great Sound, Perfect Fit

Written By GC, Columbus, OH on Monday, June 17, 2013
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This speaker fit exactly what I needed to fill the spot in my living room. I have plenty of big, deep sound from my other speakers, but I needed a small center channel to complete the system. Physically and performance-wise, this does just what I needed. And it looks great too!
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5 out of 5

Great clarity

Written By LarryF, Montgomery, AL on Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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I have a complete Polk speaker system, but had two problems with the Polk CSR center speaker. One, it was too tall to sit in front of the TV so I had to put it in the entertainment system, and even with the doors to the entertainment system open, the vocals sounded somewhat muffled. Since I'm a little hard of hearing, the clarity from the CSR was sometimes hard to understand.

The TL3 has solved both problems. Its size is small enough to fit just below the TV and the clarity is so much better than my old Polk speaker.
Pros:
Great size Great clarity
Cons:
It's only been a couple weeks but I have no complaints thus far.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Very Good but...

Written By killerjimbo, Reading, Pa on Thursday, June 06, 2013
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This center channel is very good and for most people it would be excellent. I have a hearing issue (two hearing aids) and in some circumstances the dialog is not as clear as I need it to be. Whether this is a speaker fault or a fault of my hearing instrument, I can't be sure. I am however considering ordering an upgrade to the center channel.
Pros:
It's excellent for music and most TV programming but lacks some clarity in recorded (DVD or DVR) dialog.
Cons:
None oher than the above
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone TL3

Written By Ed, Fremont, CA on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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I bought this center speaker to replace a very old Infinity speaker. The sound is great and works well with my Yamaha RX-A720 receiver. I wanted something small but with good sound. This speaker fit the bill.
Pros:
Small size. Big sound.
Cons:
None.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good yet small center channel speaker

Written By Jason, Kadena AB, Japan on Saturday, January 19, 2013
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Seems to be a very good center channel speaker so far!
Pros:
Makes dialogue in most shows and movies much clearer. It's nice and small, perfect for my cheap home theater stand. Decent price as well. Extremely fast shipping, only took 5 days to get from VA to Okinawa!! Too bad all of the mail going from the U.S. to APO addresses, via USPS, isn't that fast!
Cons:
I didn't have the easiest time running my 10 gauge speaker wire through the connectors on back, so I may remove the wire, put on banana plugs, and re-install.
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5 out of 5

Awesome Speaker

Written By FW U, Fort Wayne, IN on Friday, January 18, 2013
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I initially bought the TL1 and it was a good speaker but was a little too small for the room I needed it in. The TL3 fills my larger room with great sound and is definitely worth the extra dough. It is an awesome speaker; glad I upgraded.
Pros:
Strong, room filling sound.
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

Full Rich Sound

Written By Nick, Sandy Springs, GA on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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Unless you plan on spending more than $1000 on a center channel you won't find much better than this. It has excellent sound and the price it right.
Pros:
Sound quality better than you would expect in this price range and comparable to speakers at 4 times the price. Also the compact design is a plus.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Great sound

Written By RobertC, Birmingham, AL on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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I bought the TL3 center speaker because the RM7 center that came with my surround sound system sounded a little tinny compared to even my flat panel speakers. The TL3 has a more full bodied sound and a much better resonance than the RM7. I made some minor adjustments to the other speakers to accomodate the new center but am very pleased with it. My old system was a pair of 30 year old Bose 901s and it was time to move on to a more room pleasing sound even though I love the 901s.
Pros:
Better resonance and sparation of sound. Not too big and can go in front of flat panel TV Good price for what you get
Cons:
The only con would be that the sound from the system as a whole is great but smaller speakers can't produce the sound of bookshelf speakers and higher end speakers--know that going in and you will enjoy your purchase.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL3

Written By Anonymous, Cass City, MI on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Great full bodied sound & clear.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

A glorified and overpriced TL2

Written By Rich, Rochester, NY on Monday, April 02, 2012
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Usually I have a lot of respect for the audio equipment that bears the Polk nameplate, but this TL3 isn't the amazing little wonder that you might expect if you've read Polk's marketing prose. Sure, the TL3 has some nice sound and the highs are definitely there. But it comes up woefully short on genuine bass. For $60 more than a TL2, you get bass response that's only 10 Hz lower (115 Hz). That's right, 10 Hz lower. Certainly NOT the ground-breaking sound reproducer that Polk markets it as. Hardly the marvel of our century, ring tweeter or not. In fact, I think that if you blindfolded people and did an A-B comparison between a TL2 and a TL3, I think most folks would be hard-pressed to tell the difference. One of the best selling points about this speaker is actually its relatively short enclosure profile which allows it to be placed in front of many flat screen TV's wiithout blocking the picture. Still, for respectable bass response, there are better center channel speaker choices out there for the same price that Polk expects you to pay for the TL3. Keep your money, or buy the TL2. At the price, it's a better value for the money.
Pros:
Relatively short profile allows placement in front of many flat screen TV's without blocking the picture. Fit, finish, and appearance are all good.
Cons:
Comes up short on real bass. Hard to justify paying $60 more than
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5 out of 5

Great Center Speaker

Written By Hannam, Hartford, CT on Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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I bought this TL3 Center speaker because of the space constraint I had. The speaker is beautifully designed and it sounds great. If you need a center speaker, you won't disappoint with this one.
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5 out of 5

Great!

Written By JeffJ, Chino Hills on Sunday, February 12, 2012
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I am very happy with this center channel. My first Polk product, not my last.
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5 out of 5

Awesome speaker

Written By Average tv guy, Franklin, wi on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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This center channel sounds great and is a great value. It really sounds good with my polk tsi400 towers
Pros:
Great value and sound!
Cons:
Nothing
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3 out of 5

POLK TL3 Center Speaker

Written By Roger C, GA on Friday, February 03, 2012
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Improved quality of audio so we can now understand what is being said. I did expect a bit better quality however. But good for the price.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio BlackstoneT TL3

Written By John K, OKC on Friday, January 20, 2012
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Decided it was time to replace my mammoth 1987 Kenwood speakers (which still work great) with these compact speakers. Was worried about the plastic housing, but.... they sound great. The sound quality is amazing.
Pros:
Looks sleek and stylish. Great sound quality.
Cons:
Plastic, but only time will tell if this is a con.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

TL3 center channel

Written By Dillard M, Kansas City, MO on Sunday, September 04, 2011
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I was a little hesitant due to the lack of reviews, but after months of deliberation and research I finally decided to go with three TL3 center channels as my front configuration (fr, fl & center) in my home theater set up. It has been a few months since my purchase and install and I am completely satisfied with the look and performance of my TL3 center channel speakers. Aesthetically they fit nicely on the wall with my Panasonic 50 inch plasma, acoustically the blend very well with my dsw pro 500 sub-woofer. Together in my 13 x 18 family room they produce a quality of sound (music or movies) that outsizes their physical footprint. I am happy and proud of my Blackstone TL3 speakers.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk TL3 Speakers

Written By ROD, Pinehurst, NC on Thursday, June 30, 2011
 
These speakers are AWESOME - - they provide a clear crisp sound. They outperform speakers in a much higher price range. I thank CRUTCHFIELD for the recommendation and I would gladly recommend these to anyone !!!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

very nice sound

Written By Todd, Wisconsin on Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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I needed to replace my center channel with a smaller one and this one worked awesome. the sound fills the room perfectly.
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I just got my surround sound hooked up and am using the TL3 as my center channel. I have only watched 2 movies thus far and it seemed like on 1 movie I had to play the volume louder than the other to hear the dialogue but then when music played I had to lower it. I am wondering if this is an issue with others as well or maybe the way some movies are produced. When watching TV or listening to music it is fine. I am pairing the center with MC80 in ceiling speakers and a Yamaha RXV475 receiver. Let me know if anyone else has this issue or if I need to have a different setting on my receiver? [ Dave  Dec 15, 2013 ]
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  • My first thought is that left-center-right speakers should all be on the same plane. Either all on the ceiling or all at ear level. Otherwise they would be very difficult to balance. [ MICHAEL   Jan 28, 2014 ]
  • With the fact that there is no problem when playing music or the TV means to me there is no problem with the speaker, it's just playing the signal it is given. I believe it's how those particular movies are produced. A couple of things that may help 1) Did you set up the speakers using YPAO, if not I would try that. 2) My Marantz receiver has different sound modes for movies, if yours does I would try a different sound mode. Lastly, if you decide to manually adjust the speakers it's best to leave the center speaker flat and back the others off, that way you will not get distortion. I hope this helps. [ BILL   Dec 18, 2013 ]
  • I don't have that problem with my center speaker. I have the Denon AVR-1913 receiver. I turned up the center speaker to have more volume. The only problem that I have with my center speaker is that when I am watching TV the center speaker is on then when it switches to a commercial it doesn't work like it and the voice is coming from my two front speakers. I think is just how they broadcast , weather it is 5.1 or not. Hopefully I answered your question [ STEPHEN   Dec 17, 2013 ]
  • Hello Dave, I have had my TL3 for 5 months and have not experienced any problem. I have noticed a considerable difference in the sound quality of the TL3 after about a month of break in. Getting ready to add a pair of the TL3 bookshelf speakers to my system next month. Take care. [ LARRY   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • I replaced my older Bose speakers, including a center channel speaker, with the Polks and dialogue is much clearer than it was previously. Sound quality in general is better as well due to better midrange and bass from the Polks. Still, I occasionally have a little trouble with dialogue, especially with Dolby TrueHD sources since I only have a 5.1 system. But that's not a problem with the speakers but with the number of speakers, and may be your problem as well. [ JEFF D   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • I have close to the same set up as Dave with a Yahama RX475 receiver and the Polk Audio Blackstone TL3 center speaker, and have only experienced the same problem on occasion, so I believe it must have something to do with the way the movies are produced. Other than that, this has been a great speaker. [ LAWRENCE M   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • I purchased a new Polk center TL3 speaker a few months ago and I just moved to a different house and hooked up my surround. I have in ceiling speakers too but I had a set of Polk spekers that I hooked up as my front speakers on the built in entertainment center. I also use a Yamaha receiver and a Polk subwoofer. I haven't had any issues like you mention. Have you used the devise that Yamaha provides to test the level of output from each of the speakers? [ CHARLES   Dec 16, 2013 ]
  • I have not experienced the problem you are describing. I am using the Blackstone TL3 satellites for my left and right fronts along with the center. Not knowing anything the Yamaha receiver I can't say if a diffferent setting might help. Or maybe your TL3 canter and the MC80 in ceiling speakers just don't work well together. In any event I don't think the problem is with the TL3 center channel. Good luck in getting it figured out. [ JAMES   Dec 16, 2013 ]

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