Polk Audio TSi500
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nice sound - box very damaged when delivered, but the unit seems ok
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Item #: 107TSI500C
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Original Price: $299.99 each
You can count on Polk's TSi500 floor-standing tower to deliver the kind of impact and clarity that makes you feel like you're right there in the movie or on the stage with your favorite musical artist. Its silk dome tweeter serves up clear, shimmering highs, while four 6-1/2" woofers pump out accurate mids and deep bass. The well-braced cabinet fights resonance so the details in your music and movies shine through. Dual five-way binding posts let you bi-amp or bi-wire the TSi500 for even better performance.
A woodgrain finish gives the TSi500 a refined look, capped by an elegant piano black top plate. At the base of the speaker you'll find sturdy stabilizer feet to keep it anchored to your floor, regardless of whether it's carpeted or non-carpeted. And since the speaker's footprint takes up less than one square foot, you can enjoy commanding tower speaker sound without sacrificing a lot of space.
nice sound - box very damaged when delivered, but the unit seems ok
Anonymous, New York City
nice sound - box very damaged when delivered, but the unit seems ok
Great appearance. Great packing materials. Great sound. Great value. Very happy
Pros: Clear great range high efficiency good warranty
Cons: Heavy. Tall
Recently purchased these speakers as part of an effort to upgrade my home theater. Went with the TSi500's for front channels, the Polk OMW5's for rear surrounds, and the Polk PSW125 subwoofer, and what a difference this has made. This are paired with a Denon AVR2313 that I already owned, which previously had the Energy Take 5's paired with it. The Energy's sounded fine at low volume but you just couldn't crank it up...could not handle the power...but these Polk's sure can. Have bi-amplied the TSi500's and find that I get nice mid's and lows even without the subwoofer, but adding the subwoofer can rattle the floors. Have set this up in a 17'x26' room. Speakers (in Cherry) look beautiful on the wood floor, although they do have a pretty good sized footprint. Am still calibrating to get just the perfect sound, but will suggest that I get excellent response in all ranges and the ability to really bring out the volume when watching action scenes. Have also listened to music through these and was impressed by clarity. Overall very happy.
Pros: Nice tonal range, beautiful speaker, handles power well
Cons: fairly large footprint, handles power but is actually a bit of a power hog (so I've bi-amplified them)
Nice speakers for the money. Polk always delivers with a rich sound great for movies or music. Matches well with other TSI series.
Pros: Great sound for the money.
these are good overall speakers have heard all lot of speakers and these will stand with higher end stuff i run these with a set rta-t8 from 1988 and they sound great, clear and good bass i run a polk sub too over these are good speakers for the money also use them for home theather use movies come alive
Pros: they look good and sound good
Cons: none so far
I needed to replace my aging speakers. I chose a pair of Polk Audio TSi500 Floor-standing Speakers and complimented them with a pair of Polk Audio TSi200 Bookshelf Speakers, a Polk Audio CS20 Center Channel Speaker, and a Polk Audio PSW125 Powered Subwoofer to complete my 5.1 setup. After completing the speaker calibrations the sound reproduction was better than what I expected. But then, that's what one can expect from Polk Audio speakers. Getting them from Crutchfield was a no brainer.
Pros: Solid construction, great sound, and handsome looks.
It was with great trepidation that I received my new set of Polk Audio TSi 500 tower speakers about two weeks ago. Matching them with the new Marantz PM 5004 took but a few minutes. For acoustic cables my advisor, Taylor, had recommended monster Cable xp. With my old NAD 522 cd player completing the system I was now ready to go an a musical journey that my precious set-up never gave me. With the Polk Audio speakers and the Marantz amp there is a clarity, a presence in the music that I usually hear only in concert, and if I have a good seat. The transparency is uncanny : the entire orchestra is present in the room like I never heard it before. The high pitch of the baroque d trumpets in JS Bach compositions is delivered effortlesly. The timpany in the Mass in b minor's Donna Nobis Pacem has an hammering, a potent quality without any obnoxious low rumbling, that speaks volumes for the speakers ability to handle lows in a comfortable, musical, non jarring way. Solo violins, double choruses, 8-part compositions are handled in a way that totaly satisfy their particular demands. The Marantz is usualy set in the source diret mode and has ample power for my requirement and personal taste. Now I am going to embark in an other adventure and see about purchasing a turntable to go back to the glorious day of vinyl. This is a spectacular system and, for my money, a tremendous value.
Pros: The speakers, though quite tall, are very elegant and have a low profile. Once set properly, depending on their environment, they disappear completely, letting the music speaks for itself. The music is crystal clear, the delivery in all ranges is flawless.
My wife and I use our computer for all of our entertainment media - TV, Blu-Ray, CDs, MP3s, streaming audio and video, and some recording for fun. We bought an inexpensive computer surround sound system with the computer itself, but the sound quality was really poor, and since we are much more interested in listening to music than using the surround sound function, we decided to attach a stereo receiver by the fiberoptic digital audio out port on the computer and use that paired with passive speakers to play all of these sources. We also attached a phonograph to the stereo receiver. We decided to sink the most money into the speakers themselves and wait to upgrade any other components in the signal chain. Now, getting to these TSi500 speakers themselves - we are thrilled with the sound. There are so many specific songs that we hear things in that we've never heard before. In the case of some pipe organ music I was listening to the other day, I believe I had literally never been able to hear the lowest pitches before on the old speakers and headphones I was using. The entire spectrum is clear, the bass is rich, nothing sounds tinny. We got these speakers packaged with a subwoofer, but for music, it's hardly necessary. The fit and finish is very good. They look nice enough to sit next to real wood furniture. We did receive the speakers with some damage, but Crutchfield shipped us two new ones and a return label with no fuss, so we were still very satisfied in the end.
Pros: Sound quality, build quality, relative price, appearance, service.
Cons: They are large, and I wonder if that makes them more prone to damage in shipping.
I bought these speakers about a month ago and played them about 20 hours over two weeks. They are nice but I sent them back because I want more from my speakers. I am a retired musician and I want the music to sound real. Like I am right there performing. Again they are nice speakers. I think I will try to hear some rti 7 speakers soon. Let me just say Crutchfield is so helpful and they really know there stuff. They are the best in the business. Thank you Crutchfield. You are number one.
Pros: Nice speaker.
Wanted to get new speakers for my home theater system. I have purchased from Crutchfield in the past and was always pleased with the customer support and pricing. Crutchfield had a sale for Polk Speakers and a free Polk subwoofer. I am not an audiophile, but always heard good remarks about Polk products. I have a Sony ES 7.1 receiver with some older rear towers that needed to be replaced. Decided to get Polk TSI 500's for the fronts, Polk TSI 300's for the rears and a Polk TSI CS 20 center speaker to voice match the front towers. I have a Velodyne 100 12 inch subwoofer and 2 Bose 201's for the left and right sides. The TSI towers and center speaker sound real nice. The highs and lows and the voice matching out of this series from Polk are perfect for my living room. I hooked up the Polk 8 inch subwoofer (that was free with my purchase), at the opposite end of my Velodyne. The sound track of movies come alive out of my system now. I am very pleased with these Polk speakers. You can spend much more for speakers, but if these sound this good why would one. I bought the black speakers with the piano top finish that match my black Bell'O audio rack and my black Bell'O tv stand. I am real pleased with my choice. The most important thing to me as a consumer, is the information and support that I have gotten from the customer service reps and tech's at Crutchfield. This company stands alone in those categories. On a scale of 1 to 5 the speakers get a 5 and Crutchfield gets a 10 plus.
Pros: The sound and look of the speakers.
good sound nice quality works great with my 15 inch power sub
Pros: Very good set of speakers
Couldn't be more pleased with these speakers. The great, full sound is fantastic. Turned our theatre room into a REAL theatre room (and with CDs it's a real concert hall). Hook-up to existing wiring was easy -- had them in operation within minutes of delivery. Really like the totally black finish, so they're invisible against the black wall when the lights go down. Ordering was easy and delivery (FREE, thank you very much!) was prompt (exactly as estimated). I'm so pleased with Crutchfield and the speakers that I'm now going to order matching center and rear speakers to top it off.
Pros: Totally great sound.
I Love all my new Polk Cherry Finish Speakers. (Also got the Polk Audio TSi CS20 Center Channel Speaker.) These are my first Tower Speakers though. For years I got by with some good bookshelf speakers from Axiom (now my Surround Speakers) and their Sub. I have noticed a big difference with these Towers and the Polk Center Channel Speaker. Also, with my Yamaha RX-A1000 Receiver turned up way too loud (gotta be careful with the ears) during the Miracle of The Ark scene from Raiders of The Lost Ark recently, there was absolutely no distortion of any kind. So I now have the loudest, clearest, warmest, smoothest, least distorted sound I have ever heard in anyone's home, ever. The color of the finish is not too red, more of a golden cherry wood finish, and the way they're built, they are stunningly beautiful with the grilles off. They actually look better in person than any photo I've seen!
Pros: Absolutely Zero Distortion when turned up extremely loud (with the Yamaha RX-A1000 Receiver connected through Bi-Amp). Crystal Clear Bright Highs, and Deep Tight Bass. Stunningly Beautiful with Grille off, and match the Center Speaker perfectly. Big Feet for Carpeting or Hard Floors. Just the right size to sit next to a big LCD Screen on a regular TV Stand.
Cons: Could maybe be just a little more warm. Even after the Yamaha automatic speaker adjustments (with a microphone) everything sounds just a little thin in the upper midrange sometimes. Not sharp at all. Just a little thin and crisp. But I do have sensitive hearing and prefer a warmer sound.
I initially had TSi200s for the fronts paired with the CS10 but wasn't fully blown away. Rather than taking baby steps, I went straight to the TSi500s and CS20 center and NOW I am blown away! Had to special order them from Crutchfield (not offered online a month ago), but it was well worth it. Very powerful, full sound, as you'd expect with four 6.5" drivers each. For modern movies, you'll still want a powered 12" sub like the PSW125 to feel the big hit, but the 500s really round out the sound and can project just about everything from older movies. The full matching 5.1 system with cherry finish is drop dead sexy and makes the room look great! The 500s are setup for optional bi-amping, something I may look into later as they can handle 275 watts each...
Pros: Very full sound, yet crisp. Handsome, impressive appearance (piano top is a nice touch), yet slim enough to fit most rooms well. Can be bi-amped.
Cons: These catch up to the bottom of the RTi series in price, but then again, you are getting a lot more speaker area per tower with these than the comparably priced RTi. Smaller receivers may struggle to push these like they should be pushed; I wouldn't use one with less than a 100w per channel. Your neighbors will hate you..
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6.5|
|Woofer Composition||Organic Fiber|
|Woofer Surround||Butyl Rubber|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||38-24k Hz|
Dynamic Balance: Dynamic Balance is a proprietary Polk Audio technology using laser imaging to determine what combination of speaker materials create the least amount of resonance. Eliminating resonance in speakers results in a wide, smooth response and low distortion.
Klippel Optimized: Using a state-of-the-art Klippel Distortion Analyzer, Polk engineers were able to optimize the speaker structure and cabinet design for the best possible performance, even at extreme listening levels.
High Efficiency Design: Compatible with practically any AV receiver, these speakers produce sound that is open, spacious and clear, even when driven by modestly-powered amplifiers and receivers.
Bi-Laminate Composite Woofers: The speaker features four 6.5" bi-laminate composite dynamic balance drivers which are light and stiff for deep bass response and low distortion. The multiple smaller driver configuration is capable of better detail than one single large woofer. This design also projects sound over a wider area, so there is a broader "sweet-spot". For high performance durability, each woofer uses a butyl rubber surround.
Silk dome Tweeters: The speaker features a 1.0" silk dome dynamic balance tweeter for detailed highs. The tweeter features mylar bypass capacitors in the crossovers to extend high frequency response and improve detail and transparency.
Frequency Response: The overall frequency response is 28Hz-25kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 38-24kHz.
Quality Built Cabinets: The TSi speaker cabinets are extensively braced MDF with ¾" thick baffles. With pewter accents, a piano black top plate and removable black grille, TSi speakers look awesome and take up less than one square foot. All models are available in a choice of black or cherry wood-grain vinyl finishes.
Narrow Baffle Geometry: Narrow baffle geometry is a design that creates a sleek looking speaker with great sound. The high quality cabinet is slender and tucks away easily in your room. The smaller-diameter speaker components are lighter in mass, translating to clearer sound.
Flared Ports: All TSi speakers feature critically-tuned flared ports. Flared ports minimize port noise ("chuffing") and ensure good low frequency extension with low distortion. With flared ports, TSi speakers reveal realistic, natural, full-bodied sound with rich bass. These TSi floorstanding speakers feature a down-firing power port.
Dual 5-Way Binding Posts: The speaker has two sets of gold-plated 5-way binding posts connected by gold-plated jumpers. Using the dual 5-way binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers.
Placement: Create an equilateral triangle between the speaker and the listening position. If you notice video distortion or discoloration, immediately move the speaker away from the video source.
Built-In Conical Feet: The speaker features four built-in conical feet to ensure stability for precise bass response and superior imaging.
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