Polk Audio TSx220B

Bookshelf speakers (Black)

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Feel the impact of your music and movie soundtracks

Go ahead, turn it up! Then sit back and enjoy the lifelike vocals, snappy percussion, and surprisingly full-bodied bass response that Polk Audio's TSx220B bookshelf speakers deliver. Their 1" silk/polymer dome tweeters provide clear, spacious highs that stay gentle on the ears, even at higher volumes. And their 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance® woofers pump out impressive bottom end that'll keep your tunes rocking. They make a great choice for stereo music listening or a home theater system in small- to medium-sized rooms.

Designed and built for exceptional performance

Polk carefully builds the TSx-series speakers using advanced manufacturing techniques and high-quality materials — they put a lot into them so you get a lot out of them. Each one boasts Polk's exclusive Dynamic Balance® drivers — a bi-laminate design of fiber-infused polymers sandwiched together to form a strong yet highly efficient lightweight cone for natural, low-distortion sound. Polk puts these advanced drivers through extensive testing to find and eliminate resonance points, ensuring that everything you listen to sounds clean and accurate.

Polk also paid special attention to the TSx crossovers, using a high-performance design with premium parts like Mylar bypass capacitors to deliver smooth and extended high-frequency details. Even the enclosures contribute to great sound. Their attractive cabinets use non-resonant MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) and non-parallel curved side panels to create a rigid, acoustically inert structure that effectively reduces audible coloration.

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Product Highlights:

  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • frequency response: 50-24,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-125 watts
  • 1" silk/polymer Dynamic Balance® dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance bi-laminate composite woofer with butyl rubber surrounds
  • impedance: 8-ohm
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • front-firing tuned port makes the speaker less sensitive to room placement and allows closer placement to a wall
  • gold-plated 5-way binding post terminals
  • woodgrain vinyl finish
  • 8-3/8"W x 14-3/4"H x 13-3/8"D
  • weight: 13.6 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    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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    Very Nice

    Written By Jim S., Minnesota on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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    I had previously purchased a brand new pair of these and loved them, so I wanted a matching pair. I found them in the outlet portion of the site and purchased them. I was shocked to find the speakers were previously mounted and had 5 screw holes in them. The speakers are like new I knew that would be the case. I only wish they would have stated more clearly the amount of flaw that was in the speaker. Its not very noticeable and I am keeping them. These speaks really sound great and look fantastic.

    Pros: Great Look and sound

    Cons: If purchasing from the outlet the products perform like new but may not look it.

    Great Sound!

    Written By Patrick, Michigan on Monday, June 15, 2015

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    I have had these for a couple of weeks now and really like them. I would buy them again. These speakers sound as good as they look. They are solid and well put together and I expect they will last for many years. I have them paired up with a 100W receiver and get much more volume than I need. The bass is loud and clean. I am surprised at how good the bass is for a bookshelf speaker. Polk did a good job on these.

    Pros: Excellent sound, efficient, look great.

    Cons: None that I have found so far.

    Great Speakers

    Written By T.Smith, Ohio on Sunday, May 31, 2015

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    These are great sounding speakers (and not just for the money) they are rich sounding with great highs and enough lows where you don't have to have a SW (but I do) but not a very large one PSW110

    Pros: rich sounding with great highs

    Cons: none

    Polk Audio TSx220B

    Written By Aaron, Ohio on Thursday, May 21, 2015

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    We purchased these to replace a pair of book shelf speakers in our kitchen to enjoy music while we cook and dine. We also purchased a power sub woofer because we were lacking bass in the kitchen. Well both products came quickly as they always do from Crutchfield, the sub woofer was to large to use so it was returned. The Polk speakers sound so decent that I'm glad the sub woofer didn't fit as I feel we don't need it. The bass response it pretty decent from these and the highs are crisp and clear, would I recommend or buy again, yes. I will be the first to admit its difficult to purchase speakers with out hearing them first, I took the chance as the reviews on these were positive. So far so good.

    Pros: Sound, look, cost.

    Cons: none yet to list.

    Excellent surround speakers

    Written By WarrenL, Oregon on Thursday, April 09, 2015

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    Very smooth highs and deep bass. They are very well made and look fantastic with or without the grill. I'm using four of them as my side and back surrounds and they blend perfectly with my Dali fronts. Highly recommended!.

    Pros: Sound quality and design. These are X-Large "bookshelfs"..so be prepared.

    Cons: None

    Polk Audio TSx220B

    Written By Anonymous, Detroit MI on Sunday, April 05, 2015

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    Sounds goodman.

    Pros: Great sound.

    Cons: The sound is distractingly awesome sometimes.

    Great Value

    Written By EMC, Santa Rosa, Ca on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

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    Hard to beat these for quality and price. Needed a pair for a really cramped TV room and these were my first choice having owned Polk bookshelf speakers in the past and loved them.


    Written By Robesp, Bowling Green, Mo on Sunday, March 01, 2015

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    These speakers are perfect and sound way better than they should for the price, just like every other Polk product I have owned.

    Pros: Clear Loud when you want it Sounds good at low volume when you don't want it loud

    Cons: Zero

    Polk speaker

    Written By Mark, Nebraska City on Monday, December 29, 2014

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    Thus far sounds great. Good bass response and highs are clear.

    Pros: None

    Cons: No back wall speaker bracket.


    Written By Mike, Independence MO. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Polk,as usual,has another winner!Im using these as my surrounds complementing my Klipsch RB61's for my fronts.Totally awesome sound!!!!!!

    Pros: Pure quality build!

    Cons: None


    Written By Maria, Guayama, Puerto Rico on Monday, July 21, 2014

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    Sounds great. I can increase the volume really loud and the sound is flawless.

    My TSX 220s

    Written By Willie Bryan (music fanatic), Moss Point, Ms. 39563 on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    I am a 57 yr. old man. Music is a major part of my life. I've gone from one piece hi fi's to 5.1 and 7.2 surround systems. I listen to music, and home theater everyday . I have a 1000 watt home theater in a box system. It sounded goog not great. Because I LOVE music. I wanted to buy a better system, the plastic speakers are a shame. I wondered what it would sound like with good speaker. So I researched bookshelf speakers. I decided to get tsx220s for the front and tsx110s for the back. My order got messed up. I never got my 110s. So I just replaced the fronts with the 220s.OMG! It sounds like a whole new system. I find myself listening to things I haven't listened to in a while, just to hear the system with the Polks added. Before you by a new system TRY new speakers first. You can be has happy as iAM. The best part it, I haven't even got my 110s yet!

    Pros: Sounds great, excellent quality, good price

    Cons: Not one for me!

    Surround Singers

    Written By TerryS, Portland, OR on Sunday, March 23, 2014

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    I'm using these solid performers as surround backups in a 5.0 theatre system with two 550t towers and a 250c center; no subwoofer (as of yet, heh-heh). Just connected the whole sha-bang with 150 feet of Monster Cable XP--50' to each surround and 10' to the upfront trio, including a bi-amp to the towers. The 220b's are corner-mounted to the walls above and behind me (to help load the bass) and ALL 5 speakers are set to "large" to maximize the bass performance of source material (don't I sound technical-ha!). Anyway, to sum up: these so-called "bookshelf" marvels hold their own with the center and towers to create a SEAMLESS theatre experience, including that concussive bass shockwave when ALL 5 speakers fire at once. They don't draw attention to themselves during normal surround effects, but join in the fray when called upon. I suspect they out-perform typical "surround" speakers in this respect, that is, realistic impact--with bass and musical detail. Impressed, yes!

    Pros: Come through "in the clutch", when called upon to create solid realistic theatre bass, as well as musical detail in a broad frequency bandwidth. Perfect for "corner mounting" between walls. Look great--love the shape and finish--match the other Tsx front speakers.

    Cons: None.

    Good Stuff

    Written By AM2233, Westbrook ME on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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    Great all around bookshelf speaker.

    Pros: look great and sound great.

    Cons: none

    good product

    Written By Randy H, Port Republic, VA on Friday, January 31, 2014

    I have numerous Polk speakers and they continue to be a sound speaker with a good performance.

    Pros: it size produces a good balance of sound

    Perfect for what I want

    Written By NickP, Topeka, Ks on Thursday, January 16, 2014

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    I needed a set of replacement speakers for my stereo. I didn't want anything too big . These fit the bill. I play and listen to a lot of classical, jazz and alternative music. These reproduce the music very well.

    I would recommend these. You may want yo use these with a good subwoofer, but not a necessity.

    Pros: Mids and highs come through really well. Well built.

    Cons: Bass is a little muddled. Could be solved by putting on a stand or possibly by using a subwoffer.

    Polk Audio TSx220B - Cherry

    Written By b, San Francisco on Thursday, January 09, 2014

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    For my marantz sr6005, I have floorstanding polk monitor 70's wired to my fronts, polk tsx250c wired up center, and some old polk 10" sub from 10yrs ago. I bought the pair of tsx220b to replace my surrounds, and sure glad I did. They really opened up the sound stage, the highs are crisp and bass is tight. Just make sure you have the room for these things, they're huge and look badass on speaker stands.

    Pros: sound great


    Written By Fred L., Dunkirk, NY on Thursday, January 09, 2014

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    Paired these with an Onkyo TX-8255 receiver and i'm not disappointed. The receiver was reviewed with having "muddy sound" but with these speakers makes for a nice combo. If your in to loud music then get a 'sub.

    Pros: great sound

    Cons: none

    Polk Audio TSx220B

    Written By R. J., Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, January 04, 2014

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    I'm sold on Polk Audio, I own four pairs. I purchased the TSx220B bookshelf speakers for my sister's living room after much debate about buying a wireless solution (she wanted something small and relatively invisible). These speakers perform like much larger floor-standing speakers. The ported design offers deep, rich base and the highs are sharp!

    Pros: Deep, rich sound. These speakers project such a wide, balanced spectrum that you'd think you were listening to much larger floor-standing speakers. Great cabinetry contributes to both sound quality and aesthetics.

    Cons: none

    polk audio tsx220b

    Written By SPEAKERS POLK, charlotte n.c. on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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    Pros: NO

    Cons: NO

    Nice speakers

    Written By Mike E, New Jersey on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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    Very nice looking speakers, but we don't buy speakers because they're perty. Nice sound, very good spatial imaging. Very crisp highs, and decent lows for a bookshelf speaker. Would recommend them if you can't use tower speaker.

    Pros: Excellent highs, without distorting

    Cons: Just good low end sound, not great

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    What's in the box?

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    • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
    • 2 Detachable cloth grilles (installed)
    • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
    • Owner's Manual
    • Online registration sheet

    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Video Shielded No
    Tweeter Type Dome
    Tweeter Size (inches) 1
    Midrange Size (inches) N/A
    Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
    Woofer Composition Bi-Laminate Composite
    Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
    Power Range 20-125
    Sensitivity 90 dB
    Impedance (Ohms) 8
    Frequency Response 50-24k Hz
    Connector Type 5-way post
    Bi-amp Inputs No
    Height (inches) 14-13/16
    Width (inches) 8-3/8
    Depth (inches) 13-3/8
    Weight (pounds) 13.6
    Mounting Bracket Included No
    Recommended Stand Height (inches) 16-26
    Parts Warranty 5 Years
    Labor Warranty 5 Years

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    Driver Technology
    Enclosure Design
    Mounting Options

    Driver Technology

    TSx Series Loudspeaker: Introducing the TSx Series of loudspeakers from Polk; stylish and quality-built for high performance. The high efficiency TSx Series loudspeaker features a unique curved enclosure wrapped in a wood-grain vinyl. The loudspeaker employs Dynamic Balance tuned drivers and tweeters for realistic mid-range, deep, well-blended bass, and incredible detail - for a classic Polk sound that is naturally open, spacious, and clear.

    High Efficiency Design: The TSx Series loudspeaker can be driven by practically any electronics, even the most modestly-powered amplifier or receiver. Whether you're connecting them to the newest digital receiver, or to your vintage amp, the TSx Series loudspeaker can produce sound that's spacious and clear, enveloping and realistic.

    Dynamic Balance Drivers: The TSx Series loudspeaker uses Polk's Dynamic Balance Driver Technology for great sound. 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. Using just the right materials enables Polk to tune out performance-robbing resonances before they occur.

    Klipple Optimized Motor: Klipple Optimized Motor employs a laser and sophisticated software for large scale analysis of the TSx Series loudspeaker's drivers in motion. Using this state-of-the-art laser and software process, Polk engineers were able to optimize the speaker's motor structure, voice coil alignment, and suspension to yield the best possible performance.

    Silk/Polymer Dome Tweeter: The TSx220B bookshelf loudspeaker features a 1.0" silk/polymer Dynamic Balance dome tweeter with a powerful neodymium magnet structure that delivers clear and detailed highs for realistic reproduction of vocals and instruments, without fatigue.

    Bi-Laminate Composite Woofer: The TSx220B bookshelf loudspeaker features a 6.5" bi-laminate composite Dynamic Balance driver which is light and stiff with exceptional damping. This Dynamic Balance bi-laminate composite cone woofer uses a butyl rubber surround, polyamide voice coil, massive motor structure, and high-temperature aramid fiber spider to create a driver of exceptionally high efficiency, clear bass, better linearity, lower distortion, and greater durability.

    High Performance Crossover: The loudspeaker employs a high performance crossover system for optimum blending and time alignment of the overall speaker. Mylar bypass capacitors are used to reveal extended high frequency details.

    TSx-Series Timbre-Matched: All Polk loudspeakers are timbre-matched within their series, designed with the same components throughout, to achieve seamless speaker-to-speaker blending effects in multi-channel systems.

    Frequency Response: The TSx220B bookshelf loudspeaker has an overall frequency response of 42Hz-25kHz, while the -3dB frequency response is 50-24kHz.

    Enclosure Design

    Curved MDF Cabinet: The TSx220B bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a unique curved cabinet design which creates a stronger, more rigid and acoustically inert enclosure. The elegantly curved side panels, which create non-parallel surfaces, reduce unwanted internal standing waves for less audible coloration. Non-resonant all-MDF construction, with a 5/8"thick baffle, ensures cleaner, clearer, more lifelike sound quality.

    Note: The TSx220B bookshelf loudspeaker is available in either a black or cherry finish.

    Flared Port: The TSx Series loudspeaker features a critically-tuned, front-firing flared port. The flared port improves air flow and minimizes port noise ("chuffing"), while ensuring good low frequency extension with low distortion. This flared port design lets the TSx speaker reveal realistic, natural, full-bodied sound with rich bass.

    Anti-Diffraction Grille: The computer modeled anti-diffraction grille minimizes grille interference, so it doesn't get in the way of your sound. This black cloth grille is detachable.


    Gold-Plated 5-Way Binding Posts: The TSx220B bookshelf loudspeaker features gold-plated 5-way binding posts for excellent signal transfer. The 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana plugs (single or dual). The speaker terminals are color coded for easy identification between positive (red) and negative (black).

    Mounting Options

    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.

    Rubber Feet: The bookshelf loudspeaker comes with self-adhesive rubber feet so it will sit safely and securely on your speaker stand or shelf. The rubber feet add approximately 0.625" to the height of the speaker.

    Wall Mounting: The TSx220B bookshelf speaker does not feature any type of wall-mount bracket or hardware. The optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (121AM40B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speaker.

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