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by Dave Bar
Polk Audio

Floor-standing speakers — still standing tall

Sure, floor-standing tower speakers buck the industry trend toward smaller, visually inconspicuous speakers, but they're hard to beat if great sound is your primary goal. Tower speakers produce powerful sound with excellent bass, making them a great choice for serious music lovers and for folks who want high-impact home theater.

Full-bodied sound for your music and movies

No matter what you love to watch or listen to, Polk Audio's TSx440T high-performance towers deliver sweet sound that will make your home theater rock, and put a smile on your face. These floor-standing speakers feature a 1" silk/polymer dome tweeter for clear, detailed highs and three 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance® woofers for taut, tuneful bass. Pick up a pair for stereo music, or use them as your front left and right speakers in a home theater setup.

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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Highlights:

  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • frequency response: 43-24,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-200 watts
  • 1" silk/polymer Dynamic Balance® dome tweeter
  • three 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance bi-laminate composite woofers with butyl rubber surrounds
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • sensitivity: 91 dB
  • front-firing tuned port makes speaker less sensitive to room placement and allows closer placement to a wall
  • dual 5-way gold-plated binding posts allow bi-wiring or bi-amping
  • woodgrain vinyl finish
  • 10-1/8"W x 40-15/16"H x 15-5/8"D
  • weight: 39.2 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Finish
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Wood-grain vinyl
Color
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Black
Tweeter
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Dome
Tweeter Size (inches)
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1
Midrange Size (inches)
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N/A
Woofer Size (inches)
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6.5
Woofer Composition
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Bi-Laminate Composite
Woofer Surround
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Butyl Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub
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No
Video-Shielded
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No
Connector Type
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5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
Specifications
Power Range
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20-200
Frequency Response
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43-24k Hz
Sensitivity
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91 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Amplifier Power
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Height (inches)
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40-15/16
Width (inches)
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10-1/8
Depth (inches)
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15-5/8
Weight
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39.2 lbs
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  • Floor-standing loudspeaker
  • Detachable cloth grille (installed)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online registration sheet

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
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 TSx440T tower 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 Woofers: The TSx4400T tower loudspeaker features three 6.5" bi-laminate composite Dynamic Balance midbass/midrange drivers for crisp, detailed midrange and smooth, natural bass extension. These Dynamic Balance bi-laminate composite cone woofers are lightweight and stiff with exceptional damping. They use butyl rubber surrounds, vented polyamide voice coils, massive motor structures, and high-temperature aramid fiber spiders 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 TSx440T tower loudspeaker has an overall frequency response of 33Hz-25kHz, while the -3dB frequency response is 43-24kHz.

Enclosure Design

Curved MDF Cabinet: The TSx440T tower 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 front-to-back and side-to-side internal bracing, and a 3/4"thick baffle ensures cleaner, clearer, more lifelike sound quality.

Note: The TSx440T tower loudspeaker is available in either a black or cherry finish.

Flared Port: The TSx Series loudspeaker features a critically-tuned, front-firing 3" 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.

Connections

Dual 5-Way Binding Posts: The TSx440T tower loudspeaker 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. 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.

Integrated Feet: The TSx440T tower speaker features four integrated conical non-slip feet to ensure stability for precise positioning.

 
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5 out of 5

Tsx440T

Written By Don G, Woodbridge, VA on Monday, September 01, 2014
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Happy I bout it, awesome some quality for the price.
Pros:
Awesome wood grain! Great sound & No regrets at all.
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5 out of 5

Crutchfield is amazing

Written By Mike, Hayden Id on Sunday, July 06, 2014
 
Crutchfield has great product and for reasonable prices. I got some speakers as a gift and they are awesome
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Very happy With These

Written By GC, Charlottesville, Va on Friday, June 06, 2014
 
The Polk 440 tower speaker is a really terrific sounding speaker, It delivers a vary natural sound, and has great bass resonance. For the money, you can't go wrong, as these are reasonably priced, especially if you can catch a sell or find them in the outlet, which is what I did.
Pros:
Cost to quality ratio
Cons:
None as of yet
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio TSx440T

Written By Steven Y, Wilmington NC on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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Very nice speaker. Good natural sound and well balanced. I chose this speaker over the Klipch because of the lack of mid range. Although the horn tweeter on the Klipch was a little crisper (which I prefer) I couldn't get past the lack of mid's, so I went with the Polk. They bridged the gap perfectly between my book shelf and in wall speakers with my sub woofers. They tied everything together perfectly with my surround sound. They also do a great job as a full range speaker when listening to music. I also looked at the RTi series but read a lot of reviews stating that they need a lot of power. I have 125 watts per channel and the TSx440T's sound great. Good overall multi purpose speakers!
Pros:
Good speaker at a good price. "Even better if you can find them on sale, open box or scratch-n-dent!"
Cons:
Would like a little crisper highs
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Tower Speakers..

Written By Andrew C., Chandler AZ. on Thursday, March 06, 2014
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Been waiting to buy some quality tower speakers for years now, decided to go with these,......Amazing sound reproduction at a good price, no complaints here, would definitely recommend.
Pros:
Easy to unpack, quick set up, good quality.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Awesome floor speakers

Written By T Kreuz, St. Louis, MO on Saturday, February 08, 2014
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Fantastic floor speakers and Crutchfield made the ordering simple and easy.
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5 out of 5

As Advertised!

Written By Jaw, New Mexico on Friday, January 24, 2014
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As the title reads: As advertised. This is my first set of Polk speakers and I must say that all of the great reviews they have received are correct. I've only had them about a month, but I can certainly tell the difference. Even though I have yet to break them in, I am pleased with them!
Pros:
Very pleasing to the eyes, not too big for floor speakers, great sound for movies and music
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Polk TSx440T

Written By Duane, Owings Mills, Md on Wednesday, August 07, 2013
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So far so good. Haven't broke them in yet, but I must say they were worth every penny!!!!!! The highs are good and the bass is incredible!!!!!
Pros:
It's all good
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio TSx440T

Written By John H, kentucky on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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Have had the 440s about three wks. They are so crisp an natural. The highs an lows are not to much of either. The one thing I like so well about Polk speakers is that there sound is so natural just the way the artist wanted it to be heard. Some speakers brighten there sound , which is not bad if that's what you want but for the most natural sound Polk is it and the 440s really deliver. they will only get better as they break in. If your looking for speakers, price quality, sound, look no further the 440s will fill the bill.
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Need suggestions for a stereo amp for the polk tsx440t i intend buying. Music is top on the list, maybe some karaoke once in a while. Need a stereo amp with usb in, video and a & b. Thanks much? [ myron  Mar 18, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: If you need video connections a home theater receiver is your better option, and they can still be used in stereo mode. The Yamaha RX-V675 would be a good choice, because it has USB, two zone capability, good power output, and good processing. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Mar 20, 2014 ]
would you need a fono pre amp to go from a turntable > Marantz 2270 > polk TSx440T speakers? [ Max  Mar 04, 2014 ]
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  • no [ GARY   Mar 08, 2014 ]
  • Max, I am not an expert audiophile, however, at 61 years of age I can tell you that these Polks are incredible speakers with what I believe to be excellent high, low and mid-range reproduction needing very little power to drive them. There are two sets of terminals on each speaker to accommodate an amp and pre-amp which I understand would enhance sound reproduction. I am not familiar with a phono pre-amp, however, like I said, I am not an expert. I would suggest calling a tech at Crutchfield for an experts opinion. A set of speakers that sounds great to me, may only be mediocre to you. There are many factors involved including; age, room size, furnishings and window treatments in the room distance you sit from the speakers, placement, etc. The Polks you are considering need space/distance to project the best sound quality. I've gotten away from your topic but I wanted to provide a little input. I would think that your turntable would simply interface with your amp. Hope this helps. [ ROBERT   Mar 06, 2014 ]
  • I wouldn't imagine that you would.. looking it up, it looks like that receiver has a dedicated phono input. So it should just be a plug and play setup. And those TSx-440t's are amazing! Crystal clear sound reproduction even at high volume levels, I LOVE mine!! Mike: Pioneer VSX1020-K, Polk TSX440T Towers, TSX250C Center, TSI200 surrounds x6 and a DSW PRO660 Sub. [ MICHAEL   Mar 05, 2014 ]
  • You will need a pre-amp for any turntable-to-receiver connection where the receiver does not have a built-in pre-amp. Before the compact disc era, pre-amps were always built into receivers. Now, only a few specialty receivers for the retro LP aficionado market have them built into the receivers. You can spend anywhere from $25 to several hundred dollars for a turntable pre-amp. I bought a Cambridge Audio 551P at the low end of the price spectrum and it seems to work fine, though I wouldn't claim to be an expert. [ JAMES A   Mar 05, 2014 ]
  • The older marantz have phono inputs so no preamp needed. [ MATTHEW A   Mar 05, 2014 ]

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