Polk Audio TSx550T
Floor-standing speaker (Cherry)
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Item #: 107TX550TC
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Are you ready to take your movies and music to a higher level? Polk Audio's TSx550T will take you there. This powerful floor-standing speaker delivers sparkling-clear highs, dynamic mids, and deep, solid bass ready to fill larger home entertainment spaces. Each tower boasts two 8" woofers for authoritative bottom end, two 5-1/4" mid/woofers for clear, lifelike midrange, and a 1" silk/polymer dome tweeter with smooth, ear-pleasing highs. Pick up a pair of these towers for your main left and right home theater speakers, or use them on their own for a rockin' stereo music setup.
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.
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.
i just ordered my polk tsx 550t speakers. I hope that I will not be dissapointed. I'll write a complete review in a few days. I did debate whether to get the kiplsch rf-280's. I think the reason a finally decided on the Polk's is I know somebody who has worked in a sounstudio. that highly recomeded Polk.
After recently moving into a larger house it was time to upgrade the front speakers in my system. I had been using a pair of Polk Audio RTi38s. Coupled with a subwoofer they never let me down. I researched speakers from most of the major manufacturers that fit my budget. Having been so satisfied with my Polk bookshelf speakers I decided to go with Polk. The TSx550Ts sound fantastic! I'm driving them with a 140 watt per channel Yamaha RX-A2040. They have clear mids and crisp highs. No matter what type of music I'm playing they don't disappoint. My only nit-pick is with the low end. They don't have the depth that I expected. This isn't really a big deal if they're coupled with a subwoofer.
Pros: Crisp clean sound. Play loud with out breaking a sweat.
Cons: A little weak in the low end.
These speakers sound great!! Love them!!
I have a pair of Polk monitor 10's I bought in 1978 that are just as awesome.. The ex took my surround Polk system ....but after looking at all the other speaker makers none can come pair with these new speakers. I'm old school I took my boys around and showed them that tower speakers just blow away any sound bar. This was our Christmas present to each other and with it I have passed down to not only them but my friends who are younger than me and believed their salesman about sound bars. I couldn't believe the prompt service and delivery ... So if your wanting to blow away your friends and listen to music how it Is meant to be .. you won't be disappointed with these and you friends will be watching games and movies etc at your house more often and that's not a bad thing... Polk audio rules and these are just as good when played low as high. I hope you can get a pair and hear for yourself .they are the only speakers I have owned since 1978 ... This is my third set of fronts , a set of rear and a center channel .. I hope this helps ...and I play my quite loud so they don't give up ever .. peace , mike
Pros: Looks,sound ,Polk audio quality,beats the heck out of sound bars.
Cons: You haven't ordered them yet.
I purchased these speakers on Black Friday. I had them in mind for a while, but the black Friday deal was to much to pass up. I replaced some older sony speakers. I am using a Denon AVR4100 and the sound is great, crisp and clean.
Pros: Great price look great easy setup
I've never spent this much on speakers and you do get what you pay for. Now I know what I've been missing. These speakers rock and look great. They get real loud, are distortion free, and have a full range of sound. We will probably get a sub to compliment the speakers only because I like things to rattle. Thanks Crutchfield!
Pros: great sound quality for all music genres we've tried
These cabinets are just a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. It's extremely easy to tell these speakers are well made. Unfortunately I've not been able to listen to these speakers at this time. Waiting for my audio room has not been finished. But with all the reviews that I have read, these are great speakers for the price and sound amazingly. Looking forward to my test drive of these real soon and will update my review once I've had the pleasure of listening to these Tsx550R's
Pros: Eye catching cabinet
Cons: Currently none at this time!
I was looking for a speaker that would give my music more depth, or a fuller sound, than I was getting from my surround sound satellite speakers (TL250) with a sub. I bought the TSx550s based on ratings on Crutchfield and elsewhere and hoped that they wouldn't disappoint me. With 2-5.25" mids, and 2-8" woofers, it has to have a solid mid and low range, right? At first, I was not impressed. It took more tweaking with the receiver set up than I expected, but now they sound great! Low volume or high volume, they sound great, especially with HD radio! I have been listening to music every night since I got them. They provide a full range of sound all by themselves. I've listened to them using 2 channel stereo, but adding the surround system makes it sound even better!
Pros: Clear sound. Great lower mid range (mid bass) for a fuller sound to music. Impressive size, it will definitely draw attention. If you like your music loud and clear, these speakers will not disappoint you.
Cons: A small thing; the finish is not high end, compared to the RTi-Ax finish. But I bought my speakers by biggest punch for the buck, not looks.
I don't know why so many reviews say the bass response isn't all that great. We just received our Polks yesterday and they sound great! First polk's we bought and we LOVE them! Thank you Crutchfield for all your help and the professional team.
Pros: Bass response is awesome, I'm running them off the Marantz 7007. Highs and mids are amazing.
Cons: None here!
These speakers are very clear and natural sounding, just the way I prefer to hear music. Nothing is exaggerated, and no listening fatigue no matter what kind of music is being heard. Matches wonderfully with my Yamaha S500, Teac TN 300 turntable, and Cambridge Azur 351C CD player. Use good video cables and speaker wire to do justice to these speakers.
Pros: Very clear and natural sounding. Very balanced overall sound that captures all the subtle musical nuances (for example, acoustic guitars in the background) that weave in with the bolder, more up front sounds.
Cons: None for me!
I wanted to replace my old Technics T-400. I wanted a speaker that was neutral sounding, warm, and not too bright or harsh. With the help of a Crutchfield advisor, I decided between the Rti-A7 and the TSx-550T. I ended up with the TSx, and I couldn't be happier. Some had criticized the A7s for being a bit bright/harsh, which is something I am extremely sensitive to. The TSx sounded natural and warm right out of the box. This didn't include the subwoofer and new Yamaha receiver, so when I get them I expect them to sound even better. The speakers sound excellent, with a very round, even sound. There is no "overlap" between the highs, mids, and lows. The sound is extremely natural and there is no "ear fatigue", except for the extreme clarity which may reveal flaws in your music you never heard before!
The low end is decent, although I cannot wait to hear it with the new receiver and a subwoofer.
Good job, Crutchfield! I'm very happy with this purchase.
Pros: Extremely warm, even, natural sound. High-quality finish, and very little harshness, especially in the highs/mids. Easy to adjust the sound, extremely musical sounding, and very even horizontal through.
Cons: The low-end can is a little underwhelming in comparison to the rest of the sound; this is a nit-pick, however. Definitely the best speakers you can get for the money.
I've been wanting some good tower speakers that have a good reputation. Polk seems to be at the top with great reviews. The quality of the speakers are top notch. They are truly loud speakers. With a nice amplifier you can fill any room with incredible sound. I bought the open box and scratch and dent for a much lower price. Both looked brand new. I didn't find any flaw on the scratch and dent speaker. I'm very happy with these speakers and know they will last me forever. Thanks Crutchfield!
Pros: Great Sound that will knock your socks off!
Cons: A bit lacking on the low end but too much bass doesn't sound good plus can be annoying to surrounding neighbors. Not complaining.
Picked up a pair of Polk Audio TSx550T after reading reviews and comparing prices. Cherry finish is very nice. Speaker performance is great except for the low end. I went with the 550s hoping that the low end would be covered by having 2 dedicated 8" woofers, but there is definitely something missing there. This was mentioned in previous reviews, but I went ahead with the purchase hoping for the best. This problem can be fixed easily enough with the addition of a sub, but I had reservations about having to spend more to do this. Two weeks after making this purchase I decided that I was going to return them and go with the 440s paired with a sub. Then Crutchfield saved the day by discounting the 550s. I called customer service regarding the discount expecting I would have to fight to get the price match. Nope!!! Poured myself a cup of coffee, grabbed the phone and before I could get 2 sips in I already had an email receipt for a credit. Awesome!!! Now I am getting 550s with a sub for the original price of the 550s. Thank you Crutchfield!
PS: Polk Audio...you owe Crutchfield!
Pros: Cherry finish matches well with other furniture in the living room. Happy wife...happy life!
Cons: Low end is lacking. I was expecting more for the price.
The 550s with a sub makes a guitar, piano or cello sound as if I were listening to the real instrument. Paloma San Basilio sounds perfect too.
wow these sound great, haven't purchased speakers in about 20 years but I am glad I picked these.
Pros: great looks and great sound.
I was looking for a speaker brand to use in a 5.1 setup(70% music,30% movies),my budget for the system was 2,000. I wanted a speaker that produced clear,accurate mid's and highs,and a tight, but well rounded bottom end. I listen to a little bit of everything,and also like to throw a few parties,so i wanted a speaker that was very versatile.After doing a lot of research online,looking at specs,reading reviews for the surrounds and then doing some listening tests,i decided on the Polk TSX 550's as the choice for my main speakers. Even stacked up against more expensive DefTech's,Martin Logans, Bowers & Wilkins,and even the Polk Audio RTi A7's, the TSX 550's were more than up to the challenge,they just did everything well. Aesthetically they are an impressive looking,well built speaker,with 5 drivers,including 2- 8" woofers, each measuring almost 4 ft,and weighing 59 pds! I bought them home thinking i would return them after a few weeks if they didn't sound as good in my home. Well 2 months later and here i am writing this review.They are even better sounding now after being broken in and i couldn't be happier. I have paired them with the TSX 150c center channel, PSW110 sub,the above mentioned TSX 220 B's, and a Yamaha TSR 7650, all for under 2,000. If you want a speaker that sounds good for both music and movies.
Pros: Great for music AND movies
A very nicely finished piece of furniture but sound quality is so-so. Tried them with two different amps and mids were not clear enough for my tastes. Sad because I like the way they look.
Pros: Nice quality finish
Cons: Sound was below expectations for speakers in this price range
This should be fun! I've only had these speakers at home now for about a month. They sound soooo good to me! I'm no expert by any means, but these speakers flat out sound good! They are not my first Polk Audio Speakers however, so I can make a comparison, of sorts. In 1991, I purchased a pair of Polk Audio, floor standing, tower speakers! I'm having some difficulty remembering the exact model, but as best I do remember, they were RTA-15TL speakers. They were probably the best I have ever owned in my life, TSx-550T included! These are quite comparable however, and even favorably so in some aspects! My old Polk towers were more "boomy", and better on their own without a subwoofer! The new towers are slightly lacking in the low end, which is a miner problem easily dealt with by adding my Polk subwoofer, model PSW-125. With the low frequency taken care of, the TSx-550T speakers are quite exceptional! The detail and super clean clarity are well worth just sitting in front of them, listening in awe! I am kind of a home stereo buff, and have really had many different makes and models of front stereo loud speakers, and with the nearly, but not completely, insignificant lacking at the very low end, it is more than fair to describe these speakers as truly amazing! Take my word for it, buy these speakers, throw in a subwoofer, and let them blow you away! Btw, the are as pleasing to look at, as they are to listen to! You really can't go wrong with these guys!
Pros: Sound REAL good, surprisingly so for the price! Very pleasing visually!
Cons: Good low frequency, but just a little lacking. A problem easily remedied by adding a subwoofer!
This is my first floorstanding purchase--it replaces a 27 year-old M&K Sub/Satellite system that simply wore out. My only other loudspeakers were a couple of JBL's I bought in the late 70's while at college and sold to a classmate. I also bought the 220B's and 230C in the TSx line to complete a 5.0 theatre system I've yet to hook up. I'll review those as well at a later date. The 550T's are hooked up as a stereo pair with Original (27 year-old) Monster Cable to my Denon AVR1911 running at 90 watts/7 channels. I started out listening to FM radio, then CD'S, and finally DVD's. The receiver allows me to listen to source material in either a "direct" or sonically "enhanced" mode. The enhanced mode compensates for imperfect room accoustics with or without a "dynamic" volume level adjustment, i.e., elevated bass. I prefer to listen to radio in "direct" mode, as I can walk about the house without being anchored to a "sweet spot". Music and movies sound fuller in "stereo" or Audessey enhanced mode. Technicalities aside, I am impressed both sonically and aesthetically with what I affectionately call "the twin towers". Yes, they dominate my midsize 12'x18' living room, but in a good inspirational way--they are visually stunning to look at with their stately stature and elegant curves, and they will both serenade you sweetly with a song or rattle you out of your seat with an action movie. I've ordered my new Monster Cable (XP) and can hardely wait to create a monster system!
Pros: Breathtaking aesthetics and sound for a reasonable price--realistic, natural and open tones that are pleasing to the senses. A stunningly beautiful piece of furniture art. Can stand on their own without a subwoofer (depending on room size/acoustics). Very efficient power handling ( a -8db setting on the dial will shake the house).
Cons: They WILL draw attention away from other inferior/competing room decor--"look at me" they shout! A "take no prisoners" attitude of performance that may intimidate the faint of heart. They are bigger in real life.
I have had the Polk TSX550T for about a month now and they sound really good to me. Very happy with them. The only difference that I can say that changed with break in is some male voices that sounded, like what I think the reviewers call bloated or tubby, cleared up after about a week. Maybe it was because the voices overlapped the 5 1/25" midrange and 8" woofers and they started to work together better after several days of operation.
I ran them full range with the center, surrounds and sub turned off to give them the full frequency range of the source material for about two weeks for break in. I am now running them full range with with center and surrounds crossover set to 80hz and the sub set to about 50hz to get the lower hz. I know that is not the recommended way but I like it that way. I run them full range because I like the way the bass sounds and my Marantz receiver does not seem to mind the load. I have them biamped as I did the Inifinities.
I replaced some 16 year old Infinity Cappa 7 series II with the Polks. The Infinity's cost more than the TSX550T's but the Polk's sound better to me especially the base and mid range. The Infinity's have 10" woofers and sound a little boomy when run full range. I had them set to small and crossed at 60hz. I have never heard any really expensive high end speakers to compare them to but I am very happy with these.
I ordered a TSX150C center that will be delivered tomorrow. I hope it is a good good match for the towers.
Pros: Great Sound
Cons: None so far
Sounds great. Good bass response, and great full range sound.
Pros: Worth the money. Looks great, sounds great, makes my TV seem bigger then it is.
Cons: Not a big fan of the 4 post system. Don't really like having to split 1 post from receiver into 2 separate posts of the speaker.
I've had my TSx 550T tower speakers for two weeks now, and although I am still "breaking them in", I'm listening to them every chance I get. I've never been happier with an audio purchase. The speakers are brilliant and satisfy my craving for crisp and crystal-clear highs and lows that make a recorded cello sound like I'm playing it. I haven't heard a Bach organ recording yet - waiting a little longer for the "break in". I'm powering it with a Rotel RA 985BX, and don't think I need anything else. I'd recommend these speakers, but I haven't heard too many other high or higher-end tower speakers. I can't imagine anything better for the price. My only suggestion to Crutchfield, would be to communicate better. The "advisors" were not helpful, nor timely. I had to go directly to Polk to have questions answered.
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|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||5.25|
|Woofer Size (inches)||8|
|Woofer Composition||Bi-Laminate Composite|
|Woofer Surround||Butyl Rubber|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||36-24k Hz|
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 TSx550T 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 TSx550T tower loudspeaker features two 5.25" bi-laminate composite Dynamic Balance midrange drivers for crisp, detailed midrange and two 8" bi-laminate composite Dynamic Balance woofers for smooth, natural deep 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 TSx550T tower loudspeaker has an overall frequency response of 26Hz-25kHz, while the -3dB frequency response is 36-24kHz.
Curved MDF Cabinet: The TSx550T 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 TSx550T 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.
Dual 5-Way Binding Posts: The TSx550T 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).
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 TSx550T tower speaker features four integrated conical non-slip feet to ensure stability for precise positioning.
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Good Reviews and They look Great, Needed for UUMPH in my system.. [ Josh Jan 25, 2016 ]
The red terminal is the positive And The black is the negative. With these speakers I recommend either monster cable or equivalent. Monster cable is clear covering , so you will have to look for the small plus and arrow pointing to the positive wire. You will be VERY HAPPY with this choice. Thanks,Mike [ MIKE Jan 27, 2016 ]
Hi, They are just standard - red for positive and black for negative. These particular speakers have 2 sets of plugs on the back. Just pick one set and hook them up to your receiver. The extra set is only for "lowering the impedance" on the speakers. Not something most people do as it allows more power to the speakers, but it very hard on your receiver. Hope that helps. Thanks, Graham [ Graham Jan 26, 2016 ]
Red is positive [ Carl Jan 25, 2016 ]
Red is positive and black is negative [ MICHAEL Jan 24, 2016 ]
Red is positive-black negative. [ David Jan 24, 2016 ]
Absolutely. Yamaha offers high current amplification and the Polks are efficient speakers (91dB) so, you'll have plenty of power to fill even a large room with great performance. I hope that helps! [ Ryan Dec 02, 2015 ] Staff
These speakers are not a voice match for your other models. The RTi A series are with the RTi A7 being similar in price. The RTi A9 being similar with driver sizes and layout as these TSx speakers. [ Paul Nov 30, 2015 ] Staff
Yes. I have a Yamaha RX-A 1020, and it has enough power to drive these speakers. The 3050 will easily power these speakers. One important thing is to set up the speakers correctly for best sound. I have mine set to "large" with extra bass boost on. [ Stephen Nov 20, 2015 ]
Hi, Yes, it will. I have an older Denon that has about the same output as yours and it's more than enough to drive them. Nice receiver you bought there BTW! [ Graham Nov 16, 2015 ]
yes and you will have clear crisp sound and hear things in your music you didn't hear before [ STEVEN J Nov 16, 2015 ]
Yes, we just hook our up and it works great. There is also a feature called Bio-Amp which gives you the option to send extra power to the towers. You did need another set of wire to hook this feature up but the great technical support at Crutchfield can walk you through this if needed. [ CHERYL ROSS Nov 16, 2015 ]
A buck fifty a side should do justfine, I have 120 in stereo nice clear & loud. [ JOE Nov 15, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: This amplifier will offer plenty of power to confidently drive the Polk Audio TSx550T Floorstanding speakers. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Mar 12, 2014 ] Staff
I just updated my system with new receiver Onkyo TX-NR646 and 2 Polk Audio TSX550t speakers. I'm using Polk Audio speakers as front sound and moved my Bose tower speakers to surround sound location. I kept the Bose front center speaker as the center. I'm very happy with the sound both music, tv shows and movies. It was well worth it. Crutchfields tech support said it would work and it did. Very happy with my setup. [ Mark Jan 04, 2016 ]
The TSX-550's are awesome! I'd go with those if I were you. [ THOMAS Jan 01, 2016 ]
I would say the most important thing is placement of the center channel. The Tsx550T tweeters are about ear level when you are sitting in an average chair, so I would try to keep the center matched and I would think it would sound fine. [ RONALD Feb 18, 2015 ]
Sounds like you have a nice setup Matthew. Mine is very similar. What's more, my system is in a room almost the same size as yours, so I think you have asked the right person! I'll try to help if I can. For starters, I can promise you that you will be very happy, if not completely surprised, by the upgrade to the 550's! I sure was! For the first few weeks I sat around just listening in amazement at the increased volume, depth, and spaciousness of the sound! It made the room come alive, and greatly enhanced my listening experience! I hope my description doesn't sound weird or exaggerated in some way. This is my very first attempt at describing what speakers sound like in my life! I could just say they rock, or kick-ass, or something like that, but I want you to understand, a little better, how I was moved by the huge improvement! My point is, even if they do overwhelm your CS10 center channel, (and I don't think they will), you'll still be thrilled by the change! Btw, I originally has TSi300s in front. Throughout both sets of front channel speakers, I have had the CS20 in the center, and haven't had a problem. It is almost the same as yours, so I really don't think you will either! I wish I knew more about you receiver, other than Onkyo is a very nice one, because I know that with mine, I can do a few different things to tweak the sound and put more emphasis on the center. I don't know if you can do anything like that, but I really don't think it would matter much! I'd just go for it if I were you, and bring home those TSx550s! I did, and I loved it! I'm betting you will too! Good luck Matthew! [ ROBERT A Feb 17, 2015 ]
I do not feel qualified to attempt to answer your question as it relates to combining with what you currently have. What I can tell you is that I recently bought four Polk speakers to replace old Pioneer ones that I had for years and I am very happy with their quality. [ WILLIAM Feb 17, 2015 ]
In my opinion, if it over powers them, you can always dial them back just a touch. I have these with a TSx 250c and it sounds great. I play with the levels a little bit to get a good balance. I was more than satisfied with this purchase and you won't regret it either. The only con to these floor standing speakers is lack of bass. That's where the sub comes into play. Good luck and I hope I was helpful. [ BRAD M Feb 17, 2015 ]
I am driving mine with a marantz receiver/amp and when i got these speakers they were painfully harsh, but clear. After almost a year they have finally loosened up to the point where i like them, but not love them. Hopefully time will continue to work its magic and they will get softer, more balanced and easier on the ear. They prob won't overpower anything unless your environment is hardscape. [ Matthew Feb 17, 2015 ]
Good question, Brad. I would say that 16 gauge is adequate for runs of 15 feet or less. I have nothing against the larger gauges of wire and would recommend it on longer runs. If you're a serious aficionado, you can go for the big name brands of special speaker wire but it's according to your taste and pocket book. Also, here are a few hints for optimum performance. Keep the polarity of the wires the same from amp to speaker. That means always connect red terminal to red terminal and black to black. This polarity hookup assures that your speakers are in phase and give better performance, especially in the lower frequencies. Also, if your speakers and amp have the five-way binding posts, please think about using banana plugs. They are a bit on the expensive side but there are good reasons for using them. One is that you don't have to worry about a stray strand of wire shorting out your amp (and it can happen with a SINGLE STRAND!) A short between the speaker terminals on the amp means that your amp just became a very expensive paper weight. A second reason for using banana plugs is that they are very easy and quick to connect and disconnect. If you get the gold-plated plugs, they also look very cool. [ Edward Dec 12, 2013 ]
I just used 16 gauge wire, stripped and twisted on the ends that was there from my old speakers. Its been working fine for me. [ JEROME Dec 11, 2013 ]
Depending on your amp, I would use the fattest, heaviest, gauge speaker wire you can get. 14 gauge is the most commercially available, but if you can score some 12, or even 10, that would be better. As far as a termination, your call, I don't, but you can. [ JOHN D Dec 10, 2013 ]