Polk Audio R50

Tower speakers

  • Polk Audio R50


  • Polk Audio R50

    5-way binding posts

Item #: 700R50

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Our take on the Polk Audio R50

by Julie Govan
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.

It's the best of both worlds. The R50 tower gives you the technology (like Dynamic Balance® drivers) and looks (thanks to the real wood veneer) of Polk's higher-end RTi line — at a much more affordable price. If you're looking for a fantastic starter system, or extra speakers for multi-room applications, these sleek speakers may well be the answer!

The 3/4" silk/polymer dome tweeter sends out clean, crisp highs. Dual 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance woofers team up to provide satisfyingly full mids and rich lows. And Polk's high-efficiency design means you don't need a monstrously huge amplifier or receiver to get great sound at high volume. You can see why A/V fans on a budget are excited about these speakers!

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Plus, no vinyl finish can measure up to the appearance and feel of real wood — with a black wood veneer, these speakers look beautiful! Each slim tower occupies less than one square foot of floor space. You'll like the innovative arched design of the front-firing port and speaker grille. Adjustable carpet spikes are included.

Recommended center channel speaker: Polk CSi20.
Recommended surround speakers: Polk R20.


  • video-shielded
  • bass-reflex design
  • frequency response 50-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 90 dB
  • handles up to 150 watts
  • black hardwood veneer
  • 5-way binding posts
  • 9-5/16"W x 37-1/8"H x 11-15/16"D (with base)
  • warranty: 5 years

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Bass reflex
Finish Wood veneer
Color Black ash
Tweeter Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 0.75
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Composite
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded Yes
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Power Range 20-150
Frequency Response 50-20k Hz
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Amplifier Power ---
Height (inches) ---
Width (inches) ---
Depth (inches) ---
Weight ---
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What's in the box?

  • Each speaker comes in a separate box-Each box contains:
  • One 2-way floor standing speaker
  • 4 Carpet spikes
  • Owner's Manual
  • Product Registration Card
  • Online registration sheet
  • Note on installing carpet spikes

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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.

Composite Woofers: Each speaker has dual 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance mineral-filled polymer composite woofers for clean midrange and deep, accurate bass. For a smoother response and improved durability, each woofer uses a rubber surround.

Silk/Polymer Tweeters: The improved Dynamic Balance silk/polymer tweeters provide clear, detailed highs.

Bass Ports: A front-firing bass port on each speaker gives you extended bass response.

5-Way Binding Posts: The 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire, pin connectors, spade connectors, banana plugs, and dual banana plugs.

Carpet Spikes: When the carpet spikes are installed, the speaker height is 37.706".


Frequency Response: The overall frequency response is 40Hz-24kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 50-20kHz.

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Polk Audio R50s

Written By Eric, St. Paul, MN on Sunday, February 20, 2005
These speakers produce clear detailed highs and tight responsive bass. The bass response is quite impressive considering the woofers are only 6 1/2" each. I am quite happy with this investment and would only consider upgrading by adding a subwoofer to extend the 20-50 Hz range of my sound system. The black wood finish is also elegant and unobtrusive. Money well spent.
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