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Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL3

Single satellite speaker (White)

Item # 107TL3W

Polk completely reimagined the compact speaker when they designed the Blackstone TL3.

Polk completely reimagined the compact speaker when they designed the Blackstone TL3.

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About the Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL3

Big-speaker performance in the palm of your hand

Polk completely reimagined the compact speaker when they designed the Blackstone TL3. Built using the same tweeter design found in their flagship full-sized speakers and packed with exclusive state-of-the-art technologies, the TL3 overcomes some of the usual limitations of compact speakers. You'll hear the kind of accuracy and detail you expect from a much-larger speaker, including a wide soundstage, realistic detail, and deep bass response. It's the perfect choice when space in your living area is limited, but your love of great sound is not.

Big-speaker performance in the palm of your hand

Polk completely reimagined the compact speaker when they designed the Blackstone TL3. Built using the same tweeter design found in their flagship full-sized speakers and packed with exclusive state-of-the-art technologies, the TL3 overcomes some of the usual limitations of compact speakers. You'll hear the kind of accuracy and detail you expect from a much-larger speaker, including a wide soundstage, realistic detail, and deep bass response. It's the perfect choice when space in your living area is limited, but your love of great sound is not.

Crisp, dynamic sound thanks to high-tech drivers

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A big part of the TL3's incredible sound is the 3/4" ring radiator tweeter. Found in Polk's flagship speakers, this sophisticated tweeters reproduce transparent, natural highs. The 3-1/4" aerated polypropylene woofer is lightweight, but also stiff and strong, allowing the cone to move more freely in the baffle. It means you can play your music loud without hearing any distortion. Polk's Extended Linear Motion voice coil helps make the cone's movement even more efficient to further cut down on distortion and extend the speaker's dynamic range. This increased efficiency is the key to the TL3's big sound.

Immersive home theater performance

The "TL" refers to Polk's "Time Lens" technology, which aligns the drivers in such a way that high- and low-frequency sounds all reach your ears at the same time. This improves the speaker's imaging and soundstaging, so that you'll feel less like you're watching a movie and more like you're part of it. An "acoustic lens" in the speaker grille disperses sound waves in a way that makes your music and movie soundtracks sound larger and more open. The TL3 also features Polk's acclaimed PowerPort® technology to help reinforce bass output. Plus, its sturdy cabinet is reinforced with a steel plate to help fight resonances that can muddy the sound.

Easy speaker placement

The TL3 has a keyhole slot in the back for easy mounting on your wall straight from the box. You can also use the threaded insert to attach it to an optional speaker bracket or stand. Create your own home theater system using a combination of black TL3's in the front of your room and white TL3 surrounds in the back. Don't forget to add the TL3 center channel speaker and a Polk subwoofer to complete your system.


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Product highlights:

  • Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better soundstaging and imaging
  • frequency response 115-28,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • sensitivity 88 dB
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • 3/4" Ring Radiator tweeter
  • 3-1/4" aerated polypropylene Dynamic Balance® mid/woofer
  • Extended Linear Motion (ELM) voice coil helps reduce distortion and extend dynamic range
  • PowerPort® technology for better bass response
  • steel-plate reinforced cabinet fights internal resonances
  • curved enclosure with high-gloss finish
  • 5-way gold-plated binding posts
  • includes combination keyhole slot and threaded insert
  • video-shielded to prevent magnetic distortion on tube TVs
  • 4-1/2"W x 7-3/4"H x 5-11/16"D
  • weight: 3.0 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # AM3338-A

What's in the box:

  • Gloss-white satellite two-way loudspeaker
  • Detachable white cloth grille (attached)
  • Mounting bracket
  • 1/4"-20 mounting screw
  • System Diagram/Warranty sheet
  • Template
  • Online Product Registration card

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Features & specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Composite
Color Gloss White
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Ring Radiator
Tweeter Size (inches) 0.75
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 3.25
Woofer Composition Aerated Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 10-125
Sensitivity 88 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 115-28,000 Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 7-3/4
Width (inches) 4-1/2
Depth (inches) 5-11/16
Weight (pounds) 3
Mounting Bracket Included Keyhole
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-34
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research

Overview: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 series satellite speaker (TL3) features new innovations specifically designed to enhance compact speaker performance. The Black Stone TL3 is a two-way satellite loudspeaker with a 3/4" Dynamic Balanced ring-radiator tweeter and 3-1/4" Dynamic Balance aerated polypropylene woofer inside a bass-reflex enclosure with a bottom-firing port. The Black Stone TL3 is equipped with 5-way binding posts and offers various mounting options.

Note: The TL3 has an overall frequency response of 115 to 28,000 Hz and will require a powered subwoofer (107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound. You can also connect additional TL3 series speakers for 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 channel home theater configurations.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Dynamic Balance Driver Technology: Polk Audio's patented Dynamic Balance process allows Polk to design their drivers specifically for flatter frequency response, revealing the sharpest details and a more lifelike transparency, with absolutely no strain even at high volume. It's a bold, rich, warm, and lifelike sound.

Time Lens Technology: The sophisticated laser alignment of the "acoustic center" of the Blackstone TL3 tweeters with their accompanying drivers results in far superior imaging. The acoustic centers of the tweeter and mid-range woofer are aligned, creating a crisp accurate soundstage. The acoustic centers of the tweeter and mid-bass driver are located in the same plane for superior imaging, while the acoustic lens incorporated in the grille smoothes the tweeter's frequency response.

3/4" Ring Radiator Tweeter: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 series satellite speaker features a 3/4" ring radiator tweeter that is normally found only on high-end loudspeakers. The 3/4" ring radiator tweeter offers incredible accuracy and detail, so you music sound likes the artist intended.

3-1/4" Aerated Polypropylene Woofer: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 series satellite speaker employs a 3-1/4" aerated polypropylene cone woofer with Dynamic Balance driver technology (Polk's patented transducer design process) that produces a flat frequency response, with sharp detail, transparency, and the ability to play loud without strain. The aerated polypropylene cone is lightweight, yet stiff and strong, with longer linear excursion capabilities in a limited compact enclosure space, so it plays louder with less distortion.

Optimized Linear Motor Structure: Engineered for better compact speaker performance, Polk's OLM Motor Structure flattens the BL Curve, making cone movement more efficient than previously possible, reducing distortion and extending the small speaker's dynamic range right up into big speaker territory

Frequency Response: The overall frequency response is 90-31,000Hz, and the -3dB frequency response is 115-28,000Hz.

Additional Speakers: The TL3 satellite speaker will require a powered subwoofer (107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound. You can also add addition TL3 series speakers for 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 channel home theater configurations.

Enclosure Design

Enclosure Type: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 series satellite speaker features a non-resonant composite enclosure with time-aligned geometry, and PowerPort technology.

Curved Enclosure Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 satellite speaker employs non-parallel surfaces that not only lead to a stronger, more rigid and acoustically inert enclosure, but they also result in less audible coloration from internal surface resonances.

Steel Reinforced: Extra-rigid steel plates reinforce the curved enclosure of the TL3 series satellite speaker, resulting in acoustically inert enclosures free from internal resonances and any audible coloration, for more lifelike audio detail.

Integrated Acoustic Lens: An innovative acoustic lens incorporated into the grille produces a high frequency response so smooth that it delivers a balanced, realistic performance. An acoustic lens is molded into the back of the speaker grille and helps create imaging frequency balance previously impossible in small high-performance satellite speakers.

PowerPort: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 series satellite speaker utilizes Polk Audio's patented bass venting technology, for added midbass response and increased efficiency. PowerPort technology decreases port turbulence and virtually eliminates "port noise," for a massive 3dB boost in bass response.

High-Gloss Finish: The Polk Audio TL3 series satellite speaker is available in a durable, deep automotive-strength high-gloss white or high-gloss black finish to match today's most stylish flat-panel TVs.

Connections

5-Way Binding Posts: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL3 series satellite speaker is equipped with one pair of 5-way binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of speaker cables and connectors. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single or dual), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire (18-12 AWG).

Mounting Options

Rubber Foot: The Polk Audio TL3 satellite speaker features integrated rubber foot so you can sit the speaker on a stand or shelf securely.

Wall Mountable: The Black Stone TL3 satellite speaker comes with a wall-mount bracket that features a keyhole slot. The included wall-mount bracket attaches to the speaker's 1/2"-20 threaded insert. The keyhole slot lets you mount the speaker to a wall with a single mounting screw (not supplied). You can angle the speaker left or right by adjusting the bracket position on the back of the speaker. The 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of the satellite speaker can also be used for mounting the speaker to the wall using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately).

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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I chose these to complement POLK TL3 center speaker and Denon 2400 receiver. [ ALAN  Jan 11, 2019 ]
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To add height speakers or chose a Atmos set up for my Polk Lsim set up! [ Mike Paul  Dec 30, 2018 ]
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Great quality. Needed them to complement my Polk Audio front central speakers and bass. The technology in those little speakers is unbelievable! [ Alejandro  Dec 13, 2018 ]
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Theses speakers come highly recommended and will compliment the Polk TS-400 speakers I purchased last year. [ keith  Feb 21, 2018 ]
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GOT TO GO 7.1 OR GO HOME! [ Jason  Nov 23, 2017 ]
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I sent a request to Crctchfield about the best rear speakers for my surround system. I received a note that they received my request and I'll be contacted within 48 - 72 hours. I received a email from Rusty about two hours later. I was give all the information I neede to make my purchase. I'm very pleased with the service I received. Thank you Thurman [ Thurman  Nov 21, 2017 ]
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looking for a small set of front speakers that would not be over powering plus wife would have been upset :) [ Hal  Jun 21, 2017 ]
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to replace similar size speaker that is bad and these looked like good quality and would fit the stands. [ Charles R.  Jan 28, 2017 ]
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Fit my space perfectly. [ Wesley  Nov 28, 2016 ]
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I already have them and they work well! [ M  Jul 17, 2016 ]
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I've enjoyed Polk speakers in the past and needed speakers that would sit on a narrow shelf. [ W  Mar 22, 2016 ]
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Recommendation [ SCOTT  Feb 29, 2016 ]
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I already have the Polk Audio Blackstone Home Theater System and upgraded to a 7.2 home theater receiver and needed two more TL3's. The sound is Polk Great so why mess with success. [ MARK J  Feb 09, 2016 ]
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To go with my thumping Polk Sub [ Todd  Jan 17, 2016 ]
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Color was a big deciding factor, believe it or not. I wanted white, and that drastically narrowed the selection down. The star rating and reviews I read both on Crutchfield as well as elsewhere seemed impressive. I was originally planning to buy the Def. Tech Promonitor 1000s (I think) which were very similar, but these were slightly smaller and had a sleeker design. Plus, the Def. Techs were out of stock in white :) [ Walter  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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White in color and it was in stock. Better than the TL2 [ RICHARD  Mar 14, 2018 ]
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The specs on the the TL3 lead me to believe that it will be a good fit in my particular application. [ Randy  Sep 18, 2017 ]
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I love polk audio and have used Polk speakers for decades. Started with Polk audio in my vehicle and now use Polk for home and auto. Never let me down. [ Stan  Mar 01, 2017 ]
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Specs--- seems like they have significantly better sound than other, slightly less expensive Polk speakers. [ Marina  Dec 09, 2015 ]
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5 questions already asked

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Can the Polk Audio label be removed from the grille cover?
[ Trey24  Apr 25, 2016 ]
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Nope. Appears to be part of the housing.
[ JEREMY  Apr 28, 2016 ]
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Don't know but it looks like it is glued on. Would be concerned that I might tear the cloth when I tried to pull it off.
[ Frank  Apr 26, 2016 ]
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compatible speaker stands for the satellite speakers?
[ Tom  Mar 27, 2015 ]
1 answer
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We used Pinpoint AM30's and they worked great.
[ Paul  Mar 27, 2015 ]
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does Polk make a white wireless rear speaker?
[ Sandi  Jul 21, 2019 ]
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Not wireless that I am aware of. I used two polk audio Blackstone wired that are slightly smaller than the tl3. But, my house was pre-wired in the ceiling for the speakers.
[ Jack  Jul 21, 2019 ]
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I'm not sure. Suggest you go to Polk Audio's website and search their product base.
[ Randy  Jul 21, 2019 ]
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I don't know. I have these speakers wired
[ gary  Jul 21, 2019 ]
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Can the base be removed from the TL2 or TL3 speakers?
[ Jack  Apr 16, 2019 ]
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The base of the TL3 is part of the enclosure and is not designed to be removed. Also, without it, the speaker will not stand up. I wall-mounted mine 32" above the floor (optimum level for sitting on the sofa while listening to music or watching TV) and the units' small bases are barely noticeable. This was originally a concern of mine; however, it turned out to not be an issue in my istallation.
[ Randy  Apr 29, 2019 ]
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I didn't attempt to remove them, but instead hung them with the base on. Sorry I couldn't help.
[ Robert  Apr 29, 2019 ]
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It was noted that the wall mounts that come with the speakers appear too fragile. Do you have a higher quality compatible wall mount for these?
[ Craig  Apr 15, 2018 ]
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I never wall mountedd mine, so I am sorry I do not know..
[ SAVANNAH C  Apr 19, 2018 ]
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I didn't use the wall mounts, I elected to use adjustable mounts instead
[ John  Apr 17, 2018 ]
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I purchased additional Wall Mount brackets but ended up using those that came with the speakers as they allowed a closer to wall installation. Although they appear to be fragile they are indeed adequate for a secure mounting.
[ Christopher  Apr 17, 2018 ]
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