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Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL1
Center channel speaker
Our take on the Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL1 by Crutchfield's Kristen Schaub
Don't settle for movie dialogue and on-screen action that sounds flat and lifeless. Add Polk's Blackstone TL1 to your home theater system, and it'll wow you with its dramatic, engaging center channel sound. Thanks to Polk's latest advances in driver technology, you'll experience effortlessly clear dialogue and dynamic special effects from a speaker that takes up very little space. And if you've got a new flat-panel TV, the TL1's high-gloss finish makes a great cosmetic match.
Advanced technology for astonishingly realistic sound
Polk's "Time Lens" technology aligns the drivers in such a way that all the frequencies reach your ears at the same time. It improves the speaker's staging and imaging, so that you'll start to forget you're watching a movie and really feel like you're there. An "acoustic lens" in the speaker grille disperses sound waves to make your movie and music soundtracks sound larger and more open. Rather than a traditional port, the TL1 center uses something called an "aperiodic-tuned rear port." It's more like a breathable membrane that controls air flow in and out of the enclosure, giving it the acoustic benefits of both a sealed and a ported enclosure, including better bass extension and a pleasing mid-bass boost. It also means you can place this speaker on your TV cabinet or against the wall, and still expect great sound.
Easy speaker placement
The TL1 center has keyhole slots in the back for easy mounting on your wall. You can also use the threaded inserts to attach it to an optional speaker bracket. Create your own home theater system by adding anywhere from five to seven TL1 satellite speakers to this center channel, along with the Polk powered subwoofer of your choice.
A great little speaker at a great price!
Anonymous, Oakboro, NC
What's in the Box:
- Gloss-black center-channel loudspeaker
- Detachable black cloth grille (attached)
- System Diagram/Warranty sheet
- Online Product Registration card
- Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better soundstaging and imaging
- frequency response 125-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
- sensitivity 89 dB
- handles up to 125 watts
- 1/2" silk dome tweeter
- dual 2-1/2" Dynamic Balance mids/woofers
- aperiodic tuned rear port
- 5-way binding posts
- keyhole slots for easy wall-mounting
- threaded inserts for use with optional stands or brackets
- curved enclosure with high-gloss finish to match today's flat-panel TVs
- weight: 4 lbs.
- 15"W x 3-15/16"H x 3-7/16"D
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL1 Reviews
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Features and Specs
|Midrange size (inches)||---|
|Woofer size (inches)||2-1/2|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Frequency Response||125-20k Hz|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
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 TL 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.
1/2" Silk Dome Tweeter: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 center-channel utilizes a 1/2" silk-polymer dome tweeter for crisp, clear imaging, and smooth response that's never tiring.
2-1/2" Long-Throw Woofer: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 center-channel employs dual 2-1/2" composite long-throw cone woofers with Dynamic Balance driver technology (Polk's patented transducer design process) that produce a flat frequency response, with sharp detail, transparency, and the ability to play loud without strain.
Frequency Response: The overall frequency response is 95Hz-22kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 125-20kHz.
Additional Speakers: The TL1 center-channel speaker will require a powered subwoofer (107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound.
Enclosure Type: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 center-channel speaker features a non-resonant composite enclosure with time-aligned geometry and an aperiodic-tuned rear port.
Curved Enclosure Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 center-channel 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.
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 loudspeakers.
Aperiodic-Tuned Rear Port: An aperiodic-tuned rear port enables better blending with a subwoofer. This design combines the bass extension of an acoustic suspension enclosure with the mid-bass boost of a ported enclosure by controlling airflow through the port for better extension without distortion.
High-Gloss Finish: The Polk Audio TL1 center-channel loudspeaker features a durable, deep automotive-strength high-gloss finish that matches today's most stylish flat-panel TVs. The TL1 center-channel is available in a high-gloss black finish.
5-Way Binding Posts: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 center-channel 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 AGW).
Rubber Feet: The Polk Audio TL1 center-channel features four integrated rubber feet so you can sit the speaker on a stand or shelf securely.
Wall Mountable: The TL1 center-channel speaker features dual single keyhole slots on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the speaker without any additional wall-mount bracket (mounting screws not supplied). There is also a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of the loudspeaker for mounting the speaker to the wall using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately).
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Why did you buy this?
Small size and inexpensive. [ Nicholas May 26, 2017 ]
price [ WILLIAM May 18, 2017 ]
faster [ M Apr 29, 2017 ]
it is small and compact and need it to fit in a small place but has good quality numbers [ Joseph Mar 17, 2017 ]
Polk reputation. [ BARBARA Mar 15, 2017 ]
Reviews and price [ KELVIN G. Mar 01, 2017 ]
I need a center channel speaker for my surround sound Pioneer VSX-405 receiver. [ Gary Jan 24, 2017 ]
much experienc with polk all good. size vital ,price right, and cust. reviews [ roy Jan 21, 2017 ]
The narrow height allows me to fit it in my entertainment cabinet shelf. [ Mark Jan 03, 2017 ]
Polk quality and value [ Ryan Oct 27, 2016 ]
yes [ howard leonard Aug 16, 2016 ]
Great price and great sound for my needs. [ Eugene Jul 06, 2016 ]
Polk has always been a reliable speaker brand and the free shipping didn't hurt either. [ Richard Jun 21, 2016 ]
Price, reviews, availability. [ Nigel Jun 20, 2016 ]
It appears that the compact size will be perfect to sit directly in front of my tv. Also, I have other Polk Audio speakers and I have been very pleased with the performance. [ Stephen Apr 26, 2016 ]
Price Size & Power & Free Shipping [ Eddie Apr 13, 2016 ]
I have a very old JVC and Bose 7.1 surround system. The front right and left speakers are Bose. The other five are JVC. The black connector of the JVC center channel speaker broke and I needed to replace the speaker. I soldered it and it worked, but it was a pain to deal with and it would easily break free upon any movement. I always check Crutchfield for my needs and found this speaker! [ JAMES Mar 06, 2016 ]
Good price [ Yuk Feb 29, 2016 ]
Low profile [ Sina Feb 28, 2016 ]
Meh, it's ok. Was used for an inexpensive system I built for someone else. [ Brian Jan 25, 2016 ]
Good price [ SAMUEL Jan 07, 2016 ]
Have large Polk center speaker in my move room and it performs great. Looking for a smaller center speaker for a smaller room but want excellent performance. Hopefully, although inexpensive, Polk will maintain quality as it does on high end equipment like in my move room. [ Stanley Jan 02, 2016 ]
Fits perfectly with my system. [ P Daniel Jan 01, 2016 ]
The reviews and the size of the unit. Reviews were great for a compact item. [ Jerry Dec 19, 2015 ]
price, and reputation [ Keith G. Dec 07, 2015 ]
2 questions already asked
unless your tv has an add on extra speakers outlet [ wilfredo Mar 31, 2017 ]
hooked to my stereo which is hooked to my tv. I play everything thru my stereo. [ ROBERT Mar 20, 2017 ]
Not sure about a TV ? I have mine connected to my receiver. [ jim Jul 11, 2016 ]
It doesn't come with any audio cables..you would need a receiver to hook it up to. [ steve Jul 11, 2016 ]
I used Velcro because I attached to the top oh my tv, where it is much more effective. My TV is narrow, but a few years old. Not as slim as some of the newest trkevisions out there. This speaker was worth every penny. [ Wayne Jul 11, 2016 ]
No. Comes with everything. [ Mary Jul 11, 2016 ]
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