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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2
Center channel speaker
Our take on the Polk Audio Blackstone TL2 by Crutchfield's Kristen Schaub
Don't settle for less-than-thrilling movie sound. Polk's Blackstone TL2 center channel speaker uses some pretty advanced technology to take your home theater experience to the next level in sonic realism. You'll be wowed by clear, nuanced movie dialogue and dramatic special effects. And if you've got a new flat-panel TV, this speaker's high-gloss finish will make a stylish match.
Advanced driver technology for remarkably lifelike sound
Polk's "Time Lens" technology aligns the drivers in such a way that high- and low-frequency sounds all 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 prevents unwanted diffraction, while simultaneously dispersing sound waves in a way that makes your music and movie soundtracks sound larger and more open. The TL2 also features Polk's acclaimed PowerPort® technology to help reinforce lower 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 TL2 has keyhole slots in the back for easy mounting to your wall straight from the box. You can also use the discrete threaded inserts to fit it to an optional speaker bracket. Create your own home theater system by adding anywhere from five to seven TL2 satellite speakers to this center channel.
I'm very happy with this center channel. I'm using it in combination with four very large speakers in a 5.1 setup, so I was really hoping this little guy could keep up, because I wanted my center channel to fit in a small space. It can! It really sounds great.
James, Richmond, VA
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 staging and imaging
- frequency response 125-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
- sensitivity 91 dB
- handles up to 125 watts
- 3/4" silk dome tweeter
- dual 3-1/4" Dynamic Balance mid/woofers
- PowerPort® technology for better bass response
- steel-plate reinforced cabinet fights internal resonances
- curved enclosure with high-gloss finish to match flat-panel TVs
- 5-way binding posts
- video-shielded to prevent magnetic distortion on tube TVs
- 16-5/8"W x 4-1/4"H x 3-13/16"D
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Polk Audio Blackstone TL2 Reviews
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Features and Specs
|Midrange size (inches)||---|
|Woofer size (inches)||3-1/4|
|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.
3/4" Silk Dome Tweeter: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel speaker utilize a 3/4" silk dome tweeter for crisp, clear imaging, and smooth response that's never tiring.
3-1/4" Composite Injection Molded Woofer: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel speaker employs two 3-1/4" composite injected molded cone woofers 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.
Frequency Response: The speaker's overall frequency response is 90-24,000Hz, and the -3dB frequency response is 125-20,000Hz.
Additional Speakers: The TL2 center-channel speaker will require a powered subwoofer (107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound.
Enclosure Type: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel speaker features a non-resonant composite enclosure with time-aligned geometry, and PowerPort technology.
Curved Enclosure Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 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.
Steel Reinforced: Extra-rigid steel plates reinforce the curved enclosures of the TL2 center-channel speaker, resulting in an acoustically inert enclosure 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 loudspeakers.
PowerPort: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel 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 TL2 center-channel loudspeaker features a durable, deep automotive-strength high-gloss finish that matches today's most stylish flat-panel TVs. The TL2 center-channel is available in a high-gloss black finish.
5-Way Binding Posts: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 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 TL2 center-channel features four integrated rubber feet so you can sit the speaker on a stand or shelf securely.
Wall Mountable: The TL2 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?
I am Flavinho an old center channel speaker that I bought as part of a complete surround system and I am now building a new system from the bottom up . [ PAUl Feb 23, 2017 ]
Mostly great reviews on quality/sound; small enough for a little niche below TV. Good brand, with reasonable price/quality ratio. [ John Feb 02, 2017 ]
I chose this because Abe helped me. Great choice....will definable buy again when in need!! [ Mike Jan 26, 2017 ]
Suggested by our installer. [ D Nov 02, 2016 ]
Liked the bookshelves so much it just made sense to upgrade to this center speaker [ ORLANDO D May 27, 2016 ]
Good value, fit, sounds fine and matched to my L/R Polks [ Derek May 14, 2016 ]
I currently have a Polk subwoofer my center channel speaker was an off brand that came with my home. I need more clarity in my home theater so naturally I went with a quality brand Polk [ Chris Apr 04, 2016 ]
At Crutchfield advisor's recommendation. [ Richard Mar 22, 2016 ]
I chose this center channel to complete my Polk 5.1 surround system, which I have recently upgraded. The house we bought came with two decent Polk front L/R speakers mounted to the wall by the TV, etc., and I purchased the OW3's for the rear surround (highly recommend them!). I completed the setup with a high-end Denon receiver, and a decent Polk 10 powered sub. It's going to be awesome once I get a decent center channel to round it out. The one I was using is from a Sony "box kit.' [ James A. Feb 01, 2016 ]
Better sound &price [ ARDEN Jan 02, 2016 ]
Good value for center speaker [ Michael Dec 31, 2015 ]
Recommended by crutchfield expert in chat session regarding center speaker selection. I had in mind the TL3 and he informed me that it would be a bad match for my setup and instead directed me to this product. Thanks! [ Chris Dec 09, 2015 ]
2 questions already asked
Sorry O don't have more exact specs. But this unit has a keyhole mount and a screw connector (like a camera tripod mount). I don't know the exact size of the screw hole. [ Preston Mar 11, 2016 ]
The speaker is designed to be used with a surround sound audio amp/tuner. The speaker would be wired to the tuner and the TV is also wired to the tuner via HDMI [ GLENN R Jan 04, 2014 ]
I connected the Blackstone TL2 directly to my Onkyo receiver which is connected to the flatscreen TV. Hope this helps [ PHILIP Jan 03, 2014 ]
I connected the speaker to a stereo receiver. The receiver takes the audio output for the tv source (cable, DVD, etc) and produces the sound on the Polk center channel speaker. The speaker is not connected to the tv. [ PAUL Jan 03, 2014 ]
I connected my speaker to the center speaker output on my Sony AV receiver so my experience may not be of much help. [ COLIN Jan 03, 2014 ]
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