Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2
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If you want big, detailed home theater sound, but don't have the room for large floor-standing speakers, then check out Polk's ultra-compact Blackstone TL2. Thanks to Polk's decades of speaker-building expertise, along with some pretty advanced driver technology, you'll experience effortlessly clear, engaging sound from speakers that take up very little space.
Advanced technology produces astonishingly realistic sound
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 TL2 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 TL2 has a keyhole slot in the back for easy mounting to 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 TL2's in the front of your room and white TL2 surrounds in the back. Don't forget to add the TL2 center channel speaker and a Polk subwoofer to complete your system.
Kenneth, Fort Worth Tx
Average Customer Review(s):
Really great sound quality in a small package. I replaced 2 larger Polk speakers that were taking up real estate on our mantle and we didn't lose any sound quality or power.
Pros: small size easy to hang quality clear Polk sound
Cons: could use more bass but not an issue if you have a sub woofer
First speakers i've bought in years, no regrets they sound great, even better after I used the auto calibration on my Sony home theater receiver. Definitely want to use in conjunction with a powered subwoofer as they are small and do not have overwhelming bass, but that was expected with the small size.
Pros: Crisp clear sound
Cons: Banana clips don't insert all the way but still fit securely
Love these speakers
Pros: Clear loud sound Look good No distortion
Perfect speaker to round out your surround sound setup, Great bass and treble in a small, compact but elegant design.
Pros: Great sound in a small package
They're... okay. I'm "upgrading" from a full set of ancient Sony SS-MB100H with sport substantially larger woofers (5") and are ported, allowing for pretty decent low-end on their own. The TL2s, on the other hand, seriously lack in bass response (a low cutoff of 125 Hz!) and on their own can sound pretty cheap, frankly. HOWEVER, when mated with a good subwoofer, connected to an A/V receiver with detailed EQ controls, and part of a multi-channel system (as opposed to just using them as a pair of stereo speakers) they delivery bright, crisp sound that definitely belies their size. They're currently teamed up with a TL2 center channel (similar complaints, making EQ adjustments even more vital, particularly if you use DPLIIx for music listening) and the three of them produce a solid, unified front soundstage. Some of the old Sony's are acting as rears until the TL1's come in, and they seem to all play well together (the individual channel EQ adjustments help facilitate that).
Pros: Nice design, especially the piano finish. Surprisingly compact.
Cons: Bass response is sad. Odd rubber nub on the bottom/front could use some QC; it can cause the speaker to be surprisingly unstable on a flat surface.
Nice full sound. They feel really well made.
Pros: Solid construction Full sound
Great speakers for the money, we love them
Pros: Sound quality, installed myself and value is great
Cons: No mounting hardware
I installed these speakers myself. Great sound.
Pros: Small, Come in black and white
Much improved audio over the speakers they replaced. Easy to mount
Pros: Compact with big sound
Cons: Book shelf designed 'foot' is not removable for a wall mounted bracket
Very good speakers, but based on the reviews I've read I expected better. Probably unrealistic, and for movies, they're great. For TV shows like the voice, when listening to the performances, I need to crank the volume a bit to get the sounds out of them that I was expecting. Regular TV shows they work great.
Pros: Great value
Cons: none really, I'll take the hit for expecting then to perform like a $1000 pair!!
I recently expanded my home theater to 7.2 and went to all Polk audio speakers and must say the sound difference is amazing!! these little speakers are perfect rear surround and don't be fooled by there size they are also excellent bookshelf speakers
Pros: great sound reasonable price
I am using these speakers in combination with RTIA3's in a surround. Speakers have great tone and clarity. Also a nice size. Couldn't be happier with the purchase.
Pros: Small size, clarity, and sound.
Ordered these for a 5.1 system, and they have exceeded expectations. Very clear and plenty loud - I have these wall- mounted, and aimed at the listening area. Mount with keyhole, or with threaded insert (insert(s) not included). Sound great as surrounds for movies/sports, and sound equally great in all-stereo mode.
Pros: White color matches wall, small size, big sound
Cons: A bit awkward to use longer banana jacks with, because of the cabinet curve
I bought these as a passive sound bar alternative for our living room TV. I decided that a 2.1 setup would be perfect for this application (less wire to conceal, plus its a small room). I'm feeding them 95 watts apiece from a Denon X2100. These little speakers can play quite loudly w/out distortion (got me in trouble with the wife), the tweeter is very sharp but not harsh and the woofer is just big enough to blend with an old Cerwin Vega 8" sub I had laying around seamlessly. They do well with TV dialogue but really shine with music. I know that their intended function was to be a surround speaker but they can hold their own as a set of small mains. And the price is outstanding for the level of performance that they're capable of.
Pros: Price/performance ratio well built nice woofer/tweeter combo
Cons: Any con would be nitpicking
For a recently finished basement for use as a game/movie watching area and kids play zone, these speakers do what I need. Give me something to listen to music/surround sound, yet they didn't blow my budget. Easy install, sleek in design. Very pleased.
Pros: Easy install. Good sound quality.
Cons: Wish there were more subtle bracket mounting options.
As the title says, it fit my need perfectly. I was looking for small speakers to mount in each of the 4 corners of my newly constructed man cave. I have all 4 speakers powered by a older Yamaha 1070 receiver at 110watts per channel. I use the speakers mostly for music and they sound great. The sound is clear and distortion free, even when the volume is way up. They are a bit Ight on bass, but not as much as I thought they would be based on reviews by others. In other words enough bass fo my requirements.
Pros: Price, looks, and construction.
I used four (4) of these as the rear and side surrounds which fit their capabilities perfectly. Very solid and over the past couple of weeks since purchase have worked great.
Pros: Easy to hook up and can accommodate many different mounting systems.
I had originally planned a different set of surround sound speakers, turns out the Crutchfield rep was of great help selecting the right combination of speakers! Really clear and crisp speakers for movies, TV and music! I purchased some wall mount hangers so I could aim them to where I wanted them to face as well.
Pros: Sound and brand.
I just purchased the Blackstone TL250 5.1 surround with two additional TL2 satellite speakers. The system sounds great and fills the room nicely. The room is 16'x24'. Would recommend to anyone.
Great sounding, two forward speakers in my 7.1 surround system.
Pros: Good sound quality
Great surround sound speakers. Blu Rays thru my Marantz 5.1 and PS3 sound FANTASTIC. But when it comes to music, they don't quite have the punch I'd like. But I suppose that is to be expected from such small front speakers. Nonetheless, I am happy with my purchase. I will be upgrading the front speakers though :-)
Pros: Paired with a Polk Audio Subwoofer that came free with the purchase, Blu Ray Movies sound GREAT.
Cons: Not quite the punch I'd like on music. But still not too bad for such small speakers. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars...
Love them, Absolutely great sounds
Pros: Great sound quality
Cons: bracketts sold separate
Polk makes good speakers. TL2s are perfect for a compact surround setup with an HDTV. I'm using them with a Marantz NR1403 receiver on a 3.1 setup. The Marantz classified them as large speakers during the auto setup. They sound excellent.
Pros: compact, great sound, quality construction
If you want surprisingly crisp tones from your rear surround speakers, look no further than Polk's TL2's. How so great sounds come out of a little package has to go back to Polk's engineering. Just by changing these two speakers, (rear surround) in my setup, it awoke by 18 year old system. I can't wait to get my Polk TSi 400's and Polk CS 10 hooked up.
Pros: Compact. Aesthetically pleasing. Rich, crisp tones.
Cons: I didn't buy more of them
Sounds great for a small speaker
Much depends on the ears of the listener. Polk speakers are noted for the warmth, or smoothness, of their sound quality. For a small office they are excellent when coupled with a receiver also noted for its warmth. I use a Yamaha 573 as my receiver and have Polk TL3s as center channel and front speakers. The TL2s are used for surround center and back speakers with a Polk PSW 111 sub woofer to round out the 7.1 system. For my office space these fill the room with smooth, crisp, music which is slightly warmer than a neutral, flat, sound. Since I find 'bright' or 'brilliant' music tires out my ears I prefer the warmth Polk supplies. I find the Time Lens feature that aims the sounds, especially the treble, to your sitting position a positive feature on these.
Pros: Beautiful music, and when watching DVDs, a good reproduction of speech.
Cons: I haven't found anything wrong with any of the Polk speakers I have had.
Great sound buying more
I replaced some surround sound speakers I have had for years. These TL2s really improve the effect. In fact, my new Sony receiver classified them as big speakers when it did the automatic setup. I tried the TL1s but wasn't happy with them. I love that Crutchfield let me send those back and get these. The customer service was amazing. The day after I shipped the others back I had a credit on my credit card!
Pros: Big sound, reasonable price, nice look
Cons: Haven't found one yet.
These units are used in my 7.1 system as my surround rear and side speakers. Great clarity and power out of these little guys and they look great. Love the speaker connections on them and easy wall mount capabilities. Lots of power these can be driven by a powerful amp like the Denon I got. But if your looking for more bass then you might want to look at a more traditional style speaker.
Pros: Clean Sound / Lots of Power / Easy to Mount
Cons: Could have a bit more low / bass to the depth of the speaker.
These are great sounding speakers in a very small package. Use them with a subwoofer for very full, rich sound.
Pros: small size great sound beautiful high glass finish
Cons: made in China
These speakers sound awesome.
Pros: Small in size, perfect for surround speakers.
These speakers are great. I have them hooked up with a TL1 Center speaker and 4 Polk RC80i speakers. Couldn't have gotten a better surround sound for the money
Pros: loud and small
A bit pricey but worth the money if you need quality sound in a small beatifully designed case.
Pros: Heavy enough to prevent moving accross the room by itself. Takes volume without the bass doubling back on itself. Brillient highs and a smooth midrange brings it five stars from me.
Cons: No cons here except price but then again its pure quality.
Bought 2 Polk Audio Blackstone TL2 to compliment my other Polk speakers (Fronts: TSi100, Center: TSi CS10). Needed something that had a small footprint and was white. Placed them on the back wall. Once they were configured properly, they sounded great. Originally had them as front speakers with the TSi CS10. The TSi CS10 over powered them. Moved the TL2s to surround speakers and wow, they performed well. Highly recommend.
Pros: Work well as behind the seating surround speakers.
Cons: Not good for front speakers.
Bought 2 Polk blackston TL2s to compliment my other Klipsch speakers in my home theater. Placed the Polks on the back wall. It took a while to get them to perform correctly. The auto sound setup on my Yamaha receiver didn't do the job. After manually adjusting the distance and other settings, I finally got the volume corrected. Very happy so far. They have been in use for about 2 weeks.
Pros: Work well as behind the seating placement
I use them as sattilite speaker in my home theater and couldn't be happier
Pros: nice appearence, great as sattilite speakers
I purchased the 5 piece set of the TL2 speakers two years ago and they have been great. The mid-range driver in one of them quit working about two weeks after I bought them, but polk replaced it quickly. Overall they are a great budget speaker, but be sure you have a good subwoofer as these speakers are too small to produce good low frequencies. Oh and if you're buying these as a set and opt to get the free PSW111 I strongly urge you to put the money towards a better sub! These speakers will overpower the sub at high volumes and sound too bright. I just recently upgraded to a PSW505 which is discontinued but can be purchased elsewhere. I have never been happier! Overall the TL2s are worth the money!
Pros: Great looks, good sound for movies and low volume music listening. Works well with low power.
Cons: If you really put the power to them at high volume they seem too bright, but I would imagine thats just because of the size.
Bought these speakers to enhance the high end frequencies of an audio dedicated sound system. Coupled with a pair of floor speakers, these opened up and added more depth to the entire sound spectrum. Worth the money.
Pros: Great design, full sound.
Since I already purchased the Blackstone 5 Speaker Package a while back, I purchased 2 more BlackStone TL2 speakers to match what I already had and to complete my 7.1 system (for use as either Surround Back or Front Height; currently being used as Front Height Speakers.) Polk sound as usual is superior and the desiign is sleek and modern. I love the black piano color. On a side note, I had to return the first 2 I ordered as both speaker casings were damged. It appeared as if this occured during the manufacturing process. Anyhow, Crutchfiled's process of return and redelivery was a breeze.
Pros: Design, size and sound
I am very pleased with the speakers,lot of sound in a small package
Really love these little speakers. I've paired them with 2 Polk 8 inch in-ceiling speakers, and a PS -10 sub (10", 100W), and everything sounds very good together. There is great difference with the different modes, and I'm using an Onkyo tx-nr414 network receiver. From music to movies, these TL2s are great front speakers, and attractive looking too. Enjoy.
Pros: Small, good sound, look great, adaptable.
part of an indoor surround system i value-engineered using all polk products. needed the surround speakers to all be white. used a pair of atrium5 in front, atrium4 in rear and one blackstoneTL2 for the center...with the polk special, all of it was less than $500! looks and sounds like a lot more...crutchfield/artie was a great help...
Sound is great. Crisp and clear. Sensitivity is great with low power AVP.
We needed small speakers to support our new TV and Blu-ray set. Since the speakers had to be small we wanted to find a set with good quality sound. The Polk Audio units nicely fit our needs.
|Tweeter Size (inches)||0.75|
|Midrange Size (inches)||---|
|Woofer Size (inches)||3.25|
|Frequency Response||125-20k Hz|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Keyhole|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||31-36|
|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 TL2 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 series satellite speaker utilizes 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 series satellite speaker employs a 3-1/4" composite injected molded 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.
Frequency Response: The overall frequency response is 95-24,000Hz, and the -3dB frequency response is 125-20,000Hz.
Additional Speakers: The TL2 satellite speaker will require a powered subwoofer (107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound. You can also add addition TL2 series speakers for 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 channel home theater configurations.
Enclosure Type: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 series satellite speaker features a non-resonant composite enclosure with time-aligned geometry, and PowerPort technology.
Curved Enclosure Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 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 TL2 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 TL2 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 TL2 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.
5-Way Binding Posts: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 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 AGW).
Rubber Feet: The Polk Audio TL2 satellite speaker features integrated rubber feet so you can sit the speakers on a stand or shelf securely.
Wall Mountable: The Black Stone TL2 satellite speaker features a single keyhole slot on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the speaker without any additional wall-mount brackets (mounting screws not supplied). There is also a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of the satellite speaker for mounting the speaker to the wall using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately).
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I have a 5.1 speaker set up and was missing the other 2 for 7.1. I have some older Polk Audio speakers. I wanted to match the product. [ William Jan 13, 2017 ]
Fit the space and my needs. Brand name. [ Robert Dec 08, 2016 ]
looking for a smaller rear surround for home with wiring hook up plate [ Tac Nov 28, 2016 ]
They have a great review [ ADAM Sep 26, 2016 ]
I purchased two of these a few weeks back and love them so much, I am replacing some more of my older speakers with them. [ ORLANDO D May 27, 2016 ]
Polk speakers have superb sound and reasonably priced. [ James May 15, 2016 ]
I have had a few other Polk Audio items in the past I felt they were a good value for the performance. [ TERRY May 02, 2016 ]
addition to existing system [ Scott May 01, 2016 ]
At Crutchfield advisor's recommendation. [ Richard Mar 22, 2016 ]
I HAVE THE TL1 AND WANTED TO UPGRADE TO THE TL2 [ david Feb 05, 2016 ]
Sound! [ Kenton Jan 31, 2016 ]
small form factor [ ED Jan 31, 2016 ]
Right size, right color, right price, and I've used Polk speakers for years and like their sound. [ STEPHEN Feb 17, 2016 ]
Good value for rear speakers [ Michael Dec 31, 2015 ]
sanus makes about any stand you want, you can order through crutchfield. are these for rear surround speakers? need them at sitting ear height? sanus nf series of stands number that follows nf is there height in inches [ Scott Jan 13, 2017 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Apr 02, 2014 ] Staff
The threaded hole is the back. [ Tony Apr 19, 2016 ]
Actually I thought you meant for the wire terminals; let me check and let you know tomorrow. [ BUDD Apr 12, 2016 ]
Yes , on the rear. [ BUDD Apr 12, 2016 ]
It has a screw on the back. [ James Apr 11, 2016 ]
Can you attach these to a speaker stand? I have an old set of Polk speakers that mount on a stand. The speaker wires go up the middle of the stand and two nuts on the back attach the speaker to the stand. [ Larry Mar 29, 2014 ]
It weighs 3 lbs. [ SALOMON Jan 13, 2014 ]
I'm unsure of the exact weight but it is less than 5 lbs. Most of your basic mounts would be fine for this speaker [ DANIEL Jan 12, 2014 ]
The speaker weighs about 3 pounds. Polk includes holes on the back of the speaker to mount directly to the wall. I ended up purchasing Pinpoint Mounts AM20-White. The mount allows you to aim the speaker and was easy to install. [ GERALD S Jan 12, 2014 ]
About 3 pounds each. I used Paramount mounts to put these in my ceiling. They are plastic mounts but plenty strong. Good Luck. [ Martin Jan 12, 2014 ]
Its heavy, about 5 pounds. I got the mounting bracket at home depot, it was 2 dollars per bracket. Its not an advertised item, and hard to find, but its there. Contact me if you want photos [ ERIC Jan 12, 2014 ]
The speakers weigh about 2 pounds together. They have a back opening that alloud to be hanged from the wall. [ JUAN Jan 12, 2014 ]
3 pounds most universal mounts will work [ SETH Jan 12, 2014 ]
uses the same 3/4" ring radiator tweeter as Polk's flagship speakers
packs an aerated polypropylene mid for louder sound with less distortion
has gold-plated 5-way binging posts