Yes, at this price per pair from Crutchfield, these little babies are priced in "budget speaker territory"- totally, no questions asked! However, the TSi's drivers ( in this case, a small woofer and tweeter used in this speaker) are the same ones used in the $600.00 pair of Polk TSi 400s, as well as the other TSi speaker models from Polk. The Polk TSI 400 floor standers are bigger and produce a more vividly dynamic sound stage, but the smaller Polk TSi 100s, in this review, sound incredibly clear and refined for their size. Clearly, they don't have the subterranean bass of a well engineered floor stander, but they do bass in a way that comes across as pretty deep with great presence. Also, bass in any speaker should sound clear and somewhat balanced out, with the bass, the midrange and the high range all equalized. Hence, you definitely don't want the bass in a speaker to sound muddy and vague, yet, the bass in these 100s sound so incredible and well controlled, it makes them more accurate than any other speaker in this price range. The bass in the TSi 100s is enough for most people's needs, and to me is truly amazing for a book shelf speaker design. All told, this is where Polk wins out, in that these speakers sound so good for there size, you almost don't need bigger speakers- that is how great they really sound. I currently have these Polk TSi 100s in a 2 channel audio setup. I am using the NAD C326BEE integrated amp to power them, as well as the cd NAD C546BEE!
Pros: These bookshelf speakers are incredibly well engineered and built, sounding like the $400.00 to $500.00 bookshelf offerings, but the right amplification is key to the best sound from these Polks. I am referring to the sound NAD Marantz, Onkyo, Cambridge Audio produce, to name a few choices. With these brands you get a tremendous "bang for buck" performance/cost ratio. I would have gladly paid the TSi pair full price, but the retail price from Crutchfield is an absolute "steal" !!