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Polk Audio TSi100

Bookshelf speakers (Black)

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Add the Polk TSi100 to your system to enjoy open sound with wide staging and precise imaging. These speakers feature Polk's exclusive Dynamic Balance® drivers that undergo laser testing to find and eliminate resonance points, ensuring that everything you listen to sounds clean and accurate. The silk tweeter delivers sparkling highs, while a polycarbonate woofer churns out smooth mids and lows. The braced MDF cabinet fights resonance so the details in your music and movies shine through, even when you crank up the volume.

Add the Polk TSi100 to your system to enjoy open sound with wide staging and precise imaging. These speakers feature Polk's exclusive Dynamic Balance® drivers that undergo laser testing to find and eliminate resonance points, ensuring that everything you listen to sounds clean and accurate. The silk tweeter delivers sparkling highs, while a polycarbonate woofer churns out smooth mids and lows. The braced MDF cabinet fights resonance so the details in your music and movies shine through, even when you crank up the volume.

Just team these speakers with a Polk powered subwoofer for full-range sound. They also work great as surround speakers when used with Polk's larger TSi models. And the TSi100 looks good, too. The woodgrain vinyl finish and elegant piano black top plate complement just about any décor.

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Replaced an older pair of Polk bookshelf speakers with these. All I can say is Wow! I put them in the garage, and my neighbors are commenting on the great sound! Driving them with an older Onkyo receiver and an iPhone. Sound a lot bigger than they look.

Al, Clinton, IL

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Black bookshelf speakers
  • Detachable cloth grille (installed)
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Wall-Mount template
  • Online registration sheet
  • Polk Audio product brochure

Product Highlights:

  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • frequency response 61-24,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • handles 20-100 watts
  • 1" Dynamic Balance® silk dome tweeter
  • 5-1/4" polycarbonate woofer
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 89 dB
  • 5-way binding post terminals
  • woodgrain vinyl finish with piano black top plate
  • 7-1/16"W x 11-1/16"H x 10-5/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Video Shielded No
    Tweeter Type Dome
    Tweeter Size (inches) 1
    Midrange Size (inches) ---
    Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
    Woofer Composition Organic Fiber
    Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
    Power Range 20-100
    Sensitivity 89 dB
    Impedance (Ohms) 8
    Frequency Response 61-24k Hz
    Connector Type 5-way post
    Bi-amp Inputs No
    Height (inches) 11-1/16
    Width (inches) 7-1/16
    Depth (inches) 10-5/16
    Weight (pounds) 10
    Mounting Bracket Included Keyhole
    Recommended Stand Height (inches) 16-30
    Parts Warranty 5 Years
    Labor Warranty 5 Years

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    Driver Technology
    Enclosure Design
    Connections
    Mounting Options

    Driver Technology

    Dynamic Balance: Dynamic Balance is a proprietary Polk Audio technology using laser imaging to determine what combination of speaker materials create the least amount of resonance. Eliminating resonance in speakers results in a wide, smooth response and low distortion.

    Klippel Optimized: Using a state-of-the-art Klippel Distortion Analyzer, Polk engineers were able to optimize the speaker structure and cabinet design for the best possible performance, even at extreme listening levels.

    High Efficiency Design: Compatible with practically any AV receiver, these speakers produce sound that is open, spacious and clear, even when driven by modestly-powered amplifiers and receivers.

    Bi-Laminate Composite Woofers: Each speaker features a 5.25" bi-laminate composite dynamic balance driver which is light and stiff for deep bass response and low distortion. For high performance durability, each woofer uses a butyl rubber surround.

    Silk dome Tweeters: Each speaker features a 1.0" silk dome dynamic balance tweeter for detailed highs. Each tweeter features Mylar bypass capacitors in the crossovers to extend high frequency response and improve detail and transparency.

    Frequency Response: The overall frequency response is 53Hz-25kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 61-24kHz.

    Enclosure Design

    Quality Built Cabinets: The TSi speaker cabinets are extensively braced MDF with ¾" thick baffles. With pewter accents, a piano black top plate and removable black grille, TSi speakers look awesome and take up less than one square foot. All models are available in a choice of black or cherry wood-grain vinyl finishes.

    Narrow Baffle Geometry: Narrow baffle geometry is a design that creates a sleek looking speaker with great sound. First the high quality cabinet is slender and tucks away easily in your room. The smaller-diameter speaker components are lighter in mass, translating to clearer sound.

    Flared Ports: All TSi speakers feature critically-tuned flared ports. Flared ports minimize port noise ("chuffing") and ensure good low frequency extension with low distortion. With flared ports, TSi speakers reveal realistic, natural, full-bodied sound with rich bass. These TSi bookshelf speakers feature a rear-firing port.

    Connections

    5-Way Binding Posts: Each speaker has a set of gold-plated 5-way binding posts.

    Mounting Options

    Placement: Create an equilateral triangle between the speaker and the listening position. If you notice video distortion or discoloration, immediately move the speaker away from the video source.

    Rubber Feet: Each speaker comes with four self-adhesive rubber feet so they will sit securely on your speaker stands or shelf.

    Wall Mounting: Each speaker has a keyhole slot bracket on the back panel, allowing the speaker to be mounted on the wall using optional mounting screws (sold separately). A wall-mount template is provided to assist you.

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    Why did you buy this?

    Competitive Prices Vs Other Brands [ Miguel  Jun 10, 2017 ]
    I'm familiar with Polk audio excellence. I've have several of the SDA speaker sets from the late 1980's, and also have had their car speaker products. I believe in Polk engineering and sound. [ Ronald  May 18, 2017 ]
    I have another pair and their sound is remarkable [ Wifredo  May 02, 2017 ]
    Price point [ Ronald  May 02, 2017 ]
    Needed some decent speakers for a small room. [ FRANK  Apr 01, 2017 ]
    price and quality [ Benjamin  Mar 30, 2017 ]
    Excellent reviews, within my budget and meets intended use - in my workshop [ Ray  Mar 26, 2017 ]
    previous good history with Polk [ robert  Mar 21, 2017 ]
    Great Speakers [ Patrick  Mar 18, 2017 ]
    Was looking for a decent bookshelf speaker for my workshop to be used with a Bose Acoustimas Subwoofer. Reviews pointed toward a clear natural sounding speaker without being tinny. I listen to classical - smoth jazz - vocals. Now I'm looking forward to great music while I work on R/C Sailboats and Airplanes. [ Kenichi  Mar 09, 2017 ]
    Brand name and sold by the best company to purchase electronics on line. [ MDS  Feb 03, 2017 ]
    Trusted brand, always good performance. [ DAVE  Feb 01, 2017 ]
    STRONG MIDRANGE AND OPEN AIRY SOUND QUALITY. [ STAN  Feb 01, 2017 ]
    Size, quality, and price. [ John  Jan 28, 2017 ]
    You cannot beat Polk quality for the money [ JAMES  Jan 19, 2017 ]
    Needed bookshelf speakers. Love Polk sound and the price was on point. Very happy with my purchase [ JEREMIAH  Jan 05, 2017 ]
    My third set of Polks. Great value [ M  Dec 20, 2016 ]
    I was looking for a mid-range set of bookshelf speakers for my computer desk area and the Polk Audio TSi100 looked like a good value for the money. [ Mark  Dec 13, 2016 ]
    Price and quality of Polk Audio systems. [ Calvin  Dec 03, 2016 ]
    These are a gift. I own a pair now for several years - excellent speaker for the price. [ Frank Worsham  Dec 01, 2016 ]
    Top rated item that fit my budgetary constraints. [ Tyler  Nov 28, 2016 ]
    price/value/performance [ John  Nov 25, 2016 ]
    A friend's recommendation [ Rommel  Nov 19, 2016 ]
    Price an quality confirmed with plenty of reviews. [ Joe  Nov 17, 2016 ]
    Excellent sound [ Carlos  Nov 10, 2016 ]
    I have some older Polk Audio speakers and am happy with them. These speakers are small enough to fit where I need them, the price is reasonable, and they have excellent online reviews. [ Peter  Oct 01, 2016 ]
    Old order, Selected for cost vs specs [ ARTHUR J  Aug 18, 2016 ]
    Difficult to beat Polk Audio quality teamed with competitive pricing! [ Scott  Jul 30, 2016 ]
    I needed to replace and update an older budget system. I still wanted to keep prices low, but I wanted speakers that could handle more than movies as I like to listen to music as well. The Tsi100's fit the bill perfect and also fit my existing shelves. It was a win win. [ Lester  Jul 29, 2016 ]
    Great Bookshelf speakers. Amazing sound for their size. They can be placed virtually anywhere. [ Jose  Jul 26, 2016 ]
    Quality! Service! Trust! [ William  Jul 25, 2016 ]
    Needed quality speaker for my office, very limited shelf space so small size was a selling point. [ Rufus  Jul 14, 2016 ]
    I wanted better speakers to replace a 30 year old set. [ G  Jul 05, 2016 ]
    Crutchfield [ A  Jun 04, 2016 ]
    I needed small bookshelf speakers with good sound. [ MARIA T  May 30, 2016 ]
    Dallas recommended Dallas' Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=47 [ Dennis  May 20, 2016 ]
    Good match to the Polk center channel speaker I already own [ Karl  May 18, 2016 ]
    Excellent sonic reputation for the size and price. [ Bruce  Apr 27, 2016 ]
    good reviews and good price [ Neal  Apr 26, 2016 ]
    Great price. Prior experience with Polk. Love the sound [ B  Apr 21, 2016 ]
    I chose these speakers because my sales advisor recommended them for the system I am buying. [ Marian  Apr 17, 2016 ]
    Own other Polk speakers and have been very satisfied with the sound and quality of them. [ Thomas  Apr 13, 2016 ]
    love polk audio [ paul  Mar 29, 2016 ]
    same price as amazon,i would rather buy from crutchfield,also a fan of polk. [ mark  Mar 15, 2016 ]
    I was looking for a small speaker for a specific space. these were the perfect size, and the price was very good [ mike  Mar 11, 2016 ]
    background music for living room [ Michael  Mar 05, 2016 ]
    Recommendation of the sales associate [ James  Feb 24, 2016 ]
    Bought a Polk Center Channel a while back and need to fill out my system. [ Dominic  Jan 15, 2016 ]
    Good overview/review and price [ Dick  Jan 10, 2016 ]
    Needed some small speakers for my receiver [ DEBBIE  Jan 09, 2016 ]
    Have one pair and wanted another to match. Love the sound of Polk. [ RICHARD  Jan 09, 2016 ]
    You seem reliable as well as professional. [ Stephen  Jan 06, 2016 ]
    Good Price [ Jaime  Jan 06, 2016 ]
    Recommendation of a friend. Sale price. [ Robert  Jan 05, 2016 ]
    Easily wall mountable with similar specs to the non-wall mountable TSi200 [ MICHAEL  Jan 03, 2016 ]
    Excelent price and free shiping [ Ubaldo  Jan 01, 2016 ]
    Polk sound & quality, price, crutchfield reviews & product specs. [ Jaime  Dec 28, 2015 ]
    Polk speakers are great, I have them for my 7.1 surround speakers! These are for my sons room!! [ Mark  Dec 21, 2015 ]
    good price and quality [ Glenn  Dec 21, 2015 ]
    I ordered these to complete a 7-channel system paired with the RTI A3 and CSI A4. I already own a pair for about a year now and absolutely love them. [ Jerry  Dec 20, 2015 ]
    It seemed to be a good replacement for my existing speakers based on what your tech Jane told me. I am replacing a set of B&W 2001 ZMF's that I use as front speakers on my home theater system. [ James  Dec 20, 2015 ]
    very favorable price and excellent product reviews. great combination! [ james  Dec 13, 2015 ]
    Very good reviews and a great price. [ Steve  Dec 11, 2015 ]
    Excellent speakers at a reasonable price. [ Ronald  Dec 07, 2015 ]
    Seemed to be the best fit for the other Polk speakers recently purchased to fit into a small bedroom. [ MEL  Dec 05, 2015 ]
    Match to main theater speakers [ J  Apr 09, 2017 ]
    Great reviews, Polk has always had a good rep and like the Cherry finish. It's a gift for my daughter and these will be perfect for their new amp and record player!!!!!! Small apartment so will be perfect! [ Jeffrey  Mar 14, 2017 ]
    Size, price, reviews, looks. [ Matthew  Feb 05, 2017 ]
    Reviews, price, Crutchfield reputation [ Charles  Feb 05, 2017 ]
    I trust Polk and am dealing with an 11 1/2" bookshelf height. I was very impressed with the TSi200 speakers I purchased from you last month. [ Mark  Feb 03, 2017 ]
    to go with my new sony home receiver i purchased here. [ HAROLD G  Jan 24, 2017 ]
    These things sound very good especially for the money. I have a pair in the cherry finish and a pair in black in my surround system. I will replace the black ones with these in my surround system and use the black ones with my vintage receiver. [ Timothy W  Jan 15, 2017 ]
    Wanted to replace old speakers and the size of the Polk Audio fit the bookshelf space. [ Robert  Jan 04, 2017 ]
    Size and shape, they are going on top of cabinets in kitchen,plus all other speakers I own are Polk Audio. [ Scott  Jan 04, 2017 ]
    I needed a small bookshelf speaker to use as a surround speaker that would not break the bank and that had good reviews. This speaker seems to fit the bill. [ Steven  Dec 23, 2016 ]
    Spoke to Polk - these can be placed on their sides to fit my small space. Also the item was half price because Polk was coming out with a new speaker line. [ Bob A  Dec 14, 2016 ]
    history with polk audio [ Greg  Dec 07, 2016 ]
    The color matches my existing furniture and the size fits the intended space. [ John  Dec 05, 2016 ]
    To compliment the rest of my stereo system. [ JEFF  Dec 04, 2016 ]
    I've owned Polk speakers for my pickup and have been impressed with them. Also, read all of the positive reviews, making my decision easier. [ Peter  Dec 02, 2016 ]
    good value, performance, and looks [ jim  Nov 29, 2016 ]
    Good reviews and the price [ Robert  Nov 24, 2016 ]
    Good price for the quality. [ PAUL MATTHEWS  Nov 16, 2016 ]
    Starter stereo for my nephews winter holiday gift. Hope it works ok in apartment [ Van  Nov 06, 2016 ]
    Polk Audio is a good brand and the price was awesome. I wll be shopping here again. [ William D.  Nov 04, 2016 ]
    Polk audio is one of the big wigs in home audio speaker systems. My favorite color is red! [ Sergio  Oct 03, 2016 ]
    Price, Polk reputation and I needed a decent pair of bookshlef speaker. Why else would I choose these? Great Crutchfield service is a good reason too. [ Michael  Apr 18, 2016 ]
    Really like the color. Recommended by Doug [ Badrinarayanan  Dec 27, 2015 ]
    Had just got a couple of Poke towers and a Sub for my home theater system that sounded great but it put the shame on the surrounds that had come from one of those all in one packages years ago so under the advice of Troy (one of your techs) I purchased these to match. [ Mark  Dec 17, 2015 ]
    They look great! [ NORMAN  Dec 15, 2015 ]

    13 questions already asked

    They would be compatible with any receiver. I have an Onyko receiver that I bought with the speakers and they sound awesome. A lot of sound from a book shelf speaker. [ SAMUEL  Jun 06, 2017 ]
    I can't say for sure but I don't know why they wouldn't be. As long as you have the wires to connect them there should not be any problem. Speakers will work with any receiver. Good speakers for the price [ HAYWARD H.  Jun 06, 2017 ]
    Without a doubt. I just looked up the receiver and it has regular speaker jacks. So yes. These would be a great addition to your system. I would definitely? recommend a subwoofer for the lows. These speakers sound great but they lack a detailed low below 70hz. [ Eric  Jun 06, 2017 ]
    Jose, doesn't the receiver have an 8 ohm power rating or option? My main concern might be not enough power to the speakers, and that would result in a less than satisfactory sound from the speakers. If you haven't already done so, I would check out the Polk Audio website and double-check the speaker specs to make sure your setup would work out! Regards, A.J. [ Alfred J.  May 26, 2017 ]
    At high receiver output you might. I've had mine hooked up to a 100 W RMS Rotel integrated that sounded great after break in. Great little speaker for female voice and sax. [ Stephen Dougla  May 26, 2017 ]
    No, they are standard speakers. [ WILLIAM  Mar 15, 2016 ]
    These are standard speakers. If you need Bluetooth, then you'll need to do it via a receiver. [ JEFFREY W  Mar 15, 2016 ]
    The better gauge wire, the less signal loss you will have. We always use 14 gauge, though 16 gauge would work. [ Robin  Dec 02, 2015 ]
    I don't know. However, mine died after 18 months. I recommend you consult with an expert at Crutchfield. [ Federico  Dec 01, 2015 ]
    To answer your question I am using a 12 gauge wire seems to perform better and also helps keep my amp run cooler and the speakers sound clear and less resistance from the output from the receiver [ THOMAS  Dec 01, 2015 ]
    There are speaker wire terminals on the back of these speakers. You would simply need to run speaker wire from your receiver to these speakers. [ Jeff  Dec 15, 2014 ]  Staff
    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy  Oct 27, 2014 ]  Staff
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: I'm afraid those are only available in black and we don't offer them in Cherry. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Apr 09, 2014 ]  Staff
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: That older Marantz stereo receiver is rated at 40 watts x 2 at 8 ohms so it'll drive the Polk Audio TSi100 speakers fine. Since they are small, you won't get a ton of bass from them but the Marantz is strong and should do a great job with those smallish bookshelf speakers. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Mar 25, 2014 ]  Staff
    I bought these speakers and they sound great especially for home theater. But, you shouldn't put them back against a wall like you said. I don't know why they have that mounting option on the back. The rear port I believe is part of the "bass reflex" system for more base in a smaller speaker, but it needs to move the air (thus the space from the wall). For musical listening, or if you have a subwoofer already, you might want to consider an "accoustic suspension" speaker (without the ports) if you want to place the back of them against the wall. I don't know if polk makes one of those since the home theater type speakers are so popular now. [ SCOTT  Mar 20, 2014 ]
    Hi Eric K! You're right, the TSI100 is rear-ported, it does come with a key hole type kind of bracket that for my personal taste is useful for surround mountings but you got to put some rubber shoes on them or otherwise you will hear some vibrations coming from the speakers shoes. The other question is if should you mount them against the wall? Well it depends IMO, if you're using them as surround you won't be able to hear much difference ( I have them against the wall mounted with the original key hole slot and I have them as surround 4 of them) but if you're using them as main L and R channels I will put them about 12 inches of the wall. I hope this gives you a better idea ! Have fun! And welcome to great sound! [ PEDRO  Mar 20, 2014 ]
    I've had no problems and mine are up against the wall. . Good speakers! [ KEN  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    Thank you for the response. [ Eric  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    The port is on the back but the bracket allows the woofer to "breathe". I used a single 3" Sheetrock screw in the wall. If you let it stick out about 1/2" it will mount just fine. I have a 7.1 polk setup with TSI400,300,100,CSC20, and a Pro440 WI. They totally rock! 90watts each channel. Monster speaker wire. Highly recommend TSI series. [ Phoneman  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    The mounting brackets provide about a 1 inch buffer between the speaker and the wall. So the port stays clear. These are truly wonderful speakers for the price. [ Suzanne  Mar 19, 2014 ]
    Hi. The answer is yes. These speakers (Polk Audio TSi100) would work very well with your Luxman R-1030 receiver. It has 30 watts RMS and would handle very well these speakers that need a minimum of 10 watts RMS. [ JESUS  Apr 03, 2017 ]
    yes [ DAVID  Apr 01, 2017 ]
    I believe they will work very well. The tsi100 are efficient speakers. You only need 20 watts per channel for them to sound full. your receiver seems to have a clean 30 watts per channel. According to the specs,the total harmonic distortion is at 0.05%(the lower the number the better and cleaner) for 30 watts into 8 ohms, which is suppose to mean you have a strong 30 watts. It would be more than 30 if it was rated like the amps are rated today. You have to spend over $1000.00 to get numbers like that these days. [ Antoine E.  Apr 01, 2017 ]
    I assume would. Power requirement is not severe. I tested them on a Yamaha CR-420 - at least 15 -20 years old and they worked fine. [ David  Apr 01, 2017 ]
    No. this is a passive speakers and need a amplifier in order to operate. The earphone or speaker output of a computer need a active speaker (with integrated amplification) . [ JESUS  Feb 26, 2017 ]
    No they will not. They would need an amp. There are small amps the size of a male's hand out there for around 25-30 dollars that can work. You have to search for them.They are around 20 or 30 watts per channel. You will need at least 20 watts. You will have to run regular speaker wire to the amp, a pair of simple RCA jacks and a "Y" adapter to the computer jack.( cheap and simple) You can use any receiver to do this. Just plug into the CD input. You can also buy good powered speakers for computers. Hope this helps,You have a great day [ Antoine E.  Feb 26, 2017 ]
    No, you need speaker wire to connect them directly to your amplifier. [ Brian  Feb 25, 2017 ]
    Not easily. These speakers have traditional terminals meant to be used with AV or Stereo Receivers. You would have to manufacture a cable & hope your computer has the proper power output. You would be better off purchasing a pair of speakers specifically designed for use with a Computer or Laptop. [ David  Feb 24, 2017 ]
    I suspect they could but I have no idea how to do it. [ David  Feb 24, 2017 ]
    No, you must use regular speaker cables. [ James  Feb 24, 2017 ]
    No. this is a passive speakers and need a amplifier in order to operate. The earphone or audio output of a HDTV need a Receiver to connect the Polk TSi-100 speaker . [ JESUS  Apr 03, 2017 ]
    No, these are not self powered speakers. You need a receiver. It can be a small on though [ Badrinarayanan  Jan 28, 2016 ]
    Hi their, you will need a separate receiver. [ Antoine E.  Jan 27, 2016 ]
    You will not be able to connect this directly to a TV set without a seperate receiver. [ EARL  Jan 27, 2016 ]
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