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Polk Audio TSi500

Floor-standing speaker (Cherry)

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Item # 107TSI500C

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Overview

Our take on the Polk Audio TSi500

You can count on Polk's TSi500 floor-standing tower to deliver the kind of impact and clarity that makes you feel like you're right there in the movie or on the stage with your favorite musical artist. Its silk dome tweeter serves up clear, shimmering highs, while four 6-1/2" woofers pump out accurate mids and deep bass. The well-braced cabinet fights resonance so the details in your music and movies shine through. Dual five-way binding posts let you bi-amp or bi-wire the TSi500 for even better performance.

Powerful, room-filling sound for your music and movies

You can count on Polk's TSi500 floor-standing tower to deliver the kind of impact and clarity that makes you feel like you're right there in the movie or on the stage with your favorite musical artist. Its silk dome tweeter serves up clear, shimmering highs, while four 6-1/2" woofers pump out accurate mids and deep bass. The well-braced cabinet fights resonance so the details in your music and movies shine through. Dual five-way binding posts let you bi-amp or bi-wire the TSi500 for even better performance.

Handsome looks and a room-friendly footprint

A woodgrain finish gives the TSi500 a refined look, capped by an elegant piano black top plate. At the base of the speaker you'll find sturdy stabilizer feet to keep it anchored to your floor, regardless of whether it's carpeted or non-carpeted. And since the speaker's footprint takes up less than one square foot, you can enjoy commanding tower speaker sound without sacrificing a lot of space.

Recommended center channel speaker: Polk TSi CS10 or Polk TSi CS20.
Recommended surround speakers: Polk TSi 100 or Polk TSi 200.

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nice sound - box very damaged when delivered, but the unit seems ok

Anonymous, New York City

What's in the Box:

  • Cherry tower speaker
  • Detachable cloth grille (installed)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Wall-Mount template
  • Online registration sheet
  • Polk Audio product brochure

Product Highlights:

  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • frequency response: 38-24,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • overall frequency response: 28-25,000 Hz
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-275 watts
  • 1" Dynamic Balance® silk dome tweeter
  • four 6-1/2" bi-laminate organic fiber cone woofers
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • sensitivity: 91 dB
  • dual 5-way binding post terminals compatible with bi-amping and bi-wiring
  • woodgrain vinyl finish with piano black top plate
  • 9-7/16"W x 44-3/8"H x 14-13/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Wood-grain vinyl
Color Cherry
Tweeter Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Organic Fiber
Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Specifications
Power Range 20-275
Frequency Response 38-24k Hz
Sensitivity 91 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Amplifier Power ---
Height (inches) 44-3/8
Width (inches) 9-7/16
Depth (inches) 14-13/16
Weight 50.4 lbs

Product Research

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: The speaker features four 6.5" bi-laminate composite dynamic balance drivers which are light and stiff for deep bass response and low distortion. The multiple smaller driver configuration is capable of better detail than one single large woofer. This design also projects sound over a wider area, so there is a broader "sweet-spot". For high performance durability, each woofer uses a butyl rubber surround.

Silk dome Tweeters: The speaker features a 1.0" silk dome dynamic balance tweeter for detailed highs. The 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 28Hz-25kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 38-24kHz.

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. 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 floorstanding speakers feature a down-firing power port.

Connections

Dual 5-Way Binding Posts: The speaker has two sets of gold-plated 5-way binding posts connected by gold-plated jumpers. Using the dual 5-way binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers.

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.

Built-In Conical Feet: The speaker features four built-in conical feet to ensure stability for precise bass response and superior imaging.

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