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Polk Audio TSx220B

Bookshelf speakers (Cherry)

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Our take on the Polk Audio TSx220B

Go ahead, turn it up! Then sit back and enjoy the lifelike vocals, snappy percussion, and surprisingly full-bodied bass response that Polk Audio's TSx220B bookshelf speakers deliver. Their 1" silk/polymer dome tweeters provide clear, spacious highs that stay gentle on the ears, even at higher volumes. And their 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance® woofers pump out impressive bottom end that'll keep your tunes rocking. They make a great choice for stereo music listening or a home theater system in small- to medium-sized rooms.

Feel the impact of your music and movie soundtracks

Go ahead, turn it up! Then sit back and enjoy the lifelike vocals, snappy percussion, and surprisingly full-bodied bass response that Polk Audio's TSx220B bookshelf speakers deliver. Their 1" silk/polymer dome tweeters provide clear, spacious highs that stay gentle on the ears, even at higher volumes. And their 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance® woofers pump out impressive bottom end that'll keep your tunes rocking. They make a great choice for stereo music listening or a home theater system in small- to medium-sized rooms.

Designed and built for exceptional performance

Polk carefully builds the TSx-series speakers using advanced manufacturing techniques and high-quality materials — they put a lot into them so you get a lot out of them. Each one boasts Polk's exclusive Dynamic Balance® drivers — a bi-laminate design of fiber-infused polymers sandwiched together to form a strong yet highly efficient lightweight cone for natural, low-distortion sound. Polk puts these advanced drivers through extensive testing to find and eliminate resonance points, ensuring that everything you listen to sounds clean and accurate.

Polk also paid special attention to the TSx crossovers, using a high-performance design with premium parts like Mylar bypass capacitors to deliver smooth and extended high-frequency details. Even the enclosures contribute to great sound. Their attractive cabinets use non-resonant MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) and non-parallel curved side panels to create a rigid, acoustically inert structure that effectively reduces audible coloration.

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Sound is great and the perfect size for my needs. My advisor was helpful in making the right selection

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What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Detachable cloth grilles (installed)
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online registration sheet

Product Highlights:

  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • frequency response: 50-24,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-125 watts
  • 1" silk/polymer Dynamic Balance® dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance bi-laminate composite woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • impedance: 8-ohm
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • front-firing tuned port makes the speaker less sensitive to room placement and allows closer placement to a wall
  • gold-plated 5-way binding post terminals
  • woodgrain vinyl finish
  • 8-3/8"W x 14-13/16"H x 13-3/8"D
  • weight: 13.6 lbs. (each)
  • 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) N/A
    Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
    Woofer Composition Bi-Laminate Composite
    Woofer Surround Butyl Rubber
    Power Range 20-125
    Sensitivity 90 dB
    Impedance (Ohms) 8
    Frequency Response 50-24k Hz
    Connector Type 5-way post
    Bi-amp Inputs No
    Height (inches) 14-13/16
    Width (inches) 8-3/8
    Depth (inches) 13-3/8
    Weight (pounds) 13.6
    Mounting Bracket Included No
    Recommended Stand Height (inches) 16-26
    Parts Warranty 5 Years
    Labor Warranty 5 Years

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    Driver Technology
    Enclosure Design
    Connections
    Mounting Options

    Driver Technology

    TSx Series Loudspeaker: Introducing the TSx Series of loudspeakers from Polk; stylish and quality-built for high performance. The high efficiency TSx Series loudspeaker features a unique curved enclosure wrapped in a wood-grain vinyl. The loudspeaker employs Dynamic Balance tuned drivers and tweeters for realistic mid-range, deep, well-blended bass, and incredible detail - for a classic Polk sound that is naturally open, spacious, and clear.

    High Efficiency Design: The TSx Series loudspeaker can be driven by practically any electronics, even the most modestly-powered amplifier or receiver. Whether you're connecting them to the newest digital receiver, or to your vintage amp, the TSx Series loudspeaker can produce sound that's spacious and clear, enveloping and realistic.

    Dynamic Balance Drivers: The TSx Series loudspeaker uses Polk's Dynamic Balance Driver Technology for great sound. 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. Using just the right materials enables Polk to tune out performance-robbing resonances before they occur.

    Klipple Optimized Motor: Klipple Optimized Motor employs a laser and sophisticated software for large scale analysis of the TSx Series loudspeaker's drivers in motion. Using this state-of-the-art laser and software process, Polk engineers were able to optimize the speaker's motor structure, voice coil alignment, and suspension to yield the best possible performance.

    Silk/Polymer Dome Tweeter: The TSx220B bookshelf loudspeaker features a 1.0" silk/polymer Dynamic Balance dome tweeter with a powerful neodymium magnet structure that delivers clear and detailed highs for realistic reproduction of vocals and instruments, without fatigue.

    Bi-Laminate Composite Woofer: The TSx220B bookshelf loudspeaker features a 6.5" bi-laminate composite Dynamic Balance driver which is light and stiff with exceptional damping. This Dynamic Balance bi-laminate composite cone woofer uses a butyl rubber surround, polyamide voice coil, massive motor structure, and high-temperature aramid fiber spider to create a driver of exceptionally high efficiency, clear bass, better linearity, lower distortion, and greater durability.

    High Performance Crossover: The loudspeaker employs a high performance crossover system for optimum blending and time alignment of the overall speaker. Mylar bypass capacitors are used to reveal extended high frequency details.

    TSx-Series Timbre-Matched: All Polk loudspeakers are timbre-matched within their series, designed with the same components throughout, to achieve seamless speaker-to-speaker blending effects in multi-channel systems.

    Frequency Response: The TSx220B bookshelf loudspeaker has an overall frequency response of 42Hz-25kHz, while the -3dB frequency response is 50-24kHz.

    Enclosure Design

    Curved MDF Cabinet: The TSx220B bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a unique curved cabinet design which creates a stronger, more rigid and acoustically inert enclosure. The elegantly curved side panels, which create non-parallel surfaces, reduce unwanted internal standing waves for less audible coloration. Non-resonant all-MDF construction, with a 5/8"thick baffle, ensures cleaner, clearer, more lifelike sound quality.

    Note: The TSx220B bookshelf loudspeaker is available in either a black or cherry finish.

    Flared Port: The TSx Series loudspeaker features a critically-tuned, front-firing flared port. The flared port improves air flow and minimizes port noise ("chuffing"), while ensuring good low frequency extension with low distortion. This flared port design lets the TSx speaker reveal realistic, natural, full-bodied sound with rich bass.

    Anti-Diffraction Grille: The computer modeled anti-diffraction grille minimizes grille interference, so it doesn't get in the way of your sound. This black cloth grille is detachable.

    Connections

    Gold-Plated 5-Way Binding Posts: The TSx220B bookshelf loudspeaker features gold-plated 5-way binding posts for excellent signal transfer. The 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana plugs (single or dual). The speaker terminals are color coded for easy identification between positive (red) and negative (black).

    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: The bookshelf loudspeaker comes with self-adhesive rubber feet so it will sit safely and securely on your speaker stand or shelf. The rubber feet add approximately 0.625" to the height of the speaker.

    Wall Mounting: The TSx220B bookshelf speaker does not feature any type of wall-mount bracket or hardware. The optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (121AM40B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speaker.

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    Why did you buy this?

    match my other dolbyx and atmos speaker [ PETER  Feb 17, 2017 ]
    Polk speakers are well known and for the price can't be beat! [ Barry  Feb 05, 2017 ]
    My son has these speakers and they sound amazing, so they were my first choice for a new set of speakers to go with the new Yamaha receiver I also bought from Crutchfield. [ Michael  Jan 20, 2017 ]
    Polk name, price point, and positive reviews [ Alan  Jan 06, 2017 ]
    Impressed with specs and price. [ Christopher  Dec 09, 2016 ]
    CJ recommended [ Kevin  Nov 29, 2016 ]
    The reviews were strong and the size, anticipated performance is good for my space. [ Aicha  Nov 25, 2016 ]
    I picked these up to improve the tv sound. [ John  Nov 24, 2016 ]
    Great speaker, well reviewed; good price. [ Jeffrey  Nov 22, 2016 ]
    my needs for bookshelf speakers are 6-1/2" woofers and front-firing tuned port. the silk 1' tweeter a nice plus! [ mark  Oct 16, 2016 ]
    Currently I'm listening to a 2.1 channel system with my recently purchased sub from Crutchfield (which I'm very pleased with!) but I'm lacking rear channel speakers that these Polks will be used for. [ Kenneth E.  Oct 10, 2016 ]
    Polk speakers are amazing! These are going to be a fantastic upgrade to my home sound system. Excellent sale price! [ H  Oct 08, 2016 ]
    I currently have Polks which I really love. Never heard these but the reviews were good and extensive. [ Kurt  Sep 26, 2016 ]
    I chose the TSx220B Polk's based on the Polk reputation and the specifications on this particular speaker. I was looking for something for my daughter's small Chicago two room apartment for a new vinyl system I am setting up for her and thought these with their 6-1/2" woofer would stand a good chance to give a full sound for a small system with a good quality amp and possibly an FM tuner. I was right. I am purchasing a pair for myself now as well. [ JOHN  Sep 26, 2016 ]
    Great value [ Karl  Sep 22, 2016 ]
    Scratch & Dent price can't be beat, they're going in my garage anyway. [ Tracy  Sep 22, 2016 ]
    They were the best bang for the buck. Nice price break. [ Mathew  Aug 25, 2016 ]
    they match my center channel [ JAMES  Aug 17, 2016 ]
    Recommended by a friend [ Judith  Aug 17, 2016 ]
    Good reviews. Good price. Like Polk products. [ Edward  Aug 17, 2016 ]
    I have other Polk Audio and like it. Also these have great reviews. [ Kirbster  Aug 13, 2016 ]
    Because they best match my center ch. speaker... [ JEFFERY  Aug 10, 2016 ]
    Great value !! [ David  Jul 27, 2016 ]
    Value [ Kenneth  Jul 04, 2016 ]
    I LOVE POLK AUDIO! THE VALUE IS THROUGH THE ROOF. THE PERFORMANCE TO PRICE RATIO IS UNBEATABLE. I OWN A PAIR OF 30 YEAR OLD POLK AUDIO MONITOR 5 Jr. SPEAKERS THAT I PAID $180. TODAY 30 YEARS LATER I AM BUYING BRAND NEW POLKS FOR $180 WITH ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME SPECS.PRETTY UNBELIEVABLE I WOULD SAY. OBVIOUSLY ALL THIS WOULD BE MEANINGLESS IF I DID NOT LOVE THE SOUND. [ Jaqueline  Jul 04, 2016 ]
    needed new speakers to work with an older amplifier [ Linda  Jun 13, 2016 ]
    good reviews, right price [ Becky  Jun 05, 2016 ]
    Quality product as well as a good fit for the room and receiver. [ Jim  May 29, 2016 ]
    It's a great price on these speakers, to good to pass up [ James  May 25, 2016 ]
    Outstanding reviews for bookshelf speakers. Looking to upgrade my system. I've always heard that Polk made quality speakers. [ Guy R.  May 01, 2016 ]
    Matches other tsx series speakers [ Walter  Mar 21, 2016 ]
    I'm a long time Polk fan and I read hundreds of reviews on dozens of different speakers and I'm replacing 30 year old Polk speakers with confidence that these will not disappoint. [ JACK  Feb 12, 2016 ]
    size, quality, rating, price [ Paul  Dec 26, 2015 ]
    low cost, good reviews. previous experience with Polk products, will fit space on TV bench easily, Crutchfield reputation. [ Charles  Aug 29, 2016 ]
    Good price for quality [ Arthur  Aug 28, 2016 ]
    I have had good experience with Polk speakers, they seem to be the best value I have found, for the money. [ Sam  Aug 21, 2016 ]
    Same series as my floor speakers [ paratwa  Aug 17, 2016 ]
    Excellent speakers for the price. I bought these for my mom, and the difference from the Bose 201s she had used for years blew her mind. I could not be happier with the difference in sound quality. [ Michael  Aug 15, 2016 ]
    Just a gamble lol [ Johnny  Aug 08, 2016 ]
    reviews and price w free delivery [ Dennis  Jul 27, 2016 ]
    look nice, good reviews here and on other sites, polk quality, and will work well with my onkyo. [ chad  Jul 24, 2016 ]
    I chose polks Tsx220b to match my front speakers (polk tsx550t) [ Audiophile1  Jul 19, 2016 ]
    I am upgrading from Polk T15 speakers to these. I think they are pretty and will blend with my surroundings, and I am always looking for a good price. They offer outstanding preformance. I have always had a pleasant experience with Chrutchfield. [ Tom  Jul 14, 2016 ]
    Needed something fairly small that could handle higher wattage. Exceeded expectations. [ Rufus  Jul 14, 2016 ]
    Seemed like the right speaker for the space. I've always liked my music sounding crisp and clear with just the right bang I'm hoping to get it [ DANIEL  Jul 02, 2016 ]
    Great price. Right size to fit on our entertainment center next to the tv. [ Wade  Jun 04, 2016 ]
    Good reviews. Will fit the bill for the man cave. [ Eric  May 22, 2016 ]
    To match the TSx550 floor speakers (theater / surround sound) and due to space limitations. [ ANDREW  May 18, 2016 ]
    I've always enjoyed Polk Audio products and these will fit my space perfectly. Positive reviews and the sales price clinched the deal. [ Paul  May 05, 2016 ]
    Price [ Daniel F Lopez  May 03, 2016 ]
    Discount, brand loyalty [ Billy  May 01, 2016 ]

    5 questions already asked

    It all depends on what you definition of "Loud" is. But make sure you have your receiver setup to for the size of speakers that you have and the correct distance. Also make sure you are not in night mode on your receiver. I usually have my Yamaha at -20 to -24 when watching movies, but I am am also running floor standing speakers with dial tens. [ GREGORY J  Aug 04, 2016 ]
    not permanently, but I did use them that way temporarily , I could not hear any difference. nice sound for the money. good service from Crutchfield. RUSS [ Robert  Feb 12, 2016 ]
    Their sidewall is not flat so I wouldn't recommend to mount them horizontally. In any case they are great speakers [ Maria Helena  Feb 12, 2016 ]
    HI Dave. I own two pair of the 220s. One pair is mounted as expected; upright w/ tweet on top. The other pair is mounted horizontally on shelving in a slightly smaller room. I placed a foam block under the curved side of each speaker and aimed the speaker face slightly downward. Both set-ups sound terrific! [ Robert  Feb 12, 2016 ]
    You should be able to. The aren't flat on sides so they might lay weird. [ GREGORY J  Feb 12, 2016 ]
    Michael, I have the Polk speakers on a shelf system and they sound great. I don't use speaker stands. Kevin [ KEVIN  Jul 23, 2015 ]
    Sorry I can't help you with the question. I have the speakers standing up on a shelf. They sound great for small speakers. [ KEVIN  Mar 20, 2015 ]
    I chose not to screw the speakers to bracket. I placed the speaker as far back as possible and secure the sides with bracket. [ John  Mar 19, 2015 ]
    The speakers come with a bracket already attached. [ Ricardo  Mar 19, 2015 ]
    Nope they belong on shelf [ ERIC K  Mar 19, 2015 ]
    Yes, I have mounted them. Bought clamping mounts, and blue tac. No need to put screws in them. Just make sure to screw into studs, they are pretty big. [ Steven  Mar 19, 2015 ]
    I have not mounted them on the wall. Might I suggest that you put up shelves and then put these on those vice mounting them directly to the wall.? [ NICHOLAS  Mar 19, 2015 ]
    After reading many reviews for several different bookshelf speaker manufacturers, I bought the Polk 220s and the Onkyo TX-8020 to drive them. I am a serious amateur jazz trumpet player. Music and listening go hand-in-hand. I was so happy with the Polk 220s I bought a 2nd pair! Both rooms are stand alone systems with terrific sound! [ Robert  Feb 12, 2016 ]
    Sam, I purchased these speakers for a stand alone stereo system, not a home theater, in an NYC apartment. Space was an issue. What I can tell you is that the sound is awesome and powerful from these small speakers. My receiver is the Onkyo TX-8050, also purchased from Crutchfield - Kevin [ KEVIN  Apr 04, 2014 ]
    I use it as part of a home entertainment system and it meets my needs. It has all the volume I need for my den, which is about 18' by 20'. You might get slightly better clarity from standing speakers, but I doubt it. My one piece of advice would be to not go small with the sub woofer. That is the one piece of equipment that really gives the "movie theatre" feel in a home entertainment system. I upgraded from my first choice after talking to the representative from Crutchfield and am happy with the results. [ MICHAEL J  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    Bookshelf speakers can be an excellent fit for a home theater system. They make phenomenal rear surrounds, but can also be used for front speakers as well. The Polk Audio TSx220 speakers are relatively big for "bookshelf" speakers. The cabinets are deep and heavy (well constructed), which enhances sound quality. These speakers have a ported design which also extends bass response. Overall, these speakers perform as well (or better) than most floor standing speakers. To get the best performance out of these speakers, I would elevate them on speaker stands (SANUS makes great speaker stands as well as AV furniture and mounts for flat panel TVs). The most important thing in building a home theater system is to match all of your speakers - don't mix different brands - and even within brand, be sure to get surrounds that are matched with your fronts and center speaker. Polk Audio has a terrific line of speakers at different price levels, so check out their center channel and sub-woofers too. If you use the Polk TSx220 speakers for both your front and surround speakers, you'll be enveloped in a very full, rich sound. If you have any questions about speaker matching, I'd recommend calling the Crutchfield support line to ask for a recommendation - I have found them to be quite helpful. [ Jeffrey  Jan 17, 2014 ]
    Absolutely, but it depends on the size of the room, how many subwoofers you plan using, and how much power your receiver is pumping out. In my family room, it's a small room, maybe 16' x 13', with one sub, and it works great. In a larger space, you may want to add 2 subs for more bass. The center channel speaker will handle most of the dialogue, and Polk makes some excellent ones to choose from. I have the Polk TSx150c, and I love it! [ MICHAEL  Jan 17, 2014 ]
    Some use them when they don't have the room for floor standing speakers, and some use them as surrounds with a home theater setup. I used mine as surrounds. For my needs, I think they are great in a home theater system, but other may disagree. [ Bryan  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    I have 2 home theater set-ups in my home. I use a pair of bookshelf speakers in each set-up for the FRONT speakers. Quality bookshelf speakers work great in this application, unless you have a really large room which could stretch the sonic capability of a small speaker. I have both Polk RTi and TSx bookshelf speakers in my HT set-ups, and I am really pleased with their performance both for movies and for music listening. [ Kerry  Jan 16, 2014 ]
    They can be used as part of a home theatre system. You will want to check with one of the Crutchfield advisors to see what the best combination would be for you particular situation. It may be that a good soundbar and subwoofer will do the trick. [ NICHOLAS  Jan 16, 2014 ]
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