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Polk Audio TSx250C
Center channel speaker (Black)
Our take on the Polk Audio TSx250C by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Dynamic center-channel sound
From the softest whisper to the loudest explosion, Polk Audio's TSx250C center channel speaker gives you the detail and clarity you need for lifelike home theater realism. This center channel speaker's two 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance® woofers and 1" silk/polymer dome tweeter deliver powerful sound that puts you right in the middle of the on-screen action. And its reversible, angled-top design means you can invert the speaker for placement on a low shelf, directing the sound toward your ears for better performance.
Designed and built for exceptional performance
Polk carefully builds their 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 cabinets themselves are built to sound better, using non-resonant MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) construction to help reduce audible coloration.
Sounded great right out of the box. Now that is broken in, it is even smoother. I needed a big center to match my old Polk m12 monitor series 2 speakers. I have listened to many more expensive brands, but the polks have a much smoother response throughout the sound spectrum.
James, Wilmington, DE
What's in the Box:
- Center-channel loudspeaker
- Detachable cloth grille (installed)
- 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
- Owner's Manual
- Online registration sheet
Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.
- bass-reflex (ported) design
- frequency response: 58-24,000 (-3dB)
- recommended amplifier power: 20-150 watts
- 1" silk/polymer Dynamic Balance® dome tweeter
- two 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance bi-laminate composite woofers with butyl rubber surrounds
- impedance: 8-ohm
- sensitivity: 91 dB
- gold-plated 5-way binding post terminals
- woodgrain vinyl finish
- 22-7/8"W x 8"H x 9-3/8"D
- weight: 18.5 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Midrange size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer size (inches)||6-1/2|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Frequency Response||58-24k Hz|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
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 center-channel 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 TSx250C center-channel 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 Woofers: The TSx250C center-channel loudspeaker features two 6.5" bi-laminate composite Dynamic Balance drivers which are light and stiff with exceptional damping. These Dynamic Balance bi-laminate composite cone woofers use butyl rubber surrounds, polyamide voice coils, massive motor structures, and high-temperature aramid fiber spiders 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 TSx250C center-channel loudspeaker has an overall frequency response of 48Hz-25kHz, while the -3dB frequency response is 58-24kHz.
Curved MDF Cabinet: The TSx250C center-channel 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 TSx250C center-channel loudspeaker is available in either a black or cherry finish.
Flared Port: The TSx Series center-channel speaker 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.
Gold-Plated 5-Way Binding Posts: The TSx250C center-channel 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).
Center Placement: The Polk TSx250C should be centered above or below your flat-panel television. Not magnetically shielded for use with older CRT televisions.
Reversible Design: If the speaker must be positioned below ear level, you can turn the cabinet upside down, allowing the drivers to fire upward.
Rubber Feet: The center-channel speaker 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 TSx250C center speaker does not feature any type of wall-mount bracket or hardware. The optional PinPoint center-channel bracket (121AM15B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speaker.
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Why did you buy this?
recommended by a friend. [ Manoj Jan 16, 2017 ]
Polk Audio reputation and warranty. Was going to purchase Polk Audio CS10 but noticed the TSx250C had bigger drivers and it was on sale. Purchased an open box. Hope it is in great condition. [ Paul Lee Jan 10, 2017 ]
Love the sound of Polk speakers and prices are reasonable, especially when on sale! [ Scott Nov 24, 2016 ]
Highly reccomended [ Moordale Sep 10, 2016 ]
Matches my other Polk speakers. [ Keegan Sep 06, 2016 ]
It was recommended to me. [ Mathew Aug 25, 2016 ]
A good match for my TSx550's [ William Jun 09, 2016 ]
Previous polk user [ S May 31, 2016 ]
I wanted to voice match my tower speakers, and although I hate the case these are in for my needs they were better then the CSI A4 [ MARQUIS May 20, 2016 ]
Price, matches my Polk home theater system. [ richard May 20, 2016 ]
Chuck ,crutchfield rep recommended it for my system thought it was matched to my TSX 550Ts. Very happy with Polk sound. Chuck's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=58 [ Ronald May 05, 2016 ]
price [ Bradley May 01, 2016 ]
Have Polk tower speakers [ Bharat Apr 27, 2016 ]
Matches the tsx towers [ Walter Mar 21, 2016 ]
Good quality at a reasonable price [ Carol Oct 30, 2016 ]
matches my current floor speakers, same series [ paratwa Aug 17, 2016 ]
I chose this item because it has a better range than the smaller model and polks sound quality [ Audiophile1 Jul 19, 2016 ]
Great price for an excellent speaker [ MICHAEL Jul 08, 2016 ]
store advice [ Anthony Jul 01, 2016 ]
I needed a high performance center channel on a budget [ Cory Ryan May 05, 2016 ]
Discount, brand loyalty [ Billy May 01, 2016 ]
Used this as part of a Polk Audio set up with Floor Standing and Rear channel Polk Audio in Cherry [ Gregory Mar 21, 2016 ]
2 questions already asked
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Center channels are the most important speaker in a home theater setup. Other than that you would need to check with the manufacturer on why the prices are the way they are. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Jan 18, 2015 ] Staff
Yes [ WILLIAM Feb 02, 2014 ]
I don't know as I paired it with some Polk TSX550T floor standing speakers. My advice would be to try and match the wattage if possible. [ Thomas Feb 02, 2014 ]
I do not know, I don't have the Rt4 bookshelf. I have the TSx550T towers and it matches nicely [ John Feb 01, 2014 ]