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Polk Audio TSx550T

Floor-standing speaker (Cherry)

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Our take on the Polk Audio TSx550T

Are you ready to take your movies and music to a higher level? Polk Audio's TSx550T will take you there. This powerful floor-standing speaker delivers sparkling-clear highs, dynamic mids, and deep, solid bass ready to fill larger home entertainment spaces. Each tower boasts two 8" woofers for authoritative bottom end, two 5-1/4" mid/woofers for clear, lifelike midrange, and a 1" silk/polymer dome tweeter with smooth, ear-pleasing highs. Pick up a pair of these towers for your main left and right home theater speakers, or use them on their own for a rockin' stereo music setup.

Rock the house

Are you ready to take your movies and music to a higher level? Polk Audio's TSx550T will take you there. This powerful floor-standing speaker delivers sparkling-clear highs, dynamic mids, and deep, solid bass ready to fill larger home entertainment spaces. Each tower boasts two 8" woofers for authoritative bottom end, two 5-1/4" mid/woofers for clear, lifelike midrange, and a 1" silk/polymer dome tweeter with smooth, ear-pleasing highs. Pick up a pair of these towers for your main left and right home theater speakers, or use them on their own for a rockin' stereo music setup.

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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Product Highlights:

  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • frequency response: 36-24,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-300 watts
  • 1" silk/polymer Dynamic Balance® dome tweeter
  • two 5-1/4" Dynamic Balance bi-laminate composite midranges
  • two 8" Dynamic Balance bi-laminate composite woofers with butyl rubber surrounds
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • sensitivity: 91 dB
  • front-firing tuned port makes speaker less sensitive to room placement and allows closer placement to a wall
  • dual 5-way gold-plated binding posts allow bi-wiring or bi-amping
  • woodgrain vinyl finish
  • 11-7/16"W x 42-15/16"H x 16-5/16"D
  • weight: 50 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Floor-standing loudspeaker
  • Detachable cloth grille (installed)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online registration sheet

Polk Audio TSx550T Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(40 Reviews)

Monsters for Short Money

Dave from Newton, MA on 12/12/2016

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These speakers are exactly what I was looking for in a large floor standing audio system. They have great sound across the range, produce crisp, clean highs and mids and have substantial bass on the low end. I do agree they take time to break in as others have said but they are great anyway right out of the box. I was able to get a great deal from Crutchfield on these as "scratch and dents" and they are in mint condition. I highly recommend that route if you are looking for a great deal.

Pros: Massive output, incredibly clean sound, great price, Marshall

Cons: None, these are exactly what i wanted and Crutchfield is truly a superior outfit.

Good but get better with time

Jon from Lake Ozark MO on 9/30/2016

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At first I would rate these a 3 or 4. They didn't have much bass at all. After about 30 plus hours of easy listening, they started to loosen up a bit. Every day they seem to get better and better. You need to give these speakers time to break in for sure. Even now they get better every time I listen to them. I know in time they will be perfect!!

Pros: Highs and mids are awesome. Get better with time

Cons: Bass a little soft at first, give them plenty of time to break in

Polk Audio TSx550T

Anonymous from Eagle River, WI on 8/31/2016

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Good sound at a great price




Terry from Tennessee on 8/30/2016

These speakers look good & are the perfect size. They sound great, everything from the tweeters to the bass. Have been great for both music & movies.

Pros: Sound, size, price.

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Louisville, KY on 8/14/2016

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Lots of bass



One happy customer, the speaker sounds awesome..thanks Crutchfield....

Albert from Barrow, AK on 8/9/2016

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Five star quality and sound...




R from Appleton, WI on 8/3/2016

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Excellent for watching videos. Don't invest in a subwoofer before you purchase these. I haven't turned my sub on since I've owned them. Powered by a 100 watt 5.1 amp.

Pros: Excellent sound quality, great base.

Cons: None.

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Mark from Paola, KS on 7/16/2016

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I finally blew up my 35+ year old Fishers so did some research and settled on the Polk Audio TSx550T. Power/performance/price all lined up with what I wanted. I'm not an audiophile so can't really speak to the technical aspects of these speakers, but they are much better than my old Fishers, sound great, and handle all the power I can throw at them with my 90W per channel stereo.

Pros: Sound great, handle all the power my stereo can supply, look good.

Cons: Tall skinny design is a little tipsy. They're not going to fall over if left alone, but if you have small kids around you may want to place the speakers so the kids can't knock them over.

Great speakers

Jeffrey J from Spooner, WI on 6/25/2016

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Hooked up to vintage Kenwood m2a sounds better then it did 28 years ago with the new Polk audio speakers

Pros: Look good and sound great


Unquestionably solid

Scott C from Spring Hill, TN on 6/23/2016

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These towers are like all things Polk, excellent sound, dynamic, precise and sleek. The only reason I give them a 4 star and not a 5 is because I also have the model just below (all brand new), the TSi400, and there was almost no difference at all in output. I realize this is surprising, but I've spoken to a tech at Crutchfield who actually said that he couldn't really tell the difference between the two models. I since kept all (4) towers for a 5.1 setup in my living room, but if it wasn't for the price break, I never would have invested in the 550s. Regardless, these are great speakers that can take a large hit of power with no problem at all! At this price point, you'd be less than intelligent to pass on them if affordable.

Pros: Solid, crisp, power hungry, articulate

Cons: No perceived gain in the step up from the 400 series

Great Product. Great Price.

Jason S. from Suwanee, GA on 6/13/2016

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Great product with a great price. I searched high and low and Crutchfield had the beat price. I was afraid the speaker was too big for the room, but after a brief chat, my advisor convinced me it would not be, and she was right.

Pros: Price. Chat assistance with multiple questions.

Cons: None.

Polk TSx Series 550t

CJII from Peoria, AZ on 6/6/2016

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I recently purchased a pair of Polk TSx Series 550t. I am very pleased with the price. The pair were $400.00 off. Sweet; Thanks for the "love" Crutchfield! So, I was able to purchase tower speakers at a bookshelf price. They are a very solid performing speakers. The TSx Series 550t are like the my Infinity Kappa 8s speakers in they do love to have the power applied. They more you apply the better the sound (With in reason.). Bang for the buck, the TSx are great. The Polk TSx Series 550t in cherry are very attractive and they do look very nice paired on each side of the TV.

Pros: I am most pleased with the warmth of the mid frequency response. They do sound very nice in the surround sound setting.

Cons: Not as good as my Infinity Kappa 8s, but then again there is not a lot of speakers that are...

Awesome Polk TSx550's

Drew from Raleigh, NC on 6/2/2016

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Have been in the music business for over 35 years, including studio work. These 550's are by far the best bang for the buck I have found, especially when you catch them on sale. Simply adjust the Graphic EQ, and separate bass and treble controls on your receiver to your desired settings and crank. For any lows below 40db you will need a sub. Great,well designed speaker and love the warm cherry finish!

Pros: Bi-amp ability, crisp highs and mids, very adequate lows with proper receiver adjustments, stylish and warm design. Fits well with media room decor. Great shipping, received in two days via Freight Currier.

Cons: Heavy, but that gives speakers a sturdy foundation.

***Beware of shipping Californians***

Joe from Santa Barbara, CA on 5/16/2016

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The speaker itself is great. It is very beautiful & sounds great. Just very unhappy with shipping. See below.

Pros: The speaker is great. No problems there. Just know that it is BIG- and be sure accommodate for the noted dimensions.

Cons: Not at all happy with the ship time. In big bold lettering on the Crutchfield website, it claims 3 Day Shipping to California. Shipping, in actuality, took 11 days!! And it would have been more if I didn't drop everything at work to go meet the driver. Very disappointed. Yeah, it's great the shipping is free. But don't advertise 3 days, if that's not what it, in fact, will be.

Crutchfield response on 5/17/2016 We're sorry for the delay. Our Customer Support team will reach out to Joe for more details. This speaker requires special handling and is typically delivered within 2-5 business days. If you want details about freight shipping to your area, or have any other questions, feel free to contact us.

Polk Audio TSx550T

JS from Niles, Mich on 4/26/2016

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Thanks Crutchfield they sound darn good..paired with RS700 C300 cd delivery!

Pros: Highs..mids..lows all sound good!

Cons: None

Nice speakers for the price

Lincoln L from libertyville, IL on 3/20/2016

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I'm happy with these speakers given the price. I'm running them with my NAD C 356BEE, which has plenty of power to drive them. I'm strictly using them as a stereo pair for music - no multimedia or surround. Overall tone and clarity are good, so I can't complain too much. I have a fair amount of experience with nearfield studio monitors but not with tower speakers -- so my 4 star rating is based on my sense that speakers in an enclosure this size should have more low end punch. I'm not talking deep sub bass - just tight and punchy kick drum and bass guitar. The low end on these speakers is there - and it's not flabby or anything displeasing - it's just not as articulate as I'm used to hearing on my nearfields. It's not clear to me that a sub would help, since the low end isn't lacking - it's just not as tight as it could be. At $700 for the pair, I think they're pretty good speakers that will suit many listeners. If articulate low end is a must, you may want to consider other options. If that's less of a concern, these do sound quite nice on all the genres that I've tested - rock, alternative, jazz, and classical.

Pros: Good value for the money; very clear and pleasant sounding

Cons: Bass could be a bit tighter and punchier

Awesome Polk Speakers

MDL from Jonesboro, AR on 2/17/2016

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The speakers sound Great! This is my 3rd pair of Polk Audio TSX550T Floor Standing Speakers.

Pros: Great Crutchfield Price and clear, crisp, tight bass response.

Cons: None

Polk TSx550T

Richard from Watkins Glen, NY on 2/17/2016

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Bought these to replace Cerwin-Vega's that were very old and the rubber surrounds began to deteriorate. I was a little concerned about them matching up because I like my music cranked up with lots of bass and the Vega's were huge speakers with 12" woofers. Once I played with my Yamaha receiver's extensive settings for an hour or so I got the new speakers tuned in. To say the least, I am totally delighted. I am hearing little things I never heard before from some of my favorite songs due to the clarity of the Polks. Mids and Treble far beyond my expectations, and along with my sub the bass is exceptional and clean. I'm not a big fan of Christina Aguilera but my wife is so I blasted "Show Me How You Burlesque" and our living room literally shook and you could feel the music in your chest, yet everything was clean and crisp.

Pros: Great sound, beautiful cabinets. Front-firing port allows the speakers to be placed with back nearly against the wall. Great sound at low volume and "Awesome" at high volume.

Cons: Waited too long to get them!

polk tsxt tower speakers

joseph from newark, DE on 2/1/2016

i just ordered my polk tsx 550t speakers. I hope that I will not be dissapointed. I'll write a complete review in a few days. I did debate whether to get the kiplsch rf-280's. I think the reason a finally decided on the Polk's is I know somebody who has worked in a sounstudio. that highly recomeded Polk.



Polk TSx550T

Mike D from Brewerton, NY on 1/12/2016

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After recently moving into a larger house it was time to upgrade the front speakers in my system. I had been using a pair of Polk Audio RTi38s. Coupled with a subwoofer they never let me down. I researched speakers from most of the major manufacturers that fit my budget. Having been so satisfied with my Polk bookshelf speakers I decided to go with Polk. The TSx550Ts sound fantastic! I'm driving them with a 140 watt per channel Yamaha RX-A2040. They have clear mids and crisp highs. No matter what type of music I'm playing they don't disappoint. My only nit-pick is with the low end. They don't have the depth that I expected. This isn't really a big deal if they're coupled with a subwoofer.

Pros: Crisp clean sound. Play loud with out breaking a sweat.

Cons: A little weak in the low end.

Great Sound

rnun from California on 1/6/2016

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These speakers sound great!! Love them!!



Polk audio tsx 550's

Mike B. from Pekin,In. on 1/4/2016

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I have a pair of Polk monitor 10's I bought in 1978 that are just as awesome.. The ex took my surround Polk system ....but after looking at all the other speaker makers none can come pair with these new speakers. I'm old school I took my boys around and showed them that tower speakers just blow away any sound bar. This was our Christmas present to each other and with it I have passed down to not only them but my friends who are younger than me and believed their salesman about sound bars. I couldn't believe the prompt service and delivery ... So if your wanting to blow away your friends and listen to music how it Is meant to be .. you won't be disappointed with these and you friends will be watching games and movies etc at your house more often and that's not a bad thing... Polk audio rules and these are just as good when played low as high. I hope you can get a pair and hear for yourself .they are the only speakers I have owned since 1978 ... This is my third set of fronts , a set of rear and a center channel .. I hope this helps ...and I play my quite loud so they don't give up ever .. peace , mike

Pros: Looks,sound ,Polk audio quality,beats the heck out of sound bars.

Cons: You haven't ordered them yet.

Wow Awesome

patrick from Michigan on 12/26/2015

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I purchased these speakers on Black Friday. I had them in mind for a while, but the black Friday deal was to much to pass up. I replaced some older sony speakers. I am using a Denon AVR4100 and the sound is great, crisp and clean.

Pros: Great price look great easy setup

Cons: none

Great buy

Traci D. from Florida on 12/9/2015

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I've never spent this much on speakers and you do get what you pay for. Now I know what I've been missing. These speakers rock and look great. They get real loud, are distortion free, and have a full range of sound. We will probably get a sub to compliment the speakers only because I like things to rattle. Thanks Crutchfield!

Pros: great sound quality for all music genres we've tried

Cons: None!


Steve S. from Ohio on 12/2/2015

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These cabinets are just a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. It's extremely easy to tell these speakers are well made. Unfortunately I've not been able to listen to these speakers at this time. Waiting for my audio room has not been finished. But with all the reviews that I have read, these are great speakers for the price and sound amazingly. Looking forward to my test drive of these real soon and will update my review once I've had the pleasure of listening to these Tsx550R's

Pros: Eye catching cabinet

Cons: Currently none at this time!

Loud and distortion free

Anonymous from St. Louis, MO on 11/19/2015

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I was looking for a speaker that would give my music more depth, or a fuller sound, than I was getting from my surround sound satellite speakers (TL250) with a sub. I bought the TSx550s based on ratings on Crutchfield and elsewhere and hoped that they wouldn't disappoint me. With 2-5.25" mids, and 2-8" woofers, it has to have a solid mid and low range, right? At first, I was not impressed. It took more tweaking with the receiver set up than I expected, but now they sound great! Low volume or high volume, they sound great, especially with HD radio! I have been listening to music every night since I got them. They provide a full range of sound all by themselves. I've listened to them using 2 channel stereo, but adding the surround system makes it sound even better!

Pros: Clear sound. Great lower mid range (mid bass) for a fuller sound to music. Impressive size, it will definitely draw attention. If you like your music loud and clear, these speakers will not disappoint you.

Cons: A small thing; the finish is not high end, compared to the RTi-Ax finish. But I bought my speakers by biggest punch for the buck, not looks.

Polk's 550t

Dave from Florida on 9/11/2015

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I don't know why so many reviews say the bass response isn't all that great. We just received our Polks yesterday and they sound great! First polk's we bought and we LOVE them! Thank you Crutchfield for all your help and the professional team.

Pros: Bass response is awesome, I'm running them off the Marantz 7007. Highs and mids are amazing.

Cons: None here!

Polk Audio TSx550T

Mike P from New York on 2/26/2015

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These speakers are very clear and natural sounding, just the way I prefer to hear music. Nothing is exaggerated, and no listening fatigue no matter what kind of music is being heard. Matches wonderfully with my Yamaha S500, Teac TN 300 turntable, and Cambridge Azur 351C CD player. Use good video cables and speaker wire to do justice to these speakers.

Pros: Very clear and natural sounding. Very balanced overall sound that captures all the subtle musical nuances (for example, acoustic guitars in the background) that weave in with the bolder, more up front sounds.

Cons: None for me!

Love these floor speakers!

KevinPizzaMan from North Carolina on 12/30/2014

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I wanted to replace my old Technics T-400. I wanted a speaker that was neutral sounding, warm, and not too bright or harsh. With the help of a Crutchfield advisor, I decided between the Rti-A7 and the TSx-550T. I ended up with the TSx, and I couldn't be happier. Some had criticized the A7s for being a bit bright/harsh, which is something I am extremely sensitive to. The TSx sounded natural and warm right out of the box. This didn't include the subwoofer and new Yamaha receiver, so when I get them I expect them to sound even better. The speakers sound excellent, with a very round, even sound. There is no "overlap" between the highs, mids, and lows. The sound is extremely natural and there is no "ear fatigue", except for the extreme clarity which may reveal flaws in your music you never heard before! The low end is decent, although I cannot wait to hear it with the new receiver and a subwoofer. Good job, Crutchfield! I'm very happy with this purchase.

Pros: Extremely warm, even, natural sound. High-quality finish, and very little harshness, especially in the highs/mids. Easy to adjust the sound, extremely musical sounding, and very even horizontal through.

Cons: The low-end can is a little underwhelming in comparison to the rest of the sound; this is a nit-pick, however. Definitely the best speakers you can get for the money.

Polk Audio TSx550T

RichF from Laguna Beach, CA on 7/13/2014

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I've been wanting some good tower speakers that have a good reputation. Polk seems to be at the top with great reviews. The quality of the speakers are top notch. They are truly loud speakers. With a nice amplifier you can fill any room with incredible sound. I bought the open box and scratch and dent for a much lower price. Both looked brand new. I didn't find any flaw on the scratch and dent speaker. I'm very happy with these speakers and know they will last me forever. Thanks Crutchfield!

Pros: Great Sound that will knock your socks off!

Cons: A bit lacking on the low end but too much bass doesn't sound good plus can be annoying to surrounding neighbors. Not complaining.

Polk Audio TSx550T Overall Nice Purchase

Neal L from Madisonville, LA on 7/3/2014

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Picked up a pair of Polk Audio TSx550T after reading reviews and comparing prices. Cherry finish is very nice. Speaker performance is great except for the low end. I went with the 550s hoping that the low end would be covered by having 2 dedicated 8" woofers, but there is definitely something missing there. This was mentioned in previous reviews, but I went ahead with the purchase hoping for the best. This problem can be fixed easily enough with the addition of a sub, but I had reservations about having to spend more to do this. Two weeks after making this purchase I decided that I was going to return them and go with the 440s paired with a sub. Then Crutchfield saved the day by discounting the 550s. I called customer service regarding the discount expecting I would have to fight to get the price match. Nope!!! Poured myself a cup of coffee, grabbed the phone and before I could get 2 sips in I already had an email receipt for a credit. Awesome!!! Now I am getting 550s with a sub for the original price of the 550s. Thank you Crutchfield! PS: Polk owe Crutchfield!

Pros: Cherry finish matches well with other furniture in the living room. Happy wife...happy life!

Cons: Low end is lacking. I was expecting more for the price.

Polk Audio TSx550T

Anonymous from Shady Cove, OR on 3/7/2014

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The 550s with a sub makes a guitar, piano or cello sound as if I were listening to the real instrument. Paloma San Basilio sounds perfect too.




ronc from coffeyville,ks on 3/2/2014

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wow these sound great, haven't purchased speakers in about 20 years but I am glad I picked these.

Pros: great looks and great sound.


Great speakers.....PERIOD!

BigD007 from Monterey Ca. on 1/22/2014

I was looking for a speaker brand to use in a 5.1 setup(70% music,30% movies),my budget for the system was 2,000. I wanted a speaker that produced clear,accurate mid's and highs,and a tight, but well rounded bottom end. I listen to a little bit of everything,and also like to throw a few parties,so i wanted a speaker that was very versatile.After doing a lot of research online,looking at specs,reading reviews for the surrounds and then doing some listening tests,i decided on the Polk TSX 550's as the choice for my main speakers. Even stacked up against more expensive DefTech's,Martin Logans, Bowers & Wilkins,and even the Polk Audio RTi A7's, the TSX 550's were more than up to the challenge,they just did everything well. Aesthetically they are an impressive looking,well built speaker,with 5 drivers,including 2- 8" woofers, each measuring almost 4 ft,and weighing 59 pds! I bought them home thinking i would return them after a few weeks if they didn't sound as good in my home. Well 2 months later and here i am writing this review.They are even better sounding now after being broken in and i couldn't be happier. I have paired them with the TSX 150c center channel, PSW110 sub,the above mentioned TSX 220 B's, and a Yamaha TSR 7650, all for under 2,000. If you want a speaker that sounds good for both music and movies.

Pros: Great for music AND movies

Cons: Nothing

Polk Audio TSx550T

GerryG from Niagara Falls, NY on 1/15/2014

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A very nicely finished piece of furniture but sound quality is so-so. Tried them with two different amps and mids were not clear enough for my tastes. Sad because I like the way they look.

Pros: Nice quality finish

Cons: Sound was below expectations for speakers in this price range

Polk Audio TSx-550T

Ghoulshine from Redding CA. on 11/16/2013

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This should be fun! I've only had these speakers at home now for about a month. They sound soooo good to me! I'm no expert by any means, but these speakers flat out sound good! They are not my first Polk Audio Speakers however, so I can make a comparison, of sorts. In 1991, I purchased a pair of Polk Audio, floor standing, tower speakers! I'm having some difficulty remembering the exact model, but as best I do remember, they were RTA-15TL speakers. They were probably the best I have ever owned in my life, TSx-550T included! These are quite comparable however, and even favorably so in some aspects! My old Polk towers were more "boomy", and better on their own without a subwoofer! The new towers are slightly lacking in the low end, which is a miner problem easily dealt with by adding my Polk subwoofer, model PSW-125. With the low frequency taken care of, the TSx-550T speakers are quite exceptional! The detail and super clean clarity are well worth just sitting in front of them, listening in awe! I am kind of a home stereo buff, and have really had many different makes and models of front stereo loud speakers, and with the nearly, but not completely, insignificant lacking at the very low end, it is more than fair to describe these speakers as truly amazing! Take my word for it, buy these speakers, throw in a subwoofer, and let them blow you away! Btw, the are as pleasing to look at, as they are to listen to! You really can't go wrong with these guys!

Pros: Sound REAL good, surprisingly so for the price! Very pleasing visually!

Cons: Good low frequency, but just a little lacking. A problem easily remedied by adding a subwoofer!

The Twin Towers

TerryS from Portland, OR on 11/5/2013

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This is my first floorstanding purchase--it replaces a 27 year-old M&K Sub/Satellite system that simply wore out. My only other loudspeakers were a couple of JBL's I bought in the late 70's while at college and sold to a classmate. I also bought the 220B's and 230C in the TSx line to complete a 5.0 theatre system I've yet to hook up. I'll review those as well at a later date. The 550T's are hooked up as a stereo pair with Original (27 year-old) Monster Cable to my Denon AVR1911 running at 90 watts/7 channels. I started out listening to FM radio, then CD'S, and finally DVD's. The receiver allows me to listen to source material in either a "direct" or sonically "enhanced" mode. The enhanced mode compensates for imperfect room accoustics with or without a "dynamic" volume level adjustment, i.e., elevated bass. I prefer to listen to radio in "direct" mode, as I can walk about the house without being anchored to a "sweet spot". Music and movies sound fuller in "stereo" or Audessey enhanced mode. Technicalities aside, I am impressed both sonically and aesthetically with what I affectionately call "the twin towers". Yes, they dominate my midsize 12'x18' living room, but in a good inspirational way--they are visually stunning to look at with their stately stature and elegant curves, and they will both serenade you sweetly with a song or rattle you out of your seat with an action movie. I've ordered my new Monster Cable (XP) and can hardely wait to create a monster system!

Pros: Breathtaking aesthetics and sound for a reasonable price--realistic, natural and open tones that are pleasing to the senses. A stunningly beautiful piece of furniture art. Can stand on their own without a subwoofer (depending on room size/acoustics). Very efficient power handling ( a -8db setting on the dial will shake the house).

Cons: They WILL draw attention away from other inferior/competing room decor--"look at me" they shout! A "take no prisoners" attitude of performance that may intimidate the faint of heart. They are bigger in real life.

Great Sound

don from Eastern NC on 9/30/2013

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I have had the Polk TSX550T for about a month now and they sound really good to me. Very happy with them. The only difference that I can say that changed with break in is some male voices that sounded, like what I think the reviewers call bloated or tubby, cleared up after about a week. Maybe it was because the voices overlapped the 5 1/25" midrange and 8" woofers and they started to work together better after several days of operation. I ran them full range with the center, surrounds and sub turned off to give them the full frequency range of the source material for about two weeks for break in. I am now running them full range with with center and surrounds crossover set to 80hz and the sub set to about 50hz to get the lower hz. I know that is not the recommended way but I like it that way. I run them full range because I like the way the bass sounds and my Marantz receiver does not seem to mind the load. I have them biamped as I did the Inifinities. I replaced some 16 year old Infinity Cappa 7 series II with the Polks. The Infinity's cost more than the TSX550T's but the Polk's sound better to me especially the base and mid range. The Infinity's have 10" woofers and sound a little boomy when run full range. I had them set to small and crossed at 60hz. I have never heard any really expensive high end speakers to compare them to but I am very happy with these. I ordered a TSX150C center that will be delivered tomorrow. I hope it is a good good match for the towers.

Pros: Great Sound

Cons: None so far

Excellent sound

TJ from 54656 on 7/10/2013

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Sounds great. Good bass response, and great full range sound.

Pros: Worth the money. Looks great, sounds great, makes my TV seem bigger then it is.

Cons: Not a big fan of the 4 post system. Don't really like having to split 1 post from receiver into 2 separate posts of the speaker.

Polk Audio TSx550T

AG Dave from Arroyo Grande, California on 6/25/2013

I've had my TSx 550T tower speakers for two weeks now, and although I am still "breaking them in", I'm listening to them every chance I get. I've never been happier with an audio purchase. The speakers are brilliant and satisfy my craving for crisp and crystal-clear highs and lows that make a recorded cello sound like I'm playing it. I haven't heard a Bach organ recording yet - waiting a little longer for the "break in". I'm powering it with a Rotel RA 985BX, and don't think I need anything else. I'd recommend these speakers, but I haven't heard too many other high or higher-end tower speakers. I can't imagine anything better for the price. My only suggestion to Crutchfield, would be to communicate better. The "advisors" were not helpful, nor timely. I had to go directly to Polk to have questions answered.




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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Wood-grain vinyl
Color Cherry
Tweeter Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Composition Bi-Laminate Composite
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
Power Range 20-300
Frequency Response 36-24k Hz
Sensitivity 91 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Amplifier Power ---
Height (inches) 42-15/16
Width (inches) 11-7/16
Depth (inches) 16-5/16
Weight 50 lbs

Product Research

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
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 TSx550T tower 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 TSx550T tower loudspeaker features two 5.25" bi-laminate composite Dynamic Balance midrange drivers for crisp, detailed midrange and two 8" bi-laminate composite Dynamic Balance woofers for smooth, natural deep bass extension. These Dynamic Balance bi-laminate composite cone woofers are lightweight and stiff with exceptional damping. They use butyl rubber surrounds, vented 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 TSx550T tower loudspeaker has an overall frequency response of 26Hz-25kHz, while the -3dB frequency response is 36-24kHz.

Enclosure Design

Curved MDF Cabinet: The TSx550T tower 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 front-to-back and side-to-side internal bracing, and a 3/4"thick baffle ensures cleaner, clearer, more lifelike sound quality.

Note: The TSx550T tower loudspeaker is available in either a black or cherry finish.

Flared Port: The TSx Series loudspeaker features a critically-tuned, front-firing 3" 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.


Dual 5-Way Binding Posts: The TSx550T tower loudspeaker 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. 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.

Integrated Feet: The TSx550T tower speaker features four integrated conical non-slip feet to ensure stability for precise positioning.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Price, positiveness of the reviews, help from Chad (@ Crutchfield), and to enhance my Yamaha 7.2 home theater receiver. Chad's Bio: [ JOHN C  Jul 27, 2016 ]
Very good value recommend from a friend [ Judas  Jul 26, 2016 ]
Manufacturer. Price. And, of course, Crutchfield. [ ANTHONY  Jul 20, 2016 ]
Price, the reviews I read and to match a Polk center speaker I already own. [ G  Jun 27, 2016 ]
Replacing 20 year old speakers that also came from Crutchfield. Great recommendations and good sale price. [ Daniel  May 09, 2016 ]
Price point. I was trying to figure out if i wanted the Polk RTi A7 or this one .. both have great reviews ... Price ( sale) sealed the deal. [ Matthew  May 09, 2016 ]
Have owned polk speakers in the past..interested in upgrading...good reviews...they went on sale. [ Ronald  Apr 22, 2016 ]
Looking for replacement for my aged 1987 infinity rs 1000. [ Walter  Mar 21, 2016 ]
Customer support of Crutchfield and past experience with Polk speakers. [ Bryan  Mar 15, 2016 ]
I chose these because they look great and the price was right also pleasantly surprised with the sound quality [ Audiophile1  Jul 19, 2016 ]
I have purchased several pairs of Polk speakers for outdoor and in home audio and never been dissatisfied with the value. [ MARK J  Jul 16, 2016 ]
Can't beat the sale price! [ Adam  Jun 02, 2016 ]
looking for a better speaker for more bass [ Dustin  May 21, 2016 ]
I bought these 2 additional TSx550T speakers today because I already have 2 and they sound phenominal. [ LEWIS  May 16, 2016 ]
top quality tower speakers with plenty of punch [ L  May 10, 2016 ]
I have owned Polk Audio speakers before and have always been impressed with their sound. I am buying the TSx550T solely on the hundreds of positive reviews during my research to upgrade my system. With this sale, it is a no brainer. Thanks Crutchfield. [ Steven  May 09, 2016 ]
I've owned other Polk speakers and have always been happy with them. These are better than those I currently own and at $200 off for each, I couldn't pass them by. [ David  May 03, 2016 ]
Discount, brand loyalty [ Billy  May 01, 2016 ]
These are the Front Channel L/R Speakers of a 7.1 Surround system I am setting up. All Polk Audio in Cherry. [ Gregory  Mar 21, 2016 ]
Good Reviews and They look Great, Needed for UUMPH in my system.. [ Josh  Jan 25, 2016 ]

10 questions already asked

If that's an older Onkyo, then yes for sure enough power. I have 20-25yr old Onkyo rated 80wpc & puts lots of power to these speakers, much more than the Onkyo txnr747 rated at 110wpc. Older Onkyo's have much underated power ratings. These Polk's sound great, not too bright, very warm & plenty of bass. Anyone saying not enough bass must have a poor receiver or lack of settings. Not too big not too small, just the right size. [ Terry  Aug 30, 2016 ]
If you have a small room you should be able to obtain a reasonable volume level although higher listening volume will require you to push the receiver to 80-85%% of max. For a larger room or higher listening levels you will need more power. [ James  Jun 11, 2016 ]
That receiver should be enough to drive those speakers. These are some very clear and loud speakers, and for the price, that can't be beat. [ EDDIE  May 26, 2016 ]
I have a 80 watt receiver and it drives the speaker I have to say that they lack the lower bass you would have to add a sub to get deep bass hopes this helps [ BOBBY  May 25, 2016 ]
Hello Mike- I am driving them with an Onkyo TX-NR838 that has 130 wpc. The pictures don't do these speakers justice. They are HUGE and can take a lot of power. Your receiver will most likely suffice, but you may want to think of upgrading, if possible. But I would take advantage and buy these speakers while they have this discount going. They really are great. [ Joe  May 25, 2016 ]
More than enough power for them. You will find that 1/3 on your volume is plenty and they are really loud with lots of bass! [ Jeffrey  May 25, 2016 ]
Mike, my tower TSX 550t's, coupled with Polk Rti A1's, have been powered by a Sony STR 6800SD, 80wpc continuous power, and a Yamaha RX 797, 100 wpc, and most recently, a Sansui AU 9500, 75-80wpc, continuous power, and the Polks sound fabulous on all of them. The sound is warm and integrated generally, although on the Sansui, it produces an enhanced sharpness and definition. [ Robert  May 25, 2016 ]
No....I have both and even tho the 550 have two 8's the sound is very similar. The sub will do the bottom end. Just my .02 [ GREGORY  May 12, 2016 ]
Probably.....I have the 550T's in cherry, so I really can't comment on how they compare directly to the 440's. These speakers do provide enough bass to use without a sub, however with the 2 smaller tweeter cones that the 440T's do not have, I believe the 550T's would provide a better high tone production; on paper at least. [ GARRETT  May 12, 2016 ]
Hi, That's a hard question to answer. Especially since I've never heard the 440s. They are really different speakers though. The 440s have three 6 1/2s (1 for mids and 2 for bass). The 550s have two 5 1/4s dedicated to mids and two 8s dedicated to bass. I'm running a sub with my 550s - and have run the crossover a little lower (pushing a little more work to the 8s - and allowing the sub JUST to produce low bass). It would be harder to do that with the 440s. Plus I like having 2 drivers dedicated to mids (two smaller drivers will produce tighter sound than one larger one). I really think the 550s would give you more flexibility and midrange. I'd worry that the 440s would be limited due to the lack of drivers. And with this sale, the 550s are only $40 more each. You'll get a lot for your money with either choice though. To get better sound, you're going to need to get into the 600-700/ea lines. Hope that helps and good luck! [ Graham  May 12, 2016 ]
I definitely recommend a sub with the TSx 550Ts. The speakers are very bright - the highs are good, the midrange is good and I recommend the towers especially for front speakers on a theater system. Polk quality is outstanding. Hope this helps. [ RAYMOND C  May 12, 2016 ]
The red terminal is the positive And The black is the negative. With these speakers I recommend either monster cable or equivalent. Monster cable is clear covering , so you will have to look for the small plus and arrow pointing to the positive wire. You will be VERY HAPPY with this choice. Thanks,Mike [ MIKE  Jan 27, 2016 ]
Hi, They are just standard - red for positive and black for negative. These particular speakers have 2 sets of plugs on the back. Just pick one set and hook them up to your receiver. The extra set is only for "lowering the impedance" on the speakers. Not something most people do as it allows more power to the speakers, but it very hard on your receiver. Hope that helps. Thanks, Graham [ Graham  Jan 26, 2016 ]
Red is positive [ Carl  Jan 25, 2016 ]
Red is positive and black is negative [ MICHAEL  Jan 24, 2016 ]
Red is positive-black negative. [ David  Jan 24, 2016 ]
Absolutely. Yamaha offers high current amplification and the Polks are efficient speakers (91dB) so, you'll have plenty of power to fill even a large room with great performance. I hope that helps! [ Ryan  Dec 02, 2015 ]  Staff
I found the center plays largest portion of sound in home theater setup! Playing stereo sources using surround mode processing drives the center more than the front pair. If you can fit the 250c "check the dimensions " you will not be dissapointed. [ Jeffrey  May 25, 2016 ]
These speakers are not a voice match for your other models. The RTi A series are with the RTi A7 being similar in price. The RTi A9 being similar with driver sizes and layout as these TSx speakers. [ Paul  Nov 30, 2015 ]  Staff
Yes. I have a Yamaha RX-A 1020, and it has enough power to drive these speakers. The 3050 will easily power these speakers. One important thing is to set up the speakers correctly for best sound. I have mine set to "large" with extra bass boost on. [ Stephen  Nov 20, 2015 ]
Hi, Yes, it will. I have an older Denon that has about the same output as yours and it's more than enough to drive them. Nice receiver you bought there BTW! [ Graham  Nov 16, 2015 ]
yes and you will have clear crisp sound and hear things in your music you didn't hear before [ STEVEN J  Nov 16, 2015 ]
Yes, we just hook our up and it works great. There is also a feature called Bio-Amp which gives you the option to send extra power to the towers. You did need another set of wire to hook this feature up but the great technical support at Crutchfield can walk you through this if needed. [ CHERYL ROSS  Nov 16, 2015 ]
A buck fifty a side should do justfine, I have 120 in stereo nice clear & loud. [ JOE  Nov 15, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: This amplifier will offer plenty of power to confidently drive the Polk Audio TSx550T Floorstanding 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 12, 2014 ]  Staff
I just updated my system with new receiver Onkyo TX-NR646 and 2 Polk Audio TSX550t speakers. I'm using Polk Audio speakers as front sound and moved my Bose tower speakers to surround sound location. I kept the Bose front center speaker as the center. I'm very happy with the sound both music, tv shows and movies. It was well worth it. Crutchfields tech support said it would work and it did. Very happy with my setup. [ Mark  Jan 04, 2016 ]
The TSX-550's are awesome! I'd go with those if I were you. [ THOMAS  Jan 01, 2016 ]
I would say the most important thing is placement of the center channel. The Tsx550T tweeters are about ear level when you are sitting in an average chair, so I would try to keep the center matched and I would think it would sound fine. [ RONALD  Feb 18, 2015 ]
Sounds like you have a nice setup Matthew. Mine is very similar. What's more, my system is in a room almost the same size as yours, so I think you have asked the right person! I'll try to help if I can. For starters, I can promise you that you will be very happy, if not completely surprised, by the upgrade to the 550's! I sure was! For the first few weeks I sat around just listening in amazement at the increased volume, depth, and spaciousness of the sound! It made the room come alive, and greatly enhanced my listening experience! I hope my description doesn't sound weird or exaggerated in some way. This is my very first attempt at describing what speakers sound like in my life! I could just say they rock, or kick-ass, or something like that, but I want you to understand, a little better, how I was moved by the huge improvement! My point is, even if they do overwhelm your CS10 center channel, (and I don't think they will), you'll still be thrilled by the change! Btw, I originally has TSi300s in front. Throughout both sets of front channel speakers, I have had the CS20 in the center, and haven't had a problem. It is almost the same as yours, so I really don't think you will either! I wish I knew more about you receiver, other than Onkyo is a very nice one, because I know that with mine, I can do a few different things to tweak the sound and put more emphasis on the center. I don't know if you can do anything like that, but I really don't think it would matter much! I'd just go for it if I were you, and bring home those TSx550s! I did, and I loved it! I'm betting you will too! Good luck Matthew! [ ROBERT A  Feb 17, 2015 ]
I do not feel qualified to attempt to answer your question as it relates to combining with what you currently have. What I can tell you is that I recently bought four Polk speakers to replace old Pioneer ones that I had for years and I am very happy with their quality. [ WILLIAM  Feb 17, 2015 ]
In my opinion, if it over powers them, you can always dial them back just a touch. I have these with a TSx 250c and it sounds great. I play with the levels a little bit to get a good balance. I was more than satisfied with this purchase and you won't regret it either. The only con to these floor standing speakers is lack of bass. That's where the sub comes into play. Good luck and I hope I was helpful. [ BRAD M  Feb 17, 2015 ]
I am driving mine with a marantz receiver/amp and when i got these speakers they were painfully harsh, but clear. After almost a year they have finally loosened up to the point where i like them, but not love them. Hopefully time will continue to work its magic and they will get softer, more balanced and easier on the ear. They prob won't overpower anything unless your environment is hardscape. [ Matthew  Feb 17, 2015 ]
Good question, Brad. I would say that 16 gauge is adequate for runs of 15 feet or less. I have nothing against the larger gauges of wire and would recommend it on longer runs. If you're a serious aficionado, you can go for the big name brands of special speaker wire but it's according to your taste and pocket book. Also, here are a few hints for optimum performance. Keep the polarity of the wires the same from amp to speaker. That means always connect red terminal to red terminal and black to black. This polarity hookup assures that your speakers are in phase and give better performance, especially in the lower frequencies. Also, if your speakers and amp have the five-way binding posts, please think about using banana plugs. They are a bit on the expensive side but there are good reasons for using them. One is that you don't have to worry about a stray strand of wire shorting out your amp (and it can happen with a SINGLE STRAND!) A short between the speaker terminals on the amp means that your amp just became a very expensive paper weight. A second reason for using banana plugs is that they are very easy and quick to connect and disconnect. If you get the gold-plated plugs, they also look very cool. [ Edward  Dec 12, 2013 ]
I just used 16 gauge wire, stripped and twisted on the ends that was there from my old speakers. Its been working fine for me. [ JEROME  Dec 11, 2013 ]
Depending on your amp, I would use the fattest, heaviest, gauge speaker wire you can get. 14 gauge is the most commercially available, but if you can score some 12, or even 10, that would be better. As far as a termination, your call, I don't, but you can. [ JOHN D  Dec 10, 2013 ]