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Polk Audio OWM3

Multi-purpose home theater speakers (Black)

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Overview

Our take on the Polk Audio OWM3

Polk created the sleek OWM3 with several applications in mind. Add a pair to the sound system in your kitchen or bedroom, use them as surround sound speakers with your TV in the living room, or make them a part of your desktop stereo setup for great-sounding computer games. There's practically no end to the ways you can use these compact and versatile performers. The OWM3's slim, uniquely curved design and removable base give you plenty of placement options, including on-wall or corner mounting for a clean, out-of-the-way installation.

Polk OWM3

Carefully designed drivers provide detailed sound

A versatile performer for any room

Polk created the sleek OWM3 with several applications in mind. Add a pair to the sound system in your kitchen or bedroom, use them as surround sound speakers with your TV in the living room, or make them a part of your desktop stereo setup for great-sounding computer games. There's practically no end to the ways you can use these compact and versatile performers. The OWM3's slim, uniquely curved design and removable base give you plenty of placement options, including on-wall or corner mounting for a clean, out-of-the-way installation.

Polk builds them right to sound their best

The OWM3's modest size doesn't stop it from delivering rich sound. Polk's Dynamic Balance® drivers and super-dense, acoustically inert enclosures resist resonance that can cause distortion. Instead, you'll hear detail and dynamics that make your music and movies more lifelike. This speaker's careful design and smart technology ensure clear midrange response. For more low-end punch, add a Polk powered subwoofer.

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Product Highlights:

  • acoustic suspension enclosure
  • 1" silk dome tweeter
  • 4-1/2" Dynamic Balance® polypropylene cone driver
  • Capacitive Coupling Bass Technology for stronger low frequency response
  • frequency response 100-22,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • handles 20-100 watts
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 89 dB
  • 5-way gold-plated binding posts
  • includes removable base and black grille
  • multiple mounting options including on-wall, corner mounting, and table placement
  • 7"W x 10"H x 4-1/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Black surround/satellite speakers
  • 2 Black cloth grilles (attached)
  • 2 Black tabletop stands
  • 2 Self-adhesive foam strips (length=4")
  • Sheet of 4 self-adhesive rubber bumpers
  • Owner's Manual
  • Wall-mount template
  • On-line registration sheet
  • Polk Audio product brochure

Just what I expected. Great sound from these speakers. Can't really tell much difference from my older Polk speakers but I lost a lot of my hearing over the years. I've always preferred Polk speakers whether they were for my home or vehicles.

Anonymous, Cheney, WA

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Overview: The Polk Audio OWM3 is a versatile speaker made to fit a variety of applications. You can use them as a pair of stereo speakers or part of a 2.1 system in a second zone. You can also use them as part of a multi-channel system. With multiple mounting options, you can place the speakers virtually anywhere.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Polypropylene Woofers: Each speaker features a 4-1/2" polypropylene cone woofer which employs Capacitive Coupling Bass Technology for a low frequency response despite its size.

Silk Tweeters: Each speaker has a 1" silk dome, Dynamic Balance tweeter that provides clear, detailed highs.

Frequency Response Note: The overall frequency response is 80Hz-25kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 100-22kHz.

Enclosure Design

Glass-filled ABS Cabinets: The acoustic suspension cabinets feature glass-filled ABS construction, which creates an acoustically inert enclosure. The cabinet ensures an extremely clean midrange response with low coloration. The black finish blends easily with any decor.

Connections

Binding Posts: Each speaker has a set of gold-plated 5-way binding posts on the bottom of the angled rear panel. The binding posts will accept bare wire, spade lugs, pin connectors, dual or single banana plugs (removal of binding post plugs required).

Mounting Options

Multiple Mounting Options: The OWM3 is suited for on-wall mounting or placement on a tabletop or shelf. The speakers have four 4-way keyhole slots on the back, and come with rubber bumpers and an attachable base. There are seven different mounting possibilities: angled wall mount, corner mount, horizontal wall mount, vertical wall mount, shelf mount (using included base), horizontal shelf mount (using supplied rubber bumpers), and wall-mounted with an optional articulating wall-mount bracket (using the 1/4-20 threaded insert).

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Why did you buy this?

Value [ David  Aug 15, 2018 ]
Good full sound. Several mounting options. [ Jason  Aug 10, 2018 ]
Moved into a home, I have a smaller media room now. These are more space saving than my current Polk floor standing speakers. I don't expect the sound quality to match my floor standing speakers, but I hope they're decent. [ NICK  Aug 07, 2018 ]
Polk Audio makes a great sounding budget friendly speaker. [ DIRK  Aug 02, 2018 ]
big fan of the polks, looking to add these to my polk setup, using these as height speakers in an atmos setup [ Greg  Jul 18, 2018 ]
I have a 7.1 system in my home theater that uses similar Polk speakers that are no longer made. I've used Polk speakers for a long time including car sub-woofers and regular speakers in my tractor-trailer for over 4 million miles. I have confidence in Polk whether it's for home or auto. I've tried others from Crutchfield and they are all okay but Polk is my go-to brand. Can't go wrong buying from Crutchfield. [ Robert  Jul 15, 2018 ]
friend suggested [ malinda  Jul 14, 2018 ]
Match the center and surround speakers [ Michael  Jun 23, 2018 ]
I'm a Polk fan [ Lewis  Jun 18, 2018 ]
To complete speaker system with polk audio sound bar and subwoofer [ David J.  May 27, 2018 ]
My son has a pair of these mounted on the ceiling for surround sound and they sound good! [ JImmy  May 09, 2018 ]
Needed good, affordable Height/Atmos surround speakers -- these should work in either location. [ Armand  May 04, 2018 ]
Good price and quality. [ Kris  Apr 29, 2018 ]
for surround speakers [ Jeff  Apr 16, 2018 ]
Price and size [ Anthony  Feb 25, 2018 ]
price and specification [ jOSE J CORDERO  Jan 18, 2018 ]
7.1 surround speakers [ raymond  Dec 31, 2017 ]
I have the TSI300's and CS10 for front 3.1. Adding these for 5.1 surround. I love the Polk Speakers I already have. [ David  Dec 19, 2017 ]
tech recommended [ Frank  Dec 11, 2017 ]
I bought these to add as Atmos speakers that will up-fire to reflect off my ceiling. [ AARON  Dec 11, 2017 ]
Low profile. Good for surround speakers mounted on wall. [ MARK  Dec 09, 2017 ]
I needed some decent speakers for the receiver I have in my garage. [ HOWARD B  Nov 21, 2017 ]
Physical size and max wattage appear to be good for surround speakers. [ New User  Nov 10, 2017 ]
These were recommended when I purchased the Polk center channel speaker . For the price, I thought I would give them a try . [ Jon  Nov 05, 2017 ]
Recommended by one of your store agent [ Burton  Oct 28, 2017 ]
cost effective satellite speakers for back and side. [ Hasit  Oct 02, 2017 ]
New house [ Robert  Sep 12, 2017 ]
mainly size/shape, they are for an install on the floor of a 1969 Corvair [ David  Aug 17, 2017 ]
Size-Brand-Price [ Steven C.  Aug 12, 2017 ]
Because Polk Audio is a well respected and reputable name for quality in speakers not to mention that due to this I own a pair of Polk speakers. [ Lamont  Aug 10, 2017 ]
needed surround speakers and for their price could not beat them. [ Anthony  Aug 03, 2017 ]
To finish off my 5.1 surround system as rear speakers. [ Kenneth  Jul 19, 2017 ]
Had this in the past. Decent small size speaker. Use it as a surround. [ GEORGE  Jul 05, 2017 ]
replacement of old speakers that were damaged [ Bobby  Jul 02, 2017 ]
positive reviews and price [ Wesley E.  Jun 27, 2017 ]
I want to use these for Dolby Atmos [ Luis  Jun 11, 2017 ]
price ,good reviews [ Glenn  Jun 04, 2017 ]
Speakers are used as surround sound and have very good sound. Very happy with these speakers. [ Kary Lee  May 15, 2017 ]
Amazing sound as my front high speakers. Blend right in with my theater setup. [ Juan  May 12, 2017 ]
Polk and Crutchfield reputation for quality products. [ Gerald  Apr 20, 2017 ]
reviews and tech support about 5.1 surround [ Jon  Apr 20, 2017 ]
read the info and reviews on the website for this product. Considered what I needed (replacing old (and cracked) front speakers in surround sound system. Seemed to fit the bill perfectly. I've bought items from Crutchfield in the past - outstanding customer service and tech support! [ Brad  Apr 20, 2017 ]
my favorite brand, awesome customer service [ JASON  Apr 14, 2017 ]
Good size for what I need [ shane  Apr 13, 2017 ]
Specifications and price point were in alignment with my requirement [ Kevin  Mar 27, 2017 ]
price [ jerry  Mar 25, 2017 ]
reviews [ Victor  Mar 23, 2017 ]
Best seller. And should go well to complete my newly purchased Polk Audio 5.1 surround sound speaker system. My receiver can be setup for 7.2 surround speaker system. [ Timothy  Mar 18, 2017 ]
Solid surround speaker, used at old old. For my atmos setup [ Daniel  Mar 11, 2017 ]
Polk reputation and the online reviews. [ BARBARA  Mar 05, 2017 ]
I was looking to replace 2 front speakers that were part of a cheaper set that had blown out. After doing an on-line chat, I determined the Polk OWM3 speakers were a good choice for me in the budget I had set. They may not be the best front speakers, but will pair nicely with the subwoofer and rear speakers that are already in place. Because of the good price, I was also able to buy a center speaker that the on-line rep recommended would pair with them nicely. [ Kraig  Feb 26, 2017 ]
purchased a set for houseboat last summer they rock so when in need of surround speakers for house it was a no brainer polk has good speakers at a price point anyone can afford [ gberry50  Jan 25, 2017 ]
Great for satellite speakers. Great Polk sound [ JEREMIAH  Jan 05, 2017 ]
These are being used in my surround sound configuration & work wonderfully. [ Kathleen  Dec 27, 2016 ]
After narrowing the field down to 3 or 4 choices, I went with these speakers due to the recommendation from one of Crutchfield's live chat customer support staff. [ Jamie  Nov 29, 2016 ]
reputation and advice from users [ kermit  Nov 14, 2016 ]
size [ Doug  Oct 31, 2016 ]
Used them for front left and right on my sound system, very good speakers. [ Robert  Oct 24, 2016 ]
mounting options [ Frederick  Oct 22, 2016 ]
Small and Cheap. [ Jay  Oct 11, 2016 ]
slim design for partial ceiling and wall mounting surround sound speakers [ ROBERT J  Aug 26, 2016 ]
Size and easy to place anywhere in the room. [ Jose  Jul 26, 2016 ]
I picked these because of the installation flexibility they provide because I don't really want to have deep bookshelf speakers on stands in the back [ Aaron  Apr 28, 2016 ]
Recommended by max the crutchfield advisor Max's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=155 [ Rita  Mar 26, 2016 ]
referral from a friend who liked item [ jeffery  Mar 18, 2016 ]
Support a larger set of Klipsch speakers positioned near my TV [ David  Feb 27, 2016 ]
Specs, brand name, costs, reviews. Appear to be ideal surround speakers for 7.1 receiver. [ Gary  Jan 19, 2016 ]
Bought these speakers to replace rear channel Polk speakers I already had. The old speakers stopped working after about 10 years. Sound is excellent and the speakers were easy to install where I wanted them. [ AARON  Dec 19, 2015 ]

15 questions already asked

If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. [ Krissy  Jun 03, 2018 ]  Staff
No they are not. [ CASEY  May 22, 2018 ]
No [ MATHEW  May 21, 2018 ]
The Polk Audio CS10 center channel uses the same 1" silk dome tweeter and will perfectly voice-match with the OWM3 as a result: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107CS10B/item.html I hope that helps. My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan  Jan 26, 2018 ]  Staff
I don't know. I would go on the Polk website and ask their tech support [ sport550  Sep 29, 2017 ]
what type of application are you applying these to? [ Aminderjit  Sep 29, 2017 ]
I am sorry that I cannot answer your question Sarah. I am currently running these at 8 ohms from a multimedia receiver. [ STEVEN  Sep 27, 2017 ]
There are a lot of different types of speaker stands, so it is difficult to say for certain. Probably the best way to answer your question would be to say "yes" . . . but the remaining question would be, "how difficult would it be to mount these speakers on a stand?". One set of these speakers is simply resting on bookshelves while the other set is attached to wood mounting brackets (custom built) on the wall. I don't think I would have a problem mounting these speakers on a stand, but someone with little or no mechanical appitude/interest might find it a challenge. [ Alan K  Sep 15, 2017 ]
Yes you can. [ LUCAS  Sep 15, 2017 ]
Yes, they can. In fact, that is how ours are mounted. They are awesome for their size! [ Peggy  Sep 15, 2017 ]
Unfortunately speaker wires do not come with these speakers. I know there are many business that sell speaker wire. I would suggest you purchase the best speaker wire that you can afford. I'm pretty sure you'll be glad you did. Hope this helps ! [ scheid220  Jul 03, 2017 ]
No. [ Steven  Jul 03, 2017 ]
No they don't. [ LUCAS  Jul 03, 2017 ]
Speakers are sold separately. You can buy speaker wire separately. I used 18 AWG speaker wire. [ José  Jul 02, 2017 ]
I just set mine up using 16 awg 50 feet from the amp and they are good. I have not tried 12, but it looks like 12 would fit in the wire connector in back of the speaker. Try it and let the speakers decide. I would say rewire only if necessary. I use mine as dining room speakers for music at relatively low levels. [ Joshua  Mar 28, 2017 ]
These do not use any kind of special mounting brackets. You don't mount a bracket, then connect the speaker onto it. (That extra piece is a foot for standing the speaker on a shelf or table) For wall mounting, there are "+" (plus-shaped) slots on the back that simply slide onto 2 pan-head screws. You can see the slots in the 2nd picture that shows the back of a speaker. When mounted, gravity holds the speaker down on the screws. I suppose, if secured tightly, they'd stay in place flat on the ceiling. Note that there is a 2nd set of slots on either side of the wire connecting posts. That would allow you to place the screws on the wall, then mount the speaker at an angle in the corner between the wall and ceiling, kind of like crown molding, pointing the speaker 45-degrees down. Or...You could probably just use a strong (automotive) 2-sided tape and stick them onto the ceiling. That, and a little Gorilla Glue, would probably hold them pretty well. There are a couple foam strips included, but I don't remember if they're double-sided. If they are, they'd probably hold things in place until the glue fully bonds and cures. Otherwise, get the good 3M stuff at an auto parts store. [ Kent  Mar 14, 2017 ]
mine work fine as indoor and dry area [ EDWARD  Mar 14, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny  Dec 24, 2016 ]  Staff
mine are not wireless [ roy  Dec 02, 2016 ]
Not wireless, i think the crutchfield staff would know what works better than me, [ JEFFREY  Dec 02, 2016 ]
The OWM3 speakers aren't wireless. I don't have an answer to the question about the sound bar. [ CHANDRAN  Dec 02, 2016 ]
No they are not. I bought them to use as rear surrounds and they sound awesome. Really woke my system up. But you do need to run wires. Hope this helps. [ Steve  Dec 02, 2016 ]
Thanks for your reply. It was very helpful! cheers [ POD666  Jan 28, 2015 ]
I use mine as the rear channel of my 7.1 surround system along with a pair of Bose 151's. I simply used the template provided with the speakers and used anchors and some pan head screws in the plaster and lathe wall then slid them over the screws and down. I did drill a hole near the bottom of my baseboard and one behind each speaker after I established the hollow span between the 2 X 4s then fed my speaker cable through so no wires are visable. They look great mounted on the wall about 8 FT apart and 5 ft off the floor along with the 151's on either side 12 ft apart on the wall at ceiling level and angled down about 40 degrees. I get some real sweet high and midrange sound from both sets with my easy chair planted in the middle of them and backed against the wall! [ rick  Jan 22, 2015 ]
I hate mounting anything to a wall personally. Crutchfield has many inexpensive speaker stands for sale. I just bought a pair of Polk surrounds from them and am going to order stands soon. No holes in walls, you can move the stands around if you want, stands are the best way to go. [ KEITH  Jan 15, 2015 ]
Wall mounts are built into the speaker. [ JOSEPH F  Jan 14, 2015 ]
Sorry, the speakers are still in the box. Not installed. [ RAY  Jan 14, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: These speakers will work with your Sony receiver, but they are not a voice match to the TL3 speakers. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Dec 05, 2014 ]  Staff
I think they would be a great addition. Good sound quality and clarity. Bass isn't over powering either. I've enjoyed them. [ ANTHONY T  Aug 04, 2014 ]
I never set out to get these speakers specifically... I got them as a bonus on a larger Sonos order as a promotion. That said, I only use them as bookshelf speakers in my office and they are fine for that purpose. I cannot say how suitable they would be as surrounds. I have a full JBL array for my surround and had no need to try them that way. Good luck and happy hunting. [ DARREN  Aug 04, 2014 ]
Yes, they work great just remember to cross them over at 100hz [ ANTONIO  May 29, 2018 ]
Yes. The price listed on these speakers is per pair (2 speakers). [ Jeff  Jan 12, 2014 ]  Staff
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