Polk Audio Atrium8 SDI
All-weather indoor/outdoor speaker with selectable stereo input mode (Black)
Our take on the Polk Audio Atrium8 SDI by Crutchfield's Tara W.
Use Polk's Atrium8 SDI speaker when you need maximum flexibility along with premium outdoor sound. It can stand alone as a single stereo speaker, or you can put two together for a high-performance stereo pair. One speaker is convenient when you want to pump tunes to a smaller area, like a deck or patio, or when mounting options are limited. If you have room for two speakers, these speakers will give you fuller sound and better stereo separation in larger listening areas. A simple switch allows you to choose between single-speaker or traditional two-speaker stereo playback.
This speaker boasts the build quality you'd expect from Polk. It gives you superb audio performance, thanks to dual 1" tweeters, one 6-1/2" woofer, and PowerPort® bass venting. And the rugged, weatherproof design meets or exceeds stringent military specifications for full exposure to the elements. That means you'll enjoy years of great tunes, whether you install them in your bathroom or in your backyard.
Polk's new Speed-Lock system makes mounting the Atrium8 SDIs quick and easy. Install the bracket and simply click the speaker into place. Then just aim the sound towards your listening area and tighten down the included thumbscrew.
- all-weather enclosure
- one 6-1/2" woofer
- two 1" aluminum dome tweeters
- tweeter placement is designed for better stereo separation in single-speaker setups
- PowerPort® technology for better bass response
- frequency response 45-27,000 Hz
- sensitivity 91 dB
- 8-ohm impedance
- handles up to 125 watts per channel
- includes mounting hardware
- 8-1/2"W x 12-7/8"H x 9-7/16"D
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Black all-weather speaker
- Mounting bracket (installed) Owner's Manual
- Online Product Registration card
- Polk Audio brochure
Replaced my 10+ year old Yamaha NS-AW150 speakers which had served me well with these Polk Atrium8's. The bass is superb and tweeters deliver crisp vocals and highs. Very satisfied with the product and the Crutchfield team !
Scott, Canandaigua, NY
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Features and Specs
|Woofer Surround||Butyl rubber|
|Power Range (watts)||10-125|
|Frequency Response||45-27k Hz|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
Weatherproof Design: Polk Audio All-Weather Certified, Atrium Series speakers exceed baseline industrial and military specifications for environmental endurance (ASTM D5894-UV Salt Fog, Mil Standard 810 Immersion, Mil-Std 883 Method 1009.8 for salt and corrosion.) Certification means Atrium speakers can effortlessly withstand the outdoors, and hold up in extreme temperatures and precipitation.
Polk Patented Technologies: Patented Dynamic Balance and Klippel Optimization technologies ensure the perfect material performance, eliminating driver and tweeter "artifacts" for more realistic sound reproduction at high and low volume levels.
- Dynamic Balance: A Polk perfected method of analyzing a speaker's microscopic behavior with laser Interferometry. Polk engineers can tune out unwanted resonance and distortion with the right combination of materials, geometry and construction techniques. This brings you pure, distortion-free sound.
- Klippel Optimization: By using a state-of-the-art Klippel Distortion Analyzer, Polk engineers were able to optimize the woofer's motor structure, voice coil alignment and suspension bringing you the best possible performance even at extreme listening levels.
6.5" DVC Woofer: The Polk Audio Atrium8SDI uses a dual-voice coil long-throw aerated polypropylene 6.5" woofer for clean midrange and deep, accurate bass. The dual voice coil design adds greater efficiency and power handling. For a smoother response and improved durability, the woofer uses a butyl rubber surround.
Dual Tweeters: The Polk Audio Atrium8SDI has two 1" anodized aluminum dome tweeters with rubber surrounds and neodymium magnets for better power handling, smoother response and greater accuracy. This Dual Tweeter Array features Stereo Tweeter Aiming for excellent imaging, allowing you to use the Atrium8SDI as a single stereo speaker, or as half of a stereo pair.
Rugged Enclosure Design: The durable, mineral-filled polypropylene cabinet design, with molded-in bracing, sounds like a real speaker (not "an outdoor speaker"), and survives years of seasonal changes, for great sound, no matter what the weather. The rugged, mineral-filled polypropylene enclosure features a rustproof aluminum grille, rustproof aluminum bracket, and stainless steel/brass hardware.
Note: The speakers are available in a black or white finish. The enclosure is also paintable.
Broad Coverage Baffle Design: The sculpted front, steeply-angled baffle design and rounded enclosure minimize diffraction (sound reflecting off of hard edges) for more open and lifelike imaging.
Dual Input/Single Input Feature: A rear mounted switch allows the Atrium8SDI to operate as a single, dual-input speaker for stereo applications, or a traditional single-input speaker for left or right use. When using the Atrium8SDI as a single stereo speaker, the dual tweeters and dual voice coils handle the left and right signals independently.
5-Way Binding Posts: The Atrium8SDI has two sets of gold-plated 5-way binding posts that will accept bare wire, pin connectors, spade connectors, and banana plugs (single or dual).
Speed-Locking Mounting System: The included rustproof aluminum bracket allows multiple mounting options and is quick-and-easy to install. The Atrium8SDI can be mounted either horizontally or vertically and aimed to deliver the best possible sound in a variety of situations The integrated bracket provides full 180-degree rotation (when mounted vertically or horizontally. The mounting bracket even allows the speaker to be mounted snugly in a corner or under an eve (at a downward 45-degree angle). You can remove the bracket and use the speaker's built-in stability feet, if you simply want to place the speaker on a table or shelf.
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Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs
by Tara W.
Learn about Polk's Atrium line of outdoor speakers, and get some recommendations for choosing the right model for your yard.
Why did you buy this?
Add to existing Atrium 7's in a separate outdoor area. [ B Jul 20, 2018 ]
good quality, competitive price [ Michael Jul 15, 2018 ]
It got good reviews and my indoor speakers are Polk which I really like [ Chris Jun 27, 2018 ]
Needed new speakers for out door area. Like the stereo option of these speakers and Polk is always good quality sound. Tired of cheap outdoor speakers that don't last and don't sound good. [ Scott Jun 11, 2018 ]
I'm using the Sonos Connect Amp and not sure if I want to use one speaker or two. This has great reviews and gives me the unique option of trying just one and if that doesn't work, I can just add another Atrium8. [ Jared Jun 06, 2018 ]
#1 It's a Polk Product which I have been a FAN of for many many years and #2 it's from CRUTCHFIELD they have never let me down #3 The Best STAFF ever. Thank You Crutchfield, John L. [ JOHN l. Mar 07, 2018 ]
We install these speakers on Commercial Fishing boats. They stand up very well to the harsh ocean environment. They rock the ocean! Loud and proud! [ KAREN Feb 09, 2018 ]
Great speakers for outdoor use. Speakers have lots of power / volume, are exceptionally clear. Two thumbs up...... [ M Sep 06, 2017 ]
Reviews seemed to indicate a good performing outdoor speaker that will work well to fill backyard with quality sound. [ William Aug 24, 2017 ]
I've ordered them before and they are great speakers.... [ Drew Jul 31, 2017 ]
Great speaker. I currently have 4 of them and will use this one as my center speaker [ Robert Jun 29, 2017 ]
Solid outdoor garden sound. I used the dual stereo (left and right channel) option where both channels are wired to one speaker. It lacks a little range but it sounds really good. I'm planning on adding another speaker because I prefer better imaging from separating the speakers. Very durable and weatherproof. [ Stephen Jun 21, 2017 ]
reviews [ AARON Jun 02, 2017 ]
To connect to my Sonos Amp for out door. [ William Apr 22, 2017 ]
its black [ timi Apr 17, 2017 ]
Had them at my other house Great outdoor speakers, plenty of bass and good clean sound [ CHRISTOPHER Mar 22, 2017 ]
Had 2 sets of BOSE outdoor speakers, but they didn't last very long, only a couple of years each before they started crackling. I also have a smaller pair of Polk outdoor speakers which I've had for years and they have held up beautifully. I wanted better sound, so I'm purchasing the larger speakers now. I hope I'm doing the right thing! [ Peter M Mar 05, 2017 ]
This speakers have 6 in woofer and two twetters. They can be connected like singels, one channel in one speakers or combined, two channels in one speaker. Sound is good for outside speakers and support any weather. Are exelent speakers for backyard. [ Manuel Feb 14, 2017 ]
I am hoping that these will be powerful enough to provide loud enough music for the gym that I own. [ Frank Aug 24, 2016 ]
good price [ eric Aug 22, 2016 ]
large woofer size, aluminum tweeter, connect stereo source into one speaker for patio area not suitable for stereo sound [ Jan Jul 15, 2016 ]
Love Polk Audio equipment which I already own. [ PALMER Jun 27, 2016 ]
Were hoping these outdoor speakers will work great at our beach house! Also looking forward to the free music player that comes with them. Thanks [ David Jun 13, 2016 ]
have other Polk speakers [ George May 10, 2016 ]
Excellent reviews and a single speaker is convenient for my particular patio application. [ Michael Apr 13, 2016 ]
wanted a good speaker, Lee helped and answered all my questions . [ dante Dec 16, 2015 ]
word of mouth [ Richard Jul 08, 2018 ]
Friend has same ones [ Bernard Jul 01, 2018 ]
I have 2 already, and just adding 2 more. [ Paul Jun 25, 2018 ]
don't need stereo in the area outside, so one speaker is all that is required. [ Dan May 22, 2018 ]
Seems like it will be an ideal choice for indoor surround and later potentially outdoor mains white color was also a deciding factor [ Jeremy May 21, 2018 ]
Own them [ tim May 16, 2018 ]
reviews and past polk experience [ Timothy Mar 12, 2018 ]
The single/dual input switch is ideal for my needs based on the configuration of my outdoor area. [ Jake Nov 25, 2017 ]
We currently have a polk outdoor system and wanted to expand to our fire pit area we chose these Polk 8 SDi because of the versatility and quality that we have enjoyed for years... we chose Crutchfield because of their dedication to quality and service .. we will not buy from Amazon Best Buy..or anywhere else .. [ jeff Jul 06, 2017 ]
Had the best reviews. Especially comments saying these speaker have the best bass response. [ Wayne Jun 22, 2017 ]
sound good [ francis Jun 07, 2017 ]
Recommendation from friend and listened to them. [ John May 26, 2017 ]
great price and def tech amp $250 off offer [ ronald May 21, 2017 ]
Good quality [ Channing May 18, 2017 ]
They sound great! [ Troy Apr 30, 2017 ]
I reviewed several outdoor speakers and the Polk Atrium speakers are designed to meet/exceed mil spec for weather durability. They received good reviews from other people for sound quality too. [ Giovanni Apr 11, 2017 ]
excellent speaker [ Victor Mar 23, 2017 ]
needed outdoor speakers for the pool [ mike Mar 05, 2017 ]
Brand recommended by a professional that likes this brand. Price was good. Free shipping. I have ordered from Crutchfield before and I really like the company and business model. [ Steven Mar 04, 2017 ]
customer reviews [ BROOKE Feb 26, 2017 ]
These outdoor speakers are as good as any I have heard. Nice bass and midrange. I tend to play louder than my neighbors might like only because they sound sooo great! [ O Feb 01, 2017 ]
Awesome indoor / outdoor speaker. Fantastic sound. Would definitely purchase again! [ Kevin Jan 14, 2017 ]
Sale/reviews [ Michael Jan 01, 2017 ]
Previously purchased these outdoor speakers for a patio that faced out into the open yard and the sound provided was absolutely robust even at a distance. [ Will Oct 30, 2016 ]
Excellent sounds from these outdoor speakers plus Polks reputation. [ Richard Sep 24, 2016 ]
I'm looking for a quality outdoor speaker that is not too large and will mount on my patio beam fairly inconspicuously. [ JOHN Sep 05, 2016 ]
Two tweeters, dispersive speaker face, Polk Audio, very good frequency range. [ Trent Aug 13, 2016 ]
I like the mounting style. Good Sound specs. On sale [ Doug Aug 01, 2016 ]
The Quality/Price equation was very high [ U. Han Jul 21, 2016 ]
I spent a great deal of time researching outdoor speakers. I needed a weatherproof, stereo input speaker for 2 separate outdoor patio areas. I read the reviews and was impressed with the experiences of other customers. I also want to thank Tony the AV Adviser for all his help! Tony's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=69 [ Michael Jul 15, 2016 ]
I selected this pair as it will provide the big sound I need for a larger outdoor area. I am using the Atrium 6's is smaller outdoor areas. [ GERARD M Jul 12, 2016 ]
Sound quality [ Suresh Jun 02, 2016 ]
Great holiday sale price! [ Warren May 30, 2016 ]
help from adviser [ WILLIAM May 22, 2016 ]
The reviews all sounded good [ ERIC May 16, 2016 ]
price & quality of product [ Bruce May 12, 2016 ]
Seemed like a good value [ Kurt Apr 26, 2016 ]
Great outdoor bass response and tonal quality. [ JIM Mar 25, 2016 ]
13 questions already asked
This is my second set of Polk Atrium SDI speakers. I've been able to mount both sets over the years in optimum spots on patios and each time, the sound has been very good. I would think they would be very good in an enclosed area such as yours, similar to most interior only speakers. Remind you that the woofer is not the size of typical indoor speakers, i.e. 8-10" so the bass may not be as good as you could get, but I don't know why you won't be pleased with these inside and out providing they are being driven by a capable source. [ MARVIN Jul 20, 2018 ]
I don't know what would happen to these speakers if you put them in a vehicle but I have put home speakers in a vehicle before and it's a waste of time they were destroyed pretty fast as far as putting these speakers on a home system they rock well worth the money [ Jeffrey Mar 26, 2018 ]
Drew, I do not know for sure, the Atrium 8 SDI has the two 1in tweeters & center channels do not have any !! So........ I' am thinking the 61/2 woofer in he Atrium 8 SDI would act as a center channel just fine, however i have no idea about the tweeters for center sound quality !! Just a trial & error hook up !! I guess its not alot of help, sorry !! Charles B [ CHARLES B Jul 19, 2017 ]
HI Drew -- I have used it in solo and also with two other speakers, though never in a home theater. I use it outdoors for music entertainment only. I can't think of a reason why theater sound would be different than music, but .... I'm not 100% expert. Bottom line -- yes to outdoors and yes with other speakers. -- Paul [ Paul Jul 17, 2017 ]
Depending on what you want. It can be used as center speaker. Enter [ George Jul 17, 2017 ]
I have not tried to do that with my speakers but I don't see why not these speakers are loud and clear with a fair amount of bass even if they don't work right for a center speaker you'll have some really awesome speakers [ Jeffrey Jul 17, 2017 ]
I can't see what not. It has great midrange and up frequency response. Enjoy it [ Philip Jul 17, 2017 ]
They can be painted but with a light coat on the grille. The brackets would be easy the problem may be the body that is not the grille but possible as there are no connections or impediments to painting [ Will Apr 02, 2018 ]
I'm sure they can. As long as you do not paint any of the interior components, of course. [ FERNANDO Apr 02, 2018 ]
Yes..these speakers can be painted. [ KEVIN JUDE Apr 02, 2018 ]
I have the Yamaha RX-A2060 D85A4E. It works great! It also has the Yamaha AV Controller App as well -- works great! [ Michael Jul 05, 2017 ]
I have them wired to my Sonos Connect: Amp, I highly recommend Sonos. Better than Bluetooth [ James Jun 10, 2017 ]
I bought the Atrium8 to replace a speaker that died and specifically because it offers the dual input mode (both L and R inputs are driving a single speaker) that the old speaker utilized. It is in a protected space under the garage eave and it works great when I'm outside washing the car or working in that general outdoors area. It sounds awesome. That said, it really is just a speaker that any Bluetooth capable receiver can power. I happen to use an Onkyo TX-NR545 which works really well, drives additional speakers and although I don't use the Bluetooth feature of this receiver that often (I have gotten attached to satellite radio as my primary music source), it is easy to pair and sounds great. When friends come over and want to connect their device and listen to their playlists this Onkyo receiver is about as easy as I think it gets. [ Pete Jun 09, 2017 ]
There are two reasons to do the 4 wire set up: 1) you can use lower gauge wire and when combined they give you better performance over the same gauge single wire. 2) since you are using outside if one wire was ever clipped you'd still have a pair of wires to use. It totally depends on how long your outdoor run is and how complicated fated your setup is. I personally use the 4 wire set up with medium gauge. Good luck and enjoy the speakers. [ Mark Jun 03, 2017 ]
I have several channels on my amp and run them separate as left and right. Good luck, I have mine outside by the pool and they can fI'll a big area pretty well [ RODNEY Dec 03, 2016 ]
That would depend on your receiver.. not the speakers. If your receiver supports 3 zones it should work. [ Dan Jul 18, 2016 ]
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 May 17, 2016 ] Staff
yes can pair in a zone .you will notice more base fro the 8 but volume should be the same [ CAREY Feb 25, 2016 ]
We only have delivery within the United States and U.S. territories. The only other options are deliveries to military bases with an apo/fpo address or shipping to a freight forwarder with a U.S. address. Hope that helps. [ Kenny Feb 03, 2016 ] Staff
Neil, You don't have to own a receiver, but you will need an amplifier to get the proper amount of volume out of these speakers. You can connect your TV to the amp. Each Speaker can handle about 125 watts rms, so look for something with a rating of 75 watts rms or better, but don't exceed 125 watts rms. Thank you, [ Dusty Jan 26, 2015 ]
The speakers only have inputs for speaker cable. Unless you have a method to convert those into AV components or something compatible with your TV, then a receiver is the only way I know of to use these with a TV. [ Amy Jan 26, 2015 ]
You will need a receiver. [ Brian Jan 25, 2015 ]
Hi Neil, these are excellent speakers and I love the clean sound coming out. Yes, you will need a Receiver. I have mine connected to a Niles amplifier connected to my Denon Receiver. [ Richard Jan 25, 2015 ]
The price listed is per single speaker on this particular model. [ Jeff Dec 06, 2013 ] Staff
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