Polk Audio Blackstone TL1600
Home theater speaker system
Our take on the Polk Audio Blackstone TL1600 by Crutchfield's Kristen Schaub
Budget-friendly home theater punch
Having trouble getting through movie night without nodding off and spilling the popcorn on the couch? Maybe it's time to upgrade your sound with Polk's Blackstone TL1600 speaker system. Ideal for small- to medium-sized rooms, this convenient package comes with all the speakers you need to get dramatic, engaging movie theater sound that'll keep your attention focused and your eyes glued to the screen — all at a great value.
The four Blackstone satellite speakers and the center channel use some pretty advanced driver technology, so you experience impressively effortless sound from speakers that take up very little space. The package also comes with a powerful 50-watt subwoofer to add deep, rumbling explosions and room-thumping bass for all your favorite action flicks. And if you've got a new flat-panel TV, this system's stunning high-gloss black finish will make an excellent match.
Advanced technology produces astonishingly realistic sound
Polk's latest breakthrough is "Time Lens" technology, which aligns the drivers in such a way that all the frequencies reach your ears at the same time. It improves the speakers' soundstaging and imaging, so that you'll start to forget you're watching a movie and really feel like you're part of the action. This technology makes this system great for video games, too, because you'll be able to clearly pinpoint where sounds are coming from all around you, like monster roars or enemy gunfire.
Polk's enclosure design puts performance first
The satellite and center channel speakers also use an "acoustic lens" in their grilles to disperse sound waves in a way that makes your movie and music soundtracks sound larger and more open. And unlike a traditional port hole, these speakers have something called an "aperiodic-tuned rear port." It's more like a breathable membrane that controls air flow in and out of the enclosure, giving them the acoustic benefits of both a sealed and a ported enclosure, including better bass extension and a pleasing mid-bass boost. It also means you can place these speakers in the open or against a wall, and still get great sound.
Easy speaker placement
Each speaker comes with a keyhole slot in the back for easy wall-mounting. You can also use the discrete threaded insert to fit them to optional speaker brackets or stands. But no matter how you choose to set up your system, you can expect the kind of detailed, open sound that will make movie night way much more exciting.
Upgrade to a seven-channel home theater when you add a pair of TL1 satellite speakers to this system.
- includes four compact satellite speakers, a center channel speaker, and a subwoofer
- Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better soundstaging and imaging
- aperiodic tuned rear port
- curved enclosures with high-gloss finish to complement today's flat-panel TVs
- frequency response: 45-20,000 Hz (-3 dB)
- impedance: 8 ohms
- threaded insert for use with optional speaker stands or brackets
- keyhole slots for easy wall-mounting
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- 1/2" silk dome tweeter (each)
- 2-1/2" Dynamic Balance midrange (each)
- sensitivity: 89 dB
- handles up to 100 watts
- 3-13/16"W x 6-1/2"H x 4-7/8"D (each)
- 1/2" silk dome tweeter
- dual 2-1/2" Dynamic Balance midranges
- sensitivity: 89 dB
- handles up to 125 watts
- 15"W x 3-15/16"H x 3-7/16"D
TL1600 powered subwoofer:
- 8" down-firing woofer
- built-in 50-watt (RMS) amplifier
- heavy-duty, non-resonant enclosure with satin black finish
- 12-1/2"W x 14"H x 13-3/8"D
What's in the Box:
- Black powered subwoofer
- 4 Gloss-black satellite two-way loudspeakers
- Gloss-black center-channel loudspeaker
- 5 Detachable black cloth grilles (attached)
- System Diagram/Warranty booklet
- Satellite speakers template
- Center-channel speaker template
- Online Product Registration card
- Polk Audio brochure
Polk Audio never lets me down! This small system fills our large family room with a great surround sound. Great sound, great value, very happy campers here!
Bur, Pottstown, PA
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Features and Specs
|Pieces in System||6|
|Midrange size (inches)||---|
|Woofer size (inches)||2-1/2|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Keyhole|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||31-36|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|RMS Power Range (watts)||10-125|
|Subwoofer RMS Power (watts)||50|
|Main Speakers (inches)||6-1/2H x 3-13/16W x 4-7/8D|
|Center Speaker (inches)||3-15/16H x 15W x 3-7/16D|
|Surround Speakers (inches)||6-1/2H x 3-13/16W x 4-7/8D|
|Subwoofer (inches)||14H x 12-1/2W x 13-3/8D|
System Overview: The Polk Audio Blackstone TL1600 high-performance 5.1ch home theater system features 4 matching satellite loudspeakers, a horizontal center-channel speaker, and a powered subwoofer. The Polk Audio Blackstone TL1600 system offers a compact, high-performance solution for your home theater, music listening, or gaming needs. Plus you can add individually available, perfectly timbre-matched Blackstone TL speakers (107TL1B, sold separately) to expand your home theater experience into 6.1, 7.1, or 9.1 channels.
Note: The system's overall frequency response is 40Hz-22kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 45-20kHz.
Polk Audio Black Stone TL Series: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL series loudspeakers (TL1) feature new innovations specifically designed to enhance compact speaker performance. The Black Stone TL1 series speaker is a two-way satellite loudspeaker utilizing a bass-reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port. The TL1 series loudspeakers are equipped with 5-way binding posts and offer various mounting options.
Dynamic Balance Driver Technology: Polk Audio's patented Dynamic Balance process allows Polk to design their drivers specifically for flatter frequency response, revealing the sharpest details and a more lifelike transparency, with absolutely no strain even at high volume. It's a bold, rich, warm, and lifelike sound.
Time Lens Technology: The sophisticated laser alignment of the "acoustic center" of the Blackstone TL tweeters with their accompanying drivers results in far superior imaging. The acoustic centers of the tweeter and mid-range woofer are aligned, creating a crisp accurate soundstage. The acoustic centers of the tweeter and mid-bass driver are located in the same plane for superior imaging, while the acoustic lens incorporated in the grille smoothes the tweeter's frequency response.
Drivers: The Black Stone TL1 satellite & center-channel speakers feature a two-way design.
- 1/2" Silk Dome Tweeter: Each Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 satellite & center-channel loudspeaker utilizes a 1/2" silk-polymer dome tweeter for crisp, clear imaging, and smooth response that's never tiring.
- 2-1/2" Long-Throw Woofer: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 satellite loudspeakers use a 2-1/2" composite long-throw cone woofer, while the TL1 center-channel employs dual 2-1/2" composite long-throw cone woofers. Each long-throw woofer utilizes Dynamic Balance driver technology (Polk's patented transducer design process) to produce a flat frequency response, with sharp detail, transparency, and the ability to play loud without strain.
Frequency Response: The overall frequency response of each satellite loudspeaker is 120Hz-22kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 135-20kHz. The overall frequency response of the center-channel speaker is 95Hz-22kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 125-20kHz.
Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 satellite & center-channel speaker feature a non-resonant composite enclosure with a curved design, time-aligned geometry, integrated acoustic lens, an aperiodic-tuned rear port, and a beautiful high-gloss finish.
- Curved Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 loudspeakers employ non-parallel surfaces that not only lead to a stronger, more rigid and acoustically inert enclosure, but they also result in less audible coloration from internal surface resonances.
- Integrated Acoustic Lens: An innovative acoustic lens incorporated into the grille produces a high frequency response so smooth that it delivers a balanced, realistic performance. An acoustic lens is molded into the back of the speaker grille and helps create imaging frequency balance previously impossible in small high-performance satellite speakers.
- Aperiodic-Tuned Rear Port: An aperiodic-tuned rear port enables better blending with a subwoofer. This design combines the bass extension of an acoustic suspension enclosure with the mid-bass boost of a ported enclosure by controlling airflow through the port for better extension without distortion.
- High-Gloss Finish: The TL1 enclosure features a durable, deep automotive-strength high-gloss finish that matches today's most stylish flat-panel TVs. The TL1 satellites & center-channel speakers are available in a high-gloss black finish.
5-Way Binding Posts: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL1 center-channel is equipped with one pair of 5-way binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of speaker cables and connectors. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single or dual), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire (18-12 AGW).
Rubber Feet: The Polk Audio TL1 satellite & center-channel speakers feature integrated rubber feet so you can sit the speaker on a stand or shelf securely.
Wall Mountable: The TL1 satellite & center-channel speakers feature keyhole slots on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the speakers without any additional wall-mount bracket (mounting screws not supplied). There is also a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of each loudspeaker for mounting the speaker to the wall using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately).
8" Woofer: The Polk Audio powered subwoofer features a downfiring 8" long-throw Dynamic Balance poly-composite woofer with a foam surround for big, deep bass.
Built-in 50 Watt Amplifier: The down-firing woofer is powered by a built-in 50 watt RMS (100 watt Peak) amplifier.
Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Polk Audio powered subwoofer utilizes a bass-reflex enclosure with a down-firing port. The powered subwoofer's enclosure features heavy-duty, non-resonant ABS construction with an elegant satin black finish that creates the ideal décor accent.
Audio Controls: The Polk Audio powered subwoofer features the following rear-panel audio controls.
- Volume: The powered subwoofer features a rotary volume knob to adjust the subwoofer's volume to your preference.
- Low-Pass Crossover: The rotary low-pass crossover knob adjusts the frequency range over which the subwoofer operates. You can adjust the subwoofer's low-pass crossover between 80-160Hz to prevent mid & high frequencies passing through to the woofer.
- Phase: The powered subwoofer's phase switch can be set at 0 or 180 degrees. Whichever phase setting sound louder of fuller at the subwoofer's crossover point is the optimum setting.
Audio Connections: The Polk Audio powered subwoofer features the following line-level & speaker-level audio connections.
- Line Level: The powered subwoofer is equipped with a pair of gold-plated line-level (RCA-type) inputs for connecting the subwoofer/LFE output of your A/V receiver to the powered sub.
- Speaker Level: The powered subwoofer is also equipped with two pair of speaker-level input terminals and two pair of speaker-level output terminals to connect the powered subwoofer between the front-channel speaker outputs of your AV receiver and the speaker terminal inputs on this system's satellite speakers.
Automatic Turn-On/Off Circuitry: The powered subwoofer features auto on/off circuitry which automatically turn the subwoofer on when it senses an audio signal. When no signal is present, the circuit turns the subwoofer off after 15 minutes.
Frequency Response: The overall frequency response of the powered subwoofer is 40Hz-160Hz and the -3dB frequency response is 45-160kHz.
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Why did you buy this?
Great Reviews, and I have had polk audio speakers in the past I was very pleased with. [ Bret Oct 19, 2018 ]
Having a set of Polk Audio speakers I know the quality and performance they render. PA has never failed me yet and the price point is good for the quality you get. [ Dallas Sep 05, 2018 ]
good price and brand [ Jason Aug 08, 2018 ]
Picked this because of the good reviews. [ Eileen May 03, 2018 ]
Past experience with Polk audio. Really good reputation and sound quality. [ Scot Mar 21, 2018 ]
I have a small living room, and love Polk speakers - actually have a Polk set now but they are too bulky for my space. These seem like a great value - at the intersection of price, size and performance. [ Joseph Nov 14, 2017 ]
Great reviews and recommended by Crutchfield as a great entry level surround sound speakers. [ A Nov 08, 2017 ]
The reputation of the brand and the very good price [ STEPHANE Oct 07, 2017 ]
I have a system of POLK speakers that have satisfied me for the last 30 years [ ERNEST Sep 08, 2017 ]
Wanted a pair of reasonably priced speakers for my multimedia system and these fit the bill I live in a small apartment and didn't need a set of thumpers... these are perfect and I highly recommend it for those looking for a smaller set of high-end speakers [ Stanley Aug 09, 2017 ]
good price for bedroom [ Frank May 25, 2017 ]
Top seller And price [ Amy May 24, 2017 ]
Polk is known for great audio products, the price was very reasonable and the number of outstanding customer reviews made this a smart buy. [ B May 22, 2017 ]
Price and features [ Mark Apr 21, 2017 ]
Price and Brand [ R Mar 24, 2017 ]
Best seller and fantastic reviews. Fits exactly what I need in my family room. [ Timothy Mar 18, 2017 ]
Received good reviews and was on sale. [ J Feb 28, 2017 ]
Good intro HT package for the family. On sale. Crutchfield guarantee. [ OftenWorksAlone Feb 20, 2017 ]
Excellent Reviews [ Lloyd Feb 07, 2017 ]
looked ok [ Dan Feb 01, 2017 ]
Had been researching for awhile. Looked like a good fit for my new receiver recently purchased. When I saw that the price had dropped by $100 it was a no brainer. [ R Feb 01, 2017 ]
My friend is the sound expert and he swears by polk. And since I'm not i listen to him. Gonna be the first time owning polk and can't wait to get them [ Steve Dec 27, 2016 ]
Polk Audio established reputation for performance and quality, price, and a good fit for size of room & our listening needs. [ Kennedy Dec 26, 2016 ]
Add to my aging system [ B Dec 25, 2016 ]
the price, the review, help from aaron because i was looking for a sound bar and that would have been a waste of time and money. [ Keith Dec 21, 2016 ]
I have Polk speakers in my show truck and they are amazing!!!! Polk makes a very good product. [ Scott Dec 20, 2016 ]
Great info on your website from the owners manual to reviews and opinions. Top notch. [ A Brantley Dec 13, 2016 ]
Specs, price, customer feedback [ Richard Dec 11, 2016 ]
Polk quality, reviews and price. [ DANIEL Nov 26, 2016 ]
Price & reviews seemed good [ Guest Nov 25, 2016 ]
Mostly because of the great ratings given by Crutchfield customers. [ Ivan Nov 25, 2016 ]
Customer reviews and price [ Keith Nov 25, 2016 ]
Good price and positive reviews [ Bruce Nov 24, 2016 ]
looking at various options and sources I decided to go with this system from Crutchfield. Been buying car audio from this company many years ago before cars came with acceptable audio , still got the Pioneer in our 1990 VW Vanagon. Our son also recommended the company because one can get good, no nonsense advise. [ Hartmut Oct 24, 2016 ]
price/reviews [ Herb Sep 23, 2016 ]
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It had great reviews and it seems like it would be perfect for my family room size. [ Thomas Jul 25, 2016 ]
reviews both here and on numerous other sites appear to be favorable, so we'll see! [ Jonathan Jul 11, 2016 ]
The price is excelent [ Angel Jul 09, 2016 ]
Great Reviews [ Christopher May 16, 2016 ]
My decision was based on reviews of this item. [ JIM D Mar 20, 2016 ]
Great reviews and good name brand. [ Donald B. Dec 12, 2015 ]
excellent reviews [ James M. Dec 06, 2015 ]
11 questions already asked
GOOD MIX [ " Oct 22, 2018 ]
I'm not sure what is referred to regarding "sensitivity" with respect to a speaker system. [ Wayne Oct 17, 2018 ]
Not sure what you mean by that question. We have my receiver set on -19 for comfortable and -10 for "feel the movie in your seat." Never had on any positive numbers because I think it would blow our ears. That may be my receiver or my need to reset it but so far we love the speakers. No cracking sound from the highs or mids. Occasional muffle from the sub but only when its way up and we are watching an action movie. If this doesn't help maybe be more specific with your question and I can try again. [ Marcus Oct 17, 2018 ]
Our Room is about same size as yours and these speakers work great. Cruthfield is a Great Place to Deal with Fair Prices and Great Service - Bob - Florida [ BOB Feb 07, 2018 ]
Ours is in a 12 x 18 room and it sounds phenomenal. So in your space I would expect the same. Hope this helps. [ Thomas Feb 06, 2018 ]
It would work great! Plenty of power in those speakers. [ Michael Feb 06, 2018 ]
I have this speaker system in my living room that is approximately that size. I love the rich quality sounds that these small space saving speakers produce!! [ Aimee Feb 06, 2018 ]
The speakers are working good [ TONY Feb 06, 2018 ]
I bought the cheapest LFE (Low Frequency effect) cable I could find for the sub. Make sure you have a rough idea of how far the sub is from your receiver as there are a lot of length choice out there for those cables. [ Stanley Jan 02, 2018 ]
If you TV has 5.1 (5 speakers, one subwoofer) connections, then you will need speaker wire. Depending on your TV connections, you will probably should buy some connectors for the wire to attach them to the TV (Been a while since I bought a TV where I had to connect speakers but most have either banana plugs and not spade connectors) If you TV doesn't, then you need a receiver (AVR), which is what I do... I use the receiver to plug all of my devices into and then plug the HDMI out into the TV.... you will still need speaker wire but won't need to buy connectors as the speaker wire can attach using the screw connectors on the AVR and the speakers. These speakers are not bluetooth so you will need wires. Hope it helps [ Stanley Jan 02, 2018 ]
If your TV has speaker wire connectors, you will need to purchase speaker wire. If it does not you will need to purchase a receiver to connect the speakers to, then the proper cables to connect the receiver to the TV [ JASON Aug 18, 2017 ]
I used a speaker wall and ceiling mount by VideoSecu. Worked great. [ Homer Jul 22, 2017 ]
I purchased a mouting braket system from Crutchfield. [ JASON Jul 18, 2017 ]
I'm sure you can - I have a Yamaha receiver and had no problems hooking up the same items. [ Scott Aug 08, 2016 ]
Yes I have one and it works great. [ BRIAN K Jul 05, 2016 ]
YEs thay do [ GARY Jul 20, 2016 ]
A wall mount can work...recommend a 2x4 cross piece between rafters [ Michael J. May 03, 2016 ]
3 answers Older and less experience with these newer setups. I have a Sony STR-DG1200 A/V receiver. The only SW output I see on the rear is a single RCA jack. How would I connect to the SW in this set? Will the sound be as good as other ways of connecting it? I see the additional clip connections for input/output on the rear of the SW, how are they connected in what I guess is an alternative and probably better sounding way? [ adam Sep 01, 2015 ]
Just buy an RCA LFE cable (Low Frequency Effects)... they are shielded and your sound will be fine [ Stanley Jan 02, 2018 ]
Most of tje subs are mono, thats why you only see i rca, but it will sound great. [ Felipe Jan 15, 2016 ]
I hv my SW connected through rca cable by recommendation from Crutchfield and it works fantastic [ HARRY VEGA Sep 02, 2015 ]
No, but I get all my speaker wire from monoprice great quality and low prices [ JEFF Aug 01, 2015 ]
mine didn't so I went and bought some monster xp speaker wire which is not very expensive and the speakers sound great, they are a good buy for this price because they sound like a more expensive surround sound system, and I also have klipsch surround system and they give them a good run for the money... [ DUSTIN Aug 01, 2015 ]
No, you have to buy this separated. [ HARRY VEGA Aug 01, 2015 ]
No, speaker wires are not included [ CHERYL Aug 01, 2015 ]
No, speaker wires are not included. [ PAUL Aug 01, 2015 ]
it does not come with speaker wire [ REYNA Aug 01, 2015 ]
NO [ TONY Aug 01, 2015 ]
I think you will need to have a receiver. In my setup I have a Denon AVR (Audio- Visual Receiver), and it drives the speakers. Whatever receiver you get will need to be at least what they call a 5.1, which means it can drive the 5 speakers plus the subwoofer. Good luck, I'm pleased with the sound I'm getting.b [ DAVID Jan 16, 2014 ]
Yes you need a receiver [ SARAH E Jan 05, 2014 ]
You will need some sort of receiver as each speaker has it's own set of two wires, and there is a separate subwoofer hook up. Some DVD players have these hookups, most do not. [ DAVID B Jan 05, 2014 ]
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