Polk Audio Signature S35
Center channel/multi-purpose home theater speaker (Washed Black Walnut)
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A flexible, high-performance home theater speaker
Polk's Signature S35 was designed for maximum versatility, with horizontal or vertical placement options. It performs equally well as a left, right, or center channel speaker. You can mount it on your wall or simply rest it on your TV stand. It's a great choice for high-impact surround sound and detailed high-resolution stereo music. And its sleek, stylish design makes it an attractive addition to your living room.
Built for smooth sound
The S35 is made with high-quality materials for natural, low-distortion sound. Housed within its cabinet is a 1" high-resolution Terylene dome tweeter for clear, detailed highs and realistic reproduction of vocals. Six highly efficient 3" Dynamic Balance® woofers are made of lightweight yet durable mica-reinforced polypropylene. The non-resonant MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) cabinet and anti-diffraction grille provide an acoustically inert structure for reduced sonic interference. Polk's exclusive Power Port technology adds low-end impact.
Build a complete Signature system
Add more Polk Signature speakers for seamless surround sound.
Round out the low end with a Polk powered subwoofer.
- works as a left, right, or center channel speaker with on-wall or on-shelf placement
- can be placed horizontally or vertically
- frequency response: 53-40,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 88 dB
- 8-ohm impedance
- handles up to 150 watts
- 1" Terylene high-res dome tweeter
- six 3" mica-reinforced polypropylene Dynamic Balance® cone drivers
- Power Port® technology for better bass response
- non-resonant MDF cabinet
- 5-way gold-plated binding posts
- anti-diffraction magnetic grilles for minimal sonic interference
- keyhole slots for wall mounting
- 24-7/16"W x 4-3/16"H x 6-1/8"D (placed horizontally)
- weight: 14 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Center-channel loudspeaker
- Grille (attached)
- 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
- Wall-mount template
- Owner's Manual
- Online Product Registration
Love this model for the size AND sound. I may not be as picky as others, but at the show floor I listened to models at I couldn't tell the difference between this and the larger model. I really like the slim design as I have little space between my mantel and the bottom of my TV.
Frank, Parker, CO
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Features and Specs
|Midrange size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer size (inches)||3|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Frequency Response||53-40k Hz|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
Dynamic Balance Drivers: 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 eliminate issues that reduce speaker performance and tune out performance-robbing resonances before they occur. Dynamic Balance ensures a rich, clean, full-range sound no matter what you're listening to. The Polk Signature S35 center-channel loudspeaker incorporates a Dynamic Balance multi-driver array with one 1" tweeter and six 3" woofers.
- Hi-Res 1" Terylene Tweeter: The Signature S35 center-channel loudspeaker utilizes Polk's newly designed 1" Terylene tweeter to deliver clear and detailed high-end response for improved vocals in movies and music. It will support high frequencies up to 40kHz to perfectly reproduce the latest high-resolution audio files with improved audio extension, earning Hi-Res Audio Certification.
- Six 3" Mica-Reinforced Polypropylene Woofers: The Signature S35 center-channel speaker employs six 3" Dynamic Balance low distortion mica-reinforced polypropylene midrange cone woofers for clean, clear bass, better linearity, and increased dynamic midrange. These mica-reinforced polypropylene midranges feature butyl rubber surrounds, massive ceramic motor structures, and high-temperature Conex fiber spiders that combine to create drivers of exceptionally high efficiency, for clean, clear bass, better linearity, lower distortion, and greater durability.
Power Port Technology: The Signature S35 center-channel incorporates Polk's Power Port technology with two specially designed rear-firing ports. Power Port technology smoothly transition air flow from inside the speaker into your listening area for deep, extended bass impact while minimizing turbulence and distortion. Polk's patented Power Port technology delivers 3dB more bass response than a traditional ported speaker.
Non-Resonant Enclosure: The center-channel speaker's strong, rigid and acoustically inert enclosure reduces unwanted internal standing waves for less audible coloration. And non-resonant Meddite MDF construction, extra bracing, and a thick front baffle ensure a more lifelike sound. The enclosure's curved edges not only look cool, they reduce standing waves inside the cabinet for less audible coloration. The enclosure features a beautiful black washed walnut finish.
Anti-Diffraction Magnetic Grille: The Signature S35 includes an anti-diffraction magnetic grille for unaltered sound. The integrated magnets make it easy to attach and remove the grille from the center speaker.
Two-Way Crossover: The center-channel speaker employs a high-performance two-way crossover array (2.5kHz) for seamless blending and optimum time alignment of the tweeter & woofers, creating a lifelike soundstage.
5-Way Binding Posts: The center-channel loudspeaker features 5-way binding posts for a secure connection to your speaker wire. 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).
Applications: The Signature S35's primary use is as a center-channel loudspeaker for home theater applications. But, it can also be used as a left and right front or rear speaker in stereo and home theater setups. If your AV receiver offers built-in bass management, the S35 should be set to "Small" to filter out low bass frequencies.
Placement & Mounting Options: The Signature S35 can be mounted horizontally as a center channel speaker, under or above your flat-panel TV. You can simply place the center-channel speaker on a table-top or shelf, or wall-mount the center-channel using its integrated keyhole slots on the back. Because the S35 is only 4.1875" tall, it will not block the screen or IR remote of most TVs (the included rubber increase the height of speaker by 0.125"). The speaker can also be wall-mounted vertically using the integrated keyhole slots. A wall-mount template is provided (mounting screws not included).
Note: The speaker cannot be mounted vertically on a table-top or shelf (only wall-mounted vertically).
Signature Series: Polk designed its Signature Series of loudspeakers to bring a big surround sound and a live music experience into the comfort of your living room at an affordable price. Featuring Hi-Res certification with a new high-resolution Terylene tweeter, redesigned Dynamic Balance drivers, precision crossovers, an anti-diffraction magnetic grille, modern cabinet styling and exclusive Power Port bass enhancing technology, Polk's Signature series loudspeakers deliver crystal clear highs, detailed midrange, and deep bass; plus they look great in almost any decor. The Signature Series by Polk consists of two center-channel speakers, three bookshelf loudspeakers, and three tower speakers.
Note: You may also want to add one of Polk Audio's powered subwoofers (sold separately) for even more bass response.
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Why did you buy this?
I could not hear voices from my current Bose stock center channel speaker! I'm really really hoping for some crisp voices for movies with this center speaker. [ LARRY A Aug 31, 2018 ]
Because of the reviews and most importantly, the height when placed horizontally is around 4" so it won't interfere with my TV viewing. [ Donald Aug 02, 2018 ]
Pairing this with S50s floor standing front speakers. I don't have a lot of space without upgrading/changing furniture so this slim design fits my needs. [ MICHAEL BRETT Jul 19, 2018 ]
an audiophile's recommendation about Polk's high quality [ Peter Jul 16, 2018 ]
Have used Polk Audio before. Pleased [ Robert Mar 29, 2018 ]
After researching a lot of center channel speakers the Polk S35 not only sounded great but the dimensions will be perfect for my home theater set up. I've also purchased Polk speakers in the past and the quality and sound have never disappointed me ! [ Wayne Mar 21, 2018 ]
Slimline profile with killer reviews [ Daniel Mar 13, 2018 ]
To replace my present Mirage center channel. [ John Mar 10, 2018 ]
The size of the speaker was ideal for my family room. [ Roddrick Feb 20, 2018 ]
Can be mounted on the wall. [ James Feb 16, 2018 ]
Low profile but reportedly has really good sound. [ GEOFF Feb 02, 2018 ]
Slim design and performance level listed in reviews, plus reasonable price Best price to performance recommendations [ Dan Jan 27, 2018 ]
Features and value. Dimensions of speaker fits perfectly hung under mantel. I own an older PA and it's still sounding good. [ Gary W. Jan 26, 2018 ]
Finally upgrading my old home theater in a box system and the polk signature series sounds great and looks unique. Besides Crutchfield has almost everything on sale right now so its now or never. [ Michael Jan 24, 2018 ]
Size and reviews [ Mark Jan 21, 2018 ]
Should work best with my receiver. [ Kevin Dec 28, 2017 ]
Good reviews, trusted brand, slim profile. [ James Dec 21, 2017 ]
low profile speaker can easily be hidden [ Lisa Dec 11, 2017 ]
I had purchased a set of S15 Bookshelf speakers and absolutely love the product. Although not exactly high-end, these products fit my application and budget perfectly. [ Michael Dec 02, 2017 ]
I chose this based on size and reviews. [ GARY Dec 01, 2017 ]
Slim design - only 4" high. [ Kurt Nov 06, 2017 ]
Slim design and positive reviews [ Eric Oct 26, 2017 ]
Acoustical quality was recommended by many in research. Like the design of teh object. [ Mark Oct 10, 2017 ]
matching with my existing RTI series [ Albert Oct 09, 2017 ]
Frequency response and size [ Bryan M. Sep 28, 2017 ]
Completely overhauling/upgrading my 15+ years old home theater / audio setup, and needed a slimline center channel, after much researching this one fits the bill. Will probably order the S60's early 2018. [ Thomas Sep 19, 2017 ]
Good value, great speaker, I was struggling hearing dialogue with old center speaker, this speaker has helped. [ M Sep 06, 2017 ]
Physical size and good sound (it does sound very good). [ Paul Aug 24, 2017 ]
I am ready to upgrade my home theatre and stereo system and thought I'd start by buying this ft center speaker.Next month I'll get ft left and right speakers and so on.. [ JAMES Jul 30, 2017 ]
The right size for beneath my TV and the great reviews. [ JOSEPH P Jul 19, 2017 ]
Need a Center Channel Speaker for over the fireplace. [ Judith Jul 13, 2017 ]
Have been listening to Polk Audio in my Car Stereo since 2011, still kicking the sound and very reliable, real, true sounding best speakers ever! Had to purchase for our home theater experience also! Right now we have a cheapy HTS DYI system and only 2 center speakers, this has 6! I'm so tired of not hearing whispers and voices, i'm sure this will do the trick! [ Kraig Jul 12, 2017 ]
I was replacing my current home speakers and wanted a matching center channel speaker. [ Keith R. Jul 08, 2017 ]
Part of the package to qualify for the July 4th deal. Can't wait to hook everything up. [ John Jul 04, 2017 ]
Reviews and it fits where I need it to. [ Lorin Jun 24, 2017 ]
The 4-inch height means it will fit beneath my TV. Also, it's a sonic match to the Signature S10 speakers I have for the L&R channels. [ PATRICK Jun 04, 2017 ]
this center channel is the lowest in height speaker to match my Polk towers. Will give me the option of placing it directly below my Tv improving sound of music and movies overall... [ KEVIN ANDREW May 31, 2017 ]
sizing to fit a specific location [ MALCOLM May 29, 2017 ]
Cause of past polk products uses love polk [ PAUL May 19, 2017 ]
To match my other speakers [ greg Apr 27, 2017 ]
Maybe the most important speaker of a home theater setup. This was highly rated, and paired very well with existing equipment. Very excited to hear the voice quality from this speaker! [ THOMAS Apr 19, 2017 ]
Styling, size and performance based upon other reviews. [ mike Apr 01, 2017 ]
I bought they Polk ATI A7s from Crutchfield a couple a months ago. Great Speakers* the S35 will complete my 7.2 set up , with lots of pounding results [ M Mar 18, 2017 ]
My friends said it would match up with my Polk 8 in ceiling speakers [ Danny Mar 09, 2017 ]
specs, size [ Glen Mar 07, 2017 ]
For center speaker. Recommended by Hunter [ M Mar 05, 2017 ]
It's slim size fits perfect in our entertainment console and matches our other Polk speakers. Bought from Crutchfield because they've been a big help in the past finding the right fitment for car speakers, etc. Thanks!! [ Steve Feb 28, 2017 ]
Advisor recommended [ Guest Feb 27, 2017 ]
Sized to fit on Mantel and still have pretty good frequency response for a "smaller" center. It really does have a great clarity to the sound! [ Kenneth Feb 27, 2017 ]
Been waiting for this gem to go on sale! Add the $13 in crutchfield rewards, and this was a winner! [ William Feb 27, 2017 ]
I was looking to replace my current center channel that due to size would not fit under my TV. The Polk has multiple drivers and is highly recommended so I am looking forward to listening to it! [ Jeffery Jan 19, 2017 ]
Goes with my in wall polk speakers [ Michael Jan 08, 2017 ]
My advisor, Chance, highly suggested this speaker. He hasn't steered me wrong yet! I'm in! [ Lynwood Jan 05, 2017 ]
Best polk center channel speaker that fits my enclosure. Going to compare to a Polk TL3, [ Scott Jan 01, 2017 ]
Cause it's slim [ ROBERT Dec 28, 2016 ]
size and reviews [ robert Dec 20, 2016 ]
I needed a slim line center speaker to wall mount under my new 65 inch Samsung curved tv,i only buy polk speakers they are the best, they are AMERICAN HI FI [ L Dec 10, 2016 ]
CJ recommended it and good reviews. [ Bruce Dec 09, 2016 ]
Reviews; size [ Joseph Dec 04, 2016 ]
I chose this s35 polk speaker to fit on a lower shelf on my entertainment center, and to match my other Polk speakers [ Jeff Dec 03, 2016 ]
Right size and right price [ John Nov 09, 2016 ]
Small mounting height [ Nick Nov 09, 2016 ]
Powerful but slim center channel. It will fit on my mantle. I am interested in seeing how it does with my Polk RtiA9's, 150 watts peak is impressive as well. [ Corey Nov 03, 2016 ]
it fit into the opening in my new media center. also I have several pairs of Polk Audio speakers and I love them. [ Stephen K. Oct 26, 2016 ]
All of my speakers are Polk Audio which sound fantastic. After purchasing a new Sony TV i needed a center channel speaker this size to fit my new setup. [ Gregory Oct 12, 2016 ]
I chose the Polk Audio S35 center channel speaker because I've enjoyed the Polk Rti6 speakers for years and it's time to add a center channel to the mix. [ Warren Sep 03, 2018 ]
The reviews on-line are positive. Eddie was a great help in answering my questions. Impressive response time, thank you Eddie! [ Richard Jul 27, 2018 ]
Hoping this will match satisfactorily with my two Sonus Faber "Concerto" book shelf speakers. [ Edward Jul 17, 2018 ]
Polk's reputation and positive reviews on crutchfield and elsewhere. [ Isaac Jul 01, 2018 ]
Passive speaker, previous experience with Polk. [ RAD Jun 30, 2018 ]
Wall area has old chimney behind the drywall and I could not mount the center speaker inside wall as I prefer. This center channel speaker has great reviews and specifications, so it was an easy choice. [ Marc A. Mar 14, 2018 ]
voice clarity and excellent customer reviews and low profile [ James Mar 12, 2018 ]
To change out the older Polk center speaker to enhance the center frequency to a broader stream line sound effect due my awark placement of 9.2 speakers in listening area [ TOMMY C Feb 27, 2018 ]
Our son's College Graduation Gift [ Theresa Nov 26, 2017 ]
This is an awesome speaker -- I have one -- and needed another. [ C Nov 21, 2017 ]
On nephews want list [ Carol Nov 11, 2017 ]
Had Polk Audio Towers center and surrounds a long time ago.....have plenty of Def Tech speakers (I know their speaker company sister) but figured I'd go back to towers and what I have been missing for a decade [ ANDREW Jun 05, 2017 ]
Power handling, frequency response, sensitivity close to my other speakers and THIN HEIGHT. [ H Apr 03, 2017 ]
Good reviews and size limitations. I have the base to account for any lack. [ Joseph Mar 14, 2017 ]
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I was amazed how much improvement there was in the quality of my center channel audio with this speaker. Dialogue is much clearer. Especially low volume [ William Apr 04, 2018 ]
I sure like mine. It was a great step up from anything I've ever owned [ GREGORY L Jan 25, 2018 ]
If you need to handle more power but I feel all Polk speakers are excellent so? it is up to the $ again [ Don Jan 25, 2018 ]
I pair mine with a pair of Klipsch r-28f towers, I am very pleased with the setup. Great sound for a small speaker, nice fit and finish for a budget speaker as well. I use duel 12" SVS subs for the low end. [ John Dec 21, 2017 ]
I'm sure it's a matter of personal preference, intended use, budget, etc., but I chose a pair of the Klipsch R24F's (because of the small footprint) and a Klipsch R-10SW 10" subwoofer for added bass (for a home theater). I couldn't be happier. The center channel made all the difference in the world; very low profile and dialogue is now crystal clear. [ Joseph Dec 21, 2017 ]
Any of the Polk Signature series would work best. I have a set of the S15's as my left and right channels, they pair great together. [ Andrew Dec 21, 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 Feb 16, 2017 ] Staff
It comes with a removable (magnetic) mesh/fabric cover, says 'Polk' on it bottom center. [ Casey Jan 24, 2017 ]
Yes [ Terry Jan 23, 2017 ]
All the Polk speakers come with magnetic speaker covers. Nice design & very convenient. Take on and off as you see fit. [ JOHN P Jan 23, 2017 ]
Yes of course! [ Don Jan 23, 2017 ]
Yes, it has a thin cover that attaches with magnets and is easy to put on or remove. The speaker itself looks quite good without it, but the cover makes speaker much more conspicuous, with only small "polk" on the front. [ Noah Jan 23, 2017 ]
Yes, it comes with a cover. [ Kirk Jan 23, 2017 ]
Yes [ Steve Jan 22, 2017 ]
I assume you mean a grille to cover the speakers, and yes it does come with one. [ STEVE Jan 22, 2017 ]
Yes it does come with a cover, shown without the cover so you can see what "under the hood" [ Andrew Jan 22, 2017 ]
If you mean grill, yes it comes with a magnetic grill. Speaker looks good enough to leave it off though. [ Mark Jan 22, 2017 ]
Yes. It is black with the polk name on it. The cover is magnetic and easy to remove or replace. [ Peggy Jan 22, 2017 ]
Yes, this speaker comes with a cover that easily clips on and off. It's attractive either way. [ Joseph Jan 22, 2017 ]
Yes it does. In fact, it's magnetic. [ Mike Jan 22, 2017 ]
Yes [ Joseph Jan 22, 2017 ]
Yes it does. Magnetic. [ Ben Jan 22, 2017 ]
Just bought one and, yes, it does come with a cover. [ KUO H Jan 22, 2017 ]
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