Polk Audio Blackstone TL2
Single satellite speaker (Black)
Our take on the Polk Audio Blackstone TL2 by Crutchfield's Kristen Schaub
If you want big, detailed home theater sound, but don't have the room for large floor-standing speakers, then check out Polk's ultra-compact Blackstone TL2. Thanks to Polk's decades of speaker-building expertise, along with some pretty advanced driver technology, you'll experience effortlessly clear, engaging sound from speakers that take up very little space.
Advanced technology produces astonishingly realistic sound
The "TL" refers to Polk's "Time Lens" technology, which aligns the drivers in such a way that high- and low-frequency sounds all reach your ears at the same time. This improves the speaker's imaging and soundstaging, so that you'll feel less like you're watching a movie and more like you're part of it. An "acoustic lens" in the speaker grille disperses sound waves in a way that makes your music and movie soundtracks sound larger and more open. The TL2 also features Polk's acclaimed PowerPort® technology to help reinforce bass output. Plus, its sturdy cabinet is reinforced with a steel plate to help fight resonances that can muddy the sound.
Easy speaker placement
The TL2 has a keyhole slot in the back for easy mounting to your wall straight from the box. You can also use the threaded insert to attach it to an optional speaker bracket or stand. Create your own home theater system using a combination of black TL2's in the front of your room and white TL2 surrounds in the back. Don't forget to add the TL2 center channel speaker and a Polk subwoofer to complete your system.
- Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better soundstaging and imaging
- frequency response 125-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
- sensitivity 89 dB
- handles up to 125 watts
- 3/4" silk dome tweeter
- 3-1/4" Dynamic Balance mid/woofer
- PowerPort® technology for better bass response
- steel-plate reinforced cabinet fights internal resonances
- curved enclosure with high-gloss finish
- 5-way binding posts
- includes combination keyhole slot and threaded insert
- 4-1/8"W x 7-1/16"H x 5"D
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Gloss-black satellite two-way loudspeaker
- Detachable black cloth grille (attached)
- System Diagram/Warranty sheet
- Online Product Registration card
I had an inexpensive Klipsch speaker blow and started the process of replacing all of my satellite speakers with these. They have surprisingly clean sound and were, of course, easy to set up just a good mid-range (in terms of cost) satellite speaker
Steve, Winter Haven, FL
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Features and Specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||0.75|
|Midrange Size (inches)||---|
|Woofer Size (inches)||3.25|
|Frequency Response||125-20k Hz|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Keyhole|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||31-36|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
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 TL2 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.
3/4" Silk Dome Tweeter: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 series satellite speaker utilizes a 3/4" silk dome tweeter for crisp, clear imaging, and smooth response that's never tiring.
3-1/4" Composite Injection Molded Woofer: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 series satellite speaker employs a 3-1/4" composite injected molded cone woofer with Dynamic Balance driver technology (Polk's patented transducer design process) that produces a flat frequency response, with sharp detail, transparency, and the ability to play loud without strain.
Frequency Response: The overall frequency response is 95-24,000Hz, and the -3dB frequency response is 125-20,000Hz.
Additional Speakers: The TL2 satellite speaker will require a powered subwoofer (107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound. You can also add addition TL2 series speakers for 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 channel home theater configurations.
Enclosure Type: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 series satellite speaker features a non-resonant composite enclosure with time-aligned geometry, and PowerPort technology.
Curved Enclosure Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 satellite speaker employs 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.
Steel Reinforced: Extra-rigid steel plates reinforce the curved enclosure of the TL2 series satellite speaker, resulting in acoustically inert enclosures free from internal resonances and any audible coloration, for more lifelike audio detail.
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.
PowerPort: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 series satellite speaker utilizes Polk Audio's patented bass venting technology, for added midbass response and increased efficiency. PowerPort technology decreases port turbulence and virtually eliminates "port noise," for a massive 3dB boost in bass response.
High-Gloss Finish: The Polk Audio TL2 series satellite speaker is available in a durable, deep automotive-strength high-gloss white or high-gloss black finish to match today's most stylish flat-panel TVs.
5-Way Binding Posts: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 series satellite speaker 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 TL2 satellite speaker features integrated rubber feet so you can sit the speakers on a stand or shelf securely.
Wall Mountable: The Black Stone TL2 satellite speaker features a single keyhole slot on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the speaker without any additional wall-mount brackets (mounting screws not supplied). There is also a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of the satellite speaker for mounting the speaker to the wall using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately).
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Why did you buy this?
Small size needed for a small space. Great reviews. Will match other Polk speakers I already have. [ Matthew Aug 21, 2018 ]
A solid little speaker to use for surround purposes. [ Eric Jun 20, 2018 ]
to match my other Polk Audio products [ D Jul 03, 2017 ]
Small footprint, nice sound (I hope), and good price. [ Robert May 24, 2017 ]
awesome satellites [ Keith Apr 05, 2017 ]
This item was not part of this purchase. [ STERLING C Feb 20, 2017 ]
I have a 5.1 speaker set up and was missing the other 2 for 7.1. I have some older Polk Audio speakers. I wanted to match the product. [ William Jan 13, 2017 ]
Fit the space and my needs. Brand name. [ Robert Dec 08, 2016 ]
looking for a smaller rear surround for home with wiring hook up plate [ Tac Nov 28, 2016 ]
They have a great review [ ADAM Sep 26, 2016 ]
I purchased two of these a few weeks back and love them so much, I am replacing some more of my older speakers with them. [ ORLANDO D May 27, 2016 ]
Polk speakers have superb sound and reasonably priced. [ James May 15, 2016 ]
I have had a few other Polk Audio items in the past I felt they were a good value for the performance. [ TERRY May 02, 2016 ]
addition to existing system [ Scott May 01, 2016 ]
At Crutchfield advisor's recommendation. [ Richard Mar 22, 2016 ]
I HAVE THE TL1 AND WANTED TO UPGRADE TO THE TL2 [ david Feb 05, 2016 ]
Sound! [ Kenton Jan 31, 2016 ]
small form factor [ ED Jan 31, 2016 ]
Compatibility with other owned Polk Audio Speakers. Recommendation by Rocky. White. [ Augustus Feb 28, 2018 ]
Size for placement near ceiling and color to match crown moulding [ Harry Jan 01, 2018 ]
was relatively inconspicuous [ Mark Oct 10, 2017 ]
Good satellite speakers in a small home theater system. [ MARTIN Aug 07, 2017 ]
Had one previously [ John Feb 25, 2017 ]
Right size, right color, right price, and I've used Polk speakers for years and like their sound. [ STEPHEN Feb 17, 2016 ]
Good value for rear speakers [ Michael Dec 31, 2015 ]
5 questions already asked
There are brackets that come with the speakers that mount on the wall and then to the speakers, perhaps try the manufacturer if you don't have them... [ Keith Apr 09, 2018 ]
I cannot speak for the S10s, but bought a pair of the T L2s to use as surrounds paired with my Klips RP 150Ms. I love my Klips and I really love the way the TL2s mesh seamlessly with my system. It is amazing the clearness, crispness, and the sound stage these small speakers generate [ ORLANDO D Mar 05, 2018 ]
sanus makes about any stand you want, you can order through crutchfield. are these for rear surround speakers? need them at sitting ear height? sanus nf series of stands number that follows nf is there height in inches [ Scott Jan 13, 2017 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Apr 02, 2014 ] Staff
The threaded hole is the back. [ Tony Apr 19, 2016 ]
Actually I thought you meant for the wire terminals; let me check and let you know tomorrow. [ BUDD Apr 12, 2016 ]
Yes , on the rear. [ BUDD Apr 12, 2016 ]
It has a screw on the back. [ James Apr 11, 2016 ]
Can you attach these to a speaker stand? I have an old set of Polk speakers that mount on a stand. The speaker wires go up the middle of the stand and two nuts on the back attach the speaker to the stand. [ Larry Mar 29, 2014 ]
It weighs 3 lbs. [ SALOMON Jan 13, 2014 ]
I'm unsure of the exact weight but it is less than 5 lbs. Most of your basic mounts would be fine for this speaker [ DANIEL Jan 12, 2014 ]
The speaker weighs about 3 pounds. Polk includes holes on the back of the speaker to mount directly to the wall. I ended up purchasing Pinpoint Mounts AM20-White. The mount allows you to aim the speaker and was easy to install. [ GERALD S Jan 12, 2014 ]
About 3 pounds each. I used Paramount mounts to put these in my ceiling. They are plastic mounts but plenty strong. Good Luck. [ Martin Jan 12, 2014 ]
Its heavy, about 5 pounds. I got the mounting bracket at home depot, it was 2 dollars per bracket. Its not an advertised item, and hard to find, but its there. Contact me if you want photos [ ERIC Jan 12, 2014 ]
The speakers weigh about 2 pounds together. They have a back opening that alloud to be hanged from the wall. [ JUAN Jan 12, 2014 ]
3 pounds most universal mounts will work [ SETH Jan 12, 2014 ]
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uses the same 3/4" ring radiator tweeter as Polk's flagship speakers
packs an aerated polypropylene mid for louder sound with less distortion
has gold-plated 5-way binging posts