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Polk Signature Series Speakers Demo at CEDIA 2016

CEDIA 2016 was a big show for Polk, the venerable speaker maker based out of Baltimore, Maryland. The company unveiled its latest line of speakers, a low cost yet high-performance line it calls the Signature Series. With three bookshelf models, two center channels, and three towers in the mix, Polk's latest offering provides budget minded AV enthusiasts with brand-new options that—to my ears—hit the right notes relative to their price point.


Polk's new Signature Series S60 towers. Photo by Mark Henninger.


This midrange line consists of the S60 tower ($450 each), which features a 1-inch Terylene tweeter and three 6.5-inch woofers. The S55 tower ($330 each) cuts the woofer count down to two, and S50 tower ($250 each) gets by with a single 5.25" woofer.

The S35 ($300) slim center channel has the same 1" Terylene tweeter used by the rest of the line, as well as six 3-inch bass drivers that help keep its profile low. It's a 3-way design that explicitly addresses lobing issues intrinsic to horizontal driver layouts by using a cascading crossover. The S35 may also be used vertically as a standard speaker. Meanwhile, the S30 ($230) center channel features a pair of 5.25-inch woofers plus the 1" Terylene dome tweeter.

Polk's Signature Series S20 ($300/pair) bookshelf model combines the 1" tweeter with a 6.5" woofer, the S15 ($230/pair) drops the woofer size down to 5.25 inches, and the S10 ($200/pair) satellite speakers feature a 4" driver taking care of bass.

I commend Polk for including magnetic grills on all of its signature series speakers. These models all feature the company's Power Port technology, which is a novel design for the speaker's vent that "minimizes turbulence and distortion" according to the company.

At the show, I had a chance to hear a pair of the S60 towers belt out some tracks. I heard "Dark Necessities" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus "Come Rain or Shine" by B.B. King and Eric Clapton. These are real-deal towers that image well, are non-fatiguing, and generally sound plus look more expensive than their MSRP. This new line should bolster Polk's reputation of providing great performance for the dollar.

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Count me in as having these on my radar.
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I think you have the date wrong in the title?
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I think you have the date wrong in the title?
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Terylene, better known as Dacron in the US, polyester fiber/fabric?
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Terylene, better known as Dacron in the US, polyester fiber/fabric?
Yeah, a soft-dome or poly-dome tweeter it is.
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Polk's sales will go up. Those are great looking speakers and a killer price. We just need the sound to back it up. I know they will be a hit in Canada as Polk is easy to get. The larger companies have really stepped up there game. ID's are not the only value speakers in the market anymore.

Just hoping Polk will play there other center for demo's
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So the center is a "3.5 way"?

The outer woofers roll off early to the middle woofers then cross to a MTM? That should get it done and a nice fit for space tight installs.

I can see people wanting to use three of them for LCR, very slender so would be great for bedrooms and such and "match" the dimensions of the TV. Very interesting....
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So the center is a "3.5 way"?

The outer woofers roll off early to the middle woofers then cross to a MTM? That should get it done and a nice fit for space tight installs.

I can see people wanting to use three of them for LCR, very slender so would be great for bedrooms and such and "match" the dimensions of the TV. Very interesting....
I agree. Good idea by polk if that is case. And an LCR would of those might work great for a small space.

The problem I see in the picture though is that center doesn't balance out those towers. Especially when so much content comes from the center.
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Looked up their specs

88dB of sensitivity which is good for a 4.1"H X 6"D x 24.4 inch speaker. The keyhole slots would make it an easy hang near a TV for great WAF and minimize space in bedrooms. Might be a great match for RV TVs also... great option.
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I love my Polks (RTIa series), both sound and looks wise, unfortunately I'm not to sold on the new design. The towers look like they have some kind of arachnid as a base - to each their own I guess.
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I love my Polks (RTIa series), both sound and looks wise, unfortunately I'm not to sold on the new design. The towers look like they have some kind of arachnid as a base - to each their own I guess.
Ha, exactly that. I love the pedestal design there, but I know what you mean. Difference in taste. I was thrilled about the aesthetics of my last speaker purchase and my wife said it looked like I had two Darth Vaders standing in the room (not a compliment, she clarified).

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