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Below average for music
on September 22, 2013
Speakers as a whole are getting worse. I feel this is because people are buying them for home Theater, and so long as they go "boom" people will give them 5 stars. I use speakers for audio. 2 channel audio. Since the 70's there has been lots of great speakers that cover full range sounds with just 2 channels. Technology has not changed. There is zero need to have a sub rumbling the floor as this is completely undefined bass. Now you know where I'm coming from.
What I found with these Polks is merely OK speakers leaning towards bad. They are overly bright. The treble is not at all natural sounding. Symbals don't sound like they do in person. The mids are thin. The bass range isn't bad but again suffers from lack of definition. Basically, these sound a little like computer speakers no matter what I played thru them. That means, they sound cheap. At only 30 pounds each they obviously are very cheap drivers. I have found that heavy drivers always sound more defined as they have more magnet. That theory holds true again as these polks would probably be pretty good with more magnet. That's the biggest flaw I found with them was the lack of definition. Everything was small and less defined than it should be and leaning towards unnatural. Good piano recordings sounded a bit like a Casio keyboard. This is not good. There is no reason for this other than the drivers must be the cheapest of cheap. To bad. At time the bass drum and Bass seemed to compete and crapped out the drivers. This puzzled me as with 3 drivers you'd think this not a problem.
What I will give Polk points for is the looks. My pair was black with blue cones. This looked awesome. To bad they don't sound awesome. Honestly, these are $100 per speaker value, no more or its a rip. Polk puts out lots of crap so I am not shocked. But electronica fans who play nothing but Casio sounds and Home Theater will rave about them despite having never but actual music thru them. I have heard much worse but I have also heard much better. Those who say you get what you pay for are only half right. Polk and Energy have both been putting out lots of cheap drivers in pretty boxes and at times for staggering prices.
For me these are a fail. I have old Athena bookshelves that sound better. Athenas were not expensive, rather quite comparable and I believe even the same parent company.