The 7 Best Polk Audio Speakers of 2019

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Best Overall: Polk Audio RC65i 2-Way In-Wall Speakers (Pair, White)

Polk Audio RC65i 2-Way In-Wall Speakers (Pair, White)

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The RC65i have long been a favorite of audiophiles, thanks to their incredible sound powered by a 6.5-inch woofer and .75-inch swivel-mount tweeter. They boast a 32Hz to 20kHz frequency response and 89 dB sensitivity, giving you all the range and power you could want. They deliver a great mid-range and decent highs, though to produce better lows, try pairing with a subwoofer. The RC65is are made of moisture-resistant materials so, in addition to a living room, they also work well in bathrooms, kitchens and saunas.

These in-wall speakers are easy to install, requiring you only to cut a hole, feed through the wires and secure it in place. However, if you're placing these speakers six feet or higher on your wall, we suggest flipping them upside down so that the tweeter is at the bottom. This allows you to aim the tweeter towards your seat to yield better high-frequency detail because the tweeter is closer to ear level.

Best In-Wall Speakers: Polk Audio RC80i 2-Way In-Ceiling/In-Wall Speakers

Tuck the round RC80i speakers into the wall or ceiling and you’ll get a surround sound experience worth staying home for. With a frequency response of 35Hz to 20kHz, you’ll score clean and crisp highs, fantastic mid-range clarity and a respectable bass. The sound will fill medium to large rooms pleasantly, and it is also fit for bathrooms and saunas, thanks to the moisture-resistant body. The pair comes equipped with an eight-inch dynamic-balance, mineral filled polymer-composite cone and a one-inch dynamic-balance tweeter with a 15-degree-swivel mount. Although the speakers get fairly loud without distortion and are easy to install, they have a rather narrow sound area. Still, they sound great on their own or make a terrific addition to a larger setup.

Need some more help finding what you're looking for? Read through our best in-wall speakers article.

Best for Home Theater: Polk Audio TL250

This compact home theater setup consists of four satellite speakers and a center channel, with .75-inch silk dome tweeters and a 3.25-inch mineral-filled polypropylene woofer. They have a frequency response of 90 to 24000 Hz, a recommended amplified power of 10w and a nominal impedance of 8 ohms, which together chalk up to deliver smooth, distortion-free and crisp sounds. (If you want to beef up the system even more, you can pair it with a DSW PRO 440 wireless subwoofer, and a PWSK-1 wireless sub kit.)

In this setup, the TL stands for “Time Lens” technology, which is how Polk Audio describes the placement of the drivers in these speakers, claiming it produces “superior imaging.” While that’s not entirely rare these days, it’s highly unusual in a compact system like this one. It also incorporates PowerPort, a Polk technology that extends the low-frequency mid-bass driver response.

Check out our other reviews of the best home theater starter kits available on the market today.

Best Portable: BOOM Swimmer DUO - Dirt, Shock, Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Great sound isn’t just a staple in your home. Sometimes you want to take it with you on the go. When that’s the case, Polk Audio’s BOOM Swimmer Bluetooth speaker is a godsend. Weighing less than a pound, it’s easy to toss into your bag on the way to the beach or the park. The speaker body comes with a flexible tail attachment, as well as a suction cup attachment, so you can wrap it around fences or a bike handlebar or stick it to a wall.

It’s waterproof rated at IPX7, meaning it can be submerged in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes, and it’s also dirtproof and shockproof to survive all your adventures. This newer DUO model also enables stereo linking, so you can connect two speakers together and enjoy left and right speakers.

Buyers of this speaker praise its loud sound and great connectivity range, although some folks lament that the battery life only lasts a few hours. Still, with easy recharging via the port on the bottom, you’ll be up and running again in no time.

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best portable speakers

Best Standing Tower Speaker: Polk Audio T50


Today’s speakers are trending smaller and smaller, but still, nothing can compare with a towering floor speaker. Measuring 7.75 by 8.75 by 36.25 inches, its footprint is not overwhelming but it will deliver dramatic sound with stellar dynamic range, stereo imaging and bass power. It sits on a small pedestal base and its grain wood finish gives a deceivingly expensive appearance.

Its two-way bass-reflective design houses a one-inch silk dome tweeter, a 6.5-inch extended throw composite midrange/woofer and two 6.5-inch bass radiators, all bolstered by Polk’s patented Dynamic Balance technology. It has a frequency response of 38Hz to 24kHz and pairs well with other T-series speakers from Polk. Even on its own, though, it delivers outstanding midrange presence and a controlled bass, making it a perfect pal for your home theater setup.

Best for Outdoors: Polk Audio Atrium 5 Speakers (Pair, White)

A great pair of outdoor speakers should be built for not only durability, but performance too, and the Atrium 5 speakers strike just the right balance. The anodized aluminum tweet domes and rubber surrounders are designed to withstand water, salt, fog, extreme temperatures and more. Taking performance to the next level, the tweet phase caps smooth the frequency response from 12KHz up to 20kHz, while Polk’s Dynamic Balance technology “analyzes the speaker’s entire electro-acoustic and mechanical system for improved material selection and more efficient geometry.” As with many other Polk Audio speakers, the Atrium 5 also benefit from PowerPort technology, which reroutes airflow to extend deep bass impact while reducing distortion. Overall, the speakers produce great bass considering their size.

Measuring 6.75 x 7.75 x 10.25 inches and weighing less than five pounds, they incorporate a speed-lock mounting system that lets you install the speakers with just one hand, even in hard-to-reach spots. That’s sure to come in handy as you’re balancing on a pool chair out on the deck.

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Best Bookshelf Speakers: Polk Audio TSi100 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Black)

Polk’s TSi series lands smack dab in the middle of its offering lineup, providing some of its best technologies at affordable prices. Considering their size, these two-way TSi100 bookshelf speakers present a beautiful soundstage, with solid depth and width and precise imaging over a vast array of electric and acoustic material. The highs blend smoothly into the mid ranges, which occasionally sound a bit hollow but still very listenable. As you might expect from a compact speaker, the bass is a bit lacking, but when placed near a wall you’ll get a slightly fuller sound.

They come equipped with one 5.25-inch dynamic balance bi-laminate composite woofer and one one-inch silk/polymer composite dynamic balance dome tweeters and present a frequency response of 53Hz to 25kHz. Design-wise, they are nothing to write home about but come in your choice of ebony or cherry wood grain finishes.

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