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Item#: N82E16882290013

Polk Audio Monitor 50 Black Two-way Floorstanding Loudspeaker Single

  • 42Hz - 25kHz
  • 8 ohms 20 - 150 w/channel
  • 89 dB
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Polk's Monitor Series has been the gold standard of speakers since the 1970's. This current generation features clear, accurate sound with strong bass and exceptional aural imaging. Polk made the enclosures to dampen case resonance. They've also included ¾" thick baffles to help produce clear, lifelike sound.

The dual 5.25" cones are made from a bi-laminate composite for an optimal balance of weight and rigidity. The small driver delivers a wide open sound and exceptional responsiveness. The 1" tweeter is a fabric/polymer composite which responds swiftly to the high efficiency Neodymium magnet. The crossovers between the drivers use Mylar bypass capacitors to let all of the details in the higher frequencies shine through.

No matter how good they sound, they have to look good, too. Their contemporary look compliments today's flat panel televisions and modern decorating styles. They're magnetically shielded so you can place them near your electronics. The slim design takes up less than one square foot.

  • newegg Slim Design The Polk Audio Monitor 50 features a slim, elegant design for a perfect match with your flat-panel TV, plasma monitors and other thin-line home cinema components.
  • newegg Exceptional Sound Quality The Polk Audio Monitor 50 boasts dual 5.25" Bi-Laminate composite dynamic balance drivers and a 1" dynamic balance silk/polymer composite dome tweeter to deliver crisp highs and accurate lows for an immersive listening experience.
  • newegg Magnetically Shielded The magnetically-shielded Polk Audio Monitor 50 can be put at any proximity to display devices such as TVs and LCD monitors without loss of sound quality caused by interference.

Learn more about the Polk Audio Monitor 50

Model

Brand
Polk Audio
Model
Monitor 50

Spec

Type
Floorstanding Speakers
Sold As
Single
Driver Units
Mid/Woofer: 2 - 5.25" Diameter, Dynamic Balance Bi-laminate composite cone driver, magnetically shielded

Tweeter: 1 - 1" Diameter, Dynamic Balance Silk/polymer composite dome, magnetically shielded
Power Rating
20 - 150 w/channel
Frequency Response
42Hz - 25kHz
Nominal Impedance
8 ohms
Sensitivity
89 dB
Connectors
Dual (bi-amp) 5 way binding posts

Features

Color
Black

Spec

Dimensions & Weight
35" x 7" x 9.63"

26.00 lbs.

Features

Features
Multiple small-diameter driver design delivers wide dispersion, better mid-range, and more detailed bass response for an open, "box-less," three-dimensional sound.

Non-resonant all-MDF enclosure construction with 0.75"-thick baffles and front-to-back and side-to-side internal bracing ensures cleaner, clearer, more lifelike sound quality.

Crossovers use Mylar bypass capacitors for more detailed high frequencies.

Magnetically shielded for safe placement on or near TVs and video monitors with no risk of video distortion.

Crossover: 2.3kHz, second order high and low pass

Enclosure Type: Vented via rear panel flared port

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
5 years limited
Labor
5 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Ian K.
  • 8/22/2010 2:08:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFANTASTIC

Pros: FANTASTIC speakers for the price. I purchased a pair from a shellshocker deal for just under $80 each. These are my first pair of floorstanding speakers personally, but I have grown up in a household with an audiophile stepfather and subsequently know what a good set of speakers should sound like. Hooked them up to my Denon AVR 3300 and B&W ASW 1000 (Hand-me-downs from my aforementioned stepfather) and it was just magic. Crystal clear and brilliant. Yes, there are better speakers out there....but at the price these are extremely hard to beat. I personally use them in a 2.1 configuration for my hifi setup, but after a little experimentation I can conclude they would make a great set of front L/R channels for a 5.1/7.1/etc home theater system....or even as surrounds if you've got the space/money.

Cons: NOT for those looking for space saving/slimline setups. This will be a problem with ANY pair of quality. full-size floorstanders. When trying them out in a surround-sound setup, they made my 32" flatscreen look much smaller in comparison to the Energy satellites I hade previously. While not as big as some of their bigger models with 6.5" drivers, these are still plenty large, especially when on either side of a 32" screen in a tiny apartment.

Also, These do not produce a whole lot of bass. I do not know of any floorstanders under $100 with 5.25" drivers that do. while not bass is not absent, it's not really pounding either. Pair them with just about any quality subwoofer in order to get a fuller range of sound.

Other Thoughts: GREAT speakers for those who, like me, are just starting their home audio system(s) and/or are on a budget. Just out of college, I can't exactly afford anything more expensive nor do I want to buy something that will become obsolete once I start upgrading other components. For the $80/ea that I spent, these babies are a great deal and will stick with my for years to come.

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  • Nikhil K.
  • 8/15/2010 11:26:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPolk Audio Monitor 50 Black- Good Speakers

Pros: Great price, bought it for $99.99 each. During sales at newegg you can get this for 80 bucks a pop. I used to have a Mirage Uni-Theater and the L-R effect + the lows were not that great. This unit gives great sound, my wife was saying that the sound is definitely better than the old unit. I would still recommend a sub to go with this set. I have a black colored media center, this speaker fits right in with the unit. I love the sound coming out of these units, both for music and movies. This unit is bi-amp able, just found out last week. I bi-amped the units and the sound is definitely better now. If you have the space, this a really good buy.

Cons: The unit does not stand straight on carpets, its always leaning a little left/right.
Not the most visually appealing set of speakers.

Other Thoughts: Great shipping and handling from Newegg. I am still learning to utilize my receiver (its 2 years old and I still dunno how to set the individual speakers). I have a CS10 as the center, a Mirage S-10 sub, Yamaha RX V565 receiver and a PS3 as my media console. I am thinking of putting the 50 pair as a surround unit and have polk 70s as L & R

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  • Charles M.
  • 8/8/2010 12:27:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust Outstanding

Pros: Just what you expect from Polk. Outstanding quality, and craftmanship. Just love them.

Cons: Box was not easy carrying 2 of them up the 2 flights of steps lol

Other Thoughts: Looks killer standing beside my Mitsubishi 73inch HD tv. PS3/Xbox 360 and movies never sounded better. I need to order 2 more!!

Newegg shipping is out standing ordered weds, shipped out on thurs, got them on friday. Got these on sale for $89 each and UPS did there job, slight box damage but didn't hurt or mark the speakers, packed well.

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  • Mark A.
  • 7/30/2010 4:55:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSimply Outstanding at This Price

Pros: These speakers sound great for all types of music, they really stand out when playing rock. Highs are not tinny, midrange is clear, build quality is sound(ha!).

Cons: The color scheme is lousy with the silver lining and feet, you need a subwoofer with these.

Other Thoughts: I was very impressed with the sound quality from these speakers. I've owned many different brands from Whardedale, Klipsch, BIC, etc and the Polks sound just as good if not better.

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  • Bryan A.
  • 7/21/2010 10:07:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Extremely fast shipping , as it always is. These speakers sound excellent, very warm and responsive. It is a great compliment to the monitor 30's I'm using for my surround channels, I can hear things I never heard with my old system. Got them on sale for a price I couldn't beat anywhere I looked.

Cons: Size. This is not necessarily a con, I knew how big they were when I got them. This could be a problem for some people.

Other Thoughts: For those that prefer to use banana plugs all you have to do is pop the little red or black cap out of the top of the speaker connector.

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  • randal c.
  • 6/18/2010 3:00:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPolk Audio rocks !

Pros: The Polk Audio Monitor 50's made an excellent addition to my HT. I am using them as new front speakers in my apartment. Live music CD and DVD's both sound amazing. Connected to a Sony head unit (110 watts per) and they sound GREAT.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Excellent service from new egg, as always.

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  • Prabal S.
  • 6/9/2010 8:06:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGot 2, 1 wobbles

Pros: Good sound, decent price.

Cons: Didn't think they were much better than the Monitor 40s that I own. One of the two I bought wobbles a little.

Other Thoughts: These were my first floor standing polks and I excepted better quality from past experience.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/8/2010 12:29:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPrice/Performance Must Buy

Pros: These suckers are nice and clear and the highs out of that neo-dymium tweet are great. That is a great metal to use in speakers due to its strong magnetic force. Most premium speaker products and headphones are going to use this type of material.

Cons: For the price its a steal and the free shipping just make this a no brainer. These things are heavy and without free shipping it would probably hurt the deal.

Other Thoughts: Just a great way to get some real sound if your lacking.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/14/2010 8:41:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood deal

Pros: Price to performance

Cons: poor instructions

Other Thoughts: i currently have it in a pair using bi-amp, it works great and sounds alright. i would rate these on the lower end of floor standing speakers but beats any bookshelf ones.

i went from Athena S5 Series to these in surround, it does sound better for DTS-MA tracks but everything else is about the same.

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  • Bret U.
  • 5/2/2010 5:46:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Bang for the Buck

Pros: Price, sound, looks. I got them for 89.00 each. I have better sounding more expensive speakers but for 89.00 these are just amazing. Since I'm using these for HT, I knew I was getting a sub. The drivers are a bit small for use without a sub. Music would be ok but HT would me a ungood.

Cons: Cheap looking legs. Directions are the worst! There are 4 binding posts and gold plate, which is the jumper. I used the top posts but it shouldn't matter with the plate in place.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to bring my old HT setup to 2010 and I wanted it done in the cheapest fashion at this time. Even if the price is higher then the 89.00, you're getting some great speakers.

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