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Polk Audio CS2 Cherry Center Channel Loudspeaker Single

  • 55Hz - 25kHz
  • 8 ohms 20 - 175 w/channel
  • 90 dB
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Polk's Monitor Series has been the gold standard of speakers since the 1970's. The CS1 center channel is a perfect accompaniment with accurate sound with strong bass and exception aural imaging. Polk made the enclosures out of MDF to be uniform in density and not resonate. They've also included ¾" thick baffles to help produce clear lifelike sound.

The two 6.5" 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 the 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 are magnetically shielded so you can place them near your electronics.

  • newegg Horizontal Center-channel Speaker The horizontal center-channel speaker visually complements your flat-panel TV while delivering natural-sounding dialogue and vocals.
  • newegg Exceptional Sound Quality The Polk Audio CS2 boasts dual 6.5" Bi-Laminate composite dynamic balance drivers and a 1" dynamic balance silk/polymer composite dome tweeter to deliver crisp highs and accurate lows, making it a perfect match for your Monitor series speaker system.
  • newegg Magnetically Shielded The magnetically-shielded Polk Audio CS2 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 CS2 Cherry

Model

Brand
Polk Audio
Model
CS2 Cherry

Spec

Type
Center Channel Speaker
Sold As
Single
Driver Units
Mid/Woofer: 2 - 6.5" Diameter, Dynamic Balance Bi-laminate composite cone drivers, magnetically shielded

Tweeter: 1 - 1" Diameter, Dynamic Balance Silk/polymer composite dome, magnetically shielded
Power Rating
20 - 175 w/channel
Frequency Response
55Hz - 25kHz
Nominal Impedance
8 ohms
Sensitivity
90 dB
Connectors
5-way binding posts

Features

Color
Cherry

Spec

Dimensions & Weight
7.75" x 21.25" x 11.13"

17.00 lbs.

Features

Features
Non-resonant all-MDF enclosure construction with 0.75"-thick baffles ensures cleaner, clearer, more lifelike sound quality.

Reversible-design cabinets can be turned upside down to aim "up" when placed under a video monitor.

Magnetic shielding for safe placement near TVs with no risk of video distortion.

Crossover: 2.3kHz, second order high and low pass

Enclosure Type: Vented via rear-mounted 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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  • Alexander A.
  • 2/7/2013 9:33:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great Sound, easy to set up.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: Like others have said, check the size specs to make sure you have enough space. I'm not an audiophile so all I know is that it sounds much better than my much smaller old center channel.

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  • William S.
  • 11/3/2012 1:03:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: Previous setup was an older Infinity Primus set. Compared to what are essentially bookshelf speakers, this Center and the Monitor 60's I picked up are years beyond it. Makes me wish I'd of upgraded much sooner.

When this (and the other Polk speakers) go on sale via Newegg, I seriously doubt you can piece together a better HT setup for the price.

Cons: I'll probably end up doing some more tweaking on my receiver, but compared to the Monitor 60's, the tone appears to be a bit more flat.

Not really a con, but worth mentioning. It's a beefy speaker. Make sure you have a place set aside for it.

Other Thoughts: I had read that the 6.5" drivers make a significant difference over the 5.25" drivers on the CS1. How true that is I'm not certain of; what I can say with certainty that this is a quality unit.

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  • Avinash B.
  • 11/3/2012 4:49:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat sounding speaker

Pros: This has great sound. Coupled with Polk Monitor 70s, 40s and RCI6s in ceiling (for rear sorrounds)

Cons: Nice sound, clear dialogs

Other Thoughts: These have very long break in times (The Monitor series). They started getting better for almost a year.

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  • jordan d.
  • 10/23/2012 1:27:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat speaker

Pros: This speaker was a huge step up from what I was previously using (an older MUCH smaller HK center), so it was an immediate improvement. For 80$ shipped, this speaker was a killer deal, and it is worth much more that price. Solid construction and it looks nice as well. I would definitely recommend

Cons: none so far.

Other Thoughts: Probably the best center channel you could buy for this price.

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  • Michael C.
  • 10/12/2012 7:00:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice center channel upgrade

Pros: Cosmetically:
The finish actually looks much better than pictured, a little darker too (but not dark like the series II). I'm going to paint it black to match the L/R Monitor 60's.
It's got some weight to it. As others have stated this thing is big. It fit perfectly under my TV on the top shelf of my center, with probably 1 centimeter of room left above it. I like the size, it dwarfs my previous center.
Sound:
I will post back when broken in but straight away it sounds so much more full than my previous center. Vocals sound excellent and really stands out now, the soundstage is quiet a bit wider than I had before as well which really is nice since we have a bunch of seating positions. I bought this for Blu Rays and it does not disappoint. Soundtracks and environmental sound is amazing. Full mids, accurate highs that don't pierce the ear drum and crystal clear pronounced vocals really help my movies to 'Pop'

Cons: None - everything about this guy, size, weight, finish were as expected, sound is amazing.

Other Thoughts: I bought this on sale for half of the black finish, it has the same sound quality, I plan on painting it black anyways. I might not have to though as it fits completely inside my center with really no visible finish. Excellent center for any home theater.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 9/24/2012 3:02:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSounds Good Man

Pros: I finally replaced my Sony ES center channel since this was on sale for 8y bones, it had been on my to-do list for a while and who can argue with that price? Like every other review states, this center sounds great. It blends well with my other Polk speakers (see below).

On a side note, I have no idea why people think these are so huge, it is exactly the size you would expect a center channel with two 6.5" drivers to be.

If the sale is still going on, and you aren't buying one, then I'm sorry.

Cons: the veneer was a little sloppy, must have been the guy's first day on the job or something. This is not normal for Polk, and I am painting them black anyway (the sale was only for the cherry), so I wont take an egg off.

Other Thoughts: My system:

Mitsubishi WD73640 (TV)
Onkyo TX-SR608
Polk Monitor 70's Bi-amped
Polk Monitor 50's
Polk CS2
(2) Polk PSW505

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  • Andrew B.
  • 9/24/2012 3:01:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSounds Good Man

Pros: I finally replaced my Sony ES center channel since this was on sale for 8y bones, it had been on my to-do list for a while and who can argue with that price? Like every other review states, this center sounds great. It blends well with my other Polk speakers (see below).

On a side note, I have no idea why people think these are so huge, it is exactly the size you would expect a center channel with two 6.5" drivers to be.

If the sale is still going on, and you aren't buying one, then I'm sorry.

Cons: the veneer was a little sloppy, must have been the guy's first day on the job or something. This is not normal for Polk, and I am painting them black anyway (the sale was only for the cherry), so I wont take an egg off.

Other Thoughts: My system:

Mitsubishi WD73640 (TV)
Onkyo TX-SR608
Polk Monitor 70's Bi-amped
Polk Monitor 50's
Polk CS2
(2) Polk PSW505

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  • Bradley M.
  • 6/4/2010 11:06:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice sound, big size

Pros: Great and clear sound both for movies and music. Cherry finish is well done. Sloped back so it can be pointed up if it's on the floor, which mine is. Sounds good at low and high volume.

Cons: I guess the only "con" is that it is large, but with 6.5" speakers I imagined it would be.

Other Thoughts: Great speaker, fantastic Newegg deal. Tons of sound, almost overkill for my little living room. Matches nicely with Monitor 70's I purchased at same time.

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  • Gerard C.
  • 5/20/2010 11:52:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome upgrade!

Pros: Awesome sound! Upgraded from a Polk CS250s center with Polk S10 for front mains. The cs250s has 4 1/2 " drivers & just couldn't deliver the center channel enough. Installed the CS2 & immediately heard a huge difference. Clearer, fuller sound - had to actually turn down the center level to balance the fronts as compared to the CS250S. Also I was concerned about the tonal match to the S10's. Wasn't even an issue- perfect!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Got this on sale for $100- cannot believe the price.
This purchase was a true bargain

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  • Shawn P.
  • 3/24/2010 6:10:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGet them!

Pros: Sound great. Voices are very clear and bright.

Cons: This thing is huge. Like really huge. Make sure you have space for it!

Other Thoughts: I'm using these plus Monitor 70s and going to get the Monitor 30s for surround with my ONKYO 7.2-Channel Black Home Theater Receiver TX-SR607. Sounds awesome. Next purchase will be a better subwoofer!

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