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Polk Audio Monitor40 Series II Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Black) Pair

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  • 47Hz-25kHz
  • 8 Ohm 20-125W
  • 89db

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The name “Monitor” is special to Polk Audio. The original Polk Audio Monitor Series, produced in the mid-1970s, ushered in the modern loudspeaker era by setting the standard for performance and value. The original Monitor Series is the line that made Polk Audio famous with its simple, sturdy construction, clear, accurate sound, powerful bass and superior imaging—all at a price that made great sound available to everyone. The newly reborn Monitor Series II is classic Polk: a quality-built, affordable line of high performance loudspeakers for music and home theater. They are highly efficient, so they can be driven easily by unpretentious receivers and they are voice matched for lifelike surround sound environments. The Monitor Series boasts a stylish contemporary look, with vinyl veneer finishes, modern dark grey faces, and bold stabilizer feet on the tower models. Built for speed, sound quality and value, the Monitor Series is a great introduction to high performance sound.

  • newegg Exceptional Sound Quality The Polk Audio Monitor40B boasts two 5.25" Bi-Laminate composite dynamic balance drivers stiff with good damping for high efficiency, excellent bass and midrange clarity with lower distortion. And a 1-inch Fabric/Polymer Composite Dynamic Balance Dome Tweeter with powerful Neodymium magnet structure delivers clear and detailed high frequency response for realistic reproduction of vocals and instruments.
  • newegg Enhanced Features The Polk Audio Monitor40B features small-diameter driver design that 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 ¾"-thick baffles ensures cleaner, clearer, more lifelike sound quality. Crossovers use Mylar bypass capacitors for more detailed high frequencies. Critically Tuned Flared Port minimizes port noise (“chuffing”) for good low frequency extension with low distortion, resulting in natural, full-bodied sound with rich bass.
  • newegg Magnetically Shielded The magnetically-shielded Polk Audio Monitor40B can be put at any proximity to display devices such as TVs and LCD monitors without loss of sound quality caused by interference.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years
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  • Cary R.
  • 3/22/2016 9:38:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFirst Speaker Setup - My Experience and Opinion

Pros: -Clear and rich sound
-Great mid bass
-Clean looking finish
-Dual ports on the back

Cons: -Not going to hit those deep lows, not by themselves anyways.
-Quite big

Other Thoughts: Never before have I dabbled in home theater or surround sound in general, with the exception of setting up some cheap Logitech computer speakers. I was tired of my lame speakers and I wanted something that I could be proud of, so I really went for it on my first try at the home theater/speaker thing. I purchased these alongside a Klipsch SW-450 subwoofer. Then I turned to craigslist to pick up a receiver (Pioneer 524K - I paid $80 and it was basically new in the box).

Together, it sounds amazing. It took a lot of fine tuning with the fade on the sub along with the volume on the sub to get an accurate sound. I do have a decent amount of experience in audiophile level sound. I've attended the past two CES's and I've tried many headphones that are $1000+.

I'd recommend these to anyone, regardless of how experience you are. You can't beat the price for the sound quality.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/10/2016 1:41:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat speakers

Pros: I have the monitor 30s and I loved them still do these are the same thing but with 2 woofers and my goodness they sound good!

Cons: Huge

Other Thoughts: Great speakers for under 200 bucks can't go wrong with them. They definitely drop to 47 hz

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  • Chris H.
  • 2/4/2016 7:30:55 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbulky, sounds great

Pros: Sounds amazing, 4 years later

Cons: large and bulky.

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  • jason w.
  • 1/18/2016 6:59:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnother fantastic produc from Polk Audio!

Pros: Cristal clear sound! also good mid bass, it can be set as main front speakers ( they can handle it for sure)
Bi amp capable, i set it as surround speakers on my 7.2 receiver and its much improvement, i replace it from BOSE speakers
very very much improvement! BOSE are junk compare to this and half the price.
You cant go wrong with Polk Audio. I change all my system with Polk from Bose.
Plug it with a good amp and the sound is amazing even at low volume.

Cons: Only cons, these speakers are very deep, so i you plan to set in on regular small stand will be hard to do.
Get floor stand.

Other Thoughts: I live in Canada so i order from of course, but it was ship from LA, take for ever to arrived
but i worth the waiting time. Came in perfect condition no issue at all.

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  • Heather V.
  • 12/16/2015 2:17:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAre you kidding me

Pros: WOW outta the box mind blowing performance, small speaker with big speaker sound, and the usual super polk quality, and youll never beat the price

Cons: What cons there are none

Other Thoughts: Why spend more, they wont sounds this good, it's a no brainer

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  • Jerry B.
  • 11/30/2015 2:50:24 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap
Nice Looking

Cons: Average Sound
Slightly Smeared Vocals
Weak Bass
Poor Soundstage

Other Thoughts: For the life of me I cannot understand all the glowing reviews for this speaker. They sound good. Very average sounding. You could do much worse and you could do much much better by spending just a little more money and doing some research.

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  • Mark F.
  • 11/25/2015 6:10:04 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsthese are great surround or main spkrs

Pros: 1. Price 2x119.99 is a super price.
2. Sound is nice and clear, rated at 20-125W at 8ohms 89db with a freq response of 47Hz to 25Khz, which is a pretty broad spectrum for bookshelfs.
3. cheap enough to buy 3 pairs and use 1 for the center with a spare lol. Of course these sound clear, but need to pair with sub for any real bass.

Cons: None at this price point. These are discontinued, but still great if you can get them.

Other Thoughts: Paired with a PSW 660 WI sub and these things rock.

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  • Mark G.
  • 9/30/2015 9:19:33 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Sound

Pros: Massive improvement over my RCA speakers and I love how they look on my speaker stands.

Cons: Nothing.

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  • Ray Y.
  • 6/3/2015 6:23:49 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice computer speakers

Pros: Nice midbass and highs. I'm using these as computer speakers in a 2.0 setup and they sound a lot clearer and better quality than my previous 4.1 Logitech setup.

Cons: Not the deepest bass, but paired with an amp they produce very nice midbass. You will probably need a subwoofer if you desire strong deep low bass

Other Thoughts: I'm using this as a computer speaker setup paired with a S.M.S.L SA-50 and they are perfect. I live in an apartment and can't use a subwoofer due to the close proximity of neighbors and I don't want to be a d.o.u.c.h.e who's loud bass annoys the hell out of my neighbors.

This setup produces nice clean bass. Movies, games, and web browsing all sound very clear and nice. The amp I am powering them with is very compact and is 50Wx2 channel RMS, which powers these nicely. If looking for an upgrade to any computer speaker setup, try the combo I listed out!

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  • Bruce P.
  • 5/26/2015 9:38:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Speakers

Pros: They sound great for the price, not many speakers in the same price range will compare. I got these for $100 on open box. They were an absolute deal!!! There are two 5 1/4 speakers and a tweeter in each box. The boxes are in a nice black with some silver accents. The grilles are very sturdy and look nice. Can be used for bi-amping (if you are not bi-amping leave the little gold pieces installed)

Cons: They are very big in terms of depth, it's do to having 2 speakers though. May require the use of stands in certain applications.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded to these from a pair of Boston Acoustics CR77s and am enjoying these way more then I ever enjoyed my old ones. I am running these in a 2.1 setup off of Yamaha RX-V1065 Receiver and is paired with a Bose Acoustimass 3 Series III Subwoofer.

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