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Polk Audio Monitor60 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black) Single

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  • 8 Ohms 20-200W
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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 Slim, High Efficiency Design The Polk Audio Monitor60B features a slim tower design with a footprint of less than one square foot to fit your flat-panel TV, plasma monitors and other thin-line home cinema components. High efficiency design allows the Monitor60B to reveal the classic Polk Audio sound (open, spacious and clear) even when driven by modestly-powered amplifiers and receivers. Bold, fat stabilizer feet ensure stability on carpet or hard floors for more precise bass response and superior imaging.
  • newegg Exceptional Sound Quality The Polk Audio Monitor60B boasts three 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 Monitor60B 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 Monitor60B 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 Monitor60 Series II

Model

Brand
Polk Audio
Model
Monitor60 Series II

Spec

Type
Floorstanding Speakers
Sold As
Single
Driver Units
Tweeter Complement: one 1" cloth dome
Driver Complement: three 5.25" Bi-Laminate driver
Power Rating
20-200W
Frequency Response
38Hz-25kHz
Nominal Impedance
8 Ohm
Sensitivity
90db
Connectors
Inputs: Dual (bi-amp) 5 way binding posts

Features

Features
Crossover: 2.3kHz second order high and low pass
Magnetic Shielding

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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  • Benny D.
  • 6/9/2014 5:09:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsstylish and clear

Pros: small foot print, decent sound

Cons: although the sound is great, it lacks the low end punch below 70hz. Sounds best if coupled with a decent subwoofer and properly adjusted crossover

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  • Sean M.
  • 4/22/2014 3:02:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood choice

Pros: Many of the reviewers have these speakers set up in a 5.1 system. They're very good for that, no doubt. But I now use the Monitor 60s in an old school 2-channel set-up with a vintage (and if I may say, rocking) Denon PMA-750 integrated amplifier. Excellent sound when set up with a good quality turntable, CD player, and Sonos Connect. So if anyone has interest in using these in a 2-channel system you probably won't be disappointed.

Cons: None

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  • John I.
  • 3/27/2014 3:47:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove these things

Pros: Classy look, nice finish. I waited some time before writing a review as I wanted to let them break-in. It had been a long time since I owned a home audio system and after reading the reviews on these and the shell shocker deal I decided to buy a pair. Not disappointed at all. For an "entry" level speaker these things can really rock. These along with a pair of bose 301 series iii, the cs2 series II and psw505 all behind the yamaha rx-v573bl.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Eventually I will move these speakers and make some tsx550t the main fronts but these will be excellent rear speakers

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  • Matthew A.
  • 2/8/2014 11:24:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDefinitely Bi-Amp These

Pros: Cheap
Excellent for movies
If there was a first baby step on a path to becoming an audiophile and pursuing higher end equipment in the years to come, these would be it. Or is this a con? Perspective is everything I suppose...

Cons: Power hungry
Not as good for music as they are movies, but excellent for the price
Struggle to create an immersive soundstage, but with well mastered tracks, they're good enough

Other Thoughts: I've had these for a few months, along with monitor 30s as my surrounds, a cs1 center channel, and BIC F12 sub; all tied together with an Onkyo TX-NR717. After initially getting everything set up and calibrated, I was pleased. However I had only thus far used them for watching movies. It wasn't until very recently that I started using them for music, in stereo. They sounded good, but "boxed in". It's as if I could tell that they could easily sound much more open and full, but that something was in the way. Additionally, I found them to be rather bright, and after extended listening periods (a couple hours) I would be noticeable fatigued by them. They weren't tinny or particularly harsh in the high end, they were plenty accurate, but noticeably bright, and resultingly fatiguing. After some research online leading me to believe that they are power hungry and will not sound quite right unless given at least 200W or so, I decided to bi-amp them. What a difference!! The difference was so great that it's the only reason I'm writing this review, a few hours after the fact. They really opened up, just as I felt they could. The low end and mids were rejuvenated and I was finally getting full, and more detailed, sound from these polks. For the price, these are awesome (once bi-amped or given more juice w/out bi-amping).

Despite the massive improvement in the low end, I still choose to listen to music with these with the sub engaged. What bass they deliver is tight and accurate, but they don't reach down quite low enough: ~50hz is as low as they'll get. One thing I like however, is that it seems they won't even bother to attempt any freqs lower than they can play accurately, so even if your sub's off, you won't hear any distorted low end noise. With my sub's crossover set at 120hz, it blends very well with the polks.

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  • Mike D.
  • 2/5/2014 10:17:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove them

Pros: For the price they do an excellent job. I replaced an ageing pair of B&W speakers (which are quite expensive) with these and wow!

Cons: None

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  • Ellis E.
  • 1/8/2014 8:41:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPolk sound rocks

Pros: Excellent sound quality. I currently use them as rear surround speakers in a setup with Monitor 70s as front, Monitor 30s as front height and a CS2 center and a PSW505 powered sub.

Cons: Tall and somewhat thin. They seem stable but probably better to keep an eye on the kids of they are fully freestanding.

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  • Venugopal S.
  • 12/24/2013 12:15:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust awesome!

Pros: - Crystal clear sound
- Open and spacious - just as Polk claims
- Smooth, true and warm with beautiful mid and highs - ideal for music
- Overall, the sound is exceptionally well balanced and accurate.
- Great looking speakers and they are front ported.

Cons: - There are no cons whatsoever

Other Thoughts: I would just be repeating all the good comments made by previous reviewers. These speakers made a world of difference. I am enjoying my music collection like never before. I can hear all those subtle tones and echoes. The sound is very clear and accurate - as if the singer and the band is right there.
These speakers are great for music and do just as well for home theater. If you are primarily intending movies, there is greater selection out there. If you like music, monitor series is the way to go.
I replaced Onkyo SKF 520's. The two speakers are worlds apart. Its almost surreal.
I liked my monitor 60's so much that I decided to replace the Onkyo center channel speaker and I ordered a CS1. I can assure you that the CS1 is another fantastic product as well. Both of them sounded great from the start. Just as other reviewers have mentioned, these do take two weeks+ to break in. Once they break in, the sound truly opens up. You will like what you hear even more.
With the monitor 60's and the CS1 up in the front, I am having a great time.
I will get the monitor 30's for the rear when they are on sale for sure.
I am a Polk guy now.

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  • Daniel F.
  • 12/20/2013 10:48:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMonitor 60 series II

Pros: +price
+sound
+size

Cons: no cons really, just be careful getting it out of the box

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  • Artem T.
  • 12/14/2013 11:05:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbest sound for the price

Pros: my 7.2 system is build out of all polks. i have 3 monitor 60 S2 for front stage and it made huge difference. If you have good quality receiver (not some $300 special) those speakers will shine. Clear and soft sound. They will produce sound from what you plug in to them if you have good amps and processor they will sing for you, if you saved money on your bd player and receiver then they'll accordingly will produce bad quality sound.

Cons: nothing really.

Other Thoughts: If you have chance i would suggest having up-right/vertical speakers for your center channel. After 2 years i replaced my CS2 with Monitor 60 and i could not believe how much difference it made. How much "more" sound vertical speaker produces, much better quality that kind of amercing you in dialog or what ever sound coming from that center. Center speaker is very important for your movie set up, if you can - get vertical speaker.

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  • Hector R.
  • 12/12/2013 3:48:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Just awesome!

Cons: none

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