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Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Cherry) Single

  • 30Hz-25kHz
  • 8 Ohms 20-275W
  • 90dB
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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 Monitor70C 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 Monitor70C 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 Monitor70C boasts four 6.5" 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 Monitor70C 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 Monitor70C 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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Model

Brand
Polk Audio
Model
Monitor70 Series II

Spec

Type
Floorstanding Speakers
Sold As
Single
Driver Units
Tweeter Complement: one 1" cloth dome
Driver Complement: four 6.5" Bi-Laminate driver
Power Rating
20-275W
Frequency Response
30Hz-25kHz
Nominal Impedance
8 Ohm
Sensitivity
90db
Connectors
Inputs: Dual (bi-amp) 5 way binding posts

Features

Features
Crossover: 2.6kHz and 2.6kHz cascade tapered 2nd order
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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  • Steve B.
  • 3/2/2013 3:15:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggslame speakers

Pros: looks

Cons: cant handle music and brake up with any volume.tweeter crapped out on 1 speaker already and doesnt play rightb and the other distorts heavily with concert blurays and the tuner. They shut down my denon reciever and blew out the transformer! Polk, and denon and onkyo all are junk!Do not buy!

Other Thoughts: I really regret buying these speakers!But its to late to return so now I have to get these repaired no telling how long that will take but I am stuck!

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  • Lawrence M.
  • 10/24/2012 12:14:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Speakers, Awesome Value

Pros: Best Speaker Value On The Planet.

Cons: Large, But Who Cares?

Other Thoughts: I purchased a pair for a small HT set up. Decided to go a bit larger than the Model 60's, a wise move. Ended up using them in a 2.1 stereo with a Peachtree Nova 85W Integrated Amplifier with the addition of rear pair of Model 60's and small amp.

Buying the pair in the $200 range, I was not expecting "audiophile" speakers but I am completely amazed at their results. The quality is every bit as good as speakers in the $800 - $1,200+ price range offered in audio stores.

I purchased these from NewEgg at the begining of summer but wanted to have a few months to audition them before writing this review.

One very important quality that I look for in selecting a speaker, is a quality, full, room filling, sound. Watch the video, and you will hear Matthew Polk explain that the multiple 6 1/2" drivers, provide a fuller sound, this is absolutely true!

Of the audiophile speakers, under $2k price range, most have towers with typically three small 5 1/4" drivers that provide an accurate sound but present a "thin" soundstage and tend be be overly "bright" sounding.

One of the other reviewers had the same set of speakers in the past that I had, the Klipsch KG5.5's with a horn and two 10" base drivers, he was, as I was, surprised that the Model 70's are almost as full sounding, though not as much bass, but with a cleaner, more accurate sound than the 10" dirvers. The silk dome tweeter provides a crisp, yet pleasant, non-fatiguing sound.

I purchased a second set of Klipsch WF-35's from NewEgg one month ago to use in another room, but before I set up that system, I decided to listen to them next to my Monitor 70's for comparison. I broke in the WF-35's for 10-days and purchased an A/B speaker selector switch so that I could swith back and forth.

My conclusion was that the WF-35 Icons, at about 50% more money than the Polk's, were a bit more audiophile quality than the Polk's, the furniture grade finish is fantastic, piano and mellow brass sound unbelievably beautiful and rich!

However... some vocals sound harsh, thin music sounds very thin. These typical of a Klipsch product, they are very "forwarding sounding" and produce a "live" sound experience. While dynamic, a live sound can be a bit harsh on the ears after a while.

The Klipsch are opposite sounding than the Polks, it is important to understand this before making your purchase selection.

I would not trade my Polk Monitor 70's for the Klipsch WF-35's if I had to choose one over the other!

Being that I now own both pairs, I have found that they both sound best being played together, so I am now using both sets together for my front speakers. Together they sound as good or better than $3k to $5k speakers that I have listened to.

Note that the Polk Tsi500 and the new Polk Monitor 75T's are other versions of the Model 70's making the 70's a better value.

I own a Polk PSW505 12" sub and a smaller Martin Logan Dynamo sub. All together I have a system with 27 drivers! - Excellent

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  • Chris D.
  • 10/15/2012 9:04:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Speakers

Pros: - Fantastic Sound Quality for the price
- Good Build Quality
- Sound stage is a huge step up from HTIB
- Great Look
- To many others, but it makes my movies sound amazing. I can actually hear things I never could before since receiving these. They have worked flawlessly for months and show no signs of stopping.

Cons: - Flimsy Front Guard

Other Thoughts: Highly Recommended for anyone looking for a step up with their theater setup. Very Immersive.

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  • David L.
  • 10/13/2012 12:09:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsToo Small!!!

Pros: I have a Pioneer receiver that has blown out a couple Pioneer speakers and a Pinnacle sub. Even when listening through my garbage receiver, they sound awesome!

Cons: I think I'd like them more if the case was wider.

Other Thoughts: Just bought a Yamaha A820 from Newegg for $900 plus a $350 Newegg card which will be spent on more speakers.

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  • Roger N.
  • 10/2/2012 2:49:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Value

Pros: Very cheap when on offer
Excellent sound reproduction
Massive value for money

Cons: Quite deep and tall
Imaging a little off (but excellent at the price)
Finish looks cheaper (but better than you should expect at the price)
Packaging doesn't protect them well enough - more the fault of the handling

Other Thoughts: I may well buy a second pair, once I have somewhere to use them :)

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  • Alan M.
  • 9/16/2012 3:08:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsHigh quality

Pros: - can handle up to 275w
- deep enveloping bass
- crystal clear highs and lows
- can handle VERY high volumes, higher than most anyone would ever even want

These sound awesome, I'm using an onkyo m-282 stereo amp coupled with a CD player (onkyo c-7030) and after a few days of use the sound just gets better all the time, amping them to even 80 - 100 watts will be insanely loud (rated at 275w!)

would highly recommend this to anyone looking for high quality stereo sound.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Purchased on a different account

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  • Ayman I.
  • 9/11/2012 10:38:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat speakers. Period.

Pros: I just happened to be lucky enough to land these speakers when they hit the $99 range on a very limited time special. So I bit. I figured it wouldn't be a great loss if they turned out to be not so good. I could put them somewhere else. I read all the other reviews and figured I was making a safe bet. Man, was I wrong. These speakers are and have exceeded my expectations. They are very nice to listen to, especially matched with a CS20 and a PSW10 sub. I'm not into the 5.1 aspect yet, but they produce a massive amount of sound that is distinct and crisp. Depending on the music I play from classic to death metal, I can hear details that would normally have been tinny or very bright in the background that these just speakers just don't do. However, having a good receiver is important. I run them through a Marantz SR7007. Overkill? You bet. They don't require a ton of power, but the more the better, but these bad boys handle it without a sweat and they sound awesome. My neighbors hate me.

Cons: None so far. I've had them for over a year and I'm waiting for them to either fail or having the foam ring get torn to shreds, but so far so good and at the price I bought them for I couldn't be happier to be honest.

Other Thoughts: Power and break them in properly and I believe you will have years of enjoyable sound for music, movies, and everything in between. I'm building an HTPC at the moment and I'm going to drive all the sound through these guys. Can't wait to hear what some of my favorite games around going to sound like going through them. I'm already driving an xbox through them and it's amazing. COD is phenomenal. BF3 is totally drool-worthy.

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  • Justin K.
  • 9/10/2012 8:25:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEGGCELLENT

Pros: What an improvement over the Monitor II 60's... Even though they're not broken in yet (and I've been working them all weekend) they are a welcome difference from the Monitor 60's. The 60s sound great after I hammered them for a couple weeks, these sounded better with each hour I punched sound through them.

Part of me was hurting after giving my old Klipsch KG 5.5s to my uncle (Dual 10s and a Tractrix horn) until I got these into play. For my room and seating environment, they are flawless. Bass is fine, its not the KG 5.5s but its respectable for the size of the speaker and its drivers.

I listened to them primarily in srereo this weekend, however they pair flawlessly with a CS II center, its no longer overpowering the 60s.

I have an old, repaired (fixed solder flaw) Pioneer VSX-29TX reciever and it really drives them nicely, 120Watts a channel. An oldie but a goodie, been going strong for over a decade.

Cons: Nothing other than what other reviewrs have said, the grills scare me when I was removing them. Must exercise caution in doing so. They are made with weak plastic. They shipped well packaged and though had dented boxes the packaging is more robust than that of the Monitor II 60's.

Other Thoughts: Normally, I listen to music and play games with the entire 5.1 accompaniment. I truly enjoyed these speakers in Stereo, almost the entire weekend. For what I paid for them (I've seen them for less on occasion) I cannot complain. Honestly, if you have the power and its relatively clean behind them, they sound fine. I left behind the Klipsch 5.1 environment and cannot say that I am disappointed with Polk, plenty of sound, better soundstage (which is suprising given the massive size of my old Tractrix Horns) and cleaner more discreet sound (smaller drivers). Not to mention 1/3 of the price I paid for my KG 5.5s alone over a decade ago.

The 70s and the CS II together cost less than 1/4 what my KSV5 & the KG 5.5s cost me, and they are nothing to scoff at.

Replaced my old 15" Sunfire powered sub with 12" Polk, cleaner bass, and I needed a new one as the amp was failing... Loved that sunfire.

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  • Gregory P.
  • 8/22/2012 12:22:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPolk montior70 Series II

Pros: Speakers arrived 3 days after order confirmation. I unwrapped both boxes to look for any cosmetic flaws or imperfections. None found. A+

Will hook these up later this week.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Harold G.
  • 8/20/2012 2:01:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPolk's best kept secret?

Pros: No longer a standard Polk offering at many big box stores, the Monitor Series II speakers rival their more expensive "improved and with new model names/numbers" brethren. Save your cash and buy the Monitor 70's. Our basement entertainment room has never sounded so good. Using 70's in the front and a CS2 center with 60's as rear surrounds along with a sub brings a smile to our faces every time we fire them up. Absolutely incredible.

Cons: None. Zero. Zilch.

They are big, and they are heavy. These aren't cons but more of a "know what you're buying" thing.

Other Thoughts: They're bi-ampable (is that a word?); so if your receiver/amp supports it, the resulting sound is rich, full, and nothing short of outstanding. Do your system some justice and keep the crossover at 80 and let your sub do the heaving lifting. The higher bass notes and mids really shine from the Monitor 70's. You'll never miss having the bottom of the freq scale being pushed from the 70's - that's why you have a sub in the first place.

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