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Item#: N82E16882290210

Polk Audio CS1 Series II Center Channel Speaker (Black) Single

  • 55Hz-25kHz
  • 8 Ohms 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 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, modern Titanium 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. The CS1 center speaker has been designed to be the perfect match for Monitor Series speakers in multi-channel systems.

  • newegg High Efficiency Design High efficiency design allows the Pock Audio CS1B to reveal the classic Polk Audio sound (open, spacious and clear) even when driven by modestly-powered amplifiers and receivers. Five-way binding post connectors allow for more secure hook-up options.
  • newegg Exceptional Sound Quality The Polk Audio CS1B 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 CS1B features non-resonant all-MDF enclosure construction with ¾"-thick baffles to ensure cleaner, clearer, more lifelike sound quality. 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 CS1B can be put at any proximity to display devices such as TVs and LCD monitors without loss of sound quality caused by interference. Reversible-design cabinets can be turned upside down to aim “up” when placed under a video monitor.

Learn more about the Polk Audio CS1 Series II

Model

Brand
Polk Audio
Model
CS1 Series II

Spec

Type
Center Channel Speaker
Sold As
Single
Driver Units
Tweeter Complement: one 1" cloth dome
Driver Complement: two 5.25" Bi-Laminate driver
Power Rating
20-125W
Frequency Response
55Hz-25kHz
Nominal Impedance
8 Ohm
Sensitivity
89db
Connectors
Inputs: 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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  • Venugopal S.
  • 12/24/2013 12:21:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust awesome!

Pros: - Great sound. Accurate, open and spacious
- Goes very well with the monitor 60's in the front.

Cons: - None whatsoever. These are big - but then we want great sound. That is why we go for the CS1 anyways.

Other Thoughts: I got monitor 60's first. I liked them so much that i got the CS1 as well. The monitor 60's and CS1 together make great front speakers. Accurate sound that is open and spacious - just as Polk claims. I replaced the Onkyo 520 center channel speaker. The Onkyo and Polk are from two different worlds.
If you decide to go for the CS1, you will not regret it even for a moment.
You need to give the CS1 two weeks+ to break in. Once these break in, the sound open up even more. You will enjoy your music.
And, thanks to Newegg for such great deals as well!

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  • Paul M.
  • 12/22/2013 5:52:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice

Pros: great addition to a home theater or surround sound setup; adds center channel ambiance for voices; solid and well made; nice size for under a flat screen; great price and fast shipping when I purchased

Cons: none really; some may want a bigger speaker

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  • Daniel F.
  • 12/20/2013 10:59:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCS1

Pros: you cant beat the egg just buy it already

Cons: its bigger than what you think

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  • Arthur C.
  • 12/12/2013 6:47:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Value

Pros: Quality construction, excellent sound,very good value for the money. Would buy again.

Cons: None other than some might find the unit a bit large but the sound more than makes up for it.

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  • James H.
  • 12/11/2013 12:27:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Center to Match with Monitor 60 Towers

Pros: I cant say enough good about this center. Price is great right now and quality is fantastic. I know many people recommend the CS2 for a little more low end however its bulkier and this speaker sonically is a perfect match for the tower monitor 60's. Also I don't recommend going lower then 80hz on any center channel as it will make voices and audio a bit deep. Many audio enthusiasts recommend keeping your center at above 100Hz but I find that 80Hz which is the THX std works great. I keep my towers at 60hz which allows them to sound as good for music as they do for movies and it keeps the frequency curve near flat with the center as your about an octave higher then the -3db threshold of both sets of speakers. I verified in my own listening tests as well as using a sound level meter and for me this is the sweet spot with this setup. For my rears Im using the monitor 30's also at 80Hz which also blend perfectly with this center. I dont recomend running any speaker down to the lower range it can hit as the volume will slope off and the audio will not be as clean. If you want a flat response for HT you have to set your cross over at about an octave higher, it doesn't need to be perfect and will give you a bit of head room and take some strain off your equipment and speakers. Let the sub woofer do its job and hit the low frequencies. Anyways its an awesome speaker and I don't think most people need the added response of the CS2 as you traditionally set your cross over well above what the speaker can handle, yes its response may be just a hair flatter at the same cross over but its not worth the price delta in my book. Most consumers will be very pleased with this setup and its a no brainier if your using the bookshelf Polks like the R30's as they have an identical range.

Cons: None, tremendous value for the dollar spent.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/7/2013 5:42:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTotal cost-cutter

Pros: Price per performance can't be beat.
Clear and concise mid range
smooth highs
Can even handle some bass

Cons: Kinda big and clunky, physically

Other Thoughts: At $59 this was a complete no brainer. I had one I bought 4 years ago for $129 and thought it was a deal then.

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  • Greg C.
  • 12/2/2013 1:33:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSounds good

Pros: Good sound quality.
I upgraded from a 4" Sony cube speaker that was never designed to be a center..

Cons: none

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  • Jens W.
  • 11/27/2013 6:45:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNewEgg, Really?

Pros: $59.99 for this center speaker?! AMAZING! Got it @ $79.99 & after I got it the price went down another $10.00! What's up with that NewEgg?! And now the thing is less than $60.00!? Better s-n-a-t-c-h (NewEggs obscenity filter,here) one up at this price folks! This is a steal for that price. Very crisp & detailed output as a center speaker... Just fantastic!

Cons: Sort of big, but then it does look like a piece of stylish furniture, NewEgg you're killing me with your continuous lowering of prices for superior products!

Other Thoughts: Sure there are "other" speakers out there that cost a whole lot more for the fool that has more money than sense, if you value your $$'s, Polk is worth looking into for a decent speaker system. Just because they don't "brag" about some newfangled gobbledy g-o-o-k (obscenity filter courtesy of NewEgg) material in their speakers does not make them inferior to the high end stuff. Just cause you are paying a reasonable price, does not mean you are being an uneducated consumer. Dunno about the Bowers & Wilkins series but their prices are outright ridiculous @Best Buy, look fancy, but did not sound any more spectacular than the Polk's btw... just 'cause they are made by "British" chaps will it make them better than what's out there. Sure that their speakers are made in China Like most of the manufacturers of speakers out there.

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  • Jana D.
  • 11/19/2013 5:42:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME!!!

Pros: Great Sound and it was at a great price

Cons: None

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  • Jeremiah G.
  • 11/18/2013 12:08:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Center Channel Speaker for the Price!

Pros: Quality
Sound
Crisp clear music
I would recommend the polk subwoofer to go along with this.

Cons: Nothing

Other Thoughts: I have been piecing my stereo together with deals over the past couple of years upgrading my speakers 1 by 1 or set by set. First was a set of tower speakers, next was a polk subwoofer I got last year. This year it was this center channel speaker. Best center channel speaker you can find at this price!

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