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

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Features small-diameter driver design that delivers wide dispersion, better mid-range, and more detailed bass response for an open, three-dimensional sound.
  • Non-resonant all-MDF enclosure construction with 0.75"-thick baffles ensures cleaner, clearer, more lifelike sound quality. Crossovers use Mylar bypass capacitors for more detailed high frequencies.
  • Tuned Flared Port minimizes port noise for good low frequency extension with low distortion, resulting in natural, full-bodied sound with rich bass.

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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 real wood 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.

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Exceptional Sound Quality

The Polk Audio Monitor40 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.

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Enhanced Features

The Polk Audio Monitor40 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.

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Magnetically Shielded

The magnetically-shielded Polk Audio Monitor40 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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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Bad to the bone large sound in a small speaker .

Pros: Great price bought for $100 and should have got two sets .

Cons: Did not have hangers and a tad bigger than thought.

Other Thoughts: The most bang for the buck !!

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Best Value - Price Performer

Pros: Good clarity and really nice fairly flat freq resp from about 55hz to over 20Khz. Excellent imaging with the D'Appolito MTM design. Grills are well designed to actually protect these drivers ( My dog assisted me in testing this!). Packaging was solid.

Cons: I bought these on sale for $119.00 and at this price point, I have no complaints.

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this for those on a budget who want BIG sound with small space + budget!!!

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5/ 5
Outstanding in every regard.

Pros: Great sound, great size, packs a punch, outstanding value.

Cons: Zero.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Wow, bang for your buck!

Pros: Great Sound, gets better with age.

Cons: BIG, but that's not too much of a con, just make sure you have enough room.

Other Thoughts: Keep the back of the speakers about a foot away from the wall for the best sound.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Best bookshelf for the price!

Pros: - Bought the pair this when it was discounted (way bellow $100) , the best price / quality hands down!
- Quality: i like that the grid cover can be removed so easily
- I am no "audiophile" but I own a large amount of record , CD and MP3 ... and few audio equipments. I love the clean, crisp sound , and the amount of bass is perfect for me. No, I don't think I need a sub woofer. I tried using one but I did not like the over exaggerated low frequency.

Cons: - The logo pealed off without anyone touching it in less that 2 months . I do not really care about it but I could see people seeing it as low quality stuff.
- they are large. Much bigger than most of bookshelf speaker... I am not sure I'd call this bookshelf because they will not fit in standard real bookshelf space if you want to be technical about it.

Other Thoughts: - I have this in small room of 12 x 14 ft for mostly media related reading/listening/ watching . It is hooked to old Yamaha M45 and preamp C65 , basically 2.0 and nothing more. I am very happy with it.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Best money you can spend on audio eqiup

Pros: Exceptionally warm and "present" sound with crisp details and full bass
Fantastic for music; good for movies as well
While they don't look fancy, they look very nice with simple design that compliments most decor
For the size, they totally fill up a small living room with sound
Can make a mediocre sound set up sound WAY, WAY better

Cons: Not a con, but they're not for tiny setups, like desktops, because they are so deep. Not really for bookshelves, either. They'll take a good amount of a table top if you give them some air in the back.

Other Thoughts: I honestly can say that I love these speakers. Even at 3 times the price, I would say the same. I wish I had bought them WAY earlier.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
The Monitor 40s are perfect fronts for bedrooms and small offices. They also make great surround speakers in any size room.

Pros: Crisp highs, clean mids, punchy bass. Difference between these and the original Monitor 40s are the fronts have a black plastic panel ( some had silver plastic) surrounding the speakers instead of the wood veneers. The Egg bought up the remaining 40s and made other minor cosmetic changes and called them Monitor 40 series ll. I Paid $128.00 with tax then added square trades 3 year plan for $10.95 making it $138.95 to my door. Ordered on Saturday night arrived Tuesday. I have these matched with a C20 center channel. Next up is an SVS SB 12 nsd for a cozy little bedroom system.

Cons: About the only negative I can see is if you use them for surround duty, they have nothing to hang them on a wall, you have to build a shelf!
7” W x 15 3/4H x 12” D

Other Thoughts: Still, a hell of a speaker, incredible sound, unbeatable price!

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great speakers.

Pros: Great upgrade from my old Sony speakers. The sounds are lively now.

Cons: Nothing.

Other Thoughts: All is good except the box that came with it, which is an old and can be tear down anytime even with little force. Hope I got a new one as I don't see any marks on the speakers.

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