- Brand Name: Polk Audio
- Model Number: AM3022-A
- Color: Cherry
- Speaker Type: Bookshelf, Wall Mount
- Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
Polk Audio Monitor 30 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Cherry)
- Pair of bookshelf 2-way speakers that delivers superior linearity, definition and sound imaging
- Equipped with one 5.25-inch bi-laminate composite dynamic-balance driver
- Equipped with one 1-inch silk polymer-composite dynamic-balance dome tweeter
- All MDF construction and extensive cabinet bracing ensure resonance-free enclosures
- Built-in keyhole wall mounting brackets provides secure on-wall mounting
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Since both Polk's Monitor bookshelf and center channel speakers provide ample levels of bass, more flexibility in choosing a subwoofer crossover can be obtained than that of small satellite speakers and mini-bookshelf speakers. Crossover with a satellite speaker generally should be set no lower than the 120-150Hz area and mini-booshelfs around 90-100Hz, which is at the uppermost range of most subwoofers and where the location of bass frequencies becomes audible. Unless the sub is an ideal location, bass instruments may appear to be located in more than one location, or in the wrong location. The M30 can easily be adjusted down to the 60-80Hz area which eliminates potential localization issue. Of course the larger speaker size in the bookshelf can take more power and produce more volume than satellites, as well.
However, for front channel use the Monitor has limitations.Read more ›
These speakers are designed for a tonal match with all other speakers in the monitor line and the M10's are perfect for satellite duty. I would recommend spending a little extra for the Polk CS1 center over the CSM (returned it). As for a sub to match, CNET likes the match between the Polk PWS10 with the Monitor 30s (used in their test).Read more ›
So, I get home late from a 12 hour work day and break these out for a test run and...
I'll be damned! These little unassuming boxes start pumping out the kind of perfect, flat-response sound that I have always figured could only come from sticking headphones over my ears. Even at low volumes things sound clear, articulate, direct.
Of course woofers this size won't work for a hip hop house quake, but that's more a special effect than accurate music reproduction. (I like some rap music, so don't misunderstand me here people.)
Also, deep rumbles from that dvd action movie will require a sub woofer most def, but that's a future purchase during better economic times.
As for other reviewers' complaints about "boomy" sound. I can only surmise that these people are suffering from a loss of high frequency hearing. These speakers come as close to the flat frequency reponse of my Grado and Sony headphones as any speakers I have heard. At any price. In fact, the best setting on my stereo is completely "flat" with no increase in bass or treble settings.
I have the speakers in a moderate sized, carpeted room, thus I am not entirely certain if larger speakers would be better in a large area. In the room I have them in, serious ear damage is just a twist of the volume knob away. And I have yet to find myself thinking that they sound tinny or small.
I have been listening to music through headphones for many years (I'm 38 years old) and loudspeakers have always seemed to me a compromise.Read more ›
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Good speakers for the back in a home theater. Using them as backs.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Store Card
I love these speakers. I have (4) plus the Polk CS2 center and a (different brand) 12" subwoofer. Loud rock music in my house has never been so enjoyable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William B. Connor
Originally bought these back in 2012 to be part of a desktop system. Replaced a set of M-Audio Studio AV-40 which I liked very much and ended up selling to a friend when I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by David
I'm no stereo audiophile but I do have a great ear. These speakers simply have too much bass compared to the mids and the highs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mattydigs
Used these to replace a set of Onkyo speakers that came with a home entertainment system. Much nicer sound. I would buy again.Published 9 months ago by Ballossom
We added a pair of these to a very old pair of larger speakers. The sound is great for our high ceiling, strangely shaped room. Read morePublished on April 22, 2014 by regularperson