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Polk Audio Monitor 30 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Cherry)

4.1 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews

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  • 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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Technical Details

Color: Cherry
  • Brand Name: Polk Audio
  • Model Number: AM3022-A
  • Color: Cherry
  • Speaker Type: Bookshelf, Wall Mount
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
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Product Description

Color: Cherry

Back in the 1970's, Polk's Monitor speaker series put Polk Audio on the map. Universally acclaimed by audio critics, the Monitor series became known as an acoustically transparent speaker - a concept that audiophiles search for - with beautifully accurate sound reproduction. Here we are, nearly 2 generations later, and the Monitor is being re-introduced so you can experience this great sound fresh and new. Dual Five-Way Binding Post Connectors, allowing for more secure hook-up options, as well as bi-wiring and bi-amping flexibility Monitor Series speakers are modern living accessories that make a stylish statement in Cherry wood grain finish, with Titanium faces Magnetically shielded for safe placement on or near TVs and video monitors with no risk of video distortion Built-in keyhole wall mounting brackets for strong, secure on-wall mounting with no added brackets to buy. 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 Cabinet Size 11 H x 7 W x 8-3/8 D (27.94cm H x 17.78cm W x 21.27cm D) Mounting Options on-wall with built-iin key hole slot Enclosure Type Vented via rear panel flared port Each speaker weighs 9 pounds 2 Speakers in package for left and right channel stereo or for front or rear channel in home-theater mode Cherry Finish

Product Information

Color:Cherry
Product Dimensions 14.3 x 12.2 x 10.6 inches
Item Weight 20.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 20.6 pounds
Manufacturer Polk Audio
ASIN B0009WUE1E
Item model number AM3022-A
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4.1 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #402 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers > Bookshelf Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com April 18, 2005

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Color: Black
First, don't be mislead by the price. The Polk Monitor 30 has great potenial and a huge bargain. A bookshelf with depth, in that it protrudes twelve inches from front to rear when placed on a wall, and, also, provides ample bass for its stature. It matches well with Polk's CS1 or CS10 center channel speaker for surround systems. It can be used as a both front and rear channels, or surround duties when paired with larger speakers in the Monitor line, the M40 bookshelf, and M50 or M60 tower speakers. It will stand out prominently from the wall when hung from it's bracket. On the opposite end of the hanging bracket, short legs keep the speaker evenly spaced from the wall and allow the rear port to breathe. The construction is excellent: 3/4 inch MDF, no hollow cabinet resonance, bevel, square, and not a hint of shoddiness.

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.
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Color: Cherry
I bought these speakers to compliment a new flat-panel TV in our living room, I chose the Monitor 30's because of their compact size along with Polk's good reputation for sound quality. They are fine little speakers, but are noticeably lacking in mid-range sound, even when accompanied by a sub (they are currently hooked up with a Polk PSW-10 sub). They offer great highs and the sub combination obviously supplies plenty of bass, but the lack of mids is distracting. My Athena AS-B2's sound WORLDS better and can be had for the same price elsewhere online. The Athenas are larger than the Polks but the sound is much, much richer and more versatile overall. Bottom line, the Monitor 30's are decent if you can find a good deal and if you need to save space.
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Color: Black
I have had the Monitor 30's for almost a year now and am incredibly impressed. Great bang for the buck (paid $140 on sale at CC). I am using these as fronts in my 7.1 surround set up, with Polk M10's as the surrounds and a Pioneer VSX-1018 avr and Sony 40S2010 LCD. I am still using a crappy jvc htib 60watt powered sub, but am planning on treating myself to a Avs123 X-sub for Christmas. :) Anyway, I am here to talk about the Polk M30. My set up is for a 15'x17'den. That's a fairly small room and I have a wife that agitated with overpowering sound (yeah, my love for audio equipment does not always over well). Although I would have loved to go for a floorstanding speaker, I agreed to stick to bookshelf size to keep my wife happy. The M30 certainly fit the bill. They have a clean, accurate sound with excellent highs and mids. The sound is linear and smooth, with a warm tone. If you like a brighter sounding speaker, these probably aren't for you and you might be better off with the Infinity Beta series. As far as bass goes, on my radio shack SLP, they drop as low as 50hz, which is pretty decent compared to most of the bookshelves I have heard and better than the specs indicate. Still, these speakers, by themselves don't produce enough bass depth for stand alone duty. You will need a decent sub that can make up for what the M30's lack and, given the m30 range, setting the crossover on the amp at 80 is the way to go with these babies.

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).
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I bought these a few months back because my old speakers were toast. I wasn't expecting much since the price is so low, but when new speakers become a necessity for a man with limited funds...

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.
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