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Polk Audio R300 Black Two-Way Floor-Standing Loudspeaker (Single)
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- Acoustically inert MDF cabinet, finished in black.
- Slim tower design conserves floor space, occupies less than one square foot.
- Polk Audio's exclusive Dynamic Balance polymer composite driver for smooth wide-range response with low distortion.
- 0.75" silk dome tweeter with neodymium magnet for clear, detailed highs.
- Rear-firing bass port for high efficiency and powerful bass response.
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|Item Dimensions||8.38 x 7.75 x 33 in||7.75 x 8.75 x 36.25 in||11.25 x 13.38 x 37.44 in||7.7 x 15.6 x 42 in||7 x 11.5 x 36.38 in||7 x 14 x 37.5 in|
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Whether you are building your first surround sound system or adding remote speakers to an existing system the R300 speakers from Polk Audio will perform exceptionally well. You can use them alone or with a PSW Series subwoofer for a complete surround sound experience. They are magnetically shielded so you can place them as close to the television as you need to. The 6.5" mineral filled polymer composite cone mid/woofer is matched to a 0.75" silk/polymer composite dome tweeter. They have an overall 45Hz to 24kHz frequency response for superb sound used on their own or with a subwoofer. The ported enclosure delivers a punchy, deep bass response. SLIM DESIGN The Polk Audio R300 features a slim, elegant design for a perfect match with your flat-panel TV, plasma monitors and other thin-line home cinema components. EXCEPTIONAL SOUND QUALITY The Polk Audio R300 boasts a 6.5" Dynamic Balance polymer composite driver and a 0.75" dynamic balance silk/polymer composite dome tweeter to deliver crisp highs and accurate lows for an immersive listening experience. MAGNETICALLY SHIELDED The magnetically-shielded Polk Audio R300 can be put at any proximity to display devices such as TVs and LCD monitors without loss of sound quality caused by interference. Acoustically inert stamped driver baskets and butyl rubber surrounds for high performance durability. Anti-diffraction grills minimize grill diffraction for spacious, three-dimensional imaging. Magnetically shielded for safe placement near video sources. 5-way binding post inputs for the most secure connections and the most versatile wiring applications Timbre-matched to fit into any Polk Audio home theater or multi-channel music system for a more realistic, more seamless surround sound environment. Enclosure Type: Vented
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All 3 of these floorstanding speakers are close to the same height, with the weight not being too much different, as well. All 3 have removable cloth grilles. Sony's are 3 way, while the Pioneer and Polk are 2-way. All 3 look a little cheap by design, but these are rather inexpensive speakers.
Bass> The Sony's actually came out on top in this category. They have an 8" woofer, so this obviously helps in the lower range. A little muddy, but still not bad at all. The Polk's came in second. Very respectable bass, particularly with the port in the rear, which increased when put closer to a wall. Pioneer came in last. With 3 woofers and ports in back, you would expect decent bass. Just slightly behind the Polk in this department. Acceptable, but not good.
Treble> Polk R300 really shine. The silk dome tweeter produces very pleasant highs, with nothing changing at higher volumes. Pioneer FS-52 have a little problem with the highs. Not nearly as smooth and crisp as the Polk's. Sony SS-F5000 highs were a little shrill. This seemed to get worse at higher levels.
Mid-Range> Pioneer wins this one. This seems to be the strength of this tower. if only the highs and lows were this good. Polk comes in second. The weakest part of the R300, probably due to only one driver. Sony last. The mid range should be better with this 3 way design.
Clarity> Polk wins again. The R300 has very clear and smooth sound. Very pleasing and you can hear some things in your music you might not have heard with other speakers. Pioneer clarity was very respectable. Not as distinct or pure as the Polk's, but still good for this price range. Sony's clarity was quite a bit behind the other two. The sound can almost be described as a little fuzzy. You'll miss a lot of separation of sound with these.
Overall, the R300's win hands down, especially considering they were the cheapest of the 3 at this time. I would highly recommend them for anybody who wants a speaker that will deliver quality sound at a bargain price.
I should point out that my "vintage" electronics utilize DOLBY PRO-LOGIC and "HALL" settings only. For those not familiar with this 2nd generation 5.1 setup, the rear channel(s) output have limited frequency range and were intended for "ambient sound" only. As such, these Polks serve their purpose splendidly. In "HALL" setting, the output is full-range--nevertheless these POLKs enable a lovely expanded soundstage for my POLK MONITOR 70 main speakers. The Polk R300's are elegantly understated small towers that look great just about anywhere.
Considering their price and size, there are probably better choices for L-R main speakers. As main speakers, they lack definition and range. They are competent to be sure, but in no way outstanding. On the other hand, they LOOK expensive and well-made--and can fill a small room or apartment with neutral sound that is neither distorted or fatiguing. I would not recommend them as main speakers for Home Theater use unless you invest in a good sub-woofer and center channel reproducer.
BOTTOM LINE: These are well-made and decent 2-way bass reflex designs that will neither excite nor offend--but surely provide neutral, musical sound when used with an adequately powered amp.
For $130 (after taxes) I MUST give them 5 Stars because I got exactly what I paid for and more. I'm also planning on spending a couple hundred more on the RTi8s and keeping the 300s as my back surrounds but all in due time.
Brought these for $200 from the local store. They are very very musical. Pair them with a good amp and you wont regret
Don't be fooled with the first hours, they need a period of break in. Mine's needed about 80 hours and they have improved even after that.
For the cost it is a bargain!