Polk Audio Monitor 70 3-Way Floorstanding Speakers
At Hi Fi reviews we try to not sound too hypey and keep things on a somewhat even keel but let me just say that in the case of the Polk Audio Monitor 70 3-Way Floorstanding Speakers its hard. They are amazing bang for the buck and a 5 star product all the way. If you are doing an internet search to build up a picture of what you can get online in the $199 per speaker range you will find these little babys coming up again and again.
The reason for their prevalence at this price point is quite simple, they are well built, they feel like a quality product in just about every respect (and In my opinion they are lookers too) and when you plug them into a decent setup oh boy do they shine, the Monitor 70s eat up just about any audio material you care to feed them, either with or without a separate subwoofer. In fact the strong presence and definition of the bass bass end on these speakers is one of their standout points. That is not to say that they are not excellent in other regards. They have very capable uncoloured mid range and a sparkling high end overall they are balanced in tone and sound very natural. You will find that DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD audio sources sound excellent and will in many regards make you very aware of the shortcomings in some of your older (or non lossless) formats. The Monitor 70s also have feature’s such as bi amplification which to be honest you don’t expect at this kind of price.
Subwoofer 2 – 6-1/2″ Diameter (16.51cm) Dynamic Balance Bi-laminate composite cone drivers, magnetically shielded
Mid/Woofer 2 – 6-1/2″ Diameter (16.51cm) Dynamic Balance Bi-laminate composite cone drivers, magnetically shielded
Tweeter 1 – 1″ Diameter (2.54cm) Dynamic Balance Silk/polymer composite dome, magnetically shielded
Overall Frequency Response 30Hz – 25kHz, Lower -3dB Limit 40Hz, Upper -3dB Limit 24kHz
Nominal Impedance 8 ohms
Recommended Amplifier Power 20 – 275 w/channel
Efficiency 90 dB
Crossover 2.6kHz and 2.6kHz cascade tapered 2nd order
Inputs Dual (bi-amp) 5 way binding posts
Cabinet Size 42″ H x 7-3/4″ W x 14-3/4″ D (106.68cm H x 19.68cm W x 37.47cm D)
Enclosure Type Vented via front panel flared port
Product Weight 47.00 lbs. (21.32kgs) per speaker
The Polk Audio Monitor 70 3-way Floorstanding Speaker is a quality-built yet affordable, high-performance loudspeaker for music and home theater. The Polk Monitor 70 provides open, spacious and clear audio even when driven by modestly-powered amplifiers and receivers, and is voice matched for lifelike surround-sound environments. This monitor boasts a stylish look that complements today’s flat screen technology, with a sleek black finish, beefy stabilizer feet that ensure stability on carpet or hard floors, and a slim tower design that has a footprint of less than one square foot.
The Polk Monitor 70 utilizes a one-inch silk and polymer-composite dynamic-balance dome tweeter with a powerful neodymium magnet structure that delivers a clear and detailed high frequency response for realistic reproduction of vocals and instruments, as well as dual subwoofer and dual midwoofer 6.5-inch bi-laminate composite dynamic-balance drivers that are lightweight and stiff with good dampening for high efficiency, excellent bass and lower distortion. This unit’s non-resonant all-MDF enclosure construction with 0.75-inch-thick baffles, and front-to-back and side-to-side internal bracing ensures cleaner and more lifelike sound quality. The Monitor 70 features crossovers that use Mylar bypass capacitors for more detailed high frequencies, five-way binding-post connectors for more secure hook-up options and bi-wiring and bi-amping flexibility, and magnetic shielding for safe placement on or near TVs and video monitors without causing video distortion. This unit includes a critically-tuned flared port that minimizes port noise for good low-frequency extension with minimal distortion, resulting in natural, full-bodied and rich-bass sound. Built for speed, sound and value, the Polk Monitor 70 is a great introduction to high-performance sound.
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