Polk Audio TSi200 Bookshelf Speakers
Polk Audio have been for the last several years been quietly churning out quality speaker sets and surround system with very little in the way of overblown hype or industry aggrandisement, they have however managed to win a place in my heard and my home with their very well designed and priced products. Can the Polk Audio TSi200 Bookshelf Speakers live up to their pedigree? Lets find out.
At first glance the Polk Audio TSi200s are not particularly impressive looking coming in at just over 15 inches tall and with their grilles on the are fairly traditional and pedestrian looking, removing the grilles you are presented with an rather attractive 3 cone arrangement two 5.25 inch Mid woofers and a single 1″ Tweeter. This may seem a little odd in terms of bass handling (more on that later) but it would appear that the TSi200s are designed not only to be usable as a stereo pair but also as satellites in a larger 5.1 or 7.1 system. The build quality is up to Polks usual standards In other words very very decent.
I tested the performance of the Polk Audio TSi200s in a stereo pair in conjunction with a Cambridge Audio Azur 640A V2 (one of my favourite mid range amps) and found the results to be very favourable. The have a crisp and easily drivable nature and I found that their power handling was excellent with the 75w I was feeding them. The overall tone is very controlled and smooth in the mids with a nice sizzle at the top end but never any signs of noticeable THD pushing through even at high volumes. The Polk Audio TSi200s handled almost everything I threw at it with aplomb and if you are into acoustic or jazz styles you wont be disappointed with their ability to pick out individual instruments with a top level of resolution. This was quitea surprie to me considering the price point the TSi200s are sold at. The only slightly weak point in my consideration was that after a few hours and with a bit of A/Bing I did feel that they might have been slightly lacking in the bass register and would perhaps be helped by the addition of a well matched sub this may be especially true for those who are fans of more modern bass heavy styles of music.
So overall the Polk Audio TSi200s put on a good show for speakers in their price range, they have a very easy to drive nature and are precise without being clinical in their sound. If you don’t need a huge amount of bass or are willing to fork out for a matched sub then these are well worth a test.
Pair of affordable yet powerful bookshelf speakers
Equipped with 1-inch silk/polymer composite Dynamic Balance dome tweeter
Frequency response: 43Hz-25kHz
Equipped with two 5.25-inch diameter bi-laminate organic fiber cone woofers
Recommended Amplification: 20-150 watts/channel
RRP: $349.95 (Check Amazon for Current Pricing)