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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Centre channel speaker

Item # 107TL2CC

Don't settle for less-than-thrilling movie sound.

Don't settle for less-than-thrilling movie sound.

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Item # 107TL2CC

About the Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Don't settle for less-than-thrilling movie sound. Polk's Blackstone TL2 center channel speaker uses some pretty advanced technology to take your home theater experience to the next level in sonic realism. You'll be wowed by clear, nuanced movie dialogue and dramatic special effects. And if you've got a new flat-panel TV, this speaker's high-gloss finish will make a stylish match.

Don't settle for less-than-thrilling movie sound. Polk's Blackstone TL2 center channel speaker uses some pretty advanced technology to take your home theater experience to the next level in sonic realism. You'll be wowed by clear, nuanced movie dialogue and dramatic special effects. And if you've got a new flat-panel TV, this speaker's high-gloss finish will make a stylish match.

Advanced driver technology for remarkably lifelike sound
Polk's "Time Lens" technology aligns the drivers in such a way that high- and low-frequency sounds all reach your ears at the same time. It improves the speaker's staging and imaging, so that you'll start to forget you're watching a movie and really feel like you're there. An "acoustic lens" in the speaker grille prevents unwanted diffraction, while simultaneously dispersing sound waves in a way that makes your music and movie soundtracks sound larger and more open. The TL2 also features Polk's acclaimed PowerPort® technology to help reinforce lower bass output. Plus, its sturdy cabinet is reinforced with a steel plate to help fight resonances that can muddy the sound.

Easy speaker placement
The TL2 has keyhole slots in the back for easy mounting to your wall straight from the box. You can also use the discrete threaded inserts to fit it to an optional speaker bracket. Create your own home theater system by adding anywhere from five to seven TL2 satellite speakers to this center channel.

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Product highlights:

  • Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better staging and imaging
  • frequency response 125-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • sensitivity 91 dB
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • 3/4" silk dome tweeter
  • dual 3-1/4" Dynamic Balance™ mid/woofers
  • PowerPort® technology for better bass response
  • steel-plate reinforced cabinet fights internal resonances
  • curved enclosure with high-gloss finish to match flat-panel TVs
  • 5-way binding posts
  • video-shielded to prevent magnetic distortion on tube TVs
  • 16-5/8"W x 4-1/4"H x 3-13/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # AM2365-A

What's in the box:

  • Gloss-black center-channel loudspeaker
  • Detachable black cloth grille (attached)
  • System Diagram/Warranty sheet
  • Template
  • Online Product Registration card

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Crutchfield customer from Portage, IN on 3/22/2019

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it is exactly what i expected a great sounding little speaker. it fits my purpose to the tee. THANK YOU FOLKS AT CRUTCHFIELD FOR THE GREAT PRODUCT. JOE / PORTAGE IN.

Pros: great sound for the money I WOULD TELL MY FRIENDS TO BUY ONE.

Cons: none

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Crutchfield customer from Apple Valley, MN on 3/17/2019

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The sound is excellent. Movies come to life.

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Great Speaker

Nate from Clifton Park, NY on 3/7/2019

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Great sounding speaker, it is definitely an upgrade. Ordering from Crutchfield was simple, great price with quick shipping!

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Crutchfield customer from Chelsea, AL on 2/3/2019

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This replaced an Infinity central channel speaker that had 5-1/4" drivers that failed. The TL2 is being used as part of a 5.1 that consists of Bose 201's in the front and Bose Acoustic 3 as surrounds. The TL2 sound matches the rest of my components very well and fits nicely in my media center. Extremely happy with my purchase and the advice KP gave.

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Crutchfield customer from Jax Bch, FL on 1/20/2019

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Great sound from a small speaker. Bought a pair of the matching TL2 surround speakers to complete my 5.1.2 setup.

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Size mattered

Raymond from Glen Burnie, MD on 1/15/2019

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Bought this for the compact size, sounds good, had to up the center channel volume a little for watching tv. Matched up with Klipsch book shelf speakers. Works for me.

Pros: Size & price vs sounds

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Good sound in a small package

MARTY from Mississippi on 1/8/2019

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Great little speaker for the money. I've been using a 2.1 system with JBL speakers but decided to add a center channel speaker as an aide in hearing dialogue better. And it does the job. I wouldn't say it makes a dramatic difference in audio, but more of a subtle enhancement. Blends well with my other speakers.

Pros: Nice looking unit that fits my smallish space. Helped in improving the clarity of dialogue. Fast delivery by Crutchfield.

Cons: None

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Great limited space Center Speaker

Louis from Anaheim, CA on 12/28/2018

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I had a decent center speaker but I wanted to upgrade to something better. My main issue for a center speaker is space which is limited and I wanted good sound. This is a perfect size for my application. It has a good sound for center detail and voice but for bigger bass you need to have your sub on. It's built and packaged very well like a luxury brand and has a good weight to it. It does look very stylish and blends in very well.

Pros: Looks and sounds very good. Good specs. The price is unbeatable for what you get, I'm impressed.

Cons: Not the deepest bass but that's the trade off when your limited to space. Has an odd crossover inside, DC resistance doesn't read 4,6 or 8 ohms like most speakers, reads somewhat high but not a big deal.

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Sounds and looks great

Jim from Two Rivers, Wi. on 12/14/2018

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As always, great service from Crutchfield. I received this just 3 days after ordering it, installed it and readjusted the settings on my home theater system. It made a world of difference, sounds great, looks great and at a very reasonable price.

Pros: Quality, good sound, fast delivery

Cons: None that I can find.

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Great choice!!!

Crutchfield customer from Hicksville, NY on 11/4/2018

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This center channel speaker sounds great! I chose it for a couple of reasons. It isn't a huge device. I think 4 inches deep if I remember correctly. The price didn't break the bank. And...you can't go wrong with Polk. I'm using this center speaker along with my old Infinity Studio Monitor front speaker and my new Samsung 4 k tv. I don't have rear surround speakers due to lack of space. My Infinity speakers have 15 inch woofers so I didn't buy a sub. I may buy the Denon wireless HEOS sub to go along with my Denon HEOS receiver. Back to the Polk TL2.....I'm very happy with my choice!!!

Pros: Size....price.....it's a Polk

Cons: None

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Very good sound

Terry from Leander, TX on 3/18/2018

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This is the fifth speaker I have bought for my Sony system and I think it will be the last, this speaker sounds solid , sounds crisp and clear and fills the room with high quality sound. For the price it's a great center speaker for my Sony system.

Pros: Solid sound

Cons: None

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Great TV sound

Frank from San Antonio, TX on 10/17/2017

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This is a great speaker that really pumps up the TV sound. Great for movies and music. Delivered in 3 days, crutchfield rocks!!!

Pros: Great for 5.1 surrounds

Cons: 4" tall but looks nice

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Excellent Center Channel

James from Richmond, VA on 2/16/2017

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I'm very happy with this center channel. I'm using it in combination with four very large speakers in a 5.1 setup, so I was really hoping this little guy could keep up, because I wanted my center channel to fit in a small space. It can! It really sounds great.

Pros: Great sound. Small, sleek, barely noticeable visually. Great value.

Cons: None.

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Mike from San Mateo, CA on 2/8/2017

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Sounds good, not as clear as I expected. Had a 15 year old Cambridge Soundworks center channel Thought this would be considerably better. Only mildly better. From reviews I had read the clarity of sound & understanding what was said was suppose to better and that is why I bought....will give it a little more time.

Pros: Size price

Cons: Maybe I was expecting too much.......

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Crystal clear vocals

Ron from Frankfort,, NY on 11/17/2016

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Really pulls the vocal tracks out of the movies , no more of WHAT DID THEY SAY ?

Pros: Sounds great

Cons: None

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Just What I Needed

Billy from Boynton Beach, FL on 8/17/2016

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This speaker was exactly the missing piece I needed to complete my system. The Crutchfield rep I spoke to on the phone was courteous and professional, and by setting up a shopping cart for me, he made the experience very easy. I will definitely look to Crutchfield first for future purchases.

Pros: Sound, size, price

Cons: None

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Great center

Bill from Spokane, WA on 6/15/2016

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This center gives off good sound and works great with my 5.1.

Pros: Good sound

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Great speaker for the price!

SRC from Fall River WI on 4/17/2016

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I'm on a budget and space was an issue. This little speaker fits perfectly and sounds great! I have a new Yamaha and old series two 901's. the room is small and this speaker blends perfectly. I intend to add two more Blackstones and a subwoofer in the near future to create 5.1 for movies. This speaker is also awesome for music, it blends with the 901s and gives more depth and enhanced sound stage, I like it!

Pros: Great sound, small package. easy to mount right out of the box.

Cons: none so far

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compact with clear sound

Andy M from greenville, SC on 2/21/2016

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Small and compact, but clean and clear sound. This unit is ideal if size is a concern.

Pros: Small, easy to fit in small spaces. Clear sound.

Cons: None so far.

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Good compact dpund

JM from Battle Hrpund, WA on 1/31/2016

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Nice sleek appearance, compact size with good sound production.

Pros: Compact Stylish Good sound

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Solid center channel speaker

Crutchfield customer from Illinois on 12/26/2015

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Solid center channel speaker. Easy to mount.

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Crutchfield customer from Michigan on 12/15/2015

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Love this speaker !

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Polk Audio BlackstoneT TL2

nolan from Philadelphia, PA on 7/1/2015

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Glad I purchased this. I was looking for a center channel. The size is great for a center channel when space is limited. This is a more than adequate center speaker for 90% of the people out there who are looking for one. Crutchfield delivered the speaker very quickly (1-day) with no additinal charge. Amazing!

Pros: small with big sound for a limited space. Fits in front of a flat screen TV perfectly without blocking out any of the screen.

Cons: May not be suitable for large spaces

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Just right

tk911x from Illinois on 5/15/2015

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Good sound quality, small in size ... just what we were looking for.

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Good Center Channel

BB from Fort Wayne, IN on 3/19/2015

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Clear, crisp center channel sound. Blends well with other Polk products of similar construction.

Pros: clear sound

Cons: none

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Nice sound for the price

Mike L from New York on 1/24/2015

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This speaker sounds good for the price and size.

Pros: Compact size and good sound

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Solid product

Air Bastarrica from Carol Stream, IL on 1/17/2015

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I bought this center speaker, two in-ceiling speakers and two bookshelf Polk speakers. The whole set works great with my Denon receiver.

Pros: Looks and works great. Solid product

Cons: Nothing so far

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Robert from NASHVILLE, TN on 12/25/2014

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A really good sounding center speaker. For size and price.

Pros: Sound for size.

Cons: None

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Great little speaker

Randy from Millbrook, AL on 11/24/2014

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I replaced an older front speaker with the TL2 and I am so thankful that I did. The sounds that comes from this little unit is unbelievable.

Pros: Great sound!

Cons: None

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TL2 Center Channel

S. Croxton from Alford, FL on 11/17/2014

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I had to purchase a new center channel since I upgraded my front speakers; dialogue was being drowned out even with center channel at full volume. The TL2 replaces a home theater in a box sat/sub combo center channel and what a difference. I ran YPAO to see how it would set it up, +4 was chosen and I've not had to raise volume manually at all. I chose the TL2 due to space limitation and the speaker fit perfectly in the space provided. I wanted to stay with the Polk RTi series center channel (RTi A3 front speakers) but that was not an option. I can't tell if the speaker is or is not voice matched to the Rti L/R speakers because of the clarity of dialogue it blends in well. I don't hear pristine highs coming from this speaker and I don't know if I should so I can't offer an opinion. I am satisfied with my purchase. Keep in mind the distance from the center channel to my couch is 8 feet.

Pros: good looks, ample size for a small to midsize room, sounds good with clarity of dialogue.

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Polk Audio BlackstoneT TL2

Paul from Tacoma, Wa on 10/14/2014

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Good speaker but not very powerful. It just does not work for football. For a smaller system it will work well but if you need lots of sound and power it is not the one. What can I expect with 3.25 inch drivers. I sent it back and bought the PSB Alpha C1... GREAT speaker with 5.25 inch drives it puts out the sound.. Football is like you are there.

Pros: Good for a small system.

Cons: So small.

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Compromise for Size

James D. from Burleson, TX on 9/22/2014

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Good looking with respectable sound quality. But not on par with the glowing reviews I see. Although better than average, I would not give it a 5 star review. Even though its more expensive than the Polk TSi CS10, the CS10 has better sound., But I could not fit my CS10 into our new Console, so I went with the TL2.

Pros: Price and Look

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Big sound small speakers

Glenn C. from West Brooklyn Illinois on 9/5/2014

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Incredible sound from small speakers the Lamborghini in the need for speed movie will convince you

Pros: Small size allows for easy placement in front of the tv without blocking the screen they sound incredible I would not trade them for bigger more expensive speakers

Cons: None whatsoever

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Thanks

sam from Oakland CA on 7/23/2014

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does the job, really clear sound. Thanks Crutchfield

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Polk TL2 center speaker

GregK from Greensboro, NC on 7/13/2014

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Great center speaker at a good price. Replaced an older center speaker and now we can actually enjoy our movies. Along with the new Polk sub-woofer sounds a whole lot better.

Pros: Price and easy to hook up

Cons: None than I have found.

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Polk TL@

MG from Dallas, TC on 6/27/2014

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Excellente speaker for the price. I bougth two of these, one for my family room and one for the media room.. Excellent sound.

Pros: excellent sound

Cons: none yet

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Can hear voices better

SteveE from Davis, CA on 6/16/2014

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There are fewer "what did s/he say?" questions in the TV room since we got the TL2. I prefer this CC speaker over the one that came with the Energy Take 5 package. Very happy.

Pros: Clarity of voice.

Cons: None.

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Big sound Little package

onthelake from Dalla,s Texas on 5/24/2014

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Replace a 10 yr old JBL center receiver and was not sure if this small unit would be sufficient. The sound is great and it just backs up the quality merchandise from Crutchfield. Been a customer for over 15 years and don't plan on changing.

Pros: Great Sound

Cons: Non found so far

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good sperker

mary from sanger ca on 5/18/2014

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I replaced energy micro center with this speaker and now I can her the voices better and doesn't over power the rest of micro sperkers and blend in great love it so far

Pros: Small but powerful

Cons: None so far

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

CPinCT from Connecticut on 5/5/2014

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I have a Boston Acoustics surround sound setup in my family room but was not content with it's ability to provide strong sound via it's smaller cube speaker I was using as a center channel. The TL2 has been a great addition to the system and has improved the overall sound quality of my system. Very happy with the project quality, sound and price.

Pros: Large enough to create a much deeper sounding center channel, but still small enough to fit on my fireplace mantel. Price was also very reasonable for the difference it has made. Very sleek looking with a polished black finish.

Cons: None that have been confirmed.

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didn't realize what I was missing?!

John M from Woodbury, N.Y. on 4/13/2014

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What a difference having a center channel speaker. Now I can hear the dialogue clearly!

Pros: Small footprint

Cons: None

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polk tls center speaker

M Racher from henderson nv on 3/6/2014

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Great service from Crutchfield

Pros: Great sound,easy to install

Cons: none

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Crutchfield customer from Oriental, nc on 2/11/2014

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This is a good compact speaker with a decent sound. The speaker won't be as powerful as some out there but compliments any decent set of bookshelf speakers well

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Blackstone TL2

Jeff H from Leola, PA on 2/7/2014

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Center channel speaker is the most important one for movie viewing-most of the dialogue comes from it. I decided to upgrade my center channel with the TL2-what a difference! Dialogue is much clearer; it's well worth the cost for the upgrade.

Pros: Not tall-fits in front of TV without blocking view of bottom of screen. Easy to install.

Cons: None I can think of.

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Polk Center channel speaker

Bob D. from California on 1/28/2014

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At first I was skeptical but after hooking this up I was impressed. I replaced two Bose bookshelf speakers tucked in behind the TV which blocked some of the sound. I placed the TL2 in front , it sounds great, crisp clean highs , mids and fair bass. The only thing I miss is the low tones from the 6 1/2 " woofers in the Bose speakers.

Pros: Great sound out of such a small speaker. Clear crisp highs mids and fair bass. Overall a great center channel speaker and not too expensive.

Cons: Not real great lows , but I didn't expect too much bass from this speaker.

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Great product - small but effective

Robert from Somerville MA on 12/26/2013

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I wanted a center speaker with a small footprint to fit on my smallish TV stand. In front of the (46" flat panel) TV, without blocking the TV screen. I feared I might not get good sound quality from such a small unit but I found that it performs great and has vastly improved my enjoyment of the TV. I use a Pioneer VSX-70 A/V receiver.

Pros: Small footprint, excellent sound

Cons: None

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Polk TL2 Center Channel Speaker

Crutchfield customer from Pleasanton, CA on 12/19/2013

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I am extremely happy with the performance of the TL2. I was replacing a double cube Bose speaker and had planned to incorporate the Bose VCS 10 as the replacement, but after futile tries in EBay gave up and went with Polk. This speaker is definitely a better substitute than the cube speaker previously used. This speaker performs well even at low volume settings.

Pros: Small size, excellent package design, and relatively inexpensive.

Cons: None

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Nice speaker

Patrick from Houston, tx on 11/12/2013

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Good speaker clear sound and has a little bass

Pros: sound and size

Cons: none

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Center channel speaker is great!

Jean from Tucson, AZ on 10/6/2013

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Super sound at a very reasonable price. Compared to my ceiling mount center channel speaker, this is much better.

Pros: Small size and SUPER price!

Cons: None

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Mac from Gonzales, La on 8/27/2013

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Wonderful product which has already paid multiple dividends regarding hours of enjoyment for our family/friends following ALL the we compliments received after watching Saints pre-season @ our home...!!! I'm afraid of just how many folks may tailgate @ our home for games...!!! Value & return on investment is EXCELLENT...!!! We also are appreciative of all the assistance @ Crutchfield.com...!!!

Pros: Simplicity of installation & how well it blends in with its' surroundings on the fireplace mantle in our family room...!!!

Cons: NONE

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Great sound from a small speaker

Pat from Baltimore, MD on 6/22/2013

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Great sounding bookshelf speakers. Work great with a sub as front speakers too.

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DC from Austin, TX on 6/15/2013

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Great sound from such a small unit.

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Flat

KBC from Paoli pa on 5/8/2013

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Flat response. Very high pitch. There may be a issue with it.

Pros: Small. Perfect for wall set up.

Cons: Sound quality. Not rich. High pitch.

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Crutchfield customer from Bentonville, AR on 5/1/2013

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I can hear the dialogue so much more clearly while watching movies now! Fits great in front of my TV on the stand without blocking the screen and matches my other Polk speakers

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TL2 Center speakers

JR from Winder Ga. on 3/14/2013

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Good sound , fit good in front of my widescreen tv. The color go's good with the rest of my system.

Pros: Good highs,nice mid range speakers.

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Great Center Channel

PMY from ny on 3/13/2013

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Great Speaker, great styling! Great Performance

Pros: Small compact, with big sound

Cons: Not a one!!!

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Doug from Seattle, WA on 2/11/2013

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Great speaker at a great price.

Pros: Easy to install

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Great center speaker

coreilly1 from Providence, RI on 2/1/2013

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Sharp, crisp sound with just enough bass from this speaker. Works well in my mid-size room. Great speaker for the money.

Pros: Compact, Sharp, crisp sound. Just enough bass. Price

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Great small speakers

home theater newbie from Fargo, ND on 11/12/2012

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These little wonders actually have some bass and are good enough for CD music in small to medium sized rooms. A free compact sub with a TL2 satellite system seems to be a very good deal.

Pros: I tried them with the RTi A3 and PSW111 compact sub and they seemed to match pretty well.

Cons: A larger center speaker, like the A4 or A6, would be better In a large room for movies and sports. The TL2's are great for multi-channel stereo and surround.

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

EP from mn on 10/30/2012

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Small, sharp looking, and enough sound for my basement living room.

Pros: Looks, price

Cons: Highs of sound could be crisper

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just the right size

lana from lincoln,ca. on 5/29/2012

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good sound, just the right size for my wall unit, ,sounds good with my ceiling surrond sound, happy so far.

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solid speaker and the right size

Mike from Durham, NC on 10/19/2011

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Great sound and design - the perfect fit for placing under flat panel TVs on stands.

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

A2MATH from HOWELL MICH on 3/20/2011

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Loved it until i bought a pair of tsi 400. It just didnt sound as good.But it is a very fine speaker if you match it up correctly.

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Great Little Speaker

Mike D from Appleton, WI on 3/9/2011

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I like most of the other customers of these speakers, had very little room for the larger (And more expensive!) center channel speakers. It works great, and adds a touch of class at an affordable price.

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

AmericoA from San German, PR on 2/27/2011

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Sound comes out crisp and clear. Need to adjust your AVP to make sure the sound coming out is higher that the two front speakers.

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

DW from Omaha, NE on 2/22/2011

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Great sound from a little speaker. Looks real nice mounted on the wall, underneath my low profile TV. In a sound system with large front L & R Speakers this center channel is a great compliment. I would question its performance with smaller front speakers, but I am quite happy with my purchase and how it works for me.

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Polk Audio Blackstone TL2

Jack from Houston, TX on 2/9/2011

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I've had the TL2 center channel for about a month. It's a good center channel speaker. The glossy black case matches my TV and is about the same width as most components so it looks nice in my entertainment center. The sound is good and goes well with my Yamaha in ceiling speakers. I wasn't able to compare it to the TL1 which is it's cheaper cousin and about $40 less. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the speaker.

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Center speaker better than expected

hairzilla from Elkins, WV on 2/3/2011

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I wanted a larger center speaker but I had to adapt to limited space for the speaker. I was surprised by the sound quality. The fidelity of voices from the center speaker is excellent.

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More details on the Polk Audio Blackstone™ TL2

Stacey B.

Features & specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) ---
Woofer size (inches) 3-1/4
Connector Type 5-way post
Power Range 10-125
Sensitivity 91 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 125-20k Hz
Height (inches) 4-1/4
Width (inches) 16-5/8
Depth (inches) 3-13/16
Weight 4.5 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Dynamic Balance Driver Technology: Polk Audio's patented Dynamic Balance process allows Polk to design their drivers specifically for flatter frequency response, revealing the sharpest details and a more lifelike transparency, with absolutely no strain even at high volume. It's a bold, rich, warm, and lifelike sound.

Time Lens Technology: The sophisticated laser alignment of the "acoustic center" of the Blackstone TL tweeters with their accompanying drivers results in far superior imaging. The acoustic centers of the tweeter and mid-range woofer are aligned, creating a crisp accurate soundstage. The acoustic centers of the tweeter and mid-bass driver are located in the same plane for superior imaging, while the acoustic lens incorporated in the grille smoothes the tweeter's frequency response.

3/4" Silk Dome Tweeter: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel speaker utilize a 3/4" silk dome tweeter for crisp, clear imaging, and smooth response that's never tiring.

3-1/4" Composite Injection Molded Woofer: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel speaker employs two 3-1/4" composite injected molded cone woofers with Dynamic Balance driver technology (Polk's patented transducer design process) that produces a flat frequency response, with sharp detail, transparency, and the ability to play loud without strain.

Frequency Response: The speaker's overall frequency response is 90-24,000Hz, and the -3dB frequency response is 125-20,000Hz.

Additional Speakers: The TL2 center-channel speaker will require a powered subwoofer (107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound.

Enclosure Design

Enclosure Type: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel speaker features a non-resonant composite enclosure with time-aligned geometry, and PowerPort technology.

Curved Enclosure Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel speaker employs non-parallel surfaces that not only lead to a stronger, more rigid and acoustically inert enclosure, but they also result in less audible coloration from internal surface resonances.

Steel Reinforced: Extra-rigid steel plates reinforce the curved enclosures of the TL2 center-channel speaker, resulting in an acoustically inert enclosure free from internal resonances and any audible coloration, for more lifelike audio detail.

Integrated Acoustic Lens: An innovative acoustic lens incorporated into the grille produces a high frequency response so smooth that it delivers a balanced, realistic performance. An acoustic lens is molded into the back of the speaker grille and helps create imaging frequency balance previously impossible in small high-performance loudspeakers.

PowerPort: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel speaker utilizes Polk Audio's patented bass venting technology, for added midbass response and increased efficiency. PowerPort technology decreases port turbulence and virtually eliminates "port noise," for a massive 3dB boost in bass response.

High-Gloss Finish: The Polk Audio TL2 center-channel loudspeaker features a durable, deep automotive-strength high-gloss finish that matches today's most stylish flat-panel TVs. The TL2 center-channel is available in a high-gloss black finish.

Connections

5-Way Binding Posts: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 center-channel is equipped with one pair of 5-way binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of speaker cables and connectors. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single or dual), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire (18-12 AGW).

Mounting Options

Rubber Feet: The Polk Audio TL2 center-channel features four integrated rubber feet so you can sit the speaker on a stand or shelf securely.

Wall Mountable: The TL2 center-channel speaker features dual single keyhole slots on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the speaker without any additional wall-mount bracket (mounting screws not supplied). There is also a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of the loudspeaker for mounting the speaker to the wall using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately).

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Polk is quality period [ Brian  Feb 18, 2019 ]
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This speaker is small enough that it doesn't block the bottom of the TV screen. Good price! [ John  Feb 02, 2019 ]
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reasonable price [ Leonard  Jan 31, 2019 ]
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This Polk center speaker had great reviews and the price was right. I own another Polk center speaker and I love it. [ TONY  Jan 17, 2019 ]
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Process of elimination [ Steven  Jan 10, 2019 ]
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Recommendation by Otis - the chat agent. [ JARED  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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Price, size, and experience with Polk speakers. [ John  Dec 23, 2018 ]
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The space available for a center channel in my set up only allowed for a limited amount of height to not block any of the screen of the television. [ KENT  Aug 15, 2018 ]
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becasueofthe quality of the iteam because of the qualt6y of the speakers [ felix  Jun 05, 2018 ]
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Recommendation from Crutchfield rep and another store salesman [ David  Nov 29, 2017 ]
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Good specs and positive reviews. [ Keith  Nov 25, 2017 ]
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Cost was affordable for the quality [ William  Nov 09, 2017 ]
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It fit the space and is voice matched to the RTIA3 [ Greg  Oct 10, 2017 ]
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rating and size [ Dominic  Aug 17, 2017 ]
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based on specs and reviews [ D  Jul 03, 2017 ]
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I am Flavinho an old center channel speaker that I bought as part of a complete surround system and I am now building a new system from the bottom up . [ PAUl  Feb 23, 2017 ]
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Mostly great reviews on quality/sound; small enough for a little niche below TV. Good brand, with reasonable price/quality ratio. [ John  Feb 02, 2017 ]
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I chose this because Abe helped me. Great choice....will definable buy again when in need!! [ Mike  Jan 26, 2017 ]
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Suggested by our installer. [ D  Nov 02, 2016 ]
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Liked the bookshelves so much it just made sense to upgrade to this center speaker [ ORLANDO D  May 27, 2016 ]
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Good value, fit, sounds fine and matched to my L/R Polks [ Derek  May 14, 2016 ]
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I currently have a Polk subwoofer my center channel speaker was an off brand that came with my home. I need more clarity in my home theater so naturally I went with a quality brand Polk [ Chris  Apr 04, 2016 ]
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At Crutchfield advisor's recommendation. [ Richard  Mar 22, 2016 ]
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I chose this center channel to complete my Polk 5.1 surround system, which I have recently upgraded. The house we bought came with two decent Polk front L/R speakers mounted to the wall by the TV, etc., and I purchased the OW3's for the rear surround (highly recommend them!). I completed the setup with a high-end Denon receiver, and a decent Polk 10 powered sub. It's going to be awesome once I get a decent center channel to round it out. The one I was using is from a Sony "box kit.' [ James A.  Feb 01, 2016 ]
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Better sound &price [ ARDEN  Jan 02, 2016 ]
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Good value for center speaker [ Michael  Dec 31, 2015 ]
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Recommended by crutchfield expert in chat session regarding center speaker selection. I had in mind the TL3 and he informed me that it would be a bad match for my setup and instead directed me to this product. Thanks! [ Chris  Dec 09, 2015 ]
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3 questions already asked

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Can this be used for high back L&R speakers in surround sound?, looking for a sleek one that can go on the head.
[ sudhir  Jan 02, 2018 ]
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I'm sure they could fit that situation, but I don't think this speaker is designed for that. Overall, very delicate sound that is dialed-in for dialogue, and may get overwhelmed by other speakers designed more for music/effects, and possibly not deliver what you need for left/right speakers. In other words, these may not be as balanced as you might like for left/right speakers.
[ John  Jan 11, 2018 ]
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This was an excellent center channel for my config. You may find the range limited for rears. Good luck
[ Mark  Jan 09, 2018 ]
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These are high quality speakers that are designed specifically to provide an even frequency, wide distribution for center channel use. They are excellent in that application. However, they could certainly be used for two speaker stereo applications and would be effective for use in surround sound applications. I'm not sure what size footprint you have. I would check the speaker dimensions to make sure that they will fit your particular application. Polk audio manufactures great stuff!
[ Gary  Jan 09, 2018 ]
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I need a tilt wall mount bracket for this speaker. Which bracket will work?
[ Paul  Mar 10, 2016 ]
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There are no side mounts for this speaker. There are screw hole mounts. I used "L" brackets to mount mine. You could angle the "L" brackets down fairly easily if needed.
[ Gary  Jan 09, 2018 ]
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Sorry O don't have more exact specs. But this unit has a keyhole mount and a screw connector (like a camera tripod mount). I don't know the exact size of the screw hole.
[ Preston  Mar 11, 2016 ]
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I understand how the wire connects to the speaker but how will the wire connect to the flat screen television ? I need a small footprint speaker. Bruce
[ Bruce  Jan 02, 2014 ]
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The speaker is designed to be used with a surround sound audio amp/tuner. The speaker would be wired to the tuner and the TV is also wired to the tuner via HDMI
[ GLENN R  Jan 04, 2014 ]
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I connected the Blackstone TL2 directly to my Onkyo receiver which is connected to the flatscreen TV. Hope this helps
[ PHILIP  Jan 03, 2014 ]
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I connected the speaker to a stereo receiver. The receiver takes the audio output for the tv source (cable, DVD, etc) and produces the sound on the Polk center channel speaker. The speaker is not connected to the tv.
[ PAUL  Jan 03, 2014 ]
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I connected my speaker to the center speaker output on my Sony AV receiver so my experience may not be of much help.
[ COLIN  Jan 03, 2014 ]

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