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Polk Audio OWM5

Multi-purpose home theatre speaker (White)

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Item # 107OWM5W

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Overview

Our take on the Polk Audio OWM5

Polk's versatile OWM5 puts serious speaker technology in a compact package. Its clean, clear sound can add life to stereo and surround sound systems. Fortify your TV with three OWM5s for a powerful front soundstage. Thanks to its slender cabinet and dual-woofer design, you can position the OWM5 vertically or horizontally. The dialogue and special effects in your movies, video games, and TV shows will come through with punch and clarity like never before.

Polk's versatile OWM5 puts serious speaker technology in a compact package. Its clean, clear sound can add life to stereo and surround sound systems. Fortify your TV with three OWM5s for a powerful front soundstage. Thanks to its slender cabinet and dual-woofer design, you can position the OWM5 vertically or horizontally. The dialogue and special effects in your movies, video games, and TV shows will come through with punch and clarity like never before.

The OWM5's slim, uniquely curved design and removable base give you plenty of placement options, including on-wall or corner mounting for a clean, out-of-the-way installation. But its small size doesn't stop this speaker from delivering impressively spacious sound. Polk's Dynamic Balance® drivers resist resonance that can cause distortion — you'll notice detail that makes every listening experience more lifelike and enjoyable.

For thrilling surround sound, use a total of five, six, or seven OWM5s with a multi-channel home theater receiver. Or for a smaller rear satellite option, add a pair of Polk OWM3 speakers to your OWM5 front soundstage setup. A Polk powered subwoofer can give you great bass to round out your sound. You can also use a pair of OWM5s in your kitchen, den, hallway, or bedroom to enjoy music wherever you wander in your house.

Product Highlights:

  • acoustic suspension enclosure
  • 1" silk dome Dynamic Balance® tweeter
  • two 4-1/2" Dynamic Balance® polypropylene cone woofers
  • Capacitive Coupling Bass Technology for stronger low frequency response
  • frequency response 80-22,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • handles 20-150 watts
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 91 dB
  • 5-way gold-plated binding posts
  • includes removable base and grille
  • keyhole slots for wall-mounting
  • multiple mounting options including on-wall, corner mounting, and table placement
  • 6-1/2"W x 15-15/16"H x 4-1/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    What's in the Box:

    • White surround/satellite speaker
    • White cloth grille
    • White tabletop stand
    • White wall-mount bracket
    • Self-adhesive foam strip (length=4")
    • Sheet of 2 self-adhesive rubber bumpers
    • Owner's Manual
    • Wall-mount template
    • On-line registration sheet
    • Polk Audio product brochure

    Fills the room with amazing sound, very crisp, clear highs and plenty of bass for their size. Mounting was easy and they look great on the wall. As always the Crutchfield team is a pleasure to do business with.

    Eric, Lyndonville, New York

    Reviews

    Polk Audio OWM5 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (7 Reviews)

    Nice upgrade...

    Fred from TX on 12/26/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Side-by-side comparison with my Polk T15 Bookshelf speakers. These are clearer and brighter. Work well with my Polk PSW10 covering the bottom end. The Polk CS20 is MUCH better as a center channel, so using this as a L/C/R was not an option. The CS10 beat these hands down as a center. For a wide L/R the work perfectly with my Polk OWM3 tears. Very happy, shame they're out of stock - purchased another from BB. Highly recommended for near-field, desktop or small room front 5.1+ system or rears/surround in a larger room.

    Pros: Versatile, clean, bright

    Cons: Needs SW to cover the bottom end.

    Awesome surround speaker !

    Scott from West Sacramento, CA on 12/10/2017

    Bought these to replace my Klipsch RS5 rear channel speakers. We moved to a smaller place and there just wasn't room for the big Klipsch R8 towers and the RS5's on stands. Wife hated the big black system anyway so it had to go. Had to have white and this or the Definitive were the only good choices I could find. I chose the Polks because of the size and shape of the speaker. The specs were comparable. The flat curved design is much more "wife friendly" and looks great on the wall. Big salute to Polk for including a nice template for the wall mounting !! I used Skyfall for my test-run and couldn't be more happy. My rear channel works on a wireless 20watt amp and these speakers really sound great. The speaker is well made and hefty too. They don't have the bass of the RS5's but they make up for it with crisp clear sounds. I have a sub for bass so it's not an issue for me. I highly recommend the OWM5 Polk speaker as a "happy wife / happy life" choice for good looks and amazing sound.

    Pros: Awesome sound. Good looks. Easy to mount.

    Cons: None

    Full Sound, right price.

    Anonymous from Athens, OH on 6/7/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound. EXCELLENT SERVICE from Crutchfield! I bought 6 of these....one didn't work, right outta the box. Crutchfield immediately replaced it. I've been happy with this brand for a couple years, albeit, I'm no audiophile, but the sound is full and the price is appropriate. 4 stars for manufacturing error. Thanks Crutchfield.

    Pros: Crutchfield was great in correcting my problem.

    Cons: 1 of 6 didn't work out of the box

    Super cool! No Joke!

    Chad from Christian Valley,CA on 6/27/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I finaly finished construction on my 7.1 home theater sound room and I wanted every thing to be just right. I've been an audiofile for many years.I bought two pair of these owm5s because of the many easy and versatile ways of mounting. They are slender and custom looking.They don't look cheap like most plastic type speakers. One of the other cool things about them is they are curved for better dispersion.They sound clear and crisp after break in like most of the polk line up does (good stuff). I also want to thank the folks at crutchfield for the great service and by honoring the price guarantee. Thanks

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    Great Surround speakers

    JonL from Gibsonia, PA on 2/18/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the OWM 5's for surround speakers and they are fantastic. After I had everything installed and ready, my family and I watched a movie and they were blown away by where the sounds were coming. We were totally immersed in the movie and sounds I plan on purchasing two move for high front speakers (9.1 installation) in the near future.

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    Clear Fronts

    Jeff from Boston, MA on 11/27/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    These speakers provide clear sound but not too bright. I use these for my front stage (left/right) wall mounted with a Polk CS10 center and they sound great together. These speakers will not provide enough bass by themselves so a sub woofer is recommended. I have the DSW Pro 500 and it does a great job at filling the room with bass. I was on a budget and these speakers fit the bill as they sound great at this price. No regrets. Best of all they look great wall mounted with no complaints from my wife.

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    Polk Audio OWM5

    Eric from Lyndonville, New York on 5/27/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fills the room with amazing sound, very crisp, clear highs and plenty of bass for their size. Mounting was easy and they look great on the wall. As always the Crutchfield team is a pleasure to do business with.

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    Product Research

    Overview: The Polk Audio OWM5 is a versatile speaker made to fit a variety of applications. The speaker can be used as a Front left, Front right or center-channel speaker, as a complete home theater system, or as 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 surround channel speakers.

    Note: The Polk Audio OWM5 is sold individually.

    Driver Technology
    Enclosure Design
    Connections
    Mounting Options

    Driver Technology

    Dynamic Balance: Dynamic Balance is a proprietary Polk Audio technology using laser imaging to determine what combination of speaker materials create the least amount of resonance. Eliminating resonance in speakers results in a wide, smooth response and low distortion.

    Capacitive Coupling Bass Technology: Capacitive Coupling Technology (CCT) works by creating a gentle impedance dip within the range where conventional sealed-box loudspeakers are subject to severely reduced bass output. Lower impedance within this critical frequency range means improved acoustic sensitivity by exploiting your power amplifier's ability to deliver more power to the bass frequencies. The net result for the OWM5's performance is 3dB more bass output over a fairly broad range.

    Polypropylene Woofers: The speaker features two 4-1/2" polypropylene cone woofers which employs Capacitive Coupling Bass Technology for a low frequency response despite its size.

    Silk Tweeter: The speaker has a 1" silk dome, Dynamic Balance tweeter that provides clear, detailed highs.

    Frequency Response Note: The overall frequency response is 60Hz-25kHz and the -3dB frequency response is 80-22kHz.

    Enclosure Design

    Glass-filled ABS Cabinets: The acoustic suspension cabinet features glass-filled ABS construction, which creates an acoustically inert enclosure. The cabinet ensures an extremely clean midrange response with low coloration. The speaker comes in a paintable black or white finish to blend easily with any decor.

    Connections

    Binding Posts: The speaker has a set of gold-plated, 5-way binding posts on the bottom of the angled rear panel. The binding posts will accept bare wire, spade lugs, pin connectors, and single or dual banana plugs (removal of binding post plugs required).

    Mounting Options

    Multiple Mounting Options: The OWM5 is suited for on-wall mounting or placement on a tabletop or shelf. The speaker has four 4-way keyhole slots on the back, and come with rubber bumpers and an attachable base. There are nine different mounting possibilities: vertical or wall horizontal wall mount (using keyhole slots), vertical or horizontal shelf mounting (using included base), vertical or horizontal corner wall mount (using included bracket), horizontal ceiling mount (using included bracket), vertical 45-degree wall mount (using included bracket), and wall-mounted with an optional articulating wall-mount bracket (using the 1/4-20 threaded insert).

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