Polk Audio Blackstone TL2
Single satellite speaker (Black)
Our take on the Polk Audio Blackstone TL2 by Crutchfield's Kristen Schaub
If you want big, detailed home theater sound, but don't have the room for large floor-standing speakers, then check out Polk's ultra-compact Blackstone TL2. Thanks to Polk's decades of speaker-building expertise, along with some pretty advanced driver technology, you'll experience effortlessly clear, engaging sound from speakers that take up very little space.
Advanced technology produces astonishingly realistic sound
The "TL" refers to Polk's "Time Lens" technology, which aligns the drivers in such a way that high- and low-frequency sounds all reach your ears at the same time. This improves the speaker's imaging and soundstaging, so that you'll feel less like you're watching a movie and more like you're part of it. An "acoustic lens" in the speaker grille disperses 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 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 a keyhole slot in the back for easy mounting to your wall straight from the box. You can also use the threaded insert to attach it to an optional speaker bracket or stand. Create your own home theater system using a combination of black TL2's in the front of your room and white TL2 surrounds in the back. Don't forget to add the TL2 center channel speaker and a Polk subwoofer to complete your system.
- Time Lens technology aligns the drivers for better soundstaging and imaging
- frequency response 125-20,000 Hz (-3dB)
- sensitivity 89 dB
- handles up to 125 watts
- 3/4" silk dome tweeter
- 3-1/4" Dynamic Balance mid/woofer
- PowerPort® technology for better bass response
- steel-plate reinforced cabinet fights internal resonances
- curved enclosure with high-gloss finish
- 5-way binding posts
- includes combination keyhole slot and threaded insert
- 4-1/8"W x 7-1/16"H x 5"D
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Gloss-black satellite two-way loudspeaker
- Detachable black cloth grille (attached)
- System Diagram/Warranty sheet
- Online Product Registration card
I had an inexpensive Klipsch speaker blow and started the process of replacing all of my satellite speakers with these. They have surprisingly clean sound and were, of course, easy to set up just a good mid-range (in terms of cost) satellite speaker
Steve, Winter Haven, FL
Features and Specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||0.75|
|Midrange Size (inches)||---|
|Woofer Size (inches)||3.25|
|Frequency Response||125-20k Hz|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Keyhole|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||31-36|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
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 TL2 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 series satellite speaker utilizes 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 series satellite speaker employs a 3-1/4" composite injected molded cone woofer 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 overall frequency response is 95-24,000Hz, and the -3dB frequency response is 125-20,000Hz.
Additional Speakers: The TL2 satellite speaker will require a powered subwoofer (107PSW111, sold separately) for full-range sound. You can also add addition TL2 series speakers for 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 channel home theater configurations.
Enclosure Type: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 series satellite speaker features a non-resonant composite enclosure with time-aligned geometry, and PowerPort technology.
Curved Enclosure Design: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 satellite 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 enclosure of the TL2 series satellite speaker, resulting in acoustically inert enclosures 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 satellite speakers.
PowerPort: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 series satellite 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 series satellite speaker is available in a durable, deep automotive-strength high-gloss white or high-gloss black finish to match today's most stylish flat-panel TVs.
5-Way Binding Posts: The Polk Audio Black Stone TL2 series satellite speaker 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).
Rubber Feet: The Polk Audio TL2 satellite speaker features integrated rubber feet so you can sit the speakers on a stand or shelf securely.
Wall Mountable: The Black Stone TL2 satellite speaker features a single keyhole slot on the back of the cabinet for wall-mounting the speaker without any additional wall-mount brackets (mounting screws not supplied). There is also a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of the satellite speaker for mounting the speaker to the wall using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately).
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