Polk Signature Series Official Discussion

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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 12,904
    I'm about to head up there for the press conference. I'll be spending more time with them this weekend I hope and even more time afterwards. If they let me, I'll get some close-up pics tonight.
  • D2LoD2Lo Posts: 351
    Good question @cfrizz the tweeters are not as hot as RTiA. We are doing 2 channel as well as 5.1 demos here at CEDIA. I think these walk the line really nicely. The mid size towers will be at Best Buy but the largest tower will be at more independent shops.
  • D2LoD2Lo Posts: 351
    Skip, will you be in tomorrow? I'm in a meeting from 9 until about 11 but free to say hi after.
  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,039
    edited September 2016
    Congrats on the new series. I am thrilled to see that Polk has finally gotten serious about marketing.

    Love the "American HiFi" slogan.
  • DollarDaveDollarDave Posts: 2,440
    DSkip wrote: »
    Russman has ears I trust as well. Between his approval of this series and what I heard with the T-50, it looks like Polk has the right engineers on the job to pull Polk back into the limelight. I'm excited to be a dealer for them and hope this is a line I can really sell.
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    dromunds wrote: »
    I bet these babies punch way above their price point.

    Russman stated "I wouldn't consider these entry level speakers"...."They perform way above the price"...."prefer the sound over the RtiA"

    For those who do not know who Russman is, he used to work the major shows for Polk

    Russman = good enough opinion for me. I'll buy them without a demo. They are certainly priced right and should be an upgrade to some LS-50's I have in a game room system (not my HT, that's for big boy speakers).
  • msgmsg Posts: 2,872
    Wow, I have to say, I really like the new look. More curious to hear how they sound now after reading of Russman's impression.

    The design looks very clean and modern to me. I like the rounded edges on the chunky rectangular design. Love the new drivers and black bezel. Pleasing. Sturdy. Tasteful. Not cheesy or gimmicky. I like this much better than previous designs.

    Really looking forward to hearing the sound quality reviews.
  • D2LoD2Lo Posts: 351
    Congrats on the new series. I am thrilled to see that Polk has finally gotten serious about marketing.

    Love the "American HiFi" slogan.

    Glad you are digging the American HiFi. I just got off the stage for the press conference explaining where that came from. I'll post my presentation from the press conference later tonight. Check out these coasters we are using at the event. For those of you that come by ill have some set aside for you if you want them.

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  • "For those of you that come by ill" :o
  • mantismantis Posts: 14,556
    I'll pass on these. I do not like the way they look. I was expecting different especially with the Signature thing happening here. I expected a new reference level Signature model. These just fall in line between the lower end stuff.
    I'm sure they are nice and probably sound good especially for the asking prices but not where I would like them to be.
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 7,459
    Budget, Signature, Reference, Luxury
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,666
    D2Lo wrote: »
    Congrats on the new series. I am thrilled to see that Polk has finally gotten serious about marketing.

    Love the "American HiFi" slogan.

    Glad you are digging the American HiFi. I just got off the stage for the press conference explaining where that came from. I'll post my presentation from the press conference later tonight. Check out these coasters we are using at the event. For those of you that come by ill have some set aside for you if you want them.

    hm97ddef64ac.jpeg

    I need a set of those coasters. I'll buy them if possible.

    The skinny center is very interesting. I wonder if it's more of a great center for a living room system with no expectations, or if it could hold its own in a semi- serious home theater rig...
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 5,469
    Yeah I would purchase a set of coasters hook us up Skip! I suppose Best Buy might stock them around here if so I will have to check them out. I'm sure they will trump the T series, can't see them besting the RTIA series though.
  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 1,773
    Amazon has pre-order dates listed now. S35 Center appears to be available on September 19 along with the S55 floorstanders. The remainder have a release date on Amazon of November 1:

    https://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Signature-S35-American/dp/B01LW8H3NX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473982105&sr=8-1&keywords=polk+signature

    I may buy an S35 just because I'm not aware of another center speaker quite like it.
  • Strong BadStrong Bad Posts: 4,128
    Some initial thoughts from me on the new line.

    They look real sharp! I like! Looking forward to hearing a demo. (Hint hint, i'm in Baltimore)

    Some things I'd like to see based on what I currently have (RT800 mains, CS400 center, FX500 surrounds and RT35 rear centers...my sub is an SVS PC-Ultra).

    Would like to see a larger center with dual 6 1/2" drivers and the tweeter. The fullness of my CS400 is tough to match. How about a set of Bipole/Dipole surrounds?

    Nice job on these Polk!
  • I think they look alright. Much better than the monitor, tsi, and Tsx. I may have to get a pair to try in the family room.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 12,904
    I'll post up a review soon. Heading home from the press conference and leaving with some solid thoughts on these, as well as the magnifi mini and the overall vibe of Polk as a company.
  • wallstreetwallstreet Posts: 1,399
    I can't imagine Polk building the bi/di pole switchable speakers like they used to given the direction of the industry to object based surround formats.
  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 3,692
    DSkip wrote: »
    I'll post up a review soon. Heading home from the press conference and leaving with some solid thoughts on these, as well as the magnifi mini and the overall vibe of Polk as a company.

    Looking forward to it.
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 3,899
    They look nice. The slim centers seem to be a good idea, as people have become accustomed to sound bars. The centers most of us here use can be very hard to place for a lot of folks. I don't even have to listen to them to know that they'll sound great to 90% of the population.
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,701
    Joey_V wrote: »
    Something about the base looks a little discongruent with the rest of the tower design.



    In laymen's terms, is discongruent the same as discombobulated?
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Joey_V wrote: »
    Something about the base looks a little discongruent with the rest of the tower design.



    In laymen's terms, is discongruent the same as discombobulated?

    not in my dictionary
    ^^^ opposite of congruent :#

    Incongruent discongruent malcongruent uncongruent... Bah... I make up words now. Lol....
  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,558
    D2Lo wrote: »
    ... Check out these coasters we are using at the event. For those of you that come by ill have some set aside for you if you want them.

    hm97ddef64ac.jpeg

    Great idea, 'cause when you are entertaining someone is always bound to what to sit a drink on top of the towers.

    I'd like to get a few of those. Any thoughts on making some Polk logo merchandise available for purchase (ie shirts, jackets, hats, coasters)? Or even upgrade accessories like spikes, jumpers, cables)?
    Stan
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,172
    Good thing the tops of my towers have glass! I want some of those coasters. They would suit my basement them... Speakers!
  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 703
    edited September 2016
    I like them. Salute to the Polk Audio research, design, production and marketing teams. I'll have to mosey on down the street to Nebraska Furniture Mart and check them out.
  • jawhogjawhog Posts: 426
    I've been shopping for something new but will now wait to see and hear these. Didn't catch the news on these until today. The only new Polk product I've purchased in the last 5 years or more are some blackstone tl3's which I like a lot. This new line definitely has me excited to check them out. The creative and accommodating outer dimensions and the overall look seem to have real potential to be a winner.
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 6,273
    D2Lo wrote: »
    Good question @cfrizz the tweeters are not as hot as RTiA. We are doing 2 channel as well as 5.1 demos here at CEDIA. I think these walk the line really nicely. The mid size towers will be at Best Buy but the largest tower will be at more independent shops.

    Things like this almost want to make me become a Canadian dealer for Polk...hrm a distinct possibility...
  • xcapri79xcapri79 Posts: 5,273
    This is a crowded market with some pretty good competition.
    Let's hope this is a start of bigger and better products.
  • rednedtugentrednedtugent Posts: 9,880
    edited September 2016
    how about this;
    Real American HiFi without having to ReFi.
  • I would think the term "Signature" with any brand would rate that said series as the company's absolute Best??? While I think they look okay, I am definitely not thinking I would purchase this line. It looks more like the affordable speakers for the college kids, and still okay to me. Was kinda hoping for something even higher end then the Lsim line?????????
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 12,904
    Higher end than LSiM line does not make sense for Polk. That is not their game. The new regime has this right - they know what Polk was and how to get it back to where it was.

    I grow tired of the constant slams against Polk for not doing what each individual wants, and this isn't calling you out Johnny. I just want people to look at what these guys are doing and evaluate it on a business level. Polk is producing products that we can stand behind. These new products may or may not make it into our home, but they are definitely speakers we can push to those who come to us for advice. In all honesty, I can't say I've felt that way about anything Polk has produced in the last 8 years.... LSiM included. I am genuinely excited about this line.

    These guys hit it on the head with the new T50. They hit it on the head with the new Signature series. There is still more in development and I expect them to hit that on the head as well. Vision is not an issue anymore. These guys 'get it'.

    As far as the slim center, I chose it over the larger one. It is a stunning speaker and, to me, has better proportions anyways than a traditional big box center. I expect to grab a few more and use them as surrounds since they are so functional and aesthetically pleasing. Dipole and Bipole surrounds are a dying breed as new algorithms come out for surround sound. The fact that there are none for this series is not a flaw to me. In fact, I don't think they would fit with the series given the overall tone and cabinet design of the series.
  • halohalo Posts: 3,513
    Are there going to be Atmos speakers in this line at some point? I'm not a big surround sound guy myself but many people are into it more than stereo reproduction.

    Someone asked if these are comparable to the UniFi series & I would say no just based on the price. The UB5 is $499 & the Polk 6 1/2" Signature Series bookies are about 1/2 that. Plus, the Polk bookies have a rated frequency response down to 40 Hz but the UB5 lack the ability to produce any serious levels of bass response. The fit and finish on these Signature Series speakers looks great whereas the ELAC speakers are wrapped in the cheapest and most easily damageable brushed vinyl. Without hearing them side by side, I can say that the ELAC speakers are remarkable in their reproduction of mids and highs.

    I look forward to this new series from Polk Audio & it sounds like they're moving in the right direction. That's good because, to me, the RTi6 was a big let down in my bedroom set up.
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