Polk L200 Speaker Demo Reviews

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,294
    Get the kitteh to ghostwrite it for you. It's OK -- and they have excellent high frequency hearing, anyway.

  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,944
    mrbiron wrote: »
    I will NOT be writing a review like that. :D

    You do you brah.
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  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,134
    mrbiron wrote: »
    I will NOT be writing a review like that. :D

    You or anyone else😁. Don set the bar high, very, very high.
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  • Thus far starting with music I recognize, though!
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,294
    edited October 15
    This may be out of place in this thread, but I am not sure where else to put it. :|
    Reflecting on the comments so far -- as the demo rolls on across this great land,
    it'd be really cool, if someone gets a chance, to compare the L200s to some other small stand-mount two-ways, both "peer level" (e.g., the ever-popular KEF LS50) and lesser (even cheap!) but popular models. I'd love to read what folks think about these compared to loudspeakers of similar size and/or configuration.

  • WLDockWLDock Posts: 2,647
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Reflecting on the comments so far -- as the demo rolls on across this great land,
    it'd be really cool, if someone gets a chance, to compare the L200s to some other small stand-mount two-ways, both "peer level" (e.g., the ever-popular KEF LS50) and lesser (even cheap!) but popular models. I'd love to read what folks think about these compared to loudspeakers of similar size and/or configuration.
    Did you listen to Steve Guttenberg's impressions vs. the LS50?

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  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,093
    When they eventually find their way to Casa De Furballs (don't worry, the cats are not allowed in my cave), I will be comparing them directly with the following 2 ways:
    Usher V-601s
    Polk Audio LSi7s
    Polk Audio Monitor 5 Series 2s with updated crossovers
    And trying to get my buddy Joel to bring over a pair of his B&W CM5s with the carbon tweeter from the new 700 series.
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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 8,306
    Cool. My Taylo Reference Monitors are similarly sized two-ways, and I would've brought my LSi-9's back from the GF's to put up against the L200s but thought my time would better be spent putting the L200's directly up against the 703's. I also thought about putting them up against my Monitor 4 and 5 Peerless but again wanted to spend as much time with the 703's as possible with the different amps.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,294
    I don't think that was a bad decision at all! :)
    I just would be really interested to hear folks impressions against some other current popular loudspeakers of similar dimensions, configuration, and/or price.
  • sgtmick63sgtmick63 Posts: 152
    The L-200's are on my short list
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,067
    Late to the party. Great review Don!

    I still have kef ls50w powered i will be putting them against when they are in my hands.
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  • WLDockWLDock Posts: 2,647
    erniejade wrote: »
    Late to the party. Great review Don!
    I still have kef ls50w powered I will be putting them against when they are in my hands.
    Will be waiting patiently for this one!

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,294
    edited October 16
    me, too, although -- I have to admit that I'd actually be more interested in the unpowered version as a comparator... less variables. :#
  • halohalo Posts: 5,244
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    me, too, although -- I have to admit that I'd actually be more interested in the unpowered version as a comparator... less variables. :#

    Well, I have the KEF Q150’s here that I’ll be comparing to the L200’s. Not quite a KEF LS50 but it does have the exact same 5.25” UniQ driver! ;)
  • K_MK_M Posts: 1,504
    dromunds wrote: »
    Cool. My Taylo Reference Monitors are similarly sized two-ways, and I would've brought my LSi-9's back from the GF's to put up against the L200s but thought my time would better be spent putting the L200's directly up against the 703's. I also thought about putting them up against my Monitor 4 and 5 Peerless but again wanted to spend as much time with the 703's as possible with the different amps.

    Would love to hear a comparison with the Lsi9s!

    I really like those speakers, found the lsim 703 to be a bit better in clarity and definition and a few other key ways, but to me a bit strong on the top end.

    Looking forward to your comparsions!
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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 8,306
    Excellent review.
  • Great write-up.

    Also had a chance to hear the l200 yesterday but it was straight out of the box and thus not yet broken in but just like you, it made me rethink everything I knew about bookshelf speakers in general. It absolutely did not have that 'small' sound I normally expect of them.
  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,718
    Nice review. Thanks for sharing your impressions. These speakers look like winners so far.
  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 8,306
    Reading the review makes me wish I could get them back for awhile. ;) And its only been two weeks.
  • MilitoMilito Posts: 626
    Great review.
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  • smglbrthsmglbrth Posts: 1,166
    I should have mentioned that my 8t crossovers are redone with Clarity Cap ESA/Mills. I also glued the drivers and sealed the inside of the cabinets where it was suspect. So..., they aren't stock by any means. My interconnects are Signal Cable, nothing special, and my speaker wire is 30+ year old Phoenix Gold that still looks new with Nakamichi bananas. A regular Joe's rig and the L200's still sounded phenomenal! Don, I miss them already too.

    BTW, we haven't heard much anything from Group "A" on this thread, Bueller?, Bueller?...
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,294
    Funny (not the ha-hakind; the other kind). I didn't find them (the L200s) to be analytical at all. They had nice resolution -- but utterly no edge as I heard them. Other than having nicely extended (although extremely smooth) treble, I found their presentation quite mellow and a trifle warm.

    Just sayin'.
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,067
    @smglbrth nice write up!.Did you have a shot to try them with a sub?
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  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,093
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Funny (not the ha-hakind; the other kind). I didn't find them (the L200s) to be analytical at all. They had nice resolution -- but utterly no edge as I heard them. Other than having nicely extended (although extremely smooth) treble, I found their presentation quite mellow and a trifle warm.

    Just sayin'.

    Don't mistake fluidly analytical (Copyright 2019 by smglbrth) for edge. Also bear in mind that my every day speakers are extremely mellow and easy to listen to.

    One thing I did notice immediately using on of Skip's demo songs, is that there is a definite demarcation point to the left and right edges of the sound stage. A lot of the music that would use a traditional 4 or 5 piece band layout hides it well because the soundstage shouldn't go that far beyond the edges of the speakers but with this particular song that truly wraps around the sides of the the listening position, it stops 2 feet out from each side of the L200s. Not bad mind you, just different.

    Listened for a good 3 hours last night so I will be taking a break tonight.
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    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,294
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Funny (not the ha-hakind; the other kind). I didn't find them (the L200s) to be analytical at all. They had nice resolution -- but utterly no edge as I heard them. Other than having nicely extended (although extremely smooth) treble, I found their presentation quite mellow and a trifle warm.

    Just sayin'.

    Don't mistake fluidly analytical (Copyright 2019 by smglbrth) for edge. Also bear in mind that my every day speakers are extremely mellow and easy to listen to.

    One thing I did notice immediately using on of Skip's demo songs, is that there is a definite demarcation point to the left and right edges of the sound stage. A lot of the music that would use a traditional 4 or 5 piece band layout hides it well because the soundstage shouldn't go that far beyond the edges of the speakers but with this particular song that truly wraps around the sides of the the listening position, it stops 2 feet out from each side of the L200s. Not bad mind you, just different.

    Listened for a good 3 hours last night so I will be taking a break tonight.

    Self-expression was never my best thing :)
    I just meant that they struck me as mellow and not at all analytical (neither fluid, solid, gaseous, nor even plasma). :|

    Thass all.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,174
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Funny (not the ha-hakind; the other kind). I didn't find them (the L200s) to be analytical at all. They had nice resolution -- but utterly no edge as I heard them. Other than having nicely extended (although extremely smooth) treble, I found their presentation quite mellow and a trifle warm.

    Just sayin'.

    Don't mistake fluidly analytical (Copyright 2019 by smglbrth) for edge. Also bear in mind that my every day speakers are extremely mellow and easy to listen to.

    One thing I did notice immediately using on of Skip's demo songs, is that there is a definite demarcation point to the left and right edges of the sound stage. A lot of the music that would use a traditional 4 or 5 piece band layout hides it well because the soundstage shouldn't go that far beyond the edges of the speakers but with this particular song that truly wraps around the sides of the the listening position, it stops 2 feet out from each side of the L200s. Not bad mind you, just different.

    Listened for a good 3 hours last night so I will be taking a break tonight.

    Self-expression was never my best thing :)
    I just meant that they struck me as mellow and not at all analytical (neither fluid, solid, gaseous, nor even plasma). :|

    Thass all.

    That might be a result of the gear used to drive them. What is the associated gear, electronics, interconnect and power cables.
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  • smglbrthsmglbrth Posts: 1,166
    erniejade wrote: »
    @smglbrth nice write up!.Did you have a shot to try them with a sub?

    Nope, no sub. I've only had one sub and that was for HT. I have no idea where it is now, Don would know.

    "Copyright 2019 by smglbrth"..., cute, I like it!
  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 8,306
    That sub went to a friend of mine. I didn’t have a sub handy for my demo either but I never felt the need for one. I was listening rather near-field but the low end is remarkable for bookies.
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