Polk L200 Speaker Demo Reviews

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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,677
    These have been passed along to Ray as of today... final impressions coming soon.
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  • gp4jesusgp4jesus Posts: 1,428
    edited February 16

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    Me likey your speaker end. BEAUTIFUL! I trust it “sounds” just as good. Other end looks comfy for extended listening

    Tony
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    Samsung BDP, Dish Rcvr, Xbox, Phillips CD chgr

    Canare 14 ga - LCR tweeters inside*; CC outside
    BJC 10 ga - LCR mids, inside* & out
    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside* & out
    *soldered

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  • gp4jesusgp4jesus Posts: 1,428
    Hmmf... your review (placement details) tells me how little I know. I’ve thought for years “Bookies” usually care-free about placement. 🤔
    Samsung 60" UN60ES6100 LED
    Outlaw Audio 976 Pre/Pro
    Samsung BDP, Dish Rcvr, Xbox, Phillips CD chgr

    Canare 14 ga - LCR tweeters inside*; CC outside
    BJC 10 ga - LCR mids, inside* & out
    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside* & out
    *soldered

    LR: tri-amped RTi A7 w/Rotels. Woofers - 980BX; M&T - 981
    CC: Rotel RB985 -> tri-amped CSi A6
    5 Audio Pro Subs: 1 B1.39: an Evidence at each corner
    Surrounds: Rotel 981 -> AR 12 ga -> RTi A3
    Power Conditioning & Distribution:
    3 dedicated 20A feeds; APC H15; 4 Furman Miniport 20s
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,398
    gp4jesus wrote: »
    Hmmf... your review (placement details) tells me how little I know. I’ve thought for years “Bookies” usually care-free about placement. 🤔

    Years ago, they were -- modern ones (based on my limited but rather bitter experience) are quite picky indeed. To the point that, in 2020 (and, again, in my limited empirical experience), bookshelf speaker is a complete misnomer.

    Stand mount loudspeaker seems to me to be a more apt term for little loudspeakers like the L200.
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,326
    Some stand mount bookies are very placement dependent and some, not as much but all can benefit from playing with the placement.
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,326
    Solid review John.
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse RCA, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R, Tyler Highland H2, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Aries Mini, LKS MH-da004, Wireworld Silver Eclipse SC

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T, , W4S recovery,Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11
  • Nice review, another hard act to follow.
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  • Inspector 24Inspector 24 Posts: 1,306
    Agreed, those still waiting aren't going to have much left to say other than, yep, we agree, they do that!
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  • smglbrthsmglbrth Posts: 1,225
    edited February 18
    Nice review John. I totally agree with your assessment of the Polk logo on the grills, drove me nuts too. IMHO if it would have been the size of the logo on the front of the cabinet it would have been fine, none would have been better...
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,439
    I never took the grills out of the plastic, and it didn’t look like anyone before me had either...
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  • HermitismHermitism Posts: 3,047
    edited February 18
    Can someone post a pic of the grills? I can't seem to find a pic of them, even on Polk's website.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,398
    Hermitism wrote: »
    Can someone post a pic of the grills? I can't seem to find a pic of them, even on Polk's website.

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    source: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_107L200WN/Polk-Audio-Legend-L200-Brown-Walnut.html
  • HermitismHermitism Posts: 3,047
    I'm glad they didn't use the heart.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,398
    edited February 18
    I don't think that the heart logo really survived the sale to -- umm -- whatever they're called. D&M Holdings? Whatev's.

    It does still show up at the top of the forum pages, though, one notes.
    In fairness to Polk and its owners, the heart does date way, way back as a Polk motif.

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    From Audio September 1974 :)


    The current logo is a tad blocky. Wouldn't look out of place on a first-generation Scion xB.

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    I do like the mid/late '70s morph (perhaps needless to say) best of all.

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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 14,506
    Me likes the older logo better. The new one ruins the look of the speaker IMO. It does stand out too much. FWIW

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  • Inspector 24Inspector 24 Posts: 1,306
    edited February 18
    That doesn't look so bad, way less offensive than the 706C grille badge. Nothing like a big bright shiny reflective oval right under the screen like a great big button that needs pushed to turn off. Besides, no grilles sound better.
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  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 4,015
    I found at higher listening levels the tweeter becomes shrill. anyone else experience this?
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,677
    Yes, and the midwoofer can't keep up at all. The speaker is great for soft rock and jazz.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 5,245
    button that needs pushed

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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,506
    Please keep the comments related to the subject matter.
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  • Inspector 24Inspector 24 Posts: 1,306
    edited February 18
    Viking got a LoL. Aesthetics are part of the review.
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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 8,794
    Agreed, those still waiting aren't going to have much left to say other than, yep, we agree, they do that!

    There's always something else to say, according to the listener's own personal listening experience, in their own listening space with their own gear, in their own words, plus there are a ton of other bookies out there that folks can put them up against.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,965
    @halo, @rooftop59, and @Mike Reeter's reviews make me want to request a review sample from Polk and review these.
  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 8,794
    Why not the L600's?
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