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Polk Audio TL1600 5.1 Compact Surround Sound Home Theater System with Powered Subwoofer $149

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Newegg [newegg.com] has Polk TL1600 for $149
  • (4) TL1 satellite speakers
  • (1) TL1 center channel speaker
  • (1) Down-firing powered subwoofer
  • Silk dome tweeters
  • Aperiodic-tuned rear-firing bass ports
  • Super-small long-throw mid-bass drivers with Dynamic Balance technology
  • Hi-Gloss Blackstone finish
  • Built-in keyhole slots and threaded inserts for multiple mounting options
  • 40Hz-22kHz
  • 8 ohms 10-100 w/ channel

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Good price. I believe these are the replacement for the discontinued rm6750 set, which I own.

They are....fine. You have to know what you are buying. If you have a small room and are looking to improve sound quality over your TV's built in speakers, then these will minimally meet your needs. You will not be blowing the doors off, but if you're in a small space you don't necessarily want that anyway. Sound quality is again, fine. Nothing that will blow you away. They aren't great for music - they are better for TV/movies/games. The sub does not hit very low, but it is adequate to add a little depth where the satellites cannot because of their size.

For me, these were a gateway to other things. I've since replaced the subwoofer and LCR. I still use two of the satellites as rear surrounds, and while I do want to replace them eventually they are still serviceable in that regard.

So in short - at MSRP these would be extremely hard to recommend. But if you have a receiver and really want to make the leap to 5.1 and only have $150 to spend (which really isn't much when it comes to audio), you won't get much more for your money than this.


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Quote from theragu40 :
Good price. I believe these are the replacement for the discontinued rm6750 set, which I own.

They are....fine. You have to know what you are buying. If you have a small room and are looking to improve sound quality over your TV's built in speakers, then these will minimally meet your needs. You will not be blowing the doors off, but if you're in a small space you don't necessarily want that anyway. Sound quality is again, fine. Nothing that will blow you away. They aren't great for music - they are better for TV/movies/games. The sub does not hit very low, but it is adequate to add a little depth where the satellites cannot because of their size.

For me, these were a gateway to other things. I've since replaced the subwoofer and LCR. I still use two of the satellites as rear surrounds, and while I do want to replace them eventually they are still serviceable in that regard.

So in short - at MSRP these would be extremely hard to recommend. But if you have a receiver and really want to make the leap to 5.1 and only have $150 to spend (which really isn't much when it comes to audio), you won't get much more for your money than this.
Word. Get a cheap used receiver on craigslist and you are good to go. Better than sound bar if you can deal with the wiring.
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Polks are meh. Not all models are good. I would rather go for Klipsch reference pack 5.1 that comes at around $300. (ofcrs if u can afford it)
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Quote from greenwich :
Polks are meh. Not all models are good. I would rather go for Klipsch reference pack 5.1 that comes at around $300. (ofcrs if u can afford it)
While I agree that the Klipsch set are better speakers, I feel like it's easy to fall in the trap of "well if you can save a bit more for X you'd be better off". In audio there is always something a little better for a little more money. You can follow that chain all the way to tens of thousands of dollars per speaker. The Klipsch speakers are better less so because they are Klipsch and moreso because their street price is more than double this Polk set. While not always true as an absolute rule, I feel that you are often getting what you pay for with speakers.

That's why I approached my comments on these with the caveat of "if this is how much money you have to spend". I do believe you can't do much better than this for a full 5.1 speaker setup at the $150 price point. My issue with talking about a $300 ($340 to be precise) price point is I think there you start to be better off looking at separate speakers instead of a 5.1 kit. This is especially true if you don't mind looking at used speakers, because with a little patience great values can be found depending on your area.

For me, I kept these speakers for about 6 months before I realized I wanted more. For others depending on use case it might be longer or shorter. I would never give them an unqualified recommendation. But the things I replaced them with were much more expensive so you have to always think about price for performance and the budget you're willing to allot.
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I am looking for speakers, 5 maybe 5.1 for my outdoor covered patio. So I guess sound and technology is not a big concern. Mostly to be used at parties and games. Do you think these speakers will withstand the rigors of being outdoors to withstand the heat and humidity. Any other concerns I should be aware of when selecting my speakers for outdoor. Should I look at in-ceiling speakers too.
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Can anyone compare these to the Monoprice premium speakers that are occasionally $120? My budget is sub-200 and is never going to change due to spousal negotiations.
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