Polk Audio Signature Elite ES20 Bookshelf speaker review

3.47 Mixed Usages
3.5 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
3.5 Treble Accuracy:
3.5 Bass Accuracy:
3.5 Imaging & Soundstage:
3.4 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2021 Rating: 4.7 Warranty: 5 years 1” terylene dome tweeter 6.5” micafortified polypropylene woofer stereo speaker passive speaker desktop speaker Usage: movies, music, games

Polk Audio Signature Elite ES20 is a decent sounding pair of speakers. It is great for compact spaces and will produce room-filling sound. At this price point, the performance is quite good. Instruments and vocals sound clear and loud. They are great for small to mid-sized spaces but for a large room, we suggest a subwoofer. They are great for living room, small office spaces or as a part of a large home theater.

Our Verdict

Polk Audio Signature Elite ES20 will suit you if you don’t have bright speakers. Allow the speakers to go through break-in period to ensure to play with full potential. The expansive and full-sounding speakers are enjoyable to listen to. They aren’t very placement sensitive as you need to leave a gap of about 6” from the walls. In terms of aesthetics, the speakers with unique-colored drivers are look great. Build quality and durability is good as well.

PROS
  • Full-range sound
  • Great clarity
  • Hi-res audio
  • Great at low volume
  • Musical and pleasant bass
  • Simple setup
  • Clean sounding
CONS
  • Need space for an amplifier
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type Terylene dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Type micafortified polypropylene
Other

SPECS

Power Range 20–150W
Sensitivity 88dB
Impedance 4- and 8-ohm
Frequency Range 44Hz–40kHz
Crossover Frequencies 2.5kHz

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Level Input N/A
Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
HDMI Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A
Other

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type Single gold-plated five-way binding posts
Compatible Connector Types bare wire, pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana plugs (single or dual)
Speaker Wire Compatibility 16AWG

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Low ends packs a punch that is adequate for most listeners
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Intelligible and clear vocals
Treble Accuracy Precise and clearer highs
Imaging & Soundstage: Great imaging
Dynamic Range: Decent dynamic range
Power Handling: Good power handling
Frequency Response: Wide frequency response
Transient Response: Smooth transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF
Color Brown, Black, White

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 14.8
Width (inches) 8.5
Depth (inches) 13.8
Weight (pounds) 17Ibs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 22-26

CONTROL

Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A

IN THE BOX

Accessories: Pair of Bookshelf loudspeakers, 2 Grille, 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet, Owner's Manual, Online Product Registration
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

Polk Audio Signature Elite ES20 is a compact speaker. It has an acoustically inert cabinet that ensure there is no standing waves. Internal bracing, thick front baffle along with MDF enclosure, the speaker is sturdy with reduced resonance. We love the wood and white color as the black is always traditional. The bronze drivers in white color is eye catching. It comes with anti-diffraction magnetic grille.

Performance:

Polk Audio Signature Elite ES20 is a 2-way bookshelf speaker that has one tweeter and one woofer. It has 1” tweeter and 6.5” woofer. Polk’s propriety Dynamic Balance improves speaker performance with smooth response while reducing resonance. It produces room-filling sound with wide soundfield. The speaker has clear highs and accurate mids. It has deep and tight bass that makes movies and music enjoyable. For compact spaces like 14 x 20 ft rooms, you won’t be needing any subwoofer.

It has a rear bass port that is specially designed to generate more bass than other standard ported speakers. This Power Port will reduce turbulence and improve air flow. It has a phase-optimized crossover that ensure smooth transition resulting in realistic sound. It is designed to play hi-res audio that includes music services like Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Music HD, Qobuz and Spotify HiFi.

This passive speaker is easy to drive. It works with vintage amps, receivers, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X supported receivers/amps. Speaker performance will depend on placement and room layout. Place the speaker by creating an equilateral triangle with the user. Toe-in the speakers to find the best spot. For rear position, place them above ear level and the distance between the speakers should be more than that of front.

Connectivity and control:

This depends on the amplifier. If the amp supports, you can connect TV, CD player, Blu-ray, turntable, etc.

Use case:

This model is great for medium sized rooms. You can place them in large spaces but it might sound a bit weak. In that case, create a home theater with the ES20 speakers. Pair them with TV, desktop speaker, turntable, etc. Use them as you play games on your PC.

Compatible device:

Pair them up with a matching amplifier like Aiyma A07 Pro, Yamaha AS 501, Pioneer SX-450, Marantz Receiver, or any other one. Create a Signature Series home theater by choosing speakers from the following: Floorstanding Speakers (ES50, ES55, ES60), Bookshelf Speakers (ES10, ES15), center-Channel Speaker (ES30), LCR Speaker (ES35).

Cost:

The Polk Audio Signature Elite ES20 is a mid-priced speaker. While it isn’t too cheap, the price is reasonable.

FAQ:

Are Polk speakers reliable?

Polk is a well-known brand and the ES20 is a reliable speaker. User often replace it with other brands like Klipsch. It is suitable for majority of listeners.

How to match an amplifier for a passive speaker?

To find a suitable amplifier for a pair of passive speakers, look for the specs of both the amp and speaker. You need to match power and impedance of speakers and amplifier.

 

 

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