Polk Audio T15 Review

4.27 Mixed Usages
4.3 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.4 Treble Accuracy:
4.2 Bass Accuracy:
4.3 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.3 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2009 Rating: 4.7 Warranty: 5 years 0.75" tweeter 5.25" woofer passive speaker best for: small to medium sized rooms usage: music and movies

Polk Audio T15 is an affordable pair of bookshelf speaker that is great for everyday use. They can deliver rich and full sound. It is an entry level bookshelf speaker that delivers pristine sound with decent bass. Movies and music are enjoyable but if you want dramatic improvement, include a subwoofer. Upgrading these to a 5.1 theater system is quite easy. Overall, the speakers have good build quality and produce powerful sound at this compact size.

Our Verdict

The Polk Audio T15 speakers can get quite loud while maintaining clear and undistorted sound. along with music you can enjoy movies, TV series and shows. It has clear vocals and with a subwoofer, the low ends will become power impactful. The speakers sound bigger compared to its size and price. They can deliver rich and powerful sound suitable for compact spaces. They are great for casual music lovers or users who are just starting their journey into the audio world.

PROS
  • Easy to drive
  • Compact and minimalist design
  • Crisp highs and impressive bass
  • Can deliver engaging sound
  • Great value for money
  • Rich highs
CONS
  • Not for large rooms
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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 silk dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 0.75
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Type composite driver
Other none

SPECS

Power Range 20 - 100 W
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Range 60Hz - 24kHz
Crossover Frequencies Not specified

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 none

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type 5-Way gold plated Binding Posts
Compatible Connector Types speaker wire
Speaker Wire Compatibility standard speaker wire

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Deep and tight bass but not room shaking
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Clear and intelligible vocals
Treble Accuracy Impactful highs
Imaging & Soundstage: Wide soundstage and decent imaging
Dynamic Range: Very good dynamic range.
Power Handling: Good power handling
Frequency Response: Wide frequency response
Transient Response: Smooth transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure vented
Finish MDF
Color black

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 10.63
Width (inches) 10.63
Depth (inches) 6.5
Weight (pounds) 8.25 lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 30-36

CONTROL

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

IN THE BOX

Accessories: 2 Speakers, Grilles, Warranty Registration Card
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

Polk Audio T15 is a pair of vented bookshelf speaker that has an unflared port on the front panel. They are made of MDF. These mid-sized bookshelf speakers come with rubber pad that you can put under the speaker to make them more stable. It comes with acoustically transparent thick speaker grille that is removable. Overall, the build quality is quite good and they blend in well with any room décor.

Performance:

The Polk Audio T15 shows impressive performance with tweeter and woofer drivers. This silk dome tweeter with shallow waveguide will deliver rich and detailed highs without being harsh. They are responsible for broader dispersion as well. The drivers use Dynamic Balance technology that can minimize resonance resulting in true and pure sound.

Bass is deep and clean. They show their presence but for bass heads, a subwoofer will bring the most out of it. They can deliver clean and clear vocals. These speakers have great imaging and can produce room-filling sound. As you listen to different music genre, you will realize the speakers do not cause any ear fatigue.

If your receiver has EQ options, you can easily tweak the sound. The speakers perform quite well at moderate volumes. They produce undistorted and pleasant sound. Polk T15 speakers sound great as front or surround speakers. Overall, the speakers have bright highs, clean mids and impactful lows.  

Speaker placement:

 

You can place Polk Audio T15 speakers on table, desktops, bookshelves or speaker stands. It has a keyhole on the back side of the speaker which means you can also wall mount them. This will make it easier for users with limited space. Place them on the front wall in a 2.0 setup. Make an angle with the user.

In rear setups, place them on side wall. Keep the speaker below or above listening position. If you have to place them on back wall, then keep them above the listening position. One difference between Polk Audio T15 and other bookshelf speakers is, they sound good at above or below ear level. So make sure to try this in case you feel the sound is ‘weak’.

Compatible device:

 

Since Polk Audio T15 speakers are passive speakers, you will need additional receiver or amplifier with them. You can connect Pioneer SC-55 receiver, SMSL SA50 along with other popular brands like Onkyo, Denon, Marantz, Harman Kardon, etc.

If you think the Polk T15 speakers sound weak, you can always upgrade to 3.1 or 5.1 theater system. It works with Polk Audio T30 center channel and T50 floorstanding speakers. For boosted bass, include Polk Audio PSW10 subwoofer.

Use case:

Polk Audio T15 bookshelf speakers are suitable for small to medium sized rooms. You can connect them to PC, turntable, TV, smartphones, etc. depending on the available ports in your receiver. The speakers will perform quite well if they are paired with PC or TV.

This Polk Audio T15 bookshelf speaker is great for music and movies. It is ideal for TV watching and will deliver powerful sound compared to built-in TV speakers. For an immersive theater like experience, you can upgrade to a 5.1 system.

Cost:

Polk Audio T15 are some of the best bookshelf speakers under $150. However, the cost will increase as you add a receiver and a subwoofer. It is a cheap yet decent sounding speaker that is best for users with tight budgets.

FAQ

What is the best alternative to Polk Audio T15 speakers?

If you are looking for an alternative of Polk Audio T15, then have a look at Klipsch R-41M speakers. They are available at similar price range. Klipsch R-41M speaker has crisp highs with crystal clear sound. It has a rear-firing port compared to the front one in Polk T15. This means you need to leave some gap on the back wall.

How to connect TV with Polk Audio T15 speakers?

Since Polk Audio T15 speakers are passive, you need to connect an amplifier or receiver. Then look for the receiver connection ports. Usually, the TV will connect via HDMI or optical. In case you have an older TV model, then the available connection options might be coax or 3.5mm port.

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