Polk Audio T50 Tower Speaker Review

4.44 Mixed Usages
4.5 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.5 Treble Accuracy:
4.4 Bass Accuracy:
4.4 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.4 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2015 Rating: 4.7 Warranty: 5 years 1" tweeter 6.5" woofer 6.5" passive radiator stereo speaker home theater usage:overall

Polk T50 is a pair of enjoyable speakers that improves with EQ tweaking. They produce detailed sound with powerful imaging. It has a neutral sounding profile and decent soundstage. Out of the box accuracy is rich and sounds just right so you might not need additional tweaking. We used them for both music and movies. While music excels through them, movies sound good as well. The vocals were clear and loud, but a subwoofer might bring the low ends back to life.

Our Verdict

Polk T50 is a 2-way tower speaker that delivers solid performance. The performance to price ratio makes it worth buying. These speakers do not get stressed out easily and we did not hear any noticeable distortion. In case you consider yourself an audiophile, it is better to use the Polk T50 as a part of a 5.1 home theater system. If you do not have the budget at this moment, try upgrading them in future.

  • Good dynamics
  • Great bass at this size
  • Good separation
  • Sounds great at moderate volumes without any distortion
  • Decent built
  • Great value for money
  • Not a high-end speaker
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Speaker Type Floor standing speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered


Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type Wave Guide Tweeter
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Type extended throw composite


Power Range 20 - 100
Sensitivity 6 ohms
Impedance 90 dB
Frequency Range 40Hz-20 kHz
Crossover Frequencies Not specified


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


Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A


Connector Type 5-way binding posts
Compatible Connector Types banana plugs, spades, pins, bare-wire
Speaker Wire Compatibility standard speaker wire


Bass Accuracy: Tight and clear bass but not room shaking
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Crisp and clear vocals
Treble Accuracy Decent highs
Imaging & Soundstage: Great imaging and soundstage
Dynamic Range: Great dynamic range
Power Handling: They are easy to drive so a less powerful amplifier will work as well.
Frequency Response: Wide frequency response
Transient Response: Good transient response


Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF
Color Black


Height (inches) 36.25
Width (inches) 9.25
Depth (inches) 10.25
Weight (pounds) 24.8 lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) none


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


Accessories: 1 Tower Speaker, 1 Grille, Warranty Registration Card
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design and build:

Polk T50 has an MDF cabinet that has a wood vinyl finish. It sits on a flat base that gives good stability. Use the curved cloth grille to protect the drivers. The speaker is not very large and is suitable in living rooms. Overall, the build quality is quite good at this price point.



Polk T50 is a 2-way speaker that has 1” tweeter, 6.5” woofers and passive radiators. They have deep and tight bass that makes music quite enjoyable. The instrumental sounds are rich and accurate. It has two 6.5” passive radiators that improve the bass response. As we played music of different genres, the speakers sounded bright and engaging.

Instead of bass port, the bass radiators work and with these you do no have to worry about chuffing noise. Since it has a sealed cabinet, placement is much easier compared to speakers that have rear firing bass port. It is a power consuming speaker that can get quite loud. If you place them in a room that has too much floor reflections, with Polk T50 it might be an issue. For that you can use thick carpets.

Place the speakers on both sides of the TV or center channel. Make an equilateral triangle with the user. For large distances between the speakers, you might need to toe-in them with the user. If you are using a subwoofer, then place it on one side of the speaker on the front wall.

Use case:

While the Polk T50 tower speakers are great for music, they work with movies as well. However, for a great movie watching experience, a 3.1 sound system will be better.

Compatible device:


Polk T50 tower speakers are compatible with Polk T30 center-channel speaker, T15 bookshelf/surround channel speakers and PSW10 or PSW111 subwoofers via an amplifier or receiver. Match an amp or receiver like the Emotiva A-100.

While connecting them, make sure to match the polarity. That is, positive to positive terminal and negative to negative terminal.


Polk always focuses on delivering good sound at a lower budget and the T50 is no exception. The T50 is one of the best speakers under $250. They are quite affordable for floorstanding speakers and are suitable for users with tight budgets.



What is the best alternative to Polk T50 tower speakers?

Pioneer SP-FS52 is one of the best alternatives to the Polk T50 speakers. They have 5.25” woofer drivers but overall, the performance is impressive with tight bass. It has great tonal balance and sounds bigger than its size. It is affordable and is worth buying.

Who is Polk T50 floorstanding speaker for?

The Polk T50 is a reasonably priced speaker designed for users starting their journey into home theater. It is great for newbies who are seeking a basic tower speaker for general listening purposes. It is also suitable for bass heads with the addition of an independent subwoofer.

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