Summary: Paid $79.99. Price was a factor but so were reviews. Very good sound. Enclosure kind of big but gives you good sound. Sounds great with blue-ray DVD. Would buy more POLK brand. Good value. No Cons.
Summary: I have owned Polk Audio speakers for 25 years in different sizes and configurations (I even have my old Monitor 5jr+ in my newly remodeled garage). I recently upgraded my main system speakers to the Monitor 70s (which I found on Amazon for less than half the retail price) and since I was using a much smaller Polk center channel speaker, I could tell that the vocal dialog tracks were lacking volume in comparison. They also seemed "boxy".
Summary: Going from a 2.1 to a 3.1 setup was fantastic with the Polk CS1. Back in the day I was able to splurge on some Polk Lsi7s, and with young kids running around adding that Lsi center was waay out of the question. The CS1 fit the bill perfectly. I figured even though they aren't matched and a different series, I'd just let the Audyssey do the work on the Onkyo NR-808 anyway, and it sounds fantastic. It sounded pretty good without setup as well.
Great speaker, but I am glad I read other reviews first.
20 February 2012
Summary: As other reviewers have stated, this speaker is huge. Almost 10 inches in depth and weighs in around 20 pounds. I took a couple of reviewer's suggestions and measured and measured again. This way I was sure I had the space to set this speaker up without it being to crowded. The estimate was for the product to be delivered the following Tuesday, it arrived the Friday before that. Guess it arrived on time, eh?
Summary: I am in the process of putting together a home theater system. Initially I only had two front speakers - Polk Audio TSi200's hooked to a Pioneer VSX 1040 receiver. The sound was great but you could sense there was something missing when playing songs on my iPod or watching a DVD - particularly the vocals were not too clear. Adding this center speaker simply had a day-and-night difference and music sounds beautiful as do DVDs.
Pros: Already mentioned above
Cons: Not much of a con, but the size is clearly something you have to be prepared for.
Summary: Before I bought these speakers, I only had an old set of 100 shelf speakers. So for my birthday, I added this center speaker. It easily doubled my sound and I was able to achieve a fantastically clear mid-range that I was just not able to get with my always too tinny or too bassy shelf speakers. When I added the PolkAudio 10-inch subwoofer Polk Audio PSW110 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer (Single, Black) to the mix, it sound even more incredible!
Summary: After not being overly impressed with a pair of Polk Audio satellite speakers and one of it's 10" sub woofers, I was unsure of what I would get with this Center Speaker-trusting the reviews as I made my online purchase. After hooking up this baby all I can say is "Wow"! For the amount of money spent, this was easily one of the best purchases I have ever made. The sound is terrific and won me over to Polk forever.
Summary: I purchased this center channel at Circuit city today. I paired it with a Sony STR DG520, Bose Acoustimass 10 cube surround sound speakers, Acoustic Audio PSW10. I have since played Transformers, Normal TV (digital cable), Halo 3, and Music Channel TV stations, and FM radio through it. I also listened to this against the $200 Bose Center channel, $250 Klipsch, $230 Boston Acoustic, and cheaper $110Polk Center Channel.