Summary: When I bought a 50" HDTV a few years ago, I bought an all in one home theater package. The type you typically see in the $300-$400 Range. The surround was fun, but for listening to music it was pretty muddy. I decided to put together a better system. I started with a Yamaha Rx-V663 receiver and a pair of Polk Tsi-200 bookshelf speakers. Had I stopped there, I would have been very satisfied with that system for music.
Summary: I bought a pair of Polk Audio speakers in the late 80s....thought they were the best then. This center channel speaker made it clear Polk Audio is still among the best, if not the best, in the speaker department. I matched it with 2 TSI100s (left and right bookshelves), 2 RM8s (for rear channel surround), and the PSW-10 (subwoofer). All are by Polk Audio. It's the best sounding set-up I've heard....and I've heard quite a few in local stores. For the money...
Pros: Attractive Design, Easy To Connect, Great Sound Quality, Powerful
Summary: First off I must rate JR Computers & Electronics; 5 stars there. Ordered this unit on a Wednesday & it arrived via UPS Friday, same week. It was in original factory carton unopened, packed inside a second larger box with still more packing material, safe and sound! I've ordered other items from JR and as always, for an online purchase I barely had time to blink. Now about the product; Nice looking wood finish, with the face in silver.
Summary: I bought this brand new and couldn't be happier. I hated how I had to crank up my sony xbr3 speakers to be able to hear dialogue in one scene and then have to turn them down in an action packed scene so they wouldn't be blown out. The CS1 sounds incredibly great for the price. My room is approx. 16x20x7 and this is plenty center channel. As you can see from the pictures I added, I also have a Polk Monitor 60's center and a Polk PSW111 sub.
Summary: I got this center channel speaker to go with my Polk Monitor 50 tower speakers. Acoustically it is a perfect match for the towers and presents a seamless sound stage. If you have any of the Polk Monitor series speakers up to the 50's. I highly recommend it. For the higher model numbers with the larger drivers, go with the matching CS2. Sounds great at a VERY attractive price point, recommended.
Completely satisfied with the CS1 for many months now
Michael D. Mangus, Amazon
15 July 2008
Summary: I purchased these last December, 2007 from Amazon and after all these months I have been completely satisfied with the Polk Audio brand. The center channel has made my 7.1 in-ceiling speaker setup a complete joy to listen too. I am using these speakers with my Onkyo TX-SR705 7.1 receiver and it just all sounds great for playing movies, music cds, and console games.