Summary: I was using a Bose double cube for my center channel. It was weak, and insufficient. I decided to go with the PA CS1, wow what a difference. Great sound at a lower volume. Vocals are clear and defined. I tested the unit listening to that "movie previews guy" voice. EXACTLY like it is in the theater. AMAZING. Even regular TV voices/narration sound waaay better, (I watch alot of NGEO, TruTV, Discovery etc.) programs that have lots of narration. One note, it's big.
Summary: Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't understand that "17 pounds" isn't enough for the Dimensions field. Here are the actual dimensions. 18"w x 7"h x 9-5/8"d To give you a sense of scale, that is about 1 inch wider than most home stereo components (like your amp, receiver, or DVD player), so it'll stack, but there will be a little overhang. Just think of it as love handles for your center channel.
a bit larger than expeected, but very good overall
F. Ather, Amazon
4 May 2008
Summary: make sure you check out the dimensions before you order, to know if it fits on your area. i have sitting on my tv stand and it hangs over the edge a little bit in front of the TV. other than that, it produces very good quality sound.
Summary: I purchaced this speaker along with four Polk Monitor 30 satalites, a Pioneer VSX-1017TXV-K receiver, and a Velodyne VX-10 sub about two months ago. I did tons of research and read hundreds of reviews for about a month before I pulled the trigger. The center channel sound is a perfect match (to no surprise) with the other Polk Monitor speakers. The sound is warm and crisp, but not too bright. Voices sound natural and well defined.
Summary: I have nothing to complain about this central speaker. The sound of the voice, the clarity of dialogs is outstanding. Not only the dialogs sound great, but other frequencies too, when I listen to the music. This PolkAudio speaker works great with my Onkyo 5.1 receiver and a mix of other speakers (Sony 3-way towers). I am a big fan of Polk Audio, so no complains at all!
Great budget center channel speaker! Bad seller...
A. Ayon, Amazon
22 March 2008
Summary: I ordered this Monitor CS1 and Monitor 40's to replace the speakers in my Onkyo HT-SR800 HTiB...HUGE improvement in sound quality. They will play very loud and clear without distorting with the crossover set at 80 or 100hz. While they don't produce the very realistic 3D soundstage you get with more expensive speakers (high-end Polks, internet direct brands like Axiom/Ascend Acoustics, etc.), they will blow away any HTiB system for just a few more dollars.
Summary: I ordered this to replace my previous Polk center channel speaker. I had NO idea on how huge this thing was!! But, regardless it amplifies my movies and games a whole lot. No more turning up the volume to hear the voices. Everything about this speaker is great.
Summary: This speaker plays fine and is better than the internal speakers of my Sharp Aquos. It is not especially efficient but it a great match for my other Polk Audio speakers in my home theatre setup.