Very nice speakers for sm/med room; add a sub for more bottom-end kick...
7 days ago
Summary: Needed a pair of small speakers for my home office and the Monitor 40's fit the bill well. Mid and high range are quite clear, bass is adequate. May add a Polk PSW-10 sub eventually. Office is small with hardwood floor, acoustically "live" environment. Old, trusty Onkyo A-7070 makes 'em sound-off with authority.
If you like Classical Music, You've found the best.
Mr. Marvin, Amazon
30 November 2013
Summary: I hear from customers who listen to smooth jazz that they don't have enough bass, but subs fix that easily. The mid-range is unmatched. The highs are good for music, but not if you're looking for home theater. Polk Audio Monitor 30 AM3025-A 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Black) will do fine for all channels.
Summary: These are great sounding speakers. I bought these after buying the larger tower versions for my TV and stereo listening. It actually sounds better having these at the back of the room with the towers in the front next to the TV when in 2 channel stereo mode than in surround sound mode. I no longer use surround sound, but keep them in stereo mode with all 4 speakers powered at the same time. I would definitely buy these again.
All of the clarity I hoped for, and surprisingly punchy bass.
11 November 2013
Summary: For those of you who have heard these words, but not really practiced them, let me emphasize ... speaker placement is critical. Too far from your wall, playback is thin and tinny. Too close to the wall, these speakers can sound too bassy and boomy. Proper speaker stands and taking a little time to locate the best location for your listening, will yield very favorable listening experience. From the dept. of redundancy dept.
Summary: These replaced the 4ft tall speakers we used to have in our living room - they put out a great, warm sound, which makes my musician husband happy, and they take up way less space which makes me happy.
Summary: As someone who has owned the monitor 50's, and 70's as well, Polk has some of the best modern audio speakers out there, especially in their starter series. You wont find computer speakers at your local best buy that sound this good. But for many, there has been a great debate between the 40s and the 50s. Which ones are better? Objectivly speaking, as someone who has owned both, the 50s, but really depends on your needs. The monitor 50s noticeably have more bass.
Summary: These were a good buy better than what I had before, and smaller.Now need a better center,might step a notch later and use these to replace my surronds,or go 6.1.I use a sub cut back my base a little.I could not tell they were reconditioned