If you’re short on time and just want the highlights of this article, here it is:
The Polk Audio TSi200 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers offer a great value for anyone looking for an affordable speaker with good sound quality. The TSi200s have a frequency response of 43 Hz to 25 kHz for enhanced treble and midrange reproduction and feature 0.75″ thick MDF cabinet construction. Additionally, Polk has integrated Dynamic Balance technology into these speakers, which helps reduce distortion-causing driver and system resonance. The silk dome tweeter does a great job of delivering clear and detailed highs without fatigue, even at high volume. Connectivity is also straightforward – the speakers feature gold-plated binding posts for a secure connection.
Overall, the Polk Audio TSi200 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers are a great choice for anyone looking for an affordable speaker with good sound quality. They offer clear and powerful sound, with a wide frequency response range, smooth highs, and full-bodied bass. I think they’re most ideal for those who want to save some money and don’t need an over-the-top listening experience. However, those who want a more immersive, high-end sound system should look elsewhere.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
Polk Audio TSi200 Review: Sound quality
Let me tell you something right off the bat.
The sound quality performance you'll end up getting from a speaker will always depend on your room acoustics - particularly room dimensions and speaker positions.
The impact of the combination of these two is actually so strong that in most cases, it doesn't even make sense to utter a single word on sound quality without speaking of them.
This is also why it's not unusual to see completely different reviews of the same speaker.
In one case the speaker might be placed in a sweet spot inside the room and hence the user might be satisfied. In other cases the same speaker might be ill placed and hence user might even have returned it.
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The point most people miss here is that it mostly isn't even about the engineering behind the speaker itself. It's about where you place the speaker inside which room.
So, in order to solve this problem, I've partnered with Acoustics and Audio Engineering PhD Andrea Cicero from AC Acustica and created Soundton - a simple, 2D, browser accessible online speaker placement calculator.
With Soundton, now there's a way to figure the sound quality of most speakers before you buy them.
Read more about its working principles at soundton.com.
The end colormap provides you the locations with the best (green) and worst (red) acoustics.