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Polk Audio Monitor 70
10 Reviews
rating  4.3 of 5
MSRP  400.00
Description: <ul> <li>Video-shielded</li> <li>Bass-reflex design</li> <li>Frequency response 40-24,000 Hz (-3dB)</li> <li> 8-ohm impedance</li> <li>Sensitivity 90 dB</li> <li>Handles up to 275 watts</li> <li>Dual 5-way binding post terminals</li> <li>7-3/4"W x 42"H x 14-3/4"D</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MikeyWizzy a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2015

Bottom Line:   
These have the classic Polk top end. They sound OK for music or movies.
These do not get down to 40hz -3dB.
You will NEED a subwoofer. These speakers just can't get down to the low notes and the ones it can reach are not very powerful.
Ran these on a Carver TFM35x amp.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Audiolad a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2014

Bottom Line:   
I would give this speaker a higher review, but it needs a monster amp to produce those low notes. There is a reason the instructions say up to a 275 watt (continuous power and that doesn't quit until it reaches the maximum .1% THD). If you have a quality amp, then you will hear the full spectrum of sound down to 30 Hz.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fleagle a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Bought these slightly played for $240/pair in mint and unmolested condish. I needed something to replace my aging Dahlquist DQ-10's. I'm driving with my Adcom GFA-555 (265 wpc) and augmented by Advent 100-watt 12" sub. Spectacular. I can't play them loud enough without taking a serious sonic beating. Depth and imaging are fantastic at this price range. Was considering a set of vintage SDA-SRS (signature ref standards) but may be satisfied with just these.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Holt a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2012

Bottom Line:   
Bought a pair refurbished from Polk for $179.00. Honest!!! Not a blemish on them. I think
they were clearing the last of the old stock.

The speakers have nice, smooth high-end with full miss, the bass is adequate but I would suggest a subwoofer. It is not mandatory but with a sub with adjustable crossover you can pick up where the Polks leave off. Try about 60 hz. Easy on the volume of the sub! These can benefit from filling-in but do not need to go above 60-65 hz and no louder than needed of muddiness ruins the sound.

Imaging is good if not excellent. Once placed properly the stage appears deep and cohesive. Using a Music Fidelity DAC and Harmon/Kardon 3490 the sound is smooth with all instruments clear in the mix.

Give these speakers some power, a good source of signal and they shine. They are the budget bargain in speakers, right now...if you can find any left.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cogito a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Bought these about a year ago as a somewhat overkill computer audio setup. Before anyone balks, I'm not using these in a near-field setup and in fact, they are about 10 feet in front of me with my computer desk set up in the middle of a 18 x 14 x 8 rectangular room. The speakers are about 18" from the front wall and about 2' from the side walls. The floor has an area drop rug that covers about 60% of the hardwood floors. Overall, the room is a bit on the bright side. The speakers are driven by a Dayton Audio DTA-100a Tripath amp, rated at 50w/ch @ 8 Ohms.

Listening results and opinion.

THE GOOD:

Bass doesn't go as low as their specs would suggest. It drops off steeply after 50Hz +/- , but what's there is solid, punchy and very well controlled. No boxiness to speak of. These speakers would really shine with a modest subwoofer to fill out the lower octave.

Both male and female vocals are actually extremely good. Much better than the $360/pr price I paid for these speakers would suggest.

High end is VERY extended, but not without it's faults. See below.

Fit n finish is good. The vinyl veneer looks great. Seams are well cut n finished.

THE NOT SO GOOD:

Considering the cabinet volume and the four 6.5" mid/bass drivers, I would expect to have a bit more extension in the bass region.

Enclosure fails the knuckle wrap test. Instead of a dull thud, I get a pretty resonant tone that is very obvious when knocking on the sides of the enclosure. Surprisingly, it doesn't translate into muddy base and midrange. Is it a fault then?

The tweeter, while very extended in range, suffers from mild breakup especially with string instruments. In most cases, it's not very obvious, but there.

The 5-Way binding post are very smooth and slippery. This makes it tough to tighten down on the preferred bare leads. I'm sure a set of banana terminals would make this a non-issue.

The speaker grills seem very thin and fragile. Removing them takes a lot of patience and care.

OVERALL VIEW:

For the money, these are tough speakers to beat! Tight lows and a dreamy midrange are the standout features of this system. They would make for a great low-budget home-theater system when matched up with the sibling Monitor 40s and a sub.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010




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