Polk Audio R40 Floorstanding Speakers

4.11/5 (35 Reviews) MSRP : $239.00


Product Description

video-shielded frequency response 50-20,000 Hz (-3dB) 8-ohm impedance sensitivity 90 dB handles up to 150 watts


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

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I am a guitarist composer and have a very good ear for music. I was in the guitar business full time for over 10 years and have sold many acoustic guitars and I specialized in archtops...........both vintage and modern. II understand tone and I am an audiophile and have owned many speakers in all price ranges. I love polk audio and I am blown away by these R 40 speakers. The thing is you need decent cables.....not just speaker cables and you do not need to buy the super pricey stuff but I think many that have owned these speakers did not set them up right and have lousy cables in their system I get great bass.....well defined and tight bass but these speakers have the most beautiful midrange voice with definition and clarity while also creating space around the notes. For jazz and acoustic guitar they sound like you spent $2500 for great speakers. The thing is just like a guitar......... you need to be educated about tone and balance and you need to set them up right. I have owned $3000 Paradigm Speakers that sounded good but their is a magic about a 5 1/2 inch woofer.....especially two of them and I am not the only one who has said it. If you have a decent system and set these speakers up right they willl give you goose bumps and punch way above their price. I paid $160 for them from my brother who bought them new as I could not be happier but being a guitar player and speaker nut I am always chasing another guitar and have 5 sets of speakers in a small place. The creamy and buttery "voice" of these is just beautiful and they retain definition. I would say to anyone that has these get some decent speaker cables and decent rca and learn how to set them up and it will be night and day.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002



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

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2006

Bottom Line:   
First off, killer deal from a pawn shop. Sometimes, you just get lucky like this. I paid 65$ for the PAIR! lol Awsome. I'm a college student and I've got a (kinda) small bedroom. I've got these R40's hooked up with my RM6800 5.1 set, running from an Onkyo 602. Great, great, sound for the room. Killer even. I've got a Samsung 23" LCD HDTV as well, with my Sony DVP-NS75H Upconverter DVD Player. I absolutely love my setup. Couldn't be happier!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   a Pawn shop



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dmax a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Chirpie needs to clean his ears and try these speakers again.Why in the world would you compare hundred dollar speakers to thousand dollar speakers? Duhhhh!These speakers are great,your the problem.Im not going broke looking for the passion in someones voice.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Purchased At:   have not but heard t



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by chirpie a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I have to admit, I bought these speakers realizing that they were a compromise to what I'm used to hearing. My brother had just married and I let him have the B&Ws we had bought together.

The problem with these speakers (and the R50 that I upgraded to, hoping there was a big difference to be had) is they strike me with such an average sound that it's hard to describe. The bass is OK, a little muddy. The mids aren't warm or silky, they're just represented well enough for you to know they're there. And the highs are 'gimmicky' in nature.

In a home theatre set-up, these weaknesses are as immediately apparent, but the second you throw in a Patricia Barber CD, you'll notice that there's no passion to the recording.

I've been auditioning speakers since, ( B&W Nautilus 805's, and Linn Ninka's are high on my list now...) and will part with these as soon as possible.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $229.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wagingwar01 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I was looking for a set of front floor speakers that would compliment a Sony A/V reciever with a Sony 5 disc and JVC DVD player, and Im 21 and in college so price and quality are two hard things to put together. These R40's by Polk Audio came through really nice. Great professional look, and outstanding mid and highs for movies and metal music. The speakers were designed soley for mid's and high's and that is what they deliver. Must own a subwoffer to make these work to their potential. They're an excellent speaker for the money, I would recommend them anyday!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   C. City




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