Polk Audio CS1000 Center Channels

CS1000

center channel

User Reviews (9)

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Mike   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 14, 2002]
Strength:

Two subs dedicated for lfe in the center channel, which frees up the two mids to play mid frequency sound. Center pre-out connection! Bi-ampable. Very clear and precise. Subwoofer volume control on front. Impressive.

Weakness:

Enormous which does not allow for optimal placement. Subs are only 50watts and they will distort at high listening levels, however you can fix that by turning down the sub volume level. Heavy.

This center is awesome. I got it accomodation from Polk, so price was not a factor for me... I wanted to clear up that it is bi-ampable and you do not need a y-apater for the center pre-out connection that someone previously posted. If you want the specs for this unit, check out their site, but if they are in limited supply these days as they are a little older model. I got it to fit with my little older system, and it impresses me most importantly and anyone else who sees it. My system is: Hitachi 53SWX10B Projection TV Pioneer Elite DV-37 DVD Player Pioneer DX-608 Receiver (To be replaced) Polk Audio RT55's Front R/L Polk Audio CS1000 Center Polk Audio F/X1000 Surround R/L No sub since I live in an apartment, probably add a Velodyne later. I use system for home theatre primarily, but it is good musically too.

Similar Products Used: I work for a major audio retailer, so I have tested many and for what I could get this speaker for it was worth it. No one can compete with this Polk CS1000 in anywhere near its price range.
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5
VALUE
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4
John Walker   a Casual Listener [Feb 26, 1999]

The CS1000 is a great speaker. DTS wouldn't be the same without it. The center channel has 2 120 watt powered 6 1/2" subwoofers on either side of the main drivers. It is a bit bulky but if you have the room, don't even think twice! There are no two ways about it, "Unsurpassed," says Home Theater Mag, "Perfect for any system," says Audio Excellence Mag, and "$1200 for this center channel is a steal," says I!

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5
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mark   Audiophile [Nov 03, 1999]
Strength:

Is truly a full range center

Weakness:

big!!! but thats the point

I paid $1,100 for this bad boy and it's
worth every penny. this center images so
well I sometimes have to check to see if
its on. Polk out did its self this time.

Similar Products Used: none
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
John A.   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 07, 2001]
Strength:

Incredible sound: Clear, Smooth, Deep Bass

Weakness:

HEAVY !!!

I went into Circuit City to buy the FX500's and saw that they had the FX1000's and the CS1000 on clearance at nearly half price. I asked the salesman if the price was correct and he said, "Yes". Needless to say I broke out the credit card so fast the salesman got whiplash.

This is one tremendous speaker. After being into home theater for a while, I knew how important and underrated the center speaker could be. Let's just say that I will not be upgrading any time soon.

Similar Products Used: CS350
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Adam J   Audiophile [Apr 26, 2001]
Strength:

Awesome sound, pure power for a center channel

Weakness:

None

This center channel is awesome. While I have heard some that sound a little cleaner and more precise (Aerial Acoustic, etc...), this sub is a great buy.

Instead of just hearing all the action, you can feel it too.

Similar Products Used: Many
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5
VALUE
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5
Caleb Larson   Audiophile [Jun 02, 2001]
Strength:

Powerfull.

Weakness:

Heavy.

This is one massive center. Get two people to help lift it, or have it down in front. Unfortunatly, however the amp is acting like an AM tuner, so I'm getting static, and sometimes a station comes in. But, if you want unbelievable sound and power, this is by far the best I've heard.

Similar Products Used: Bose, Sony, Energy
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Anonymous Anonymous   Audio Enthusiast [Jun 18, 2001]
Strength:

Sound Quality

Weakness:

Heavy, too big for a center, Not Biampable, Requires Y Adaptor for Line Level Input

This big unit is a must for anyone who is serious about their speakers, the sound quality is very superior. I paid $850 for this baby, which is kinda pricy, so those who are on a budget, I recommend the polk 400i center (which in performance is just a tad under the cs1000p and you'll save about $400-500 dollars, which you can use on the polk fx500's). This baby comes just a tad under 60 pounds, so get some help from your friends carrying it those stairs. The measures of this baby is 34"W x 8-5/8"H x 14"D, thats just a tad under 3 feet in width, so it won't fit "most" entertainment sets and you wont be able to place in on "most" standard television sets, which is bad because you wont be able to place it inline from the place where you are watching the movie (I had to place mines on top of my entertainment set, which is about 2.5-3.0 feet above ear level, sound quality was still good, but not as good if you can position it inline with your ears when your sitting down watching it). Another bad point is that you cant biamp these babies to your fronts, so those who are looking for this option, I suggest getting the polk 400i. There are two options for wiring on this baby, first option is to just plainly wire it to/from the speaker to the receivers center wire output. Second option is to use a RCA cable from the speaker to your receiver's pre-out (this also requires you to keep the original wiring in option 1, so you'll have to have two wires going to/from your receiver). I currently have it setup using option 1, if anyone knows it option 2 (using the RCA cables/Receivers Pre-out) is better, let me know. This unit does not come with a RCA cable, and requires you to purchase both a standard RCA cable and a Y Connector (I did'nt want to spend anymore monies than necessary so I opped for option 1). This baby is also powered by its own AC cord, which is three pronged, so that the speakers are properly grounded (for those who care).
To Sum up.

Negatives include
1) cant bi-amp

2) requires Y-cable if you choose to use your receivers pre-out.

3) To wide for a center, unable to place it inline with your ears. A little under 3 feet from left to right.

4) Heavy, unit stands at 60#'s

5) Price, would anyone pay $850 for these? NOT, I think the polk 400i is a better buy.


Positives include

1) Excellent Sound quality (however you might get the same quality with the polk 400i).

2) "Voice" quality out of these babies are superior, you wont have to say "What the hell did he say?" e.g. bose vcs10

3) Heavy, 60#'s hard (but possible) for someone to steal from your house.

4) Three pronge AC Wire for proper grounding.

5) also forgot this baby can handle up to 250 watts, I was blasting both my music and playing dvd's (not at the same time) at a pretty high level and this baby didnt even flinch. I didnt see any difference in Sound quality when playing regular cd's or listening to the radio, its only when playing dvds in 5.1 or dts when you really notice the difference.


Note: Bose sucks big time, dont be fooled. If your on a budget, go with Bose and Sony (they are made for each other, i.e. both suck). If you have money to spend and a audio freak, go with polk and denon (they are made for each other, i.e. both go hand in hand together).

Thank you for taking time to review my review.
If you have any feedback, feel free to message me on this board topic so that every can know the real truth and not the over rated hype bose and sony gets.

Similar Products Used: Bose Center vcs10
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Trey Kirkpatrick   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 03, 2001]
Strength:

Powered Sub's build into the center channel for full range sound. Polk Audio sound and build quality.

I don't think I can give a review about a speaker without mentioning the receiver used to drive the speaker and the other speakers used in the setup first....

My Setup:
Denon 3801 Receiver
Front: 2 Polk Audio Signature SDAs (1990)
Rear : 2 Polk Audio RT800i
Sub : 1 Polk Audio PSW250 (came free with the CS1000p)

You may notice that I'm using two of the Polk Signature Reference System speakers (these are the old ones with 8 midrange, 4 tweeters, and a 12" sub)... I bought the CS1000p to keep up with those two monsters. It has handled everything I've thrown at it flawlessly. DVD's with 5.1 channel output are when this speaker really shines. There is a surprising amount of special effects that are played on the center channel and having the dual subs in the center channel speaker will not let you miss out on anything. Voices from TV and video have a very realistic sound quality. I couldn't tell you how the speaker sounds with other receivers, but I love the warm, natural sound produced from the Denon 3801/CS1000p combo. 105w @ 8 ohms is plenty of power. (Remember there are built in powered subs so the speaker has a lot of its own power--- the speaker plugs into a wall outlet)

Polk Audio doesn't make crappy products. My SDAs that I'm using with this speaker are over 10 years old and sound better than ever. I expect the CS1000p will have a long life as well.

You would almost defiantly want a big-screen TV for this bad-boy to sit on unless you have a big wooden entertainment center that can hold the speaker. It is about 60 pounds, a yard long, and 8 inches tall! It is like a floorstaning speaker turned over on its side. I always say Bose speakers are for guys with small d*cks who say "size doesn't matter"! --This is a speaker for guys who know size DOES matter and why! (But my girlfriend doesn't think so, she hates my setup, she says it is all too big ...big speakers must be a guy thing)

It is just an intimidating speaker and sounds bigger and better than it looks! That is what I was looking for so 5 stars all the way!

E-mail me or IM me if you want to ask any questions or just to talk about stereo stuff. ---->TKirk3rd@aol.com

Similar Products Used: Refer to this review if you use a Denon 3801 receiver.
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
JP   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 27, 1999]
Strength:

This is truely the ultimate center speaker. If you haven't heard a center speaker with built in subs, you definately don't know what you missing. Bass movie effects travel left to right and right to left without missing a beat. There and no more dead spots in my surround system. Other than this Polk, I believe your only other choice is a Def Tech. So I highly recommend you go audition this Polk or Def Techs center with a built in sub. You will not leave the store empty handed!

Above.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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