Polk Audio CS350 Center Channels

CS350

Centre Channel

User Reviews (9)

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hj1868   AudioPhile [Apr 28, 2013]

Recently picked up a mint cs350-ls on CL for $70 to round out a vintage Polk HT set up (10B's in front, 5JR's rear, PSW650 sub). Several have posted that this is a good center to mix with vintage Polks - now I have to agree.

I have only watched a few movies with it but so far I am impressed with 350's detail, imaging and strong vocal clarity. It's large cabinet may not be for everyone but having the angled enclosure is great for aiding placement.

All-in-all, I really enjoy it. It has accomplished what I needed. Clearly a strong performer and at its price point a steal also.

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Joe roberts   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 09, 2013]

I don't know the year, but its a polk audio cs350-ls center channel speaker. I based my purchase on all of the great reviews i read on here. I have yet to hook it up but for $75 i don't think i got too bad of a deal. I think it will complement my rt-55's i have as front mains. Once again polk has amazed me. Thanks

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5
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ice460   AudioPhile [Apr 03, 2008]
Strength:

Great highs and mids, bass is good, but let's be honest here, how much bass do you really expect from a center? Not a lot, right? Double it.

The size makes it hard to put it by a TV, especially with today's flat screen HDTVs and what not. I had to build a custom riser for mine to put it underneath my receiver and turntable. Take the grill off and prepare to be intimidated. This thing has as many speakers as my RT20P towers!!!

Weakness:

Some could say size, but I like my speakers to be monsterous and intimidating. It's all a matter of preferance.

This is by far the best center that I have ever heard - nothing even comes close! This center was able to blow away a friend's complete system! Surprising bass reproduction, highs are high, mids are tight.

I have a goofy way of testing my speakers, beyond sound and build quality. If I am within 5 feet of a speaker and it will make my ears start getting blocked and feel weird, then I know I have a hell of a good speaker!

I've had this since June of '07, and bought it as part of a package. I found a listing on Craigslist and decided to purchase them, never even seing or hearing them. The whole system cost my $250 and included the CS350-LS, a pair of RT20P powered towers, and a pair of LS f/x rear channels. I picked them up the day that I got back from vacation, and after 4 hours of driving, I finally got to hook them up. These things looked brand new and the seller said he only used them for maybe 12 hours. I doubt it was even that long.

Bottom line, if you can get this for under $200 you are still getting a great deal! I even thought of buying another one just for my bedroom but after bidding went beyond $225, I decided I could just turn up the stereo in the basement. You can't beat this speaker at all!!!

Similar Products Used: Polk RT600, RT20P, LS f/x, Pioneer, Cerwin Vega
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Tom K   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 12, 1999]
Strength:

Excellent overall sound

Weakness:

None

I've bveen using the CS350LS for some time know and have no complaints. This "Center Channel" will take as much juice as you can give and keep producing. Extremely sharp highs and unbeleivable Midrange poors from this speaker. It will also produces excellent Mid_Bass as well. All the other speakers on my system start to pop while the Polk CS350LS just asks for more. It definitely has a tight crystal clear sound. The Polk CS350LS comes highly recommended.


I am currently looking to get the RT3000p's for front mains and a sub.

Similar Products Used: Polk,Sony,Advent
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5
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5
Larry Waldorf   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 10, 2000]
Strength:

great sound for a center, super clarity, great power

Weakness:

large size, hard to fit, but you can manage if you have a
35" t.v. or larger

Unbelievable center channel. Clearly and powerfully
transmits voices via DTS or Dolby Digital. Highly
recommend Polk as a product name for value and quality.
If you can purchase this "used" or as "not cutting edge"
techonolgy, you will have a great find.

Similar Products Used: none
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5
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5
Paul James   an Audio Enthusiast [Jul 07, 1999]

I recently upgraded to this centre speaker from the CS275. The CS350 has a huge RMS of 250watts. The four mid range woofers accompanied by the tri-laminate tweeter make it a fantastic centre speaker. Highly recommended. It can be played at very loud levels and handles all that is thrown at it without hesitation.

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Aaron   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 08, 2000]
Strength:

power handling & good bass for a Center

Weakness:

size but thats to be expected

This is a very good Center I purchased mine from pawn shop $140 to replace my CS300 which is also a good Center but it cant do the volume that the 350 is capable of without poping
I drove both hard and when the Cs300 started to pop the CS350 just kept going mine is an older model probably 93/94
I have removed the baffling inside the speaker that ran from front to rear of the speaker between the air ports and the woofers on one side only and this seems to give voices a much more open and natural sound to them not stuck in the box sound and there,s no point in comparing the CS225 there just not in the same class

Similar Products Used: CS225 CS300
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5
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5
Hessmachine   Audio Enthusiast [May 04, 2000]
Strength:

Superb Clarity common to most newer Polk's, high power handling capabilities, not bad at the lower octaves of a movie soundtrack, build quality

Weakness:

Large size limits placement options

To this day it is hard to find a center channel speaker with the clarity and depth of this model. The midrange (i.e., human voices) is stunningly precise. Also I unhooked the rest of the speakers in my system and just cranked out the 350. I was really impressed with the bass tones coming from such small cones.

The largest asset to this speaker is its trilaminate tweeter. I am in love with this little thing. Its highs are really hard to beat. The only complaint about the tweeter is it gets a little bit harsh at VERY HIGH volumes -nothing anyone has to worry about at normal listening levels.

As it is a beautiful speaker, its size also makes it obtrusive to look at and even intimidating. It's quite big, so make sure you have enough space for it. Anyway, to sum this all up, if you can get this speaker used now for a significantly lower price than a new Polk (or any other manufacturer for that matter) center channel, you have made a steal. I highly recommend it.

Similar Products Used: Polk Audio: RT 16's, LSF/X surrounds, PSW140, RT35's, and RTi25's. H/K receiver.
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5
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5
carlos   Audio Enthusiast [Jun 17, 2000]
Strength:

true real deep bass,clear dialog,power handling,looks

Weakness:

not biwireable from the factory

I thought my crossover on my ls 90's gave out so I ordered
a new one.Turns out a wire came loose so I soldered it
and put it in my ls350 center.WOW what a difference.
True deep bass from my center. On my preamp I have 3
sets of crossovers linkwitz-riley,butterworth,phase perfect
I can control slope rates too. I tried them all.I like the
phase perfect the best.Putting the ls 90 biwireable
crossover in my center was like buying a 1200.00 new
center channel.If you have a preamp that offers eletronic
crossovers you should try this.I love it,you will too

Similar Products Used: definitive tech
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5
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5
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