When it's about a surround sound system, you want an excellent central speaker to get the most out of it. Aside from the satellite speakers, central speakers bring you all the core sounds out of any movie or shows you watch.
As an audiophile, I love trying out different speakers' setups; it's also part of my job. While I was looking for some quality center channel speakers, I came across two choices from Polk. Choosing between the Polk T30 vs. CS10 was quite difficult, so I got them both and tried it out myself.
So, what you get here is my experience with the Polk T30 and CS10 and my research of these two. I will also make a comparison to help you out choose one based on your preferences.
Let's get going then.
Overview of Polk T30
To know a bit about both the speakers, I will take you through an overview of both of them. The information I share is mostly based on what I experienced using the speakers and other users' experiences.
Straying away from the competition, Polk T30 in itself is a great center speaker for any surround sound system. It has got a lot of features and qualities that make it a worthy choice. Just take a look below and see for yourself.
- 1 Specifications of Polk T30
- 2 About Polk T30
- 3 Specifications of Polk CS10
- 4 About Polk CS10
- 5 Other Polk Audio Speakers Reviews
- 6 Comparison of the Polka T30 vs. CS10
- 7 Conclusion
Specifications of Polk T30
Let's start with the technical specifications of the Polk T30 then we will move on to the details.
- Cabinet material: Solid MDF
- Amp power: 20-100W
- Frequency response: 60 – 24000hz
- Drivers: 2 bi-laminate composites
- Dome Tweeter: Waveguide
- Colors: Black
- Weight: 11.45lbs
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 19 x 7.5 inches
About Polk T30
Now, let's get into the details of the Polk T30 and see if it's worth checking out or not. I will go through various factors, so it's easy for you to point out the value of this one. Here it goes,
Design and build
When you are looking for a classy center channel speaker to add to your surround system, this will meet your needs with perfection. It comes with a premium and elegant finish that you will love to have along with your home theater setup. The design isn't too fancy, making it an excellent option for a stylish and straightforward setup.
As for the build, you don't need to worry too much either. Firstly, it comes from Polk, so you know you won't be getting cheap materials. The speaker cabinet is made of solid MDF boards that also positively impact the sound quality of speakers.
Overall, you will love the design and the build quality this one brings to the table. It's just the perfect thing you want alongside a classy high-end setup when you consider the looks and build.
The most important factor you consider for speakers has to be the speakers, right? Well, this one will never disappoint you with the sound quality, that much I can assure you. It comes with excellent drivers that put out quality sounds for you no matter what purpose you are using them for.
Starting with the quality, you will get a natural and balanced sound on the speakers. With the frequency range of 60 to 24000hz, you get a good grasp of all the tonal qualities you need. Of course, it's a center channel speaker, so it lacks the power to put out a deep rumbly bass for you.
If you want to enjoy some music and movies on this one, you will not complain about the experience you get with this. It fulfills all the needs you may have from a center speaker's sound quality.
Alongside the design and sound, this one is an excellent choice for an addition to your home theater system. It is very easy to integrate this center speaker into your existing sound system. And the overall quality you get after adding this one is an improvement that you will love to have on your home theater system.
Overview of Polk CS10
Now, let's take a look at the Polk CS 10, and you will know where it stands in terms of quality and performance.
Specifications of Polk CS10
First, check out the technical specifications of the Polk CS10, then we will move on to the details of the speaker.
- Cabinet material: Solid MDF
- Amp power: 125W
- Efficiency: 91dB
- Frequency response: 53 – 25000hz
- Drivers: Bi-laminate composite
- Dome Tweeter: Polymer Composite
- Colors: Black/ Cherry wood
- Weight: 16lbs
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 20 x 9.75 inches
About Polk CS10
Let's dive deep into the details of Polk CS10 now. There are lots of things to talk about this one. As a professional in the field of audio, I have some excellent remarks for this one.
Design and build
Well, let's just say you wouldn't mind adding this one to your home theater system when it's about the looks. It has got a pretty stylish front with two speakers, domes, and a central unit. You can always use the grille to cover up these drivers, so there is no issue with that.
If you want to add some classiness to your setup, you can always go with the cherry wood color option you get on this one. It adds some elegance to your setup and if you have room to accommodate it, then surely go for the color.
Coming to the building aspect, it has a solid build quality for sure. You won't have any issues with the durability of this speaker, considering the build it has got. Also, the material used for the cabinet helps in getting a better sound quality for you.
All I can say about the sound quality on this one is that I was thoroughly impressed with it. Especially the dialogues from movies and shows came out so great that I got immersed into it. It produces some fantastic mid and highs that you will love to get out of movies.
While the highs and mid frequencies are incredible, it also has a bit of punch in the bass. However, don't expect any deep rumbling bass from this one since it's a center channel speaker. Even after that fact, you can get the essence of bass coming from it a little.
What I loved about this one the most was the integration of the speaker into my existing system. I noticed a boost in the quality of my other speakers in my home theater system after adding this one to the setup.
Adding to the previous fact that I loved the integration quality, it was also very easy to add this to my existing setup. So, if you don't want to go through too much hassle in adding a speaker to your existing setup, then this is the pick for you.
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Comparison of the Polka T30 vs. CS10
Now, let's get to the real deal here. Which one is a better choice for you? I have got this comparison based on several factors to break that down, so let's check that out.
In terms of sound quality, there is nothing much that you can differentiate between these two speakers. They both put out similar sound qualities with slight differences in the frequency response and amp power.
The Polka CS10 tends to give you a slightly better performance in the bass quality. Also, it comes with some good extra power for the amp. However, you can only notice the difference if you start looking for it.
Overall, for the sound quality, you can choose either of them, but if you are a professional, then I think you will find CS10 to be a better choice.
Design and build
Both the speakers come with a classic look and style, so there is no way to choose one here. Although if you want to move away from a black speaker and try out a cherry wood design, you can go for the CS10 cherry wood variant.
Other than that, the T30 is a bit smaller than the CS10, so that can also be a consideration to make. So, if you want to have a smaller central speaker, then T30 should be your pick.
If you are considering the price of these speakers, then you should always go for the T30. It has a lower price tag than the CS10, with almost the same sound quality. The difference isn't that noticeable in the sound, so it seemed to be a better choice if you consider the price.
To sum up, choosing a speaker between the Polk T30 vs. CS10 surely is a tough decision. It's very difficult to choose one of them based on the quality or performance because they are pretty much the same in those aspects.
However, if you know what you want, then you can very easily choose one of them. If you are looking for a top-quality speaker and a professional, then CS10 will feel better in your ears. But if you want to save up some bucks and space on your setup, then you can go for the T30 any day.
You can be sure of that, no matter which one you choose, you to end up with quality. There should be no issues with any of them what so ever.
HI, John Andrew here. I’ve been an audiophile since I was a little kid. I’m an original member of myaudiolover . It emerged as a way for me to share my passion and knowledge for audio technology. If you’re looking for tips, techniques, and insights about audio-tech, that can enable your productions that professional edge, then MyAudioLover is the place for you!