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Classic Polk Loudspeaker, with built-in 12
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The Original, Second Generation Monitor Loudspeakers
"Our advice is not to buy speakers until you've heard the Polks." -- Musician Magazine
It's 1972. The first hand-held calculator costs $395. Mariner 9 sends back pictures from Mars. Nixon goes to China. The Beetle outsells the Model T. THE GODFATHER is released in theaters. "The Price is Right" premieres on TV. "School's Out" wins a Grammy. And Matthew Polk and George Klopfer, fresh out of Johns Hopkins with too much physics and mechanical engineering knowledge for their own good, develop the Monitor 7 Loudspeaker and change the way people think about home audio.
The original Monitor Series raised the bar for home audio sound quality, with 3-dimensional sound that went beyond the speaker box itself. They were highly efficient, and sounded great even on the modest electronics of the time (yet they were able to handle a tremendous amount of power if you had it). They used Bass Radiator Technology, tuned to produce deep, musical bass, giving them a totally realistic, fully dynamic soundstage. And best of all, they were surprisingly reasonably priced. Audiogram Magazine gushed, "we were so impressed we could not believe the prices...they're simply a steal."
So it was with great fanfare that two decades later Polk Audio reintroduced the "Monitor" moniker with the Monitor Series 2. Seven new models, from the compact Monitor 4 to the awesome Monitor 12, all updated the original with a variety of sizes, power outputs and performance levels to match any environment or budget.
"Vastly superior to the competition in their price range." - Musician Magazine
"May well be the best high performance speaker value on the market today." - Off The Record
"This speaker is a real find!" - Audio Alternatives
MONITOR Series 2, circa 1990
Featuring the fluid-cooled SL2500 Tweeter
- Surprisingly open, "boxless," "three-dimensional" sound from a traditional loudspeaker.
- Tuned for flat frequency response, for extended listening pleasure with no fatigue.
- The ability to reproduce difficult transients, for crisp, lifelike clarity.
- Exceptionally deep, tight bass, the kind you can feel as well as hear.
- Wide, realistic dispersion of high- and mid-frequencies, for perfect sound in any listening position.
- SL2500 Tweeter design (Monitor 4.6, 5jr+, 5, 7, 10 and 12): A highly refined, technically advanced high frequency driver. Fluid-cooled with an exotic ULV (ultra-low viscocity) magnetic fluid, this tweeter effortlessly exceeds "normal" listening levels with no loss of performance or reliability. The use of the SL2500 Tweeter gives these Monitor Speakers a dramatic dynamic range, totally unique for speakers in this price range.
- SL1500 Hemispherical Tweeter (Monitor 4): A 1" soft dome driver that delivers superb definition and smooth extended response.
- Larger, internally-braced enclosures, bigger than the previous generation of Monitors, tuned for the deepest possible bookshelf speaker bass response, making them the biggest sounding bookshelf speakers ever. Larger models are capable of filling even the largest spaces with deep, musical bass energy.
- High efficiency, so they sound great even with modest electronics, as well as the ability to handle significant amounts of power, if you got it.
- Reasonably priced high performance audio; they only sound expensive.
- Built to last a lifetime. (And, indeed, Monitor Series 2 Loudspeakers regularly turn up at yard sales and in attics, sounding just as spectacular as they did right out of the box.)
|Type||Polk SL2500 dome tweeter|
|Diameter||6 1/2" (16.51cm)|
|Type||sub bass radiator|
|Total Frequency Response||25Hz - 25kHz|
|Upper -3dB Limit||23 kHz|
|Lower -3dB Limit||35 Hz|
|Nominal Impedance||8 ohms|
|Recommended Amplifier Power||20 - 400 watts per channel|
|Height||37 13/40" (94.81cm)|
|Width||15 3/4" (40.01cm)|
|Total Shipping Weight||60.00 pounds|
Specifications, dimensions and features subject to change without notice. For more information call us at 1-800-377-7655 (USA and Canada). Outside of North America call +1 (410) 358-3600.
8 reviews with an average of 5Write your own review
by chris the native new orleanian, April 27, 20082 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
Clarity and power handling
Thought of trying to find replacements that will be on par with these for a decent price.
I bought a pair of the M12 speakers in April 1992. They have been my only speakers connected to a Carver TFM-55 amplifier since 1992. To date, I have not had any problems with these speakers... or the TFM-55 amp. I find this impressive since the Carver TFM-55 is rated at 388 Watts Per Channel (RMS) at 8 ohms. These speakers can really deliver when pushed (trust me on this). I wonder if Polk can re-furbish these speakers when the time comes for servicing. I am currently looking at purchasing the RTiA9 speakers and am seriously wondering if they can deliver as well as these M12s have. Job well done, Mr. Polk! Chris
by scott, December 20, 20020 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
goes very low
the best monitor speaker polk made
by Kurt, October 16, 20030 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
Clarity, robust. Stand the test of time. Tight bass due to multiple smaller drivers. Now with SL3000's high end is even more incredible!
Require lots of power. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a precaution.
I have had my Polk Monitor 12s, along with two Polk Monitor 5jr+ for over 13 years. Other than blowing one of the SL2500 tweeters, (my fault, not enough power from the original amp I was using), I have had no issues whatsoever with them. I did discover that they really come alive with reasonable power. I am using a 50w Proton amp that has "dynamic power on demand" up to 400w peak per speaker. WOW! Do they come alive. The only regret I have is that I don't think I have enough clean continuous power to really take advantage of the four 6" drivers bass capabilities. Get plenty of power if you really want a better experience! Great speakers, even after 10 years.
by Sam Wilkerson, January 9, 20040 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
Imaging, bass response, clarity.
Large size (if big speakers is considered a bad thing).
These are perhaps the best sounding speakers I have ever heard. I am married and would never have spent the kind of money these are worth, but did not turn them down when a family member offered to give them to me. I had to replace one of the tweeters and now they are perfect! They do require lots of power as a previous reviewer stated. I am driving them with a Yamaha Integrated Amplifier delivering 325Watts to each speaker. They sound amazing and do have a very flat frequency response. I was originally going to purchase a Surround Sound receiver to run them, but they create such a beautiful stereo image, I do not even need the surround!
by Klaus Kujawa, March 24, 20040 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
Versatile: all genres of music, efficiency, lows down to 25Hz---try finding that low without a sub or powered speaker!
Not video sheilded out of the box, but Polk does provide counter magnets at low cost which correct problem without coloration.
These monitor 12's are the finest sounding speakers I've ever owned. So much so that I'd gladly by a second used set just for parts, not that they need any 13years later. They're being pushed with a 100w discreet and respond beautifully. From what I've read they can handle much more, but I have kids. High end and mids are perfection . . . . Low end will literally take your breath away!! They age like fine wine.
by Mike Atlas, November 1, 20040 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
great bass response, clear reproduction
none I have found
Awesome speakers, got a used pair from a friend who upgraded.
by Mark La Chance, May 9, 20050 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
efficiency and accuracy.
Sheer size, and not shielded for being around T.V. sets.
Other than the sheer size of these speakers, I have to say that they are one of the best (The best if price/performance counts), speakers that I have owned. I have powered these speakers at various times with as small as a 30 watt tube amp, and now a modded Adcom GFA 555. These speakers handle it all with aplomb. I think that anyone looking for a forgiving, and excellent all-around speaker could do far far worse than these speakers. I bought mine new in 1992, and found them a good deal even then. At the price found currently around the Net, they are a steal!! Get them before someone else does.
by Jon R. Goswick, November 27, 20070 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
Incredible low end response, intense volume levels with enough power
replacement tweeters hard to come by POWER HUNGRY(aren't they all)
Mind blowing sound for 4 6.5" drivers. Exceptional low end for no large drivers Just plain pretty to look at
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