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Bookshelf/on-wall loudspeaker.

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Real wood. Real high performance.

The RT5 model of the original RT Series was widely praised by the audiophile press for its affordability, incredible sound and convenient size. Now the RT35i takes those attributes to the next level, with a real wood finish that perfectly complements the most prestigious naturally finished speaker stands and AV furniture, and revoiced sonics that rival the sound quality of far more expensive "audiophile monitor speakers." For superior performance with music or home theater media, the RT35i is a prime example of Polk's philosophy of delivering incredible sound at an affordable price.

The RT35i features:

  • Superior home theater and music performance
  • High efficiency for great performance even with low power receivers
  • Surprisingly deep bass response provided by a rear-firing Power Port venting system built into the speaker's back plate, which doubles as a convenient keyhole wall mounting bracket
  • Composite Dynamic Balance® drivers for wide response and low distortion
  • Dynamic Balance Tri-Laminate tweeter, with vapor deposited micro-layers of stainless steel and aluminum for clear, detailed highs
  • Anti-diffraction bezel and grille system minimizes grille-edge reflections for more open, spacious, lifelike imaging
  • Available in three finishes: Maple, Cherry and Black Oak
  • Smooth, natural midrange reproduction thanks to patented Acoustic Resonance Control technology
  • Magnetically shielded for safe placement next to your TV with no picture interference
  • 5-way binding post inputs for the most secure wire connections

Real Wood at Vinyl prices - The first thing you'll notice about the RTi Series is their luxurious real wood finishes: beautiful light Maple, inviting Cherry, and serious Black Oak (the RT15i, our small bookshelf speaker, is also available in white). What will really surprise you, though, is that you won't pay a premium for these distinctive real wood finishes. Because with our in-house, computer controlled woodworking factory we can offer these rich finishes at prices you'd normally pay for vinyl.

After the look, there's the sound. The RTi Series Bookshelf Speakers pack the unique Polk technologies found in Polk floorstanding speakers -- like Dynamic Balance drivers and exclusive rear-firing Power Ports -- into stylish smaller packages. The RT55i, RT35i, RT25i and RT15i are bookshelf speaker systems boasting the sonic attributes of the best and costliest examples of the genre: superior linearity, definition and imaging at a price well within your reach. The bookshelf RTi Series produce bass that's rich, deep and satisfying - far beyond that of bookshelf speakers costing upwards of twice their price.

The RTi bookshelf models are intensely musical, presenting a large soundstage without sacrificing pinpoint localization, and are so transparent that they allow you to focus on the entertainment values of the performance without thinking about the speakers delivering the performance. RTi Bookshelf Speakers are superb music-listening speakers. At the same time, they possess the wide dynamic range necessary to make them great choices for home theater systems, particularly when teamed with a powered subwoofer.

Pick up the modestly priced RT35i (go ahead, pick it up!), then pick up a similarly-sized bookshelf speaker from another manufacturer. You'll immediately notice that the Polk speaker is heavier, more solidly built, and sports a superior fit and finish. Now compare the sound -- Go ahead, we said COMPARE! We stake our reputation on it: you'll choose the Polk.

Driver Complement

Diameter1" (2.54cm) 
TypeDynamic Balance® Tri-laminate dome tweeter, shielded 
Mid / Woofer
Diameter6 1/2" (16.51cm) 
TypeDynamic Balance® driver, shielded 


Total Frequency Response39Hz - 26kHz 
Upper -3dB Limit25 kHz
Lower -3dB Limit50 Hz
Nominal Impedance8 ohms
Efficiency90 dB
Recommended Amplifier Power20 - 125 watts per channel
Inputs5-way binding posts 


Cabinet Dimensions
Height15" (38.10cm) 
Width8 1/8" (20.64cm) 
Depth11 1/2" (29.21cm) 


Unit of Measurepair 
Total Shipping Weight41.00 pounds


Speaker WarrantyLimited, 5 years parts and labor 

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.

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