Reserve R500

Premium Compact Floor-Standing Tower Speaker

$649.00
3.5 out of 5 Customer Rating
Reserve R500 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 6.
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Offering a balance of size and power, the R500 loudspeaker is perfect for both listening in a stereo pair or within a surround system. It delivers standout sound from a narrow, elegant cabinet that seamlessly fits into any room.

  • Sleek and elegant design
  • Blends into any décor
  • Better bass by design with new X-Port
  • 3D audio ready for most home theater setups (optional R900)

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$649.00

Reserve R500

Reserve R500

$649.00
$649.00
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Strength in motion

Amazing Sound and Elegance

Inheriting Polk’s flagship transducer array, the R500 produces exceptional sound that rivals competitor speakers that sell for twice the price. Hi-Res Audio certified, the Reserve R500 is ideal for today’s two-channel music listening as well as multi-channel 3D audio found in movies, sports, and video game soundtracks.

Purity of Sound

Form and function

Exceptional Cabinetry

Reserve’s sleek cabinetry hides a world of audio innovation. Cabinets are carefully cross-braced to best eliminate unwanted interior resonances. Rounded exterior corners help disperse sound broadly around the room with minimal diffraction, creating an open sound stage.

Take it to the next level

Optional Height Module

For immersive vertical sound, add compatible Reserve R900 height modules (sold separately). These optional height modules perform beautifully with the latest home theater technologies, including: Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS:X, DTS:X Virtual, IMAX Enhanced, and Auro-3D.

Reserve R500

Every detail

Reserve R500

Every detail

Delivers clear and detailed high-end response up to 40Khz for improved high frequency signals for today’s high-quality audio.

Listening to Atmos and DTS:X-enabled content on Reserve Series speakers brings you deeper into the story or music every time.

IMAX Enhanced certification guarantees an unforgettably huge and dynamic home theater experience when enjoying IMAX Enhanced movies, television shows and music.

Key Technologies

  • Hi-Res Audio Certified Polk products deliver an immersive listening experience, capturing the nuances and subtleties of high-quality audio recordings, and providing an enhanced level of audio fidelity.
  • IMAX Enhanced IMAX Enhanced is a premium home entertainment certification that offers stunning visuals and immersive audio optimized for large screens and high-end sound systems. Get the ultimate cinematic experience at home.
  • Developed by Polk Audio, the new high definition Pinnacle Ring Radiator™ Tweeter delivers ultra-clear, crisp highs, without unwanted distortions.
  • The Turbine Cone™ combines a Polk-proprietary foam core and molded turbine geometry to dramatically increase stiffness and damping, resulting in detailed mid-range and effortless bass without adding mass.
  • Polk's patented X-Port uses closed-pipe absorbers that are specifically tuned to catch and eliminate traditional speaker distortions.
  • Cabinets, braces and internal enclosures are carefully engineered to minimize unwanted internal standing waves and eliminate unwanted resonances.
  • Proudly engineered and designed in Baltimore, Maryland, Polk products are crafted to meet high standards of quality, performance, and reliability, ensuring a premium audio experience that is the pinnacle of American Hi-Fi.

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Reserve R500
Details & Specifications

Standout sound from a narrow, elegant cabinet

Standout sound from a narrow, elegant cabinet

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A musically satisfying fit I moved into a smaller apartment and could not bring my larger speakers--they don't sound so great at lower volume and the footprint was too big for the space. I tried some bookshelf speakers with stands but couldn't get clean bass, even when applying a high-pass filter from my subwoofers. I read some about the Reserve series, and while I craved the R600, knew that I needed a more modest low end and mid bass. So, I figured I'd try the R500s. I have spent nearly six months with these speakers and am constantly impressed by how good they present the music. Currently, I have been deeply satisfied with the sound of the R500s. They present the music very well. They are more balanced in terms of the musicality of the instruments from delicate brushes on the drum skins to full bodied horn sections. In the past, some horns could appear bright on my system. Not anymore. The Polks give me a much more musical soundstage. I am running dual subwoofers to fill out the low end and I recommend subs because I am getting a deeper and fuller sound--and importantly for me this is at lower volume, which is appropriate for my smaller space. The R500s present sweet, clean, and full-bodied music from high-res digital, cd-quality digital and vinyl formats. And they look good in my room and are easy to move for serious listening sessions--my wife doesn't appreciate them being 40" from the front wall. However, she does like the sound and she thinks they look pretty sharp in our space!
Date published: 2022-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an upgrade! We upgraded from the POLK Audio TSi300 - Black ( 2012 ) to the Reserve R500 (White), and its like night and day…I’ve found myself watching movies that have been watched multiple times previously, and all i have to say about that is WOW!! I currently await two sets of S15’s to use as surround sound… Good job POLK!
Date published: 2021-11-14
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Questions

Is there a big difference in sound quality between Reserve R500 and S55 Elite ? If yes, in which way? I have currently S50 (old model) which I love but I would move to another level of sound quality

Asked by: Jacques B
Difficult question to answer, as the ES55 and the R600 are more comparable in size and output (both 6 1/2" drivers) than the ES55 and R500. The Reserve line offers more advanced driver and crossover technology, presenting a more refined sound quality. Considering budget, deciding between the ES55 and R500 may come down to room size and overall experience desired. If the room is small to medium size and is paired with a subwoofer in a music/movie system, the R500 speakers would be my choice. If High volume in a medium to large room is desired, the ES55 speakers may be the better choice.
Answered by: Polk Audio
Date published: 2023-07-12

What's the thread size on the outrigger spikes? I took one of the supplied spikes to a local big hardware store and could not find a thread match in either metric or SAE. I want to make my own spikes with a much sharper point to penetrate the carpet.

Asked by: AVfool
The thread size is M11 x 1.5 metric.
Answered by: Polk Audio
Date published: 2022-12-15

Are the R500 and R600 2.5 way or 2 way speakers?

Asked by: Jambo
The Polk specs say that both the mid/woofs crossover at 2500hz and extend down to around 49hz. So it’s a two way. Simple crossover networks with fewer parts has to be a good thing. Definitely should use a sub or two with these if you can. Some solid engineering and tech in the R500’s. 
Answered by: AVfool
Date published: 2022-12-09

Is the Walnut finish on the Reserve R500 real walnut veneer or is it a vinyl wrap?

Asked by: AVfool
Hello, the Legend series is Veneer, while the Reserve series is Vinyl.
Answered by: Polk Audio
Date published: 2022-12-09

What is speaker cabinet width (withOUT) feet for r500 and r600? One reviewer said the r500 had a warm midrange; another reviewer said the r700 was very neutral. What is the sound signature of r600?

Asked by: Vric
All Reserve series speakers are voiced similarly, allowing system pairing. Choosing between the three will depend on your room's dimensions.
Answered by: Polk Audio
Date published: 2022-10-17

What is the width of the speaker cabinet? Also, how tall are the speaker feet with the rubber foot on?

Asked by: Kevin L
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