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Polk CS10 vs T30: Which Central Speakers Are Better?

The center speaker of a surround sound system is the most important. It does most of the work in the system and it is the speaker where the voices come from. For this reason, the central speaker you choose can make or break the sound quality of your setup.

Today, we are going to look at the two central speakers from Polk, the Polk CS10 vs T30. We will consider all of their features including appearance, sound quality, and value for money. Once we have compared each feature, we will put everything into a side by side chart for a quick overview. After some pros and cons of each, we will decide which of the central speakers is the better buy.

Polk CS10 vs T30

We will start by looking at what the Polk CS10 and the Polk T30 have in common.

Polk CS10 vs T30 – Similarities

Quick Glance

Below you will find a comparison chart with all the specifics we have mentioned.

Name
Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel Speaker (Single, Black)
Polk Audio T30 100 Watt Home Theater Center Channel Speaker - Hi-Res Audio with Deep Bass Response | Dolby and DTS Surround | Single, Black
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Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel Speaker (Single, Black)
Polk Audio T30 100 Watt Home Theater Center Channel Speaker - Hi-Res Audio with Deep Bass Response | Dolby and DTS Surround | Single, Black
Size
6.5 x 20 x 9.75 inches
6.5 x 19 x 7.5 inches
Weight
16 pounds
11.45 pounds
Color Options
Black or cherry wood grain
Black
Dome Tweeter
1-inch polymer composite
1-inch Waveguide
Cabinet
Solid MDF
Solid MDF
Removable Grille
Drivers
X2 5.25-inch bi-laminate composite
X2 5.25-inch bi-laminate composite
Connectors
Five-way binding post connectors
Five-way binding post connectors
Frequency Response
53Hz- 25kHz
60Hz- 24kHz
Efficiency/Maximum Output
91dB
90dB
Recommended Amplifier
20-125W
20-100W
Warranty
5 years
5 Years
Prime status
Name
Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel Speaker (Single, Black)
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Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel Speaker (Single, Black)
Size
6.5 x 20 x 9.75 inches
Weight
16 pounds
Color Options
Black or cherry wood grain
Dome Tweeter
1-inch polymer composite
Cabinet
Solid MDF
Removable Grille
Drivers
X2 5.25-inch bi-laminate composite
Connectors
Five-way binding post connectors
Frequency Response
53Hz- 25kHz
Efficiency/Maximum Output
91dB
Recommended Amplifier
20-125W
Warranty
5 years
Prime status
Name
Polk Audio T30 100 Watt Home Theater Center Channel Speaker - Hi-Res Audio with Deep Bass Response | Dolby and DTS Surround | Single, Black
Image
Polk Audio T30 100 Watt Home Theater Center Channel Speaker - Hi-Res Audio with Deep Bass Response | Dolby and DTS Surround | Single, Black
Size
6.5 x 19 x 7.5 inches
Weight
11.45 pounds
Color Options
Black
Dome Tweeter
1-inch Waveguide
Cabinet
Solid MDF
Removable Grille
Drivers
X2 5.25-inch bi-laminate composite
Connectors
Five-way binding post connectors
Frequency Response
60Hz- 24kHz
Efficiency/Maximum Output
90dB
Recommended Amplifier
20-100W
Warranty
5 Years
Prime status

Central Speaker Uses

The Polk CS10 and the Polk T30, like every central speaker, won’t function independently. They are designed to be integrated into your surround sound system. With five-way binding post connectors, it is easy to set them up with the speakers you already have, regardless of the brand.

Dome Tweeter

The dome tweeter of the Polk CS10 and the Polk T30 are 1-inch and made of a polymer composite. The size is standard for most speakers and the fabric allows for smooth, natural sounds.

Drivers

The Polk CS10 and the Polk T30 have two drivers, one on either side of the tweeter. They are 5.25 inch with a bi-laminate composite. The drivers are both lightweight and stiff with great damping for superior efficiency. They produce an excellent bass sound and with fewer distortions.

Cabinet

There are no flimsy materials used with the Polk CS10 and the Polk T30. The cabinets are made from ¾-inch thick solid MDF for cleaner and more lifelike sound.

The Grille

The grille, or the material on the front, is removable on both the Polk CS10 and the Polk T30. You can remove the grill if you want less muted highs. It also means that there are two design options in one.

Warranty

The Polk CS10 and the Polk T30 come with a 5-year warranty on parts and labor.

The differences are quite significant, so we will compare them next.

 

Differences Between Polk CS10 and Polk T30

Appearance

Though similar in size, they have rather different designs.

Polk T30 Comparison

Polk CS10

This central speaker is 6.5 x 20 x 9.75 inches and weighs 16 pounds. It has a narrow baffle geometry design which improves the overall look and sound. You can buy it in black or cherry wood grain.

Polk T30

The speaker is a fraction smaller at 6.5 x 19 x 7.5 inches and weighs quite a bit less at 11.45 pounds. It comes in black.

The Winner is- The Polk CS10

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Frequency Response

The frequency response is a range that determines the lowest bass sound and the highest treble notes. Humans tend to hear between 20Hz to 20kHz.

Polk T30 Review

Polk CS10

The frequency range is from 53Hz to 25,000Hz.

Polk T30

This has a smaller frequency range at 60Hz to 24,000Hz.

The Winner Is- The Polk CS10

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Efficiency/ Maximum Output

Really, this relates to the maximum volume the speakers can produce. Although there is a slight difference, the 1 decibel isn’t enough for the human ear to detect a noticeable difference.

Polk CS10 Review

Polk CS10

The maximum output is 91dB. This is the equivalent of power tools or a lawnmower. That might not sound loud but it is considered dangerous to listen to music for more than 30 minutes at this volume.

Polk T30

At 90dB, there is next to no difference in the maximum output.

The Winner Is- A Tie

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Recommended Amplifier

You may already have an amplifier but if you do need to buy a new one, it is worth making a note of the recommendations.

Polk CS10 Comparison

Polk CS10

The required amplifier is between 20 and 125W.

Polk T30

You will need an amplifier with 20 to 100W.

The Winner Is- A Tie

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Pros and Cons

Before our final verdict, let’s take a look at some pros and cons of the Polk CS10 and the Polk T30.

Polk CS10

Polk CS10

Pros:

  • It really does help the other speakers in the system and fills the room with more sound
  • Excellent sound quality for the price range
  • Dialogues are much crisper and clearer

Cons:

  • Despite knowing the dimensions, it’s still shockingly quite big

Polk T30

Polk T30

Pros:

  • The sound quality is far more than you expect for the price
  • Outstanding midrange and high sounds
  • The design fits well with all other speakers

Cons:

  • Some might not get enough bass

The Final Verdict

It was a difficult call between the Polk CS10 and the Polk T30. The Polk CS10 had a slight edge over the Polk T30 in terms of sound but it was the type of difference that you really had to pay attention to. For general use, they are both more than what you would expect, and perhaps more professional users would prefer the Polk CS10.

We decided that the Polk T30 was the better buy. The lower price did help with the decision, but it wasn’t the only factor. The size made quite a difference. Although we are only talking about a couple of inches and a few pounds less, the Polk T30 is a lot less bulky and didn’t stand out quite so much. With or without the grille, it looked better with our home entertainment systems.


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