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You don’t need to be an audiophile to appreciate the sound of a quality speaker. In fact, most people are looking for ways to start building their home entertainment surround sound or even just add on to existing speakers.
Polk has an amazing range of speakers to suit all needs. We are going to look at two, in particular, the Polk S50 vs S55. We will cover aspects like their design, sound quality, and technology. Once we have finished, we will include a comparison chart for quick viewing and some pros and cons.
On the technical side of things, there are quite a few similarities between the Polk S50 and the Polk S55, so we will start here.
All of the similarities and differences between the Polk S50 and the Polk S55 can be found side by side below.
Speaker Type and Design
The Polk S50 and the Polk S55 are full-range passive floor-standing loudspeakers. They have the iconic Polk curved edges for a stylish design. The grilles are anti-diffraction and can be removed thanks to magnetic attachments.
Power Port Technology
With Polk’s patterned Power Port Technology, the Polk S50 and the Polk S55 have a superior ‘heart-thumping’ bass sound. This is due to the small ports at the base of the speakers.
Speakers can have a tweeter from 0.75-inch to 1.5-inches, however, the standard size is 1 inch. The Polk S50 and the Polk S55 have 1-inch high-resolution terylene tweeters.
Speakers rely on the crossover to convert sound information into high, low, and often mid frequencies. The Polk S50 and the Polk S55 precision crossovers with 2.5KHz frequencies.
Not everybody considers this feature as relative to the quality of sound produced but more to the compatibility and efficient use of power. The Polk S50 and the Polk S55 are rated at 8 ohms.
The Polk S50 and the Polk S55 have dual gold-plated 5-way binding posts. These binding posts enable a better connection for the speakers to receive information and power.
The 5-year limited warranty that comes with the Polk S50 and the Polk S55 is very generous and a sign of the faith that Polk has in its products.
There are still some differences between the Polk S50 and the Polk S55 which is what will determine our overall decision.
Both of these floor-standing loudspeakers are black with 4 metal feet. The only thing that will tell them apart is their size.
This speaker measures 37.4 x 7.5 x 10.9 inches and weighs 32 pounds.
Depending on your setup, you might find the size a little too much. It is 41.5 x 8.5 x 12.5 inches and weighs 44 pounds.
The Winner Is- The Polk S50
It is commonly agreed that the larger the driver, the better the bass sound, though effective crossovers can help.
It comes with 2 5.25-inch dynamic balance mica-reinforces polypropylene drivers.
The design and materials are the same, but the two drivers are 6.5 inches.
The Winner Is- The Polk S55
It would be hard to find someone who would be able to detect the difference in the frequency range, but we like to be thorough. To put this in context, the average human ear has a frequency range of 20Hz to 20KHz.
The frequency range is from 33Hz to 40KHz.
With a difference in just one number, the range is from 32Hz to 40KHz.
The Winner Is- A Tie
As long as you have excellent quality speakers that are efficient, the higher the wattage the more volume you can achieve.
The maximum wattage for this speaker is 150W.
With a maximum wattage of 200W, you will be able to get more volume before you start to notice any distortion.
The Winner Is- The Polk S55
Pros and Cons
To help with the decision, we have considered some of the pros and cons of the Polk S50 and the Polk S55.