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An Immersive Audio Experience with Polk Signature Series Speakers

By: Greg Chaffins | Date: December 12, 2018 | Categories: His Gadgets and Tech

Over the years I may have become a little jaded when it comes to speakers. Always looking for an immersive audio experience. After all, the current mainstream push seems to be going towards smaller soundbars with a subwoofer.

I’ve gotten pretty decent audio performance from this arrangement and liked what I’ve heard. But that is changing, thanks to the Polk Signature Series Speakers.

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Let me back up a little here and explain how I got to this point. In the old days, everyone had a home stereo with a pair of speakers.  Some of the better setups had speakers with a driver strong enough to pump out the bass, or they used a separate subwoofer. It worked well enough for the time.

Eventually, we all moved to a surround sound setup.  This gives a wonderful positional separation for the media to be experienced, and to be honest this setup also serves to fix some of the shortcomings found in the earlier equipment.

That is, many of the components were not properly balanced for the sounds they needed to produce, and on its own, it wreaked havoc on stereo imaging.  Having the separate speakers allowed one to force imaging out of a speaker setup, albeit sometimes poorly.

Some hardware of the day designed for improved spatial imaging made it better, but not always ideal. Plus, such solutions often left you with a very narrow listening zone.

But thankfully we can fast forward to today, and appreciate what design and craftsmanship coupled with technology can give us when it comes to a set of speakers. With the right balance and power drivers, along with a quality amplifier, I firmly believe that a pair of speakers can deliver an immersive audio experience.

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An Immersive Audio Experience with Polk Signature Series Speakers

How do I know this? Let’s do a test – count the number of ears you have on your head. If you are like most people, you have two. That’s it. Now, count how many units there are in a pair of high-quality speakers?

Yes, once again we have two. I think you see where this is going.  Yes, a pair of speakers can deliver the goods.  I have tried to make this happen in the past. But now I have found what is needed to do the job properly – the Polk Signature Series Speakers.

Compact in Size, Huge in Audio Performance

The Polk Signature S15 compact bookshelf speakers are one of the best-balanced speaker systems I have run across. And it’s perfect for almost any use, whether you are looking for a 2-channel starter system, want to upgrade your TV sound or have it be one of the components in a 5.1 system (either the front stage or rear surrounds). Properly set up, you may find that the pair offers audio bliss for a reasonably sized listening area.

For my use, it was to replace an existing soundbar and subwoofer setup in my office. My office doubles as a media room in the off hours, so I always welcome a quality audio hardware upgrade. But from the size, I did not expect the audio performance the speakers gave.

I paired the speakers with a head (amplifier) that properly supported spatial imaging through its setup. I had used other speakers with this unit and found the immersive experience lacking. But with the Polk Signature S15 speakers, the subtleties in sound location really shined.

The speakers feature a Hi-Res audio certification, and it shows. Constructed with a new Dynamic Balance designed acoustic array and precision cross-overs, everything ends up exactly where it should be with no distortion.

The anti-diffraction grille serves to make sure that everything is still pointed in the right direction without the need to pull the covers – although the speakers look great with or without them, thanks to modern cabinet styling.

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The exclusive Power Port bass enhancing technology really pumps out the bass, filling the room with pulse-pounding deep tones that you can feel.

These speakers are equally adept at movies and simple music listening, but it would be a crime not to pair these with an amp that is designed to make the most of their sound shaping abilities.

I’m going back and listening to old albums, almost like I am exploring them again for the first time. Four words – Pink Floyd Sonic Holography.


The tagline is Polk—expect great sound. With the Polk Signature S15 compact bookshelf speakers from Best Buy, you will be pleasantly surprised. Expect it.

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Mini Carrot Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Icing

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 11, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
mini carrot cake recipe with cream cheese icing

Carrot cake is one of my favorite kind of cakes. Usually, carrot cake tastes more like a spice cake, you don’t taste carrots. Carrot cake is perfect for the holiday, too. You can sweeten carrot cake with apples, raisins, or like I’ve done in this recipe with pineapples. I really love making desserts in single […]

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Cake Mix Muffins – Cherry Almond Chocolate Muffins

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 3, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
cake mix muffins

Cake mix muffins are one of my favorite ways to make muffins. Since I usually have cake mix in my pantry, it’s just more convenient. Cakes are higher in sugar and liquids and lower in fat so cake mix muffins will have a much lighter, fluffier texture than the traditional muffin batter. Muffins are more […]

How to Make Monkey Bread with Snickers Bars

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 1, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
monkey bread

Snickers Monkey Bread is an easy dessert that will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. It’s full of ooey gooey goodness. As much as I love the Snickers Monkey Bread and think you will, as well, you have to try my Maple Bacon Monkey Bread, too. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Did you know […]

Connecting with Family is Easier with Facebook Portal

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 30, 2018 | Categories: Technology

Everyone who knows me knows that my family loves tech gadgets. Whatever the new tech is that’s out… we want it. I’m not as tech savvy as I’d like to be, but lucky for me, I’m married to a very tech-savvy man. And everyone who knows me also knows that I live away from my […]

Snowman Ornament – Easy DIY Wood Block Ornament

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 28, 2018 | Categories: DIY
wood block snowman ornament

Even though my son is older, I still like making homemade ornaments for my Christmas tree or for gifts to nieces and nephews. It’s fun doing DIY gifts, and they’re so much more personal, like this woodblock snowman ornament… Wood Block Snowman Ornament Materials: 3 Small wooden blocks White, black, and orange craft paint One […]

Cyber Monday Sale at Sears + Giveaway

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 24, 2018 | Categories: Deals

I’ve never been a Black Friday shopper. Just never saw the excitement in going out super early (or nowadays, Thanksgiving night) in the cold on the morning after I’ve stuffed myself all day the day before fighting crowds of people to shop. It’s just not my cup of tea. However, Cyber Monday is my day. […]

The Importance of Spending the Holidays with Family

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 21, 2018 | Categories: Holidays and Observances
Thanksgiving with Family

Once again, we are on the eve of the biggest feast day in the country. That’s right, I’m talking about that meal where we sit down with family and celebrate the coming Black Friday, Thanksgiving. Now, in all seriousness, we all know that the important part of the Thanksgiving Holiday has nothing to do with shopping. Instead, […]

Autumn Quotes & Beautiful Fall Photographs

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 20, 2018 | Categories: Inspirational, Photographs, Quotes
autumn quote

I love the Fall. The vivid colors of the leaves changing. The crisp feel to the air in the early mornings. The bearable temperatures. Halloween, pumpkins, the movies, and Thanksgiving. Ah, Autumn. I found these beautiful autumn quotes and images (via Unsplash and Pixabay) that aptly describe my feelings about this wonderful season. I hope […]

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Moving Tips to Make Your Move Less Stressful

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 13, 2018 | Categories: Home and Garden
moving tips

If you’ve ever moved before you know that moving can be stressful. And take it from someone who has moved 27 times in her life, moving is stressful. The last few moves were far less stressful though since I’d learned a lot from many of the other moves. So I have a few moving tips […]