Polk Audio Legend L100 Bookshelf Speaker Review

3.91 Mixed Usages
3.9 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
3.9 Treble Accuracy:
4 Bass Accuracy:
3.9 Imaging & Soundstage:
3.9 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2021 Rating: 3.9 Warranty:5 years 1" Ring Radiator tweeter 5.25" woofer Power Port stereo speaker passive speaker home theater usage: movies and music

Polk Audio Legend L100 is a 2-way bookshelf speaker that produces crystal clear sound at all volume levels. Listen to recordings, live shows, or online music without any issue. It has crisp and clear highs. While the lows are not room-shaking, they are definitely clean and tight. The speaker can handle music and movies very well. Go for a subwoofer via an amplifier if you are a bass lover. If you don’t have enough space but still don’t want to compromise on sound quality, then Polk L100 is best for you.

Our Verdict

If you want audiophile grade sound from compact speakers, then Polk Audio Legend L100 is for you. It is a musical speaker that is also great for movies. Make sure to choose a quality amplifier for this Polk L100 speaker. It has well designed drivers that produces detailed sound. These aren’t the most efficient speakers, rather, consider them power hungry. You will need a powerful amp with clean and quality power to run these.

PROS
  • Good dynamics
  • Impressive highs
  • Compact speaker
  • Good value
  • Excellent performance
CONS
  • Costly
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type Ring Radiator
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Type Polypropylene

SPECS

Power Range 30-160W
Sensitivity 85.5dBSPL
Impedance 4 ohm
Frequency Range 57Hz-38kHz
Crossover Frequencies 2.9kHz

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Speaker Level Input N/A
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: N/A
HDMI Input N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type Binding post
Compatible Connector Types bare wire, pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana-plugs
Speaker Wire Compatibility 10-16AWG

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Tight bass but for compact spaces
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: It has clear voices
Treble Accuracy Clear and well-dispersed highs
Imaging & Soundstage: Decent soundstage and imaging
Dynamic Range: Good dynamic range
Power Handling: Good power handling
Frequency Response: Broad frequency response
Transient Response: Good transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF
Color Brown Walnut / Black Ash

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 13.64
Width (inches) 7.78
Depth (inches) 11.29
Weight (pounds) 16.9 lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-28

CONTROL

Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A

IN THE BOX

Accessories: 1 pair of Bookshelf loudspeakers, 2 Grilles, Cleaning cloth, Owner's Manual, Online Registration
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

Polk Legend L100 has an MDF cabinet that has real wood veneer finish. It comes with an anti-diffraction grille, but we love to show the drivers. It is one of the Premium bookshelf speakers and belongs to the Legends series. The speakers are braced and analyzed to minimize any cabinet resonance. It has a well-built and rigid enclosure that produces movies and soundtracks accurately.

Performance:

Polk Audio Legend L100 is a flagship bookshelf speaker from Polk. It has 1” tweeter and 5.25” woofer. The tweeter has waveguide that ensure to provide a broader sweet spot and better dispersion of highs. Nitrile butadiene rubber is used to surround the woofer which is designed to be well-damped. The speaker can produce pleasant and satisfying soundstage.

It has Enhanced Power Port that minimizes any chuffing noise and low ends are uniformly distributed. Play them for long hours so that they go through break-in period and perform at its best. The speaker has openness in highs, lively mids and deep bass. They sound powerful with great imaging. They are neutral so make sure your audio source is pure.

Make an equal distance between speakers and between speaker and user. Toe-in to create an equilateral triangle and elevate them at ear level. You are allowed to use them as front or rear surrounds. However, for rear surrounds the placement rule is a bit different. Distance between the speakers will be longer and elevation should be above ear level.

Place them on stands, shelves, or any flat surface. Use stands if you have them. The speakers can be used as front or rear surrounds. It can play contents from different sources like turntable, CD, etc. Overall, the speaker produces exceptional performance with well controlled bass.

Connectivity and control:

This depends on the amplifier or receiver you choose for Polk Audio Legend L100.

Compatible Device:

You can choose from our top amplifier list or purchase it of your own choice: Marantz 6012, Schiit Audio Ragnarok II, Sansui 8080, Mytek Brooklyn AMP+, Technics SU-G700, Marantz PM-6007, PrimaLuna Evo300 Tube integrated amp, etc.

You can easily upgrade these 2.0 speakers into a home theater. Pair speakers from the following as per your need: floorstanding loudspeakers (L600 / L800), bookshelf loudspeakers (L200), a center-channel loudspeaker (L400), and height speaker module (L900). Even if this seems costly, at least connect a Polk powered subwoofer.

Use Case:

Polk Legend L100 is great for medium sized rooms. We suggest creating a 2.1 system even for mid-sized speakers. The speaker can play recordings, online streaming music tracks and vinyl records. For movies create 3.1 systems as a center channel will really improve the vocals. For large rooms a 5.1 system will be the best. If placed in compact spaces like 11x11, they will deliver room filling sound.

Cost:

Polk Audio Legend L100 is an expensive pair of bookshelf speakers. However, patented technologies, well-designed cabinet and high-end drivers compensates the price.

FAQ

Is Polk L100 better than R200?

The Polk R200 belongs to the Reserve series of speakers. The R200 are more affordable than the L100. While the R200 has an ‘attacking’ way of producing sound, the L100 focuses on minute details. L100 model has great imaging but the R200 has 6.5” woofer so the bass is more.

How to connect TV to Polk Audio Legeng L100?

In order to connect TV to the Polk L100 model, you need to connect it to the amp and not to the speakers directly. Look at the back of your amplifier, then match with the available ports on your TV. The best connection for TV is HDMI port and most amplifiers have this one. Next is optical and lastly look for coaxial port for TV connection.

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