Polk Audio Signature Elite ES10 Bookshelf Speaker Review

4.37 Mixed Usages
4.4 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.4 Treble Accuracy:
4.4 Bass Accuracy:
4.4 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.3 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2021 Rating: 4.7 Warranty: 5 years 1" Terylene dome tweeter 4" woofer Power Port technology desktop speakers surround speakers home theater usage: music and movies

Polk Audio Signature Elite ES10 is a passive bookshelf speaker that is small in size but powerful in terms of sound. It is great for general users who want a decent sounding speaker in tight spaces. If you are an audiophile, go for a full home theater to see how the Polk ES10 shines. We created a 5.1 system using them as surround speakers. The result is impressive with powerful movie effects and punchier bass.

That said, if you use them as stereo speaker, the best place is desktop table. It is one of the best bookshelf speakers under $200.

Our Verdict

Polk ES10 is a 2-way satellite speaker that is best for tight spaces. If you have the space and budget, we highly recommend a subwoofer especially for audio enthusiasts or bass heads. Like other bookshelf speakers, allow them to play for hours in break-in period so that they can play with full potential. Although they are budget-friendly speakers, when you purchase an amplifier and a subwoofer the cost will increase.

PROS
  • Smooth and dynamic sound
  • Hi-res certification
  • Good looking and well built
  • Average bass
  • Cheap
  • Clear sound
CONS
  • Sounds poor as 2.0 setup in large room
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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 Terylene dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 4
Woofer Type mica-fortified polypropylene

SPECS

Power Range 20–100W
Sensitivity 87dB
Impedance 4- and 8-ohm
Frequency Range 75Hz–40kHz
Crossover Frequencies 2.5kHz

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 Single gold-plated five-way binding posts
Compatible Connector Types bare wire, pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana plugs (single or dual)
Speaker Wire Compatibility 10AWG

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Decent bass for small spaces
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Clean voices
Treble Accuracy Smooth treble region
Imaging & Soundstage: Good imaging
Dynamic Range: Average dynamic range
Power Handling: easy to drive
Frequency Response: Broad frequency response
Transient Response: Decent transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF
Color black, white, brown

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 8.4
Width (inches) 5.4
Depth (inches) 6.1
Weight (pounds) 6lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-32

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 Grille, Self-adhesive rubber feet, Wall-mount template, Owner's Manual, Online Product Registration
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

The Polk ES10 is a small and compact speaker that is available in three shades. We love the white and brown color while the black is too common. It is made of MDF and unique bracing minimizes standing waves. It also ensures there is no unwanted cabinet that might color the sound. Use the detachable anti-diffraction magnetic grille to protect the drivers. Also use the rubber feet to ensure stability on any surface.

Performance:

Polk Audio Signature Elite ES10 is a 2-way speaker that has 1” tweeter and 4” woofer driver. Like other Polk passive speakers, the drivers follow Dynamic Balance technology. As a result, the sound is rich, clean and lifelike. Since they use Terylene Dome tweeter, the treble region can produce high fidelity and clean sound. It has good and lifelike soundfield and is great if you sit close to it.

Like other bookshelf speakers from Polk, the ES10 also has a unique design Power Port on the rear side. It allows smooth air flow and enhances the low ends. Bass from 4” woofer driver is deep and decent but only for compact spaces. It is designed to have better durability and reduced distortion. A subwoofer is a must have to enjoy the music. Note that, you need to connect the sub via an amplifier. Place it on table tops, open shelves or speaker stands. You are also allowed to mount them on walls.

Make sure the tweeter is at user’s ear level. Movies are handled well but for better experience, we suggest to go for a 3.1 setup with a center channel and a subwoofer. Although the speakers can be used as front 2.0 setup, they are designed as surround satellite. Pair it with a subwoofer and create a mini sound system with decent bass. It has optimized crossover that produces sound with accuracy.

Connectivity and control:

Once you matched the power and impedance specs to find a compatible amplifier or receiver, you are ready to connect devices. Make sure the amp has adequate ports so that you can connect your preferred devices like turntable, PC, TC, laptop, Blu-ray player, etc. Controlling the speaker also depends on the available options on the amplifier or receiver.  

Use case:

Polk ES10 is best for small rooms or near-field listening. They can easily be placed 14x20ft rooms. Place it in office, bedrooms or living spaces. In case you have a large space, use the Polk ES10 as surround speakers. Listen to movies, music or play games as you connect these speakers to your PC.

Compatible device:

They are compatible with AVRs that support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. If the receiver has bass management option, then set the speakers to small. Pair it with amps like Marantz SR8012, Denon AVR-X2500H, Sony STR-DH520, Onkyo 6100,

Build a home theater as per your preference by pairing from the following speakers: Floorstanding Speakers (ES50, ES55, ES60), Bookshelf Speakers (ES15, ES20), Center-Channel Speaker (ES30), LCR Speaker (ES35).

Cost:

Polk Audio Signature Elite ES10 price is cheap and affordable by most users. If you have budget limitations, buy the ES10 pair first. Then in future upgrade it to 3.1 or 5.1.

FAQ:

How to use the Polk Audio Signature Elite ES10 as surround speakers?

The Polk Audio Signature Elite ES10 can be used as surround speakers. Take you amplifier and connect front, center and subwoofer into their designated ports. Then look for a port labeled ‘Surround’ L and R. Then connect the speakers to these ports.

Is Polk Audio Signature Elite ES10 the best bookshelf speaker in the market?

Polk Audio Signature Elite ES10 is one of the best affordable bookshelf speakers. while there are other competitors, it is best for small spaces or users who will sit close to their sound systems. It is a great pair of compact speakers that you can purchase without breaking your bank.

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