In this review, we will be comparing R700 and R600, two Passive Floor-standing speakers by Polk Audio. Let's have a brief look at the main features of Polk R700 and Polk R600 first before getting into our more detailed comparison.
In the following sections, we will get into details in order to better understand how Polk R700 and Polk R600 compares and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one of these loudspeakers is the better choice for you.
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One of the fundamental differences between these two speakers is that R700 is a 3-way design whereas R600 is a 2-way speaker. 3-way designs utilize a midrange driver in addition to the tweeter and woofer on 2-way designs. Designing a crossover for a 3-way speaker is a complicated process and generally increases the overall cost of the speaker. R700 features a 1" Pinnacle Ring Radiator Tweeter , a 6.5" Midrange and 2 x 8" Polypropylene Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 350Hz and 2700Hz. On the other hand, R600 features a 1" Pinnacle Ring Radiator Tweeter and 2 x 6.5" Polypropylene Turbine Cone Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 2700Hz.
R700 has a frequency range of 38-38k Hz whereas R600 has a frequency range of 43-38k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 38Hz, the R700 can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the R600's min frequency of 43Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers under Floor-standing class in our database.
Impedance and Sensitivity
R700 and R600 has the same Impedance of 8 ohms but where they differ is the sensitivity levels. R700 sensitivity is rated at 88 dB and R600's is at 87.5 dB.
R700 has a power range of 50-300 watts RMS whereas R600 has a power range of 25-200 watts.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
R700 features Post posts which makes bi-amping or bi-wiring possible. R600 has a Post which doesn't feature bi-amping/bi-wiring.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Both R700 and R600 have bottom firing ports.
Size of a speaker can sometimes become an important decision factor due to space constraints or in some cases purely for esthetic reasons. In this section, We are going to compare Polk R700's and Polk R600's external dimensions. Polk R700 has external dimensions of 1143.8 x 320.7 x 428.3mm ( 45 x 12.6 x 16.9inch) whereas Polk R600 has external dimensions of 1063.8 x 280.7 x 381.6mm ( 41.9 x 11 x 15inch) .
Polk R700 is clearly the larger of the two speakers. Its body is 40mm wider, 80mm taller and 46.7mm deeper than Polk R600.
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Polk R700 and Polk R600 in scale.