Polk Audio Reserve R400 is a 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Center Channel speaker by Polk Audio. Center channel speaker is an important component of a home theater system set-up as it delivers the listener significant part of the on-screen dialogue from your television. It features a 1" Pinnacle Ring Radiator Tweeter and 2 x 6.5" Polypropylene Turbine Cone Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 48-39K Hz and a sensitivity of 89 dB. Polk R400 has an MSRP of 649$.
What size of room is the Polk R400 speaker good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use the Polk R400 is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various sizes of environments considering its size and max power parameters:
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(* Approximate Room sizes: Small < 100sq. ft / 9 m2, Mid-size: 100-220 sq. ft / 9-20 m2, Large 220-400 sq. ft / 20-36 m2, Very Large: > 400 sq. ft / 36 m2.
Average Floor Height: 9" / 2.7m. Typical room sizes differ from country to country, and the actual listening experience changes depending on floor height, room shape, surface materials, listening position, speaker locations, etc.)
What are the speakers in Polk Audio's Reserve Series?
R400 is a member of Polk Audio's Reserve series of Passive speakers. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
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What is the Frequency Response of the Polk R400 speaker?
Polk R400 has a Frequency response range of 48-39K Hz at ±3dB and Power Range of 20-200 watts.
Here we have a comparison of how R400's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
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What is the Crossover frequency of Polk R400?
The Crossover frequency of the R400 is set to 2500Hz. This is the threshold frequency where the higher frequency signals over this level are sent to the tweeter and the lower-frequency signals are sent to the woofer by the crossover component.
What are the Impedance and Sensitivity of the Polk R400? Is it an easy-to-drive speaker?
Polk R400's nominal impedance level is 8 ohms
but can go down to as low as 4.1 ohms
, and has a sensitivity of 89 dB
Center Channel Speakers
8 Ohms is pretty much the standard nominal impedance amongst stereo speakers and amplifiers so Polk Audio Reserve R400 is not considered a difficult to drive speaker from nominal Impedance perspective.
89dB of Polk Audio Reserve R400 is an average sensitivity for stereo speaker so it is neither easy nor difficult to drive Sensitivity wise.
Minimum Impedance of Polk R400
Even though the nominal impedance of the R400 is 8 ohms, the minimum impedance level of this speaker according to Polk Audio is 4.1 ohms Polk Audio Reserve R400 so while choosing an amplifier, you should ideally check if the unit you are considering can provide this impedance level.
Check the amplifiers that are in a similar price range to the Polk R400:
R400 features Binding post type connectors. Bi-amping and Bi-wiring are not possible.
Polk R400 External Dimensions and Weight
Polk R400 has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 7-13/16 x 24-5/16 x 14-5/8inch (199.0 x 618.0 x 372.0mm ).
Base Surface Area
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base area of Polk R400 is approximately 2299.0cm2 / 356.3inch2.
The Polk R400 weighs 14.91kg / 32.8lbs per piece. Here is a comparison of how R400's weight compares with the average, max and min weights in its class.
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Center Channel Speakers under $750
Cabinet type and Materials
Polk R400 has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet. Bass Reflex type loudspeakers (aka Ported, Vented or Reflex Port) have enclosures that uses a port, hole or vent cut into the cabinet. Ported designs are generally more efficient than the Sealed designs.
Polk R400 comes with Rubber Pads
which you can use to secure your loudspeaker on the surface that you are putting on. It is always recommended to use some kind of feet under all types of speakers. Besides limiting the movement of the speakers, it also compensates for non-flat surfaces and limits the contact surface area of the speaker. Rubber based feet also help isolating the vibrations within certain frequency ranges.
Polk R400 is a rear-firing port speaker so you have to make sure you leave enough space between the back of the speaker and wall or bookshelf so that it has room to breathe.
Polk R400 is available in Black and Walnut.
Does the Polk R400 come with a Grille?
R400 comes with magnetic grilles. The purpose of the grille is to protect the delicate driver elements from external impacts while still allowing the sound to pass as clearly as possible. Since the included grille of the R400 is magnetic type, it is very easy to put it on and off.
What's in the Box of Polk R400?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of R400:
Center-channel loudspeakerGrilleOwners ManualOnline Registration
Here is a list of accessories that we think you may need for the Polk Audio Reserve R400.
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the Polk Audio Reserve R400, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for Polk R400
Here is a link to download the official brochure for the Polk Audio Reserve R400 speaker:
Official Brochure for Polk R400
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the Polk Audio Reserve R400 speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for Polk R400
5 Years of parts warranty and 5 Years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.