Polk Audio Reserve R500 is a 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Floor-standing speaker by Polk Audio. It features a 1" Pinnacle Ring Radiator Tweeter and 2 x 5.25" Polypropylene Turbine Cone Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 49-38k Hz and a sensitivity of 87 dB. Polk R500 has an MSRP of 1298$ per pair.
What size of room is the Polk R500 speaker good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use the Polk R500 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?
R500 is a member of Polk Audio's Reserve series of Passive speakers. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
Polk Audio Reserve Series Speakers
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What is the Frequency Response of the Polk R500 speaker?
Polk R500 has a Frequency response range of 49-38k Hz at ±3dB and Power Range of 25-200 watts. At a minimum frequency of 49 Hz, R500 will provide an average bass depth so depending on your use case, you may consider supplementing your system with a subwoofer.
To focus on the subwoofers that are in a similar price range with Polk R500, check out the Powered Subwoofers under $1500. Alternatively, find the Full list of Powered Subwoofers regardless of the price.
Here we have a comparison of how R500's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
Among the speakers in our database with a max MSRP price of 1500$ (Pair), these are the 5 Passive Floor-standing speakers that have the deeper bass levels than the Polk R500's 49Hz:
What is the Crossover frequency of Polk R500?
The Crossover frequency of the R500 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 R500? Is it an easy-to-drive speaker?
Polk R500's nominal impedance level is 8 ohms
but can go down to as low as 3.9 ohms
, and has a sensitivity of 87 dB
8 Ohms is pretty much the standard nominal impedance amongst stereo speakers and amplifiers so Polk Audio Reserve R500 is not considered a difficult to drive speaker from nominal Impedance perspective.
With a sensitivity level of only 87 dB, Polk Audio Reserve R500 is a difficult to drive speaker from Sensitivity perspective, make sure to choose an amplifier with a high output if you like listening to your music at high volume levels. You may especially have a hard time using Tube amplifiers which are traditionally very low power compared to Class A/B or Class D speakers.
Minimum Impedance of Polk R500
Even though the nominal impedance of the R500 is 8 ohms, the minimum impedance level of this speaker according to Polk Audio is 3.9 ohms Polk Audio Reserve R500 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 R500:
R500 features Post type connectors. Bi-amping and Bi-wiring are not possible.
Polk R500 External Dimensions and Weight
Polk R500 has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 41.1 x 10.1 x 13.7inch (1044.5 x 255.4 x 348.8mm ).
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 R500 is approximately 890.8cm2 / 138.1inch2.
To get a better perspective on the real life size of Polk R500, let's compare it with a standard size Compact Disc which has a diameter of 4.7inch (120mm).
Here we place the Polk R500 virtually next to a standard width amplifier and turntable on a media center to get a better idea about the size.
The Polk R500 weighs 17.70kg / 38.9lbs per piece. Here is a comparison of how R500's weight compares with the average, max and min weights in its class.
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How does the Polk R500 compare to the Polk Audio Reserve R600?
One of the natural alternative to the Polk R500 is the R600 which is located one step higher in Polk Audio's Passive Floor-standing selection.
Here is a scaled size comparison of these two speakers to give you an idea how their external dimensions compare:
Check the Detailed Comparison of Polk R500 vs R600 for more details.
Cabinet type and Materials
Polk R500 has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet and a MDF/Vinyl finish. 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 R500 comes with the parts below which you can use to secure your loudspeaker on the surface that you are putting on: 4 Outrigger feet (pre-installed)4 Rubber feet (pre-installed)4 Spike feet (pre-installed)
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 R500 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 R500 is available in Black, Walnut and White.
Does the Polk R500 come with a Grille?
R500 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 R500 is magnetic type, it is very easy to put it on and off.
What's in the Box of Polk R500?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of R500:
4 Outrigger feet (pre-installed)
4 Rubber feet (pre-installed)
4 Spike feet (pre-installed)
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the Polk Audio Reserve R500, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for Polk R500
Here is a link to download the official brochure for the Polk Audio Reserve R500 speaker:
Official Brochure for Polk R500
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the Polk Audio Reserve R500 speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for Polk R500
5 Years of parts warranty and 5 Years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.