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Polk sda 2 - $300 (Pineville)

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make / manufacturer: Polk audio
model name / number: SDA 2
In great condition. Comes with interconnect cable. Speaker terminals have been upgraded. 300 obo



The Sound
One does not think of tower speakers that are nearly refrigerator size as being able to “disappear” but the SDA-2’s do it as well as any speakers I’ve ever heard. They don’t call attention to themselves; they just allow the music to create a huge soundstage in your room. The sound is warm, smooth and seemingly effortless, regardless of the volume level. In fact, one of their considerable charms is that the music sounds so fullbodied at low volumes not thin and anemic as it does with a lot of speakers. These are very, very musical speakers and completely non-fatiguing at all volume levels below Pete Townshend’s “hope I go deaf before I get old.”

Polk Audio SDA-2 Loudspeakers back

The bottom end is tight and seriously deep, with extension to the middle 20 Hz. range. I can’t imagine needing a sub woofer unless you entertain in an airplane hanger. The sense of warmth I mentioned may well be a function of my room and setup; I have the speakers about 15″ out from the wall and it’s possible that they could use a bit more space around them but even so the bass is always tight and accurate never either flabby or boomy.

In my room, the SDA designs primary virtue is the expansion the “sweet spot” considerably. This is great for entertaining or listening while sitting well off axis. The ability to sound good over a wide area may be their biggest strength.

25 years later there are definitely speakers with better detail retrieval and more sparkle and air on top but the overall musicality and bass extension are hard to beat today and especially for anywhere near this price

A quarter-century later I’m still enchanted and I recommend these highly if you come across a pair. They were a landmark product when they were introduced and are still competitive with speakers of greater cost today. The magic hasn’t faded, believe me.

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