Comparing Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 and Polk Audio Signature S55

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Consumer Score
In comparison:
Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 ranks #20 out of 82. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Polk Audio Signature S55 ranks #6 out of 82. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
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Experts recommend Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 more than Polk Audio Signature S55

As of 4 Jan 2023, experts prefer Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 over Polk Audio Signature S55, but both Speakers have solid expert endorsements.

As per this month's meta ranking, Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 received 1 recommendation: from Music Critic (25 May 2022). Polk Audio Signature S55 was also endorsed 1 times: by Old Time Music (19 Dec 2022). However, experts generally ranked Polk Audio Signature S55 lower than Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 in their articles, which caused it to rank lower in ReviewFinder ranking.

Rank Change Price Speakers
The Sound Junky
What Hi-Fi
Gadget Review
Music Critic
Lifewire
KBonet
Popular Mechanics
Bob Vila
Old Time Music
The Master Switch
44
N/A $426
Cerwin-Vega XLS-28
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6
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60
N/A $443
Polk Audio Signature S55
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10
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About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 25 May 2022 Music Critic ranked Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 as #6
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    #6 out of 10 Cerwin-Vega XLS-28
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  • On 19 Dec 2022 Old Time Music ranked Polk Audio Signature S55 as #10
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    #10 out of 10 Polk Audio Signature S55

Verdict

After counting and adding up the 93 expert endorsements of the January rankings, Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 outranks Polk Audio Signature S55. This is not to say that Polk Audio Signature S55 is a bad option. Like Cerwin-Vega XLS-28, it is recommended by experts, but less.

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Customers like Polk Audio Signature S55 somewhat more

At ReviewFinder we prefer to focus on professional product reviews, because customer reviews can be disproportionately affected by unrelated factors such as delivery, specific seller listing problems, and, of course, fake reviews. With that said, below is the summary of consumer sentiment.

Cerwin-Vega XLS-28
Polk Audio Signature S55
Consumer score (CS) is a normalized computed representation of customers' sentiment towards a product.
CS of 10 is similar to a 4.8 star review, CS of 0 is similar to a 2 star review.

Polk Audio Signature S55, the pricier option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Cerwin-Vega XLS-28.

As can be seen in the chart above, median best-selling speakers receives a consumer score of 9.1 (great). Both Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 and Polk Audio Signature S55 receive customer reviews that average out above that median threshold.

Cerwin-Vega XLS-28
In comparison:
Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 ranks #20 out of 82. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
Polk Audio Signature S55
In comparison:
Polk Audio Signature S55 ranks #6 out of 82. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
Median best-selling Speakers
In comparison:
Yamaha NS-F150 ranks #42 out of 82. It is in the top 10%.
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9.1
Great





Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 is more popular than Polk Audio Signature S55

It's fairly safe to say that Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 are more popular speakers than Polk Audio Signature S55, based on their 200+ reviews. Popularity is determined based on product sales. Note that older and cheaper products tend to sell more.


To consider

Customers who view Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 and Polk Audio Signature S55 often consider Polk Audio Signature S55, a pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 and Polk Audio Signature S55
Polk Audio Signature S55 $443
In comparison:
Polk Audio Signature S55 ranks #6 out of 82. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
No expert recommendations
Definitive Technology BP9020 $429
In comparison:
Definitive Technology BP9020 ranks #38 out of 82. It is in the top 10%.
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9.1
Great
No expert recommendations
Klipsch RP-280F $399
In comparison:
Klipsch RP-280F ranks #7 out of 82. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
No expert recommendations Cheaper More Popular
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, in Jan 2023 neither Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 nor Polk Audio Signature S55 were recommended by key experts who publish Floorstanding Speakers recommendations.
Rank Change Price Speakers
The Sound Junky
What Hi-Fi
Gadget Review
Music Critic
Lifewire
KBonet
Popular Mechanics
Bob Vila
Old Time Music
The Master Switch
1
- $199
Polk Audio T50
8
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2
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1
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2
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2
- Check price
Q Acoustics 3050i
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7
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9
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6
7
4
3
- $1798
SVS Prime Pinnacle
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3
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2
1
4
- $699
Klipsch RP-8000F
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1
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1
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.
No expert reviews linked yet for Cerwin-Vega XLS-28.

Expert reviews [3]

70
Total expert reviews: 3
  • with a score: 1
  • without a score: 2

Score distribution:

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From Seller:
  • Power Capacity: 200 watts (Peak )
  • Dual 8" Cast Frame High Excursion Woofer
  • 6.5" Woofer with Fiber Impregnated Cone
  • 1" Soft Dome Tweeter with Ferro Fluid
  • Elegant Black-Ash Enclosure
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From Seller:
  • THE REAL AMERICAN Hi-FI SOUND REDEFINED - Includes TWO S55 FLOORSTANDING SPEAKERS and 50 feet of wire cable. Whether you are setting up a new system or upgrading, this set is all you need!
  • Polk's S55 Tower Speaker delivers BIG, RELIABLE SURROUND SOUND. Featuring Dynamic Balance acoustic array, each speaker has two 6.5" drivers and one 1" Terylene tweeter dome producing detailed highs, realistic vocals and pump out louder deeper bass
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From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0743658401200, 0779177347224, 0779177347255, 0999992570908
UPC Numbers: 743658401200, 779177347224, 779177347255, 999992570908
General Info
Number of Speakers How many speakers come in the package?
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1 Speaker(s)
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Sound Quality
Speaker Design Speaker design is a term used to describe the number drivers in the speaker. Drivers are the cones that actually create sound. These cones come in three types: tweeters, midranges (sometimes called mi ... Show more
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Two-Way
Sensitivity Measured in decibels, or dB, sensitivity measures a speaker’s ability to convert power to volume. Lower sensitivity speakers require more power from the amplifier to achieve higher volumes. Higher sen ... Show more
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90 dB
Frequency Response Range Given as a range in Hertz (Hz), frequency response is a measurement of the range of sound a speaker can reproduce. For reference, the human ear can hear a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz (shorte ... Show more
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32 Hz → 40000 Hz
Impedance Impedance is a key electrical measurement, provided in ohms. This number describes the electrical resistance provided by the speaker to the power signal sent by your amplifier. A common analogy used f ... Show more
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8 Ohms
Maximum Power Handling Power handling, or peak power, is the highest wattage a speaker can accept from an amplifier before it burns out or becomes damaged. This number is given in watts. It’s recorded by measuring how loud ... Show more
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200 Watts
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Physical Features
Enclosure Type The type of enclosure, or cabinet, plays a key role in determining the focus of your sound. Do you prefer accurate bass or loud, “boomy” bass? There are three types of enclosures to consider when purc ... Show more
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Bass Reflex
Enclosure Material The material used to make the speaker enclosure, also called baffle, plays a big part in the sound quality of the speaker. The best materials are stiff and resistant to extra vibrations (which would c ... Show more
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Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
Finish The type of finish describes the material used on the exterior surface of the cabinet. There is no recommended material; it is purely aesthetic and dependent on your tastes and style. The most importa ... Show more
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Black washed walnut finish
Dimensions
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Weight
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44 lbs
 
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Tweeters
Number of Tweeters
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1 Tweeter(s)
Tweeter Size Tweeters produce the highest frequencies in sound, typically anything above 2,000 Hz. Usually located at the top of the speaker, tweeters come in different shapes and sizes. Generally speaking, the si ... Show more
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1 inches
Tweeter Type For the true audiophile, choosing the right tweeter shape is key to getting the best out of your speaker. Different tweeter styles distribute sound more effectively throughout the room, and because hi ... Show more
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Dome
Tweeter Composition In addition to the shape of the tweeter, the material has a big impact on the type of sound emitted. The two most popular materials are metals (aluminum, titanium, beryllium etc.) and soft textiles (s ... Show more
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Terylene High-Res Dome - Tweeter
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Woofers
Number of Woofers
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2 Woofer(s)
Woofer Size A critical element of a floor standing speaker is its woofer. This is the driver responsible for low frequency sounds and bass. It is the biggest driver in size and is usually shaped like a cone. When ... Show more
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6.5 inches
Woofer Composition Woofers are built with a variety of materials, such as paper, plastic, polypropylene, Kevlar, or metal. Some are even made with more unique materials like wood. They key to quality in a woofer materia ... Show more
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Dynamic Balance Mica Reinforced Polypropylene Drivers
Powered Subwoofer Some floor standing speakers contain a built-in powered subwoofer as part of the overall speaker design. Typically when you’re building a home theater system, the subwoofer is purchased as a separate ... Show more
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No
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Connections and Controls
Receiver Inputs The type of connectors or terminals on the speaker determine how you connect the speaker to your receiver. There are two main types: spring clips and binding posts. Spring Clips: Spring clips are desi ... Show more
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Set of 5-Way Binding Posts - Gold-Plated
Banana Plug Compatible Banana plugs are a type of connector for speaker wire. They are often regarded as more beneficial than bare wire, which can fray and degrade over time. Banana plugs allow you to insert the bare wire i ... Show more
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No
Inputs Some speakers have other inputs in addition to the binding posts or terminals. This may include HDMI, auxiliary jack, and/or optical inputs. An example of how this may be beneficial is the auxiliary c ... Show more
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Set of 5-Way Binding Posts - Gold-Plated
Bi Amp/Bi Wire Capable For the more sophisticated listener, you may want to bi-wire or bi-amp your speakers. For bi-wiring: If the speaker has dual binding posts or terminals, you may be able to use two wires to connect to ... Show more
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No
Remote Control Does the speaker come with a remote?
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No
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Wireless Connections
Bluetooth Enabled Speakers with built-in Bluetooth allow you to stream audio content directly from a device (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop) on the speakers. This feature behaves just like any other Bluetooth-enabled ... Show more
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No
Wireless Connectivity Some floor standing speakers may come with the option to connect to your TV wirelessly or via your Wi-Fi network. The benefit to this set up is the absence of wires, which makes setup simple and clean ... Show more
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No
Additional Details
Additional Features Any other features included.
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  • Custom Mid-Range Drivers
  • High-Resolution Audio Performance
  • Exclusive Polk Power Port Deep Bass Technology
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Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 are a very popular option in the middle of the speakers price range. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Cerwin Vega XLS Series or Definitive Technology BP9020 .

Cerwin-Vega XLS-28 are $23.05 less expensive than average speakers ($449).

Polk Audio Signature S55 are a very popular option in the middle of the speakers price range. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Triangle Borea BR08 or BIC America PL-980L .

Polk Audio Signature S55 were released in 2016. There are a couple newer speakers on the market. Show newer Speakers

Polk Audio Signature S55 are $6 cheaper than the average speakers ($449).

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