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Polk Audio - 50 W Woofer - Black

Model: PSW10SKU: 8826112

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 145 reviews

91%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It was a good deal

    Posted
    JustinBP
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased this sub several months ago, and at the time I guess it was 50% off. I only paid $99.99. I had initially gone in to get a Sony. I think the model was WA-2500. However, for the same price I could get Polk Audio's name. So, being somewhat label conscious, I sprung for the PSW10. My receiver is a Pioneer VSX-819H-K. The subwoofer connection is a single RCA plug, so I had to purchase a a Y-split RCA cable to connect to the L-R ports on the back of the PSW10. Using the MCACC to automatically calibrate the subwoofer with my rather pathetic, HTIB satellite speakers, everything sounded good. No complaints at all. Even with my dated Sony speakers, DTS-HD sounded great. Then, I read online that sound quality could be improved if you connected the front speakers through the line inputs on the back of the PSW10. I'm not an audiophile, but I do take interest in Home Audio equipment. However, being nonethewiser, I connected the speakers, but left the Y-split cable connected also. More recently, I read that in order to fully accomplish the improvement of sound that I was going for, I needed to disconnect the RCA cable, disable the subwoofer through the receiver's speaker setup, and set my speaker size to 'Large'. Since then, however, I've struggled to find that sweet spot which gives me enough bass for movies AND music. My Sony speakers still sound fine, but the PSW10 at times sounds boomy or sloppy, with lots of port noise. Perhaps the issue lies in the fact that my speakers have a low sensitivity and require higher volume for comfortable listening, therefore causing me to overpower the subwoofer. This is the assumption I am operating under, since I had been completely happy with the PSW10 before I decided to mess with the settings. I am currently waiting for a full set of five Polk speakers to arrive so that I can test my hypothesis and finally have an excuse to get rid of my old HTIB speakers. I have had no other complaints about this device. It is built solid with a stylish design. The feet are sturdy and adjustable for uneven flooring. The grill does NOT rattle at the volume I use for comfortable listening. Although the grill pins are plastic, they are secure. Another phenomenon which I have not experienced is the "click" of the PSW10 turning on and off, while on the automatic/power saving mode. My only excuses for dissatisfaction are most likely rooted in my own overzealousness. I have no problem admitting that. Bottom line, I definitely would not pay $200 for this, but for the $99 deal I managed to snag, this is a great entry-level subwoofer with surprisingly high highs, and when setup properly, voluminous lows. I would furthermore only recommend the PSW10 for a small- to mid-size room setup. There are definitely better products out there, even within the Polk brand, but for my small, budget setup, this is totally capable of holding up the low end of the sound spectrum.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sub for the price

    Posted
    NotEasilyImpressedTechie

    So, I bought this as a decent, cheap subwoofer for my bedroom. I thought 100 Watts would not really shake the walls in the room. I was wrong. Turn this baby up and the volume up on the receiver and you can feel the explosions and other rumblings in movies and games. There is an "Auto On" switch in the back that I do not think works as the light stays constantly green, so I think it is constantly sucking power. I wish I was able to plug it into my receiver but my receiver does not have an AC outlet. I read that some reviews are stating that the bass is distorted when turned up. I did not get this issue, even when turning up the subwoofer and volume. It is possible their receiver is sending out higher wattage than the subwoofer can handle. It is also possible that some of these individuals are passing the speakers through this subwoofer as that is another connection option. Not 100% sure if any of what I mentioned could be the cause why they are having a distorted sound as I am not getting distorted sound...and I would know as it would bug the heck out of me if it did get distorted when I wanted to listen to something loud with a lot of bass. One thing that I did not like is that there looks to be an RCA input (L/R) for the subwoofer line in. The instructions state to use a crossover or "Y" cable for this or you can just connect the subwoofer cable to either the L or R input and it would work just fine (which is what I did). Overall I like this product, but from the instructions that show the connections, I would trust the model that is one step above this just because I am not sure how connecting this sub using the "Y" cable would differ from just a direct connection...so I have a lingering "what if" question which is if this subwoofer is not performing as good as it should.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Everything plus some

    Posted
    GarynTexas
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    After I figured out how to get it to work correctly with my Pioneer VSX-1015TX the sound is astounding. The bass rocks my 2300 sq ft. house; so much so that I had to seriously turn down the speaker's amplifier. I agree with the other reviewer in that you don't need the 'Y' cable, works just fine without. I think my biggest complaint is that unless you set your receiver to expect 'small' speakers for the front (verse 'large') the sub-woofer gets no traffic at all (i.e, it becomes disabled) I initially ignored this in the instructions because it appeared to only pertain to the 12" model, As a result, I spent a good couple of hours trying to figure out why the subwoofer was not providing any output. In addition, being forced to set the receiver's surround sound setting to 'small' for the front speaker designation presents problems calibrating the surround sound for larger speakers such as the pair of classic Cervin Vega D7's I own. Such speakers calibrate much more easily if you can simply set the surround sound settings to the 'large' designation instead. Because of this, I had to recalibrate my surround sound a half a dozen times to get it to sound close to what it did before I swapped out my Sony 8" subwoofer for the Polk 10". In some ways, I still don't think the Cervin Vega's are performing as well in this configuration. I also think it is a bit odd that Polk did not provide a LFE (unfiltered) input like it does with their 12". I think that may well be the reason why I haven't quite been able to get the Cervin Vega's calibrated. Absent the above comments, the subwoofer does it job and does it well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I hate it

    Posted
    Javis60

    This thing is good if you dont really care either way about your home theater. Im a home theater fanatic and this thing doesnt cut it for me. I have a $1500 tv and a cheap subwoofer and trust me, you get what you pay for with this. It gives good bass when you are listening to sound that is putting out apparent and loud base, like explosions and rap music and what not. But it doesnt pick up those low low tones that are often present in movies. And when it does, it is either high distorted or is flaunted with port noise. For example, when watching Iron Man. When he first comes out of the cave, like when the camera is put outside that cave with the enemies who are awaiting their doom and is just staring into that dark tunnel. In the theater you can feel the faint foot steps of Tony approaching the entrance of the tunnel. Whereas with this cheap thing all you get is loud and highly annoying port noise speaker rattle. In my own opinion, do not buy this subwoofer. Save up the extra bones and get a sub that has higher RMS wattage and is from definitive tech or klipsch. That is just my person opinion. Like I said, if you dont really give a rats butt about your home theater but just want some bass, this is the sub for you. If you a fanatic like me and will pick apart everything like i do, spend more money. I am currently setting money aside for a Definitive Tech Pro1000. Listened and felt it at best buy. Oh MY GOD awesome.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Grat sub for the mone

    Posted
    Zeke52

    Once my DIY bandpass sub gave up the ghost, I contemplated finding the right replacement driver or a cheap temporary active sub-woofer. I was very pleasantly surprised with this little sub. I am driving a line level input through it and using the on board crossover set to around 120 HZ. the bandpass sub was stashed behind my entertainment racks but honestly this one is cute so I left it out in the room to corner load. I am a recording musician also and I find that when I play back my DAW-recorded 4 string bass tracks (Low E = 42 Hz) it sounds very natural and not stressed (I'm not claiming this to be pro audio, however - just for lower volume monitoring!). Movies and music sound natural and full. This is no longer a temporary replacement - I've lost interest in fixing my DIY sub altogether! Buy this, just remember that a sub-woofer is intended to add low end feel that is hard to localize. Some users don't get that. This sub, set properly, is a delight.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Alright..

    Posted
    INSPIRE5X

    I read everyones reviews and started thinking "maybe mine is damaged somehow" I got this subwoofer 2 days ago and tried it out and it did not really perform too well to my tasts. It sounds good in certain spots of my room but then, in some spots its virtually silent. I use it with an Insignia reciever. First, I had to take the front off since it rattles if you turn the sub up past about.. 1/3 way. It also did not do well on low frequencies, it starts to sound like a lown mower running when you get around 35hz with no real bass (you can see this in my video, although the camera does not capture the low end bass that comes with it). I do not feel any punch to this sub either. I have a reasonable sized room, a very rough guess of about 14 X 17. I JUST WANT TO ADD THOUGH, I have nothing against Polk products! I think Polk audio make fine products. I just think this sub needs a lot more power to fit my personal tastes :D. This review would probably be geared more toward bass hungry people. lol 35hz- is about what DnB and Rap/Hip Hop use a lot. This sub might be better for country, classical, and rock etc.. Since those types of music do not really have low low basslines.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great subwoofer for the price

    Posted
    PolkAudioFan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I originally decided to buy this particular subwoofer because my dad bought one a few years ago for his surround sound system and i really liked how good it sounded and it looks pretty cool too. I'm currently using a hand me down stereo that is probably about 30 years old (older than me) and it was really struggling to play the low sounds in music and movies, after connecting it and taking just a few min. to adjust, it makes my old stereo sound balanced and new again. it definitely has no problem shaking the house but when adjusted properly it doesn't overpower the rest of the stereo. I also plan to wire it in once I upgrade to the new surround sound system that I'm working on building.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WOW!!

    Posted
    Specops70
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I just bought this today. I researched other polk audio subs as well as other brands on different sites. I know what you all are thinking.....samething I was. Well these other 12 in woofers from polk and others are about $100-$200 more. Should I go for the big dollar ones or just try this 10in one? Well let me tell you......go for this one. $99 REALLY? YES. Huge bang for the buck. I just played some bass music like britneys scream and shout, my humps, etc. It sounds freaking awesome. Rattles the walls......serious power. I have an Onkyo amp which I bought about 1 year ago. I just bought the polk audio center cs 10, both left and right towers psi400, and now this psw10. I am very satisfied with my system. Plays music and movies with power....lolol. Go for it! Would have been nice if polk would have put some bigger stands on the bottom.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    BYPASS THE CROSSOVER!

    Posted
    Skunk

    I'm writing this because I own 2 of these. Ive read a lot of reviews (not just here at BB) where people are concerned about this sub having no LFE input. NOT a problem. All you need to do to use your RECEIVER to set crossover is CRANK the Hz ON THE SUB to the MAX. This bypasses the subs internal cross, allowing you to use the receiver to adjust cross settings. This isn't just my opinion, it's advice from a POLK "tech". No LFE is NOT a problem with this sub. I just thought I'd add this because it was a concern of mine when I was considering these, and maybe I helped someone with this info. (and saved you some research time!) Would I recommend this? Yes, but watch prices! (I got mine for much less)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb!

    Posted
    BIGREDDOG
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Had a smaller space to fit a system into, and coupled with the Polk T-15s this sub does the job quite nicely. Tucked away under a table and 6" off the floor, the smooth, deep response of the PSW10 fills out the bottom end and allows the T-15s to sparkle with accurate clarity. I set the sub's low pass to it's highest setting to relieve the main speakers of the burden of bass reproduction as much as possible. It's running off an 80W Pyle mini amp. Now my kitchen REALLY rocks!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great value sub

    Posted
    Noof
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Well I just upgraded my center and rears so I decided that I needed a new sub as well. I decided on this Polk because of the reviews and price. I spent some money on a Def Tech center and Energy rears so I was a little price shy. For the sale price I paid, I am very pleased with the sub. It ties in my front Polk monitor 60s and Energy rears nicely. It sounds great with movies and music. It's not the best sub but you get what you pay for. It can get boomy and distorted at times. You have to keep the volume at half to prevent this. This is fine for me because its more than enough bass. I live in a town home with a decent front room and it shakes the walls. Like I said you won't get tight bass at high volumes but this sub isn't $700 either. I recommend it for a medium to large room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A powerful and clean Sub-Woofer

    Posted
    JimG944
    • My Best Buy® Member

    OK, it is hard to get excited about a sub-woofer. Yeah, but, my old old one died and I needed a replacement. My needs are to fill a modest sized room with big booming bass from action movies. I'm not much into music, so my basis of reviewing is how it performs during Blu-Ray movie playback. Too much bass is not a good thing. Being able to set the cross-over with my main sound system is important. I have found tweeking the sub-woofer higher in the cross-over range helps my overall sound quality. Keeping the volume relatively low keeps the overall sound clean. Bottom line, I am very happy with the size, shape, color, look, sound and performance of this new sub-woofer. I do recommend it. (Although the termites in the floor are probably now probably deaf.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    Posted
    buyAdeal
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I read the other reviews and just thought the few that said it was bad must be some what wrong. The fact is it is junk! I took it out of the box and used it once for about 6 hours before I put it back into the box. I tried to make it sound good but the only way was to turn it so low it was almost off! HA! I can't even hear or feel the base when I turn up my theater unit. Trust me I turned it on and off and nobody could tell when it was on or off. When I turn off all the other speaker but the sub, I found it sounds just like a cheap car sub from the outside of the car. I mean a bunch of bad sound and trunk noise, not clean at all! Save your money! Hey, I got mine for half price and feel I over paid. If you pay more than $30 for it you will be mad. It does make a nice cup holder!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money

    Posted
    EatonWhine
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    Bought this hoping to find a low price deal for a budget system and ended up returning it to the store the next day. Besides the fact that the $200 price tag turned out to be $100 more than a nearby competitor AND lots of places online, the sound was just bad. Barely audible at low volumes and at higher volumes all I could hear was port turbulence (the sound of the air coming out of the port). It literally drowned out the bass. Brought it back and replaced it with a Pioneer SW601 (from a competitor) which blows the Polk out of the water without breaking a sweat. Unless you are desparate for a sub, pass on this one. And Best Buy - Either pull this from the shelf or get competitive with the pricing. $199 is ridiculous when almost everywhere else has it for $99.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Looks nice, but thats about all.

    Posted
    brandon12309
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I've had this sub for a little over a year and all in all I wish I purchased something different. It sounds nice at times, but there is so much port noise at decent volumes that it gets annoying and its only turned halfway up! The speaker grille vibrates and buzzes when the sub hits sometimes too. For the money you can definitely find something better, pioneer offers a sub for 100$ cheaper and blows this out of the water, my best advice though is to save up a little more and buy a better sub fromt Klipsch. Oh by the way its paired with a pioneer vsx820k, pioneer center and front floorstanding speakers and polk surrounds, so its not because of a bad system.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Sub.

    Posted
    JRP726

    Bought this sub about a year ago. It looks nice and sounds nice. Didn't really have the power volume that I wanted. The plastic cover sucks so I removed that. To get the better sound out of this sub, you need to remove the sub from the case and take out the fiber glass that the power wire is wrapped in. Take off the old wiring inside and upgrade it to a little bit thicker monster cable wire. I believe I used 8 or 10 gauge wire. Then put the sub back in the box. Make sure to be careful with the bolts, cause they strip easily. Overall very good sub for the money, especially when you enhance it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Garbage

    Posted
    subcelsious

    Ok....I bought this for 200$ . set it up and alls this speaker does is distort. you can't turn it up on the back dial or it vibrates and distorts. It sounds like its gonna blow. For 200$ and being a Polk i thought this would knock my socks off. It distorted at low volumes as well as high . and if you adjusted the bass so it wouldn't distort it was like having no bass. This powered sub is a joke. please save an extra hundred or 2 and buy something better . Thats what I did. I returned mine and bought a Klipsch 10" 400 watt sub and that thing is awesome. clean clear undistorded , extended booms , boomy i could go on and on but steer clear of this polk sub. this sub is good for a girl who listens to movies low.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Value but sure not audiophile quality

    Posted
    Bpaudio

    After giving this sub a good 3 week break in period I have say it sure lacks any semblance of clear articulated bass. With that said I would give it points for at least filling the room with boom. While the clarity isn't anything to brag about it does fill that 150hz to about 50hz frequency range in. Don't expect to play Japanese bass drum music and be awestruck. Rap sounds ok and so does heavy metal if you don't expect to hear the striker hitting the face of the drum. A good focal or velodyne may give you that but at a much higher price point. All in all an ok woofer god at keeping your theater budget on track. Audiophiles will be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    dont waste your money

    Posted
    trent4201

    Where to start. I purchased this sub about 2 week ago. I got it home and connected it to my Onkyo 7.1 channel receiver. Setup was easy. That's the only good thing I have to say about this sub. The first thing I noticed was the horrible distortion and port noise at only half volume. I tried adjusting the crossover, but that didn't help. I even tried plugging the port. This helped, but still didn't stop the distortion problem. Sadly I will be returning the sub tomorrow, and purchasing the Klispch 10 in. Model.I really don't want the hassle of having to load this thing up and return it, but I have No choice. I'm very disappointed in Polk Audio for manufacturing such a poor product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Packs Quite The Punch

    Posted
    hypnospastic
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I realized that my built-in sound system, connected to a Sonos Connect Amp, were faulting out because the Connect Amp wasn't able to fully handle the way the system was built without a subwoofer. I didn't want to shell out $700 for the Sonos sub so after tons of research, I found this one by Polk. It is a powerful little sub and 100% solved the problem I was experiencing. Please note, you will need to buy your own sub wire/connection as it doesn't come with one. For the money, this is an incredible subwoofer!

    I would recommend this to a friend