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Polk Audio - PSW Series 10" Active Subwoofer - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 2008 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great purchase

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    Jackie
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    Fantastic, deep, thundering sound for my home theater system. Excellent response. It also adds the thrill of "being there" when I play first-person-shooters on the PS4 (COD: Ghosts is still my favorite!). It's actually a bit OVER powered for what I am using it for, however I just use the volume/power knob and turn it down until the bass matches the need (music vs. movie vs. gaming, etc). As another reviewer noted, DO NOT let the 50 watts RMS spec deter you or fool you into thinking this thing is underpowered... it is NOT. :) A big plus is that it comes with both speaker-level and line-level inputs. I was a bit disappointed that it did not include an LFE input, however. No big deal though. It also has a variable crossover and volume knob. See the pic I included for the full set of back panel features available to the end user. It may help some of you to understand the connection options at your disposal. I used it to replace the cheap 6" subwoofer that my Pioneer "home theater in a box" came with. The difference is astounding. I also had to replace the Pioneer receiver because the display went out and a couple of the channels quit working, so I bought a Pioneer VSX-530-K... it works well with this Polk subwoofer. If I ever need to upgrade my home theater system, I know I can keep this sub because it will fit right in with a higher-end system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    a musical entry-level sub at a good price

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    MGNEO
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    Despite low cost, and even lower-cost as I bought an open-box item, this little sub does no harm, and has no negative traits. I feels subs can be broken into two categories: Music OR Theater. This will NOT rumble your rafters during explosions in action movies, but, will add pleasant bass presence. It is better suited to fleshing out the low-end sounds of music when using main speakers with woofers less than 6" in diameter, in moderate or small rooms. Controls are logical and intuitive, with multiple hook-up options. Noise floor is dead quiet. Neutral-looking, can be placed discreetly in the room. Do not over-use your sub. Most people do. A little sub volume goes a long way. If you are listening to CNN and the newscaster's voice is booming and rumbling, turn the sub down, and/or lower the crossover frequency….both easily done on this sub. Your regular speakers should produce 95% of your normal audio. When a low frequency bass note occurs in a song, or in a movie or TV show, a properly set-up sub will suddenly make it's presence known, and you will smile. Like an alligator or shark gliding just below the surface of the water, you shouldn’t notice the sub until !BAM! it strikes. This sub does that nicely.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    Posted
    LittleAVguy
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    I saw lots of reviews that raved about this as one of the best subs for the price. When they went on sale I picked one up thinking to replace a 10 year old insignia sub, and to bring my system's base into line with my excellent Polk floor and bookshelf rear speakers. When I picked it up I was shocked by the size of the box- think minifridge- and I scolded myself for not checking the dimensions. This thing is easily twice the size of my old insignia sub so I had to make some space in my living room to accommodate the larger footprint. Because of the reviews and the obvious size difference I fired it up with great anticipation of a big increase in the performance over my old unit. In short the actual performance was/is a letdown. After quite a lot of tweaking, testing, tuning, tweaking again I can say that this more expensive bulkier sub seems to be muddier and more difficult to manage through my receiver than my old one. I generally don't play with too much high end stuff at home because I am pretty cheap, but I have some experience with this stuff and I am very let down by the performance. It sounds fine once I got it dialed in, but my cheap old insignia was already fine. In fact, the only reason that I didn't return the Polk was that it let me move the insignia into my home office where it added some punch to the system I have in there. I think I still would have returned it if I didn't get a good deal on it but I have learned the lesson that bigger isn't always better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little subwoofer!

    Posted
    Timinspokane
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    I waited until it came on sale before I bought it, and for the $125 I paid for it, it is worth every penny. The speaker has crossover and volume controls on it, which are perfect for getting the sound dialed in. I am using it in my home office, connected to a Sony 5.1 Dolby surround sound receiver and an Onkyo 6 disc changer. The sub is paired with the new Sony SSCS5 3 way bookshelf speakers with the new super tweeter, which are also amazing little speakers that, for my tastes, are superior to the comparable Polk or Klipsch bookshelf speakers for the warmth of sound and dynamic range. It took a few hours to break in the Polk Audio sub, but once it was broken in, it didn't take long to get the system dialed in to add enough bass and low end sound to really round out the audio experience. I usually listen at lower levels since I am often on the phone, and I was able to adjust things to still get that great bottom end without interfering with my work. And after hours, if I want to crank the system up, it will shake my chair. LOL This is a great sub for the money, but wait to buy it on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Polk PSW108 (PSW10) subwoofer is a great value

    Posted
    John
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    During 3/2017, my Yamaha YST-SW215 subwoofer burned out after 12 years of satisfying use, so I needed a replacement subwoofer. Originally, I wanted to replace this Yamaha subwoofer with the exact same unit. Unfortunately, Yamaha did away with this unit as it existed. The nearest new Yamaha subwoofer that I could use as a replacement lacked the automatic power on feature when there is heavy bass in the sound input to the subwoofer. During 4/2017, I found the Polk PSW108 (PSW108) at Best Buy, and it did have the automatic power on feature when there is heavy bass sound in the sound input to the unit, so I bought the PSW108 at Best Buy. Best Buy had the unit on sale at a special price! The Polk subwoofer is bigger, the subwoofer is 10 inches versus 8 inches for the Yamaha subwoofer that I replaced. The overall enclosure of the Polk subwoofer is bigger than the Yamaha subwoofer as well. I am using this Polk subwoofer with a Yamaha surround sound receiver RX-V679 in a 5.1 surround sound speaker setup. This Polk suboofer is a great value. It offers good bass response, and I was able to tailor its sound and performance to my liking by using both the controls that exist on the Polk subwoofer and some settings on my Yamaha surround sound receiver. This Polk subwoofer performs well when playing music or when you view a movie that has special effects with explosions and booms.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bass! How low can you go?

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    Chris0972
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    I bought this for half price on a 3 hour flash sale that Bestbuy texted me about. (If you're not signed up for Bestbuy email alerts than you're missing out.) Just days after my small Infiniti 8 inch sub took a dump and wouldn't stop buzzing. I got a text alert about certain Polk speakers 50% off for 3 hours so I bit the bullet and picked this up along with a pair of T50 towers and a T30 center channel all for 1/2 off to go in my small home theater/ game room I'm building. Great buy with excellent bass for smaller rooms. Music movies and games all rumble nicely hooked up to my Pioneer Elite VSX90. You're not going to find better bass for less than $400. This thing kicks in my Dolby Atmos 7.1 setup. It powers on and off along with my receiver and has a nice crisp punch unlike the muddy bass you get from many subs in this price range. I'm not exactly an audiophile but I'm no slouch when it comes putting together great sounding home theatre systems on a budget. Thanks again Bestbuy for the flash sale! My wife may not share my enthusiasm though. Lol

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bang for the buck!

    Posted
    Luvnewgear
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    My system consists of a Denon X4000 avr, B&W 683 S2 mains, B&W HTM61 S2 center channel, and 6.5" in ceiling rear speakers. I originally bought the matching $650 B&W ASW610 10" sealed subwoofer to fill in the low end, but was unsatisfied. The B&W subwoofer was very tight and clean for music, but lacked in overall output for movies. I didn't want to spend any more money on an additional matching B&W subwoofer, so I figured I'd now try 2 less expensive 10" ported subwoofers instead for increased output. After reading many great reviews for this $200 Polk Audio PSW108, I exchanged the B&W for 2 of them. They are not quite as tight and detailed as the B&W for music, however they make up for it with much more power and impact for movies. With 2 subs vs 1 I also get much more uniform bass response throughout my listening area. I am more than satisfied!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very satisfied

    Posted
    DeeDub
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    I bought this to supplement the bottom end performance of my TV audio. Thus far, it works quite well. I've got a couple of REALLY old (I bought them in 1965) Altec-Lansing bi-axial 15" speakers in bass reflex cabinets. I felt a sub-woofer would enhance the performance and, at the same time, protect the old speakers from bass overdrive. I am extremely pleased with the combination, the bottom end of the sound spectrum with movies is a real enhancement to performance as compared to without the sub-woofer. Also, the fact that the sub-woofer could accept the speaker outputs from the amplifier is a terrific plus since the one I am using does not have a sub-woofer pre-amp output. It works flawlessly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great subwoofer for the price

    Posted
    chichay
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    I'm a newbie in sound system, but before I purchased this product I made sure to search for reviews and feedback that people gave online. It was on sale and it was one of the cheapest that I found, with good reviews I decided to purchase this product. At first I thought it's just one of those that you can enjoy now and then later on you can give away because you have no more use for it. When my roommate and I tested it with our bose speakers connected to the new amp, we were blown away with the quality of sound this subwoofer produced. With the kind of bass power it gives our movie watching and music playing became more lively and entertaining. Polk Audio subwoofer gives quality sound that complements the quality of our bose speakers, we're actually very happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice Sub

    Posted
    Bigdaddy
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    I bought this sub for my garage, I just wanted a little bass. This isn't a super hard hitting sub but it's only a 10" 100w sub. I did use it on my home theater system at first until I got a Klipsch 12" and it sounded good on that, a good bass but it can bottom out if turned all the way up. It's now sounds great back in my garage and for the money you can't go wrong. Works great, way better than those home theater in a box. You can get a real home theater system with front, rear, surround and center speakers on a budget and this sub, and not spend a whole lot more than a sound bar and weak subwoofer and get a way better more powerful sound

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I couldn't be happier.....

    Posted
    Kard
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    I come from a long line of cobbled together sound systems, followed by home theater in a boxes, soundbars and Bluetooth workarounds. When I purchased my first home I decided to go for an actual sound system. A real home theater and while everything I purchased is considered entry level by price everything sounds much more expensive including this subwoofer. Simply put this subwoofer is a great deal. It's affordable without shirking on power, clarity or features. I was looking for a solid preforming sub and I found it. Clear solid bass with plenty of umph! (I actually lowered the sub's volume to around half.) Great sub for a great price. My setup for reference: 4x Polk Series 2 Monitor 60s 1x Polk Cs1 Center Channel 1x Polk Psw108 Subwoofer Yamaha Rx377bl receiver

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Short life span / "loose" sound

    Posted
    geneo

    I actually bought the PSW110 (a step up from the 108) about 2 years ago. The internal power supply has already gone bad. I previously had a JBL for maybe 5 years with the same failure. Many years ago Polk produced some decent speakers. They have never been a top shelf brand but the sound on this line IMO is not what I would prefer. If you have ever listened to a speaker that produces a flat, tight bass you will know what I am referring to. The deep notes / tones should hit and be gone quickly, (unless the sound track calls for different). Reverb and echo should be either part of the soundtrack or as an effect that the listener adds via the head unit. Not at the discretion of the speakers build. (Cone and it's surround, voice coil, magnet etc. quality and materials / used).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good subwoofer

    Posted
    Jeff
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    Before purchasing this subwoofer I had purchased a Samsung soundbar and wireless subwoofer to try to feel out the bottom end of my home entertainment system. Before that purchase I had a Sony subwoofer that was really great so moving to the Samsung I noticed it just didn't have the bass in general of the Sony setup I had previously. So that's why I purchased this subwoofer, all in all I'm definitely happy with my purchase it's definitely better than either of my previous setups but with one issue. The distortion is pretty high if the subwoofers gain is cranked up even 3/4 of the way up. Leaving it at about halfway fixes the issue but you do lose some of the bass that would be possible with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent subwoofer!

    Posted
    atvguy7
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    I replaced my old Yamaha subwoofer with this one because I thought I would get more out of the movies I like to watch and man was I right. My dad stopped by one day on his way home to say hello and I was watching Red Dawn. He did not know I had replaced my sub, nor does he stick around to watch a movie, but that sound had him hooked! This is a great subwoofer and I couldn't be happier with my purchase! I'm sure there are better sounding, more powerful, Magnolia quality subs out there but for the money and what I need it to do, I don't think I could of found one better. I know this is not the most technical review, but if you want a great sounding subwoofer and you're on a budget, you won't go wrong buying this subwoofer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply powerful

    Posted
    flamethrower82
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    This is a great addition to any sound system. It also has *two* line-in ports so you can double the input. The sound is crystal clear, and the box that holds the subwoofer doesn't shake out of control. It's a very solid piece of hardware. I would suggest if you live in an apartment or with other people, that you keep the volume at half at most if you use max sub preamp on your receiver. It also has standard speaker cables for the old school hardware. Unlike many closed designs that overheat with constant use, this thing can handle most of what you throw at it. Just keep an eye on the crossover, because the bass will drown out your other audio if it's set to over 100hz.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Polk Audio 10" Subwoofer is a great compact d

    Posted
    coolman
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    This Polk Audio 10" subwoofer replace a 15 years old double 8" JBL subwoofer system. The cone on the speakers finally gave out. I desperately tried to replace the speakers but to no avail. I finally received a referral from JBL for a company that could repair them. They were unable to confirm the speakers would play ok so I didn't feel good about that. I then decided to stop by Best Buy to see what they had to offer. To my surprise these Polk Audio 10" subwoofer speakers were on sale. When I hooked it it I was blown away by the quality of the base. I have a high end Denon receiver I purchased from Best Buy about 7 year ago. This Polk Audio rocks. I absolutely love it, love it, love it. Now I listen to music all the time and watch movies. Best money I have spent in a long time

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Thump. Thump. Thump. BOOM!

    Posted
    JoystickJedi1972
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    Polk Audio - PSW Series 10" Active Subwoofer - My system has experienced yet another upgrade and the sound clarity is hard to distinguish from the higher end model of the same brand. I was very surprised as to how little of a difference it made compared to the 110 model It's hard to believe this is an entry-level woofer. I would recommend it to someone with an average size room such as mine that is looking to stay within a safe budget. I got one to add to a 7.2 surround sound system. There is now a left and right woofer set up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good for the price

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    jimoblivion
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    I have a pieced together 5.1 system w/a Sony Center Channel, Polk Audio rears, mono price fronts and this Sony Sub. I'm ultimately going to get a complete system now that I know the potential of a 5.1 system. This sub fit right in. My wife doesn't like a lot of bass and I was able to tune it to where it doesn't annoy her. I don't listen to music w/them too often but they didn't miss a beat as I listen to Melodic Metal, EDM and Hip-Hop and as long as the volume isn't too high it's all quality. I'm a fanatic about hearing the full sprectrum in songs from 20Hz to 20KHz and this sub works. Con - I had to find the manual to get the correct settings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bass on a budget

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    DurangoUnchained
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    After my decade old Yamaha sub bought the farm, I needed a replacement sub for my surround sound system. This was the cheapest one that Bestbuy had in stock, and I was pleasantly surprised. For the money I payed, it was more than adequate, based on what I was expecting. Let's be honest here folks, if you want your windows to rattle, if you want the screws in your framework to come loose, and if you want your neighbors two houses down to wonder what that incessant thumping is...this is not the sub for you. If you simply want your movies, games, and music to have a decent sound, then this is a great purchase. You get what you pay for in the audio-world, and for what I paid, this is certainly acceptable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Subwoofer for surround sound on Yamaha V473

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    J4wartown
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    Running this subwoofer off of my Yamaha RX-V473 and it sounds great. Receiver plays surround sound for my living room entertainment setup and is the base for a multi-zone home speaker setup through my computer with Airfoil. The sound supplied by the Polk subs and satalite speakers for the 5.1 setup are the solid base on which my home sounds system is built. I gives the underlying full range of sounds and does so without distortion and amazing clearity. Adjustable Bass is great for when the wife and kids don't want to hear the walls shaking, and for when I don't care. Sounds great with gaming and movies. Highly recommend this subwoofer, and the Polk line of home audio products.

    I would recommend this to a friend