Add serious low-frequency impact to your movies and music with Polk's PSW10. This powered subwoofer delivers solid, accurate bass thanks to its 50-watt RMS amp and 10" woofer. The cabinet is constructed from non-resonant MDF, and is reinforced with internal bracings for superior bass clarity. The PSW10 is a great way to round out a home theater system or add depth to your stereo music.

Polk makes it easy to integrate the PSW10 with your existing system. You can hook your receiver up to the sub either through the line-level or the speaker-level connections. And the continuously variable low-pass crossover lets you tailor the sound to match the PSW10 with the rest of your speakers.

Product Highlights:

  • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
  • 50-watt RMS amplifier
  • 10" front-firing driver
  • frequency response 40-160 Hz (-3dB)
  • continuously variable 80-160 Hz crossover
  • phase switch
  • auto on/off
  • speaker and line-level inputs; speaker-level output
  • black oak vinyl finish
  • removable grille included
  • 14"W x 14-3/8"H x 16-3/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years woofer, 3 years amplifier
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Why add a powered subwoofer?

A powered subwoofer gives you bass you can feel as well as hear. Our customers love the depth and impact their subs add to music and movies. We hear comments like "it brings out sounds I didn't know existed in discs I've watched a million times." Powered subwoofers aren't just for big bass that rattles your picture frames; they can also deliver tight, accurate lows. If you haven't shopped for a powered sub in a while, you might be surprised at how small they get. Look for an ultra-compact model if you want to tuck your sub away under an end table or in a corner.

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Outstanding performance and quality for the price

Written By No, Naples, FL on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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I replaced the non-powered sub from my Acoustimass Bose cube setup with this unit and I am floored with the improvement. This sub was a perfect compliment and solved my sound quality problem. I highly recommend Sparky in sales, who helped guide me through some targeted questions that led to this purchase. If you need to add a powered sub to your system there's no reason in my mind to avoid this product.

Impressive Sound and Unbeatable Value

Written By Keith, Albuquerque, NM on Thursday, October 15, 2009

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This sub is a good example for why you don't have to spend a lot of money for good audio equipment. I figured in this price range that it would sound good, but it sounds great. The adjustable crossover, phase switch, and volume control permit you to tune it perfectly for the best sound. I have an LCD TV that has a good built-in sound bar for the highs and mid-range, but the low end was lacking. This sub really improved the sound and makes movies and music "come alive" with loud and clean bass that you can actually feel.

No LFE? Not a Problem...Crank the Hz!

Written By Grant, Wa. State Coast on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I just wanted to chime in here and hopefully help someone if they're concerned about no LFE IN on the PSW10. I was concerned myself with this so I spent a LOT of time researching this "problem" before buying 2 of them (yeah 2!). ALL you need to do is connect to EITHER the right or left RCA input on the sub (either one will do because of the design)..and CRANK the Hz to the MAX on the sub. This (MAX Hz on sub) bypasses the internal crossover on the sub allowing you to use your reciever for crossover settings. But MAX the Hz on the sub. I eventually did plug into both L-R using Y adaptors to give the signal a little more boost..the "auto on/off" feature wasn't getting a strong enough signal. (That won't improve the sound, it just gives the signal a little boost) For 2 subs, I'm using a Y adaptor from the LFE out on my receiver, 2 cables from that (1 to each sub), and a Y adaptor connected to each cable..that way I'm using both L-R on each sub. Works great. (I got a great deal on the 2nd sub, so I couldn't resist using two!) I hope this helped and saved someone some "research time". BTW..this info is not MY OPINION, it's advice I got from POLK. Enjoy your new toy(s)! BTW..I gave it 4 stars because there's always's a good sub but I wouldn't go as far as to say GREAT...I have a fairly small room and use my "stuff" for mostly movies (via PS3) and tv, and it does a nice job for that. Can't comment on music.

Exceeded My Expectations ;-)

Written By Anonymous, Upstate NY on Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Thank You Crutchfield. I ordered this Sub along with my Denon AVR-1609 on
Monday afternoon and received everything on Wednesday afternoon. Couldn't be
happier. Great service, great sub, great receiver, and what a deal. I didn't know
what to expect from a sub of this price, but I am more than impressed ; so is my
wife. I will definitely be back again soon. Thanks again Crutchfield ;-) Chaz

Polk Audio PSW10

Written By Brian, Carbondale, IL on Tuesday, April 07, 2009

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This sub is the perfect solution to my audio needs. I found it to be very smooth and punchy. It has a nice regulation nob thats not wild like some others. I replaced a lower end Bose sub with this and what an unbelievable upgrade! You cannot beat the price matched with quality on this sub. I have higher end Bose everything else except Polk outdoor speakers, (which are terrific) and after making this switch, I will subsequently be transitioning to all POLK!

Pure Clean Powerfull Bass

Written By Juan, Laredo, Texas on Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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I Have Three Of These, I Use Two For Music If I Just Want To Lisent Some CDs And All Three for Movies,Two In The Front With The Satellites(Monitor 50) Speakers And The Other One In The Back Side Of The Room With The Surround(Monitor 30) Speakers, You Can Feel The Floor Shackin' And The Walls Poundin'In My Home Theater Room.Great Match For Polk Audio Monitor 50 And 30, And Good Price,Lots Of Bass For 50 Watts Subwoofer

Polk Audio PSW10

Written By Michael, Wheeling, WV on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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This subwoofer sounds great. I purchased an inexpensive subwoofer with my old system and often got distorted sound with it. This subwoofer sounds great with music. I have not yet watched a movie with lots of sound effects but from what I have heard so far, I have no doubt that this subwoofer will produce great bass sounds when I do. A great addition to my home theater system.

Awesome PSW!!

Written By Doug, DALLAS, TX. on Monday, February 09, 2009

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I am so impressed with this speaker. It brings my 5.1 system to life perfectly in a 22x12 room.

Great subwoofer for a small space

Written By Brandon, Memphis, TN on Sunday, February 01, 2009

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This subwoofer transforms the sound of my entertainment system. You can
tailor the sound to give a subtle bass feel or max it out to provide strong
punch to movies and music. I have a small den and this model is perfect for
the small space.

The little engine that could

Written By Luigi, Erie, PA on Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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I actually got this subwoofer at no charge when I purchased four other Polk Audio speakers. I considered upgrading and paying the difference for a bigger subwoofer prior to purchasing it because some people had said it was not very powerful. I am glad I stuck with this unit because it can pump out all the bass I need to fill a very large room (45 by 25 feet). This sub actuall replaced a more powerful (higher wattage), but way older unit. My guess is that it should satisfy 95 percent of the people out there looking for great bass at a good price.

Great Starter Sub

Written By Mark, Hilo, HI on Sunday, January 18, 2009

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I previously owned a Bose acoustamass 5, and Onkyo HTB and this sub
with my Polk Monitor 50/30/CS2 center sounds great. I currently live in a
small studio and it makes enough bass to disrupt others. The low rumbly
movie bass is fine, while retaining a musical quality for music. It probably
won't fill a large room so if your budget allows for something more powerful
and you enjoy theater quality bass you will need to look higher in the Polk

Not Bad

Written By WK, Maryland on Sunday, January 18, 2009

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Well after 2 days of almost constant use on movies and music I can say this is a decent Subwoofer both sound and look. Set up was pretty easy with the crossover and volume controls at the halfway points ,By the way the 50 watts power rating on this unit is impressive as it will fill a nice size room 16X15. My 2 dislikes and there truly small dislikes are the lack of LFE input and the auto on power setting is very slow to respond to a signal after 15 minutes so its best to leave it on all the time unless you are not using it for several days.

Brings up the rear

Written By IGO, Las vegas on Wednesday, December 17, 2008

These were offered as a bonus when I purchased a set ofFXi 6A Surrounds. The surrounds were to replace a vintage RT 7 Polk bookshelf speaker that got religated to stands in my bedroom. Very handy as the sub now resides with them. The RT7s just needed a liitle bit of bottom end and this sub does just the trick. DO NOT try to boogy thump this sub.

Great sub for the money

Written By edavis, Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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I actually got this sub as part of a Polk speaker package. I was really suprised how well this sub performs. Although it only goes down to 40Hz, I could feel the bass. It blends well with my Polk Monitor 40s, CS2, and OWM3 speakers for an outstanding home theater system. Yes there are better subs out there that will reach all the way down to 20Hz, but for the money this one performs very well. I'm actually ordering another one for my 7.2 set-up.

Polk Audio PSW10

Written By Stephanie, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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We are very satisfied with the quality of this subwoofer. We purchased the exact model two years ago for our family room. We purchased this one for our media room which has a 9:1 surround system. It replaced a large and more expensive sub that stopped functioning properly. The sound quality of movies and music from the Polk is exceptional; Great quality and a very reasonable price.

Great for the Money

Written By Ed, Umatilla, FL on Friday, October 24, 2008

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I must agree that for the money, this is hard to beat. I do not have a perfectly matched theater system. I am using a pair of ancient front speakers, with rears and a Polk center. This sub blends great with music or movies. As others have pointed out, this is no $ 1000.00 Velodyne. But if you need to add a bottom and are on a budget, this will meet your needs. I could not be happier with this purchase. Crutchfield is the best!

My first subwoofer

Written By Harry, Upstate NY on Wednesday, October 08, 2008

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For years I've stubbornly refused to buy into the whole subwoofer 'thing', but finally bit the bullet with the PSW10 to augment my 5 classic series speakers and Onkyo TX-502 receiver. Felt it was time to get a 'fuller' audio experience with the new Samsung 40" HDTV, but didn't want to lay out big bucks or have it 'dominate' the soundtrack. I am impressed! The thunderous tones from its 50 watts(?) actually seemed a bit too much in our 12x24 living space, so I moved it to my personal stereo in the den, where it complements my RTi4 bookshelf speakers perfectly! Bought an inexpensive Sony s/w to hook up to the HT which seems a good fit. I've become a big Polk fan in recent years - the PSW10 is one more reason why. Crutchfield remains the very, very best.


Written By Mike, Iowa on Sunday, October 05, 2008

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Don't be fooled by the low price and 50 watt amp, this baby performs! Action movies come to life with explosions that rattle windows and it also performs well for music: metal, rap, anything. If you listen to music at VERY loud levels buy a larger sub, but for up to 3/4 volume the PSW10 will handle it all!

First-Class Entry Level Sub

Written By Michael, Burke, VA on Wednesday, September 03, 2008

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I based my 5/5 rating on this being a lower-powered, entry level sub. I am not comparing it to the $500+ dollar subs!!

I have a small living room and a modest home theater setup, so I dont really need more than 100wpc. I was looking for a sub that could give me tremendous power with clarity and a "focused" punch. This sub performs all those tasks without a problem! It definitely "sounds" like it performs well above its stated wpc rating.

I only have the sub level turned up to about 5, and whether I am watching my Led Zep or Who DVDs, or that legendary first scene in Fellowship of the Ring, the walls shake and picture frames rattle. Explosions burst into my living room without being muffled or distorted. During the day if my wife is watching MTV or the Food Network, the bass gently accents whatever sounds are coming out of the main speakers without ever overpowering them, or forcing me to change the volume level of the sub.

It is built like a rock (I purchased mine in the scratch & dent store - only a tiny nick) and matches my other Polk speakers' cherry finish perfectly.

My uncle likes to spend a lot of money on his a/v setup, and I always laugh to myself when I see him fiddling w/ or cursing at his $750 sub! I know that back in my living room, this puppy is just waiting for me to pump some audio thru it and I wont have to do a thing...other than dust it off occasionally.

I cant believe its only 50 watts!

Written By Matt, Harrisonburg, VA on Sunday, December 02, 2007

When I bought this I had never heard one these subs before and I was just hoping it would be adequate. After the very simple hookups were done, I put the speaker through its paces. Man, I was impressed! Listening to the bass I would have guessed the wattage closer to 150 watts! Bass is smooth and deep with a rock-solid feel. In my quiet neighborhood, this thing could easily bring the cops to my house if I let it. I recommend this speaker for all your subwoofer needs (unless your needs include opening a dance club).

Very impressed

Written By AndyD, Severn, MD on Sunday, November 11, 2007

Just reiterating what others have said, WOW!! I got this subwoofer with the Polk RM6005 theatre system. When I read the stats for it I was expecting the typical under-powered sub. You know, the ones that you hook up but can't even tell it is actually working. Man, was I pleasantly proven wrong!

As a person who likes to hear AND feel the music, this was a pleasant surprise. I still wish I asked when I bought it if I could kick in the difference to get the bigger, more powerful PSW12. If this subwoofer sounds this good, I can only imagine what the PSW12 sounds like! This speaker is a great example of what a properly tuned enclosure, amp, and speaker can do.

This is perfect for anyone looking to liven up movies and music. I have an ~18x18 room and it performs VERY well. Movies are much more enjoyable to watch now.

For the people who like to listen to their music loud (I am one of those people), and want the bass to follow as you turn up the volume, I would recommend a better subwoofer. It plays very well under half volume. Above that it seems to struggle and get less noticeable. That's why I wish I bought the PSW12.

I recently upgraded from the RM6005's (wasn't pleased with them at all. :( ) I decided to get the Polk RTi10's. These are the ones I wanted originally. The RTi10's have 4 7" woofers. The bass response from them is not that great. I paired up the PSW10 with them and it sounds MUCH better! The PSW10 hits the lower notes much better and is more noticeable than the 4 7's on the RTi10's. I'll eventually upgrade the PSW10, but it is doing a very good job for right now.


Written By Matthew, Bridgeton NJ on Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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Okay yes even i was sceptical when i read that it was only 50 WATTS but ya know what THIS THIS HITS. My room is 18 feet by 23 feet and the sub just sits in the corner. To give you an example my freind that i did his car audio system has 2 kicker l5 subs in his car with 120 going to each. When i told him that is was only 50 watts he started laughing so i told him to sit down in the "entertainment seat" and let me tell you his jaw droped. I listen to everytype of music you can emagine over 8,000 songs in my library and also am a huge movie fan and after you tune the sub you never EVER have to mess with the settings again. Everything from pod racing in star wars to keny G's claranet everything sounds GREAT. I would recomend this to anyone that wants to fill in the gap in there music. And hip hop fans This is perfect for you to.


Written By David, UPPER MARLBORO, MD on Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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"It was sweet music to my ears" I had another brand subwoofer that was supposed to be the very best! well I'am here to say NO WAY! the PSW10 is an amazing piece of equiptment for the money. I finally have the movie bass that my family was looking for and I didnt go broke getting it! I think the sleek styling and the awsome shaping of the PSW10 will blend into any home decor setting.

Polk Audio PSW10

Written By Lewis, WV on Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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I recently bought a Sony LCD HDTV which has surround sound as a standard feature. The low frequencies were lacking in depth, however. The PSW10 really filled this gap. The TV sounds great now - nearly equal to sound reproduction from a high quality stereo system. The PSW10 easily connected directly to the TV without a separate amplifier and is fully adjustable. Is is a great component which I would heartily recommend.

Excellent choice

Written By Chuck, Chicago,Il on Friday, February 09, 2007

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Excellent sub.

Sounds great, looks great

Written By Jeff, Chicago, IL on Thursday, October 26, 2006

For the money, you can't beat this subwoofer. Don't let the 50W rating deter you--that's plenty of power to fill a modestly-sized room. I bought it along with the RM6005 satellite speakers, and they complement each other nicely. My only complaint would be that it's fairly bulky; you're not going to be able to hide it behind a piece of furniture. Display it proudly, or put it under a thoughtfully-placed table.

Blown Away!

Written By Brett, Columbia, KY on Friday, July 21, 2006

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I purchased this sub after reading the good reviews on here, and what else can I say but they were right on the mark. I would put this sub up against those costing three times as much. Don't let the 50 watt rating turn you off, it produces room shaking sound. I currently have it matched with two second hand polk monitor speakers and it sounds great.

Awesome Product!

Written By ecd88, Crofton MD on Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I purchased this subwoofer because of the other reviews on this site. I recently bought Polk RM 101's for sorrounds and RM 201's and the center 202 for the front. All sounded great with my Sony ES3000, but my old Yamaha sub was pushing out some muddy bass. I either had to turn it down to avoid distortion, or turn it up, thereby drowning the crysal clear highs of the RM's with unclear booms. So, I figured based on the reviews and my old sub, how could this one be any worse? When I hooked it up, I was shocked. This thing rocks! Yes you can overdrive it and criticize it by cranking it way past what you'll need, but if you keep it around 60/70 and half volume, you won't believe the bass your getting for this price. My friend has the sub that comes with Polk RM's as a set, and I believe mine sounds better with this sub. When you look at the specs in today's subwoofer category: 50W, no LFE, not shielded, agreed this sub has drawbacks. Buy the pricey models to get all that (not necessities). LFE can be replaced by a simple Monster "Y" cable connected to the back of this sub purchased for 10 bucks. 50W, enough power for any average-sized listening area (I have it in an 18X12 and half volume is perfect). Not shielded can be a little limiting, but a corner setup helps your sound anyhow, so you can keep it away from your TV. Overall, this sub is incredible! Give it a shot if you are looking at subs under 300 bucks.

Boom for the Buck

Written By johnnysaw, Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Monday, May 08, 2006

Wow!!! I was skeptical of a 10" subwoffer being able to deliver the kind of bass I am looking for. But when I moved recently there was no place for my existing Surround Sound system which was comprised of 5 Studio Reference 8" speakers and a 15" sub. My wife had been begging me to get smaller speakers for years and the time finally came when I gave it a shot.

This Sub Kicks!!! I have had to turn it down and down and down. And it sounds great. I consider myself to be a bit of an Audio Snob. I have been working as a engineer/producer in Recording Studios for close to 15 years. I am amazed at how Polk can make a system sound so good for so little money. I complimented the PSW10 with the RM6005 as a complete 5.1 package. The whole thing sounds very good.

One recommedation for people who like to tweak their audio system like I do is NOT to connect the Sub to the reciever with speaker wire and then from the sub to the main front L/R satellites (as Polk recommends). If your receiver allows and you are comfortable with playing with the settings internal to the reciever connect the Subwoffer line level output to the Audio Line Input on the PSW10 and the front L/R satellites directly to the receiver. Then set the PSW10 filter all the way up to its highest frequency (160hz I believe). I have found this way to provide the most satisfying results. BTW I am connecting to a Harman/Kardon AVR435 receiver.

More Than Worth It!

Written By James, Bremerton, WA on Tuesday, January 24, 2006

To start I must say I was a little unsure about this sub. I mean come on only 50watts. I had heard alot of 10in subs before I bought this one. All I can say is WOW for being a 10 and only having 50watts it sounds great! More than loud enough for my movie room 10x18 for music I have the gain set at 1/2 and for movies I put it at 3/4 gain. It's well worth the $200. Nothing comes close for the price. Besure to take the time to try it in differant places in your room and adjust the settings.

I'm running a Denon 6.1 reciver, Athenna S.5 for front, rear and rear center. Athenna C.5 for front center. Polk PSW10 for Sub. I'm very happy with it all.

Polk Sub - great value

Written By RMS, Dearborn, MI on Friday, December 02, 2005

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This is a great sub! Good solid bass from both music and video sources. I purchased the cherry finished model. It is beautiful and fits right in with our other cherry furniture. Best value I have found for a "low priced" sub. I have heard other subs at 3 or 4 times the price that don't sound any better. Nice product, in both performance and looks.

Big boomy bass!!

Written By Brian, Austin, TX on Monday, November 14, 2005

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Great big boomy bass for a great price. As soon as I hooked it up and the THX sounder played at the top of "SW: Ep. III" it shook the house and I had to turn it down a little. Wow!
Some reviews have said they sent this back for the Polk PSW12. Look, I've got an 18x18 living room (average, I think) and with the bass response I got with that first viewing I quickly realized I didn't NEED at 12" sub. Worried about price and presteige? My buddy has a $3000 sub in a similar sized room and I don't hear how his is any better than my PSW10 for $200.

No LFE... no problem. I got advice from my Crutchfield sales advisor, Mac, to get a splitter (Monster and Accoustic Research make good ones) for the LFE cable and feed it into the L and R ports... done and done!! The result was great ballanced bass with no "blubbery" sounds.

The PSW10 is NOT a small piece of equipment, so think about where you want to put it as you consider buying it.

Summary: Performed great right out of the box with full boomy bass. It takes a little space, but for the price and performance, you can't beat it. I can't wait to see how much better it gets as the cone "matures".

Best bang for you buck

Written By Joseph, Nashville, TN on Wednesday, July 20, 2005

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I am no audio expert by any means, but I know what sounds good. This sub sounds GREAT! Low range is clear and viberant with no distortion.
I am using it with the Polk RM6005 satellites for home theater. The 50 watt power is more than enough. I have to turn down the sub volume to keep from rattling my windows. The crossover point is clean and undetectable.
It brings a whole new experience to home theater.
Sure, you can buy a more powerful and more expensive sub. Buy why would you want too?

Great Entry Level Sub for the Price!

Written By Jeremy, Columbus, OH on Wednesday, March 09, 2005

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For $200 this sub is amazing! With a little bit of experimentation as to placement in the room (which you should do with ANY sub) it sounds great. I threw on LOTR and this sub was strong enough to handle everything without distorting in the slightest. When listening to classical music (ie a good Mozart concerto) the bass is very tight. One warning - the manual for this sub is horrible. The fact that there is no LFE jack seems to confuse a lot of people, Polk CLEARLY states that only the PSW12 has an LFE jack. Don't worry if your receiver only has a single RCA Sub out connection, hook it up to either RCA connection in the back of the PSW10 and you're in business.

One other note, I must say I disagree with the first review listed here. The LSi9s list for over $1000 and Polk's recommendation is to pair them with a PSW505. Why would you pair an entry level $200 sub with a set of $1000 bookshelf speakers and expect it to sound good?

Summary: If you're looking for a great entry level sub with power and accuracy this is the sub to get!

Suprising 50 watt sub

Written By tim-o-t, Seaside, Ca on Monday, February 21, 2005

The review above is preety right on. I just wanted to add that for a 50 watt sub please dont pass it up. It seems to be extemly efficient, I have used a klh 12 100 watt and pioneer 10 100 watt, and this polk is by far better and clearer than those ever were. I switch over my entire theater to polk, and I'm so happy. If your looking for beauty, the entire monitor series is beautiful.

Now the bad news, if you have the extra 150 bucks spring for the 12, I recently bought it to upgrade, and frankly there is no comparison. The 12 is louder cleaner, and hits harder.

Hope this helps a little

Goes deeper than it is rated, ok for movies, bad for classical music.

Written By Steven-Gulfport, Mississippi on Tuesday, February 08, 2005

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I can be critical.

Forget the rating, the PSW10 tries to go way below the rating. And that is the problem. It is trying to reproduce 16hz and 32hz organ notes from Bachs Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Sure subs are suppose to do that, but the problem is that that the cone is bottoming out trying to reproduce those notes. It is audible at even moderate volumes. I have heard some of the most expensive Velodyne subs. When the Velodyne trys to handle those notes, it simply rolls off the frequency that it can not handle. The Velodyne may not properly handle the 16hz note either, and may not really do a good job with 32hz but at least you dont hear the Velodyne distorting.

I would say the PSW10 lacks low end control.

The PSW10 does remain controlled in the 50 to 80 hz range. With classical strings the PSW10 is fair... blends well enough with the LSi9s, and adds just enough bass to achieve life like punch. But I found the sound to lack "something"... the sound is a bit mechanical, or muffled sound, more of a single note, rather than the full range of colorations that occur with that note.

For deep bass in movies (Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan etc) the PSW10 does surprisingly well if the volume is kept down below ear bleed levels. Those sounds lack "depth" to the sound. An explosion is just an explosion, and any bottoming out of the woofer is not going to detract from the explosion.

In summary, I would describe the PSW10 has having a sloppy very low hz rolloff, is attempting to reproduce notes below its range of reproduction, and a bit muffled sound.

Just remember, play with your subs location for the best sound possible.

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What's in the box?

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  • Black powered subwoofer
  • Grille
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online registration card

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Woofer Size (inches) 10
Woofer Composition Polymer Composite
Firing Direction Front
Wireless No
Preamp-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Outputs Yes
Low-Pass Crossover Freq 80-160 Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq None
Phase Switch Yes
Amplifier Output (watts) 50
Frequency Response 40-160 Hz
Height (inches) ---
Width (inches) ---
Depth (inches) ---
Weight ---
Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Yrs woofer/3 Yrs amp
Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Yrs woofer/3 Yrs amp
Amplifier Parts Warranty ---
Amplifier Labor Warranty ---

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Warranty Notes


Driver: The PSW10 uses a 10" Dynamic Balance polymer composite cone driver for deep, smooth response and low distortion. For longer excursion, the woofer uses a hi-roll foam surround.

Not Video Shielded: The subwoofer is not magnetically shielded, so it is not recommended to place it next to TVs and video monitors.

Amplifier: The subwoofer is powered by a high-current amplifier producing 50 watts RMS/100 watts dynamic power.

Enclosure: The PSW10 features non-resonant MDF construction with 3/4" baffle and internal bracing for deep bass impact with superior detail and accuracy.

3-Way Power Switch: The subwoofer has a 3-way power switch on the rear panel. You can select Auto, which turns the unit on automatically when an input signal is received and off a few minutes after the signal stops; On, which keeps the unit on until it is switched off, and Off, which turns the unit completely off (instead of placing it in a standby mode). The LED power indicator glows green when the unit is on and red when the unit is off.

Volume Control: The PSW10 has a rotary volume control to adjust the volume of the subwoofer relative to the other speakers in the system.

Phase Switch: The subwoofer's phase switch allows you to select normal or reverse. If the bass sounds muddy or unclear, toggling the phase control can sometimes strengthen the bass attack.

Low-Pass Filter: The PSW10 offers a continuously variable low-pass filter, adjustable from 80-160 Hz. Note: The manual incorrectly lists the frequency range as 80-200Hz.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Line Inputs: The subwoofer has gold plated left and right RCA Line Level inputs. These inputs are for use with electronics featuring stereo pre-amp line outputs or an LFE subwoofer output. If your receiver or processor only has a single subwoofer line output, either the left or right input jack can be used.

Note: If the filtered Low Frequency Effects (LFE) output of an A/V receiver or processor is connected to the PSW10's line inputs, low frequency signals will be filtered by the A/V receiver/processor and the PSW10. When this happens the PSW10's low-pass filter setting should be as high as possible (160Hz) to minimize the interaction between the filters.

Speaker Level Input/Output: The subwoofer has spring clips for the speaker level input and output. The subwoofer's low-pass filter takes the low frequencies (based on the setting of the filter) and passes a full-range signal out to the speakers. This is the recommended method of connecting the subwoofer with a Polk Audio RM-series Home Theater speaker package and other satellite speaker systems.

Specification Note

Frequency Response: The overall frequency response for the subwoofer is 35-200 Hz, and the -3 dB frequency response is 40-160 Hz.

Warranty Notes

Amplifier: The warranty on the amplifier is 3 years parts and labor.

Driver: The warranty on the driver is 5 years parts and labor.

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