Polk Audio PSW111

Ultra-compact powered subwoofer

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Add impact to your favorite movies and full-bodied bass to your favorite tunes with a sub that's barely larger than a cubic foot. The PSW111's high-current, 150-watt amp effortlessly drives an 8" woofer for dynamic low-frequency effects. And this compact subwoofer sports a new, more powerful driver design to deliver deeper, louder, and punchier bass than previous Polk subs. Special circuitry inside the amp and a solid MDF cabinet with internal bracings ensure clean, detailed lows, even when you crank up the volume.

From the review Polk PSW111 Ultra-compact Powered Subwoofer: From sub-par to sub-lime

"But the overwhelming sense I had from early listening was one of warmth. The low mid-range, the place where male voices, cellos, and trombones live, suddenly came alive. I could hear all this ambience I wasn't hearing before in movies and TV shows — street noises, intakes of breath, footsteps. Sure, you could take this sub to the slamming max if you want, but the main takeaway I have from adding this component into my system is that things have been put into balance again."

— Woody Sherman, Crutchfield A/V writer

Product Highlights:

  • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
  • 150-watt RMS amplifier
  • 8" front-firing driver
  • frequency response 38-250 Hz
  • continuously variable 60-160 Hz crossover
  • phase switch
  • auto on/off
  • line-level/LFE input
  • speaker-level input and output
  • 11"W x 12-5/16"H x 14-15/16"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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What's in the box?

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  • Black powered subwoofer
  • Grille (installed)
  • 8' Detachable power cord
  • 4 Rubber insert feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online registration card
  • Rubber feet installation diagram

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Composition DB Composite
Firing Direction Front
Wireless No
Preamp-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Outputs Yes
Low-Pass Crossover Freq 60-160 Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq None
Phase Switch Yes
Amplifier Output (watts) 150
Frequency Response 38-250 Hz
Height (inches) 12-5/16
Width (inches) 11-1/16
Depth (inches) 14-15/16
Weight 20.3 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 3 Years
Amplifier Labor Warranty 3 Years

Product Research



Driver: The Polk Audio PSW111 uses a 8" Dynamic Balance composite cone driver for deep, accurate response with low distortion. For a smoother response and improved durability, the woofer utilizes a rubber surround.

Klippel Optimized Woofer: By using a state-of-the-art Klippel Distortion Analyzer, Polk is able to optimize the woofer's motor structure, voice coil alignment and suspension for the best possible performance even at extreme listening levels.

Motor Structure: The PSW111 utilizes a powerful motor structure for a higher BL response (the measure of the motive force applied to the cone) that results in louder, deeper and punchier bass.

Compression Circuitry: The woofer's Compression Circuitry limits distortion at high volume levels.

Amplifier: The subwoofer is powered by a high-current amplifier producing 150 watts RMS/300 watts dynamic power that supplies clean power for loud bass and the wide dynamic range necessary to recreate a life-like experience in your home.

Enclosure: The PSW111 features a bass-reflex enclosure with non-resonant MDF construction and internal bracing for deep bass impact with superior detail and accuracy.

Down-Firing Port: The powered subwoofer's downward firing port allows the woofer to be extremely efficient and provides more bass impact for your home theater experience.

Not Video Shielded: The subwoofer is not magnetically shielded, so it is not recommended to place it next to tube TVs and video monitors. Though LCD, DLP, and Plasma televisions are not affected by magnetism you should allow at least 18" of space between the subwoofer and any TV.

Placement: You may place the subwoofer anywhere in your room, but it will perform best when it's on the same side of the room as your system's front speakers. Also, placing the subwoofer near a wall or in a corner will reinforce the output.


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 15 minutes after the signal stops; On, which keeps the unit on and Standby, which turns the unit off. The LED power indicator glows green when the unit is on and red when the unit is off.

Volume Control: The PSW111 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 0-degrees (normal) or 180-degrees (reverse). If the bass sounds muddy or unclear, toggling the phase control can sometimes strengthen the bass attack.

Low-Pass Filter: The PSW111 offers a continuously variable low-pass crossover, adjustable from 60-160 Hz. There is an LFE position for use with the filtered LFE output from a receiver or preamp.


Line Inputs: The subwoofer has gold plated left and right RCA line level inputs for use with receivers having subwoofer or stereo preamp outputs that do not contain their own low-pass crossover. Using the Line Inputs allows PSW111 to do all the low-pass filtering. If your receiver or processor only has a single subwoofer line output, connect it to the Right line input jack.

LFE In: The right channel RCA input doubles as the LFE input; if your receiver has an LFE output and a built-in crossover, use this input and set the low-pass filter dial to LFE.

Speaker Level Input/Output: The subwoofer has spring clips for the speaker level inputs and outputs. The subwoofer's low-pass filter sends bass frequencies (based on the setting of the filter) to the subwoofer. The speaker level inputs and outputs are shorted together, so the output is not crossed over. You should set you receiver's front speaker setting to Large.

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Polk Audio PSW111

Written By P.M., Oregon on Friday, March 27, 2015

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Years ago I purchased a sub-woofer from another company and it had a constant background hum which drove me crazy. Got rid of that and never thought about buying another sub-woofer. I was lucky enough to get this Polk sub for free w/purchase of my Polk Audio 80 F/X-LS speakers. Perfect for low key improvement for your bass but not a room shaker.

Pros: Good compromise with the wife.

Cons: Maybe too weak for some.

freebee so sweet

Written By dano, Michigan on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

nice bass im very thrilled.

Pros: sounds great and got it free from tsx330t speakers happy.

Cons: nothing at all

Just enough oomph

Written By WarrenG, the Washington, DC Area on Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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My main system is in our finished basement, including a Velodyne sub. I bought this sub for my secondary system in our family room after reading the great reviews and having bought a set of great-sounding Polk Audio bookshelf speakers a few years ago. I was concerned that it wouldn't have enough power, since this room has a cathedral ceiling and opens into the kitchen area. However, it is just powerful enough to give a nice bottom end to music and movies without any boominess when I run it at max volume and at the minimum crossover frequency.

Pros: Sound, price, quality construction.

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Anonymous, Indiana on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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The best "free" sub I have ever got (with purchase). Thanks Polk

Nice Punch!

Written By Brian, Ardmore, OK on Saturday, February 14, 2015

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I honestly planned to buy a new powered subwoofer for my garage stereo system but received this one free with the purchase of a set of TSX floor standing speakers. What a surprise to get such a well made, great sounding product! Finish is high quality, was easy to set up and sounds amazing! Would buy this in a heart beat if I were in the market again.

Pros: Awesome punch Excellent control system, with standby mode

Cons: None

Great purchase

Written By Jack, Virginia on Friday, February 13, 2015

Well worth the deal

Pros: Came as a free deal with the speakers. Great sound quality and blends in beautifully with the TV stand.

Cons: not a thing.

Polk Audio PSW111 A Versatile Subwoofer

Written By TCW, Vista, CA on Sunday, January 25, 2015

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This subwoofer sounds great and blends with my bookshelf speakers (3.5 inch midrange and a tweeter) seamlessly thanks to the volume and crossover controls. I use the high level (speaker wires) inputs so hooking up the sub was very easy and did not require an amp with a subwoofer output. My relatively low power amp and the PSW111 fills a room with great music and as much bass as you want, or just the right amount of clean natural sounding bass.

Pros: Great sounding bass, volume and crossover controls, auto on, and a choice of inputs including the high level (speaker wire). This sub woofer is smaller then one would expect from hearing its performance.

Cons: It is difficult to think of Cons. It cost a little more then I wanted to spend and it is larger than some of the really small subwoofers.

Quality Sub

Written By Michael, Carson City Nevada on Sunday, January 18, 2015

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Great sound, plus I was able to time it right to get in for no extra cost as a package deal from Polk!

Pros: Not only does it sound perfect, it has some adjustments you can make for volume and frequency on the rear.

Cons: None

Nice Compact Sub

Written By TonyG, Florida on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Replaced my old Polk PSW110 sub with this new PSW111. Great sound out of a compact box that I now can place strategically in the room. Nice job Polk

Pros: Great Crisp Bass. Compact box

Cons: None

Great Subwoofer

Written By DaveG, Georgia on Monday, December 22, 2014

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This is a top-notch subwoofer -- world well in all aspects. Not only does it help bring music videos and recordings to life as you would expect a good subwoofer to do, it also helps when you're watching a movie with a bunch of guys talking low. You won't have to crank the volume just to tell what they're saying. This subwoofer brings those frequencies through loud and clear.

Pros: Nice small size for a powerful subwoofer.

Cons: You will need to know (or learn) how to properly set up a subwoofer through your amp for it to work properly. At first I as getting no sound through the subwoofer even though the display showed a signal for it. By accessing the on-screen programming for the amp, I saw that the volume level for the subwoofer was set as low as it could go (possibly because a subwoofer had not been attached before). Once that was corrected -- it has been fantastic.

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Kenneth, New Jersey on Thursday, December 18, 2014

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WOW is a great way to describe this Sub Woofer-maybe wired makes the difference

Pros: Clean look-lays low & seems to be out of the eye but awesome sound

Cons: Plugged in so always appears to be on? (bulb always lit) concerned its effect on the life of the unit & always warm to the touch.

Great Product

Written By Steeda46, Leander, TX on Monday, December 08, 2014

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Polk Audio delivers as usual. I purchased this unit for my living room to support my 5.1 surround paired with a Denon X4000. I have the larger Polk subwoofer in my home theater room and this small woofer sounds just a good, very impressed with the sound quality and level of bass based on the small foot print. This unit delivers great sound for both listening to TV and playing music.

Pros: Sound quality vs size

Surround Speakers

Written By Gab61, Newnan, GA on Sunday, December 07, 2014

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Awesome Speakers

Pros: Great price


Written By K. T, Broomfield, CO on Saturday, November 15, 2014

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I installed these myself in our basement that we just finished, along with Polk Audio TSi100 bookshelf speakers, Polk Audio RC80i in-celiing speakers and a Polk Audio Center Channel 255c-RT connecting to a Yahama receiver. It sounds awesome!! If you are an audiophile, you can probably pick a few things apart, but for everyday use in a basement TV area it came together great.

Although the bass from the subwoofer is less impactful than I thought it would be, it still adds something with the rest of the speakers I setup. I would definitely buy all Polk again.

Pros: Small, looks good.

Cons: Less bass then I expected.

Great sub for the price.

Written By Brad, Central Montana on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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I was worried this subwoofer would not be enough for my large room, I shouldn't have, sounds great with my Polk Audio TSx330T. Music and movies are so much better when with speakers that make you feel like you are there.

Pros: Great sound with small footprint.

Cons: None

Small footprint, big sound

Written By sparksongs, Central Florida on Sunday, November 02, 2014

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We needed a small subwoofer due to space limitations. We had Polk Audio home theatre speakers in our last house, so we decided to give this this one a shot. Extremely happy with the sound and punch of the bass - provides a much bigger sound than you'd think for a small cabinet. Definitely recommend if you need a smaller subwoofer.

Pros: Samll footprint; very large sound; looks good with our decor.

Cons: None at this time.

Good for the price point

Written By C_Phelps, Houston, Texas on Friday, October 10, 2014

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Not amazing but very good for the price.

Great deal and quality product.

Written By MusicMan, Red Wing, MN on Friday, October 03, 2014

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I purchased this sub as a supplement to my old Adcom stereo system with Klipsch speakers and Boston bookshelves. Of course the addition made a substantive addition. The cost was right and hook up was easy.

Pros: Cost, ease of hooking up, and great sound.

Cons: None

Great Little Sub!

Written By jazzman48, Elkton, VA on Sunday, September 28, 2014

Picked up this very nice compact little Polk Audio Subwoofer on sale to add to my two-channel music system and don't know why I waited so long. Rated at 150 watts, It provides just the bass boost I needed and really complements the JBL towers nicely. It gets low enough in the frequency range to handle most of the music in my library including some pretty challenging classical and jazz. Don't really listen to a great deal of hip-hop so super thumping bass isn't a requirement. This provides some very accurate sounding bass response. Recommended.

Pros: Small footprint; very good low frequency response; nicely priced.

Cons: None.

Sounds great!

Written By Anonymous, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, September 21, 2014

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I purchased this Polk sub-woofer after my several-years-old one died. My choice was based on previous reviews and Polk didn't let me down. All I have to know is that it sounds great with my system. My wife (who doesn't ever comment on stuff like this) remarked how much better, well-rounded, the sound is now. Good enough for me!

Pros: Great sound Good price Small footprint

Cons: none, really

Polk Audio

Written By Downbelow, Louisiana on Friday, September 19, 2014

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Well built and attractive housing. The "auto turn on" is a great feature without dealing with switches.

Pros: Price!

Cons: None

Good product, bad instructions

Written By MickeyM, Boston, MA on Friday, September 19, 2014

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the product is great, got a good discount at Crutchfield, and got excellent customer service.which, unfortunately, i needed. the instructions on how to connect the Subwoofer that come in the box are confusing -- which is bad enough -- and the picture of the back of the subwoofer in the instructions is different from what is present on the subwoofer. When i brought this up to the very helpful customer service agent at Crutchfield, he said that they had repeated complained of this same issue to Polk, and, until now, they have been ignored. This is unacceptable

Pros: Great product, great discounted price, and great customer service from Crutchfield which, unfortunately, i needed.

Cons: Inexcusably confusing instructions from Polk, to say nothing of the inaccurate schematic of the back part of the subwoofer in the instructions.

Perfect Fit

Written By Phil L, Fresno, CA on Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Sub-Woofer is the perfect fit for my component surround system. Dimensions fit well within the newly designed console cabinet. This sub-woofer replaces a 12 inch system, which gave a bit more base, but was not an internally powered unit. The output quality exceeds my expectations for the size of the speaker. Can't rate five stars until I've owned and operated it for a while.

Pros: Compact dimensions and quality of sound. Well priced and delivery was very quick.

Cons: None found for this size of speaker.

polk audio psw111

Written By mike h., grafton, wi on Monday, September 15, 2014

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good price, fast delivery. it delivered the sound i hoped it would.

Pros: easy to install with my receiver that had no separate sub output.

Cons: none found.

Great Subwoofer

Written By Brendan S., NJ on Friday, September 12, 2014

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Great subwoofer! I purchased this to use with an Audio Source Amp100 amplifier and Polk T15 bookshelf speakers. I had just the bookshelf speakers set up for a week and wasn't happy with the low end sound. This subwoofer worked perfect for my needs and with my setup. I have it connected via the speaker line level inputs with the T15 bookshelf speakers hooked up to the line level outs. The system is set to 90hz crossover and the volume turned up just past the halfway mark. The system now sounds amazing and provides a full rich sound.

Pros: speaker line level inputs, small size, looks

Cons: None.


Written By Steve, Palm Coast, FL on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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Great product, great price, fast delivery- everything I have known about and expected from Crutchfield in the past continues!

Pros: Great fit for my new system - I bought a home in FL that had speakers in the ceiling from the original owner, I just had to add a sub-base unit. I ordered online and received the unit in a few days. Perfect!

Cons: None

Little Polk Sub

Written By DAR, York, PA on Monday, September 08, 2014

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pretty nice little sub for small room applications. good for music, but not sure how well i would fare with movie soundtracks. also good if your home happens to share any walls with neighbors...will not shake the floorboards. nice, tight, clean bass for music. sounds very good in my 2.1 system. maybe if you use two for a small home theatre. nice price, nice sound, good looks and no complaints so far. can't give 5 stars yet unitl I see how long it lasts...only had for about a month.

Pros: good looks, good size for easy placement, clear controls, nice tight bass for music, good price.

Cons: not sure, but may not hold up well with modern movie soundtracks. asking a small eight to do the job required of a twelve.

Expectations and Beyond

Written By Paul P., Spencerport, NY on Sunday, September 07, 2014

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It is amazing to hear what the psw 111 does when it's called upon. We had to replace a old sub and my wife wanted to "reduce our audio footprint" in our living room. Well..the psw 111 does it right, I can really put it almost anywhere and it performs better than the previous sub. We both are very pleased with the purchase. It's great to see a company like Polk think outside the box and not loose focus on quality. The ordering and delivery was as always easy and delivery went as promised. Happy anniversary, Crutchfield! I look forward to my next purchase

Pros: Great sub, minimal in size, easy to place in room, very controlled sound, blends well with pre existing speakers

Cons: None found

Just what I needed

Written By RobertB, Las Vegas NV on Saturday, September 06, 2014

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A read several reviews of a compact Denon shelf system. Many of the reviewers mentioned that they had added a subwoofer, which had greatly enhanced their listening experience. I bought the compact Polk Audio subwoofer based on its size, my happy past experience with Polk Audio speakers and the fact that it was a product selected by Crutchfield.

Pros: I had to fit the speaker into a very small spot. It fit perfectly. It certainly was easy to install. Most of all, it added greatly to the sound performance of my compact Denon player. In fact, I marvel at how the entire system adds up to so much more than one should expect.

Cons: None.

The Little Giant

Written By ednj937, Westfield, NJ on Thursday, August 28, 2014

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As a result of remodeling the family room, my Polk Audio S10 towers were replaced with Bouston Acoustic CR65 bookshelf speakers. To provide the missing bass, I purchased the PSW111 - couldn't be happier. When first installed, I set the PSW111 low pass filer control to 12 o'clock position and the volume control to 9 o'clock. The resulting bass was strong and deep, but a some what boomy. Over the next few weeks I adjusted the controls a few times, so that now the low pass filter is at the 10 o'clock (90Hz) position and the volume control just shy of 9 o'clock. Now I've got solid tight bass, perfectly balanced with my bookshelf speakers.

Our family room is half of a 14'x35' addition with vautted ceilings - the other half is dining room. Both rooms open up onto our large eat-in kitchen. The bookshelf speakers are driven by an AudioSource AMP100 power amp. This set-up supplies room(s) filling great sound that makes me happy. And my wife is pleased with the aesthetics, now that the Towers are gone!

Pros: Great quality sub-woofer at a reasonalbe price.

Cons: None.

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Muziko, Henderson, NV on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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This is a perfect addition for my system. The power sub is not complicated to hook up and adjust. It really enhance the sound quality of my system. I only use it for music and I don't need a big thumping bass. The size is perfect for my listening area and one important thing, the price is right. Over time, I will find out if it is durable.

Pros: Compact size. Easy to hook up. Right amount of bass for my music system.

Cons: Can't think of any at this time.

Great little subwoofer

Written By Tony, Pittsboro on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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I bought it to complement a pair of series VI speakers missing the "boombox" in an international move, paired with 901 speakers. They ALL sound so much better now, filled in the gaps beautifully in a living room with hardwood floors and cathedral ceilings.

Pros: Matches my set up perfectly (according to my ears, what else matters?)

Cons: None that I have found.

King of the ManHole

Written By jack, jacksonville, fl. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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big boom for the buck, put it between a new yamaha R-S201 receiver and 39 year old avid speakers in my garage, clear bass on joe bonamassa cd has the millennials across the street asking for volume control!

Pros: small,rugged build, no distortion, great bass, bought thru scratch and dent outlet but found neither.

Cons: none

Polk Audio woofer

Written By FRE, Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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It arrived promptly after I ordered it. It was very easy to install. Because my left and right speakers were deficient in bass, I needed something to add bass. The Polk Audio woofers do an excellent job and now I can enjoy excellent audio from my I-Mac computer. In particular, organ music now sounds wonderful.

Pros: Ease of installation and excellent sound quality.

Cons: It is expensive, but on the other hand, you get what you pay for.


Written By Tony R, Sunnyvale, CA on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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The bass is accurate and tight, but underpowered. I replaced a definitive technology supercube which was smaller and made the house shake during my action flicks, but the lower quality amp died.

Pros: Compact size. Excellent power saving feature, and speaker inputs.

Good subwoofer

Written By M Rezende, San Antonio, Tx on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Currently, some can seek for minimal visual impact and good audio. If these are your intent, BOOM!!! The polk PSW 111 meet all requirements. The sound is good, cleres by its internal 150w amp.

Pros: Minimal visual impact, good bass

Cons: None

Surprisingly good

Written By Typ44q, South Carolina on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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For me this sub was free as part of a promotional deal with Polk. I was not expecting much out of this especially considering it's size but it is rather impressive. It is small enough to be hidden just about anywhere and would make a great upgrade to a smaller system. For the price you can get much larger subs with more output but I think for it's size and price you would be hard pressed to find something much better than this. Do not expect miracles from a 8" sub and you will not be disappointed.

Pros: Very compact! well made, great output for it's size.

Cons: A little pricey for the output you get.

Great, Natural Sounding Subwoofer

Written By CoryS, Nashville, TN on Saturday, March 08, 2014

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This subwoofer amazed me in the first few minutes of having it on. It sounds so natural in the room. It really hits the lows when the movie or music calls for it but most importantly it fills in that gap of sound that my other speakers can reach. Best subwoofer I've ever owned.

Pros: It has a pretty small footprint for such a nice subwoofer.

Cons: None

Great Bass

Written By JeremieJ, Kingfisher, OK on Thursday, March 06, 2014

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Bass sounds great for such a small sub.

Pros: Bass is awesome!!

An excellent match

Written By K. R, Annapolis, MD on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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I was looking to supplement the low end bass for a 2.1 system I put together for a medium sized den. I had a SONOS CONNECT feeding a pair of Audioengine A5+ self-powered speakers. I wanted a sub-woofer that would integrate well with the bookshelf sized speakers, and provide tight, musical bass. I was less concerned with sheer power, and wanted accurate bass. The PSW111 gave me that in a smallish package that I can easily hide in the room. The match is seem less. The sound is clean and clear.

Pros: Small size, good price, clean sound.

Cons: If you are looking for house shaking loudness, look elsewhere.

Impressive Sound

Written By Anonymous, Pocatello, Idaho on Friday, February 21, 2014

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This is the first time I've used a subwoofer in a system but am extremely pleased with the size and sound of this speaker. I mainly use it as part of a theatre system.

Pros: Small size and powerful base

Cons: None

Very solid sound.

Written By CDCr, Houston, TX on Thursday, February 20, 2014

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The tight sound of this powered sub=woofer is a pleasure to listen to. I love sub-woofers and this one did not disappoint.

Pros: Very easy to understand hook-up alternatives. I have yet to find the time to fine tune the woofer with the other speakers, but am impressed with the sound as is.

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By lmhatx, Austin, TX on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Does a nice job for the price. I use it in a pretty small room (10x12), at near max volume. I suspect it would get lost in a much larger space. Tends to be a bit boomy at the lowest Hz. But overall I am pleased.

Here comes the BOOM!

Written By Jason, Trophy Club on Monday, February 17, 2014

I got two of these bad boys for a 20' X 17' media room project. (powered by the Yamaha Aventage RX-A730 (90W X 7, 7.2) I was a little skeptical at first going with the 8" sub (I prefer 10" or 12") but I gambled on the positive reviews provided on this site. Let me tell you this pair absolutely THUMPS the room when I power up the system. I'm talking recliner shaking, light dimming, floor bouncing power. Yet amazing enough, they are gentle enough to provide nice everyday listing with appropriate bass levels with just a few quick tweaks. I have the X-over set at the low end range to focus on the deepest tones (personal preference). Apparently, good things can come in small packages. Great job Polk. These units are fabulous.

Pros: - Substantial, powerful bass from a very small package. - Clean, nice look. - Easy, quick connections via sub cables. - Auto on/off - power saving.

Cons: Absolutely nothing.

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Roy, Rockford, IL on Sunday, February 09, 2014

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Definitely as good and probably better than I expected. This small sub has plenty of bass for my small living room. I was a little concerned reading some of the reviews about it not having much oomph. For my situation, both movies and music I don't need it turned all the way up and I can get some very heartfelt bass. Most situations so far I like it set just a hair above 50%, so for me it has plenty of adjustability. Sound quality is pretty clear also.

Great subwoofer

Written By T Kreuz, St. Louis, MO on Saturday, February 08, 2014

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Works great with my TSx440T floor speakers.

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Bluhoo, Charlottesville Va on Saturday, February 08, 2014

This small compact sub really brings the boom. It's really the cherry on top to any home theater. Bass is tight and loud and integrates nicely with my other polk speakers. Explosions will be felt and cars will feel as if they are rumbling through you living room. No matter if this is a stand alone purchase or received free when buying qualifying polk speakers this is a no brainer. Add this to your HT Right away.

Pros: Great price especially when received free with other polk speaker purchase Tight loud bass Easily integrated with other speakers

Cons: None

Last part of my media room

Written By Michael B, California on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

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I was going to use a sub I already had but why would you when you can get a new one for free. This sub sounds great with the speaker setup I installed.

Pros: Being as small as it is it still puts out a good amount of bass.

Cons: None


Written By MarkM, Silver Spring,Md on Saturday, February 01, 2014

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I found it to be too weak.I had to return it.The sound quality was fine.

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Too weak

Nice Low Tones

Written By Chorus, Oak Lawn, Illinois on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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This speaker adds the low sounds to your viewing pleasure. At first I though it wasn't powerful enough, so I turned it all the way up. Wow! was that too much bass. I had to play with the volume control. Just turn it up a little and listen. Now I forget about it. You can tell when there's low bass. A nice clean sound. I bought the scratch and dent speaker. Only the box was scratched and dented. The speaker was fine. No scratches. I like that the speaker goes into standby when you are listening to a program with a low volume setting.

Pros: Adds the low bass.

perfect replacement

Written By DK, MD on Friday, January 03, 2014

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Excellent product, the perfect suggestion as replacement for an old and worn out sub. Works perfectly with my Denon receiver and Polk Blackstone speakers, even for the larger room I have.


Written By PAULC, BARTOW. FL on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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Had a sony replaced with the psw111 huge difference.

Cons: none

Good enough for my needs

Written By Dave C, Florida on Monday, December 23, 2013

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I purchased this sub to complete a surround sound system I was building with 4 MC80 in ceiling speakers and a TL3 center channel. I was not looking for a lot of bass and this sub was recommended to me. I believe it fills out the amount of bass I need and definitely rounds out the system. I have been using it with the volume only half to three quarters from full. If you are looking for a sub that will rattle your wall this might not work but if you are looking for something to round out your system I believe this unit is ideal.

Pros: perfect size and enough bass for me

Cons: If you are looking for a lot of bass you may need another sub

get the job done properly...

Written By Marlin, Orange, New Jersey. on Friday, December 20, 2013

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awesome deal...powerfull sub.... great quality ...

Pros: great bass..

Cons: none.

nice add-on

Written By Kawena, Kailua Kona, HI on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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compact enough to be unobtrusive but with big value results

Pros: great results for the price

Cons: only comes in black


Written By Avi, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, December 07, 2013

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I purchased two subwoofers, since OI am listening to classical music, opera, etc. The price of two was the same as a passive in-wall subwoofer + amplifier. With my Sony 7.2 I enjoy great music.

Pros: Great sound Compact, fits under the on-wall TV cabinet Easy to install

Great Sound

Written By Azhagui, chicago illinois on Friday, October 11, 2013

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I love it with the sound,


Written By Gaby, Puerto Rico on Monday, September 30, 2013

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Bought the scratch and dent and it was new!! Excellent Performance for a small subwoofer. Had an Infinity 12" before and doesn't notice the difference.

Pros: small, great bass, easy to set

Cons: none

It works with Rockfish transmitter/receiver

Written By Mel, Tucson, Az on Saturday, August 31, 2013

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The sub sounds great - plenty of oomph for a small sub. Due to a built in entertainment center and my wife's disdain for wires I had to set it up wireless. I bought a Rockfish sub transmitter/receiver kit and this allowed me to position the sub under an end table with no visible wires. It actually sounds great in this location off to the side of the couch. I am using it with a Yamaha TSR675 receiver and B&O 865 front speakers and a Polk Audio 250C center. An odd combo that sounds great.

Pros: Able to set it up wireless. Deep base in a large room.

Cons: PSW111 is always powered on with Rockfish that is also always on. Cannot control this with receiver.

Good Product

Written By Shawn, Indiana on Monday, July 08, 2013

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Small, not very loud. Good product

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Polk Audio PSW111, SODDY DAISY TN on Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Just ok

Written By Jon G, Dillsburg, PA on Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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Bought this sub because I was on a tight budget and it had a 150w amp verses only a 100w amp that came with the Polk Audio PSW110. My thinking was that even though it was smaller because it had a larger amp it would produce more bass. I was disappointed. At normal listening levels I couldn't even tell it was on unless I went over to the unit and put my hand on it. I suppose it would be ok for a very small room to add some depth to small bookshelf speakers. I'm going to return unit and wait until I save up more money for a larger unit.

Pros: Small size, doesn't take up much space

Cons: Small size, doesn't produce much bass

This sub is highly impressive ....

Written By Alex, Richmond, VA on Thursday, April 25, 2013

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This is a highly impressive sub regardless of what price range you're looking in or which woofer size you're initially shopping for. The bass is clear, there's no distortion & the sound is amazingly warm. I wouldn't characterize myself as an audiophile, but I'm an enthusiast who's purchased numerous systems over the past ~20 years. This was my first 8 inch sub & I honestly didn't expect this much punch.

I purchased my first PSW111 ~18 months ago & paired it with a Polk surroundbar (5 channel). I went with this sub because it was small & fit nicely in the corner behind the stereo cabinet (completely out of sight). I wasn't looking for much rumble because it was the family room (wife & kids in there most of the time). The sub has always sounded great & feels like a 'no brainer' with any Polk soundbar or home theater package.

Last month I finally got my wife onboard with upgrading the basement theater (20 X 40 room). She insisted that I get rid of my giant 12 inch sub because she never liked looking at it (I paid about ~$1,000 for it 10 years ago & it's incredibly powerful). I decided to go with a 2 sub setup for the first time & tried out multiple 8 in dual side firing passive radiator designs (each ~3x more $ than the PSW111). I was underwhelmed. On a whim I brought the Polk downstairs to try it out. I was amazed that it near filled the room by itself & wasn't too much of a drop off from the 12 inch. I ended up buying 2 PSW111's & both music & movies sound great!

Pros: > Clear bass, no distortion (even at high volume) > Very small and easy to place in 'wife friendly' decor > Music sounds great (2 PSW111's in both front room corners sounded much better than the single 12 inch high quality sub that I had previously).

Cons: > Performs well for movies, but you don't 'feel' the bass as much as other large subs. Still sounds very good though and the trade off isn't too dramatic. The difference seems to be much less pronounced when we watch movies with our receiver's Dynamic EQ/Volume turned on.

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Russell L. Jindra, Glennallen, AK on Monday, April 22, 2013

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Great sound, super price. Bought scratch and dent and the only thing I saw wrong with it was that the box was thrashed. The sub looked perfect.

Pros: Great sound from a reasonably small package.

Cons: None


Written By Anonymous, MN on Thursday, April 18, 2013

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Fair value at this price.

Polk Subwoofer

Written By Dave, N. Brookfield, MA on Sunday, April 14, 2013

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WOW! I got this to replace the broken bass module in a 20 yr old 3 piece speaker system. I should have done it years ago. This brings new life to music. On all types of music the bass comes out clean. It just rounds out the bottom. It's great when watching movies too.

Pros: great sound , easy to connect

Cons: none

Polk Audio PSW 111

Written By Aucontractor, Collierville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 30, 2013

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Great sound. Very easy to install on my Marantz SR 5007

Pros: Great sound

Cons: A little larger than I expected


Written By jesusG, highland mills, ny on Monday, March 25, 2013

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I loved the base that comes out of these sub, very powerful.

Cons: A little bigger than i expected.

Wonderful Woofing

Written By Gary, Temecuka, CA on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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I was stunned at what a real sub woofer sounds like. For five years the "surround sound" in our live-in RV turns out to be a really cheapo JVC...the teeny wires to the speakers should have alerted me. The sub woofer was just a speaker in a big box. Soon as I connected the PSW111 the biggest event was the smile on my wife's face. We have real sound, real music: Never heard the thump thump before. Yea!.

Pros: Sounds great. Fit our space.

Cons: None

Great sub

Written By garyg1, Mullica Hill, NJ on Monday, March 11, 2013

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This sub came with Polk Audio rear speakers I purchased from Crutchfield. My Polk Audio system is finally matched and the sub gives out great base.

Pros: Small foot print.

Cons: None.

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Mike D., Hayes, Va on Saturday, March 09, 2013

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I replaced a Mirage 8 subwoofer that failed with this one. I have a mix of 2 Mirage Omni sat V2 FS for front speakers, Bose center channel speaker, 2 Bose 161 for surround and a Omni Nanosat for the Surround Back speaker. The Polk has blended in perfectly with the other speakers. All this is driven by a ONKYO TX SR 803 amp. This is a great speaker for the price. The room it is in is 21'X 27' with 9 Ft ceilings. I don't know yet if it will rattle the windows, but it suits me just fine.

Pros: Easy set up, blends well with Hybrid systems.

Cons: Haven't found it yet

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By victor, BAYAMON P.R. on Monday, March 04, 2013

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I have it match with the satellite POLK TL-250 5 speakers system and a sounds great 100% satisfied . if i put a high capacity cant match are just exact sub woofer for this Polk thanks to Crutchfield for the recommendation . Crutchfield service was excellent ,they gave me follow up at my order and be sure that was deliver in execelnt conditions . thanks

good little sub

Written By codybob, independence mo on Sunday, March 03, 2013

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good sub i use on movies mostly its got a good bottom end for its size does not bottom out if you set it right for the money its a overall good sub

Pros: good little sub

Cons: none

Great sound. Easy set up

Written By LG, Ann Arbor, Mi on Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Great sound and easy set up

Pros: sound. connection options

Cons: none

Great Sub For Smaller Room

Written By Jim, Wallkill, NY on Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Got this as part of a special deal with a set of Polk TL-350's. Part of a 5.1 surround system in a 14' X 20' family room. As other reviewers state, if you are feeling the need to blow the glass out of your windows, this probably isn't the right sub for you. If you want a nice balanced sub that provides a transparent bottom end to both movies and music in a relatively small room, this sub does nicely. Also, one of the most physically unobtrusive subs I have seen - about as "spouse friendly" a sub as you will find.

Pros: Small package, balanced sound

Cons: None

Polk audio PSW111

Written By Ron, Bomoseen VT on Monday, February 25, 2013

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I am glad I did not upgrade to a larger sub. There is plenty of bass with this sub. I even have it in a room that is 28' X 18' with a 15' cathedral ceiling.. It is very easy to control the amount of base output on the back of the speaker. It works nicely with the RTI3A bookshelf speakers I purchased with the sub. I placed it behind our furniture about 15 feet away from the main speaker setup. The base sounds like it is coming right from the front setup. I believe it has the same amp power as the next upgrade that Crutchfield offers. I would recommend this sub from Polk highly and doing business with Crutchfield as a great experience.

Pros: A nice smooth and balanced sound. I like the fact that they use real wood. Easy to control the amount of bass output. The five year warranty is a real plus.

Cons: None so far

PSW111 Subwoofer

Written By RAH, Wichita Falls, TX on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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In my opinion, too many people want too much base which ultimately results in distortion and muddies the overall sound reproduction. However, many people just do not care about clear intelligibility and will sacrifice everything for that low end thump which typically distorts the sound. Unless you are in the fortune 500 category, you are not going to get that kind of feel or anything close at this units price range. This sub-woofer is compact and has a front projection speaker that is in a non-ported enclosure which really responds to the low end very good. With the level adjustment set properly, this Polk PSW111 provides quality base response with little or no distortion in a small to mid sized room. My room is a 20 x 24 foot room and the base is adequate for both TV and stereo reproduction. If you have a really large area, I think you will need to purchase a unit with enough wattage output to handle your specific area. Whether you utilize the LFE (Low Frequency Effects) lead off your receiver, or use independent adjustments when LFE does not exist, this unit sounds great. Just be careful when you are setting the sub-woofer and follow the instructions. For the price, I do not think this unit can be beat.

Pros: Compact with clear base quality and sound reproduction in a mid sized room. I would recommend to friend

Cons: None


Written By chris, cincinnati on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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since i purchased outdoor speakers, you would think they would give me an outdoor subwoofer also the subwoofer was damaged when received. since i can not use it anyway because of weather i was not going to take the time to mail back ..