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Ultra-compact powered subwoofer

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by Loren Barstow
Polk Audio

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.

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

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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

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

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Features
Controls
Connections

Features

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.

Controls

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.

Connections

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.

 

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Polk PSW111 Ultra-compact Powered Subwoofer

Polk PSW111 Ultra-compact Powered Subwoofer

by Woody Sherman
8/12/2013
 
Polk PSW111 Ultra-compact Powered Subwoofer

What happens when you add even a small subwoofer to a marginal audio system? Woody found out when he brought home a Polk PSW111.

 
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4 out of 5

Accurate

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.
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5 out of 5

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
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4 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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!!
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5 out of 5

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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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
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2 out of 5

PSW111

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
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

psw111

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
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
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4 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

Excellent

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
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5 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By Azhagui, chicago illinois on Friday, October 11, 2013
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I love it with the sound,
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5 out of 5

Powerhouse

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
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4 out of 5

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.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good Product

Written By Shawn, Indiana on Monday, July 08, 2013
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Small, not very loud. Good product
1 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Polk Audio PSW111, SODDY DAISY TN on Saturday, June 15, 2013
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PLENTY OF BASS FOR MUSIC AND MOVIES!Very Pleased!
4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

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
3 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

PSW11

Written By Anonymous, MN on Thursday, April 18, 2013
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Fair value at this price.
3 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Powerful

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.
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5 out of 5

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
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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.
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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4 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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5 out of 5

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
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1 out of 5

subwoofer

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 ..
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5 out of 5

Tight little sub

Written By DefconDan, NYX on Sunday, January 27, 2013
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This little guy puts out quite a punch for a lot less wattage than my old polk sub. Really nice if you are trying to have a minimal footprint. It think its a good one to pair with smaller satellite speaker setups.
Pros:
*Small but powerful *Clean design *Easy to hide
Cons:
*Good bass but not earth shattering but if you were looking for that you'd be getting a higher wattage/larger sub.
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5 out of 5

PSW111

Written By Adam, Randallstown, MD on Monday, January 14, 2013
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Sounds great for an 8"
Pros:
Compact
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Anonymous, rancho cucamonga, ca on Sunday, January 06, 2013
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Good for the price (free with 5 speaker set), but a bit under powered. Good for a small room, but I figure you should not expect much more from an 8" speaker. I like the adjustable controls for cross over and volume, which I seem to have to adjust with every movie.
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5 out of 5

Amazing deal!

Written By Phil M., Raleigh, NC on Tuesday, January 01, 2013
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There was a special deal on this subwoofer when I purchased the Polk Audio Blackstone TL250 system.....FREE! The sound is great and setup was a breeze. Because of the layout in my room, it was necessary to connect in a "non-traditional" way.....all the details were in the instructions and it was just a matter of minutes from box to movie time! My test DVD was the beach landing scene from "Saving Private Ryan"....simply amazing sound from this Polk System.
Pros:
- Easy setup....multiple options based on your needs and room configuration - Great sound - Perfect complement to the TL250 speakers
Cons:
- None
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio

Written By Anonymous, Burlington NJ on Monday, December 31, 2012
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I can't speak to having this sub in a large room but for my 10X12 living room it is a perfect compliment to the energy surround speakers. I only have the volume at a little more than half and it provides a nice even sounding bass. I turned it up to 3/4 and it remains a nice clean output but can start to overpower the room. I needed something that would fit under my end table in the corner of the room this fit the bill perfectly.
Pros:
Small but powerful, clean sounding bass. Price, bought open box.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Nice Surprise

Written By Mike, Shepherdstown, WV on Friday, December 14, 2012
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I was really surprised at the bass this was able to produce. Now, I'm not trying to rattle the windows or anything, but I am very satisfied with the bass this compact little speaker can produce. Space was a concern as well as price. This sub fit perfectly and produces very well. It is important to read the installation instructions. I used the automatic microphone setup on my receiver and it totally ignored this sub. I had to manually set the front and surround speakers to the "small" setting instead of "large". Once that was set the sub was recognized and started working.
Pros:
Small size and price. It produces good bass, complimenting the rest of the system I have.
Cons:
It does not rattle the windows, so if you want bass loud enough to kill grass, this might not be the sub for you.
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5 out of 5

PSW111

Written By JAMES H., Kannapolis,NC on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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GREAT SUB. REPLACE KENWOOD SUB.THAT WAS 14 YRS. OLD. YOU CAN'T GO WRONG BUYING THIS SUBWOOFER.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By billpayer53, Ca on Saturday, December 08, 2012
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Excellent product. Delivered quickly and on schedule. I will definitely but from Crutchfield again.
Pros:
Great subwoofer. Pleanty of power and umph.
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5 out of 5

Great Sub, Especially For Free

Written By Omar D, Berlin, NJ on Saturday, December 08, 2012
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Paired this with Polk Blackstone TL250 speaker set and Yamaha RX-V373 receiver. Sound is amazing, and I don't even have it all the way up.
Pros:
Sound, value
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Polk Mini Subwoofer

Written By Anonymous, Richmond Hts, Mo on Wednesday, November 07, 2012
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Great addition to home theater. Had issue with wrong power supply cord, Crutchfield remedy was immediate, great product support.
Pros:
Plenty of added punch given size of unit.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Nick H., TN on Sunday, November 04, 2012
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I wanted a compact sub that isn't in the way, but delivers the bass! This sub really makes a presence, and granted it's only 8" you know it's there. If you want some deep notes its not for you, but if you want punch and substance to a mid range $ speaker setup you're good!
Pros:
Hard hitting bass at mid range. Though it d
Cons:
An 8" doesn't quite deliver the low notes a 12 does.
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5 out of 5

Works as Expected

Written By Tony K, Cromwell, CT on Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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I bought a scratch and dent and the first one had power supply problems. Crutchfield sent out another sub right away and it worked better than expected. This sub replaced a 10 year old Sony that was no making the grade. A simple auto setup with my Denon AVR-1912 and the system is great! There is depth to the vocals and explosions in movies don't sound like the sub is exploding! Great product and excellent customer service!
Pros:
Compact size, great sound.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Brian P., Santa Cruz, CA on Thursday, August 09, 2012
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Bought a 'display' model, when the product arrived I couldn't tell it had any prior defects, nicks or scratches. No problem connecting to my Denon AVR-591 sub-woofer pre-out to the right channel RCA input of the PA subwoofer. Our tv room/living room etc is small, 13ft wide by 18 long with the tv and audio equipment at one end. Unable to place subwoofer in the preferred location, next to front speakers, so I added 25ft subwoofer cable under house and drilled a (wife not happy) hole (small hole) through the hardwood floor for the connection. Manually setup the subwoofer on the Denon and put in my testing blu-ray, Top Gun. (no comments, I'm 61 yr old male acting like kid) Didn't hear anything at first, but..... wow, nearly jumped our of my chair. Great sound, love..... wife hasn't seen hole in floor yet though..
Pros:
great sound, low price, easy setup
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Anonymous, South Carolina on Sunday, August 05, 2012
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Got it for free with purchase of other Polk speakers from Crutchfield. Sounds great, plenty of power (I have it at about 1/2 output in a 15'x30' room), no distortion at reasonable volumes. Doesn't take up much space either.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Anonymous, Mineral, VA on Friday, August 03, 2012
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Great addition to mancave bar room with pool table. My 14schedule year old son experimented with a wireless one we had elsewhere until we decided on this one. I, and more importantly, him, are completely satisfied.
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5 out of 5

After two weeks

Written By Mike D, Carthage, NC on Thursday, August 02, 2012
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No issues. Great sound. Exactly as advertised.
Pros:
Great sound, high quality materials
Cons:
None noted
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5 out of 5

Powerful. Accurate. Small footprint. A+

Written By smoothsipper, Washington State on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
 
First off, I was skeptical on how low in frequency this woofer could reproduce accurately. I have owned this unit for 6 months and have ran it through all its courses of 2.1 ch. music and 5.1 surround. Cut to the chase, I know a good sub when I hear one and I have a JL w6v2 in my car. This 8" has surprised me at how low it will play accurately. It really shines with music. It is just simply loud and powerful with music, I don't think you will be dissatisfied when this thing belts out kickdrums and bass lines with ease. Explosions from movies sound natural and not overbearing. The small footprint is great. With low level, LFE, and rca inputs you can run this with a home theater in a box or a dedicated receiver. Buy this for value, sound quality, and footprint!





Pros:
EXTREME VALUE AND POWERFUL SOUND QUALITY
Cons:
The port had come loose when shipped. It snapped right back in. FYI it doesn't come with rca nor LFE cable.
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5 out of 5

This compact powered sub really rocks!

Written By PatC, Green bay, Wi. on Monday, June 18, 2012
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Adding the polk psw111 compact sub to my 2.1 channel system really brought the sound to life! The base punch add's so much depth to cd's and f.m. stereo. I couldn't be more satisfied with my purchase from crutchfield!
Pros:
Compact size, easy set-up and adjustment's, alot of crisp,tight bass punch.
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Anonymous, Atlanta, Ga on Monday, June 18, 2012
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I am no audiophile but this subwoofer sounds great in our music room, was the perfect compact size. Great service from Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

psw111

Written By marc, rawdon,québec,canada on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
 
i have two of this littel bomb in a 12x20 home theater room with a 5.1 yamaha early from 17 years and its very impressive tight bass and good low bass
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Peter, Scottsdale, Arizona on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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this is the final touch of my A/V Polk speaker collection, tower,surround and finally the compact subwofer. It may be compact in size and price but big on quality and sound,blending flawlessly into my system and giving the bottom end to my music.
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5 out of 5

Good sounds

Written By Anonymous, Dunwoody, Georgia on Sunday, March 18, 2012
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I am inejoying the sound with music and movies. Great price and advice from my Crutchfield Rep.
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5 out of 5

FREE

Written By kor, St. Cloud on Saturday, February 25, 2012
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Great sub for the money, fills the entire room.
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5 out of 5

woofer

Written By deb, boynton beach,fla on Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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My ood woofer died on me and I really missed my great sounding bass.. I bought this one at "scratch/dent.. It is perfect.. and the sound is great..!1 I am never disappointed with my purchases from Crutchfield!!
Pros:
great sound from a little woofer
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Newbie upgraded

Written By Luke, Cherokee, IA on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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Upgraded from Panasonic HTiB 5.1 system. This came with a purchase of Polk RM87 speakers. I have it connected to an Onkyo TX-NR609 receiver and sounds great. Has more bass than I thought it would have for a small sub. I can't get it out of my head though to get a 12" sub with more power...maybe later. Good thing I got a receiver that can have 2 subs. This lil' sub does a superb job at whatever I throw at it and don't regret not getting a bigger sub for $50 more. I say, if you want to upgrade from the Wally world cheesy HTiB's, get this sub, you won't be disappointed.
Pros:
plenty of punch
Cons:
I personally want a bigger sub.
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5 out of 5

Big Punch

Written By Christina, Little Rock, Ar on Friday, February 10, 2012
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I like this. It adds alot to any sound system. You almost feel like you are in an movie theater.
Pros:
I like the fact that it is adjustable.
Cons:
none that I can see.
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5 out of 5

Polk Sub

Written By JRBoca, Boca Raton, FL on Friday, January 27, 2012
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Great sound, easy to set up. Smaller footprint. I really enjoy Polk products.
Pros:
Price was right as it came free with my Polk speakers. Big sound out of a small box.
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Excellent Subwoofer

Written By Sean, Frisco, TX on Saturday, December 10, 2011
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Sub is located in my living room and used as 1 of my 6 channels of surround. Sub was free with my other Polk audio purchases. Excellent base and value. Polk always makes great products.
Pros:
Base.
Cons:
Nothing yet.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By jb, mobile, al on Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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nice and compact with some good lows...the only thing i really have to judge it against is the bose sub...not as much bass/thump but then, not as much money. part of an indoor surround system i value-engineered using all polk products. needed the surround speakers to all be white. used a pair of atrium5 in front, atrium4 in rear and one blackstoneTL2 for the center...with the polk special, all of it was less than $500!
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5 out of 5

Fantastic Sub

Written By Dixie Paul, MS on Sunday, June 05, 2011
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I've had this sub, the Polk RC60i's, RC65i's, and an Onkyo 7.1 receiver in our media room for over a year. The whole Polk system is fantastic. This sub produces nice tight bass that you can feel. We have not been to a movie theater in over a year. For the cost this sub is fantastic.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By GregE, Laramie, WY on Tuesday, May 03, 2011
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My Polk PSW111 performs wonderfully in concert - no pun intended - with my
other Polk speakers. Music CDs and movies sound so much better now that
I've added a quality subwoofer to my system. Great price to boot.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Chris, North Carolina on Monday, April 18, 2011
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Easy to install, user adjustments controls are a great extra to be used with
receivers automatic speaker set up, and as usual, the Crutchfield team was great
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5 out of 5

Great Low end sound

Written By Rob M, Warren, MI on Monday, March 21, 2011
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This subwoofer is a great complement to a compact surround speaker system. I
got the PSW111 together with the Polk TL250 surround system. I'm very
impressed with the bass response out of the sub. It has a lot of rumble to it without
ever sounding washed out or muddy. There is a volume knob on the back of the
sub too, so you can fine tune the amount of bass that this sub will put out.
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5 out of 5

Terrific sub-woofer and exceptional value.

Written By JonathanH, Springfield, VA. on Thursday, March 10, 2011
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I thought long and hard before going with the PSW-111 versus the larger PSW-
125 and so far no regrets. Our PSW-111 is matched with the Blackstone TL-
250 speaker system and together they produce crisp highs and balanced lows.
Admittedly, I had my doubts whether the 8 inch sub could fill our family room
with a deep rich bass and I am happy to report the PSW-111 gets it done
effortlessly. The sub is compact, delivers powerful bass, and tucks away nicely
in the corner of our family room. It goes without saying that I would recommend
a larger woofer for larger rooms, however, I am truly impressed by the sound
this 8 inch sub generates.
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5 out of 5

Good Sub

Written By WFN, Madison, NC on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
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This is part of my Polk package for my 3.1 theater system. I'm using it with
the TSi300 L/R, CS10 center and it is a nice sound. The entire system was set
up and calibrated by the Denon Audyssey MultiEQ and it sounds spectacular. Must
say that the sub is not harsh and too loud. The sub is there and has
significance during portions of movie and 5.1 programming, but it is
complimentary and just not a bunch of loud noise!
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3 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By D.C., Shenandoah Valley, Virginia on Thursday, March 03, 2011
 
As an entry level sub this unit has good punch with a relatively small foot-print.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By AmericoA, San German, PR on Sunday, February 27, 2011
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Good bass sound. Make sure you adjust the volume. Several trials will be required to
make sure you get the sound you like. Too much volume will give you a humming noise.
As the unit goes into standby no issue to get back on once your AVP sends the signal.
Delay is about 5 seconds. Unnoticed Small profile speaker
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5 out of 5

Great Performance

Written By Taylor, Newport, NC on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Great price for a medium sized sub. Several adjustments are available but I put them
on the recommended setting and haven't touched them since. I have Bose 501's for my
front speakers and for the longest time never thought I needed a sub, but WOW what a
difference its makes. This is a heavy, sturdy and powerful unit. I am very impressed.
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5 out of 5

I like it

Written By Bumpa, West Richland, WA on Sunday, February 13, 2011
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Got this 'free' with the purchase of their RM87 speakers. Works just fine.
Connected fine. I like it. Can't say that it is better than its predecessor.
I guess if I had my preference I'd like it to be other than black so it doesn't
show the dust. How about Polk's wood finish? Still, this unit is up to the job.
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4 out of 5

Good unit

Written By Nick, WDM IA on Thursday, February 03, 2011
 
Nice entry level sub. Good enough for most of us. Quality construction, small and not pretentious. Keeps up with fast paced music and works well with movies. I placed it behind a couch since i was going for a streamlined look with the in-cieling speakers.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio PSW111

Written By Ed, Madison, NH on Wednesday, February 02, 2011
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This is a powerful sub in a small package. I am very happy with the bass and I really like
the small size.
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5 out of 5

WOW!

Written By Eric, California on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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I've never had a subwoofer before and now I don't think I'll ever be able to live without
one!
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5 out of 5

Repackaged Subwoofer

Written By Skip, Kingston, MA on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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I have had this Subwoofer for a month, and it has addeed just the right amount of deep
bass I needed. Polk is well known for their design/build abilities and I would
recommend them in any Home Theater cicumstance. Movies, surround SACD's, and
regular CD playback is more pronounced with the subwoofer. I have towers, with built in
150 watts per tower powered subs, but the floor standing Polk helps kick everything up!
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5 out of 5

SMALL WONDER!!!

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