Polk Audio PSW125

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Add the Polk PSW125 to your home theater or stereo system and prepare for some serious bass punch. Its 12" driver and high-current 150-watt amp add plenty of bottom-end to all of your music, movies, and video games. This sub 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.

Product Highlights:

  • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
  • 150-watt RMS amplifier
  • 12" front-firing driver
  • frequency response 32-225 Hz
  • continuously variable 60-160 Hz crossover
  • phase switch
  • auto on/off
  • line-level/LFE input
  • speaker-level input and output
  • 16-1/4"W x 16-11/16"H x 20-7/16"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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Too Early to Give 5 Stars

Written By James, Oregon on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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I replaced an older PSW120 - ripped a speaker. I was able to dial the 125 crossover down nice for tight bass. So far so good. I'll re-review in a few months.

Pros: Tons of tight bass

Cons: Was a little worried that the literature didn't match the back-plate. Crutchfield explained the difference in the RCA vs LFE inputs - they are integrated and the crossover knob has an "LFE" setting. The literature has not caught up.


Written By Nativious, New Jersey on Sunday, October 11, 2015

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You are getting much more than what the price signifies. The lowes are deep and rich with minimal distortions. I'm running mine with a denon 7/1 receiver and it definitely makes the room come alive.

Pros: Price to sound quality. You can't go wrong

Cons: It is a pretty big cabinet so if your space is limited you definitely need to be certain

Great Purchase

Written By Vanessa, Maryland on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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Replaced Infinity subwoofer with the Polk subwoofer on a Harman Kardon HK3490. The sound is a great improvement. I am hearing sounds that I didn't hear before.

Pros: Great sound. Nice size.

Cons: None

More than adequate

Written By Chris, Tomball, Tx. on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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This is a great sub. It hits when it should, and it hits deep. I'd like to have just a bit more rumble when watching movies, but this sub is more than adequate. Does the job it is supposed to do.

Great Sub

Written By Mike, Maryland on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Added this sub to a set of the Polk Audio TL-250's and the pair are matched beautifully. This sub provides the deep, realistic bass that is always missing with satellite surround speakers. I am thinking of adding this sub to my other system in my house... great buy!

Pros: multiple connection options (LFE, RCA, or speaker level input) and plenty of power and bass!

Cons: none at this time


Written By JDV, Nebraska on Saturday, May 30, 2015

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This is the first "real" sub I have owned. It sounds great. We turned up the bass a little for personal preference. It is large. Make sure you have space for it.

Pros: Good highs and lows. Combined with our speakers - we have a perfect home theater.

Cons: Size


Written By Rex T, Ohio on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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I bought this Polk PSW125 subwoofer in 2011 and it sounded good for four years. Then it got the infamous heartbeat problem and made thumping and buzzing noises, even with no signal input, until I unplugged it.

Unfortunately, although the rest of the subwoofer has a five year warranty, the internal amplifier only has a three year warranty. Polk sold me a replacement amplifier at a discount, I swapped it with the bad one, and the subwoofer works fine again. It looks like Polk changed the design of the amplifier slightly so the problem may be fixed.

Pros: Sounds good when it works

Cons: Unreliable internal amplifier

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By SG, cambridge ma on Sunday, May 03, 2015

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Powerful subwoofer.

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By JayG, Iowa on Thursday, April 02, 2015

Great sounding sub. It was a huge upgrade from 50 watt sub

Pros: Good bass


Written By ryxxg, Pennsylvania on Monday, March 16, 2015

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I put this sub in my living room that is 12x20 feet and I fills the room with a rich deep base. I really enjoy the rumbling that this sub causes. You actually get to experience the movie in stead of just watching the movie.

Pros: Easy set up to my sony receiver, Deep rich base.

Cons: None

PSW125 Don't Underestimate It!

Written By Dan, Ohio on Friday, February 27, 2015

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Back in the day... I had 4 Soundstream 12's with a competition amp in the trunk of my car. The bass from this sub does not even come close to that old car, BUT it is not designed for that. This is high quality clean deep low sound that fills the room appropriately. Using this in a 20x20 living room with 17' ceiling and it sounds great. Plenty of power for clean music the way it was produced, and powerful bass in movies. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great sound, attractive appearance, not a giant cabinet.

Cons: No complaints.


Written By 1NRA, Florida on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Should have a lot more sound for the $. The Polk 8" sub I got with it blew it away so I sent it back. I called Polk and their very kind and knowledgeable adviser agreed with my assessment and recommended the 505 which is over twice the power and costs $100 less. What a difference, the 505 vibrated a light bulb out of the ceiling!!!

Pros: Polite sound

Cons: Polite sound


Written By Plummit, Northern Minnesota on Sunday, January 18, 2015

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Considering I paid $50 for this thing, It was a no brainer! Bought along with RTi A3's, CSi A6, and FXi A6's. Although we don't have a huge living room, it is of decent size (16' x 14') and has open archways on each side into other rooms making it a pretty large area and this sub can rattle EVERYTHING without sounding muddy. It is the perfect addition to our setup and we couldn't be happier!

Pros: Outstanding LFE during movies. Seamless integration into our setup. Picks up where smaller bookshelf speakers leave off and goes deep!


Written By Carl, Hart, Michigan on Monday, January 12, 2015

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awesome sound easy to hook up and adjust

Pros: great sound and easy set up and good instructions on how to set-up your receiver (way better than Sony sent with the receiver none btw)

Cons: none

Polk subwoofer

Written By Powerful bass, Ohio on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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Use this lil guy in our CrossFit gym and happy with this device. Bass is reliable and adds that pumped up sound our clients demand.

Pros: Very easy setup. Small footprint.

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By Anonymous, Arizona on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Great 'thumper' for my Sony system

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By Henry, Texas on Friday, October 31, 2014

UNDER POWERED.... may be ok for a small room but it did last over 2 years with daily abuse but now it makes horrible noises unless unplugged from the wall

Pros: it matched my tsi500's and cs20

Cons: the amp is crap no power short life

Polk Subwoffer

Written By HerbV, Vadito, NM on Monday, October 20, 2014

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The subwoofer from Polk that I purchased has a good sound to it. It is nice and and the sound is clean.

Pros: Has a great sound

Cons: I haven't encountered any problems yet.


Written By Anonymous, Bellevue NE on Sunday, September 14, 2014

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received dead needed to return to Crutchfield service great as always

Pros: last of cherrywook psw125's from Crutchfield. Purchased scratch and dent because of discount from brand new item. color match other polk and cerwin vega speakers. can't really rate performance of speaker yet was offered brand new item but in black which would not match my system

Cons: Decided to pay more just because it was cherrywood needed to return due to being dead on arrival. most important that I thought scratch and dent meant from the factory or the store. I found out it was a return from a customer. I would not have purchased due to not knowing the history of the customer returning it. I want them to last as long as possible. Can take six weeks for process--seems a long time to wait.unsure of how long it will last despite warranty.

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By Anonymous, bay area, CA on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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great bass. satisfied. fills 16'x16' living room you feel it even at lower volumes (at night while kids are asleep), even more exciting when played at normal day-time volumes

Cool Sub

Written By Karl F, Ocean City, NJ on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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I was looking for a new sub to replace a 12-year old Acoustic Research down-firing sub that would no longer accept a signal. I wasn't sure what to expect with a side-firing sub, and I didn't want to spend anything on attempting to repair the circuitry, so checked with Crutchfield and found a scratch & dent model (simply to save money) that I thought would give our surround system the proper LFE and base we're looking for. Sound quality and performance are very good so far, and I'm pleased with my purchase. I would give it 5 stars if the cabinet was of a better quality. It's basically paper or a film over the mdf (Medium Density Fibreboard), and since I bought a dented model, when I went to patch, sand and spray paint the two fixes, the film got frayed during the sanding step. It will survive OK, but I just thought the finish would have been a veneer. For anyone buying a fresh sub with no flaws, this shouldn't represent a problem.

Pros: Great sound, great service from Crutchfield.

Cons: Finish on cabinet could be better.

Boom Boom Goes the Bass

Written By BrandonB, Cedar Rapids, IA on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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To be honest, I wouldn't have purchased this sub if it wasn't for Crutchfield's credit with a Polk Audio system. However, I decided to spend the extra $50 for this sub vs. the free 10" sub. Boy was that the right decision! This sub packs a powerful punch, filling the room with deep sounds without being overbearing.

Pros: Worth the value Easy to install Full sound

Cons: Connecting cables weren't included (but I'm just being picky)


Written By BillO, Denver Colorado on Monday, March 10, 2014

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The PSW125 subwoofer matches very well with the TSi400 and TSi CS10 that I purchased. In buying the other three speakers I got $300 off the purchase of the PSW125. The lows really bring movies to life.

Pros: Awesome lows and great discount offer

Cons: None

Great sub

Written By bh, roseville, ca on Saturday, March 08, 2014

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It sounds great. Even better than I thought it would be.

Pros: Deep loud bad

Cons: Woofer on the front. It would look better if it were a down firing woofer.

huge sound

Written By JD, Denver, co on Friday, March 07, 2014

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I purchased this sub with a pair of Polk Audio TSx330Ts. Its a great sub with great sound however it's almost too much 'boom' in my smallish apartment living room. If you buy it you won't be unhappy however in a tighter, more confined space you may be better off purchasing the smaller model.

Lots of bass!

Written By Zoookle, Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, March 06, 2014

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I originally bought this for music listening mainly, but this sub really shakes the room and makes video come alive. I was hesitant to get this vs the powered DSW PRO 440wi (8" sub). Downside was the power. Since I got the Yamaha RX-A1020 I figured the pre-out would be enough and it surely was. The bass is very clear and loud if you want it to be. I have a 15' x 32' room that opens up to hallways to the rest of my apartment. and the bass can be heard with clarity on the other side of my apartment (with the doors open). I was also able to feel the floor shake from the bass when I sat on the floor in a distant bedroom from the sub and volume only set at half mass.

My Setup: Yamaha RX-A1020 Bi-Amped Polk RTI A3 (L & R) Pre-Out Polk PSW125 Sub Polk Blackstone TL150 (center and SL & SR) 14 guage wire banana plugs to AVR and bare wire to speakers

Pros: Lots of bass, punchy, clear and will shake the room. Absence of power is not an issue at all using pre-outs. Fills my 15' x 30' room easily.

Cons: Its big. And I mean BIG. I had to rearrange my setup just to fit it in the room. Cannot change the firing direction like with the DSW line. Possibly too much bass for my apartment.

Wow! Too loud! Can it be true?!

Written By sgurley, St. Louis on Sunday, March 02, 2014

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I hooked this up with my Denon Audyssey receiver and let it do the calibration... ended up with a -12dB for the subwoofer - which is as high as it goes... wow - I was worried this sub wouldn't be as loud as the one it replaced but now I'm recalibrating it at half that volume... amazing. Sounds great so far!

Great Sub

Written By Garrett W, Longwood, FL on Monday, February 17, 2014

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There are a fair amount of reviews saying that this sub is not as good as the psw 505. They both have their pros and cons. First of all I got this sub cheaper because I got the tsx330T's so that in itself is an amazing deal. One thing you notice is when you order this it comes in a massive box, this is because this is a giant sub it dwarfs many other subs i've seen and two people could sit on this thing because of its size. Space for placement was a major concern with me and it took a lot of moving of my furniture to place it. DO NOT buy this if space is at a premium. Moving on, if you see this you'd expect it to be incredibly boomy and overbearing but it isn't, in fact this is an audiophile's sub rather than a basshead's sub. I'm a little of both and this sub satisfies my needs as I put this sub at full power. This sub excels at going low and clean and i've yet to see another sub that matches this. It is powerful, clean and controlled in its bass output. When compared to the PSW 505 it is much larger, less boomy, less powerful, more deep, less aesthetically pleasing, but less prone to rattling on the floor. This sub is for quality of bass, whereas the PSW 505 is for Quantity. A word on the physical design: This not match perfectly with other Polk audio speakers because it is not made of wood. It is made of veneer and although it looks good, it is not a perfect match. The PSW 505 looks much better with Polk audio's wood speakers. Overall, get the 505 if its cheaper.

Pros: Low bass, cleanness, variety of connection options, versatility, stability, no port noise like the psw 505

Cons: Amount of bass, space needed for placement, non- removable grill, non perfect matching with Polk speakers. Retail price.

Great performance for the price

Written By Mike, Lakeville, MN on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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I just put together a new home theater system using TSi300's as the front speakers, TSi100's as the rear speakers, a TSi CS10 as the center speaker, a PSW125 sub, and a Sony STR-DN840 receiver. Everything sounds great so far. I have no complaints.

Real good bass, for a real good price!

Written By Rob H, Redding CA. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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I already had one. I liked it so much, I decided to double my fun! Here's how I see it...The bass is clean and deep! One sounds great, two sound amazing!! If you do some serious comparisons of Subwoofers, and I have, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to get this kind of performance for this kind of price! You can certainly pay a lot more for a Subwoofer, but you will be getting yourself into the realm of diminishing returns. Two of these PSW-125 Subwoofers still cost less than many out there, but trust me, these two together are unbelievably impressive!! I only had one for some time, and was very pleased with it. You'll love the PSW-125 for it's rich performance, but, it looks great too! You can't lose! I like the PSW-125 Cherry the best! Has a classy look!

Pros: Looks great, sounds great! You'll be impressed every time you listen!

Cons: None

here comes the boom

Written By Tom, Pensacola, FL on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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perfect sound from this sub. Has great lows and really lets you feel the thunder!

Pros: price, sound quality, style

Cons: little large,

PSW 125

Written By GeneP, Yakima, WA on Monday, December 16, 2013

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I was looking for a sub that was dynamic and rich but not bone rattling. I have pained for years trying to find a sub I liked. I bought this because I bought a surround sytem package and got a buy on this. What a surprise! My entertainment area is somewhat small and this turned out to be a perfect fit! I am very pleased not knowing what to expect. I wasn't looking for dance floor bass, I was looking for balance and was successful. I used to have a professional sound system years ago and the base would literally make you sick it was so intense. I have outgrown those days and do appreciate good sound.

Pros: Very pleasent sound. Balanced spatial fill. Adjustable levels. Still experimenting with the crossover points.

Cons: If your looking to Overdose on base then you will need more.


Written By Anonymous, Cleveland TN on Monday, December 16, 2013

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It sounds good

Cons: Not enough punch but it was free with my purchase so I can't complain.


Written By Mike, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, November 09, 2013

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Nice unit. Purchased after many hours of research. Fills my large living room with just the right amount of low tones. Really shines during movies at a decent volume level.

Pros: Great sound

Cons: Wish it came in a wood color other than Cherry

Great sub

Written By Gator, boynton beach, fl on Monday, October 21, 2013

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Excellent sub for the money. My first front firing bottom ported and I like it.

Polk PSW 125

Written By kellyx5, Dillwyn, Va on Friday, October 18, 2013

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Exactly what I've come to expect from Polk. Great little sub.

Pros: Perfect for my midrange home surround sound.

Cons: none

Power and Bass like No Other at this Price Point

Written By GatorMan, Round Rock, TX on Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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I listened to a lot of subwoofer Brands from Klipsch Yamaha Bose etc. And at this price range this was by far the best I heard. In fact it blew away some Klipsch that were much more in price. Bose sounded good at low amounts of power - but could not keep up with this unit. Polk are by far my favorite brand...love them in the car and at home. GREAT Speakers and Crutchfield has excellent prices.

Pros: Great Bass / Nice Lows lots of power.

Cons: I think the front of the sub could look a little more professional than just the grill.

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By Kerry, Ballston Spa, NY on Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Great bass sound, great price.

Great Powered Sub

Written By GeneA, North County San Diego, CA on Sunday, June 09, 2013

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Max from Crutchfield recommended this as a pair to my 5.1 system running Bose 191 in-wall speakers and a Bose Center Channel Speaker. They are all driven by a Denon 3313CI Receiver. Media/movie room is small-ish ~121 Square Feet and under 1000 cubic feet total so I was concerned about getting something too big. Great recommendation by Max as this powered sub fits nicely AND fills an audio gap in my system perfectly.

Pros: Great base response and sound. Integrated perfectly with my system and for my media/movie room size.

Cons: None that I have found.

Big bass, big sound, big.

Written By Mike V., San Antonio, TX on Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Great sub, really shakes the room!

Pros: Wow! What a rich listening experience. EASY set up, nice ability to adjust power/volume separately from other speakers.

Cons: This is a large unit--bigger than I expected. Make sure you are looking for something this big before purchasing. Measure the area you intend to place it, to make sure it fits.

Fantastic Subwoofer - Insanely Clean

Written By Bob, Charlotte on Friday, May 24, 2013

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Brings clarity and frequencies to music and movies that I have never heard before. Purchase this subwoofer, you will be glad you did.

Cons: Size... could almost be mistaken for an end table.

Polk PSW 150

Written By John L, Pocono Lake PA on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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Initially I was quite dissapointed with this sub. Base notes had an irritating buz sound. Advised by Crutchfield personel I continued to use the sub and after each use it sounded better. Amazingly it gets better and better with very realistic base notes. My old Polk RT25Is are great but at times their highs were too crisp. The addition of the sub has eliminated the crispy sound of my higher frequency speakers. Together they sound simply awsome,so much so I have avoided a lot of required chores and cannot stop listening to the two working together. Vinyl records sound the best so far with this sub.I have not tried this set up on movies for surround sound. Classical music and classic rock sound great. Its the first time strings on classic music have sounded realistic and very sweet.I just dont know how to rate them for its the first time I have ever had a large sub (old sub was small) hooked into my system which is vintage Harmon Kardon Amp and Pre Amp.

Pros: Sound is very realistic. In fact so realistic that along with my vintage RT25Is you feel your at the actual performance.

Cons: This sub will not blow you off your couch as some do that I have heard. May be too mellow for some especially with movies.

Decent sub

Written By Legin, Hilo,Hi on Monday, May 20, 2013

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Decent sub for the $$$ good bottom end but not very loud. 150watts can only do so much!

Pros: Good bass for the money.

Cons: Not very loud.

A real thumper!

Written By John K, Fort Myes, FL on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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Hard to beat this subwoofer at this price range. Have it connected with an all Polk system (TSi500's, TSiCS20 center, and OMW5 surrounds) paired with a Denon AVR2313 and it really shakes a pretty large room (17'x25') but without sounding muddy.

Pros: Great match to Pol system, clean bass response, attractive cabinet

Cons: pretty large footprint, kind of stands out in room

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By Hankey Mahnke, Bluffton, OH on Friday, April 26, 2013

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This really added the low frequencies that I was not used to hearing. Great Product and It looks great too.

arrived broken

Written By e1868, Cincinnati on Monday, April 08, 2013

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This sub arrived broken. I did not get to hear its sound. I immediately returned it upon opening the box

Nice Sound not over powering

Written By BK, River Falls on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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Part of the upgrade that I'm doing to my home theater. Nice sound and not over powering. Adjustable volume allows you to control this, so if you like more boom you can get it.

Pros: Adjustable volume Nice finish

Cons: None so far.


Written By David, Kona,Hawaii on Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Great price for this woofer and has the ability to fill my rather large living space all the base I can handle.

Pros: Easy setup and fits well with my furniture.

Cons: None

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By BrianR, Sitka,Ak on Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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Holy wow!!! Great thundering thumps!!! when added to the RM7 7.1 surround sound system stand back!!! full rich sound Polk audio nailed this one down.

Pros: Hooked up easy and looks real nice sitting in my living room. dont have to hide it behind something.

Cons: I have nothing bad to say about this piece of equipment

polk audio psw 125

Written By david m, houston on Monday, March 04, 2013

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Big sound, lots of control

Pros: Room filling, feeling sound

Cons: N/a

Great for me.

Written By RussR, Cincinnati on Saturday, January 05, 2013

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I bought a scratch and dent one and some new Audioengine A2s for my computer. One corner of the woofer was smushed up and one foot had broken off, but the foot glued back on easily. The packing was sparse, so perhaps the speaker was further damaged in shipment. After buying some adapter cables to T off the computer audio, I fired it up. Yeah, it made the little A2s whole. Love the system. The speaker is huge compared to the A2s and perhaps I did overbuy, but I'm sending the bookshelf audio system to the basement. Now to get my wife to let me crank it up some to enjoy it.

Pros: Great sound, complements small speakers well. Works well for me.

Cons: It really was dented up, would not put it on display. Again, some denting may have been caused in shipment to me as the packing was a bit sparse.


Written By morris, forest city on Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Nice sub does well with music and movies has enough power to shake the couch in my living room no complants

Pros: Plenty of bass and i love bass

Cons: This,is a big speaker needs a big place to put it

Don't !

Written By Anonymous, Kalispell, MT on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

5 months after purchasing, this sub blitzed--without any abuse. Beyond the Crutchfield 60 day return, I was relegated to Polk support. Their solution: Disassemble the speaker, and send them that and the amplifier, but not the whole thing! Great. 2-3 hours of my time going and coming. Am I happy with Polk? I ordered a Definitive Sub from Crutchfield (who have great customer service) to replace the Polk. Definitives are great speakers (I have a couple).

Pros: Big bass

Cons: Unreliable, muddled .

Polk PSW Subwoofer: Very good but not best

Written By SteveL, Kern, CA on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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Excellent for the price. Works excellent with movies - I'm very happy there. Does not work as well with music, tends towards murkiness, depends some on what type of music, adjusting cross-over and level per artist or genre helps. Fortunately my music speakers, Polk RTiA3, have excellent bass and only need a little subwoofer assistance.

Pretty good but definately not the best

Written By Jason, Colorado on Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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The Polk PSW125 is probably the best bang for your buck that your going to get. With that said, I think it's weak enough to justify spending more on a sub with a more powerful amplifier. This thing sounds perfect when playing movies but lacks significantly in the music department. It does indeed fill the room but does not have the hard hit I would have expected from a 12" woofer. All in all I'm impressed because my home theater is used primarily for movies and this sub performs very well for that use. The fact that it's nowhere near as expensive as something with 300 to 400 watts helps. If you are shopping like I was, and had a budget that required you cut back on the high end equipment, this is a good choice.

Pros: Fantastic sound in movies, fills the room with bass, built very well, looks good.

Cons: Weak thump, leaves music feeling "meh".

Great Value for Awesome Bass

Written By McKenzie River Blues, Springfield, OR on Sunday, May 06, 2012

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Hooked this Polk PSW125 up to my Onkyo TX-NR 515 and Panasonic plasma. Was immediately concerned that is would be too punishing to tolerate because it was rattling the floor. Then I ran the Audyssey speaker calibration program. Wow, what a difference! Now it spanks the bass when called for and doesn't intrude at the wrong time. Works equally well for movies, music and satellite tv. Love this unit and find it much better than the Infinity that it replaced. I have this in a big room (20 x 20) with 9 foot ceilings. It fills the space with terrific bass.

Pros: Simple to set up Great manuals Solid bass without negatives

Cons: Could be a challenge to calibrate without Audyssey Nothing significant for my system

Great Bass, Great Value

Written By Lou G., Sacramento, CA on Monday, April 02, 2012

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Excellent bass output, I had to lower the output level to maintain proper balance with my main speakers.

Pros: Sleek styling, thorough selection of controls and inputs. Cat resistant metal grill.

Cons: Larger than I realized but it would not be possible to fit a twelve inch speaker into a smaller cabinet.

Happy yet confused

Written By Tanner, Kent, WA on Sunday, March 04, 2012

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Soft sound and punchy when needed. I have it in a 12x12 bedroom, so the receiver volume never really reaches half but i find it a little skimpy on volume and especially in music. Action movies such as Iron Man sound good, it is loud enough but does not blow me away. According to all the other views on here, there must be something wrong with mine because it seems quiet to my ear. I have it doubling with a KLH sub that I replaced a speaker with a 12" Kenwood and with 115 watts and its significantly louder. I love the box, it looks extremely slick. It works well. Would recommend maybe two paired together.

Pros: Sound, punchy, great looking

Cons: Quiet, that's it

Polk Audio PSW125 power sub woofer

Written By Tom S., Juneau, Alaska on Friday, March 02, 2012

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The Polk Audio PSW125 power sub woofer, this puppy pumps out the bass and makes a great end table ?. It works great for music and movies so that you really feel the beat.

Pros: This puppy puts out the beat!

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By Anonymous, Manassas, VA on Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Good Sub.

Was good until the warranty expired

Written By Sal S, Old Bridge,N.J. on Sunday, June 05, 2011

As soon as the warranty was up ,the subwoofer started making very loud noises ,and wouldn't stop until I put it in standby mode.I Wasted my money. It's worth it to spend the money and get a good subwoofer!!

Great sound / Great price

Written By Sal S, Old Bridge,N.J. on Sunday, May 08, 2011

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I've had this subwoofer for two weeks and I can't wait to watch my next movie. It
added so much to my theatre surround system that I couldn't believe I've gone
without a subwoofer all these years. I should have made this purchase years
ago.The only thing I don't like about it is the size.You really can't fit it behind the
couch and out of sight unless you have a large room.

Very Happy

Written By David, Cincinnati on Thursday, April 21, 2011

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I've owned quite a few subwoofers and this one is a great bang for the buck. I've
been very happy and the performance is very good for a front firing sub. You will
feel the bass!

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By Patt, AK on Friday, March 25, 2011

For the price of this sub you can't beat it. Descent lows, nice sound. Let it break in, about 50 hours.

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By Steve, Elizabethton on Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Boom Boom Boom! This sub is great! Really enhances the sound and listening
experience of my entire system. Attractive cabinet, easily set up, AWESOME
sound. Would definitely recommend this product as part of your new sound system!

Polk PSW 125 Sub Woofer

Written By GregG, CT on Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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Upgraded to this sub woofer for $50.00 when I purchased a Polk speaker package.
Powerful sub that blends very well with music and performs powerfully with
movie LFE's. Really hits the low frequencies without being boomy.

Had an issue with the volume control but Crutchfield replaced the unit and I'm
very pleased with this sub woofer. Would definitely recommend this speaker to
complete your surround sound system.

Thanks Crutchfield.

Superb bass

Written By Sebastian A., Raleigh, NC on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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I got this beast two days ago and I'm completely blown away by it. I have the volume knob slightly over 50% and during movies my recliner chair shakes from the deep bass this thing puts out. I can feel the walls, the floor, chair, everything vibrating really bad. I used to have an old JVC 6" sub and it sounds pretty good, but it doesn't compare to the excellent bass from this sub. Not only for movies, but it sounds beautiful for music too. I've been trying all kinds of music since I got it, rock, pop, jazz, etc, and it puts the beautiful kind of bass that you expect from really big speakers. The 12" woofer really makes a difference, and I'm new to Polk Audio but this along with the TL250 satellite set sound incredible.

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By Anonymous, rochester ny on Saturday, February 12, 2011

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great power......

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By John, Utah on Wednesday, February 09, 2011

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I love this sub. Rocks the room, gives great depth and has great lows and the crossover
works great. Really brought the movies to a new demension of reallity. I love the features
with auto power, connections and crossover. I bought my first one a year ago and liked it
so much in the movie room that I just bought a 2nd one for the music room.
Expermented with it in the bedroom but it kept waking the wife up when I was watching a
late night movie. Great product....


Written By Misterkraft, Sammamish, WA on Tuesday, February 08, 2011

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I was excited because of all the good reviews but it turns out the sub was just ok in my
opinion. I really like Polk, but this sub is just under powered. I ended upgrading to the DSW
Pro 660 and was so worth the price difference. The PSW125 struggled during really intense
scenes which was unfortunate. If this sub had 300 continuous power it would probably be
awesome, but 150 isn't enough to move this big speaker. I also have the PSW111 which is
an 8inch sub which the same amp and it sounds better in my opinion than the PSW125.

Music Enthusiast

Written By Bob M, Dexter, ME on Friday, January 07, 2011

Last week I ordered a whole new stereo, and anticipate it being a lifetime investment that I can expand as needed. I bought a stereo system without surround sound since this system is used almost exclusively for music.

I just received the PS-125 yesterday, and used it for 6-8 hours last night.

The power the amp produces is completely underwhelming. I have had to boost the output of the receiver to help compensate for this. The bass is acceptable now, but this is with the amp turned up all the way. From reading reviews, I anticipated this performance issue before buying it, so no major surprise there. I would have liked to purchase a Polk twelve-inch sub with a much larger amp (300-400 watt), but did not find one on Crutchfield except for a wireless model, and I merely wanted a basic powered sub. I hope that as soon as the Polk RTI A-7 towers come next week, they will help my low end problem. I think that in the next month or two I will just purchase another of these subs to hook up in my kitchen (an area of large open living space that was adequately covered by my old JBL sub driven by my receiver with an internal subwoofer amplifier channel).

On the positive note, the sound quality from this sub is unsurpassed. Words fail me as I try to describe the quality of the sound. I like it a lot and I am planning to buy another for the other end of my large open living space.


Written By Rob, Washington DC on Wednesday, January 05, 2011

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If you are trying to decide between the 8", 10", or this animal, Im going to say get the big boy. it has a volume control on it so you can tame it (not that you will want to). I have this along with the RTi6 front, CSi3 center, R150 rear surround, and a sony STRDH810 Receiver. This set up ran me a little over $800, but sounds like i spent $8,000.


Written By Walter, Chicago, il on Monday, November 15, 2010

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Just one word..............EXCELLENT!

Polk quality, as always

Written By Will, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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As stated many times over, this unit is big, but beautiful.
Solid construction and rich sound that we've come to expect from Polk. Easily adjusted output level to match the rest of my Polk speakers.
**Plan your layout ahead of time and make sure it will fit before committing to this sub.**

This unit is BIG!!

Written By fourtango, NJ on Thursday, January 28, 2010

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Sound gets a 5, but I am giving this a 4 overall due to its size. It is huge, be sure to check
the dimensions!

Great sub

Written By soler, Florida on Friday, January 22, 2010

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Great sub. It's big, no doubt about it. I prolly should have just got the PSW 111 which would have been free with my RM85 Polk speakers. As it is I only had to pay a little extra. Great sound. Great deal with other Polk speakers.

Huge Unit for Huge Rumble

Written By Jeffrey, Lincoln Park, NJ on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I ordered this to match the Polk 95 speaker system. This thing is huge. Be sure to review the dimensions of the unit to ensure it will fit where you want it. It works beautifully well with plenty of options how you want to run it. Just be sure to order a dedicated subwoofer cable if your receiver has the output.

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By Roger, Aurora, CO on Saturday, January 24, 2009

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Great sound, great quality, good price. Very pleased...

Polk Audio PSW125

Written By Jaime, Sylva, NC on Friday, January 16, 2009

The sub provides plenty of low end for almost any setup. The sub delivers quality versus price and is easy to equalize with your surround speakers. The family has been quite happy with our purchase.


Written By Brian, Orlando, FL on Monday, January 05, 2009

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I have a 20' x 25' room (tile floor) and thought this sub would be more than enough. I was wrong. I returned it to Crutchfield (great free return shipping), and bought an Infinity PS212, same price, but a much, much better sub. As always, Crutchfield service was second to none, but they were sold out of Infinity products and were waiting on the newest line of gear. The tech. staff walked me through some great adjustments to my home theater system and my subwoofer settings, but it wasn't enough to make the difference I was going for. If your room is near the size of mine, and you want not only the rumble of the bass, but tight, accurate, punchy bass, do not go with this sub. Remember, this sub is only 150 watts RMS, and therefore, it will not have the power to fill a larger room with the proper bass.

Very nice Sub

Written By Bill, Benbrook, TX on Thursday, October 09, 2008

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I ordered this from Crutchfield on Monday and received it on Friday. I have it connected to a Yamaha RX-V663 receiver, using it in a 5.1 system. It is great with music or when used while watching movies or gaming. It has more than enough power for my 15x18 living room, providing plenty of deep bass for the area. During one of the first movies that we watched it rumbled the pictures off the wall above it.

I ordered the Cherry finish and I am very pleased with the real wood veneer.

NOTE: It requires a subwoofer cable.

A Must Have

Written By Paul, Ohio on Thursday, October 02, 2008

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I have owned this piece of equipment for about a year now. It is hooked
up to an Onkyo TX - SR805 with a Polk RM20 set (5.1 total) located in my
basement. [All items purchased through Crutchfield]

1. Power. After hooking everything up and optimizing the settings, I
watched Saving Private Ryan. Even at a lower volume level, the vibrations
created by the explosions rattled my entire house (2 story with basement).

2. Looks. It is too big to put in my existing A/V stand so it sits next to the
TV. My wife was a bit miffed by this, something about décor, but even she
had to admit that it was not too terribly intrusive. The finish is quite good.

3. Ease of Use. Since my initial settings a year ago, I have done nothing
more than dust it every few weeks or so.

None that I have found. It does send the dog and cat scrambling out of the
room at times but I never liked our cat anyway - miss the dog though.

Polk Audio PSW125 Power Subwoofer, Greatest Punch

Written By Ruben, Gurabo, PR on Saturday, August 09, 2008

I just plugin this monster to my Onkyo TX-SR705 A/V receiver. It replace a Sony Power Subwoofer of only 100Watts. Wow! The PSW125 make a big difference in the bass, that was I wanted. It's controls are very easy to manage and the power is more than I need. I recommend this unit for your home theater.

I am a client of Crutchfied since 1998 and their service are extraordinary. The only complaint I have in this shipping was that the box is big and it not have much protection in the interior, the foams are very thin for the weight of the unit. This does not change my mind to following buying in Crutchfield for ever.