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Polk Audio PWSK-1

Wireless audio kit for select Polk subwoofers

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by James Ralston
Polk Audio

Put your Polk subwoofer anywhere you want with this wireless kit. This simple plug-and-play kit adds lossless wireless audio capability to select Polk subwoofers in seconds. Plug your sub into a nearby wall outlet, connect the small wireless dongle to the back of the sub, connect the transmitter to your receiver, and you're done. The transmitter sends wireless audio signals from your receiver to the sub, so you won't have to worry about running speaker or interconnect cables across your floor.

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Highlights

  • plug-and-play kit adds lossless wireless audio capability to select Polk subwoofers
  • includes wireless transmitter and subwoofer dongle
  • wireless range: approx. 50 feet
  • transmitter dimensions: 5"W x 1-3/8"H x 3-5/8"D
  • dongle dimensions: 1-13/16""W x 1"H x 2-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • PWSK-1 transmitter
  • PWSK-1 plug-in receiver module
  • AC adapter with attached 5.75' DC output cord (DC output: 5V/1A)
  • 3' Mono RCA cable
  • Quick Start Guide

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Features

Overview: The Polk Audio PWSK-1 Wireless Conversion Kit is designed to make the DSW PRO wi subwoofers wireless in two easy steps, eliminating the need to run a cable from your home theater receiver to your subwoofer. The wireless transmitter connects to your receiver, and the wireless receiver plugs directly into the port on the wireless-ready subwoofer. The PWSK-1 is compatible with the following Polk Audio subwoofers:

Transmitter: The PWSK-1's wireless transmitter sends uncompressed (16-bit resolution) bass signals to the subwoofer via the 2.4 GHz wireless band. It has a 3-1/2" long antenna and a range of approximately 50 feet. The transmitter connects to your home theater receiver via mono or stereo RCA. If your receiver has a subwoofer/LFE output, it can be connected with a single (mono) RCA cable to the "Right/LFE" input. If the receiver has no subwoofer/LFE output, you can use the preamp outputs, connecting it using a stereo RCA cable and the "Left" and "Right" inputs. A 3' mono RCA cable is included.

Receiver: The PWSK-1's wireless receiver plugs directly into the adapter port on the rear panel of the DSW PRO wi subwoofer. The "Scan" button allows the receiver to "find" the wireless transmitter. When plugged in, the wireless receiver protrudes slightly from the back of the subwoofer.

Dimensions: The PWSK-1's dimensions are:

  • Transmitter:
    • Width: 4.993"
    • Height: 1.326" (4.011" with antenna positioned vertically)
    • Depth: 3.609" (approx. 4.5" with RCAs)
  • Receiver:
    • Width: 1.806"
    • Height: 0.979"
    • Depth: 2.756"
 
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1 out of 5

PWSK-1

Written By Edgar H, Las Vegas on Sunday, March 16, 2014
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This wireless PWSK1 kit works great with my DSW PRO 440wi, it allows me to set my sub anywhere in the room with out worrying about the wires being ran across the room. performs great
Pros:
Highly recommend this if you want need set up
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

Works but makes the sub hum.

Written By Mike, Arlington TX on Monday, February 24, 2014
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Hums. You can hear this hum when the music stops.
Pros:
Always get the signal to the sub.
Cons:
Makes the sub hum The auto off/on for the sub does not work with this adaptor.
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5 out of 5

Polk Audio PWSK-1 Wireless Subwoofer kit

Written By FrankVP, Cincinnati,Ohio on Sunday, January 12, 2014
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Very easy hook up. Transmitter and receiver linked up right away.
Pros:
No wires, able to move subwoofer to a better spot without having to run a long cable.
Cons:
Sub does not go into sleep mode, which I believe is normal. Solvved this by plugging sub into a switched outlet.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio PWSK-1 Wireless Subwoofer kit

Written By Polk Audio PWSK-1, Las Vegas on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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Very simple and easy to install, worked on the first try.
Pros:
Small enough, works good on long distance ranges and does what it's supposed to do.
Cons:
Once in a while the sub goes to sleep and doesn't wake up when I turn on my receiver so I have to turn off the sub off and turn it back on. Also, occasionally when the receiver is turned off the sub will make a single pop noise.
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5 out of 5

Works great!

Written By Sean O., Philadelphia, PA on Monday, August 26, 2013
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Very easy set up, works flawlessly. I've had it set up for a few weeks now and haven't had any issues with connectivity or sound!
Pros:
Convenient for locating sub without having to run a subwoofer cable.
Cons:
None
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2 out of 5

Polk Audio PWSK-1

Written By Tom, Charlotte, NC on Monday, August 19, 2013
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I'm not sure if I like this or not. On the plus, it offers connectivity to the DSW PRO 660. The downside, the sub never goes to sleep because it always thinks it has signal. Polk said this is normal.

The blue light on the transmitter and the receiver puck is annoyingly bright. Audio quality is fine.
Pros:
No wires.
Cons:
Sub won't go to sleep when not in use, occasional pops and hums from interference when the sub has no signal going to it.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio PWSK-1

Written By BHC Steve, BHC, AZ on Thursday, January 17, 2013
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This is a nice little unit, inconspicuous amoung the many other black boxes comprising my sound system. Don't let the term "Wireless" fool you into thinking, "Wow! It's 'WIRELESS,' so I just pop the receiver into the sub and put it where ever I want it, hook up the transmitter and let 'er rip." That's basically it, BUT don't forget this is for a POWERED sub, it's gotta have power for the amp to work. This 'wireless' kit doesn't give the freedom to place the sub anywhere you want it, the sub only has a 6 foot power cord, so it has to be located that close to an electrical outlet. They don't recommend using an extension cord with the unit, somethink to do with safety - someone may trip on the cord. "Hey! Stoopid! Pick up your fat feet." is what I said, but the insurance company didn't think it was a good idea. They are a bunch of dummys! This kit gave me some extra wiggle room to get the best placement for the sub, so far. After plugging the transmitter's power supply and connecting it to the LFE output from the AVR, just snap the receiver into its receptacle, plug in the sub and turn it on. Press the SCAN button and the two gadgets will find each other and start to talk. Sometimes they start talking as soon as they get powered up. Kinda like wimin. Then, You are done! Except for a couple hours of auditioning your new setup. Naturally you will have to make sure the sub is working correctly on the Low lows. How do you do that? CRANK IT UP! It works. WHAT??
Pros:
Smile, :) this IS easy. I did it, myself! Easy to install. Increases possible placement sites for the Sub. Only one cable to deal with so install now looks neat and clean. You found SweetSpot-Center x More enjoyment time. = You = ;) x 10^23.==> A mole of happiness.
Cons:
These "picture directions" on the box? Well, they just plain...SUCK. Even after you find them scrunched onto a small panel on a side of the box. I didn't need to 'pound on the receiver with your hand' mine just snapped in correctly. I am TOO strong! No, I just showered.--LAUGHS, PLEASE.... Cannot turn Sub OFF with remote, must use the Power Sw on the Sub. You found SweetSpot-Center = More enjoyment time 4 U. Wife = Mad^2 = WM@U^(TIME) = U R rly ded^BIGtime Haahaahaahaahaa.
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5 out of 5

Freedom

Written By BA, Lakeland, Floida on Tuesday, November 06, 2012
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Very easy to connect. Makes speaker placement anywhere
Pros:
Quick easy setup
Cons:
None......await other size speakers to become wireless too
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4 out of 5

wireless kit

Written By el g, PA on Wednesday, October 03, 2012
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Not bad. Does what it's supposed to for the most part, but I gotta say I had to play around with the placement of the transmitter because where I originally placed it I experienced loss of signal/connection to the sub. It was a straight shot about 25-30 feet apart but after I moved the transmitter around a little I have not experienced this issue.
Pros:
Eliminates wires for sub
Cons:
Signal might drop depends on you set up and the distance between transmitter and sub
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

What channel does this device operate on? I am having interference issues on the 2.4ghz network and would like to make sure I avoid the frequency this is operating on. No problems with 5.0 ghz but not all my devices are capable of the newer network. [ RyanWysocki  Dec 15, 2013 ]
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  • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 16, 2013 ]

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