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Polk Audio PSW125

Powered subwoofer (Black)

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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.

wow...great bass sound...completes the set up...easy hook up...up and going in a few minutes...great sounding and looking ittem

bob, Jackson, TN

What's in the Box:

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

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
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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Woofer Size (inches) 12
Woofer Composition DB Composite
Firing Direction Front
Wireless No
Preamp-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Outputs Yes
Low-Pass Crossover Freq 60-160 Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq None
Phase Switch Yes
Amplifier Output (watts) 150
Frequency Response 32-225 Hz
Height (inches) 16-11/16
Width (inches) 16-1/4
Depth (inches) 20-7/16
Weight 40.1 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 3 Years
Amplifier Labor Warranty 3 Years

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Features
Controls
Connections

Features

Driver: The Polk Audio PSW125 uses a 12" 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 PSW125 utilizes a powerful motor structure for a higher BL responses (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 a wide dynamic range necessary to recreate a life-like experience in your home.

Enclosure: The PSW125 features a bass-reflex enclosure with non-resonant MDF construction and internal bracing for deep bass impact with superior detail and accuracy. The Polk Audio PSW125 is available in a Black or Cherry finish.

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 increase its loudness.

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 PSW125 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 PSW125 offers a continuously variable low-pass filter, 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 PSW125 to do all the low-pass filtering. If your receiver or processor only has a single subwoofer line output, connect it to the Right line input jack.

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

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

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Why did you buy this?

good reviews [ Kirk  May 31, 2017 ]
price [ Don  May 30, 2017 ]
Scratch and dent - good reviews. [ Deanna  May 20, 2017 ]
I had an Infinity powered sub that quit working after 20 years of service and pulled the trigger on this bad boy, NOT disappointed. Deep Rich bass at all volumes. [ Keith R.  May 18, 2017 ]
Great sound, other speakers also Polk. [ Wifredo  Apr 19, 2017 ]
A repair tech recommended we use a subwoofer for our system. [ Timothy  Mar 04, 2017 ]
Perfect match for existing speakers and stereo. Great luck with Polk speakers. [ John  Feb 09, 2017 ]
It was recommended to go with my system. [ Leslie  Dec 28, 2016 ]
This was an excellent value. Nice, smooth bass for the money. I don't know if you can beat it! [ Aaron  Dec 06, 2016 ]
Highly rated subwoofer at a good price. [ Crystal  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Pre-thanksgiving sale was too good to pass up. Had chatted with Adam about the Polk, then looked at the Klipsch...the Polk seemed comparable (or a slightly more affordable and serviceable sub) even with a few reviewers noting potential issues. Being able to get this for just over $200 was just fantastic. [ Bradley  Nov 23, 2016 ]
Seemed like the best fit for my system, price was right as well! [ DAVID SCOTT  Nov 21, 2016 ]
To match my surround sound Polk speakers. [ David  Nov 21, 2016 ]
We have had one before and loved it!!! Our other one blew up and we needed a new one. [ H  Nov 21, 2016 ]
On sale and a GREAT deal! [ JAMES  Nov 04, 2016 ]
Booming sound baby!! [ Eric  Oct 06, 2016 ]
Great deal just the wright power and a nice look all in one box. [ ANDREW  Oct 04, 2016 ]
It matches with my other Polk surround system speakers. I'm replacing My old Velodyne sub which finally died. I always purchase through Crutchfield as they always give me great service. Now I have to start saving for some new front towers !! [ Richard  Aug 28, 2016 ]
replacing older equipment [ ANDREW D  Aug 25, 2016 ]
Free upgrade [ BRIAN  Aug 08, 2016 ]
Good value between price and performance. [ John  Jul 25, 2016 ]
Am a die hard Polk audio user, am adding this as second sub on my second system [ Kim  Jul 10, 2016 ]
Recommended by sales person: Kay to replace M&K MX-70 Kay's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=211 [ John  Jul 01, 2016 ]
The main reason I chose this over the less expensive and smaller subs was one particular review mentioned the 10 inch version was producing a "farting sound" at high volume. [ Rob  May 23, 2016 ]
This delivers full powerful bass It compliments any movie or music. [ MARK A  Apr 27, 2016 ]
Long time satisfied Polk Audio buyer. Purchased a PSW125 last Sept, love it, purchasing a second unit for double the fun. [ DEAN E  Mar 20, 2016 ]
Wanted big sound and had the space and lack of neighbors to put this to good use. Have had it for over a year now and I'm glad I still have no neighbors. You can feel this sub... [ Paul  Mar 14, 2016 ]
it was recomended [ Donald  Mar 14, 2016 ]
Good review, low price. [ Ghanshyam  Feb 08, 2016 ]
I already own one of these and I like the quality and looks of it. [ Michael  Feb 05, 2016 ]
Part of it was free. Liked the frequency range for the extra $50. [ Rodlet  Jan 30, 2016 ]
Good reviews and was offered for $50 with my other polk speakers, Great Price.. [ Josh  Jan 25, 2016 ]
I use one in my living room and its fantastic!! Getting it again and some polk fxi4 for my home theater [ ZION C  Jan 24, 2016 ]
Recommended by Peyton. Thanks. Peyton's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=183 [ James  Jan 17, 2016 ]
The known quality of the polk brand and the awesome promotion deal you have [ Domingo  Jan 11, 2016 ]
Love the bass frequency from a 12" sub and was the best option for our budget. [ Tom  Jan 10, 2016 ]
Best bang for the bucks!!! [ Rodney  Jan 05, 2016 ]
There was a good offer for this speaker [ kedar  Dec 23, 2015 ]
big bass is good [ Peter  Dec 20, 2015 ]
I purchased these speakers based on the specifications, reviews and reputation of Polk. I'm very happy with the sound it produces. [ Larry  Dec 18, 2015 ]
Matched my other speakers and wanted 12" sub. Polk makes good speakers. [ Marc  Aug 02, 2016 ]
I like Polk Subs [ Ronnie  Jun 09, 2016 ]

7 questions already asked

It adjusts with the volume of the system, the sub also has a dynamic range that can be set on the speaker it's self. [ SAM  Apr 02, 2017 ]
It changes with receiver because you connect to a variable sub out [ robert  Mar 27, 2017 ]
The subwoofer has a volume sensitivity control on it for bass. But the master volume is controlled by the receiver. Hope that helps. It works really well in my theatre. [ Dallas  Mar 27, 2017 ]
Goes up with Receiver Volume [ Sean  Mar 26, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. Unfortunately Polk discontinued the Cherry model in July of 2016 so at this time it is only available in Black. Hope this helps. [ Kenny  Mar 11, 2017 ]  Staff
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/. [ Krissy  Jan 16, 2017 ]  Staff
Since your 65" is not a CRT you can place the woofer as close as you like. Your amp is also a magnetic source and if you sat it on top or under the sub it may affect the performance of the speaker but I doubt it. What you are asking about was serious back in the CRT days but these days it doesn't cause the same problems with LCD and LED displays. [ Mark  Feb 13, 2016 ]
Not sure. My set-up is similar except that the subwoofer is about 6 feet from the TV, with no issues. I don't think it should be a problem, but I'm not 100% sure. As far as the amp, past experience tells me that if it's a few feet away, it shouldn't be a problem - I would think the same holds true for the TV/subwoofer distance. [ sparksongs  Feb 12, 2016 ]
I have a Samsung 55 on my wall. My sub is about 2 ft diagonally from it with no issues at all [ Tony  Feb 12, 2016 ]
The people at Polk are amazing. Give them a call [ ADDAM L  May 09, 2017 ]
Polk people are good. Just give them a call to tech support. And mention that you got it from Chrutchfield, if you did. [ Mikhail  Jan 19, 2016 ]
Possibly not using a Slow Blow fuse. [ BOB  Jan 18, 2016 ]
Hello Jamie b, Not sure what you are asking. I am using a Denon Receiver. My sub is connected directly to my receiver and then my receiver controls what sounds need to be disbursed. the sub is not wired back to any other speakers. the sub is the speaker. Let me know if you have any other questions. FYI, you can always ask Crutchfield for any questions in the future. They are the ones that help me set up my surround system, price and speaker choice. Good Luck, Dan L [ DAN  Aug 06, 2014 ]
This sub has an amp built in so you only need to connect an RCA cable from receiver to the sub. The other speakers should be connected via speaker wire to the receiver. I prefer this method because the subs built in amp was made specifically for the subwoofer. Sometimes when different brand amps are paired with different brand subwoofers there can be a faint background noise. Hope this helps [ KUAKA  Aug 05, 2014 ]
I have the TSi500 in Cherry and the PSW 125 and they are real close in the same shade of cherry. If there is any difference the PSW 125 may be a little lighter than the speakers. The PSW 125 is a Large subwoofer so you will need a large area to place it in. [ RONNIE S  Nov 25, 2013 ]
That is correct. The sub is vinyl. The 7's are wood. They aren't really close at all. [ PAUL  Nov 25, 2013 ]
I think you are correct but not 100 percent sure. My Polk towers are a bit darker cherry but their also about 10 yrs old. Hope this helps. [ JOHN  Nov 25, 2013 ]
Hello Brian- I purchased the subwoofer and the bookshelf speakers (not tower), but they do match an all look very nice together.... sound is wonderful as well. [ ANDREA  Nov 25, 2013 ]
I bought the same things. The Towers are beautiful, sound great & have a very nice dark cherry finish. The subwoofer arrived & it was a ugly light color that did not match the towers at all. It was also really big. I tried arranging everything to make it look right but gave up. I sent the sub back & got a small, black Cambridge subwoofer that can easily be hidden. Now I am very happy with the system. [ EDWARD A  Nov 25, 2013 ]
I have the cherry bookcase speakers and the subwoofer also in cherry. They aren't next to each other but I'm happy with their match in cherry. No expert, but they look good to me and we've had lots of comments that they're a good match in color. [ BARBARA K  Nov 25, 2013 ]
They are different shades of cherry. I bought Polk towers also RTi 9's and put them in a very elaborate music room that I call "The Vegas Room". I put a lot of money into the room and the stereo system. The towers and the subwoofers sound great and it doesn't matter to me that they are different shades. They're real cherry veneer and the sound is fantastic! I like things to match too, but with the quality of the product and the deal that Crutchfield has going, it doesn't matter to me that they don't match. But everyone is different. Good luck. [ KEITH  Nov 25, 2013 ]
Brian P, I have already purchased both the A7s and the 125 subwoofer.........they are different shades of cherry.....However as my 125 is to the left and back about about 8 feet, you do not notice the shade difference. You will truly appreciate the sound generated by both!! [ MICHAEL M  Nov 24, 2013 ]
They are not the same shade of cherry. The cherry color of the tower speakers is darker than the cherry of the subwoofer. [ STEPHEN L  Nov 24, 2013 ]
My Polk cherry 125 subwoofer is a perfect match for my Polk towers (A3s) and my Polk center channel speaker. I pulled the grills off and they look more like furniture and even less obtrusive. I hope this helps. Oh, and they sound great too! I hope this helps - Tom [ THOMAS M  Nov 24, 2013 ]
Thank you for the help. [ brian  Nov 24, 2013 ]
Hi Brian: Not sure if my answer will help or not, but I have the PSW125 in Cherry, and also have the TSi500's in Cherry, and they look close to identical (one of the towers stands right next to the sub). Not sure if the finish on the TSi500 matches that of the RTiA7 or not, but if in general the Cherry towers use the same finish I don't think you'll be disappointed. John [ JOHN  Nov 24, 2013 ]
Thank you for the help. [ brian  Nov 24, 2013 ]
The ones I bought are completely identical and color shade and everything [ DONALD T  Nov 24, 2013 ]
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