Polk Audio PSW110
Powered subwoofer (Black)
Our take on the Polk Audio PSW110 by Crutchfield's Loren Barstow
Enjoy rich, accurate bass with the PSW110 from Polk. Its 10" woofer and 100-watt high-current amplifier work together to produce powerful lows with your movies and music. And this 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.
- bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
- 100-watt RMS amplifier
- 10" front-firing driver
- frequency response 32-250 Hz
- continuously variable 60-160 Hz crossover
- phase switch
- auto on/off
- line-level/LFE input
- speaker-level input and output
- black oak vinyl finish
- 14-5/16"W x 14-11/16"H x 17-1/2"D
- warranty: 5 years woofer, 3 years amplifier
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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
Fills in all the right spots
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Polk Audio PSW110 Reviews
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Features and Specs
|Woofer Size (inches)||10|
|Woofer Composition||DB Composite|
|Low-Pass Crossover Freq||60-160 Hz|
|High-Pass Crossover Freq||None|
|Amplifier Output (watts)||100|
|Frequency Response||32-250 Hz|
|Speaker Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Speaker Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Amplifier Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Amplifier Labor Warranty||3 Years|
Driver: The Polk Audio PSW110 uses a 10" 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 PSW110 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 100 watts RMS/200 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 PSW110 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 increase its loudness.
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 PSW110 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 PSW110 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.
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 PSW110 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?
Bang for bucks. I have another Polk SW and I am very satisfied. [ Robie J. Sep 07, 2018 ]
What I needed. [ D Mark Mar 02, 2018 ]
Polk's reputation; 100 watt amp, price. [ Pete M. Feb 19, 2018 ]
I need an awesome bass for my surround system [ elmo Feb 15, 2018 ]
To add to my other Polk speakers [ James P Feb 13, 2018 ]
I HAD ONE PREVIOUSLY AND WAS SATISIFIED. [ LAWRENCE Feb 08, 2018 ]
Used before. Sounds great for the money. [ JAMIE Jan 29, 2018 ]
I read it was a great Sub from reviews, had good specs and because Polk's legendary reputation. [ RITCHIE Jan 24, 2018 ]
needed a sub for my shop. [ ROGER Jan 22, 2018 ]
Had this in my last system and I broke it in the move. It worked great. [ DARIO A Jan 19, 2018 ]
Best value. I didn't need a $500 sub, just adding one will broaden the sound range in my living room a lot already. [ Trevor Jan 17, 2018 ]
It was marked down in price, and had a greater than 4 rating, and I had company gift cards for the purchase, plus 20 bucks in rewards from Crutchfield too! Also, I know from my past purchases, you sell good stuff. [ ROBERT Jan 09, 2018 ]
Replacing old damaged subwoofer. Same model. I have been a Polk Audio purchaser and listener for many years. Polk Audio has never let me down. [ Darryl Jan 03, 2018 ]
Happy with previous purchase of the product. [ David Jan 02, 2018 ]
Mark gave us some very helpful advice about sub woofers and very patiently and nicely answered my questions. We are looking for something with accurate base for classical music . All the reviews and specs sound as if it is a good buy for our home theater system without breaking the bank. [ Connie Dec 31, 2017 ]
price and quality. it was recommended [ Ralph Dec 28, 2017 ]
Was on sale [ Luis Dec 25, 2017 ]
Replacement for a damaged one due to lightning that struck the house. [ PAUL Dec 14, 2017 ]
I have been trying to pick up a sub for years, but Fry's never seems to have the one I'm looking for. Went ahead and grabbed this while I was upgrading my receiver to go along with the new 70" 4k display that I just purchased. [ Ryan Dec 13, 2017 ]
I liked th first one I orderd in the past and I was looking for another one for my shop sound system. Also Crutchfield had it on sale, so that made the deal. [ Terry Dec 08, 2017 ]
This unit should be perfect to extend some bass to my Yamaha home stereo bookshelf speakers. Polk is known for high-quality sound and durability to last and perform well for years to come. I can't wait to hook these babies up and enjoy some deep punchy bass!!! THANKS Crutchfields for your outstanding advisors and great product selection! [ Larry Dec 07, 2017 ]
I choose this sub because of the 100 watts RMS, variable cross over and volume control. I am looking for a smooth blend of lower sounds at all volumes. Also the Polk design should help with my desired results. [ J Dec 05, 2017 ]
size and performance for bedroom [ David Dec 04, 2017 ]
Waiting to do more research before purchasing new speakers. [ Nicholas Nov 29, 2017 ]
Have Polk speakers and love em. Needed a new sub and for the price, this was a no brainer [ A Nov 28, 2017 ]
Solid reviews matched with competitive Black Friday pricing. [ Michael Nov 28, 2017 ]
Good value. [ Geoff Nov 27, 2017 ]
I have Polk Audio front speakers and like the sound. This matches the speakers I currently have. [ Gordon Nov 26, 2017 ]
Great Brand. Own already one and im very satisfied with the sound [ francisco Nov 24, 2017 ]
To match or as companion to my recently purchased RTi-A3 bookshelf speakers. I am very pleased with your prices and shipping policy. [ HARRY D. Nov 23, 2017 ]
had two prior that i lost in hurricane harvey. simple to use good product, reasonable price [ JOSEPH M Nov 22, 2017 ]
Previous sub stopped working. Purchased other Polk from Crutchfield and had great success. [ John Nov 17, 2017 ]
Cost and quality [ William Nov 09, 2017 ]
Need to round out the low end on my Tsi400's, particularly at low & moderate volume... This looks like it should fill that need nicely at a very nice price! [ Steve Oct 13, 2017 ]
Was a better price than the JBL subwoffers. I also like Polk speakers my speaker preference is JBL but hey. Had a friend purchase Polk because of cost and the type of music we play are similar and he loves the speaker and they do sound great! [ Fred Oct 13, 2017 ]
It was on sale, a trusted brand, and recommended by advisor. [ Ellie Sep 26, 2017 ]
Recommend by Clarence [ Jeffrey Aug 17, 2017 ]
My last one blew at 1 1/2 years and I have the Cherry case which I'm hoping I can reuse in place of this banged up case. [ CHARLES I Aug 16, 2017 ]
I also bought a new home theater receiver and needed a powered subwoofer, this one had specs I liked and was on sale, great deal! [ E Aug 15, 2017 ]
We weren't getting enough sound off of our television. Now we are. [ THOMAS Aug 14, 2017 ]
Adjustable crossover [ Jeffery Aug 08, 2017 ]
I have a pair of Polk speakers that still work like new. I bought them in 1985! Polk is a good brand. I hope this sub woofer will last as long. [ James Aug 07, 2017 ]
It seems to be a an excellent product for my need [ Samuel Jul 29, 2017 ]
to round out sound in my basement with sony STRDH-550 receiver and Polk TSX110B bookshelf speakers [ E Jul 28, 2017 ]
Made in the USA [ MONTANA Jul 27, 2017 ]
Reviews and price. The case was slightly nicked so the price was reduced, having no effect on the rich bass. [ Peter Jul 17, 2017 ]
Value for the price and it fits my requirements. [ Paul Jun 26, 2017 ]
To go with my system in the basement using TSi speakers. [ Don Jun 16, 2017 ]
price performance suited for small room. prior polk speaker experience favorable [ Frances Jun 14, 2017 ]
needed extra punch, substituting a old KHL that seems to have lost its power [ J May 24, 2017 ]
Advisor (Dewey??) helped identify a product that was similar to the one I had before. It was rated well. And it gives me a little bit more power from what I had before. He was extremely helpful and patient. Thank you for the wonderful experience Crutchfield. [ Maritess May 19, 2017 ]
Polk Audio is a reliable and respectable brand. [ Robert May 19, 2017 ]
Good reviews on this item for what I needed. [ Terry May 04, 2017 ]
to match the speakers that I had previously purchased for my son. [ Bruce Apr 07, 2017 ]
ease of setup [ David Apr 03, 2017 ]
Boom! [ Joseph Mar 14, 2017 ]
It received good reviews. [ Paul Mar 11, 2017 ]
Sounds amazing with my receiver and other speakers and was a great deal [ DAVID Feb 23, 2017 ]
Spoke at length with Crutchfield advisor James. Very detailed knowledge confirmed my thinking and gave great advice on the Polk which he currently owns himself (earlier model). Pointed out deal on the better model with twice the power rating - no brainer! [ Robert Feb 17, 2017 ]
I've trusted Polk for a long time, and the price and ease of ordering made the deal. It's getting hard to buy much in audio at brick and mortar stores these days. Crutchfield has it all. [ Ralph Jan 17, 2017 ]
because i dont just watch movies, i want to feel them too. [ Jonathan Nov 22, 2016 ]
Recommended by advisor. [ William Nov 07, 2016 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield [ Michael Oct 25, 2016 ]
Recommend by advisor [ Gary Sep 27, 2016 ]
Price, great reviews. [ ANTHONY V. Sep 15, 2016 ]
Needed a replacement for my old Vega 12" down firing sub. Talked to my adviser and he recommended this little guy.We absolutely love it! I hate to say it but for TV and movies, night and day over my Cerwin Vega and power amp. My room is 14' x 22', and I only have the level up to about 30. Much higher than that and it really starts to overpower the mains. But to entertain and have the kids playing their Iphones through bluetooth we crank it up to about 60. Just rumbles! [ JAY M Aug 22, 2016 ]
I've wanted to add a subwoofer to my original home theater purchased from Crutchfield 25 years ago. Consisting of Kenwood receiver and Bose 6.2 speakers. The speakers are still great but digital technology surpassed the receiver. One day it lost the rear channel so I decided time to buy a new receiver and add the subwoofer. Great addition and performance to improve my movie viewing experience. [ CHARLES Jul 28, 2016 ]
I've been looking for a subwoofer to go along with an older Harmon Kardon receiver. The 100W amp should pair perfectly without overpowering the receiver. Also, the 32 to 250 frequency range will fit my Infinity book shelf speakers nicely and reduce any distortion. [ Paul May 31, 2016 ]
Perfect value [ Michele V. May 10, 2016 ]
Has Great sound and great bass! [ WILLIAM Apr 19, 2016 ]
Free with Polk tower speakers [ DARYL Mar 07, 2016 ]
price and previous polk experience [ Susan L. Feb 14, 2016 ]
I have seen it in action. Impressive!! [ Chris Jan 20, 2016 ]
Reviews and Artie helped me to pick this one. Artie's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=93 [ john Jan 18, 2016 ]
Crutchfield Tech advisor recommendation. [ Donald Dec 21, 2015 ]
I currently have a Polk PSW 350 subwoofer in my system, 100w, 10" woofer. The PSW 110 is a perfect match as I'm upgrading to 7.2. Crutchfield advisor Abe confirmed the match for me. Great company that puts the customer first! [ ANTONIO G Dec 11, 2015 ]
Brand reputation. [ Robert Dec 03, 2015 ]
The cherry finish and price when compared to the Kilpsh woofer of similar specs. [ ANDREW ST Mar 29, 2016 ]
I was looking for a good subwoofer & this one probably will do the job at cruchfield they are very professional& helpfull [ Damian Feb 18, 2016 ]
i wanted 2 subs and the cost was right. also like the wood finish that will sit on shelves [ Tyler Feb 14, 2016 ]
Good deal. Part of a Polk Audio package that made the subwoofer free. Even the shipping. My favorite price. [ Bill Jan 18, 2016 ]
Polk's brand reputation and good reviews. I couldn't pass up the free Subwoofer, considering that incentive Crutchfield had a better price than Amazon and the free shipping for these large heavy speakers on top of everything else made it a very easy decision [ MARK A. Jan 06, 2016 ]
7 questions already asked
You have two other options. If your receiver has a sub out rca jack ,use it with a sub cable to the LFE input on the speaker (most common set up). If you have a pre-out you can run right /left rca cables to sub. [ LAWRENCE Dec 10, 2017 ]
No you can connect it directly to the sub out in the receiver. [ Jeffrey Sep 28, 2017 ]
No. The unit does not have a voltage selector on its back. Only the 2-prong AC conector for the included cable. [ julio a perales Jan 08, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. We are still waiting on the holiday promotions to be finalized, so as of yet we don't have any additional information. Keep a check on our website and catalogs. [ Kenny Oct 24, 2016 ] Staff
No, it does not appear to be designed to be removed. [ JOHN Mar 28, 2016 ]
It cannot be removed [ CHRIS Mar 27, 2016 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Powered subwoofers have two RCA (left and right) inputs for when you are connecting from a receiver that doesn't have a designated subwoofer output. But when you have a home theater receiver with a single, mono subwoofer output, you need a mono subwoofer cable, such as this one, to connect to, in this case, your Polk Audio PSW110B powered subwoofer. And you need to connect the sub cable into the Right RCA input (not the Left) on the PSW110B. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Apr 30, 2014 ] Staff
2 answers I have small, bookshelf yamaha NS-333 front and rear speakers, a NS-444 center speaker and a Yamaha RX-V667 receiver. I have an Oppo BDP-93 and I enjoy listening to tru DSD SACD through the HDMI. The only problem is that in order to experience true DSD you need to use "Pure Direct" mode, which shuts off the sub. Can I use BOTH the speaker level inputs/outputs AND the dedicated LFE input? When listening to stereo "Pure Direct" sources could I flip the switch off if "LFE" to use the speaker level inputs so I can get bass out of the sub? [ Joseph Feb 09, 2014 ]
Sorry but I never tried this kind of setup. The rxv667 is somwhat problematic with subs and its dsp modes. This is why I ended up buying a denon. [ FELIPE Feb 10, 2014 ]
Don't think so b/c even though is has two inputs it can only receive one [ ALEX J Feb 09, 2014 ]
As long as the powered TV speaker bar has a subwoofer pre-amp output any of the powered subwoofers should work great. [ Jeff Nov 30, 2013 ] Staff