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Polk PSW10 Powered Subwoofer

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Superb value, economical with excellent performance

Jan 9, 2010 (Updated Jan 9, 2010)
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Pros:Superb bass, great price or for free with a Polk package deal

Cons:Not really intended for very large rooms, but best in its price range

The Bottom Line: Best sub for most people, cheap and sounds great

This is an amazing subwoofer, whose price belies its performance capability. Like all subwoofers, for satisfying performance you must place it in the correct location in your room for maximum power and good clear sound. One way to help you get around this is to use a dedicated very high powered amplifier but that negates the reason for buying a budget subwoofer in the first place. Another tactic is to use the built in room equalization feature in your AV Receiver (such as MCACC in my Pioneer). This feature can make a huge difference and can help to extract the maximum performance from this seemingly modest sub. Once I found the best location in my living room (within 12 inches of the corner of the living room, so it could hide under a side table but also benefit from the intersection of the two walls and the floor) I ran the MCACC equalization function of my Pioneer AV Receiver (this was originally done on my modestly priced VSX1014 when I first purchased this sub a few years ago, and I did it again recently when I went all out and upgraded to a Pioneer Elite VSX21).
In the moment of truth I was not let down, this sub provided me with deep rich bass, special effects in my favorite movies literally shook the room and exterior walls. When playing music it was deep, powerful and clearly detailed so it satisfied the audiophile in me.
It seems tome that many people don't understand bass and have outrageous expectations from any subwoofer. First, just because you have a sub does not means you will get earth shaking with every piece of music you play, most music does not have a lot of very deep bass on the Cd so there really is not much to reproduce. Second, a speaker with low distortion will not sound like its playing very loud because most people are used to hearing a lot of distortion at high volumes so they subconsciously equate that distortion with loudness. I've had plenty of people experience that with my system when they turned to tell me that the system was not turned up very loud only for them to find out I could not hear them over the speakers.If you want bass that pounds your chest until you give up in agony then you need to spend many thousands of dollars on high end subs, which is not what the average person needs or can appreciate.
For excellent bass performance in depth, tonality and punch, this sub is hard to beat at its price point, especially if you get it for free in a package deal.

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