Monoprice 9723 vs Polk Audio PSW505

Monoprice 9723 vs Polk Audio PSW505: Budget Subwoofers Review

Monoprice 9723 vs Polk Audio PSW505

Monoprice 9723 vs Polk Audio PSW505 review is made to compare budget subwoofers in term of producing a deep bass in a wide frequency range with a significant difference in maximum power. Monoprice 9723 produces 200W maximal output power, while PSW505 – 480W.

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Features & Performance

Monoprice 9723 is the powered subwoofer with phase inverter. It has a 12-inch driver. The amplifier produces 150W of nominal output power in the frequency range of 50 to 250 Hz. The 9723 is equipped with a crossover filter, which can be tuned over the entire working range. The amp is supplied with impedance matching circuitry. The subwoofer allows fining tune the crossover filter and the power output for the necessary bass output.

Polk Audio PSW505 is a home subwoofer with a 12-inch driver, too. It has an advantage over the Monoprice subwoofer, as the power of its amplifier is higher. It can produce 250W of nominal output power. However, PSW505 has lower impedance, only 4 Ohms versus 8 Ohms in Monoprice 9723. The power of amplifier of Polk Audio is enough to fill with the sound a large room. PSW505 has deep and rich bass in the entire frequency range.

Polk Audio PSW505 vs Monoprice 9723

Design

Monoprice 9723 has a wooden case, with a black oak finish. The front panel is covered by a black cloth grill. On the rear panel, Monoprice has 2 knobs on the control panel. In the same place, there is the high-level output, it can be used to connect to stereo or front speakers. The subwoofer has a set of right/left line level inputs.

Polk Audio PSW505 is made of thick MDF. The driver is made of polymer-coated cellulose. Pairwise shorted screw terminals and 2 line inputs, as well as an LFE input for the special signal from the AV receiver are at the metal panel on the rear of the subwoofer. In this Polk Audio PSW505 vs Monoprice 9723 review, it should be noted that the advantage of the Monoprice 9723 over the PSW505 is the presence of the radiator for cooling the amplifier.

Monoprice 9723 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Monoprice has an Auto-On mode. This function puts the subwoofer into power-saving mode after about 2 minutes without operation.
  • A built-in fuse protects the system from short circuits or power overloads.

Cons:

  • Monoprice 9723 is quite large and stands out in the interior.

Polk Audio PSW505 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • PSW505 has the front wall thicker than the rest of the building for vibration damping.
  • Unfiltered LFE input can be used with subwoofer output jacks.

Cons:

  • A buzz appears while the subwoofer is idle.
  • The fabric mesh may not be durable.

Polk Audio PSW505
Polk Audio PSW505 review

Aug 28, 2018

I had the opportunity to take the Polk Audio PSW505 on my test. This model with a 12-inch driver from the PSW subwoofer series. Polk Audio produces high-quality products that have always received war...

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Common

Product

Monoprice 9723
Polk Audio PSW505

Model

9723
PSW505

Brand

Monoprice
Polk Audio

Rating

4.2 of 5
4.3 of 5

Reviews

75
2266

General

Amplification type

active
active

Detachable grilles

Power

Nominal output power (RMS), W

150
250

Maximal output power (RMS), W

200
480

Audio amplifier output power, W

150
360

Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB

115
85

Impedance, Ohm

8
4

Frequency response, Hz

50-250
25-160

Crossover frequency, Hz

50-150
60-125

Driver

Driver quantity

1
1

Driver size, in

12
12

Driver placement

front panel
front panel

Port placement

down firing
has not

Connections

RCA LFE inputs

1

RCA stereo line level inputs (pair)

1
1

RCA outputs

1

XLR inputs (pair)

XLR outputs (pair)

Wireless

Bi-amp

Speaker outputs (pair)

2
2

Speaker inputs (pair)

2
2

Controls

Volume

Subwoofer phase

Low-pass filter

Main power switch

Material

Body material

MDF
MDF

Woofer composition

polymer
polymer

Colors

black
black

Enclosure type

vented
sealed

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions (H x W x D), cm/in

41.6 x 43.9 x 43.1/17.5 x 17.3 x 17
40.9 x 38.4 x 46.2/18.2 x 15.2 x 16.2

Width, kg/pounds

18/40.9
19.5/43

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  • 7.5Polk Audio PSW505

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