Polk Audio PSW10 review & specs

Polk Audio PSW10 review – quality bass for little money

Polk Audio PSW10

Polk PSW10 is a subwoofer from the world famous manufacturers of audio systems, which was warmly received a positive feedback from the owners. Polk Audio PSW10 for a small price has a sound quality on equal terms with more expensive models.

Polk Audio has a reputation of offering affordable and reliable product with a great quality of sound. And I could not miss such a wonderful device and not tell about it.

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Appearance and Design of Polk Audio PSW10

Polk Audio PWS10 has a minimalistic strict solid design. The case is cubic. The subwoofer is great for a 10-inch driver. Such a case would be more suitable for a model with a 12-inch driver. The body is made of black oak with silver front. The manufacturer also provides a modification of the lacquered cherry. The subwoofer`s body is designed in such a way that a complex system of MDF barriers and thick walls prevent unwanted resonances and the formation of standing waves. Frequency and sound control are located behind. There are also a line out and terminals for connecting external speakers with polarity. Polk Audio PSW10 is a 10-inch subwoofer, with a polymer composite diffuser and a bass reflex that are located on the front wall of a thick MDF board. The driver and the bass reflex are covered with a black fabric acoustically transparent mesh. If you need, it is easily removed by opening access to equipment.

Polk PSW10 specs

I should also worth mentioning the main useful features of Polk PSW10. Despite Polk Audio PSW10 has a 10W low-frequency driver and a 50 watts power amplifier with pick a peak power of 100 watts, the sound pressure is enough for a room of 20 square meters. At maximum power, it seems that the strength of the sound wave is enough even for the outdoor party.

The diffuser materials allow it to remain firm in order to cope with peak loads, at the same time, free to move. This is enough to get a chic sound. Thanks to the well-designed housing, low frequencies are reproduced without corruption.

Another useful feature, which is worth mentioning, is a nice three-position toggle on the back for power modes. It has three positions – On, Off, and Auto. In position “Auto” the subwoofer switches off when you switch off a volume knob to “zero”.

With the low pass controller which is located near to the toggle, you can regulate the sound in the range from 60 to 160 Hz. Also, it has a built-in crossover so you can choose and correct the frequencies you want coming out of the sub.

Polk Audio PSW10 has lower and upper -3dB Limits, from 40 Hz to 160 kHz. However, there is one drawback - at a frequency below 30 Hz, the bass loses its quality and becomes mouldy.

Performance & Sound of Polk Audio PSW10

This subwoofer has amazing dynamics throughout the bass band. The sub has the correct reproduction of bass sound. Sounds are great even at loud volume. PSW10 sound power and quality properties are perfectly harmonized. You can regulate the gain in a very wide range, and the bass is not cloudy or hard. It has deep and fast bass on both small and high volume. There is a good supply of power.

Polk Audio PSW 10 transmits and displays low sound. The sound is crystal and clear, the timbre of each instrument and its parts are clearly defined. I had an opportunity to test it with the all of the YouTube bass test songs with my Yamaha bookshelf speakers. Such test songs are torn across the full range: from the lowest to the highest frequencies. During this testing, I changed the position of the controller of frequency which allows Polk PSW10 to operate at frequencies from 60 to 160 Hz. After the frequency was set to 2\3 (it's about 106 Hz), I was amazed to get hard-hitting and clean sounding bass.

After that, I tested Polk Audio PSW10 at movies and TV shows with Dolby Digital Technology and I was amazed again. With the gain turned a half, movies had the thunderous, floor shaking bass and music sounded clean and tight with deep bass that I could hear my home. The sound effect is felt on the feet and sofa and it seems that the small tremor passes through the windows. This subwoofer is good for any living room setup out there. It correctly transmits the structure of low frequencies on the majority of musical phonograms, slightly coarsening the sound only when articulating complex batches of double bass. Thanks to the small displacement in the lowest working area, basses may lack solidity and depth. To countervail for this lack, I had to regulate the distance of the Polk PSW10 to the wall, guided by the ear.

Polk PSW10 setup

I used Polk PSW10 with my PC. I have this subwoofer paired to a two bookshelf powered speakers by Yamaha.

Its setup is pretty simple:

  • I connected the Polk Audio PSW10 to the PC with the Y cable, through the connectors Line in.
  • Connected the speakers to the Speaker Level output.
  • Plug in the power cord.
  • Set the volume level and crossover settings.

After short tests, I decided on the ideal Polk Audio PSW10 settings. For best sound, the volume controller should be set to about half and the frequency control to 2/3.

Conclusion

Polk Audio PSW10 has those qualities on which you hope to get in this price segment. The PSW10 delivers really clean and good bass sound. This subwoofer will become a valuable acquisition for any home audio system. Thanks to the line in and speaker-level inputs and outputs I plugged in it in my home theater system as my front main speakers.

Polk Audio PSW10 sounds fantastic and if your budget is medium and you are looking for a subwoofer speaker having good features then I assure that it is will be a perfect choice.

Common features

Product

Polk Audio PSW10

Model

PSW10

Brand

Polk Audio

Rating

4.6 of 5

Reviews

4147

General

Speaker system type

subwoofer

Audio amplifier

integrated

Power

Nominal output power (RMS), W

50

Maximal output power (RMS), W

100

Audio amplifier output power, W

50

Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB

85

Impedance, Ohm

4

Frequency response, Hz

35-200

Crossover frequency, Hz

80-160

Driver

Driver quantity

1

Driver size, in

10

Port placement

front panel

Connections

RCA

2

Wireless

Bi-amp

Speaker connectors

2

Click-fit speaker connectors

2

Controls

Volume

Subwoofer phase

Low-pass filter

Main power switch

Material

Body material

MDF

Woofer composition

polymer

Detachable rollers

Colors

black, brown, silver

Enclosure type

Power supply

Form factor

internal

Power supply, W

Dimensions and colors

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

36.5 x 35.6 x 41/16.2 x 14 x 14.4

Width, kg/pounds

11.8/26

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