Polk Audio PSW505 vs Polk Audio PSW125

Choose subwoofer for your room: Polk Audio PSW505 vs Polk Audio PSW125

Polk Audio PSW505 vs Polk Audio PSW125

The main advantage of the PSW505 is its high nominal output power – compare its 250 W with 150 W that outputs the PSW125. The PSW505 maximal output power is 480 W and the PSW125 maximal output power is 300 W.

The main advantage of the PSW125 is its flexibility in terms of the blending. However, both models output the deep, clean bass sound.

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Features & Performance

The Polk Audio PSW125 vs Polk Audio PSW505 performance comparison shows that the PSW125 has a wider crossover frequency range – 60-160 Hz, while the crossover range of the PSW505 is 60-125 Hz. The frequency response of the PSW505 is 25-160 Hz, while the PSW125 has the response range from 32 to 225 Hz.

The PSW505 is magnetically shielded, which makes this subwoofer 100% safe for other equipment, like TVs or monitors.

The Polk Audio PSW505 vs Polk Audio PSW125 adjusting features comparison shows that both models allow you controlling volume, crossover frequency, and phase switching. These models have the auto on/off feature. Both subwoofers were built using high-grade DSPs which make the output sound deep and clean.

Design

The Polk Audio PSW505 vs PSW125 design comparison shows that these models have many common features. They have 12-inch drivers. These models are front-firing. The PSW125 has a down-firing port. The woofers are made of polymer, while the bodies are made of MDF, so they are light and rigid enough to exclude any resonance.

All the dials, switches and ports are located on the back panel. Both models have line level and speaker level ports.

The PSW505 was designed using the Klippel Distortion Analyzer technology. The Dynamic Balance Woofer Design helps to achieve accurate sound reproduction.

The dimensions are 18.2x15.2x16.2 in. for the PSW505 versus 16.5x16.2x19.3 in. for the PSW125. The weight is 43 and 40.1 lbs. respectively.

Polk Audio PSW505 pros & cons

Pros:

  • The output sound is clean and deep. It does not get distorted when you set the volume too high.
  • Easy to adjust the subwoofer to make it blend with other speakers.

Cons:

  • Some customers state that this model can be unreliable – it may work less than 2 years (amplifier issues).
  • It may be not a perfect option for audiophiles.
  • It is quite big.

Polk Audio PSW125 pros & cons

Pros:

  • It is quite loud (it is good for small rooms) and the output sound is free of any distortion or unnecessary rattling.

Cons:

  • This model is not very unreliable – some customers get a popping noise after 2 years of exploitation. It may fail completely after 2 years of using.

Polk Audio PSW505

Polk Audio PSW505 review

May 20, 2019

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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Polk Audio PSW125

Polk Audio PSW125 review

Apr 05, 2019

The Polk Audio PSW125 is a great 12-inch solution which is perfect for middle and large-sized rooms and powerful setups. This model is built using high-grade components only. Therefore, you will alwa...

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Common

Product

Polk Audio PSW505
Polk Audio PSW125

Model

PSW505
PSW125

Brand

Polk Audio
Polk Audio

Rating

4.3 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

2325
161

General

Amplification type

active
active

Detachable grilles

Power

Nominal output power (RMS), W

250
150

Maximal output power (RMS), W

480
300

Audio amplifier output power, W

360
300

Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB

85
89

Impedance, Ohm

4
8

Frequency response, Hz

25-160
32-225

Crossover frequency, Hz

60-125
60-160

Driver

Driver quantity

1
1

Driver size, in

12
12

Driver placement

front panel
front panel

Port placement

has not
down firing

Connections

RCA LFE inputs

1
1

RCA stereo line level inputs (pair)

1
1

RCA outputs

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, cherry

Enclosure type

sealed
vented

User manual

Manual

N/A
N/A

Dimensions

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

40.9 x 38.4 x 46.2/18.2 x 15.2 x 16.2
41.9 x 41.2 x 48.5/16.5 x 16.2 x 19.3

Weight, kg/pounds

19.5/43
18.2/40.1

Subwoofers HelpToChoose comparison rating

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  • 8.8
  • 13.1Polk Audio PSW505
  • 8.8Polk Audio PSW125

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