Klipsch R-10SW vs Polk Audio PSW505

Best Home Active Subwoofer: Klipsch R-10SW vs Polk Audio PSW505

Klipsch R-10SW vs Polk Audio PSW505

Klipsch R-10SW vs Polk Audio PSW505 review is the comparison of two subwoofers with different power and impedance: 8 (R-10SW) and 4 (PSW505). Also, subwoofers operate at different frequencies of 32-120Hz vs 25-160 Hz respectively.

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Features & Performance

The Polk Audio PSW505 has a 12-inch driver with a cellulose diffuser coated with a polymer layer, a flat central dustproof insert, and a wide polymer suspension. The driver reaches the depth range of 20Hz. Low frequencies are saturated.

The Klipsch R-10SW subwoofer has only an amplifier with a 150W nominal bass output power versus 250W of power in PSW505. The driver of this subwoofer is 10-inches with a cast graphite diffuser and copper coating. With a maximum sound pressure of 112 dB, the loudspeaker provides dense reproduction, and the rear phase inverter contributes to deep bass sound.

Polk Audio PSW505 vs Klipsch R-10SW

Design

The Polk Audio PSW505 chassis is made from 0.7-inch MDF, but the front panel thickness reaches 0.98 inches to reduce vibrations. The walls have an oak finish. On the lower part of the rear panel, there is an inverter port. On the rear panel, there are 2-line inputs plus the LFE input for a special signal from the AV receiver. The case has metal legs.

R-10SW has a square case made of MDF with the dark oak coating. On the back wall, there is a phase-inventory port and ports required for connection. Its Line / LFE inputs are compatible with most receivers. In my Polk Audio PSW505 vs Klipsch R-10SW review, I want to highlight that, if we compare R-10SW with Polk Audio, you can see that it has thicker legs.

Klipsch R-10SW Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • R-10SW has a powerful digital amplifier with a maximum power of 300W.
  • Klipsch R-10SW blends well with different speakers due to high-quality crossover.
  • Bass produced by R-10SW is clean and without distortion.
  • The subwoofer does not heat up in operation.

Cons:

  • In order to avoid hum, the crossover regulator should be close to the minimum level.
  • It is necessary to choose the optimal position of the subwoofer from the wall to the rear panel to avoid distortion.

Polk Audio PSW505 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The subwoofer has thick walls of MDF, the back of it is made from metal.
  • It has a power at peak load of 480W.
  • There is an automatic “on signal” mode and the subwoofer can be turned off with its 15-minute absence.

Cons:

  • The sound is slightly distorted at high volume.
  • The legs do not provide sufficient stability and at high volume, the subwoofer begins to slide.
  • Polk Audio PSW505 is heavy as for a 10-inch subwoofer.

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Common

Product

Klipsch R-10SW
Polk Audio PSW505

Model

R-10SW
PSW505

Brand

Klipsch
Polk Audio

Rating

4.7 of 5
4.3 of 5

Reviews

531
2304

General

Amplification type

active
active

Detachable grilles

Power

Nominal output power (RMS), W

150
250

Maximal output power (RMS), W

300
480

Audio amplifier output power, W

150
360

Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB

112
85

Impedance, Ohm

8
4

Frequency response, Hz

32-120
25-160

Crossover frequency, Hz

40-160
60-125

Driver

Driver quantity

1
1

Driver size, in

10
12

Driver placement

front panel
front panel

Port placement

back side
has not

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

Speaker inputs (pair)

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

35.5 x 31.7 x 39.8/14 x 12.5 x 15.7
40.9 x 38.4 x 46.2/18.2 x 15.2 x 16.2

Width, kg/pounds

11.6/25.5
19.5/43

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