Polk Audio PSW111 vs Pioneer SW-8MK2

Pioneer SW-8MK2 vs Polk PSW111: does loudness always win?

Pioneer SW-8MK2 vs. Polk Audio PSW111

In this type of setup, the Polk PSW111 is leading a perfect line between beefy and disruptive. While Pioneer applied one of its more powerful amps, that keeps its dram and its distortion low.

Therefore, let`s compare the Polk PSW11 vs Pioneer SW-8MK2: the first one delivers exquisite sound given to its size while adding a small component of refinement for any sound lover. Pioneer SW-8MK2 provides more drama, as the PSW111 create it with variety. Put the PSW111 away from walls and it will sound as good as near them, proposing good placement of flexibility.

What I like about PSW111, this highly advanced music tracks, especially when combined with small-sized main speakers.

Both of units do a nice job if you are cramped on space and using it primarily for home musical and cinema theater and the room isn't too massive.

Pioneer SW-8MK2 and Polk Audio PSW111

The Pioneer SW-8MK2 is designed as a black wooden cube, which would perfectly fit any minimal house design. Like most subwoofers, cosmetically, the outside of Polk PSW111 is a grainy thick plastic, while the subwoofer itself is covered with a thick net grill. The cords are located in its back, the feet are short and easily absorbed in a thick rug.

If I crank Pioneer SW-8MK2 all the way up it's pretty powerful! But it is important to tell about the difference - the bass of Pioneer SW-8MK2 is crazy loud and uncontrollable with the volume and crossover on the back, as Polk PSW111 is absolutely can be maintained with the help of its sound controller.

Also interesting is the fact that the SW-8MK2's price is only $55 less versus the PSW111, which applies a usual design, similar AMP drops lower, and proposes good connectivity.

Are they better-powered subs out there? Of course, there are, but at this price point and size, you can't go wrong.

Pioneer SW-8MK2 powered subwoofer

The SW-8MK2 exceeded my expectations and genuinely surprised me. I did not expect this little unit to perform the way it does. I highly recommend this, just take some time for set up and break in, you won't be sorry. The unit never distorts and compliments the other speakers perfectly. I have the gain and frequency about halfway. I placed it in the corner of the room. Remember the thing only sounds as good as to where it is placed. It is better to try different places until you succeed to find your sweet spot.

Pioneer SW-8MK2 PROS:

  • Once set up and matched to your audio theater system, the low end is smooth and defined.
  • High sounds are really legible and distinguishable

Pioneer SW-8MK2 CONS:

  • There's an issue with the electrical "humming/buzzing" sound coming from the built-in amp in the unit (not the speaker itself, but the amp), it was barely audible.

Polk PSW111powered subwoofer

The PSW111 provides a good conjunction of rapidness, dimension, and punch thanks to its small size, with an overall controlled approach. It has good control and precision. Handy design and sleek style give an opportunity for it to combine with any system.

Polk PSW111 PROS:

  • Turn on and Turn off can be set at Automatic, so it stays on but in a wait mode when your system is off and automatically fires up when you system is turned on.
  • As for cinema theater as for games, it added stuff and punch, and didn't sound strained too often.

Polk PSW111 CONS:

  • Tends to "peak out" at higher power output.

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Common

Product

Polk Audio PSW111
Pioneer SW-8MK2

Model

PSW111
SW-8MK2

Brand

Polk Audio
Pioneer

Rating

4.4 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

251
420

General

Amplification type

active
active

Detachable grilles

Power

Nominal output power (RMS), W

150
50

Maximal output power (RMS), W

300
100

Audio amplifier output power, W

150
100

Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB

90
80

Impedance, Ohm

4
8

Frequency response, Hz

38-250
38-150

Crossover frequency, Hz

60-120
31-125

Driver

Driver quantity

1
1

Driver size, in

8
8

Driver placement

front panel
down firing

Port placement

down firing
front panel

Connections

RCA LFE inputs

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

Controls

Volume

Subwoofer phase

Low-pass filter

Main power switch

Material

Body material

MDF
MDF

Woofer composition

polymer
polymer

Colors

black
black

Enclosure type

sealed
vented

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

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

30.8 x 27.9 x 33/14 x 11 x 12.2
27 x 27 x 30/12.2 x 12.2 x 14.2

Weight, kg/pounds

9.5/21
9.3/20.2

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