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Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer - Klippel Distortion Analyzer - High-Current Amplifier - Compression Circuitry - Magnetically Shielded

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If you're looking to enhance the bass in your stereo system, look no further. The Polk Audio PSW111 Powered Subwoofer represents pure sophistication in powered subwoofers. Its compact design is the perfect complement to Polk RM Series and SurroundBar loudspeakers. It features Klippel Distortion Analyzer technology, optimizing the woofer's motor structure, voice coil alignment and suspension. This advanced technology enables the PSW111 to reproduce the tightest "punch" at the highest sound levels in its class.

Moreover, Polk Audio's PSW111 offers an 8" reinforced multi-range, composite woofer with magnetic shielding, 150W built-in amplifier, adjustable Low-Pass crossover, phase switch and subwoofer volume control. In addition the Polk Audio PSW111 features Signal-sensing "Smart Amp", non-resonant MDF construction, line and speaker- level inputs and a wide range of frequencies with superb sound quality and low distortion. Its stylish design will complement the newest flat-screen Plasma and LCD TVs in your home theater set-up.

Dynamic Balance Technology
Polk Audio uses Dynamic Balance technology, offering the ability to view and adjust the entire vibrating surface of a driver via a full field laser imaging technique.
Klippel Distortion Analyzer
By using a state-of-the-art Klippel Distortion Analyzer, Polk engineers were able to optimize the woofer's motor structure, voice coil alignment and suspension for the best possible performance even at extreme listening levels.
High-Current Amplification
The PSW111 offers crisp, clean power for bass volume and wide dynamic range necessary to recreate a life-like experience in your home.
Smart Amp Circuitry
This subwoofer features Signal-sensing "smart amp" technology, which is an auto ON/OFF circuitry that "knows" when to turn itself on and off.
Line and Speaker Level Inputs
The PSW111 is compatible with virtually any system, it offers a line level input and speaker level inputs. It also features an unfiltered LFE input for use with low-pass filtered subwoofer output jacks.
Powerful 150W Woofer
A powerful 150W of power makes the PSW111 subwoofer an ideal choice for the most demanding of situations.
Magnetically Shielded
The PSW111's housing is designed magnetic shielding, preventing undesirable interference that causes distortion.
Speaker System
Power Rating 150W
Frequency Response 38Hz-250Hz
Crossover Frequency 80Hz-200Hz
Impedance Not Specified By Manufacturer
Driver 8.0" (20 cm) Dynamic Balance Composite Cone
Enclosure Downward Firing Port
Connectors Input: Line In (RCA)
Input: Speaker Level (Spring Terminal)
Output: Speaker Level (Spring Terminal)
Shielded Yes
General
Dimensions (HxWxD) 12.1 x 11 x 14" (307.3 x 279.4 x 355.6mm)
Weight 20.3 lbs (9.2 kg)
Power Requirements 120VAC, 60Hz
Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer - Klippel Distortion Analyzer - High-Current Amplifier - Compression Circuitry - Magnetically Shielded
  • 5-Year Parts and Labor Warranty for Speaker
    3-Year Parts and Labor Warranty for Amplifier
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    Polk AudioPSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer
     
    4.6

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (13)
    • Attractive (12)
    • Easy to set up (10)
    • Good power output (9)
    • Easy to mount (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home theater (10)
      • Smaller rooms / apartments (8)
      • Home (6)
      • Basic systems (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Movie enthusiast (7), Tech savvy (6), Practical (5), Audiophile (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (13)

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      4.0

      Very good product, I buy this product ag

      By Joaco

      from Toa Baja, PR

      About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy to Mount
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Theater
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

        I use this product in my Family Room

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        5.0

        Perfect for My Setup

        By MikeLBC

        from Long Beach, CA

        About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Smaller Rooms

          Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

          I have this subwoofer hooked up to a SONOS AMP and a pair of Polk TL3 satellites in my bedroom. This is a low level volume scenario and this sub perfectly fit the bill.

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          4.0

          Solid Performer

          By Patrick

          from Fairfield, IA

          About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Power Output

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Theater

            Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

            This subwoofer is the .1 of my 5.1 surround system. I got it to replace an older JBL sub that after over ten years, decided to retire itself. I'm very happy with this sub in that it gives solid performance in a compact box for my limited space. It is also very reasonably priced making it perfect for my current needs.

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            5.0

            A great subwoofer for a small room

            By Bill

            from St. George, Utah

            About Me Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

              Using an Onkyo AV receiver, I connected the Polk PSW111 subwoofer, and left, right, and center Klipsh Synergy speakers. The subwoofer was set to medium low volume and all Klipsh were set to 200 Hz. This setting gave clear voice and bass to Netflix movies. Also, with this setting, CD and I-pod music sounds great.

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              4.0

              Excellent all around subwoofer

              By Austin James

              from Austin, Tx

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Basic Systems
                • Home Theater
                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

                Bought this subwoofer to go with my new Denon receiver to add 'richness' to the lows I was missing in movies and music. I wasn't disappointed, it has excellent sound, and a small foot print. I wouldn't recommend it for a large room, but it works well in my apartment. It was very easy to hook up and works great with a variety of music or movies.

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                5.0

                Excellent for music, good for movies

                By Mike

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Theater

                  Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

                  Use this in a 5.1 surround systemd in a 12x18 room. Replaced a downword facing subwoofer of the same size that was placed in corner (Wifes requirement) and sounded boomy. The Polk sounded very natural in the same location (maybe because its forward facing) and the music and movies sounded much better. For movies the sound was very good, but did not go down to very low frequencies, however it does provide a good punch to the soundtrack.

                  Good: Very musical, no boomyness, small size, price.
                  Bad: Not really bad given its size and price, but for movies does not reach very low frequencies.

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                  5.0

                  Love the sound from the PSW111

                  By Fred

                  from Santa Clarita CA

                  About Me Movie Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy to Mount
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Good Power Output
                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Home Theater
                    • Smaller Rooms

                    Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

                    Admittedly this is my first subwoofer; and I have gone years now listening to music without one, so my review is subjective to this being my first one. I had fairly large floor, center, and rear channel, speakers already; and just never felt the need to buy a subwoofer. That said; the new level of sound experienced by using a subwoofer is a wake-up for me, and this Polk Audio PSW111 is an excellent subwoofer. Space limitations forced me to stay as small sized as possible, and after reading all of the great reviews of the larger subwoofers which simply wouldn't fit in the space I have available; my performance expectations were not great; also this one seems, by other reviews, to need a break in period for best results.Set it up, plugged my Amp, Sony STR-DH720HP (Subwoofer output has the LFE on it) into the PSW111 "R/LFE jack" turned everything on, went to a HD movie, and listened to the low frequency effects, and heard the whole new bottom end to the film soundtrack and music, and wished I had added a subwoofer years ago. This is apparently a newer version of this subwoofer; with the LFE on the right input jack, and not a separate third LFE jack.Played music from classical, to soundtracks, to Pop, and suddenly realized what has been missing from my music… A decent Subwoofer. As for my initial low expectations; the Polk PSW111 has plenty of low end power already to make everything sound better; and if it is going to be even greater after a break in period then I highly recommend this subwoofer, it performs well beyond my original expectations.The Bass sound is excellent; I actually had to turn the subwoofer output down to a more comfortable level, and the Bass this PSW111 gives presents a whole new world of LFE on my films; DVD music, or TV HD sound. Low Frequency Effects are not just in films and DVD music; they are also on TV shows. If you don't have a subwoofer, I highly recommend this one; for the price it is well worth adding to your system. Five stars gladly.

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                    5.0

                    Best seller,good product

                    By Serge

                    from Saguenay,Quebec, Canada

                    About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Good Power Output
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Basic Systems
                      • Home

                      Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

                      The subwoofer's quality is excellent.
                      Had a really good service and would recommand anyone to buy it at B&H

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                      5.0

                      Perfect for me!

                      By kitsap2

                      from Seattle, Wa USA

                      About Me Intermediate audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good Power Output
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Home Theater

                        Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

                        I have been using the original, Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble, by Henry Kloss, in our family room for the past, oh say, 23 years. I have always enjoyed the Ensemble, but after all these years, I wanted to add some extra depth of bass, that the passive Ensemble, 8 inch units (two base modules) couldn't reach. After a lot of couch research, I chose the, Polk PSW-111.
                        Upon receiving the, Polk PSW-111 (referred hereafter as the subwoofer), I disconnected the two Ensemble base modules and connected the subwoofer to the Denon receiver's 5.1 bass output (RCA cable to the subwoofer's RCA input).
                        After listening to different music genres for over two hours, I have the subwoofer's bass level, and phase switch, set to what appeals to my ears. The final result is absolutely astounding! To my ears, I can say that the original Ensemble left/right fronts, match really well with the subwoofer. I was concerned with that, but am happy as can be with the overall musicality of my "new" system. And believe me, it is as though the I have three new speakers, with only the addition of one, the Polk PSW-111.
                        I don't know how many more years the Ensemble speakers will last, but they sound just as good, or better, than they did 23 years ago, when they were brand new.
                        As far as why I chose the 111's over other entries, well, space was the main concern, and power handling. The subwoofer is svelte, and rated for the power I need, with plenty of dynamic head room to spare.
                        I will follow up this post in the future with my thoughts, but for now, this subwoofer is the answer I was looking for. I don't think Henry Kloss would have minded!

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                        4.0

                        Do your research before buying, it pays

                        By Beginner Bob

                        from Tucson AZ

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

                              I was concerned about watts, size & cost. Watts, I was matching it with very fine speakers. Size, because I had limited space to work with. Cost because of my limited budget. I got everything I wanted in the PSW 111.Support was also a plus, because I had to call a few times to get things right.

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                              4.0

                              Great performance from a Small Subwoofer

                              By Jez

                              from NJ

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Cost
                              • Easy to Mount
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Good Power Output
                              • Great Sound Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Smaller Rooms

                                Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

                                I bought this to attach to a SONOS 120 in a medium sized Living room the result is more than I was expecting.

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                                5.0

                                Nice

                                By sj

                                from pal pk, nj

                                About Me Movie Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Easy to Mount
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Great Sound Quality
                                • Small size

                                Cons

                                • NONE

                                Best Uses

                                • Basic Systems
                                • Home
                                • Home Theater
                                • Larger Rooms
                                • Smaller Rooms

                                Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

                                I brought 2 weeks ago for my living room. It is connected to 2.1 system. Very satisfied so far.

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                                4.0

                                Great little sub for home use

                                By Candyman

                                from Gulf Breeze, Fl

                                About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Great Sound Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Home Theater

                                  Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

                                  Lots of setup options

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect Boom for The Room!

                                  By Renojd

                                  from Chicago, Illinois

                                  About Me Practical, Technically Challenged

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Crisp Sound
                                  • Easy To Connect
                                  • Great Sound Quality
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Theater
                                    • Smaller Rooms

                                    Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

                                    The Polk PSW lll Subwoofer is perfect for the home theatre system in my bedroom. The room is approximately 13' x 13' with standard height ceilings. In my application the PSW 111 is teamed up with a pair of Polk M20 floor standing speakers as my fronts, a Polk CS1 center channel, and a pair of Polk OWM3 satellite speakers for my surrounds.
                                    The PSW 111 produces the perfect amount of bass to balance the system without waking up the neighbors.Its also a space saver! I also like the fact that the AC cord is detachable.
                                    I really don't have any negative comments about the Polk PSW 111. Perfect bang for the bucks & perfect boom for the room.

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                                    5.0

                                    Exceeds all expectations

                                    By Remo777

                                    from St. Louis Park, MN

                                    About Me Technically Challenged

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Crisp Sound
                                    • Easy To Connect
                                    • Great Sound Quality
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Theater

                                      Comments about Polk Audio PSW111 150W Powered Subwoofer:

                                      The Polk subwoofer provided the final touch to my home theatre system. Provides great base in a room enhancing product.

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