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Polk Audio PSW Series PSW505 12" Powered Subwoofer Single

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  • Power Output: 300 watts Continuous Average Output
  • Dynamic Power Output: 460 watts
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Polk Audio 12" Powered Subwoofer Single

Explosive Performance for Movies and Music

Have a big room? Have the need for big, life-like bass impact? Then the PSW505 is the subwoofer for you. More than a mere brute, the PSW505 is equally at home reproducing all the subtle nuance of a plucked string bass as it is belting out a rocker's roar. Full-featured and over-powered, the PSW505 will rock your world and tick off your neighbors.

PSW505 Features

  • Real wood veneer finish
  • Slot Load Venting improves bass response. The wide, long Slot Load Vent dramatically lessens turbulence, noise and distortion, pouring out a tidal wave of precise, thunderous bass!
  • Polk subs sound better because they're built better. Rock-solid MDF construction (including a 1-inch thick front baffle) suppresses enclosure panel resonance for distortion-free, accurate response.
  • Big 12-inch Long Throw Driver for longer excursion and better linearity.
  • Huge Hi-Roll Surrounds that support their longer excursion.
  • Most powered subwoofers are good for just gut-rumble and boom. Polk understands that you listen to music too so our subs are tight, precise and accurate.
  • High current 300-Watt Continuous (460-Watt Dynamic) power amplifier.
  • Adjustable low pass crossover, phase switch and volume control allows perfect blending with any main speaker.
  • Auto on/off circuit that automatically turns your subwoofer on when it senses a program signal. When no signal is present, the amplifier turns off within 15 minutes
  • Unfiltered LFE input for use with low pass filtered subwoofer output jacks
  • Pro-grade 5-way binding posts speaker inputs and outputs.
  • Magnetically shielded for safe, flexible placement next to a TV or video monitor.

Learn more about the Polk Audio PSW505

Model

Brand
Polk Audio
Series
PSW Series
Model
PSW505

Spec

Type
Subwoofer
Sold As
Single
Driver Units
1 - 12" Diameter, High excursion polymer composite cone with hi roll surround, shielded
Power Rating
Power Output: 300 watts Continuous Average Output
Dynamic Power Output: 460 watts
Frequency Response
23Hz - 160Hz
Connectors
Inputs: Speaker level 5-way binding posts, line level (filtered) and LFE (unfiltered)
Outputs: Speaker level
Remote Control
No
Dimensions & Weight
16.13" x 15.13" x 18.19"
Cabinet
Vinyl

Features

Features
Slot Load Venting improves bass response. The wide, long Slot Load Vent dramatically lessens turbulence, noise and distortion, pouring out a tidal wave of precise, thunderous bass!

Polk subs sound better because they're built better. Rock-solid MDF construction (including a 1 inch thick front baffle) suppresses enclosure panel resonance for distortion-free, accurate response.

Big 12 inch Long Throw Driver for longer excursion and better linearity.

Huge Hi-Roll Surrounds that support their longer excursion.

Most powered subwoofers are good for just gut-rumble and boom. Polk understands that you listen to music too so our subs are tight, precise and accurate.

High current 300 Watt Continuous (460 Watt Dynamic) power amplifier

Adjustable low pass crossover, phase switch and volume control allows perfect blending with any main speaker.

Auto on/off circuit that automatically turns your subwoofer on when it senses a program signal. When no signal is present, the amplifier turns off within 15 minutes

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
5 years limited
Labor
5 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • brian f.
  • 10/25/2014 6:59:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible

Pros: Price

Cons: Defective.
Sounds like mud and vibrates itself into distortion. Ive tried it on 3 receivers and it always sounds terrible. No punch, just undefined rumble. You know when you are in traffic and that guy with the junk car and department store subs pulls up next to you? That's what it sounds like exactly. I have some polk audio equipment that I was really impressed by and that encouraged this purchase. Not happy at all.

Other Thoughts: Newegg was happy to RMA the unit but shipping is about 50% of the cost I paid. Looks like I'm stuck with it.

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  • buddy b.
  • 10/23/2014 5:42:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPacks a PUNCH

Pros: Great little sub. Works like it should. Easy to control. Very solid build. Can't ask for more at $300!!
Makes my toaster rattle off my counter.........

Cons: none

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  • Michael B.
  • 10/22/2014 11:24:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPSW505

Pros: Great compliment to the Polk Monitor 45s. I listen to a lot of jazz fusion with good bass, Like Stanley Clark and Chick Corea. Also listen to Hot Tuna and Stray Cats. With just the monitor 45s I was missing the bass musicians. The PSW505s were just what I needed. Got it at a great price less than $210 with shipping. About a third of normal price.

Cons: Stopped working 5 months after buying. Past the 30 days, so couldn't return to Newegg.

Other Thoughts: Put off calling Polk for a couple weeks. Wasn't on the phone 5 minutes, and was told they would be sending a new back plate which has the amp crossover and would be here in a couple days. No testing, no questions nothing. Don't even have to send old parts back. Polk, you're great! Also have the monitor 30s, which I'll use for rear speakers when I buy a 5.1 amp.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/21/2014 5:48:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggspolk audio psw505

Pros: low low notes can annoy neighbors to be aware of loudness, some people say it sounds like a vehicle loud. Great sub I have ever heard. wow.

Cons: none

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  • Grant S.
  • 9/13/2014 3:43:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBroke in nicely.

Pros: -Lots of input options.
-Appearance is great.
-Very heavy and well built. Solid as a rock.
-Can easily shake my house.
All in all, I am very satisfied with this sub. At first I was worried about it being a bit boomy, but as I played it more and more, it just kept sounding better and better. Now that I've gotten 30-50 hours of play, they sound as I expected a Polk subwoofer to sound.Got it on sale, so no complaints about the price either. I wanted a sub that could shake the house, and that is what I got.

Cons: It makes a buzzing feedback noise sometimes, but that may just be something I did. It does not happen often, so it isn't much of a con, plus I think I can fix it somehow.

Other Thoughts: Solid subwoofer. Going to try something else for the second Sub in my setup, but for the price it is a great value.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/2/2014 1:02:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSub!

Pros: Not even broken in and it pounds. It dominates my other speakers. This is so overkill for home theater. This should be put in something other than a house. I cannot play it above half volume for fear of my life and my possessions. It has nice tight, accurate sound, and once again not broken in.

Cons: As stated by many others this sub looses pressure around 30hz. And as others have said it is the enclosure not the speaker.

Other Thoughts: So it's 50lb for a reason, it thumps. This should not be near a person when playing, it physically hurts. It has many options for plug ins. Personally I have my computer 3.5mm out to a component to my receiver(yes, I know the issues with my setup, I got the receiver for free I cannot complain) And from that I have another component to the sub, so strait from my PC. It drains no power from the receiver signal which I was worried about. Off of that receiver I have 2 pioneer cabinets and some other speakers. The cabinets each have a 12" sub in them, this thing blows them away.

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  • Curtis D.
  • 8/20/2014 5:43:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot too bad for the price however...

Pros: Inexpensive
Overall decent quality sound and build

Cons: Port 'buzz' at some frequencies

Other Thoughts: Wanted something else but funds dried up before I got my sub bought so settled on this one due to price, the reviews here and other places. I delayed getting it thoroughly tested for a few months (due to work) then discovered the port buzz that's really annoying. Fortunately it's isolated to a very narrow number of frequencies at specific volumes. Will be replacing it in about a year and will relegate this one to less visible stereo.

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  • Mathew N.
  • 8/14/2014 8:09:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSounds Good, But Misadvertised. The Amplifier is NOT "BASH"

Pros: • Very loud.
• Frequency sweep from 5hz -100hz shows subwoofer activity and excursion starting at 20hz.
• Built well.
• Amp runs cool (so far.)

Cons: • Amplifier is MISADVERTISED. It is NOT a "BASH" amplifier. There is no logo in the manual, on the amp plate, or on the AMP PCB. This amp has been redesigned some time recently.
• Subwoofer driver has small magnet and somewhat weak response curve.
• Box is tuned high. "Boomy" at higher frequencies.

Other Thoughts: • I'm not sure if the amplifier is class D or an AB / D hybrid. Maybe a BASH clone? PWM? It does run cool.
• The subwoofer driver manufacture date is Nov 2013. I thought they stopped manufacturing these years ago?

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  • Catherine S.
  • 8/7/2014 6:37:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding

Pros: Everything!!
Great range when set properly with crossover freq.
Cheap got 2 of these for 199.00 per unit.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: These Subs rock, replaced my Klipsch sub10 whicj had died like all the rest, the Amplifier went tried to replace the amplifier and they wanted 120 dollars, so just bought these for 199.00. Got 2 of them 1 for living room and the other my man cave. These thing usually retail for 600.00 but on sale I'm guess because of the newer model , and that's fine with me.

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  • Andrew F.
  • 7/22/2014 6:12:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this sub! Your neighbors will not, LOL!

Pros: Have this beauty for over 1 year now and couldn't be happier. I throw everything my Onkyo has at it and it never even skips a beat, literally... And as for being part of my 5.1 when I'm not pushing it, you will feel everything in the movie quite nicely. Got it under 200 and it may be one of the bargains of my lifetime!

Cons: I really think I bought an under-powered receiver for this sub! 135w and it just wants more!

Other Thoughts: Buy it and be happy! As always, Newegg rocks the price and delivery!

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