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This review is from: Polk Audio PSW Series PSW10 Black 10-inch Powered Subwoofer Single
Pros: 5-yr. warranty. Outstanding price/value/performance. Adequate bass reproduction and volume for consumer use. The power cord is a whopping 9 feet!
Cons: Does not have a single RCA input jack option.
Other Thoughts: For 15 years, I’ve had a 150w. Kenwood SUB. I found that 150 watts was way more than what I actually used in my 20'X30" media room. I am replacing the Kenwood 1050 SUB with the PSW10 SUB to go along with my Onkyo 5.1 receiver and small 50 watt speakers. I use this system for DVD & Blu-Ray Movies/TV & Music. My primary source of enjoyment in my media room is watching pre-recorded live rock concerts. I compared the Polk with the Kenwood and found that reproduction-wise, they were similar, although as you would expect, the Kenwood could reach higher volumes without distortion. Under normal use and circumstances though, the Polk was adequate in volume and provided enough punch to aid anyone in getting fully immersed into movies and concerts. The Polk's performance ended up being matched perfectly with the rest of my system set-up in my media room, seating 12 persons and our dog.
The only cons about this Polk SUB is that it doesn't come with any bells and whistles, but nothing should be taken away from this SUB, because of it. This is a no-frills value SUB that provides consumers with an outstanding alternative to paying much more money to have a powered SUB in their audio arsenal. It does not have a remote control, nor are the model's manual controls in a convenient location like with my Kenwood, but Polk was not being thoughtless. They included a 9-foot power cord, which is a big plus. I was a little disappointed to find that Polk's SUB didn't come with a single RCA input jack. I own four receivers and every one of them have a single RCA Sub-woofer OUT jack to connect to the RCA input of a Sub-woofer. The Polk comes with a Right and Left RCA input. The manual that comes with the Polk SUB states that you can plug the single RCA cable from your receiver into either the Right OR Left jack, or use a splitter cable, which makes me wonder. The next step up from the PSW10 is the PSW12, which does have the single RCA input. It’s no biggie, just a disappointment to me. Keep in mind readers, that I paid $200. for my Kenwood, and only $50. for this Polk, and never saw the need to use all of the Kenwood's 150 watts.