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Polk Audio PSW Series PSW505 12
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Blew my mind... Literally! 10/28/2013

This review is from: Polk Audio PSW Series PSW505 12" Powered Subwoofer Single

Pros: 12" Woofer
Powerful Amp
Very accurate bass
Large size and is heavy(though this might be a con for some, this is a pro for me because that just means that it has quality components inside it)
Plays everything amazingly
Has an LFE Input(very rare at this price point)
5 Year Warranty
Polk has great Customer Service
High quality components and build quality
Looks and feels like it is very well made
goes BOOM!!
I'm in heaven!!
I cannot stress the quality of this piece! It is just perfect!!

I bought this subwoofer to replace a Pioneer SW-8 8" 50 watt subwoofer and I was blown away... Literally! The PSW505 sounds great out of the box and I know it will sound better as it breaks in. As soon as I got it, I put it to the test and I was amazed at how great it sounds! I listened to a variety of music such as Rock, Metal, Hip Hop, Rap, Dubstep, Electro, Drum and Bass, Jazz and it played everything perfectly. It has completely changed the way I hear everything, in movies it provides low rumbling bass that doesn't drown out the rest of the soundtrack and provides very realistic effects. In music, it helps bring out the lower end in the music, when you listen to music with drums in it, you feel every beat of the kick drum in your chest and you hear the bass guitar cleanly and it doesn't drown out the rest of the music. In music with a heavy bass line, such as Electronic music, Hip Hop, and Rap, it provides that low boomy bass without distorting even at high volumes and it fills in perfectly with the rest of the system. Even when you push this sub to its limits, it sounds incredible and fills in perfectly with the rest of my system! I've read many reviews that mention theirs came in the mail with a broken grille, but I got lucky and mine came un perfectly unharmed. Even if it did come in broken, Polk will ship out a new one very quickly and painlessly.

Cons: Power cable is a little loose - I just used an extra computer power supply cable and that solved the issue.
Some people say the surround is made of foam and looks very cheap, but that is not the case with this speaker!
Very large and heavy (around 20"x20"x18" i think and 35 Lbs. - Though this is a con for some, I consider it a good thing because it means that it was made with high quality components.)

Even though the cord thing is a little annoying at times, neither of these are worth docking an egg over it.

Other Thoughts: Overall I am very pleased with this subwoofer and I definitely recommend this to anyone that wants great performance without forking out $700 or higher for a subwoofer.

--Other Notes--
Receiver: Pioneer VSX-822-K (very adequate for my needs)
Front and Surround speakers: Pioneer SP-BS21-LR (I found these speakers on sale for $50/Pair on Newegg and I knew I had to grab them while I could! I plan on replacing them with Polk bookshelves later on when funds permit)
Center Channel: Pioneer SP-C21 (I got this speaker for $59 at Newegg and I am very happy with it. It is very large but it sounds great!! I plan on replacing this at some later point as well with a Polk center channel that matches the rest of my system.)

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Polk Audio PSW Series PSW505 12
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Blew my mind... Literally! 10/28/2013

This review is from: Polk Audio PSW Series PSW505 12" Powered Subwoofer Single

Pros: 12" Woofer
Powerful Amp
Very accurate bass
Large size and is heavy(though this might be a con for some, this is a pro for me because that just means that it has quality components inside it)
Plays everything amazingly
Has an LFE Input(very rare at this price point)
5 Year Warranty
Polk has great Customer Service
High quality components and build quality
Looks and feels like it is very well made
goes BOOM!!
I'm in heaven!!
I cannot stress the quality of this piece! It is just perfect!!

I bought this subwoofer to replace a Pioneer SW-8 8" 50 watt subwoofer and I was blown away... Literally! The PSW505 sounds great out of the box and I know it will sound better as it breaks in. As soon as I got it, I put it to the test and I was amazed at how great it sounds! I listened to a variety of music such as Rock, Metal, Hip Hop, Rap, Dubstep, Electro, Drum and Bass, Jazz and it played everything perfectly. It has completely changed the way I hear everything, in movies it provides low rumbling bass that doesn't drown out the rest of the soundtrack and provides very realistic effects. In music, it helps bring out the lower end in the music, when you listen to music with drums in it, you feel every beat of the kick drum in your chest and you hear the bass guitar cleanly and it doesn't drown out the rest of the music. In music with a heavy bass line, such as Electronic music, Hip Hop, and Rap, it provides that low boomy bass without distorting even at high volumes and it fills in perfectly with the rest of the system. Even when you push this sub to its limits, it sounds incredible and fills in perfectly with the rest of my system! I've read many reviews that mention theirs came in the mail with a broken grille, but I got lucky and mine came un perfectly unharmed. Even if it did come in broken, Polk will ship out a new one very quickly and painlessly.

Cons: Power cable is a little loose - I just used an extra computer power supply cable and that solved the issue.
Some people say the surround is made of foam and looks very cheap, but that is not the case with this speaker!
Very large and heavy (around 20"x20"x18" i think and 35 Lbs. - Though this is a con for some, I consider it a good thing because it means that it was made with high quality components.)

Even though the cord thing is a little annoying at times, neither of these are worth docking an egg over it.

Other Thoughts: Overall I am very pleased with this subwoofer and I definitely recommend this to anyone that wants great performance without forking out $700 or higher for a subwoofer.

--Other Notes--
Receiver: Pioneer VSX-822-K (very adequate for my needs)
Front and Surround speakers: Pioneer SP-BS21-LR (I found these speakers on sale for $50/Pair on Newegg and I knew I had to grab them while I could! I plan on replacing them with Polk bookshelves later on when funds permit)
Center Channel: Pioneer SP-C21 (I got this speaker for $59 at Newegg and I am very happy with it. It is very large but it sounds great!! I plan on replacing this at some later point as well with a Polk center channel that matches the rest of my system.)

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EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This card is amazing. it is running max setting on a 108P 55" tv and looks amazing in games. Great OC Too!!! A Must Have!!!!!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: overall, awesome

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Date Joined: 08/09/11

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  • First Review: 03/05/12
  • Last Review: 10/28/13
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