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Polk Audio PSW Series PSW505 12
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Large room power 03/03/2014

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

Pros: Auto-on, good clean bass, powerful enough to fill a large (20' wide x 32' deep x 16' high) room.

It is front driven, so if you set it on carpet, the sound doesn't get eaten.

Cons: Large, LOUD, better invite the neighbors for a few miles around.

Other Thoughts: I have this running with very clean 90's vintage JBL LX-44 3-way floor-standers (8" woofers). They are rated down to 45 Hz, but they just don't have the power to thump the room. I'm an electric bassist that loves to hear clean bass lines in rock and jazz-fusion. I used to play through a 2x15" cabinet, which would rattle windows. This sub can make me remember how that felt.

I set my Yamaha RX-V867 (95 WPC) to Xover at 100 hz, and let the Polk take the lower range. That makes the subwoofer output only send the lower frequencies to the Polk, and above 100Hz to the JBLs. So I end up with a '4 way' speaker system (titanium tweeters, 4" mid, 8" mid-bass, 12" bass).

ONKYO TX-NR414 5.1-Channel 3-D Ready Network A/V Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Basic AV amp with Network 08/12/2013

This review is from: ONKYO TX-NR414 5.1-Channel 3-D Ready Network A/V Receiver

Pros: Network (for Pandora)
Fairly easy setup
Decent sound on 5.1 setup

Cons: Update hassle when first setup
On screen setup menus text based
Lots of popping noises when powered on
Takes up to 20 seconds to display source

Other Thoughts: Bought in the low 200s to replace ailing Yamaha for short term - Cheapest network receiver available. Sound is decent but not as nice as more expensive Yamaha rig. Mostly use with DirecTV source and Sony TV. Lots of popping and black screen when turned on, but syncs up in about 20 seconds.

Setup was pretty manual (no microphone to auto set for speakers) but the text based menus can change the db level on each speaker until it sounds right. Had to drop my JBL center quite a bit to make it blend with DefTech LRs.

Pandora is available but a bit quirky from the remote. It doesn't seem to remember the last channel you listened to, so you have to select it with quite a few button pushes.

Good receiver for the price. Thanks Newegg!

ONKYO TX-NR414 5.1-Channel 3-D Ready Network A/V Receiver
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good but clunky UI 03/06/2013

This review is from: ONKYO TX-NR414 5.1-Channel 3-D Ready Network A/V Receiver

Pros: Decent sound and amazing features for the price, bristling with HDMI ports and digital ports. Lots of setup options for 5.1 system, including setting dB level for each speaker and Sub cross-over freq. Test tone helped equalize the sound except for bass (hard to tell levels at low freq). Wired network connection plays Pandora (and MANY music sites) and sees DLNA server(s). Zone 2 (pre) out in case you need it (I don't now). Installed updated firmware via network per instructions, and it is doing what it is supposed to. Android App (haven't tried it yet but will).

Cons: Not as good sound as a mid-range Yamaha RX (maybe cheaper DACs and/or amp section?). Plastic feel to front panel switches. Clunky text based on-screen UI (mostly used for setup). Need to enable network port in standby (should be default?). No automatic level microphone setup.


Donald S.'s Profile

Display Name: Donald S.

Date Joined: 12/02/04

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  • First Review: 05/16/09
  • Last Review: 03/03/14
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