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post #1 of 13 Old 01-05-2011, 01:36 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello everyone,

New to the forum and the audio world.

I have read many threads in the forum regarding this two subs but I have not been able to get a clear idea of which one is better.

I see that they are both similar on specs, except that the PSW505 has 300 watts rms while the F12 is 150 watts. This means that the PSW is in fact more powerful?

Many people recommends other subs instead of this two. But if you have to choose one of them which one would it be the F12 or PSW505 and why?

Specs (copied from amazon):

F12
* Design: Front-firing 12-inch, 475-watt peak powered subwoofer
* Frequency Response: 25Hz - 200Hz
* Sensitivity: 90dB
* Drivers: 12-inch injection molded woofer with heavy duty surround
* Magnetic Shielding: Yes
* Gold-Plated Terminals:Yes
* Recommended Power: Built-in Amplifier Power: 475 watts Dynamic Peak, 150 watts RMS continuous
* Impedance: 8 ohms
* Dimensions: 17 x 14-3/4 x 17-1/4 inches (HxWxD)
* Weight: 42 pounds each
* Warranty: 5 years parts and labor

PSW505
Hi-Roll Surrounds to support longer excursion High current 300 Watt Continuous (460 Watt Dynamic) power amplifier Frequency Range - 23 Hz - 160Hz Adjustable low pass crossover, phase switchand volume control for perfect blending with any main speakers Unfiltered LFE input Magnetically shielded 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 Sturdy Feet keep the sub from sliding across the floor when played at high volumes Unit Dimensions - 16-1/8H x 15-1/8W x 18-3/16D; Weighs 56 pounds Warranty - 5 Years Parts and Labor Speaker; 3 Years Parts and Labor Amplifier Subwoofer cable required; not included.


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You gain 3 decibels each time the wattage doubles.
Not double the power.
Plus it also depends on the sensitivity of the driver as well. The F12 is 90dB which isn't bad. If the Polk is lower, then there's noting much to gain.
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so there's no real difference?
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Skip the Polk. Here is a review. This sub has nothing down low.

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...er-4-2005.html

The Polk may do OK with music but as you can see in the review it takes a crap below 30hz. That's where most of the HT fun stuff happens.


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For under $200 the BIC F12 is always the most recommended.
Polk subs are also the ones I see people talk badly of the most.
I have the BIC F12... I like it.

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For a sub claiming 23Hz, that is pretty sad numbers.
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i have both of those subs(except the 10" version of the Polk)

and the BIC sounds better IMO
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I ordered the BIC. thanks for the advice everyone.
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I too am considering these two subs. My only concern is the RMS for the Polk is much better than the BIC...

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I was going back and forth on these two, but am pretty sure I'm going to grab the BIC this weekend. Unless I magically decide that I'd rather spend the extra $150 and get the klipsch reference 12. Even then, I think the BIC may sound just as good for much less money.
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I was going back and forth on these two, but am pretty sure I'm going to grab the BIC this weekend. Unless I magically decide that I'd rather spend the extra $150 and get the klipsch reference 12. Even then, I think the BIC may sound just as good for much less money.
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Further question: If I'm solely listening to music which sub would be better?
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