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Should I take back my Polk PSW110 sub

post #1 of 11
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Kind of a newbie to the whole audio thing and by far a beginner. I picked up the Polk PSW110 at Best Buy for $125. I listened to it for about 4 hours last night and it sounded long and muddy compared to my Yamaha315. I tried to give it a chance but I keep turning it off and just letting the 315 do the job because it sounds so much more clean. Some of the reviews on other sites said you need to give this some some time. I gave my Yamaha 3000 soundbar to my girlfriend and was thinking about maybe just using the PSW110 with the soundbar, or should I just add a Yamaha sub and be done with it. Thank you for your responses in advance.
post #2 of 11
Are you using a sub cable or just a regular rca cable? A sub cable would give a strong output. Also because of no LFE input, turn low pass hz vol to the max. I was planning on getting this and did a lot of research. So went to three bestbuys! Two of them had the sub hooked up to a good sub cable and the bass is BOOM! But one of the stores which was the first store i went had the sub connected to a regular rca cable and you get a loud annoying noise of the port.
post #3 of 11
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I hooked it up to my reciver (Pioneer 1019) with a splitter, one for my Yamaha sub and one for the Polk PSW110. I'm using a RCA cable for the Yamaha and the Polk. IThe Yamaha sounds fine but the Polk is not is crisp and clean. It still sounds muddled and too boomy most noticable with rap. I think I will try and hook it up to my Yamaha soundbar at my girlfreinds and give it a shot over there with a dedicated sub cable and listen to music and a couple of movies.
post #4 of 11
Yes I would take it back. $125 + tax is a good start on a better sub. Newegg is practically giving the psw10 away with the Energy Takes because that's the only way to get rid of them.
post #5 of 11
If your budget after taking it back could move up to the $200 price point then yest definitely take it back there are better choices. If $125 is as high as you'll go, it's iffy and up to you, not a lot out there and it is a sub(loose definition). Given the fact your already not happy with it I don't see that changing down the road so personally I'd take it back and if you don't have the cash now add to it when you can and then make a purchase.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by crclawn View Post

Kind of a newbie to the whole audio thing and by far a beginner. I picked up the Polk PSW110 at Best Buy for $125. I listened to it for about 4 hours last night and it sounded long and muddy compared to my Yamaha315. I tried to give it a chance but I keep turning it off and just letting the 315 do the job because it sounds so much more clean. Some of the reviews on other sites said you need to give this some some time. I gave my Yamaha 3000 soundbar to my girlfriend and was thinking about maybe just using the PSW110 with the soundbar, or should I just add a Yamaha sub and be done with it. Thank you for your responses in advance.

Probably a crap sub, but before you give up on it, where/how do you have each sub set up? Is one in a corner and the other not? How did you set the volume levels on the two subs to make the comparison? How do you have the crossovers set up? You can't just plug them in, sit back and listen without making sure they are operating under similar conditions. You could buy a more expensive sub and still not like how it sounds if you do not set it up properly.

Pay no attention to quitosky's post. He doesn't know what he is talking about.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by quitosky View Post

Are you using a sub cable or just a regular rca cable? A sub cable would give a strong output. Also because of no LFE input, turn low pass hz vol to the max. I was planning on getting this and did a lot of research. So went to three bestbuys! Two of them had the sub hooked up to a good sub cable and the bass is BOOM! But one of the stores which was the first store i went had the sub connected to a regular rca cable and you get a loud annoying noise of the port.

musta been using a monster cable in order to get that extra LFE
post #8 of 11
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This sub normally retails for $249 but its on sale right now and its rated at 200w for $125. And it got alot of good reviews on other sites. Alot of people said it needs to break in.. My co-worker who I trust said give it time to break in. I am going to take it to my gf house and listen to it with just my yamaha sound bar. The soundbar produces very little base, so I should be able to get a true listen to it. I've been running it all day at low - med power so it will break in. Plus I can get the opinions of my gf and her son that's into music. I haven't given up on it.
post #9 of 11
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Oh yeah, its the PSW110 not the PSW10. The PSW10 is only 100 w and the PSW110 is 200w. The back of it has in input L and for a R LFE , but I don't know what that means.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by crclawn View Post

This sub normally retails for $249 but its on sale right now and its rated at 200w for $125. And it got alot of good reviews on other sites. Alot of people said it needs to break in.. My co-worker who I trust said give it time to break in. I am going to take it to my gf house and listen to it with just my yamaha sound bar. The soundbar produces very little base, so I should be able to get a true listen to it. I've been running it all day at low - med power so it will break in. Plus I can get the opinions of my gf and her son that's into music. I haven't given up on it.

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Originally Posted by crclawn View Post

Oh yeah, its the PSW110 not the PSW10. The PSW10 is only 100 w and the PSW110 is 200w. The back of it has in input L and for a R LFE , but I don't know what that means.

You can give it all the time in the world to "break in," but if you don't locate it in your room and set it up properly it won't mean squat.

The LFE input is what you use to connect it to the 1019's subwoofer out jack with an RCA cable.

You really need to read the owner's manuals that came with the sub and the Pioneer before you do anything.
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by crclawn View Post

This sub normally retails for $249 but its on sale right now and its rated at 200w for $125. And it got alot of good reviews on other sites. Alot of people said it needs to break in.. My co-worker who I trust said give it time to break in. I am going to take it to my gf house and listen to it with just my yamaha sound bar. The soundbar produces very little base, so I should be able to get a true listen to it. I've been running it all day at low - med power so it will break in. Plus I can get the opinions of my gf and her son that's into music. I haven't given up on it.

The real life reviews I've read indicate to stay away from polk subs: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...9#post17715439
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