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Need quick advice. Wife upset!

post #1 of 60
Thread Starter 
Ok so it seems my wife is less than happy with my latest purchase - Polk PSW505. The problem is she thinks it's too large "physically".

Any suggestions on a smaller replacement sub for under $250?

Thanks!


FYI, I LOVE the way the 505 shakes my couch. Sucks to be (maybe) losing it.
post #2 of 60
Replace the wife?
post #3 of 60
Haha.

For $250 and under you will not find a smaller subwoofer with equal performance.

I suggest you go through her closet and remove all the handbags and shoes she doesn't use. And question why she is on your tail when you have something you will be using alot more than she ever used the handbags and shoes. And if your really cruel add up how much money she spent.

At first the subwoofer seems large but over time when it blends in with the room it will not seem that large
post #4 of 60
Return the wife. Maybe some bass shakers are in store for your couch shaking if you want to keep her, but it's a relatively small sub (she'd hate mine).
post #5 of 60
Show her this picture with the Outlaw LFM-1 EX in a stereo setup. Tell her that's the right size for your stereo, but that you already compromised and got the smallest one you could. Then offer to work towards upgrading whatever it is she's been wanting to replace in the room where the PSW505 is
post #6 of 60
Play her favorite song than turned off the sub halfway
post #7 of 60
Thread Starter 
ROFL! All great suggestions. I will work on keeping the 505. It truly an incredible sounding sub (for a Polk)
post #8 of 60
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Show her this picture with the Outlaw LFM-1 EX in a stereo setup. Tell her that's the right size for your stereo, but that you already compromised and got the smallest one you could. Then offer to work towards upgrading whatever it is she's been wanting to replace in the room where the PSW505 is

Love photo, very jealous.

Your logic is very sound.
post #9 of 60
Tell her to get over it.
post #10 of 60
I always find these posts both funny and pathetic. Does the wife have a china hutch or side board? These are MUCH larger than a sub and infinitely less useful. Come on guys, it's time to take some of the house back as your own.
I'll bet she also makes you turn it down.
post #11 of 60
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Originally Posted by SFoley View Post

Love photo, very jealous.

Your logic is very sound.

LOL

That's not my photo. Almost my audio setup . . . I actually have Energy RC-50s and RC-LCR on the way from Vanns, and I already have an EX
post #12 of 60
How much smaller? The OSD PS12 and the Pinnacle PS Sub 225 are incrementally smaller, and good values (especially the Pinnacle), but they may not meet her criteria.

If that's the case then I'm with the others; time to trade in the wife for a more reasonable model.
post #13 of 60
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Originally Posted by ransac View Post

I always find these posts both funny and pathetic. Does the wife have a china hutch or side board? These are MUCH larger than a sub and infinitely less useful. Come on guys, it's time to take some of the house back as your own.
I'll bet she also makes you turn it down.

It's all about compromises man.

But you are right. Think I'm going to keep them. Nothing a bit of jewelry couldn't solve.

I've been scouring the web and cannot find anything smaller with equal or close stats. I considered the PSW110 but the reviews scared me away.
post #14 of 60
Marriage is a compromise I tell her I am in charge of the A/V gear and she can do what
she wants with the rest of the house and so far it been working for more than 10 yrs.
post #15 of 60
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Originally Posted by SFoley View Post

It's all about compromises man.

But you are right. Think I'm going to keep them. Nothing a bit of jewelry couldn't solve.

I've been scouring the web and cannot find anything smaller with equal or close stats. I considered the PSW110 but the reviews scared me away.

After 30+ years of marriage, I know compromise. This sounds like capitulation. That will eventually lead to resentment. You are correct that the PSW505 is about the smallest 12" ported sub you can get. Just stand your ground. Or, trade it in for something even bigger and louder (the sub, not the wife).
post #16 of 60
happen to fine this,not to sure how well it sounds but at lease you can hide it lol. http://www.soundmatters.com/substage100/
post #17 of 60
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ransac View Post

After 30+ years of marriage, I know compromise. This sounds like capitulation. That will eventually lead to resentment. You are correct that the PSW505 is about the smallest 12" ported sub you can get. Just stand your ground. Or, trade it in for something even bigger and louder (the sub, not the wife).

30+? My hat's off to you man. I'm still a noobie at 7 years. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a fight or anything. She just thought it was big and compared to the 8 inch Sony it replaced it is big. But it looks like the sub stays.

Thanks everyone for the entertaining AND informational responses!
post #18 of 60
Demo an Orbit Shifter for a week, then it will look small. Thornton Mellon had the right idea.
post #19 of 60
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Originally Posted by SFoley View Post

But you are right. Think I'm going to keep them.

That's great. If you back down this time, how are you ever going to "get permission" to upgrade that Polk sub
post #20 of 60
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Originally Posted by jjackkrash View Post

Thornton Mellon had the right idea.

You mean he should get a tall and fat sub instead?
post #21 of 60
The bigger the sub the more it makes the wife look dainty and feminine.
post #22 of 60
Two suggestions:
  • Tell her you're more than happy to buy a Paradigm Seismic 110 if she'll pay for the difference.
  • Print out a Prada logo and stick it in front of the Polk.
post #23 of 60
This must be in the living room, right?

More reason to build a dedicated room. I've actually gotten away from having anything visible in the living room myself. We have a 50" plasma and a HTIB, and *gasp*, the speakers are behind books and pictures in the built in, and the sub is inside a cabinet.

Now the dedicated room is another story completely. I could put a 5 foot ^3 subwoofer down there, and the wife wouldn't care a hoot.
post #24 of 60
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Show her this picture with the Outlaw LFM-1 EX in a stereo setup. Tell her that's the right size for your stereo, but that you already compromised and got the smallest one you could. Then offer to work towards upgrading whatever it is she's been wanting to replace in the room where the PSW505 is

that looks familiar
post #25 of 60
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Originally Posted by its phillip View Post

that looks familiar

Is that yours? I just did a google search to find a picture of the EX, but it wasn't from AVS.
post #26 of 60
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tezster View Post

Two suggestions:
  • Tell her you're more than happy to buy a Paradigm Seismic 110 if she'll pay for the difference.
  • Print out a Prada logo and stick it in front of the Polk.

lol
post #27 of 60
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Originally Posted by hilfiger1975 View Post

replace the wife? :d

+2
post #28 of 60
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Is that yours? I just did a google search to find a picture of the EX, but it wasn't from AVS.

yep. i'm on a bunch of other forums under a few other aliases

here's how it looks right now


anyway, for the op: if your wife thinks the psw505 is too big, try showing her some giant ported 18" units and let her know she should be thankful you didn't get one of those
post #29 of 60
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Originally Posted by its phillip View Post

yep. i'm on a bunch of other forums under a few other aliases

here's how it looks right now

Awesome. I can't wait to get my RC-50s and RC-LCR. I saw your picture previously on head-fi, I think. It was one of things that convinced me

One thing you might like that I'm going to try. I had my TV on top of my old center channel, too. I just got this stand in from Amazon. Looks like the RC-LCR will just fit inside of it (by about half an inch of clearance in width and height). If you are interested, PM me in a week or so and I can let you know if it worked.
post #30 of 60
Cool. Will do. I've been meaning to get a new tv stand or something so I don't have to have my display on top of my speaker, and that product looks like it should work. I'll let you try it first though
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