Originally Posted by Canuck31
Okay so why is the PSW10 not a good sub?? If you can explain that without being to technical then lets here it. If there is a better one to be had at either Best Buy or Future Shop Canada websites please show me.
The purpose of a sub is to produce better bass than your speakers, right?
According to Polk, the PSW10 has a -3db of 40hz, which means it's starting to roll off in bass very high for a sub. Many towers can extend that deep.
Then there is output. As FB mentioned, the PSW10 is only 50 watts RMS with a cheap 10" driver. Typically you need a more powerful amp to produce good bass, and only 50 watts and that driver means it doesn't have a lot of output. I've seen testimonials about this--that the PSW10 offered nothing to people's towers in terms of lower bass nor extra output. So it could easily be a waste with towers.
Very cheap subs tend to have poor transient response and lots of harmonic distortion. They tend to be one note wonders--for example, all guitar bass notes will sound the same--and/or have muddy bass--the bass notes are very blurry, slurred together. It costs money to make a sub that doesn't have those flaws.
Finally, the PSW10 often sells for around $100 with free shipping, which tells us that there is likely some profit built into that still for retailers, even if just a little. With a sub, you are paying for a very big driver and a big enclosure--which costs some money to make in materials--AND an amplifier that has to be part of the cost. Then note that the PSW10 has a 30 lb shipping weight and ships in a big box--expensive to ship. So if you buy say a $200 pair of passive bookshelf speakers (they don't have an amplifier included) that are a good value, there's no way you are getting the same quality product out of the PSW10.
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