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Polk Audio PSW202
10 Reviews
rating  3.3 of 5
MSRP  163.00
Description: <ul> <li>bass-reflex</li> <li>video-shielded</li> <li>50-watt RMS amp</li> <li>10" front-firing driver</li> <li>frequency response 40-180 Hz (-3dB)</li> <li>continuously variable 80-160 Hz crossover</li> <li>phase switch</li> <li>auto on/off</li> <li>speaker-level and line-level inputs; speaker-level outputs</li> <li>black matte finish</li> <li>13-3/8"W x 14-5/8"H x 14-3/4"D</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by don hayek a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I hope they discontinued this product which failed after 2 weeks of serice. Placed it in the garage and bought a Velodyne which has been fine.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Pichistrilli a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Well i've reviewed before about this product, and yesterday changed the psw-202 to a Monitor Audio ASW-100. Te reason, is simpe, the psw-202 is good made, good quality materials and looks fine, but the sound is a desaster. I don't like it, because is the only sub that reaches to 40 hz, and doesn't have deep bass. And the upper frequencyes interacts whit the main speakers and make the finaly sound very rare. I don't like polk products so much, are ver well made, but the sound doesn't have sense, doesn't have emotion. I really prefer Monitor Audio products. If you want to listen a decent bass the sub that you buy have to reach 35 to 30 hz allmost, if goes down to 25 or 20 hz is better.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $325.00

Purchased At:   polk dealer



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pichistrilli a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2005

Bottom Line:   
It's an economic but good subwoofer, ideal to use in bedrooms for it's dimensions. Is no very loud, but I have a pair of Monitor Audio Bronze B2, and this sub reproduces the lower octaves very well.I'm very happy with it. Oviously there are a lot of better subs, but their prices are very high, specially in Argentina where the electronics is something very expensive. I set the crossover switch at 9 o'clock, the phase at 0 degres and the volume knob at 12 o'clock, and it sounds deep, powerfull and clear.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $325.00

Purchased At:   325



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sowen a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I bought this sub to compliment my Velodyne CHT-12. The Velodyne is superb except for the fact it plays very, VERY low. Tonally, the Velodyne plays more like a 15” than a 12”. It doesn't have much to offer until the sound falls below 60hz. Obviously that leaves a little to be desired considering my Polk RTi100 towers are crossed over at 80hz. The Polk, as most 10s do, has the opposite problem. It plays higher but fails to reach the lower registers. The PSW202 has much less power than the PSW404 (also 10") but that is just as well because they share the same driver and the driver will blow in the PSW404 if the volume is turned past 50% (seen 4 do this). I prefer the PSW202 to the PSW404 for one reason; it has a much more pure sound than the PSW404 which sounds a little "heavy handed". The PSW404 tends to belt out the notes rather than play them delicately like the PSW202. This is most likely due to the differing amplifier section. I do not like the spring-clip speaker wire connections at all though it is expected for a sub in it's price range. I would much prefer binding posts but I, as well as most of you, am using the "line in" input so the lack of binding posts is really not an issue.

I demoed several models in many different price ranges including Paradigm, Infinity, and even Velodyne's 10 before deciding on the PSW202. All demos were done in my home theater room with the subs in the same location. The PSW202 was definitely not the loudest, that right is reserved for the Velodyne, but it was the cleanest and most accurate. The lack of LOUD didn't matter to me as much as the sound quality. If I want loud, I have the Velodyne 12. As this speaker was only to compliment the Velodyne and to fill the gap (80-60hz) between the Velodyne and the towers, it works wonderfully and I would recommend this arrangement to anyone.

I would not, however, recommend this sub to anyone who needs to run it by itself and has a large listening area. My theater room is 20’x20’ and it will not do a sufficient job filling the room by itself. Also, being only a 10” woofer, it just doesn’t go that low. You will not get that “visceral” low-bass rumble with it. It will not go down below the 40hz range before it falls off completely. My db meter shows a -3db (half volume) drop at 57hz. It will not fill the room completely before clipping; this is likely due to the amplifier’s lower power rating. BUT, if you have a 12” or 15” sub and you are looking to fill the gap in your upper bass register, the PSW202 is the only way to go. The sound is not muddy or heavy handed. It is crisp and clean. One thing to keep in mind, there have been several individuals who have had the sub's amplifier fail. That is most likely because they are running this sub by itself (single sub setup) and had the volume turned up. The amplifier has no heat-sinks so it gets hot quick when it’s running hard. I must also stress the importance of quality subwoofer cables. You absolutely must use Monster Cable. You WILL hear a difference especially with a sub that has the clarity of the PSW202.

My setup includes
2 Polk RTi100 Towers for the front
2 Polk RTi30 for the center
2 Polk RTi28 for the rear
2 Polk FXi50 for the rear
1 Velodyne CHT-12
1 Polk PSW202
Onkyo TX-SR701 THX receiver

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $179.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by manfred111 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 24, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Good Sub for the money, used in a small room(20x15). Compliments my other speakers and seems to have enough adjustability to accomodate many systems. Don't know if they would work in a larger room, but for the money spent I can't complain.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $108.00

Purchased At:   Ebay(new)




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