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Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer (Single, Black)

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  • Single 10-inch subwoofer in black with built-in high-current amplifier for big bass
  • Equipped with one 10-inch polymer-composite dynamic-balance cone driver
  • Laser-based Klippel measurement technology for improved linearity and deep, precise sound
  • Non-resonant all-MDF enclosure construction with 0.75-inch-thick baffles and internal bracing
  • Measures 14 by 14.38 by 16.12 inches (WxHxD)
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Product Specifications

Brand NamePolk Audio
Speaker TypeSubwoofers
Color NameBlack
Item Display Height14.38 inches
Depth16.12 inches
Driver Configuration1x 10" subwoofer
Frequency Response Curve35 Hz - 200 Hz
Crossover DescriptionVariable 80Hz - 160 Hz
Speaker Driver Material TypePolypropylene
Maximum Speaker Depth (inches)16.12 inches
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers50 watts

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Polk Audio
  • Model Number: AM1055-C
  • Color: Black
  • Speaker Type: Subwoofers
  • Speaker Connectivity: Wired
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Output Wattage 50 Watts 460 Watts 50 Watts 150 Watts
Frequency Response Curve 35 Hz - 200 Hz 23Hz- 160Hz 35 Hz - 200 Hz 32 - 250 Hz
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Color Black BLACK Cherry Black
Dimensions 14.38 inches x 16.13 inches x 14 inches 16.13 inches x 18.19 inches x 15.13 inches 14.38 inches x 16.13 inches x 14 inches 12.13 inches x 14 inches x 11 inches
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Product Description

PSW10 fills in the bottom end of your home theater system. Relieve your main speakers from performing bass duty and let them work on the mids and highs. PSW10 is a great addition to any subwooferless system and will bring your movie watching experience to the next level. All woofers feature a floor coupled downward firing port. This configuration brings you maximum bass impact while keeping the front of the cabinet as low profile as possible. All Polk products are made using the best materials and the most advanced manufacturing techniques. They pass the industry’s most exhaustive quality tests, including drop testing, extreme signal response and UV & salt exposure testing. Polk loudspeakers are built to perform for a lifetime. The voltage of the item is Standard US Voltage / 120 volts.

From the Manufacturer

The PSW10 subwoofer fills in the bottom end of your home theater system, so your main speakers don’t have to perform bass duty, instead having only to reproduce the mid and high frequencies. If you’re looking for your first subwoofer, look no further than the PSW10. It’s a great solution for completing your sound system and will take your viewing experience, movies, games and TV to a higher level of enjoyment.

key features

  • 10- inch Dynamic Balance® woofer delivers both the deep pounding bass demanded by action movies and the speed and finesse required to bring music to life.
  • Intelligent amplifier is designed to deliver gobs of power when your music or movie needs it, and consume very little power at low volumes or standby mode.
  • Compact non-resonant cabinet easily tucks out of the way, yet its forward firing design produces maximum impact at all volume levels, so you’ll always feel the PSW10’s big bass presence in the room.

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Dynamic Balance® Woofer Design. Polk perfected the method of analyzing a speaker’s microscopic behavior with laser interferometry. With that information in hand, Polk engineers select the ideal combination of materials, geometry and construction techniques to literally “tune out” unwanted resonance. The result is a subwoofer that delivers pure, distortion-free deep bass.

Klippel Optimized Woofer. Using a state-of-the-art Klippel distortion analyzer, Polk engineers optimized the woofer’s motor structure, voice coil alignment and suspension, bringing you the best possible performance even at the most extreme listening levels.

Composite Polymer Cone. We don’t use cheap paper cardboard woofers. This is the real deal and part of why the PSW10 subwoofer outperforms the competition.

why you should consider this product

If you’re new to the excitement of home theater audio, or looking to complete your first serious sound system, the PSW10 is the perfect subwoofer to bring heart pounding big bass thrills to your movies, gaming and favorite TV programs without breaking the bank.

technical specifications

Driver Complements
Subwoofer 10" Diameter (25.40cm)
Dynamic Balance polymer composite cone
Total Frequency Response 35Hz - 200Hz
Upper -3dB Limit 160Hz
Lower -3dB Limit 40Hz
Subwoofer Crossover Variable 80Hz - 160Hz
Inputs Speaker level, line level
Outputs Speaker level
Cabinet Size 14 3/8" H x 14" W x 16 1/8" D
(36.51cm H x 35.56cm W x 40.96cm D)
Subwoofer Encosure Type Vented via front panel flared port)
Product Weight 26 pounds
Amplifier Specs
Distortion <1%
Bandwidth 40Hz - 200Hz
220 Availablity Yes
Amplifier Type Subwoofer
Continuous Power 50 Watts
Dynamic Power 100 Watts
Unit of Measure Each
Total Shipping Weight 30 pounds
Speaker Warranty 5 Years Parts and Labor (Original Purchaser)
Subwoofer Amplifier Warranty 5 Years Electronics (Original Purchaser)

*To ensure a valid warranty, Polk loudspeakers must be purchased through an Authorized Polk Audio home or car loudspeaker Dealer (such as (If you're not sure a dealer is "authorized," call Polk Audio at 1-800-377-7655, and ask us.) The warranty is not transferrable, that means it applies only to the original purchaser. If you purchase your speakers from a private individual, that product is considered "used" and has NO factory warranty, no matter what the seller implies. The warranty is VOID if the serial number of the speaker has been removed or defaced. If you have any questions about your warranty coverage, or you think you need service, call Polk Customer Service at 1-800-377-7655. We’re here to help you get the most from your new speakers!

in the box

  • PSW10 powered subwoofer
  • Owner’s manual
  • Online registration card

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Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]| User Manual [486kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 14 x 14.4 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 30.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0002KVQBA
  • Item model number: AM1055-C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,181 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at December 9, 2006
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1,783 of 1,833 people found the following review helpful By Ref Stanton on February 3, 2006
I purchased this subwoofer about 2 months ago and since then have given it an extensive listening test. Following is a list of things I would do to improve sound quality as well as some reservations I have toward it.

Before I start off, I would like to clarify one thing about the PSW-10 that might unjustly turn off potential buyers from it: it runs at 50 watts RMS. In the world of music and sound systems, one of the biggest misconceptions out there is that wattage directly correlates with how loud a speaker is. THIS IS NOT NECCESARILY TRUE! The efficiency of the driver determines how loud it gets at a certain wattage, not only the amount of power you're pumping into it! This is why you can buy, for example, computer speakers that boast 400watts of power and have them easily massacred in terms of volume by speaker set ups with half the power (for further examples, compare computer speaker systems to shelf systems to a true sound system. You will find the volume, at a given wattage, tends to increase as you go down the spectrum).

I found the PSW-10 easily competed in terms of volume with every other sub in it's range, including those running at twice to three times the power RMS. If you want to prove it to yourself, run down to your local Circuit City (who sells Polk subs) and sound test it yourself.

Now, onto the guts of the review.

1. As far as entry subwoofers come, this is probably the best bang for your buck that you can find bar none, especially considering the quality of the build. Built around high quality medium density fiberboard and using a highly efficient 10" driver, the PSW-10 manages to bang as well, if not louder, than other subwoofers in this category, despite running at 50 watts RMS.

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377 of 415 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. Perricone on May 15, 2009
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I'm using this with an Onkyo TR-606 alongside a Toshiba 62" DLP HDTV and a full set of Polk speakers, and the sound quality is remarkable.

The only caveat is that the subwoofer input has two connectors, but you really only need to connect one of them. The manual is far from clear about this, and plenty of people will probably spend extra on a Y cable, or worse yet, put in an adapter which will add both cost and loss of fidelity. But just connecting to the left input works fine. Subwoofers are mono anyway, and the double inputs are primarily there to make certain wiring configurations easier, not to add more sound fidelity.
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345 of 383 people found the following review helpful By zinm on June 1, 2007
While I was looking for sub-woofer I was comparing PSW10 and PSW404. PSW404 sounds better but for the price $110 vs. $250 at J&R I opted for PSW10. The sale representative dropped the price for me even though they still selling PSW10 for $200 here. Those of you who worry about no LFE input, that shouldn't be a problem. All you have to do is connect the sub-woofer output of the receiver to either the right or left input on the sub-woofer. And then set the variable low pass filter on the sub-woofer to the highest setting. This will set the internal low pass filter above the low pass filter frequency given by your receiver and create an LFE input. Or you may use a RCA cable to provide a connection to both inputs on the sub-woofer from the LR pre-out from the receiver. Then adjust the cross over frequency from the woofer as desired. It sounds a little louder and better for me. I bought Monster sub-woofer cable and it sounds no better than RCA cable. Try not to waste your money on this. It has 7.4 out of 10 in CNet rating and it is #6 in editor's top list for sub-woofers. I matched PSW10 with R300, RTi4, R150, CSi3 and Denon 1906 receiver. Mainly used for HDTV over the air, DVD movies and some FM. It sounds a lot better than the sub-woofer from RM6750. It carries 5 years warranty but make sure you buy from Authorize dealer. For the price I paid I am more than happy with it. I hope this helps to your decision.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful By T. Methans on October 17, 2012
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- To revive a decades old stereo system with the least amount of money
- Take the bass load off the smaller speakers so they could express better mids and highs
- Lessen the power load on the receiver by adding a powered subwoofer
- Add more plucky, clean, musical bass rather than boom and vibration

I could not justify spending a lot of money on my audio hobby right now. An expensive sub, or one made for home theatre that's meant to vibrate the house, was not in my plans. The more I read about this little sub, the more I felt it was worth $100. Now, if you forgo the cherry veneer version of the Polk PSW10, you save about $40. With super-saving shipping and tax, I paid $108 through Amazon. With another $50 in new speaker wire and banana plugs and pins, I basically built a new speaker system.

Once I got the unit unpacked, I wired it up and started experimenting with the placement, volume, and low pass in order to make it work seamlessly with the main speakers. [Note on wiring: my receiver has no sub outputs so I had to wire everything through the sub's crossover using Monster QuickLock MKII Gold Flex Pin Connectors For Easy Self Crimping Terminations - 2 pr. It was easy enough. Use a run of speaker wire from your amp to the sub, and then another run from the sub to the main speakers].

Some reviewers complained of booming muddy bass from this unit. I experienced this at first, so I moved the sub around the room in different positions and at different sub volume settings. Every room, amp, and set of speakers brings a bunch of variables to positioning, so take a few hours to work out the kinks.
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