Polk Audio DSW PRO 500 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer (Single, Black)
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- Downward radiating slot port to lessen turbulence, noise and distortion
- Frequency response: 23Hz - 160Hz
- Equipped with Polk Room Optimizer (PRO) and Feed Forward distortion suppression technology
- A single 10-inch powered subwoofer unit
- Power amplifier: 200 watts continuous, 400 watts dynamic
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- Brand Name: Polk Audio
- Model Number: AM5075-A
- Color: Black
- Speaker Type: Subwoofers
- Item Display Depth: 15.5 inches
Top Customer Reviews
This sub is very well built and attractive to look at even though it is all black. The base feet are solid and not cheap like the monitor series speakers or the little nubbins on the PSW10. If you want, you can move the feet to the back side to make it a front firing sub. The speaker is very clean looking and the side port is attractive. In the down firing position, the blue LED light looks very nice and if you don't like the brightness of it, you can turn the light off altogether.
Features and Sound
This sub has very nice features. There are the normal volume and crossover knobs in the back, but what makes this such a cool sub is that it comes with a remote with volume control and equalized settings depending on where in your room the sub is placed. Anything you need done with the sub can be controlled with the remote. As I mentioned before, the LED light looks cool and the fact that you can turn it off is a nice touch.
This sub sounds ridiculous. Some nights I am actually afraid to turn the volume up too loud because this thing shakes the whole house. The bass is tight and clear. When I first bought it, the sound was muddy, but I hadn't set up my receiver crossover settings yet. Don't forget to do that.
I bought this sub for a ridiculously low price of $269... but it was refurbished. Absolutely nothing was wrong with it though. It was like it was brand new. I see that it is selling new for $500, but maybe if you are lucky, you can find it refurbished for the same price I paid. Worth every penny.
1) It's easily invisible in any system when crossed below 80hz.
2) Placement near rear walls is not as critical or demanding as rear ported subwoofer designs in smaller rooms can get.
3) Cloth grills on a front firing subwoofer is a pain. It will eventually attract a lot of dust, silverfish or children, & that adds to U'r system maintenance in the long run.
I was using the Onkyo SKW-150X subwoofer previously & it was the weak link in my HT system in Zone 1. The Onkyo subwoofer had a down firing 8 inch woofer with a front port. Placement was easy with that subwoofer but with a less than 100w continuous power built-in amplifier, it struggled to even touch the rated 30hz & I c'd feel it every time I watched an action packed movie. I sold it on ebay & started to look out for a new subwoofer. Being a budget audiophile, I wanted a 10 inch subwoofer under USD600, with a down firing design & possibly no port at the rear.
Down firing subwoofer designs are very common these days. Paradigm, Klipsch etc, to name a few, have very good down firing subwoofers. Unfortunately they all have rear ports, mostly to avoid port noise. Given my demands, I was left with only one choice - Polk Audio DSW PRO 500. The PRO 400 with 8 inch woofer was too small & the PRO 600 with 12 inch woofer was too big for my 15X14 living / media room.
1) Big bad bass that does not even distort at insane levels. I live in a 8 storied building & this thing is powerful enough to get complaints from the neighbors. Lol.
2) Down firing 10 inch woofer & down firing slot port with 200w continuous power. Good enough for a small / medium sized rooms.Read more ›
I wanted to get a good "bang for the buck", I have way more than I imagined possible.
The remote is an excellent feature, and in "Auto" the sub comes on when needed and shuts down later when it's dormant.
Last week my sub just stopped working. Yeah, I know, I've have it for 5 years now, but you'd expect it to last longer than this. I'd hardly call it heavily used, and certainly never been abused.
So, I thought that maybe it's a quick fix, I mean, how much could this cost to fix? $250 is how much. And you have to figure out how to remove the old amp, and replace the new part. Apparently, not easy for someone without experience working on these types of products.
It was after doing some research on line about this problem that I discovered I wasn't the only one. This problem has occurred way more that it should, there are lots of people complaining about the same issue.
Now to decide, do i buy another Polk DSW PRO? I'd love to - but now the prices are over $500! And for how long will this one work??
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quality construction. Good power. Downward firing driver so not recommended on carpeted floors..if you have tile or wood floors this baby is for you. Rock the casbah.... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Old School Rocker
I love this sub and have had it on my home theater for years. My only complaint is the stupid little rubber feet don't stay in during moves, but If you leave it in one spot it's... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Auz
This sat around my house for about 6 months because my old receiver had an older version of HDMI than my new Samsung Plasma D8000 series TV had. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by J-Man
I did a lot of research before purchasing this sub. I am glad I did because the results are powerful. This is perfect for my theatre set up and give me all the boom I need.Published on June 24, 2013 by DB
This is a great subwoofer. Accurate bass with plenty of power. I paired it with a pair of Magneplanar speakers ... a match made in heaven! Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Saxkat
Great sounding boom at all bass levels. I haven't heard any rattling and don't feel I can top it out without blowing the windows out. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by Chadlex
I bought this sub from Polk Audio Direct for $300 because I heard it was a great sub. When I got it home and plugged it in to my LFE on my Pioneer vsx-1020K, I was amazed at how... Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by bo
Sound perception is a subjective quality but if you like tight, solid base that is as loud as you want it without harsh, distorted bangs, etc., this is a fine choice. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by wmh
If you love deep,heavy yet accurate bass this subwoofer is a great deal. I use it for music,movies,video games and everything else that can be played on my stereo. Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by J. Parmelee