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This: [link] is a perfect example as to why Polk is hated in HT and Audiophile communities.
This subwoofer is incapable of producing sound that doesn't detract from a home theater experience. Any type of sound during a movie that reaches below 60Hz is just turned into something that can only be described as someone slapping two pieces of wet cardboard together really fast.
You would literally have a better experience just using your built in TV speakers. Yet.... look at the reviews.
The same can be seen on a lot of Polk's cheaper speakers/subs. They are just trash and for some reason have rave reviews on mass market sites. Some of Polk's higher end speakers are OK but much better can be had for the prices. Some of their vintage gear can be OK.
I'm thinking of investing ~$250 into a 2.1 setup. How would you recommend allocating that money? I'm looking for good bookshelf speakers that don't take up too much space, this subwoofer, and i don't really know what I'm talking about with the amp.
I toyed with putting together powered monitors and a sub, but if I understand you correctly, a true 2.1 setup with an amp and passive speakers will outperform this setup.
I'm just not sure whether I should buy really nice bookshelves and the lepai amp, or a nice amp and decent speakers. And from there, I'm not sure what products would qualify as which categories.
How would this Polk sub work in place of the Dayton sub? I'm trying to stay in the $100 range, including shipping.
I also noticed that you removed the Dayton B652s, is that because they're not easily available right now or are the Miccas top dog now? I'm new to audio and it's information overload sometimes. I got myself a receiver and am using crappy HTIB speakers until I build my way up. The HTIB sub won't work with it so I'm starting there.
Thanks a lot for all of the info.
I have one of these and this definitely worth $100. If you like a lot of bass then you should look in picking up a powered sub like this one. It makes this soundbar go from good to great.
You should get a powered sub like this one. [link]
It makes the soundbar go from good to great. It makes a pretty big difference. I think my only complaint is that the bar didn't include a sub. If you like a lot of bass (I do) then you should look in to a powered sub at some point.
For budget subs, I have the following: Polk PSW10. It's not the greatest, by a long shot, but it frequently dips below the $90 mark which makes it a decent value.
I have a friend who has the Rokit 10S, but that might be a bit out of my price range. Anything you can suggest that more in the $200-$300 range?
What do you think about something like this? I know it's definitely not the best sub out there, but it's way more affordable and seems to be fairly versatile.
Not much time left for me to think about it. I'm always skeptical buying used electronics from someone with no ratings. Can I ask what about this sub makes it so much better than other subs in your opinion? You're not the only one that recommended it, so I'm curious.
Hey guys, Im really new to this so..
I am currently trying to find the right type of speakers, subs, and receiver for my house on campus at my university. I have a budget of around $800-$1000 and maybe more if its necessary. I would like to have some parties (around 50 people max) and really have them perform in great quality at a loud sound. I've been told to just get PA speakers, but I don't know if the quality will come with them versus nicer speakers or if I wont notice the difference at all.
If possible I would also like to be able to plug these into my TV to use for watching movies and enhancing that experience!
So far for the sub I have heard the Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer is a good sub to get. Not sure if I should get two of these or if there is a sub that is better for me.
Im not sure on the speakers and receiver to get so I would really appreicate your guys help
My budget for this whole setup was supposed to be $100, I already had to cancel my order for a MIDI Keyboard so I could buy the Miccas + SMSL Amp, if I really needed to I could cancel my other order for a mechanical keyboard ($100) to buy a $100 sub (something like this maybe?) too but I really want a mechanical keyboard. If it's incomplete without a sub though then I guess I wouldn't have a choice really
Best subwoofer (preferably $100 or thereabouts) for the Miccas + SMSL SA-60?
I was looking at this one, but it seems to have problems under 50hz, dunno how big of an issue that would actually be though
Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer (Single, Black) [link]
I have this polk sub and I like it. Like the top comment says, I like to have it just barely on to feel that extra dimension. The back of the sub has two knobs for adjusting it, and can go from barely noticing it, to the sub really bumpin.
I was actually considering not using the Alpine type S due to it being too loud
Here is the sub that I'm looking at, there is a picture of the backside with all the inputs/outputs:[link]
> Gemtume SMSL SA 50 Amp <--- sorry I did not realize that this is your receiver. Here is the sub: [link]
there are different levels of it on amazon. You would take your speaker wire from the gemtune and put it into the left/right channel of the sub and then you connect your 201s to the sub. I keep my sub at pretty low levels. This Polk is nice because you can control the amount of bass.
Craigslist is your best bet. You can get new but the subwoofer form factor and technology has not changed a ton and your sub doesn't need to match your other speakers. LIve and breath Craigslist. Look up what they are selling by reviews and then buy the best one that you can. I am sure there are a few newer subs out there like this one that are cheap.. [link]
Hi all. I'm looking to enhance my audio setup for my bedroom. I currently own the following :
Onkyo TX-8020 Stereo Receiver
Klipsch B20 Bookshelf speakers (Frequency Response 62Hz-23KHz ± 3dB)
Based on this setup, what would be your recommendations for enhancing my sound? I was thinking of buying this subwoofer but I'm not sure if it will make a huge difference based on the Klipsch frequencies.
Let me know, thanks!
Craigslist lol. I picked up all my speakers and sub from there (think this is the same one [link]) got mine for $50 on CL.
If you have the money, subs and centers are the last speakers you wanna go cheap on though.
Buy a new sub. That is a sketchy looking setup you go there. Only costs $120 for a decent sub I guarantee will be a nice upgrade over that Sony crap.
I'm moving into a frat house this fall and would like any recommendations for a decent music setup. My budget is $300-400.
I have little experience with home theater setups besides my own research. Some have recommended I take a look at the PSW10, and the Amazon reviews are mostly 5 stars, however the reviews I see on reddit beg to differ; I've seen recommendations for BIC or Dayton subwoofers over the PSW10. I also am unsure what the best speakers would be to pair with the sub.
My room next year is definitely a small room; I'd estimate dimensions are about 12'x12', and I'd mainly use the setup for music but sometimes movies as well.
Thanks for any recommendations!
Okay, so one sub I'm looking at is this Polk PSW10. If I wanted to connect to a set of active speakers to the sub, would I need a receiver of some sort that has a subwoofer connection? Most receivers I see only have the L-R inputs and outputs but no dedicated subwoofer port.
It will work....but you have to adjust the bass volume every time you want to change the volume on your setup. I do not lik ereaching under the desk every 10 mins.
^ this one has teh required connections
Sorry, but see the back of this one below which has actually two places to connect RCA (LINE IN red and white)
Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer (Single, Black)
Alright, was looking at a subwoofer that has speaker level output and speaker level input
where does the 3.5mm to RCA cable go? Still to the amp, or to the subwoofer?
Gotcha. I wasn't sure if it was like an lfe output or what.
So basically for let's say something like this sub: [link]
I'd go smsl>3.5mm to rca>line input of sub.
How does the volume work then? Does the sub get louder when you turn the amp up?
One other unrelated question - I was interested in buying the Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer ([link])
Am I able to hook this subwoofer into that receiver directly and keep my speakers running to the receiver also? On Amazon there is a pic uploaded of someone's set-up and it shows the speakers being connected into the back of the sub.