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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.
Looking for a compatible sub for my Mackie CR3 speakers.
Specifically, how could I connect the following to my Mackies using an Eskin bluetooth adapter? What splitter/connector cables would I need?
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?
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?
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)
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
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.
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.
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]
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!
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.
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 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]
> 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
I'm looking to enhance my desktop audio setup, which as it stands is currently just a pair of Audioengine A2+ speakers & a Polk Audio PSW10 10" subwoofer.
I know that I need to raise the speakers a bit, and was looking into the Audioengine DS1 Stand as a starting point.
I've also heard that I should be getting an external DAC like the FiiO E10K or the more expensive Scarlett 2i2. I know that the A2+'s have a DAC built in, what are the advantages of using an external one, if any? I've seen mixed reviews as to whether this is worth it or not...
And, while this is outside the realm of this sub, I also want this setup to work nicely with my headphones (which are currently Audio Technica M50-X's)
Damn thanks for this! Definitely adding most of this to my wishlist/to-do list. I definitely want to ditch the frame.
Oops! Forgot to include my mediocre subwoofer which DEFINITELY helped when I snagged it a few years ago.
The couch is nice but losing padding every year, Ashley stuff isn't the best furniture but it's big and comfy for a smaller budget and is perfect for the space: Link
I also want to add a 'behind the couch' slim bar for some more seating.
Can't say what the SUB filter button is for, but the Scott 355R Receiver was made between 1978-1980, long before subwoofers came into play and those were for surround sound systems or AV receivers, not stereo receivers. Even the earliest surround sound systems didn't incorporate a subwoofer in the mix. All they had were two rear surround speakers, not even a center channel. Subwoofers and center channels came later when the systems became 5.1 surround sound systems.
You can add a subwoofer if you get the right type, like this one for instance;
The speaker leads from your receiver get connected to the Speaker Level Inputs on the subwoofer and then your speakers get connected to the Speaker Level Outputs. [link]
Yes you will need an antenna for the best radio sound and to pull in more radio stations.
here is what I was looking at
SMSL Sanskrit Dac
Am I overspending for any of those components unreasonably? I come from the PC world, so I want to make sure I'm not putting a top end part among middle tier stuff and making the top end part a little pointless in doing so.
I have this subwoofer that i am powering with this amp through 16 gauge speaker wire, im driving it off of my desktop computer by splitting the audio output from my monitor and sending it into the amp. It worked fine until two days ago when it stopped making noise, it refuses to make any sound at all and if i put it on auto mode it never turns on like its not getting a signal. I have not changed any wires or settings and as far as I can tell nothing is broken and the fuse in the subwoofer is fine. I ordered a new amplifier that gets here tomorrow in case the one i have broke. Does anyone know what could have gone wrong?
EDIT: I fixed it, turns out the amplifier crapped out
It kinda is.
I didn't remove your post myself, I just saw that one of my fellow mods or the auto mod did it and had a look. I just felt kinda bad for it being removed without you knowing because it seemed wel constructed.
The rules aren't clear in the new design. We haven't updated the sub yet to show them.
So don't sweat it. I'll help you a bit with your post so that its follows all the rules.
First of normal links are allowed but not referral links. Referral links are inbed the referrer into it. If you buy something via the link the referrer gets a reward (money or points they can spend on something). We don't allow these because its against the spirit of this sub. We want people to give advice and recommend products based on the virtues of the product, or personal positive experience, not because they might make a buck if they recommend something they have referral link for.
The mono price link is fine, but the amazon link contains a referral code (tag=aboutcom02lifewire-20) weirdly enough the referral code is after the "tag" tag and not the "ref" tag.
Here is the link without the referral code:
If you repost with this link instead of the one you used here you should be fine!
Thanks a lot Xiddish!
Let me see if I understand, since I am somehow a newbie.
This is the cable that the AD18 manual refer to as necessary to connect the sub-woofer:
It is basically a 3.5mm Stereo Plug/2 RCA Plug Cable.
In the manual they show how the 3.5mm end is connected to the AD18. But there is two outputs on the other side of the cable: red and white. The manual say that only the red is the one that needs to be used for the subwoofer.
Now, lets look at the sobwoofer that I am interested:
Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer (Single, Black)
As you see, at the back of the subwoofer there is a number of options.
Based on what you say, I should be able to connect my red RCA into one of the "LINE IN" inputs? (not one of the "SPEAKER LEVEL INPUT", correct?),
Did I understand correctly?
Thanks a lot!
You can get a Polk Subwoofer pretty cheap on Amazon, eBay, etc. I use one in my studio for music listening, and it's more than capable of helping out with what bookshelf speakers can't deliver.
Something like either of these would be fine:
Also, it might be easier just going with some powered speakers, rather than dealing with an amp/receiver.
What I ended up with.
I want to than everyone for their input here on my post. This was my first computer audio purchase and as I look and review what was posted here I will make some changes as time goes. Probably will get a better dac next then better amp.
Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer (Single, Black) - $89.99
AmazonBasics 2-Male to 2-Male RCA Audio Cable - 4 Feet - $8.99
Lepy LP-2020A-3A Stereo Class-D Hi-Fi Digital Audio Amplifier with Power Supply Black US - $24.39
AmazonBasics 16-Gauge Speaker Wire - 50 Feet - $8.49
Anker 3.5mm Premium Auxiliary Audio Cable (4ft / 1.2m) AUX Cable for Headphones, iPods, iPhones, iPads, Home / Car Stereos and More (Black) - $4.99
Polk Audio T15 Bookshelf Speakers, Pair, Black - $69.95
Signstek HIFI USB to Coaxial S/PDIF Converter Convert Digital to Analogue Signal Mini USB DAC PCM - $21.99
UGREEN 3.5mm to 2RCA Audio Auxiliary Stereo Y Splitter Cable (3ft) - $6.99
Replacement 60W 12V 5A Adapter Charger for Benq LCD Monitors - $9.59 (was told this power supply would be better for the lepy)
262.00 in total estimate before tax
And for the record, this was the subwoofer I was planning to use: [link]
Or I was considering using this: [link]
It doesn't need shake me, I just want that low end that the 598 SE struggle to produce, although I personally think the bass shakers would be much more fun.
That's a tough budget since you're starting with some pretty bassy speakers to begin with - I've never heard the C-Notes, but they're supposed to play pretty strongly all the way down to 43 Hz. There are plenty of things on the market sold as subwoofers which can't reach below 40 Hz.
If you had smaller main speakers, I might suggest the Polk PSW10. I own one, and to be absolutely clear, it's fairly terrible. Still, it's probably the best subwoofer available for less than $200. Unfortunately, it pretty much bottoms out at 40 Hz; you might get a tiny bit lower with room gain, and it can throw marginally more power at the bass notes than your bookshelf speakers can, but ultimately you won't get much improvement.
The next step up is probably the BIC F12. At more than double your budget, it's the cheapest subwoofer I've ever seen someone recommend without qualifiers. They don't seem to publish an f3 (again, sketchy), but reviews suggest that it can go fairly low, and it's got a decent amount of power.
There's not much else to recommend until you have at least $300 to spend. However, once you hit that threshold, there are a ton of options, some which have really spectacular performance. If I were you, I'd carry on with just the C-Notes and save up for a while, and then look at getting a Dayton 10" Reference kit with the recommended SPA-250 amplifier, or an HSU VTF-1 Mk3.
Just buy a subwoofer.
Stick it between source and your Lepai.
Well, first things first. Your speakers can already take RCA inputs, so you should just be able to plug in the record player (if it has a preamp built in), your CD player, or your iPod into the RCA input. If you don't want to plug and unplug the RCA every time, get something like this, which also lets you do centralized volume control.
Get a sub like this, and hook up an RCA splitter like this or this so that your source (whether it's the SYS above or something else) is running into both the subwoofer and the speakers.
Note: you don't want to wire it so that the subwoofer and the source are running into the speakers. That means your subwoofer won't be doing anything. The "one" end goes to your source, the "two" end goes to subwoofer and speakers.
Those speakers are fine, and it's almost always better to have one good setup than two mediocre setups.
Final proposed setup: your sources --> Schiit SYS ($50) --> splitter ($10)--> PSW10 ($100) + Resolv A5.
There are powered ones. Check this one out. Its the cheapest new i know of.
DAC: Schiit Modi
Crossover/DSP: Mini DSP 2x4
Powered Speakers: Emotiva Airmotiv 6S
Subwoofer: Polk PSW10
Headphones, open/inside: Sennheiser HD650
Headphones, bassy/portable: V-Moda M100
Headphones, IEM: Echobox Finder X1
Portable headphone amp: Fiio E07K
Bedroom speakers: Emotiva Airmotiv 4S (6S was the upgrade for the main setup)
If you're wondering what a DAC is, it's the processor that converts the digital music to waveform before it gets to the amp. Your sound card usually does this job, but you can spend $30-2300 on getting better sound - Behringer UCA202 for improvement over on-board sound to Schiit Yggdrasil for deep pockets.
Edit: Car: Audison bit.ten, Alpine PDX amps, Hertz HSK 165XL component speakers (4x100w), Image Dynamics IDMax12 subwoofer(1x1200w)
What's your budget? The Polk Audio PSW10 is about the cheapest decent subwoofer you can get ($100 new).
Edit: Ok I found this on kijiji, I can assure you that many people are satisfied with these for hi-fi applications. But yeah as readwiteandblu said, if you wanna make it work with your other speaker pair then it'd be a good learning experience.
I got these at NewEgg for more than half off.
Klipsch Quintet V 5.0
I paired those with a Polk 10" Subwoofer at Amazon for nearly 2/3rds off.
There are receiver deals out there too, but that is more up to the user to choose which fits your needs best.
I just ordered these items to build a surround sound system for my living room.
Klipsch - Quintet V 5.0 - On Sale at Newegg for 249.99, Regularly 599.99
Polk 10" Powered Subwoofer On sale at Amazon for $77, regularly $239
Pioneer VSX-530-K 5.1 Receiver On sale at Amazon for 189.99 regularly 279.99.
100 ft 16 gauge speaker wire $10.99 at Amazon
All in all, I bought $1130 worth of audio equipment for $527 dollars.
Polk Audio PSW10
MartinLogan Dynamo 300
Just hooked up my first 2.0 home system for a new apartment, and find that I'm missing the punch of a sub especially when I'm listening to The Cure. Looking for a sub under $200 that would pair well with the Elac's I just bought, but not have my neighbors call the cops on me.
Was looking at this $100 polk
Or this smaller Yamaha
Subwoofers I have been considering:
Do "Mivoc" make good subwoofers?
ok what do you think of these?
Center channel [link]
Speakers 2 [link]
Or this one [link]
or even this one [link]
How to hook up powered subwoofer to a 2 channel amp with no sub out?
I'm looking at this powered subwoofer:
Is it possible to use those speaker inputs and outputs on the sub to connect to my setup?
I have a 2 channel amp connected to bookshelf speakers
Thanks in advance!
I heard you can get a Y cable and have it go from the SA-60 to the L speaker as well as the sub, as long as it's a powered sub like this one. Is that true?
All those units are honestly crap.
If I were you id go with:
Subwoofer (Go with the Amazon warehouse deals offer for $63, thats an absolute steal on this sub)
This setup will be much better than any "Computer" speaker system, as all of those are crap.
This requires a bit more setup than those, and this list is a bit more complicated than the one with the Mackie speakers, but its worth it because these are better speakers imho.
What motherboard do you have because many newer ones have great onboard audio (Also in order to help you Ill need to know how the audio plugs are for that board)
Yeah they should. It's just standard speaker wire and connections. Nope, they require separate sub purchase. What is included is what is linked, a pair of the bookshelf speakers.
The Pioneer set has a full 7.1 purchasable, just click on the different speaker types (i.e. bookshelves, standing and center + the sub). There would be a sub-woofer there. Read below on the disclaimer for my sub-advice, but if you want one I would recommend the one from that Pioneer set, or this one: [link]
I've seen that Polk one linked quite a few times and I plan to buy it eventually.
I haven't done much researching on a sub because my setup doesn't allow one without some finagling, and even then it degrades speaker audio on the vintage receiver from what I've read. Not to mention, once you start getting into tower speakers, a lot of them have the full package. For instance, I missed out on a pair of these by a day or two on the local CL for 100 bucks. They're easily worth double that.
Sorry for the ramble, just not comfortable with my sub advice and was explaining why and hopefully giving you some insight on them if you were unsure.
Not exactly audiophile level, but I want to get some nice speakers for listening to music. Most of the music I listen to has a lot of bass, so that is one thing in particular that i'm looking for. I found a few from reading older Reddit posts and just want some input on them.
1: This sub, with these speakers
2: A highly suggested speaker system
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I really don't know much about speakers, I just would like to get some quality ones.
How is this?
This is my personal apartment setup:
Polk Audio Monitor 40 Series II Bookshelf Speakers ($125). Refurbished. Although sold by Polk Audio directly.
Polk Audio PSW10 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer ($100)
Onkyo TX-8020 Stereo Receiver ($175)
It sounds like your trying to do a budget setup with limited space and limited wiring but still great sound. It's a 2.1 setup but it has suited me perfectly for years. Polk Audio have always had well respected speakers that offer sound well beyond their cost. If you don't believe me just read some of the Amazon reviews for various Polk Audio speakers.
Also don't skimp on the accessories! Set it up professionally. Monoprice is your best friend for home audio.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Hello Audiophiles, Im looking to upgrade my desktops sound-system, as its what I use to watch movies, Play games and, most importantly, listen to my records. I was thinking of getting a polk PSW10 and using that to power some JBL loft 40 speakers Would this work? Does anyone have any better ideas, I cant spend more than about $250. My current system is a ghettorigged 6 speaker system (Of varying quality) and I want to get something that will sound good.
I would recommend this or this
I'm seriously considering blowing the whole soundbar idea and getting these:
-Polk Audio PSW10 Monitor Series Powered Subwoofer (Single)
-Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers with 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter, Black
-Micca MB42X-C Center Channel Speaker with Dual 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome Tweeter, Black
The only issues I'm having is that receivers are very pricy and seem to all require 6-8 ohm impedence while the Micca speakers all run at 4 ohms. I really want a super simple receiver as cheap as possible that can do what I need it to do, but I keep hitting a wall with the 4 ohms impedence on the Micca and huge price tags for receivers that can do what I want, not to mention the huge size of receivers. Any suggestions?
Great thank you!
If I want to cheap out is this an option?
Any thoughts on the receiver?
Sub: Polk PSW10
Mains amp: TA2020
Mains: Dayton b652
Should be under budget, even if you need to buy some cables. Use a RCA pair to connect the sub and main amp in parallel, or use the speaker-level inputs on the sub to crossover the mains as well.
The Polk Audio PSW10 seems to be very well liked, according to Amazon reviews.
I have the A2's and I have used the Polk PSW10 which I found on Amazon for $99.00 shipped. You can find a link to it below. Hope this helps. FYI I love the sound from the A2's and the nice low end the Sub adds.