3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

5 stars 2 user reviews

The Good 8-inch powered subwoofer; built-in 150-watt power amplifier; medium-density fiberboard cabinet with smoothly rounded corners; excellent connectivity.

The Bad The larger, more powerful 10-inch version costs $50 less.

The Bottom Line The able Polk Audio PSW111 subwoofer delivers seamless bass despite its compact size.

7.8 Overall
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0

The Polk Audio PSW111 isn't just a very good compact subwoofer, it's a excellent match with the brand's RM and SurroundBar speaker systems. Not that the PSW111 wouldn't jell with other Polk speakers, or those of any other manufacturer, for that matter, but its prime directive is to fill in the bass for the RM and SurroundBar Series. Based on our listening sessions with the SurroundBar 50, the PSW111's performance was beyond reproach.

At 12.1 inches high by 11 wide by 13 deep, it's small enough to hide behind furniture or tuck into a corner. The PWS111's softly rounded cabinet and nicely finished cloth grille add a bit of style, but it's otherwise an unobtrusive design. It weighs a manageable 20.3 pounds. The PSW111 is only available in a matte-black finish.

The sub's front-firing 8-inch composite woofer is mated with a 150-watt (300 watts on peaks) power amplifier. The rear panel houses an adjustable crossover, phase switch and subwoofer volume control. Connectivity options cover all the bases: There are stereo speaker-level and line-level inputs, plus a direct, LFE line-level input, and a set of speaker-level outputs.

We auditioned the PSW111 with the SurroundBar 50 and were impressed with the combination of the two. The blend was so smooth that we couldn't distinguish for sure whether the bass was sometimes coming from the SurroundBar 50 or the PSW111.

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