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.
Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.