Polk Audio PSW450 review: Polk Audio PSW450

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The Good Superb home-theater and music bass; 12-inch woofer.

The Bad Large.

The Bottom Line A killer price-to-performance ratio puts the PSW450 ahead of the pack.

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While most midpriced subwoofers easily muster enough rumble to deliver a visceral home-theater experience, they too often stumble when playing a tune. That's why we're so pumped by Polk Audio's nimble PSW450 sub. This bad boy can negotiate the finer subtleties of a deftly plucked stand-up bass yet is still capable of cranking out the fury underpinning the Saving Private Ryan DVD. While most midpriced subwoofers easily muster enough rumble to deliver a visceral home-theater experience, they too often stumble when playing a tune. That's why we're so pumped by Polk Audio's nimble PSW450 sub. This bad boy can negotiate the finer subtleties of a deftly plucked stand-up bass yet is still capable of cranking out the fury underpinning the Saving Private Ryan DVD.

How do they do it?
We didn't spot any technological breakthroughs or heroic features, just a solidly engineered, direct-radiating, 12-inch woofer teamed up with a high-current, 150-watt amplifier that has 350 watts of peak power. True, that might not seem like a lot of juice for a midpriced sub, but the PSW450's output capabilities are fully competitive with others in its class. The Polk's textured, black-vinyl-wrapped box is no beauty, though the gently beveled grille is a nice styling touch. Measuring 17.5 by 15.0 by 19.0 inches, there's no denying the fact that this is a full-sized speaker. The PSW450 is magnetically shielded for safe placement near TVs.

Hookup options are versatile enough. Beyond the direct (unfiltered) LFE input that's required for smooth sub integration with A/V receivers, the PSW450 also offers switchable high-pass speaker-level outputs that will come in handy when the sub is used with older Dolby Pro Logic or stereo receivers.

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Polk Audio PSW450

Part Number: PSW450
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  • Color black
  • Speaker System Type subwoofer
  • Speaker Type subwoofer
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired