On the hunt for a Polk sub

There seem to be a bunch of options available in the area on Craigslist. Prices go from around 200 and down.

Any of you have suggestions on what I should keep an eye out for while hunting?

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  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 3,768
    Older psw 350 or 450 are pretty nice
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 3,223
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  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 301
    Yeah, I've read you like the 505. Do you feel it's the best bang for the buck? Or would you rather go with a different model if given the chance? There's no hard ceiling on the budget, so if there's a better option close to the 505, I wouldn't have trouble going that route.
  • mangeloumangelou Posts: 1
    I'm very happy with the 505.

    I first considered the psw10, thinking the 505 would overpower a little monitor40 music setup I wanted to pair it with... but turned out to be perfect match. It can shake the entire house... but it's mostly a subtle accomplice.

    As far as I can tell it's a great bang for your buck. Anything else comparable was at least $150-$200 more. It not very powerful under 30hz... so if you need that... idk. Got it for $189 from newegg and would do it again in a heartbeat.
  • dannylightningdannylightning Posts: 175
    the 505 is a great sub.. when you look at how much you can get it for at the moment its a heck of a deal..

    for a few hundred more you can get a SVS sub which seems to be preferred over Polk subs but if your trying to say in the 200 dollar range the 505 is pretty awesome..

    as mentined the psw450 is also a great sub but there old.. you may be able to find a used one.
    1. Cambridge Azur 651A, Polk LSi M703, Sonos Connect, Audioquest type 4/king cobra cables

    2. Denon DRA-397, Energy C-200.

    Polk TSX-330T, PSW 505, PSW-250



  • BobHBobH Posts: 1
    Don't forget to look at Hsu, more in the price range a SVS but great subs. The 505 is great for it's price range though.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 301
    Took a quick look at Amazon for HSU and only came up with one model (used, passive). Do they only sell direct?
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 7,821
    Yes
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  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 6,389
    FestYboy wrote: »
    Took a quick look at Amazon for HSU and only came up with one model (used, passive). Do they only sell direct?

    http://www.hsuresearch.com/
    HT/Main- Panny 50" G10 Plasma, Pioneer SC-1222k AVR, Panny DMP-BD60 BDP, Polk LS90 mains, CS350LS center, LS/fx side surrounds, LS50 surround backs, SVS 25-31PC+ sub, Harmony One

    Office Rig- Marantz 2252B, Denon 2910, Kenwood KD2070 TT, Polk RTA 12B's/ RTA8t
  • teekay0007teekay0007 Posts: 1,871
    That is a fantastic price on the PSW505 and lots of people around here are big fans of that sub. That being said, I prefer all aspects of the Polk DSWPRO550wi over the 505. I have two of the DSWPRO550wi subs and have used them almost daily for several years without issue. Prior to that, I had a DSWPRO500, the non-wireless option predecessor of the 550, and really liked that too.


    Also, for the many diehard fans of the PSW111, that Newegg link above has new 111s for $184 with free shipping! Best price I've seen on them.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 301
    Ok, so I bit the bullet and was able to come up with 2 great deals on 2 pair (that's 4 total for the mathmaticly impaired) of 505s. Overkill? Maybe, but at the price I got them, who cares!?! Lol
    Besides... I'm an admitted hoarder and I'll own that. And it's go big or go home! Gonna do some tuning but I expect to see response well below 20hz with room gain.

    Had just one running last night while watching Episode IV, and wound up rattling some paneling loose durring the Force Choke scene in the Death Star. :D My old subs couldn't do that...
  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 6,389
    Not sure if even 20 505's are gonna get you to 20hz. You'll get more output but they only dig so deep. Limited knowledge on multiple subs so take my opinion with a grain of salt...
    HT/Main- Panny 50" G10 Plasma, Pioneer SC-1222k AVR, Panny DMP-BD60 BDP, Polk LS90 mains, CS350LS center, LS/fx side surrounds, LS50 surround backs, SVS 25-31PC+ sub, Harmony One

    Office Rig- Marantz 2252B, Denon 2910, Kenwood KD2070 TT, Polk RTA 12B's/ RTA8t
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 3,768
    Wont get there, but corner loaded, if possible, should bring out their best.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 301
    Oh common! Can't a guy dream!? :p
    Since I'll have 4, I'm gonna crack one open and see if modding the enclosure can gain some extension. I know the amp is good for it, so a little tuning is in order. If I can get an extra half octave, I'll be really happy.
  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 6,389
    Mod away but IMO you'd be better off with 1 or 2 better subs rather than 4 mediocre ones.
    HT/Main- Panny 50" G10 Plasma, Pioneer SC-1222k AVR, Panny DMP-BD60 BDP, Polk LS90 mains, CS350LS center, LS/fx side surrounds, LS50 surround backs, SVS 25-31PC+ sub, Harmony One

    Office Rig- Marantz 2252B, Denon 2910, Kenwood KD2070 TT, Polk RTA 12B's/ RTA8t
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,521
    you'll get into the low 20s with the right room gain or eq, and you'll gain output with multiples. Each additional sub only gives you 3 db additional output. http://hometheaterhifi.com/volume_12_2/polk-psw-505-subwoofer-4-2005.html

    But one SVS PB-10 would dig deeper and at least egual the output without any work...sorry to burst your bubble: https://www.soundandvision.com/content/review-svs-pb-1000-subwoofer-measurements
    HT Rig:
    Yamaha RX-A1010; Mains: Def Tech Mythos 2; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000+Energy EPS-100 sub; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

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  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 3,768
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    you'll get into the low 20s with the right room gain or eq, and you'll gain output with multiples. Each additional sub only gives you 3 db additional output. http://hometheaterhifi.com/volume_12_2/polk-psw-505-subwoofer-4-2005.html

    But one SVS PB-10 would dig deeper and at least egual the output without any work...sorry to burst your bubble: https://www.soundandvision.com/content/review-svs-pb-1000-subwoofer-measurements

    This ^^^^ and HSU offers a killer sub for equal money thst will shake your drawers off! :)
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 301
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    you'll get into the low 20s with the right room gain or eq, and you'll gain output with multiples. Each additional sub only gives you 3 db additional output. http://hometheaterhifi.com/volume_12_2/polk-psw-505-subwoofer-4-2005.html

    But one SVS PB-10 would dig deeper and at least egual the output without any work...sorry to burst your bubble: https://www.soundandvision.com/content/review-svs-pb-1000-subwoofer-measurements

    Yeah I just got done reading that (hometheaterhifi) review before checking back on the forum... :# :/ OK, so sub 20Hz is out, but I know I can mod for better extension and improve on those less than stellar graphs.

    And IIRC my acoustic theory, 2=+3dB over one, and 4 is only +6dB above 1, not 9dB.

    I guess the bigger question is why/how does the SVS dig so much deeper? It can't be just the driver...
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