Yet another PSW110 victim. Unreal.

So I buy a nice set of polk Center CS4 and a PSW110 sub and a set of RTi3 booksehlfs all in Rosewood, to replace my 30 y.o Sansui Towers. Also using 17 y.o Infinity satellites for surroud do to space requirements, but I held on to the powered sub and center as I dont want to break up the set. 3 months out of warranty the PSW110 retires. (bought at Amazon from Amazon). Ijust got around to looking into the problem as the wife stubed her toe on the expensive sub and told me use it or lose it. In the meantime, I plugged in the 17 yo Infinty sub and she still thumpin away loyally. But shes black. Now I have a real nice Rosewood $250 brick, which will be a $350 brick if I decide to "buy" an amp board that clearly, according to others will also probably fail. Reviews on amazon and here also clearly show the PSW110 entire product line to be unreliable. Great job Polk. I was buying polk exclusively since about 2009 for auto, outdoor bar, home entertainment. I pulled the amp board off the back of the Cab on psw110. Nice Chinese board. I dont think im going to fork over the $100 plus and risk it so my matching rosewood cab rejoins the other components, but only because others who have replaced boards, man many , have had them fail as well. SOme of them got the $350 brick. Instead, if the amp is gonna blow up under light use, I think I'll really blow it up, on video, and put it on youtube as a warning to others that Polk is putting cheap chinese amp boards in moderately expensive cabs and despite a huge number of failures, are charging CNOTES to replace the cheap chinese amps with the exact same cheap chinese amps. I'm tired of paying good moeny for cheap Chinese crap. I I had maybe just put some real power through this, Imay have thought I over did it, but really, a home theater and she burns up? Unacceptable.

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  • msgmsg Posts: 3,396
    So's ranting on a smartphone with no punctuation or paragraph breaks.

    Sorry about your sub, though. Truly.
    You don't really expect a hundred dollar sub to last forever these days do you? Yeah, Chinese manufacturing sucks a lot of the time, but everyone's doing it these days. You're going to have to spend more for something to last longer, and even then, it'll probably be made overseas unless you're shelling out for Made in the USA.

    I have to wonder whether owners are pushing these things too hard, though.

    There are better options in the sub-$500 range.
  • msgmsg Posts: 3,396
    This is a great place to post your comment.
  • nguyendotnguyendot Posts: 3,561
    Seems real to me. I've always told people to get Polk speakers but avoid their sub personally.
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  • mantismantis Posts: 14,624
    You get what you pay for. Buy cheap get cheap period.
    Dan
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  • EvermoreEvermore Posts: 19
    I guess I get lucky.... Have had two of these amps fail on me in the PSW110, each at right under 3 years... Polk has been good about replacing them, but sheesh, would be nice to get something a bit more quality....

    http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/comment/2356610/#Comment_2356610

  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,664
    When the cheapest sub from an internet direct company like HSU is $450 shipped, I am not sure what you expect to get from Polk for significantly less, especially when they pay a HUGE premium to get those displays in best buy. You are paying quite a bit for that display, in addition to the sub being cheap to begin with...
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,606
    mantis wrote: »
    You get what you pay for. Buy cheap get cheap period.

    Bingo, 350 bucks is not an expensive sub anyway. You'll find cheap Chinese parts in just about anything these days, even audio gear in the thousands. Trick is, who will stand behind their products, with or without cheap parts.

    Polk has always stood behind there products, call customer service and see if they can help you which I'm pretty sure they can.
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  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,746
    You should have had it fail under warranty it sounds like to me. If you paid $250 for that sub you overpaid. Could have had a 505 and $50 bucks in your pocket.
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  • msgmsg Posts: 3,396
    I misread the OP's post. Sorry, I got lost.
    He paid $250 for the sub, not $100.
    My mistake. That changes everything.
  • nexcorpnexcorp Posts: 4
    Look. When you pay $250 for a sub and it goes bad, just out of warranty thats one thing. When you see hundreds of people at various places on the web all haveing the same failure on the same exact product (and including the 12" version") that a whole nother story, It means the entire product line is gagbare. Dont give me that bs about ya get what ya pay for. Not everybody needs 450 dollar subs or 5k sound systems. I have other subs , the xfinity 17 years old and still works. Bought this to match the finish on my other polk speakers. POlk is selling junk. Nice looking cab with junk amp and they replace the failures twith the exact same junk, and charge you $100 for it. this was used for 7.1 television viewing , no resaon for this amp to fail other than it is complete junk.
  • warrenwarren Posts: 542
    It happened to me also several years ago, I bought the board and its been good ever since, but it is in the back of my mind from time to time, nagging away in the distance.
    Some final words,
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  • mrbigbluelightmrbigbluelight Posts: 7,251

    I've had a PSW110, PSW125, and a PSW505 over the years, I can't say as I've ever had a problem.
    Where they top end gear ? No, I wouldn't say that, but they got the job done while admittedly being abused like borrowed government equipment.

    At present, the PSW505 is going for $243.97 with FREE shipping on Amazon.
    https://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-12-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B000092TT0?th=1

    $243.97. For real wood veneer, decent MDf cabinet (1" front baffle). 12" driver.
    300 watt rms amp.
    Did I mention $243.97 with FREE shipping ?

    Now is the PSW505 the be-all-and-end-all of subwoofers ? No, but it's not meant to be.

    The PSB Subseries 450 also has a 12" driver, nice build, and a 400 watt rms amp.
    For about $1500.
    Their subwoofers are warrantied for ONE year.

    $1500 with a one year amp warranty vs $243.97 for an amp with a three year warranty.

    My question is, how do they do it ?

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  • I've had a PSW110, PSW125, and a PSW505 over the years, I can't say as I've ever had a problem.
    Where they top end gear ? No, I wouldn't say that, but they got the job done while admittedly being abused like borrowed government equipment.

    At present, the PSW505 is going for $243.97 with FREE shipping on Amazon.
    https://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-12-Inch-Powered-Subwoofer/dp/B000092TT0?th=1

    $243.97. For real wood veneer, decent MDf cabinet (1" front baffle). 12" driver.
    300 watt rms amp.
    Did I mention $243.97 with FREE shipping ?

    Now is the PSW505 the be-all-and-end-all of subwoofers ? No, but it's not meant to be.

    The PSB Subseries 450 also has a 12" driver, nice build, and a 400 watt rms amp.
    For about $1500.
    Their subwoofers are warrantied for ONE year.

    $1500 with a one year amp warranty vs $243.97 for an amp with a three year warranty.

    My question is, how do they do it ?

    You can find the PSW505 new at Crutchflied and various others for $199.95 shipped. I found one for $60 used and another where I paid $100 for it with a CS10 and a Denon AVR1911 package.
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