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Polk Audio 8" Wireless Subwoofer

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wootalyzer


quality posts: 1 Private Messages wootalyzer

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Polk Audio 8" Wireless Subwoofer
$99.99 + $5 Shipping
Condition: New

*DISCLAIMER* Wootalyzer! is in no way affiliated with Woot!, and this post may not always be here!

jmp8910


quality posts: 10 Private Messages jmp8910

http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/psw/pswi225.php

Really good price,$300 less then the manufacturer. I have had polk audio products in my car before, dunno how there home stereo stuff is, anyone have any reviews?

Face76


quality posts: 5 Private Messages Face76

It's only half price: http://m.polkaudio.com/speakers/products/pswi8m

For some reason, it's not on their full site.

paulpnevada


quality posts: 26 Private Messages paulpnevada

Here's the manual. Or 'maunal' if you're dyslexic. Whatever, the link works.

http://m.polkaudio.com/downloads/manual/PSWi8m_Maunal.pdf

speedoo


quality posts: 41 Private Messages speedoo
jmp8910 wrote:http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/psw/pswi225.php

Really good price,$300 less then the manufacturer. I have had polk audio products in my car before, dunno how there home stereo stuff is, anyone have any reviews?



People love their home stereo speakers, but they also generally recommend other woofers, if you are an audiophile, not sold by Polk. But for $100, you really can't go wrong here, most likely. I just don't get the wireless thing.

bolligra


quality posts: 33 Private Messages bolligra

I had Polk speakers in my house for many years. Top quality, in my opinion. Great sounding with solid bass. Don't know anything about this offer, however.


As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

southpaw42


quality posts: 2 Private Messages southpaw42

It says wireless but it has a power cord. Is that just to charge battery? ;-)

davirom


quality posts: 10 Private Messages davirom

Wireless is a good way to go for a subwoofer. Since bass perception is non-directional, you can place the sub out of the way and not worry about how to make the wire run.

jmp8910


quality posts: 10 Private Messages jmp8910
speedoo wrote:People love their home stereo speakers, but they also generally recommend other woofers, if you are an audiophile, not sold by Polk. But for $100, you really can't go wrong here, most likely. I just don't get the wireless thing.



Yea see i wasn't sure how good wireless sound systems were.. I think i may just stick with the Bose Cinimate sound system I bought myself for christmas

paulpnevada


quality posts: 26 Private Messages paulpnevada

Pretty good write-up on the Polk site, too.

http://m.polkaudio.com/speakers/products/pswi8m

skorpMI


quality posts: 0 Private Messages skorpMI

Question for those who may know: I have a Sony 7.1 system but no subwoofer yet. My output for a powered subwoofer is a single rca connector. Why does this have right/left rca inputs? Would I be better off getting something else?

spidergirl42


quality posts: 1 Private Messages spidergirl42

Seriously Woot? I bought the Denon A/V Reciever you sold the other day, how did you know I need a sub too? Sadly I'm tapped for cash or I'd probably buy this too.

Polk is a good brand and this is a great price, but I don't need a wireless sub. Start selling some wireless rear speakers and then we'll talk.

YES!

paulpnevada


quality posts: 26 Private Messages paulpnevada

From the Polk site: "Takes up less than a cubic foot of floor space: 12-inches W x 14-inches H x 12-inches D".

Ouch, I'm guessing a marketing type wrote that dimensionally mangled, inconsistent and incorrect statement.

Assuming the dimensions stated are correct, it looks like each subwoofer occupies a square foot of floor space and just over a cubic foot of volume.

speedoo


quality posts: 41 Private Messages speedoo

No reviews anywhere on this that I could find, but very good reviews for one that is slightly larger on Amazon. 4.5 stars.

http://www.amazon.com/PSWI225-Polk-Wireless-Subwoofer-Black/dp/B00279V1KK/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_1

spidergirl42


quality posts: 1 Private Messages spidergirl42
skorpMI wrote:Question for those who may know: I have a Sony 7.1 system but no subwoofer yet. My output for a powered subwoofer is a single rca connector. Why does this have right/left rca inputs? Would I be better off getting something else?



That's to connect to the wireless transmitter, you'd probably have to get an adapter if you want to hard-wire it. But if you're running a Sony 7.1 system, you're probably going to want more power than this sub can offer.

YES!

shaun40555


quality posts: 5 Private Messages shaun40555

I have a Boston Acoustics wireless sub for a soundbar, sounds great but kills my wifi so I don't keep it. If I'm playing a Blu-Ray and want a theater experience I'll turn it on.

fastfxr


quality posts: 1 Private Messages fastfxr

An 8" driver isn't a 'subwoofer'...it's midrange at best.

Your little Logitech 'sub' next to your PC produces more bass than this does.
Steer clear, folks.

jbing1982


quality posts: 2 Private Messages jbing1982
skorpMI wrote:Question for those who may know: I have a Sony 7.1 system but no subwoofer yet. My output for a powered subwoofer is a single rca connector. Why does this have right/left rca inputs? Would I be better off getting something else?



There's no real reason for some for having left and right rca inputs on a sub. If you connected both the RCA's on this sub it would just combine them into a mono source anyways. If your receiver has an RCA sub output, connect it to the right input. or you can purchase a cheap RCA splitter so they can hook up the left and right RCA inputs on the sub.

schlafly


quality posts: 0 Private Messages schlafly

I don't get it. Why would I ever want to hook up a subwoofer independently of my regular speakers? Do some people like listening to a subwoofer by itself? Is there some advantage to a subwoofer being wireless, as opposed to regular speakers?

mirylad985


quality posts: 9 Private Messages mirylad985

Polk does wonders with its subwoofers. However, at this price you can find one of its wired front-firing 10" subwoofers. If wireless isn't a big deal and you don't mind having a bit of cable, it's definitely worth it to put the cash towards a bigger wired model. If you have a small apartment and space is an issue though, this would be perfect.

mirylad985


quality posts: 9 Private Messages mirylad985
schlafly wrote:I don't get it. Why would I ever want to hook up a subwoofer independently of my regular speakers? Do some people like listening to a subwoofer by itself? Is there some advantage to a subwoofer being wireless, as opposed to regular speakers?



Speakers have an exact layout that is the same for everyone. However, subwoofers sound different depending on what part of the room they are sitting in. I would love to be able to pick up my sub and move it from place to place, seeing where it sounds best, and not have to worry about if I can wire it in the new spot.

storksdaman


quality posts: 0 Private Messages storksdaman
bolligra wrote:I had Polk speakers in my house for many years. Top quality, in my opinion. Great sounding with solid bass. Don't know anything about this offer, however.



I_have_the_big+brother_model_of_this_wireless_sub,the_sound_of_Polk_is_amazing_and_this_is_no_exception._You_will_hear_some_complaints_of_flaky_wireless_resulting_in_popping_or_cracking_noises.I_have_had_mine_for_about_6_months_and_heard_it_a_few_times_but_if_you_just_unplug_it_and_plug_it_back_in_it_goes_away._Mine_is_mostly_for_occasional_use_so_it_doesn't_really_bother_me

WOOT!_please_sell_me_a_wireless_keyboard_in_your_upcoming_Woot-off.

cowboyesfan


quality posts: 10 Private Messages cowboyesfan


This may be a dumb question, but what do you plug the "Wireless USB Transmitter" into exactly?

editorkid


quality posts: 92 Private Messages editorkid

It's a shame this cuts off at 36 Hz... almost all sources go down to 20 Hz, so this is throwing away almost an entire octave at the bottom end.

editorkid


quality posts: 92 Private Messages editorkid

Why don't you people link your URLs?

paulpnevada


quality posts: 26 Private Messages paulpnevada
cowboyesfan wrote:This may be a dumb question, but what do you plug the "Wireless USB Transmitter" into exactly?



Your stereo or your TV system. A wireless receiver of any kind needs a wireless transmitter of some kind to function.

Karzon


quality posts: 8 Private Messages Karzon
storksdaman wrote:I_have_the_big+brother_model_of_this_wireless_sub,the_sound_of_Polk_is_amazing_and_this_is_no_exception._You_will_hear_some_complaints_of_flaky_wireless_resulting_in_popping_or_cracking_noises.I_have_had_mine_for_about_6_months_and_heard_it_a_few_times_but_if_you_just_unplug_it_and_plug_it_back_in_it_goes_away._Mine_is_mostly_for_occasional_use_so_it_doesn't_really_bother_me

WOOT!_please_sell_me_a_wireless_keyboard_in_your_upcoming_Woot-off.



What's wrong with your spacebar?

djdoughy


quality posts: 1 Private Messages djdoughy
fastfxr wrote:An 8" driver isn't a 'subwoofer'...it's midrange at best.

Your little Logitech 'sub' next to your PC produces more bass than this does.
Steer clear, folks.



I've seen 8" drivers beat out 12" and 15"'s before, It's all about packaging the device. Polk, in my experience, has never had a problem doing such that.

masshuum


quality posts: 19 Private Messages masshuum
fastfxr wrote:An 8" driver isn't a 'subwoofer'...it's midrange at best.

Your little Logitech 'sub' next to your PC produces more bass than this does.
Steer clear, folks.



Unruffle your skirt. Size doesn't always matter.

Obviously, "good" subwoofers are made to move air, a lot of it, to make the experience. Not make low noises.

It's also obvious that this isn't aiming at that type of market and comments such as yours are simply elitist smarm. Stay clear of future frivolous commenting. Would you also say a compact car can't do the job of a tow truck?

Probably.

editorkid


quality posts: 92 Private Messages editorkid

Reading the manual, this was originally intended for TVs. That's why it only goes to 36 Hz (below the range of most TV speakers, so you'd notice an improvement), why it uses both RCA jacks (it goes into a TV's auxiliary jacks), and why it has USB (it can be powered by USB ports on some Mitsubishi TVs). It's compatible with A/V receivers, but not specifically designed for them.

bsmith1


quality posts: 103 Private Messages bsmith1
fastfxr wrote:An 8" driver isn't a 'subwoofer'...it's midrange at best.



36Hz - 250Hz is not "midrange".

clumpymold


quality posts: 4 Private Messages clumpymold

I'm not really sure how this subwoofer is wired up. I understand that the sub has its own power cord. And IF the RCA cables plug into the sub and then into the wireless transmitter, where does the included USB cable plug into then? And what is it for? And how is the range on the wireless transmitter?

Nevermind. Just read the manual. Even though the manual doesn't seem to be the one for this unit (states 50W versus this 70W unit). RCA cables can be used for non-wireless connection and the USB is for some TV sets.

editorkid


quality posts: 92 Private Messages editorkid
clumpymold wrote:I'm not really sure how this subwoofer is wired up. I understand that the sub has its own power cord. And IF the RCA cables plug into the sub and then into the wireless transmitter, where does the included USB cable plug into then? And what is it for? And how is the range on the wireless transmitter?


Again, from the manual,

The transmitter power supply is connected here using the USB cable. Alternatively, you can power the transmitter directly from select Mitsubishi televisions with USB connections.


Cwarwick


quality posts: 1 Private Messages Cwarwick
fastfxr wrote:An 8" driver isn't a 'subwoofer'...it's midrange at best.



Just because it's an 8 doesn't automatically define it as not a subwoofer nor a midrange. A subwoofer is deigned to reproduce frequencies below the range of a woofer usually <200hz. A small speaker (<8")with a low Fs (resonant frequency) able to reproduce sub-bass is still indeed a subwoofer. It's the frequency response that defines subwoofer, NOT the size. This speaker does indeed reproduce sub-bass frequencies and is thus a subwoofer regardless of it's size.

As a great philosopher once said:
"Size matters not."

That was Yoda.

glh3o


quality posts: 2 Private Messages glh3o

What I don't understand, and never will, is why people are opposed to wires. Wires are not evil. What's evil is the laziness of people which aides the creation of "wire spaghetti." Take some time, run the wires/cables, and be merry.

http://njnnetwork.com/njn/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Cable-Management-1.jpg

jiggersgreen


quality posts: 36 Private Messages jiggersgreen
masshuum wrote:Unruffle your skirt. Size doesn't always matter.

Obviously, "good" subwoofers are made to move air, a lot of it, to make the experience. Not make low noises.

It's also obvious that this isn't aiming at that type of market and comments such as yours are simply elitist smarm. Stay clear of future frivolous commenting. Would you also say a compact car can't do the job of a tow truck?

Probably.

You could always mount a big fan behind it .

vainpire


quality posts: 7 Private Messages vainpire
fastfxr wrote:An 8" driver isn't a 'subwoofer'...it's midrange at best.

Your little Logitech 'sub' next to your PC produces more bass than this does.
Steer clear, folks.



I own a 128 track digital recording studio so I can speak on this with experience...first...8" speakers can make great subs if u dont have a large space or if u have sound restrictions like an apartment...second...polk is a very good company...third...no way can a "Logitch" sub compare to this...how do I know...I have both products in my office at my studio...and last...the price is excellent...thanku

naughtynumber9


quality posts: 3 Private Messages naughtynumber9

This product has "marketing experiment" (ok, maybe "niche") written all over it. Without the word "wireless" (unless there's a car battery in that enclosure - it isn't) it would probably retail for around this price. There's really only one practical application for it that I can think of - if you have a multi-room receiver and want a powered sub in a smaller room and you don't want to drill this is what you'd need. If you have a decent sized living room and intend to use this as your main sub you'll probably want to hold out for something that can put out bigger than 70 watts RMS, (even from Polk). If you want to put some thump in a smaller room though you'd most likely enjoy this sub. The wireless feature would make it pretty versatile through home theater upgrades too.

Cwarwick


quality posts: 1 Private Messages Cwarwick
editorkid wrote:It's a shame this cuts off at 36 Hz... almost all sources go down to 20 Hz, so this is throwing away almost an entire octave at the bottom end.



Don't think that 36hz isn't good. While many movies do indeed have content around 20hz (nearly all music including most popular dubstep is limited to >40hz) in order to reach that low you'd need a MUCH larger sub. 36hz is (if that is to be believed) actually very respectable in a sub that small. If you're interested it's called Hoffman's Iron Law:
http://www.salksound.com/wp/?p=56

Bottom line, this is a sub that will cover the entire frequency range for nearly any music you throw at it, and still handle movies fine. Reaching down to 20hz with any authority is hard for any decent sub, so don't expect it with this little thing.