Polk Audio PSW10 vs Pioneer SW-8MK2

Polk Audio PSW10 vs Pioneer SW-8MK2

Polk Audio PSW10 review

Recently, I ran into a need to change my home subwoofer. After a thorough research, my choice was made for Polk Audio PSW10 vs Pioneer SW-8MK2 pair. The one by Polk Audio has a 10 inches driver on the front panel with a 50 W nominal and 100 W maximal output power. With a 85 dB sensitivity and 35-200 Hz frequency response range this subwoofer produces exceptionally clear sound. The combination of high-quality polymer woofer composition, enclosure construction techniques and proper speaker geometry results in an outstanding experience while listening to your favourite tracks.

Polk Audio PSW10 review

Pioneer SW-8MK2 review

Experiencing a need to make changes in my home audio setup I surfed through the internet to find a new subwoofer. That’s how I came to testing Pioneer SW-8MK2 vs Polk Audio PSW10. Pioneer product has a similar to the Polk one nominal-maximal output power range of 50-100 W, however its audio amplifier output power is higher – 100 W. I was pleasantly surprised with a room-shaking realism, brought by its down firing 8 inch driver and the vented enclosure producing an outstanding bass sound. And with adjustable phase and low-pass filter controls I could set up a decent sounding preferred by my ears.

Pioneer SW-8MK2 review

Pros

  • Subwoofer comes with both speaker-level and line-level inputs
  • It has a variable crossover and volume knob
  • Sound quality and wideness of PSW10 brings a thrill of “being there”
  • This device offers an exceptionally good value for money

Cons

  • A slight disappointment that the package did not include an LFE input
  • For a large room as mine, I felt the need of a second subwoofer
  • On high volumes there was too much distortion in low frequencies

Pros

  • Has an extremely smooth and defined low end sound
  • Is really easy to set up (took me about 10 minutes to do that)
  • Regardless its compact size produces a decent sound
  • For its price has a proper performance value

Cons

  • It doesn’t have protecting grilles, which is not convenient if you are a pet owner
  • Volume levels may be difficult to set up if used with not-Pioneer receiver
  • The bright blue light on the front can make it a bit distracting to use SW-8MK2 at night

Votes 2 2
Rating 5 5

Subwoofers comparison chart

Overall
Polk Audio PSW10
6.3
Pioneer SW-8MK2
6
8
8
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Common

Product

Polk Audio PSW10
Pioneer SW-8MK2

Model

PSW10
SW-8MK2

Brand

Polk Audio
Pioneer

Reviews

6209
599

General

Amplification type

active
active

Wireless

Detachable grilles

Enclosure type

vented
vented

Power

Nominal output power (RMS), W

50
50

Maximal output power (RMS), W

100
100

Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB

85
80

Impedance, Ohm

4
8

Frequency response, Hz

35-200
38-150

Crossover frequency, Hz

80-160
31-125

Driver

Driver quantity

1
1

Driver size, in

10
8

Driver placement

front panel
down firing

Port placement

front panel
front panel

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth

Extensive connection

RCA LFE inputs

0
0

RCA stereo line level inputs (pair)

1
1

RCA outputs

0
0

XLR inputs (pair)

0
0

XLR outputs (pair)

0
0

Speaker level output (pair)

2
0

Speaker level input (pair)

2
2

Control

Volume

Subwoofer phase

Low-pass filter

Main power switch

App control

Desing

Body material

MDF
MDF

Woofer composition

polymer
polymer

Colors

black, brown, silver
black

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions (W x H x D), cm/in

35.6 x 36.5 x 41/14 x 16.2 x 14.4
27 x 27 x 30/12.2 x 12.2 x 14.2

Weight, kg/pounds

11.8/26
9.3/20.2
Polk Audio PSW10
Pioneer SW-8MK2
Polk Audio PSW10
Pioneer SW-8MK2

Subwoofers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.3
  • 6
  • 6.3Polk Audio PSW10
  • 6Pioneer SW-8MK2

The Polk Audio PSW10 is better subwoofer in this comparison. Check Polk Audio PSW10 price