Polk Audio PSW10 vs Yamaha YST-SW012

Polk Audio PSW10 vs Yamaha YST-SW012

Polk Audio PSW10 review

Comparing subwoofers I was wondering how can devices with the similar nominal-maximal output range (50-100 W) and amplifier output power (50 W) differ. Once, I’ve started testing Polk Audio PSW10 vs Yamaha YST-SW012 it became more clear. 10-inch device by Polk Audio has an advantage of adjustable low-pass crossover and phase switch presence. Also, it has detachable grilles that add an extra protection for the driver and the whole device. A decent low-frequency sound is reached with a help of its 85 dB sensitivity and 35-200 Hz frequency response range. An intelligently engineered PSW10 subwoofer is composed to bring distortion-free low frequencies and eliminate standing waves or other performance-robbing resonances.

Polk Audio PSW10 review

Yamaha YST-SW012 review

While testing Yamaha YST-SW012 vs Polk Audio PSW10 subwoofers I was impressed with the power of the sound that can be created by 10-inch and 8-inch devices. 50-100 W nominal-maximal output range of Yamaha product combined with 28-200 Hz frequency response provides a decent clear sound. Its 8-inch multi-range driver with magnetic shielding ensures deep low-frequencies sounding for your music, movie and game effects. Linear Port minimizes extraneous noise while unique construction design keeps it stable for more efficient use of power.

Yamaha YST-SW012 review

Polk Audio PSW10 pros and cons

Pros

  • Exceptionally smooth and deep bass sound with minimal distortion
  • Brings an effect of “being there” while watching movies or playing games
  • Easy-to-adjust with various types of music due to smart controls

Cons

  • Slight distortion appears on high volume
  • May be complicated if wiring to non-Polk Audio devices

Yamaha YST-SW012 pros and cons

Pros

  • Can be placed anywhere in the room due to its omnidirectional nature
  • Easy to set-up device
  • Compatible with the non-Yamaha audio systems

Cons

  • No low-pass and phase controls
  • No detachable grilles

Votes 2 2
Rating 4.5 4.5

Subwoofers comparison chart

Overall
Polk Audio PSW10
6.3
Yamaha YST-SW012
4.3
8
4
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Common

Product

Polk Audio PSW10
Yamaha YST-SW012

Model

PSW10
YST-SW012

Brand

Polk Audio
Yamaha

Reviews

6209
764

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
5

Frequency response, Hz

35-200
28-200

Crossover frequency, Hz

80-160

Driver

Driver quantity

1
1

Driver size, in

10
8

Driver placement

front panel
front panel

Port placement

front panel
right panel

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth

Extensive connection

RCA LFE inputs

0
1

RCA stereo line level inputs (pair)

1
0

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
0

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
29 x 29 x 32.8/11.4 x 11.4 x 22

Weight, kg/pounds

11.8/26
8.5/19
Polk Audio PSW10
Yamaha YST-SW012
Polk Audio PSW10
Yamaha YST-SW012

Subwoofers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.3
  • 4.3
  • 6.3Polk Audio PSW10
  • 4.3Yamaha YST-SW012

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