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Old 01-08-2015, 10:02 PM   #1
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My subwoofer is just over 2 years old and its already starting to buzz and make cracking sounds.. I don't even play my movies very loud or even have the sub volume set very high either. What a bunch of crap...My crappy Acustic Image one I bought out of the back of a van lasted 10 years.. You can all praise Polk audio all you want but I am 1 and done. It was my first piece from Polk and now my last.
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:07 AM   #2
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My subwoofer is just over 2 years old and its already starting to buzz and make cracking sounds.. I don't even play my movies very loud or even have the sub volume set very high either. What a bunch of crap...My crappy Acustic Image one I bought out of the back of a van lasted 10 years.. You can all praise Polk audio all you want but I am 1 and done. It was my first piece from Polk and now my last.

I never liked their subwoofers. I got one back in the day, it quit, and I had it fixed under warranty. Died again, and it cost what I paid for it to get repaired. Died again, and I said to heck with it, and started building them.


I took it apart to see what I could cannibalize, and the amp was a mass of sloppy wiring, birdshit soldering, and subpar components. Never again.


Never again. Klipsch is nice.
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:19 AM   #3
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I took both my Polk subs that were working just fine & replaced the drivers in them & took out the plate amp & plugged the hole in the back with a plate with binding posts on it. They are now passive subwoofers driven by one of my XPA-5's ~ They work & sound great IMO
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:22 AM   #4
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Second that.....I've had a Klipsch sub for quite awhile now. No problems and good performer.
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:43 AM   #5
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Polk makes some pretty decent speakers but there subs leave a lot to be desired. Perhaps you can make use of the enclosure and amp. You may be able to find a sub that wks in your enclosure.
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Old 01-09-2015, 03:51 AM   #6
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Probably just buy a new one and take this polk pos and use it as a target for my 45.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:39 AM   #7
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so because you had 1 bad product from them you wont ever buy them again? because that makes sense, if i stuck to that logic i wouldnt own any technology.

i dont have one of their subs but i am extremely happy with my lsi's especially for the price i paid.
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Fronts: Polk LSi15s (Upgraded crossovers & woofers)
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Old 02-02-2015, 01:33 AM   #8
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Don't judge Polk by their subs. I am very happy with my speakers. They sound great. I have no experience with Polk subs, though, since I have a Martin Logan sub. That may be a blessing on my part, though.

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Old 02-02-2015, 01:48 AM   #9
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I've had a Polk PSW505 now for about 2 years and love it. Not one complaint and it gets pretty low and deep
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:52 AM   #10
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Probably just buy a new one and take this polk pos and use it as a target for my 45.
If you go with this, post some pics.
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My subwoofer is just over 2 years old and its already starting to buzz and make cracking sounds.. I don't even play my movies very loud or even have the sub volume set very high either. What a bunch of crap...My crappy Acustic Image one I bought out of the back of a van lasted 10 years.. You can all praise Polk audio all you want but I am 1 and done. It was my first piece from Polk and now my last.
Try Klipsch. They're very affordable and I've heard from many who've switched from Polk just by hearing the difference alone. All my speakers are Klipsch now (including my sub) and I can't recommend them enough.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:38 PM   #12
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Try Klipsch. They're very affordable and I've heard from many who've switched from Polk just by hearing the difference alone. All my speakers are Klipsch now (including my sub) and I can't recommend them enough.
+1 This is good advice.
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:45 PM   #13
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They can make them well if they want to. I purchased this one in 1997 PSW1200.

It have never complained. Not one fault. Throws out nice clean strong bass.
Source: 2x Oppo BDP-103D's (Bluray, CD, and SACD), PS3, PS4, Project 1.3 turntable.
Amplification: Marantz SR7009, 2x Marantz MM7055's (10 amps bi-amping 5 channels).
Speakers: (Atmos 5.3.2): 4 x Polk RTiA7's, Polk CSP 1000, 2x Atlantic TLC-8.2, Polk PSW1200, 2x SVS SB Ultra 13's and triple buttkicker system.
Projection: Dreamvision Siglos 3 Tentation Ltd.
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My late-70's vintage Model 10's still sound great ...
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Old 02-03-2015, 12:26 AM   #15
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Other than the Klipsch reference line of subwoofers, I would stay away from them. IMO, I would give an ID subwoofer company my business over all of the big brand subwoofers. I have had my HSU VTF for 3 years and it always puts a smile on my face! Other brands like Rhythmic, PSA, Reaction sub, Seaton, JTR, funk and SVS are all great ID subwoofer companies!

I have a old 10" klipsch subwoofer that plate amp broke so I am powering it with one of my crown amps. The speaker cannot even handle 200watts and it starts to smoke during crazy LFE scenes!
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I took both my Polk subs that were working just fine & replaced the drivers in them & took out the plate amp & plugged the hole in the back with a plate with binding posts on it. They are now passive subwoofers driven by one of my XPA-5's ~ They work & sound great IMO
No fair Brent!!!!! Those are now DIY - CrazyBlue Custom monster subs!!! ...Well I basically did the same thing, replacing my wharfedale plate amps with an outboard amp (lost my remote capabilities but who cares - once you get the bass right....and if I need it a little louder - I can do that from JRiver). Just had to nudge you a bit, Crazy!
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Try Klipsch. They're very affordable and I've heard from many who've switched from Polk just by hearing the difference alone. All my speakers are Klipsch now (including my sub) and I can't recommend them enough.
Klipsch are better for movies than music because of the horn.
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Klipsch are better for movies than music because of the horn.
I went through both brands in the demo room before buying Polk. It depends on your tastes and wallet. I just wasn't a fan of the horn. Not to say that anything is wrong with them. A friend of mine swears by Klipsch. To each his own.
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:40 PM   #19
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Polk was a better company way back in the day. We are talking 1970's through the end of the 1980's. Sure it was a "monitor" type sound back then with little to no transparency or soundstage, but from what I have read over the past several years is that their build quality nowadays is just not up to their older speakers of decades ago. I used to be a fan of their stuff, having owned a late 70's early 80's model 7 and then a RTA11, but they seem to have really fallen as a speaker company. I'm not thrilled of the direction my current favorite, Paradigm, is going either. Seems there are more internet speaker builders out there than ever with good to great reviews that are putting out product at a price point.
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I've never used Polk SW's so I cannot give input there, but I have used their full range towers and bookshelf's many times and have never been less then happy...

I use DefTech subs in my system and am also very happy with those.
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