"The most for your money."4.0 starson by iamjosuff
Handles movies very well.
Quite Stylish (matches the Polk Monitor Series exactly)
Cons: No true LFE, though you can easily circumvent this.
It isn't a Klipshe 400 watt powerhouse.
Summary: The first, and most obvious positive is the $99 price tag. I don't want to harp on the "value" but in the world of fine audio, you seldom see $99 without another digit before the 99. I bought mine on New Egg and got it the next day for $99 flat. I purchased this unit to replace a (terrible) Sony Sub that came with a HTIB system. I am running my system off of a Sony STR-DN1000 and it consists of 2 Polk Audio Monitor 40's up front, a Polk Audio CS1 center channel and 2 Polk Audio R15's as the Surrounds in a 5.1 (soon to be 7.1) system. The first thing I noticed upon plugging it in was how well the bass was integrated into the highs and mids at all volumes when I popped in ORBS' "Asleep Next To Science" album. The strong basslines didn't seem to dance from the sub to the fronts as it used to with my old sub. I have since used it to listen to everything from John Coltrane to Dream Theater and I must say that the sound stage remains seamless at all volumes and with any style of music that I throw at it. The first movie I watched was James Cameron's "Avatar." I was even more satisfied with the PSW10's ability to accurately represent every thunderous roar without mangling the backround sounds. I think this is a testament to the extremely robust build quality. The DTS HD audio came through surprisingly clear.
The one caveat is the speakers lack of a LFE connection, which is the most common choice by far for a subwoofer in this price range. In reality it doesn't lack the LFE, because the unit's L / R input excepts a standard subwoofer cable. Either input will work. Make sure to turn the Hz nob all the way up and let your receiver handle all of the crossover duty. If you would like to boost the volume a bit, you can use a "Y cable" to split the signal and feed it to both the Left and Right Channel. To my ears, doing this did not effect the sound quality at all. It just made the unit an even 15 - 20% louder at all levels.
The bottom line is that if you are looking for a Sub that will shake your house, this is not it. Furthermore, it is a single 10" speaker and can not be expected make your house sound like a dance club. For my money, the PSW10 gives you mid level performance for dirt cheap. If you are using anything smaller than 6 1/2" speakers up front and a room no bigger than say 15 X 20, It should round out your system nicely. If you have some big speakers up front that provide any kind of really open sound, it may not mesh as well. If you are using the Polk Monitor speakers, it is a no brainer for $99. I would highly recommend this unit even if it was priced in the $250 range.