Best Budget Soundbar Without Subwoofer
- Good sound quality
- Subwoofer included
What’s the budget sound bar system
The budget sound bar system Polk Audio PSW10 10″has few features and doesn’t create the most authentic virtual surround-sound field. But sound quality is good, especially considering the price. A nice extra is that the sound bar can process multichannel PCM from Blu-ray players that have their own high-definition (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio) decoders, though it can’t decode those formats itself.
The included powered subwoofer does a great job of delivering low frequencies, but don’t expect floor-board rattling power. You won’t find a radio tuner, iPod compatibility or some of the other extras found in competing sound bars, though HDMI connectivity is a nice plus. The Vizio VSB210WS (*Est. $270) is another consideration at near the same price. The Vizio is a small step behind in sound quality, and it doesn’t offer as much connectivity, but it comes with a wireless subwoofer that can be more easily placed anywhere in the room while reducing cable clutter even further.
Polk Audio PSW10 10" Powered Subwoofer - Featuring High Current Amp and Low-Pass Filter
PSW10 fills in the bottom end of your home theater system. Relieve your main speakers from performing bass duty and let them work on the mids and highs. PSW10 is a great addition to any subwooferless system and will bring your movie watching experience to the next level.
Several reviews of the Polk Audio PSW10 10″
We found several reviews of the Polk Audio PSW10 10″. The best is at CNET, where the sound bar undergoes thorough testing. The review at TestFreaks.com isn’t as detailed, but is well illustrated and includes the results of listening tests. You can read lots of user reviews at Amazon.com.