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[Best Buy] Polk HTS10 10 inch powered subwoofer open box $299

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[Best Buy] Polk HTS10 10 inch powered subwoofer open box $299

Has good reviews including the Home Theater discussion thread and as follows:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... U/htmlview

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/revi ... -for-home/

https://screenrant.com/best-subwoofers/

Geek Squad certified.

There is also a Marketplace seller selling for $294.99. I prefer Bestbuy.ca for easy returns.

Currently, Visions.ca has this for $397. Historically, their lowest price is reportedly at $299.

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Frequency Response is listed as 20Hz to 150Hz (+/- 3 dB) on the Best Buy website. Is that a typo? Even the more expensive $1000+ SVS subs struggle to reach the 20Hz threshold.
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I picked up an open box from BB at this price last month. Very pleased with it. Replaced an older Sherwood SP10. Big difference for me.
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DavidY wrote: Typo. Should be 30 Hz as per URL http://comic-cons.xyz/polk-audio-hts-10 ... cs-manual/
Pretty bad place for a typo ... Only the most important stat lol

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iverson wrote: Frequency Response is listed as 20Hz to 150Hz (+/- 3 dB) on the Best Buy website. Is that a typo? Even the more expensive $1000+ SVS subs struggle to reach the 20Hz threshold.
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iverson wrote: Frequency Response is listed as 20Hz to 150Hz (+/- 3 dB) on the Best Buy website. Is that a typo? Even the more expensive $1000+ SVS subs struggle to reach the 20Hz threshold.
Frequency response specifications for speakers are almost always BS, especially for popular manufacturers competing with each other at major retailers. Definitely not a typo, but highly unlikely to be truthful.

Independently measured frequency response by reviewers is the only thing you can kinda trust, and even then you have to recognize that room particulars and test setup will affect the result.

nytimes' review linked in OP ranked this second in a blind listening test, despite being the cheapest, but it had the lowest output at 20Hz. So apparently it sounds very good, but 20Hz -3dB is nonsense.

But I'm not knowledgeable enough to say if you can do better for $300.

EDIT: as proven above, it looks like Polk doesn't list it as 20 Hz, but I wouldn't be surprised if Best Buy did it on purpose or didn't care...
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Very happy with mine which I’ve got open box from BB as well. Replaced another Polk which came part of a package and it made a big difference
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Mintmaster wrote: Definitely not a typo, but highly unlikely to be truthful.
About as truthful as 'Certified Open Box'.
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Not a very good sub. If you want budget, go Dayton sub-1200 or Monoprice 12" (but the Dayton is better).

It's around the same price from ebay or solen I believe.
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Mintmaster wrote: Frequency response specifications for speakers are almost always BS, especially for popular manufacturers competing with each other at major retailers. Definitely not a typo, but highly unlikely to be truthful.

Independently measured frequency response by reviewers is the only thing you can kinda trust, and even then you have to recognize that room particulars and test setup will affect the result.

nytimes' review linked in OP ranked this second in a blind listening test, despite being the cheapest, but it had the lowest output at 20Hz. So apparently it sounds very good, but 20Hz -3dB is nonsense.

But I'm not knowledgeable enough to say if you can do better for $300.
It's a typo
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Mintmaster wrote:
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nytimes' review linked in OP ranked this second in a blind listening test, despite being the cheapest, but it had the lowest output at 20Hz. So apparently it sounds very good, but 20Hz -3dB is nonsense.

But I'm not knowledgeable enough to say if you can do better for $300.
Concur with your points. It's wirecutter's review (who got bought up by NYT):
https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/revi ... -for-home/

Picked it up from Amazon for $300 last fall and I'm very happy with it. I'd say if you're not in a hurry, wait - it goes on sale on Amazon somewhat regularly (see CCC chart). I chose this over the Dayton Audio.

Brent Butterworth (the subwoofer reviewer at the wirecutter) keeps a database of his testing results here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0
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I have the 12” of this and love it. Very good for the money.
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JKCanada wrote: OOS :/
It’ll be back. Last month I just kept checking the page every few days until I saw it. I actually thought there’d be a bunch on Open Box after Christmas (returns) but didn’t see many.
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[quote="Jammer005" post_id=34024937 time=1612640253 user_id=207197][quote=JKCanada post_id=34024023 time=1612628939 user_id=1411768]OOS :/[/quote]

It’ll be back. Last month I just kept checking the page every few days until I saw it. I actually thought there’d be a bunch on Open Box after Christmas (returns) but didn’t see many.[/quote]

Best Buy isn’t doing returns until the end of the month. You may get lucky then.
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There weren't any really good deals on the 12" version this last BF/BD, which is a very good buy. It was previously down to even $300 and $350 before. My friend bought one on my recommendation and likes it a lot.

Most people would be pretty happy with the 12" version of this sub, and I would make the case that if you can get 2 of them for $350-400 each, it would be a much better buy than a single SVS PB1000

This 10" should be ok, but I wouldn't try to use it in a large room. It's not going to reach deep at all, but if you put in a smaller room, the room gain should help out the bottom end a lot.
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