While on the lookout to find the "perfect little sub", I stumbled upon a chance to try out Polk's DSW MicroPro 1000.
Thanks to Chris (cstmar01) for letting me borrow the little brute!
After unpackaging the subwoofer, the one thing that stuck out immediately was it's weight. For a speaker this small, it weighs in at a hefty 34-lbs, geez what's inside the damn thing? Some might consider the MicroPro subs 'ugly', but imo the front fascia with it's large dust-cap and inverted rubber surround look clean and sexy. I was a little skeptical about the subwoofer's performance given it's small stature and sized-driver, but that was all about to change.
I've never heard such heavy-bass come from such a small enclosure! Bass notes are extremely quick and very musical, unlike your occasional 'boom boom' subs. My listening habits include everything from alternative/rock to jazz/contemporary and sometimes even ska. This sub performed flawlessly with all categories of music, and I'm sure it's just waiting for me to give it more. I have this paired up with a pair of Magnepan MG-1B's powered by a fully-modded Moscode 300 crossed over at around 100hz and can not be happier with the integration. At louder volumes, this subwoofer has no trouble keeping up with the Maggies as long as everything has been setup correctly. I also like the 'placement' feature provided on the included remote, among a few other things such as Phase controls, Volume, Mute, and Power. I'm very displeased with this units remote though, given you have to be within 3-4 feet from the unit in order for it to work. Sometimes if you're lucky, you can get it to work at over 5 feet but only if you have the remote pointed straight torwards the subwoofer. Once I got everything dialed in though, I had no use for the remote.
In conclusion, I want to say that Polk really got it right with the MicroPro's. Alot of bang from such a small space, and for not a whole lot of money (if you look around for a deal). I'm sure one can find a good musical sub at it's price range, but if space is one of your main concerns I'd say look no further. I'm glad to say I've still got this thing for another week or two, and will definitely be taking advantage of it.
Thanks Polk for this awesome sub, and Chris for letting me borrow his!