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8 Inch 60-Watt Powered Subwoofer - Black
This is an 8" powered subwoofer capable of producing 60 watts (RMS) output. The subwoofer has a frequency response range of 50 to 250 Hz with a lowpass crossover filter, which can be adjusted from 50 to 150 Hz. Gain and frequency knobs on the control panel allow you to adjust the crossover filter and the power output for the optimum blend and balance of bass output with your stereo or surround speakers.
The subwoofer has multiple input options, which allow it to be used with any existing stereo or 5.1 (or greater) amplifier system. For each input there is a corresponding output.
High-level inputs accept a full-range signal from the amplifier's stereo speaker outputs. When connecting the unit as part of a 5.1 system, these would be taken off the Front Left and Front Right outputs in parallel to the standard pair of front speakers. The subwoofer provides its own power and includes impedance matching circuitry, so this will not reduce the power output to the front speakers or affect the overall impedance load on the amplifier.
Additionally, the subwoofer has a set of right/left Line Level inputs. If using a standard stereo system, without a special subwoofer output, you can connect these to the left and right line level outputs on the amp. The subwoofer will then combine the signals to process the mono bass signal it needs to drive the speaker. If you are using an amplifier with a single mono subwoofer line level output, simply use an RCA "Y" cable to split the output and send it to the two line level inputs on the subwoofer.
The subwoofer is housed in an attractive black wood cabinet that measures 13.75" x 11.75" x 11.75" (H x W x D). The driver and a 2 3/4" sound port are located on the front, covered by a black cloth speaker grill.
An optional "Auto-On" function puts the subwoofer system into power-saving standby mode after about 2 minutes of no audio input detected. Alternatively, the "Auto-On" function can be disabled, allowing the unit to be on whenever the power switch is in the "on" position. A 2 amp/250 volt fuse protects the system from short circuits or power overloads.
Please note that the manual/data sheet for this subwoofer incorrectly lists the top-end of the crossover as having a frequency of 250 Hz. In fact, the top-end of the crossover is at 150 Hz as listed on the control plate on the back of the speaker. However, the back plate of the unit indicates the low-end of the crossover as being 45 Hz, when it is in fact 50 Hz.
- User's Manual (Sep 2, 2011)
|Speaker Type||8" High Performance Powered Subwoofer|
|Amplifier Power Output||60 Watts (RMS)|
|Frequency Response||50 Hz - 250 Hz|
|Lowpass Crossover||Adjustable from 50 Hz - 150 Hz|
|Inputs||High Level (speaker), Line (RCA)|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||13.75" x 11.75" x 11.75"|
I bought one of these along with an entire in wall speaker system. Front:6816 , Center: 6317, Mids/Rears:4619 as well as a dozen more 4619s throughout the house. Now as for every other product number mentioned there, I have nothing but great things to say. The rest of the speakers I bought are incredible. Perfect sound quality once tuned properly.
Now as for this sub, the first one I bought with the speakers as it was the one day sale and I figured I'd give it a shot. Set it up, tuned it, worked great for about a week. I liked enough to order a second one for my other system. After I ordered the second one, the first one suddenly wasn't working anymore. After a quick check, the fuse was blown, no biggie, got some more, they're cheap enough. Nope, blew another one, tried a few more things, blew another one, simply can't get it to turn on. The second one I order came it, I hooked it up, there's some sort of ground fault or crossover in the wiring, but it's just a constant buzz. Even with nothing connected to it, to the point where I can't use it. So basically, I bought two of these and I now have two useless step stools.
I'm not shooting down mono, I swear by this site, but unless my luck is really that bad and I just got two lemons in a row, I would say this is not one of the best products they've ever carried.
PROS: When it works, the sound quality is amazing for a small sub.
PROS: Great sound and rumble.
Cut to now, I couldn't be happier. I have this hooked to a pawn shop 7.1 Yamaha receiver I got for $80. I also had a couple of NHT Sub Zeros I wasn't using, so those became my desk speakers. This is all being fed by an iMac in my home office.
I guess I'm not sure what people expect for $60. I have a $500 Paradigm sub in my home theater setup. I know what a sub can do. But for the size and price, this sub sounds fantastic. My expectations have really been exceeded, and I have no regrets. I listen to mainly rock/metal and a little country and hip-hop, and so far it's been great. It's more than powerful enough to keep up with the NHT's, and you can certainly hear it about anywhere in the house.
Just my opinion, but remember, we don't always know the whole story. Stereo equipment can get complex, and people can easily hook things up wrong. Sure, there are defective units, but one guy said he couldn't hear it from a foot away. LOL - I can promise you that's not the case. This isn't one of those crappy subs that comes with those Best Buy cheapo computer speaker sets. This is replacing a Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 system that is basically wearing out.
My only regret is I didn't do this several years ago. I can't speak to the durability yet, but performance and value are exceptional.
PROS: Well built, lots of features for price, sound quality, price
CONS: Ugly front grill, no mono input - make sure to order an RCY Y cable
Thank you for your review and glad to hear you are enjoying you powered subwoofer. Should you need an RCA splitter, we do have PID 6261:
Thank you again for your feedback, it is greatly appreciated!
PROS: Sounds great.
Bought the 8" to expand my TV sound bar. Too much sound and power for ~150 ft^2 room.
Moved it to a ~600 ft^2 room and paired with several Monoprice Active Wall-Mount Speakers. Really good fit and sound enhancement. The 8" is doing the job for which I thought I needed the 12".
PROS: Good, full base, easy installation
CONS: Maybe too much power for small home theater
Best sub you will find under $100, hands down! I'd highly recommend this to anyone on a budget looking for a banging sub.
On the other side of the dial, the crossover is not 100% effective in eliminating higher frequencies. When testing this sub without the speakers, it still had higher frequency sound above the crossover frequency that came through. The high frequency sound was much quieter than the low frequency sound, but still there. When run with the speakers on, it was a non-issue, but it does point to the low quality electronic components that must be used to make such a low cost subwoofer. Same goes for the non-functional Auto-on/off switch. It does nothing. It would be nice if it worked, as the sub emits a low volume hiss/buzz when no music is being played. I thought at first it must be my signal that was causing it to hiss and not shut off, however it does it with no signal wire attached as well. If the auto-on/off feature actually worked, this would be a non-issue.
Also, shipping cost was higher than quoted, but the price overall was still good.
This is not an audiophile quality subwoofer, but if you are an audiophile, you're not going to be buying this cheaply anyhow. Great value!
PROS: Better performance than specs list.
Freq response down to 30Hz
Good looking and sounding.
Well boxed for shipment
CONS: Audible buzz when not in use
Auto-of/off does not work - If it did, the buzz would not happen
High frequency bleed in
Shipping cost is high
PROS: It's cheap and sounds OK
CONS: It's cheap and sounds OK