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12-Inch 150-Watt Powered Subwoofer, Black
When you want your bass down low, you need a subwoofer as part of your home audio/theater system. Monoprice has the basses covered with this 12 inch, 150 watt (RMS) Powered Subwoofer model!
This 12" sub is capable of producing 150 watts RMS (200 watts peak) output. It has a frequency response range of 50 to 250 Hz with a low-pass crossover filter, which can be adjusted through the full range. 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. The High-Level output can be used to connect to your stereo/front speakers or you can connect them in parallel at 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 Line Level outputs can be used to daisy chain additional subwoofers to provide even more room-filling bass!
The subwoofer is housed in an attractive wooden cabinet, with a black finish, and measures 17" x 17" x 16 7/8" (H x W x D). The driver fires out the front and is covered by a black cloth grill. A 3 1/2" sound port is positioned underneath the enclosure.
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.
- User's Manual (Sep 19, 2012)
|Speaker Type||12" High Performance Powered Subwoofer|
|Amplifier Power Output||150 Watts RMS, 200 Watts Peak|
|Frequency Response||50 ~ 250 Hz|
|Lowpass Crossover||Adjustable from 50 ~ 150 Hz|
|Inputs||High Level (speaker), Line (RCA)|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||17" x 17.25" x 17.5"|
I bought this sub hoping it would add a little bit, but not expecting much. It's in a 28x36 foot room with ceilings vaulting to 16' so it's a ridiculous amount of space for any sub let alone a budget one. I was hoping it would just add a bit of bassy flavor. I wasn't expecting what I got.
What I got is a complete transformation of the sound. It's richer, much deeper, can go much louder... all the things I am used to getting with a much bigger sub in a much smaller room.
The audio world is full of things called "sub woofers" which are nothing of the sort. This $104 gem is the real deal. It's far from perfect and I wouldn't take it downstairs, but it makes plenty of low end that's not boomy. It's not the one note "bass" that you get from cheaply built/designed subs. It adds greatly to the theater and gets out of the way when it needs to. And all at a price that wouldn't buy the worst sub at most local stores.
Amazing job! Truly amazing. I'm buying another one for my computer.
PROS: Nice sounding, nice looking. Real bass with good note definition. Powerful. Amazing price.
CONS: No switch to disable crossover for home theater setups where the receiver is crossing over the sub (but this is probably a non issue).
Volume knob a bit sensitive (another non-issue since almost all receivers allow fine tuning of sub level)
As for those complaining that they need a Y adaptor to use with systems with one LFE output, you don't need it at all. Simply plug the LFE output into either there R or L input on the sub and it will work fine. There is no need to feed the open input with a signal.
Overall, its a very good sub for the money. I strongly recommend it.
PROS: Good sound
PROS: Good bass response. I would be hard pressed to imagine a setup that required more bass than this in a regular home.
CONS: Auto-On feature does not work with line level volumes. During quiet points in the movie, the sub will turn off and it takes a second for it to turn on once it detects the need to produce bass.
Minimal hum from power source. Even with all audio cables disconnected, the sub will have a 60hz hum coming from the speakers when plugged in and turned on. This hum is not affected by changing the volume on the back of the sub. The hum is not noticable while watching TV, but in a quiet empty room you can notice it.
PROS: Loud crossover control
CONS: Need to buy a mono cable and splitter for most newer amps (splitter not required but I think I may feel a difference when i bypassed it, could just be me though). You can find these cheap on monoprice or Amazon.
CONS: Huge, but that is okay.
PROS: Great sound
PROS: nice input/output setup
crazy price/performance ratio
not too boomy. clearly a real sub and some thumpy excuse to waste 400w
CONS: A few small things that take this away from being a ten:
dust and lint magnet
cheap look black wood finish on the top
just the tiniest bit boomy
crossover and gain knobs are not the clearest and it is difficult to tell exactly what you have set it to. I have some idea what the crossover is set to but there is no way to tell if it, say, 80 hz or 90hz.
PROS: Cheap, great speaker.
CONS: My only gripe about this speaker is the feet on it. The feet come to a hard sharp point. I know they did this for carpeting, but I built my entertainment shelving in the wall with Sheetrock and these feet dig into the Sheetrock damaging it. I wish they had flat feet that came with it also. My rating of 10 is for the sub itself. I'd give the feet a 5. I'm sure I could change the feet out with something else, I've just never taken the time to see. So that's not Monoprice's fault.
So a few weeks ago the sub died. Bad power supply, a known issue with this sub. Started reading around and found decent reviews for the Monoprice Sub, so I figured for that price I would give it a try. I recently bought a Denon 2313 Receiver and since it can drive 2 subs I figured I would get the Monoprice first and go from there.
You know what? This is a pretty good sub. It takes a good amount of tuning and placement to get it just right, but the Audessy on the receiver has helped tremendously. Its tight, not boomy and fills in what the Bose system lacks in bass. I may even buy a 2nd one if I get the bass right. I was blasting away MeatIoaf's Bat Out of Hell and and taping sheetrock in the basement when my wife came down from the 2nd floor bedroom pretty pissed off because I was rattIing the windows upstairs. I recently added a new projector and may even replace the Bose speakers ( which are getting a little buzzy) with the Monoprice in wall ones. I already bought one of their center channel in wall units and it has impressed me. If people knew the markup in audio equipment, especially speakers, they would give Monoprice and 2nd look.
CONS: Bass not as low as I would like but its damn close.
It has an unfamilair system for the signal though. There are STEREO inputs for both pre amp and speaker level inputs. On the other subwoofers I've had there has only been a single input for the preamp subwoofer output from the receiver.
Tech support said I'd need to buy an RCA "Y" cable to send the subwoofer signal to both the R & L inputs on the back of the subwoofer.
It's only a $2 cable, but the shipping is much more than that . They should tell you that when you arder or include one with the subwoofer.
I've not seen a stereo output from the home theater receiver so that my only be my ignorance.
PROS: Seems well made.
CONS: Plastic feet and front grill seem cheap. Need "Y" adapater to connect the mono subwoofer output of the receiver to the stereo input of the subwoofer.