- Brand Name: JBL
- Model Number: Sub 100 Black
- Color: Black
- Speaker Type: Subwoofers
- Speaker Connectivity: Wired
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JBL Sub 100 Black 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer with High-Efficiency Class D Amplifier (Black)
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- 10-inch (250mm) high-output woofer
- 100-watt RMS (200-watt dynamic) digital power amplifier
- Dual rear ports optimize airflow while minimizing port turbulence and audible distortion in the bass response
- Variable level, crossover, and phase controls
- Contemporary cabinet shape with angled side and top panels provide a sophisticated, modern look
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|Item Dimensions||20.12 x 17.76 x 17.13 in||14 x 16.13 x 14.38 in||15.12 x 18.19 x 16.12 in||15.5 x 15.5 x 16.5 in|
We'd never build a JBL sound system and call it Arena without it packing powerful bass. With its 10" (250mm) high-output woofer and dual rear ports that optimize bass performance, the JBL Arena SUB 100P plays its role to perfection. The 100W high-efficiency Class-D amplifier features unobtrusive rear-mounted controls that allow for easy setup and seamless integration into your sound system.
Top Customer Reviews
The class-D amplifier in the sub is quite responsive and tracks fast, as digital switching amplifiers are known for in general. This helps bring the cone back quickly and allows for tighter control of extrusion. The power output of this amplifier is more than adequate for the system in my bedroom and a smaller system in the library. I find the sound of this sub to be superior to the pioneer sub that came with the inexpensive system in the library, so it will remain in place there instead of my bedroom.
My main listening system is comprised of the following:
Sunfire True Sub Signature (2700 watts) subwoofer.
Definitive Technology BP-3000TL main speakers (each with an 18" 1000-watt subwoofer).
Definitive Technology CLR-3000 center speaker (with a 150-watt subwoofer).
Definitive Technology BPVX/P surrounds (with 150-watt subs in each).
Emotiva XMC-1 Gen 2.
Enlightened Audio Designs PowerMaster 2000 amplifier (450 watts per channel).
I put the JBL sub in place to test it in my normal listening environment and it did okay at low volumes, but it bottomed out and didn't work well when approaching reference levels. I didn't find the sound to be bad at all at lower volumes, but it just cannot keep up with the other equipment in higher-volume applications.
Review system 2 (bedroom):
Pioneer VSX-1020-K (receiver)
Polk Audio RM705 (5.1 channel system)
I put the JBL sub in place and it sounded MUCH better than the Polk sub. The sound is far less boomy and just plain smoother. The power output of the JBL sub is greater than the Polk, and it does a far better job of reproducing the low end without becoming boomy. DEFINITELY recommended as a replacement in this type of system.
Review system 3 (library):
Pioneer HTP-072 (home theater in a box).
The JBL sub absolutely destroyed the Pioneer, and is going to replace this sub. My wife and kids are always watching movies and television downstairs in the library, so I think that it is only fair that they get the benefit. The sound is FAR better, smoother, less boomy, and powerful.
I set the crossover to right in the middle and that seems to work for me with my set up. And I left the phase at normal which would be the case for most people unless you have some kind of unusual speaker setup. I left the mode at auto.
This is setup in our family room where we have our largest TV and the room is really not quite big enough to turn the sub all the way up (although I did anyway just to see how it sounded....it will rattle the windows with no discernable distortion). But for watching movies or music events it is just plain awesome for me. It adds that nice deep bass without the mushy boom which is what I like.
I've had experience with JBL products before and I've always been impressed with their overall quality. This unit is no exception. If you're looking to improve the sound of your system I highly recommend it.
Enter the JBL subwoofer. Two things I notice off the bat which I really like; it's lighter than my old one, and the power cord is removable.
It's easy enough to "install"; just plug in the single speaker cord from your receiver and plug in the power cord. The back of this thing has a lot of switches and knobs. I have no idea what most of them mean. I just set everything to look like my old subwoofer. Here's what you'll find on the back;
- Big power switch. That's down by the power cord.
- "Power Mode" - On or Auto. I keep mine on ON.
- A "Phase" switch. No idea what that means. I have mine set to "Normal" (Other option is "Reverse")
- A "Crossover" knob. Again, don't know what that is - I set it up to look like my old one.
- A volume knob. You can set this as high as you want - it'll shake your house if you want! I keep mine up about halfway.
That's all there is to it! I tested a movie, a TV show, and a subwoofer tester from youtube. The TV show sounded good - who knew there was a bass line to the Family Feud theme song? Movies sound great - again, crank up that volume if you want the place to shake, literally! The youtube tester was good but misleading - we heard the bass up until around 31 Hertz. But the thing says it only goes to 50 - this is not something I'm familiar with. But hey, we heard bass, so that was good! Test passed!
Overall I love it. I love the removable cord, the lighter weight, and easy setup. It sounds good to me. I'm no audiophile, but I give it a thumbs up!!!