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Sony SACS9 10-Inch Active Subwoofer,Black
|Sound clarity||200 Hz|
|Item Weight||21 Pounds|
About this item
- 115 Watt, Amplified Subwoofer (6 ohms, 80 Hz, 10% THD).Compatible with High-Resolution Audio
- 10 inches Foamed-Mica Cellular Reinforced Woofer
- Speaker and Line Level Inputs, Frequency Response 28-200 Hz
- In the box: RCA cord, Instruction manual
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115 W 10" Active Subwoofer
Put more punch in your movie soundtracks with the SA-CS9, 115W Home Theater subwoofer
9.84 in active subwoofer for thumping bass
The 9.84 in cone diaphragm can move a larger volume of air, producing powerful low-end resonance that makes bass sound rich and authentic. The subwoofer reinforces low frequency sounds in movies and music for a great multi-channel home theater experience.
Mica Reinforced Cellular conem undistorted audio
Many speakers use paper cones that flex and deteriorate over time, leading to a more distorted sound. Mica Reinforced Cellular (MRC) fiber woofers are rigid, holding their shape even when moving at high pressure and speed, so you can drive the bass harder without compromising audio quality.
Power every beat with a built-in amplifier
Drive bass-heavy music and bring your party alive. This subwoofer includes a built-in amplifier with up to 115 W power output. Electrical circuits susceptible to vibration are located outside the cabinet, releasing high pressure within the enclosure for a clear and powerful bass sound.
Minimizing vibration for tight bass
Suppressing vibration in the cabinet is vital for tight, accurate bass. Unwanted vibrations are handled in two ways: by acoustically absorbing waves generated from the rear pressure of the unit, and damping vibrations within the cabinet itself.
Smart finish for style and substance
This speaker has a smart black finish that blends with most contemporary interiors. The wood veneer also retains its shape well, ensuring that the sound won’t be influenced by changes in temperature and humidity.
Compact design for small spaces
Powerful and compact, this subwoofer is perfect for easy installation in tight spots. Because of the reduced baffle area, the speaker minimizes sound field distortion for optimum clarity and precision.
Sony CS Speakers
Bring the energy and passion of the original performance home. Frequency Response: 28–200 Hz
RCA cord, Instruction manual
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My choices boiled down to the Sony SACS9, Klipsch R-10SW, Polk Audio PSW10, and JBL Arena S10. The Klipsch was the first to be eliminated, based solely on budget reasons. If I had more money to spend, maybe I would have chosen it. Next to be eliminated was the popular Polk PSW10. It seemed to me to be the "plain Jane" of the group - a good solid performer, but nothing really outstanding.
So, the final choice boiled down to the Sony SACS9 or the JBL Arena S10. The Sony had the advantage of frequency range. The JBL had the advantage in crispness. Since my needs were broad - the speaker is being used not just for music but for AV multimedia purposes - I chose the more versatile Sony. If I had been purchasing the speaker solely for music, I would have chosen the JBL. Of course, the fact that the Sony's were on sale for $20 less than the JBL certainly swayed my decision some.
The Sony SACS9 was delivered to my home late last week and I added it to my 5.1 system, which includes an Onkyo TX-NR656 receiver, a pair of Sony SSCS5 bookshelf speakers, and a Sony SSCS8 center channel speaker. I'm awaiting shipment of a pair of JBL Arena B15 bookshelf speakers. So far, I'm very happy with how all the components of the system match. They not only work well together acoustically, but they also fit the rather tight confines of the room that I'm using (a converted patio, 8' x 20'). The Sony SACS9 happened to be the smallest of the 4 subwoofers that I was comparing by about 23%. That's given me more options as to where I want it placed and positioned.
Performance-wise, the SACS9 sounds great to me. It fills out the bass and sub-bass spectra that would otherwise be missing from my system. And it's plenty loud for my setup. I'm still playing around with the bass volume control, frequency pass-through/cut-off level, speaker balance control, speaker direction, and speaker location. There's plenty of capacity and flexibility built into the speaker to satisfy its listeners.
I spent a total of $603 for my 5.1 AV sound system, including the receiver and speakers; plus an additional $48 for speaker wire, banana plugs, and speaker mounting hardware. It's the best system that I could put together within my budget. It fulfills all of my present needs. Hopefully, it is sufficiently "future-proofed" so that it will continue to pay dividends for years to come.
1) I wish the SACS9 had binding posts that would accept banana plugs, instead of spring-clip terminals.
2) I wish the SACS9 had an autopower function that actually worked correctly. (Mine stays on for about three minutes after turning off my amp, and refuses to come back on when I turn my amp on, later - so I'm having to turn it on and off manually.)
3) But I absolutely LOVE this subwoofer, otherwise. It's crossover network is doing a great job of passing the higher frequencies to my Definitive Technology SM45 bookshelf speakers (https://www.amazon.com/Definitive-Technology-SM45-Bookshelf-Speaker/dp/B005XXMMG4/), without degrading the signal in any way and by offloading the heavy work of driving the lower frequencies to the Sony's 10-inch driver, my SM45s are faster and more accurate in the mids and highs, than they were when they were trying to handle the lows.
4) The Sony SACS9 has terrific speed and pitch discernment - it's not in the least bit "honky" at any particular bass frequency. Recordings having a lot of content down in the low frequencies really sound musical, rather than simply percussive, as is so often the case with poor bass handling.
For the record, my DAC is a Centrance DACmini CX taking a USB input from a Windows 10 machine playing 44.1kHz/16-bit FLACS streamed from Tidal HiFi or 96kHz/24-bit FLACs played with Foobar2000.
The DACmini feeds a TBI Millenia MG3 Class BD Integrated Amplfier, that is now connected to the SACS9 via 12-guage stranded copper cables (nothing special) and from there, to the SM45 bookshelf speakers (in a near-field monitor setup, on either side of my PC). The SACS9 is sitting about 20 inches behind a 27-inch 4k display, with another six inches to the wall behind it - at the same height as the SM45s.
I'm really thrilled with the impact the Sony SACS9 has had on the sound - still enjoying a rediscovery of my favorite tunes.