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Yamaha YST-SW012 8-Inch Front-Firing Active Subwoofer

4.6 out of 5 stars 593 customer reviews
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  • 8-inch multi-range driver with magnetic shielding
  • High 100 W dynamic power
  • Low (28-200Hz) frequency response
  • Linear Port for minimizing extraneous noise
  • Front-firing active subwoofer
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Yamaha
  • Model Number: YST-SW012BL
  • Color: Silver
  • Speaker Type: Subwoofers
  • Display Height: 5.00 inches
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Product Description

Yamaha's Advanced YST II, Linear Port and front-firing design give this subwoofer an outstanding combination of power, depth and clarity.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 12.2 x 11.4 x 14.2 inches
Item Weight 18.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 21.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Department Home Theaters
Manufacturer YAMAHA
ASIN B000TQ4D8K
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Item model number YST-SW012BL
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 593 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #5 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Speakers > Subwoofers
#215 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com April 18, 2005

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By A. Dayton on July 31, 2013
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I have this hooked up to a sony 5.1 reciever with RCA speakers. I like the back volume control for the bass, it set it at the half way point then used my receiver to calibrate the bass amount. This thing can get really loud and deep. It shakes my entire theatre room and fill it with bass. My theatre room is 15'X35' and you can feel the bass no matter where you are sitting. I originally bought this just to have a sub until I saved up to my a nicer speaker set but I will continue to use this until my speakers or this stops working. As some others have mentioned it does not have auto off but I leave mine on all the time. I have it set up in the back corner of my room so no one ever sees it, or the little green light on the back.
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I am so impressed with this Yamaha sub. Really good sound. Compact, attractive and delivers good thump. Adjustable volume so you can match the sub to your amp, comes with a long power cord and longer subwoofer audio cable (single RCA's on both ends). This was great - literally everything you need in the box. Shipped super quick from Amazon. Ran a demo with NIN's "Year Zero", and I was smiling from ear to ear. If you're on the fence, and are looking for a solid box for a small/medium sized room (mine is 18x12'), this may fit the bill.
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I am not an audio guy and understand very little in nuances of the sound. To me its at the level of: "wow, THAT sounds much better than this..." - so I can tell the difference between good and not so good, but when it comes to fine points of sound - no clue. I have a 47" Vizio TV which sounded slightly better than my cell phone. Then I bought it a Vizio sound bar (as a gift to my TV last Christmas). The improvement was dramatic. After a year listening to it, I gotten used to the "good" and started to want "better". Especially since watching movies with big sound effects, helicopters and explosions still left much to be desired in the sound department. So I got this 8-in box hoping it will make things better without taking too much room next to the TV stand.

BIG difference. This sub has only one RCA input on the back and comes with a long RCA cable to connect to an RCA sub out - which is exactly what my Vizio Soundbar had. It has a power button and the volume button. That it. Super easy for guys like me. In under 5 minutes after opening the box I was enjoying a tremendous improvement on sound. It felt like all of a sudden sound acquired depth and dimension and I felt surrounded by it. Adding this sub to a soundbar has as dramatic effect on sound, as adding soundbar to the TV. It took few more minutes playing with the Volume button to get the right balance between the sound level of the bar and the sub.

Totally worth the money. Exceptionally well priced and solid product.
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You should know that this subwoofer has limited facilities to intergrate into sound installations. This doesn't mean that it is necessarily a bad product, but it lacks flexibility needed for some situations.

- It does not have a crossover frequency adjustment. This means that you should have a pre-amp or receiver that has such an adjustment as you will not be able to control this at the subwoofer.

- It does not have a phase adjustment. For some installations this is required so that the subwoofer will integrate properly.

- It does not take high level (speaker level) inputs. Therefore your pre-amp or receiver must have a sub-woofer, LFE, or pre-amp output to connect to the subwoofer.

Be sure that you don't need any of these features before you buy! Unfortunately the Amazon pages don't indicate these details. You may have to go to the respective manufacturer's web site to get the tech details.

Just as an example for comparison, this Pioneer (I have no connection to the company), in the same price range, DOES have all the aforementioned features:

Pioneer SW-8 100 Watt RMS Subwoofer System

Hope that helps!
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I have an Athena 8" subwoofer that cost roughly twice what this sub did. When I bought the Athena sub three years ago, it was the best subwoofer value going. To be honest, I don't notice a difference between the Athena and this Yamaha in music or in movies. Therefore, this Yamaha sub is a tremendous value. Not for large rooms to be sure, but as an addition to bookshelf speakers or a home theater system, this is a great buy.
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This is a great deal for $59 delivered. I don't know what I was expecting. Maybe some hollow sounding computer type sub-woofer that pops when I turn it on and off. This sub has a 50-watt RMS amp at 5ohm. It has a decent .5 inch MFD box with an internal space of almost 10.5 X 10.5 (small!) External is about 11.4 x 11.4 x 11.5 height. It's much better built than the Sony's on this site. They even made a small attempt to support the box with 1-inch corner braces on all 6 sides. The sub sounds great at lower volume. It maxis out fast though. In a small room or apartment, you wouldn't need it any louder. It's the quality of sound that's important, and that's where this delivers. Up to it's distortion point, it sounds like a true big sub-woofer. This is the perfect sub for anybody who is not allowed to shake the foundation. This sub plays deep! It just hits its max excursion fast. Either the amp is more than 50 watts or the speaker can't handle much wattage. Speaking of the speaker, it's about 5lbs. They seemed to have glued a smaller magnet onto the larger one at the base. I've heard of some seedy speaker manufactures doing this, but this speaker seems to deliver pretty good quality. I swapped out the stock speaker with a Dayton and secured the walls with cross braces and then covered the inside walls with carpet. Foam would take up to much space and there isn't much inside already. This setup was a pleasure to work with. The grill pops right off. The speaker is held on by 4 screws in the standard speaker hole location. (making it easy to replace) The amp is held on by 8 screws. The port is held in place mostly by a tight fit and some glue that easily breaks loose. The amp is connected to the speaker with standard removable connectors. That's it.Read more ›
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