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Focal Integration IBus 20

Compact 75-watt powered 8" subwoofer

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Our take on the Focal Integration IBus 20

by John Pollard
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Who needs a powered subwoofer?

To produce bass, you need a sub, an enclosure, and an amplifier, and it can be little tricky to match them all up. A powered sub eliminates all the hassle, as the manufacturer designs the enclosure to house the sub and amp together. This all-in-one solution is especially useful in smaller vehicles, where there's no room to mount a separate amp, or in any vehicle where you need every bit of cargo space. Powered subs range from small, flat boxes that fit under your seat to larger boxes that go in your trunk.

Thin and tough

Focal understands that it's not easy to get bass into every vehicle. They built the IBus 20 powered subwoofer to address this issue, so folks with bass-deficient systems in space-challenged vehicles could add some low-end punch. At just under 3" tall, this sub can fit under or behind many seats in the spaces usually reserved for stale bits of food. Focal built its chassis out of rigid aluminum, so it'll take a beating while it provides an incredibly stable home for the 8" sub.

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This enclosure clocks in at less than 3 inches thick

Big bass in a tight space

You'll finally hear bass lines and percussion in your music, as the IBus 20's 8" sub combines with a built-in 75-watt RMS amplifier to deliver some impressive bass. This sub comes with line-level inputs that'll connect to an aftermarket stereo, along with inputs that accept the speaker-level signal from a factory radio.

You can use the low-pass crossover to get your bass to mesh with the rest of your system, while the phase switch ensures that this sub is working together with the bass from your full-range speakers. Focal includes a wired remote control so you can adjust the bass with a flick of your wrist.

Highlights:

  • compact powered subwoofer
  • aluminum enclosure with 8" sub
  • built-in amplifier (75 watts RMS/150 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 45-150 Hz
  • variable low-pass crossover (50-150 Hz)
  • phase control switch (0 or 180 degrees)
  • bass boost control (0 dB to +18 dB)
  • preamp- and speaker-level inputs
  • auto turn-on switch
  • wired remote control
  • 8- or 10-gauge wiring recommended (not included)
  • dimensions: 14"W x 3"H x 9-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure Type
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Sealed
Finish Material
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Aluminum
Grille
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Metal
Connector Type
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Set screw/RCA
Bi-amp Inputs
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N/A
Woofer Size (inches)
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8
Woofer Material
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Not given
Passive Radiator
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Width
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14"
Height
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3"
Depth
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9-7/8"
Second Depth
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9-7/8"
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Frequency Response
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45-150
Amplifier Power (RMS)
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75 watts
Maximum Wattage
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150 watts
Sensitivity
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N/A
Impedance
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N/A
Second Voice Coil Impedance
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N/A
Crossover Point
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50-150
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What's in the box?

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  • Amplified subwoofer
  • 9.5' Wiring harness (Power with in-line fuse holder/ Ground/ Remote turn-on/ Speaker level input)
  • Three 15 amp ATO fuses (2 installed in the subwoofer chassis/ 1 installed in the power wire fuse holder)
  • Remote bass level control
  • 18' Remote cable (RJ-25 plug on both ends)
  • Two 2" x 8" Adhesive backed hook and loop mounting fasteners
  • 4 Rubber feet
  • 8 Flat washers
  • Eight 3/16" Pan head screws (to mount the feet to the subwoofer)
  • Four 7/8" Self-tapping pan head screws
  • One 1/2" Self-tapping pan head screw (to mount wired remote)
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Russian)

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Features
Controls
Connections

Features

Overview: The IBUS 20 amplified subwoofer features a 75-watt RMS (150-watts max) amp and an 8" sub housed in a compact aluminum enclosure, designed to fit in tight spaces.

Wired Remote Control: The wired remote control puts control of your subwoofer output within easy reach. The remote can be mounted using the included self-tapping screw. The dimensions are:

  • Width: 1-3/16"
  • Height: 1"
  • Depth: 1-3/4" (2-3/8" including the knob)

Mounting: The subwoofer, under 3" tall, can be mounted flat under a seat in the passenger compartment of many vehicles.

Subsonic Filter: Frequencies that cannot be reproduced by the subwoofer do not become sound, but unnecessary oscillations causing distortion; these frequencies also waste amplifier power and can damage speakers. The subsonic filter removes inaudible frequencies to improve the performance of the speakers by eliminating this harmful distortion. The subsonic filter's crossover point is variable from 20 to 50 Hz.

Controls

Gain: rotary dial to set the amplifier gain control; 200mV to 5 volts

Subsonic Filter: rotary dial to control the high pass crossover frequency; 20 to 50 Hz

Bass Boost: rotary dial to adjust the bass boost; continuously variable from 0 to 18 dB; boost centered at 60 Hz

Crossover Frequency: rotary dial to control the low pass crossover frequency; 50 to 150 Hz

Auto Turn-on: two position switch

  • On: amp turns on when a signal is present on the speaker-level input
  • Off: amp turns on when 12 volts is applied to the remote turn-on wire

Phase: two position switch; set the subwoofer phase to 0° or 180°

Connections

Power: set screw terminals for power, ground, and remote turn-on; each accepts up to 8-gauge wire

Line Input: stereo RCA inputs

Speaker Input: Molex plug for use with the included wiring harness

Remote Bass: RJ-25 jack for use with the included wired remote

Fuses: two 15-amp ATO fuses installed in the chassis

 
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4 out of 5

iBus 20

Written By Dmcl, Sonoma County CA on Friday, March 28, 2014
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Nice, compact unit. Does what I expected: filled out the bottom end of the spectrum. No breaking windows or setting off car alarms as I drive by. Nice solid bass for the money and the size. Replaced Harman Kardon powered sub (2 - 6x9) in BMW E46 Coupe. Pretty easy install.
Pros:
Size, build, performance. Good value.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

focal rules

Written By jason, hickory nc on Saturday, March 01, 2014
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great addition to any stereo adds just enough bass to a stereo not over the top not too much and is rugged enough for any application great size slim design allows you to put it under seat
Pros:
great sound just enough bass
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Focal compact sub

Written By Steve D, Thomasville, PA on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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Great sub in compact design, does everything I wanted.
Pros:
Size, quality sound out of compact unit.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

WOW!

Written By Concrete Mary, Euless, TX. on Saturday, December 21, 2013
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I guess you can call me a Focal freak! I bought this sub because it was small enough to fit under the seat of my single cab 2001 Ford Lightning, this sub is well made sounds great, thats something you can count on from Focal speakers I have them in all 3 of my vehicles
Pros:
SIZE, SOUND, AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF IT ALL METAL CASING REALLY PRETTY TOO!
Cons:
NONE!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good Little Sub

Written By Mike02z, Lake Ariel, PA on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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I picked this up to add some bottom end to my 2014 Forester. This sub/map fills the bill nicely. It first almost perfectly under the front driver seat, sounds good and gets plenty loud enough for my purposes. This will not win any SPL contests but does provide solid bass and seems like a well built device.
Pros:
Solid Build Quality Sound Quality Design
Cons:
Pricey for the power
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Focal Integration IBus 20

Written By Joey, Pensacola on Saturday, June 15, 2013
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What a great sub. I have a Tacoma reg cab w/Focal 165's in the doors. This sub compliments them perfectly. More than enough bump. Very happy....
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Garbage

Written By grandaz, New Jersey on Sunday, April 14, 2013
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Let me start by saying my 2012 Corolla has Focal p165v30 component speakers in the front and Focal 690 CA1 SG coaxial speakers in the back powered by a Alpine MRX-V70 5 channel amp, and a factory Pioneer navigation head unit. So I am a die hard Focal supporter and truly believe they make incredible products. However this unit is junk, I had my entire system installed by a local shop, who's owner has been awarded #20 installer in the entire USA three year in a row. He told me to stay clear but I really wanted this unit due to its size. I was able to bolt it directly to my cars rear seat and it took up virtually no space. However it produced very little bass even when turned all the way up. This sub was barley able to shake the seat it was bolted too. Then after a short two weeks it blew a voice coil, I was devastated and shocked because its a Focal and at this price. The owner at the audio shop ordered me a replacement and even put it in for free. Three short weeks later that one blew the circuit board. Finally I had it taken out and was livid to say the least. The shop owner suggested that I buy the JL CP108LG-W3v3 and bolt it in the same location and since I already had a 5 channel amp wiring was a breeze. Man am I happy I took his advice now this is a sub. It shakes my car like nothing I ever seen before. A complete night and day experience. All I can say is Focal should be ashamed of themselves for ever putting this on the market. STAY FAR AWAY !!
Pros:
None
Cons:
It does not produce much bass at all even in a small sedan. It breaks esaily.
10 out of 29 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great for a boat

Written By CDR, Chesapeake Bay on Friday, April 12, 2013
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I wanted a subwoofer to put in the cabin of my boat. I did not want to cut holes or see the subwoofer when I was finished. An integrated subwoofer seemed to be the best option and the Focal looked like a quality product. The Focal is well made with a heavy aluminum case. I installed the subwoofer in a locker that also holds an air conditioner. This means that there is a large vent in the locker that will allow the sound to escape. It took a little while with the adjustments as there was some boominess at certain frequencies. I'm pretty sure the boominess was due to the install location rather than the subwoofer itself. The system sounds great without a big speaker grill located in the cabin. I recommend the Focal IBus 20 if you need more bass but don't want a big box or speaker grill. The Focal is not water resistant, so make sure it is installed inside your boat.
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4 out of 5

Doesn't fit Honda FIT

Written By nestaselect, ATL on Monday, February 11, 2013
 
I can't speak to the sound quality. The build seems VERY solid. I couldn't use it because I needed something to add Low-End to my Honda FIT without taking up valuable cargo space. Unfortunately, the only place that this will fit is in the rear cargo area..That doesn't work for me.
5 out of 18 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

great little sub

Written By Chris A., Honolulu, HI on Thursday, January 31, 2013
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I have a Toyota Tacoma extended cab truck and I wanted a SUB but not the usual set up of a big enclosure taking up space. I research and I came upon the iBUS 20 by Focal and I glad I did. This little sub packs a punch literally. There is also a bass knob control which you can fine tune to your liking. I have it a little over 2 months and just turn the gain up and its sounds amazing. If you are looking for something to rock the neighborhood, look else where but seriously, this compact sub will make your sounds fuller, your bass bumps, and make your drive enjoyable.
Pros:
Space saver, Great sound. No complaints
Cons:
You may need to get an amp wiring kit. The plug and play harness cables included (ISO cables) does not work for my vehicle. I think they are for europeans cars.
10 out of 11 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

Recent install. Remote doesn't seem to effect the sound levels. Also how do I find the best settings from Gain, Subsonic, and bass boost? [ Herb  Apr 13, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 14, 2014 ]

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