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Compact powered subwoofer

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Our take on the Kenwood KSC-SW10

by Dominic Devito
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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.

The Kenwood KSC-SW10 powered subwoofer might look small, but it delivers impressive bass. This little powerhouse will fit under a seat in most vehicles, where it'll produce low-frequency response equal to that of a larger subwoofer in your trunk. It offers a great solution for those who want to reinforce the bass in their system without taking up a lot of space.

Kenwood uses passive-radiator technology to get the biggest bang possible from such a small enclosure. The built-in amplifier powers the 5"x7" woofer, and the air pressure from the powered speaker moves a non-powered 5"x7" cone next to it, augmenting overall production.

The rigid die-cast enclosure minimizes rattles, while the durable built-in amplifier feeds the speaker up to 150 watts. Kenwood throws in a wired remote, so you can control the bass from the driver's seat. A wiring harness and mounting brackets are also included.

Highlights:

  • compact enclosure with 5"x7" driver and 5"x7" passive radiator
  • built-in amplifier: 38 watts RMS power (150 watts maximum)
  • wired remote for control over:
    • volume level
    • variable low-pass crossover (50-120 Hz)
    • selectable phase control (0°, 180°)
  • power/ground wiring harness
  • preamp (RCA) and speaker-level inputs
  • frequency response: 35-120 Hz
  • dimensions: 14-1/2"W x 3-9/16"H x 8-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure Type
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Passive Radiator
Finish Material
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Metal/plastic
Grille
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Metal
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RCA, Molex
Bi-amp Inputs
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No
Woofer Size (inches)
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5X7
Woofer Material
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Injection poly
Passive Radiator
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Width
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14-1/2"
Height
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3-9/16"
Depth
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8-7/8"
Second Depth
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N/A
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Frequency Response
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35-120
Amplifier Power (RMS)
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38 watts
Maximum Wattage
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150 watts
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Second Voice Coil Impedance
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Crossover Point
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50-120Hz
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  • Powered subwoofer
  • Remote control with attached 19.5' cord (has 6-conductor RJ12 plug on the end)
  • RCA Extension cable (with stereo female RCA jacks on one end and right angle stereo male RCA plugs on the other end)
  • 19.5' Power/ground/control/signal input harness
  • Cord security bar
  • Velcro tape (2" x 7/8")
  • 6 Hex/Phillips-head self-tapping screws (5mm dia. x 16mm)
  • 8 M4 x 6mm machine screws
  • 2 Straight mounting brackets
  • 2 Angled mounting brackets
  • Instruction Manual (Eng / Span / Fre / Ger)
  • Warranty Card

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Features

Product Overview: The KSC-SW10 amplified subwoofer features a built-in amp (38 watts RMS, 150 watts peak), a 5"x7" woofer, and a 5"x7" passive radiator (listed in the manual as 4-3/4" x 7-1/16"), all housed in a rugged, ultra-compact enclosure that will fit just about anywhere. The KSC-SW10 creates impressive bass through passive radiator technology. Air pressure from the powered 5"x7" woofer moves the 5"x7" passive radiator, augmenting the bass response.

Wired Remote Control: The wired remote control provides fingertip control over your low frequencies. You can raise and lower the bass level and the crossover point, plus switch the phase from 0° to 180°. The remote control can be attached anywhere using the supplied Velcro strip.

Mounting Options: The subwoofer, with its 3-9/16" height, can be mounted flat under a seat in the passenger compartment, or in the trunk. With the included brackets, the subwoofer can be mounted on its side in the trunk or in the cargo area of an SUV.

Mounting Notes: The side bracket extends the overall depth to 4-3/8" and overall width to 16-1/8". If the upper screw holes are used, the side bracket raises the overall height to 9-1/16". The horizontal mount brackets extend the overall depth to 10-3/16"

Cable Management: Even though the connections are on the bottom, the unit mounts completely flat thanks to a 1-3/4" wide and 3/8" deep groove in the bottom for cable management.

Controls

Wired Remote Control:

  • Phase: 2-way switch to select the phase of the subwoofer (0° or 180°)
  • Frequency: rotary dial to control the low pass filter frequency (range: 50 to 120 Hz)
  • Level: rotary dial to control the volume level of the subwoofer

Note: There are no controls on the subwoofer.

Connections

Bottom of Woofer:

  • Power/Speaker Input: 10-pin jack for use with supplied harness
  • Remote: 6-pin RJ12 jack for use with supplied wired remote
  • Line In: stereo RCA jacks
 
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KSC-SW10

Written By Anonymous, billings mt on Tuesday, January 01, 2013
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great buy
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4 out of 5

Good for old guys like me

Written By Luis C, Deltona on Monday, July 25, 2011
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This sub was really easy to install and fits easily under my Jeep Liberty's driver's seat.

The sub adds a great tone that I cannot get from the door mounted speakers.

If you want your neighbors to hear the baseline to your favorite Lil Wayne song from a few blocks away or to vibrate your car apart, it is not for your. But, if you want to hear more so than feel the bass it is a good pick.
19 out of 20 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great if you don't want to wake up the neighbors!

Written By g-money, PA on Tuesday, July 19, 2011
 
I just installed this in my 2008 scion tc and I must say its pretty nice. I listen to mainly hard rock, alterative, and hiphop/r&b and it sounds pretty good. I will admit on some songs you will get the annoying tinging if you have it set to high. But it did improve my stock system. I now have my bass turned down in the negatives and it still bumps harder than if I had it maxed out. But like I said if you want something that really bumps hard and you listen to alot of rap I wouldnt recommend this at all. You would be better off spending a little more money on a subwoofer, the box, and an amp by themselves. The price was a little steep on the kenwood for what you get though.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Perfect choice for my Chevy Tahoe

Written By AlexL, Hopewell, NJ on Thursday, June 23, 2011
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I am not an audio installer, in fact I am just an older Dad who loves music and needed a subwoofer that was easy to install and that I could move around in my Tahoe when I need space for all the other cargo my Tahoe carries at times.

The Kenwood KSC-SW10 is rugged and small and it adds and delivers the sound my speakers and receiver needed to mix together full music enjoyment.

Easy to install and easy to adjust per my mood and event of the day. A bit pricey yet this product is worth it for music lovers who place clarity, simplicity, ease and space as important features.
8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Provides a good amount of bass

Written By Dave B, New England on Thursday, June 16, 2011
 
Installed this under the front passenger seat of my Subaru Impreza. I previously had this unit's ancestor the Woox but sold it. I wanted more bass again so I picked this up. Fits under the seat much better than the older model and sounds tighter running off my JVC headunit. Provides a good amount of bass and it's not too boomy but I don't crank it. Not sure it's worth 249.99 (might want to look at the B8-PT for 50 less and a bigger woofer/more powerful amp) but I got a great deal on it some I'm happy. This probably wouldn't do well in a trunk/hatch so try and put it up front if possible. My only complaint is the wiring harness. I'd prefer to be able to use a regular wiring kit. Also not sure why Kenwood puts the weird connector on the battery cable/remote cable. I just cut them off and put a ring terminal on the battery cable and soldered the remote turn on.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good For What's Missing!

Written By Frank M, Las vegas, NV on Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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Just had the KSC-SW10 installed in my 1994 Pontiac Trans Am. Until now, my XM radio
sounded wimpy, but not anymore. The subwoofer really filled out what was missing.
Thank you!
3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Just my expected Sub!

Written By Ariel, Puerto Rico on Monday, June 14, 2010
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This Sub really came just to fulfill my needs. Great sound! I installed this
under a seat of a 1500 Ram Pick-up, fitting perfectly. The sound system really
improved with this sub. Having a remote control is another thing I love, since
I can quickly adjust the sub levels.

Really recommend this one!
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

great powered sub

Written By Ricky, Galveston County, TX on Thursday, April 08, 2010
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I like this powered sub. I first bought for my 07 camry and put it under the passenger seat. fits perfectly. I enjoyed so much I purchased another for my 97 jeep wrangler. install was quick and easy and love that they don't take up much room. Sounds great once you tweak your sub and radio. This is for people who just want enough bass to enhance the listening experience in their vehicles without all that rattle.
10 out of 11 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

I think I can... I think I can...

Written By Anonymous, Kenowhere, Wi on Monday, February 15, 2010
 
This is the lil sub that could, chugging along whimpering for breath under the hearty wail of bass notes. Well, it does quite well for certain types of music: jazz, normal rock and pop, classical. But for harder pounding rock/techno/etc it runs out of steam fast. For real rap music, forget it. This thing rolls over like a possum if you push just a little too hard, thumping and distorting like an old washing machine.

Where this lil guy really excels is soft to medium volume, with normal mainstream music. For the really heavy stuff, run don't walk away from this sub as it will surely disappoint bass hungry junkies.

All that said, install was fairly easy, the wired remote is great because you can make micro adjustments if you have ADHD like me and change the station every 30 seconds (with Sirius it's easy).

I would have given it a 4, but the instructions were written by an 8 year old exchange student, the mounting brackets are kind of a joke, and the bass completely disappoints for heavier music, even at pretty low volumes. But go ahead and pick one up if you just need a lil extra kick. It'll do that pretty well.
36 out of 38 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Definitely improved my car audio

Written By Stephen, Ventura, CA on Saturday, January 23, 2010
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I bought this unit for my 05 Matrix, and luckily it fit under the driver's seat
no problem. Fishing all the cables around wasn't too bad and after a call to
Crutchfield's tech team, I had it hooked up in about 3 hours.

At first, it just sounded...blah. I had wanted more bottom end that wouldn't
take up interior space in the car, but I worried maybe the unit wasn't up to
this rather modest task.

Luckily, I went into the head unit & played with the crossover point, then started
adjusting the gain and crossover controls on the sub. After about 10 minutes
listening to different tracks, I got it dialed in. And then...WOW! This sub
won't shake windows loose, but it really does a nice job of filling out the
bottom end. I listed to some bass-heavy Ozomatli and a huge grin came over my
face. Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" sounds great too. I kid you
not, I sat in my car for an hour and just listened to music until I had to go
inside and go to bed.
22 out of 23 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

A great unit, but caters to a certain taste

Written By Swaroop, NY, NY on Tuesday, January 19, 2010
 
I had this unit installed under the seat of my STi, and it barely fit (after a
little bit of trauma to the casing... all is well). The unit does not deliver
an overwhelming bass, but definitely picks up where 2-ways leave off, delivering
the bass necessary to create a full range, without distracting.

I would recommend this unit highly for anyone who is looking for a great sound
and clear definition and balance. For anyone looking for a pounding bass that
shakes your car, this definitely will not work (the bass starts losing
clarity and sounds muffled when turned up too high).
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Added sound with no loss of space

Written By Saintchristipher, Orlando, FL on Thursday, December 17, 2009
 
When the factory radio in my '96 Toyota 4-Runner bit the dust, I replaced it with the Kenwood KDC-X993 head unit, Infinity Reference speakers front and back and this subwoofer. Sound was important however, loosing ANY of my cargo area was not an option. The KSC-SW10 is a tight fit (less than 1/4" on either side of the seat rails) under the drivers seat. But the sound it delivers for the size is very impressive, filling in the bass frequency, and enriching everything played through the system from Amadeus Mozart to ZZ Top. Probably 80% of my music listening is from my iPod and the other 20% is NPR, either way, if this subwoofer is turned of, you know it. The sound just isn't as good

The sub is better adjusted from the head deck however at times I do use the included control for quicker adjustments when on the road.

Pros: Rich bass for its small size, easy installation, no loss of cargo space.

Cons: Because it had to mount under the driver seat (passenger seat has a fan blower in the way) you do feel the vibration under your butt. Not an annoyance however you can feel it.

I would buy this again even if maintaining cargo space wasn't an issue.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Not worth the money

Written By Marty, Raleigh,NC on Thursday, November 26, 2009
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I bought this to install in my wife's 2005 Camry. It was compact and would fit neatly. I didn't want pounding bass, but a balanced sound. My kids have the pounding bass in their vehicles, it's not for me or my wife. But, this unit is a total disappointment. One of the mounting screws stripped out before I even mounted the thing and caused it to rattle. But worse, the sound is awful. In order to get audible amount of bass, it has to be driven hard. This causes distortion and popping. I ended up pulling this out and installing my Bazooka from my other car in it for my wife. Now I have this unit sitting on a shelf in the garage and no sub in my favorite car. But, my wife is happy! I would not buy this again or recommend it to anyone. I wish I bought another bazooka.
9 out of 18 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice little unit

Written By Bob, Ann Arbor, MI on Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Installed this under passenger seat in a Subaru Forester. It hides away nicely, and provides a good, rich base for ordinary listening in a car that size.

The control wheel I mounted hidden in the glove box, since I don't tend to fiddle with it during tunes. Setting it up a bit below half power seems to work well at adding the right amount of bass to pop/rock in a vehicle that size. So don't expect deep booming at high volume, but do expect a nice, richer bass for ordinary listening in a very nice small-footprint hideaway package.

As a side note, I have had some issue with subwoofer "pop" when operating an amateur radio in the vehicle, which resembles what a previous reviewer described when switching sources. The passive speaker in this sub may well be unusually sensitive to that kind of bleed-through of electrical noise in a setup.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Would buy again

Written By Scott, Morgan Hill, CA on Friday, September 04, 2009
 
This is a great little sub. If your goal is for your music to sound good you'll be very happy. If your goal is to rattle windows and wake sleeping babies from blocks away this won't do it.

I installed it behind the rear seat in my 2005 F250 crew cab since it didn't fit under the front seats. Sounds great. Install was easy. Currently I have stock speakers, but an upgraded Alpine deck. After I heard the Bose system with a small subwoofer in my wifes 2007 Yukon I had to get one too. I'm glad I did, it really improved the sound of my stereo. I love the wired remote too... easy to reach down and adjust the base depending on what you're listing to at the moment.

Dollar for dollar you're getting a lot of sound with this sub.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Would not recommend

Written By Dave, Eaton Rapids, MI on Saturday, August 22, 2009
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I had this unit professionally installed in my 2008 Silverado crew cab underneath the rear seat. The sound is fine at lower volume levels. However when I switch the source from XM or regular radio to a CD or the ipod, the sound will crack loudly. With some songs it's almost constant. I suspect it might be the passive subwoofer next to the powered sub. It is very noticable and annoying. The only way I found to eliminate the problem is by adjusting the bass on the receiver way below the middle setting. When I switch back to radio - the bass is gone and the receiver needs to be readjusted again. There is an adjustment control that comes with the unit, however any adjustments to this does't solve the problem. I see where other reviewers rate this unit fine, it may be something unique to the one I purchased, however I'd recommend going with a different model or brand.
6 out of 8 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

big sound small package

Written By brad, Lafayette, Indiana on Saturday, July 04, 2009
 
i wanted a sub to finish off my system, but i didnt want something people down the street would hear, and not having much space in a Jeep Wrangler, I wanted something that could be tucked away out of sight. Well this fit the bill. First of all it is small enough to fit fine under thr front passenger seat. And best of all, it is just the sound i was looking for.It does have way more punch than one would think by the size of it.But best of all, it doesnt rattle the neighbors windows. If you want something to add great balence to your tunes this is the one you need. Everything from old Elvis to Mudvayne is sooooooooooo much better, i cant believe this high of quality sound comes from such a small device. well worth the price!!!!!!
12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great for Country, Rock, and Classical

Written By Jim, Yakima, WA on Saturday, July 04, 2009
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I put this in my Chevy Silverado extended cab under the back seat. Installation was easy. I listen to Christian Rock, Country, Classical, and Bluegrass. This sub is perfect for that. I did a lot of sound testing at stores and I don't like the THUMP THUMP that appears to be what other people want out of their subs. I like bass, but I like true bass. If you don't have a sub, the bottom end of the music kind of dissappears. Adding a subwoofer puts that bass in the music and gives it a rich, full, sound. This sub does just that. It can produce some THUMP, but I turn it down so that it doesn't do that. I just want the clean, full, spectrum of sound and this it provides very well.

If you are like me and just like bass and want to hear good bass and not the THUMP, then there is nothing wrong with this subwoofer.

A couple of other notes, the subwoofer is not so powerful that I have to have a capacitor in the system. My truck's alternator and battery can keep up with the power demands. The remote needs to be where you can reach it. I have found that different artist have different recorded levels of bass. Some artist put a lot in and some don't put in much. So, you will need to adjust the bass depending on the artist.
12 out of 14 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Little pricey for what you get !!

Written By Craig, New Caney, TX on Monday, June 22, 2009
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Read the previous reveiws before purchasing, but was not expecting a
whole lot, and that is definately what I got. Not a whole lot. I guess I was
just hoping for more, but unit is definately overpriced in my opinion.
6 out of 17 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice little sub for my tiny little Yaris !

Written By Vince87, Montreal, Qc on Monday, June 01, 2009
 
Last year I bought the kenwood KSC-WD250 for my girlfriend's hyundai accent and I was really impressed with the quality of the bass it added to her system... I just bought a Yaris HB and wanted the smallest unit possible and bought the KSC-SW10 to put in my trunk. At first, like many reviewers, I was really disappointed by this unit because I got distortion event at low level but after changing from 0 to 180 degree and adjusting my headunit settings (adding a High Pass Frequency filter and turning off loudness) I can put it to maximul level with no distortion at all. I also had to plug it in the front RCA output instead of the sub output for god knows why reason to make it sound better. It gives my a good bass for the size but its not as "warm" and pumping as the KSC-WD250... Probably because of the size of the enclosure.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Just What I needed

Written By Patrick, Richmond, VA on Thursday, May 14, 2009
 
I own a 2000 Dodge Durango. I replaced the factory speakers with the Infinity 6022's but I needed just a little more punch. The Kenwood subs are just what I needed to give me that little extra bass. Like previous reviews, these subs are not going to rattle your windows but they will compliment with a little extra bass boost. I kept my factory radio and have a Sirius unit. The Kenwood subs sound ok with that. They do tend to max out at a lot lower volumes than what I would like but when I slip in a CD they are pretty amazing. All in all I am pleased with the purchase of these.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Better than expected

Written By relaxed986, Tampa, FL on Friday, May 08, 2009
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This unit was very easy to install (RCA and power cables) and it provided better than expected results. It wont stop your heart, but it will add that missing element to your music!
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4 out of 5

Nice unit

Written By Gerald, Escondido, CA on Saturday, May 02, 2009
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I just installed in my 95 Jeep Cherokee, behind the rear seat. It is a nice little unit that fills in the bass. If you're looking for something to with good sound, without thumping, this unit works well.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

it works...

Written By mcrewsq, sacramento, CA on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
 
2002 infiniti Q45 w/ bose non-nav. THis is a tough system to work on because of how it is set up. It has nice hi and mid but lacks punch. I bought the kenwood just hoping it might help. IT DOES. I installed KW in the armrest slot. I NEVER have 3 in the back seat. REALLY fills in the bass nicely. especally on Pink FloydLive "BRICK IN THE WALL"!! NOT FOR THOSE THAT WANT RATTLE THUMPIN BASS. But certainly an excellent fill in when you want some extra.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very Nice Addition

Written By Alan, Houston, TX on Sunday, March 01, 2009
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After we upgraded our head unit, we lost the bass. We don't really have any extra room in the cabin of the car and didn't want some huge box taking-up precious room in the truck, so this compact subwoofer was the logical choice for us. It fits nicely under the front passenger seat of our 1999 Toyota Avalon. It sounds very nice. It does a great job to fill-in the lower end. We run it at about 50% of its capacity, so there is plenty of ommphh in the low range. It won't shake windows as we drive through the neighborhood, but it definitely fills the car with more than enough subwoofer sound.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Boom for the buck

Written By Jerrod, Ringgold GA on Friday, January 09, 2009
 
I had this subwoofer installed into my 1990 Chevy 454SS truck under the
drivers seat and it fits like it was made for the truck. The rest of my system
is Pioneer. I havent had to adjust it much except for turning up its volume.
It has a good bass response for real music (in my case Heavy Metal). It
has basically made all my cd's new to me again. Great product.
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5 out of 5

Common sense

Written By DC, FL on Wednesday, December 24, 2008
 
Simple common sense will tell you this sub-woofer is not made to do what some of these reviewers expected. It has a 5x7 speaker. That tells me it
is not made to put in a trunk. And that I should not expect over-powering window rattling bass. And it will max out if you over power it. Any speaker does. I put it behind the drivers seat in my ext. cab pickup and it works GREAT!. Nice full bass sound. I do not want a bass that rattles.

I am using a Kenwood Excelon head unit with a direct sub-woofer connection and separate sub-woofer control. I am totally satisfied with this
speaker. If you use this unit for how it was designed you will not be dissapointed.
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2 out of 5

Kenwood SW10

Written By Anthony, Gainesville, GA on Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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Let me start by saying I do not have a stock system. I have a 02 GMC Crew Cab p/u with 6.5 components in the doors and an amp with a Pioneer head. This unit will reach its maximum potential rather quick, almost like hitting a tuna can. If not cranked up too loud it will sound okay. This is by no means is designed to shake your mirrors. In the end I ended up returning it and will now try the Blaupunkt, which came with very high recommendations from Scooter in the sales department. Crutchfield, however ROCKS!! They don't quit until you're happy with your sound.
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KSC-SW10

Written By Mark, Cleveland, OH on Sunday, September 07, 2008
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The unit filled in the missing bass in my son's Cavalier perfectly. We installed the unit on the trunk side of the rear seat and ran the wiring up the center hump. The remote got velcro'd right below the radio for easy adjustment. The only thing left for my son to do, is save up for the trunk Dynamat to eliminate some of the vibrations when he cranks the bass. Overall, I'm very pleased with the unit and its' "boom-for-the-buck".
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2 out of 5

Not good value for Mazda 3

Written By Jonathon, San Jose, CA on Tuesday, August 26, 2008
 
I purchased this to keep everything Kenwood in my Mazda 3 Bose system replacement. I mounted it in my Dynomat'd trunk, since there is no room under the seats in my Mazda. I don't know if that is the issue to the lack of any extra bass.. or maybe I was expecting more. I listen to very bass heavy music (Jungle ./ Drum & Bass) and I can't even tell if it's on. I am constantly playing with the remote to get some sort of satisfaction that I spent this much on this. On the other end, It was very easy to install and Kenwood makes high quality products. If you have a truck, I would purchase this.
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5 out of 5

Perfect for enhancing a stock system!

Written By D Man, Edgewater, NJ on Monday, August 25, 2008
 
I you have minimal space, and want that little extra bass that your STOCK factory stereo is missing, this is an exceptional product to fill in that gap.

I have a 2005 Subaru WRX Wagon, and just installed the Kenwood KSC-SW10 today. Installation was under the driver seat, as I don't want to use up any of my wagon space. The factory system puts out decent sound with quality midrange and highs, but severely lacks any significant bass. Many a time have I popped in a new CD, and really enjoyed how it sounded, but always wished it produced more bass. Well, with this amplified subwoofer, the gap is filled in perfectly! It sounds tremendous with the right setting on the wired remote control. Now keep in mind that this will NOT blow your windows out, but as a guy in my mid 30's, I did the whole "shake, rattle, and roll" type of bass a decade ago, and just want quality sound, rather than being overwhelmed by the bass.

If you're NOT planning on entering your car in a stereo competition, but want a great product , which produces very good bass, while taking up very little space, look no further! I think this may be the best simple upgrade to your factory system. It makes a world of difference.
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2 out of 5

Not worth the money

Written By Robert, Vero Beach, Fl on Sunday, August 10, 2008
 
The key words in the description of the KSC-SW10; "complementary low end", "supple bass", "accentuating depth and definition", are extremely accurate as this unit provides little more than the bass that smaller door mounted speakers lack. It reaches it maximum potential very quickly and I found that it provided a cheap "thud" rather than a warm bass tone. On the plus side, installation is a breeze and it did fit nicely under the front passenger seat of my Vibe.
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5 out of 5

Love it!

Written By no, Tallahassee, FL on Thursday, July 03, 2008
 
I installed this in a 2002 Dodge Dakota ext. cab. Love the sound. I did not want an overpowering sub-woofer. If I did I would have bought one that is designed to THUMP THUMP THUMP. Easy to install. Buy it.
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5 out of 5

Filled My Car with sound

Written By Ahmed, Detroit, MI on Monday, June 30, 2008
 
I got this sub because of its size. I have a hybrid and it's really small. I installed it in the cabin under the back seat facing the front of the car. I listen to rock and metal music. After adding this baby, the sound is amazing. It's the right base I'm looking for. Never had it distorted the sound as some of the reviews say. I guess my factory stereo is at the right wattage for it. Having it inside the cabin is a big plus as well. When I use the remote to turn its volume all the way down I can hear a huge difference. I normally use it with the vol and the frequency all the way up. It's not the base that shakes the cars around you, but the base that enriches the sound.
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KSC-SW10

Written By Anonymous, nashville,tenn on Saturday, May 31, 2008
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I'm very happy with this subwoofer. Alnough it small the sound is great.
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5 out of 5

Exceeded Expectations

Written By Shane, Perry, UT on Saturday, April 26, 2008
 
This sub is perfect for a small suv or truck. I needed something for my cherokee, and this was an excellent choice. All I wanted was something to fill the low end and I found it.
Us older guys don't need something that will knock the pictures off the walls when we pull into our garage. Our ears can't handle it, and we don't like to be annoyed by the kids that like to shake everyone else's houses.
Great sub.....Get it.
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2 out of 5

low expectations

Written By vic, texas on Saturday, March 29, 2008
 
I read the reviews on this product, found one and hooked it up in about an hour.
When i cranked it up I feel as though I have been cheated out of a
subwoofer.. This unit only plays down to 100hertz and thats it, I tried
everything, nothing worked. But there is hope, it can be used for midbass where it really
shines especially on jazz, country, and even hip-hop if you keep the
crossover set around 80hertz. And use a REAL sub for the low end. I have
a 10 inch Rockford P3 in a small sealed box that compliments the sw-10
perfectly with about 300 watts on that sub.
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3 out of 5

Compact, Good enough sound

Written By Benjamin, Ohio on Sunday, March 23, 2008
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I just finished installing this in a Tacoma. It fit nicely up against the wall behind the drivers seat. I've got a KDC-X791 installed with it.

It does a decent job of producing bass, and as others have noted it maxes out easily. It comes with connectors to feed off the front speakers, and I was unhappy when I tried using those. I recommend using non-fader pre-outs from the head unit. After switching to those connections the sub performs better. I can now turn the volume control on 50% before getting significant, annoying distortion. With this setup I've got the head unit filtering out the low frequencies going to the speakers and the sub has a clean signal for itself.
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3 out of 5

Weak, but great for small spots

Written By motocrossmann, San Jose, CA on Monday, March 17, 2008
 
I agree with the last poster. This sub distorts quite easily, but always seems to be on the cusp of performing acceptably. I'm still fiddling with dials as well.

If you are looking at this to enhance your stock system, then maybe. If you are looking for some REAL base, look elsewhere. It is small though!
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2 out of 5

Not what I had hoped for!

Written By RonfromOhio, Northwest Ohio on Thursday, February 14, 2008
 
I bought this model thinking that Kenwood would have made some nice improvements over the previous model of this sub. I just installed it along with a new JVC head unit(KD-G830).I had previously upgraded the factory speakers in my F-150 with Blaupunkt & Infinity speakers so I figured with this sub I was all set.WRONG!!
Like many who installed the previous model,this one has the same problem with distortion at even low volumes. Adjusting the head unit every way I can and turning off the "Loudness" function on the head unit helps only a liitle bit. With the sub volume at "Min" it still distorts if the head unit is turned up too loud.
Again...no way did I expect a loud thumping boom from this little unit, but I did expect a little more of an improvement in the bottom end at normal volumes.
Overall I'm way unhappy with it but I'm determined to keep playing with it to try to make it better.
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