Sony XS-GS80L

GS Series 8" 4-ohm subwoofer

Item #: 158XSGS80L

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Built for big bass

Sony XM-GS100 330W x 1 Subwoofer Amplifier

Sony created their GS Series subwoofers with performance in mind. Their XS-GS80L 8" subwoofer features a mica-reinforced cellular glass-fiber cone that's extremely light and rigid — it's able to move faster and more accurately, giving every kick drum hit or bass guitar lick in your music much more impact.   

Ready to rock (for a long, long time)

A large ferrite magnet and a big rubber surround help this Sony handle up to 280 watts RMS. This small sub fits into places where space is at a premium, and it's equally at home in a ported or sealed enclosure. And best of all, Sony backs up these workhorse subs with a cool 3-year warranty.

To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 165 and 330 watts RMS at 4 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.

Product Highlights:

  • 8" subwoofer with 4-ohm voice coil
  • mica-reinforced cellular glass fiber cone
  • rubber surround
  • grille not included
  • power range: 50-220 watts RMS (900 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 28-500 Hz
  • sensitivity: 84 dB
  • mounting depth: 3-13/16"
  • sealed box volume: 0.32 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 0.41 cubic feet
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's a component sub and why would I want one?

A component sub is simply a speaker that's designed to reproduce bass once it's installed in a compatible enclosure. Think about the impact of a movie soundtrack in a big theater or even in your own home HDTV setup. A component sub can add the same kind of power to the music in your car. And a car sub is not all about the boom that you hear on a street corner (although that's cool too) - you can pair a component sub with your choice of enclosure to get bass just the way you like it, from tight and punchy to fat and loose. And once you experience music in your car with a well-tuned subwoofer, you'll never go back.

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What's in the box?

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  • One 8" woofer
  • Trim ring
  • 1 Strip of self-adhesive foam gasket
  • Eight 1-3/8" Self-tapping screws
  • Installation/Connections sheet with Thiele-Small parameters/ Enclosure recommendations/ Template (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information

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Features

Cone Design: The XS-GS80L uses an MRC cone (Mica Reinforced Cellular glass fiber composite) to reduce weight and increase rigidity, delivering deep bass response.

Surround: To improve cone motion control, the surround is made of ThermoPlastic Olefin (TPO), a combination of rubber, polypropylene, polyethylene, and a reinforcing filler.

Spring Posts: The spring post wire terminals will accept pin connectors, single banana plugs, and bare wire up to 10 gauge. The binding posts are spaced too far apart to accept dual banana plugs.

Enclosure Compatibility: This woofer can provide extended bass in sealed and ported enclosures:

  • Sealed Enclosure Volume: 0.32 cubic feet
  • Ported Enclosure Volume: 0.41 cubic feet using one 2-3/8" diameter x 6-3/4" long port

Specification Note: Sony's rated power spec for the XS-GS80L is 220 watts (derived using IEC 60268-5 standards). They also list the CEA 2031 compliant RMS power as 280 watts. We've adopted the 220 watt rating simply because it's the more conservative figure.

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Great Little Sub

Written By Cheshire, Massachusetts on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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This is a great little sub. My Hyundai Veloster Dimension system included a basic 8" sub that did not provide nearly enough power. This little guy was recommended because it fits in the stock 8" sub enclosure. Note that it does require a bit of work with a dremel to fit properly as the frame is a bit bigger than the inset area on the stock enclosure. Don't let this deter you; anybody with moderate skill level with a dremel can modify this to fit easily for the Veloster Dimension system. Naturally, it will also require a separate amp; which I mounted neatly under the driver's seat.

Pros: Great sound, fit my vehicle.

Cons: N/A

Good sound, small package

Written By RossLH, Wisconsin on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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I bought this product to be a direct replacement to the Ford factory woofer in my SUV. The sound is excellent. The truck has a much richer sound. I do not know the limits of the woofer as I only have a 300w amp pushing this speaker but it definitely has potential. In terms of direct replacement...I was able to use the factory location, the factory box and even the factory cover to seal the speaker to the housing and interior panels. The ability to hide the system was paramount in my purchases. Everything still appears factory (except the head unit, but my SUV has a factory cover that rolls down out the dash to hide it). I can go boom, boom, boom and get out without worrying about people stealing my speakers out the back.

Pros: Good bass in a small package. Direct bolts into the Ford factory location. Is there a such thing as too much bass?

Cons: Must buy and wire an aftermarket amp. The factory amp didn't work with a new head unit. (it was weak anyway...60 amps.)

8 inch sony sub

Written By DougH, charleston s.c. on Monday, September 15, 2014

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had a sony explode 8 in sub,after 4 yrs it quit.bought this sub to replace it,same great quality,just not the same great sound

Pros: sony quality.good price

Cons: gives up the solid bass note when turned up

Got my boom back!

Written By W. Davis, Phila., PA on Thursday, May 15, 2014

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This was a great purchase for my situation. Aftermarket receiver;lost factory sub; didn't want a bulky box. It fit perfectly in the factory enclosure and pairs well with my M1350. Im amazed at how nice this sub sounds and i haven't even tuned it yet. Great stuff from Crutchfield as always!

Pros: Nice size for smaller enclosures Rich bass and plenty of punch for its size

Cons: None yet

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