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Sony XS-GS80L

GS Series 8" 4-ohm subwoofer

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Our take on the Sony XS-GS80L

by John Pollard
Sony

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.

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.

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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
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Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
Size 8 -inch
Impedance 4 ohms
Cone Material MRC
Surround Material TPO
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet) 0.32
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet) 0.41
Port diameter (inches) 2.375
Port length (inches) 6.75
Free-Air ---
Dual Voice Coil No
Sensitivity 84 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 28 - 500 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 50-220
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 900
Top Mount Depth (inches) 3 13/16
Bottom Mount Depth (inches) 4 1/16
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 7
Vas (liters) 10.7
Fs (Hz) 48
Qts 0.71
Xmax (millimeters) 7.1
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years
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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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4 out of 5

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
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4 out of 5

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