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Alpine PWE-S8

Compact 120-watt powered 8" subwoofer

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Our take on the Alpine PWE-S8

by Bob Bihlmayer
Alpine

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.

Big sound from a small box

Don't have the space for a big subwoofer enclosure, but still want the thrill of sub-bass? At only 3" deep, Alpine's PWE-S8 powered subwoofer fits in all kinds of tight spaces: in the trunk of your car, behind the seat in your pickup, or even under the seat in some cars. And it's made to stand up to life on the road, with its rugged cast metal enclosure that's built to take the hard knocks of a tight installation while protecting your equipment.

In the box

Alpine PWE-S8 side view

At only 3" deep, the PWE-S8 can fit almost anywhere.

Alpines uses a Class D amplifier rated at 120 watts RMS to drive the PWE-S8's 8" shallow-mount, high-excursion subwoofer, so there's plenty of power for your bass. The amp features controls for phase, gain, and a low-pass crossover, so you''ll be able to match the bass up to the rest of your system.

You'll find an input for an optional wired remote control that lets you dial in your sound from the driver's seat. Easy-access RCA line-level inputs and speaker-level inputs with automatic turn-on make it easy to integrate this sub into almost any system. The PWE-S8 has everything you need to bring bass to places where there was never the room for boom.

Highlights:

  • powered subwoofer with cast metal enclosure
  • 8" woofer high-excursion cone
  • built-in Class D amplifier (120 watts RMS/240 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 32-150 Hz
  • variable low-pass crossover (80-200 Hz)
  • variable phase control (0-180 degrees)
  • preamp- and speaker-level inputs
  • dimensions: 13-1/2"W x 9"H x 3"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Preliminary info from the manufacturer
Features and Specs
General
Enclosure Type
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Sealed
Finish Material
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painted metal
Grille
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Connector Type
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Bi-amp Inputs
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Woofer Size (inches)
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8
Woofer Material
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Passive Radiator
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Width
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13-1/2"
Height
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9"
Depth
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3"
Second Depth
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Parts Warranty
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1 year
Labor Warranty
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1 year
Specifications
Frequency Response
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32-150
Amplifier Power (RMS)
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120 watts
Maximum Wattage
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240 watts
Sensitivity
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Impedance
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Second Voice Coil Impedance
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Crossover Point
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