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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.

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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 also find an input for a 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 Sealed
Finish Material painted metal
Grille ---
Connector Type ---
Bi-amp Inputs ---
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Material
Passive Radiator ---
Width 13-1/2"
Height 9"
Depth 3"
Second Depth ---
Parts Warranty 1 year
Labor Warranty 1 year
Specifications
Frequency Response 32-150
Amplifier Power (RMS) 120 watts
Maximum Wattage 240 watts
Sensitivity ---
Impedance ---
Second Voice Coil Impedance ---
Crossover Point ---
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PWE-S8 Subwoffer

Written By Rod L., Wisconsin on Monday, September 29, 2014
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I would not buy this product again, nor recommend it, it lacks power output and clairity. There are a number of better quallity subs that pack more output.
Pros:
Small in size, easy to mount
Cons:
Poor amplification, way over priced! Lacks power
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4 out of 5

Quality product

Written By Darren, Folsom, CA on Friday, September 19, 2014
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Very pleased with this powered sub. I purchased this for my 2010 Ford F-150. It fit perfectly under the rear seat on the passenger side. Build quality of this sub is exceptional. This sub is not cheap, but it also will not disappoint. Install time in my truck was approx 2.5hrs. Sound quality is exceptional if you are looking for fidelity and not to rattle your doors. The sub does include the wired remote. The Crutchfield Overview states the wired remote is an optional assessory... Not the case....Very happy with this purchase
Pros:
High quality build, excellent sound/fidelity, fits under the seat of a Ford F-150 ??
Cons:
High side of the price range
Crutchfield response on Monday, September 22, 2014
We looked into it and Darren is correct: the wired remote is included in the box with the powered sub. We've updated our records and website accordingly.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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