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Alpine SWA-12S4

BassLine Series 12" 4-ohm subwoofer

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by John Pollard
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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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Alpine's BassLine subwoofers will add some serious rumble to your vehicle's sound system. You'll really feel the impact of bass lines and drum beats, so you can get into your music like you never have before. These subs also live up to Alpine's reputation for making subs that bass lovers want, but they don't cost so much that you end up actually living in your car.

Alpine BassLine Series 12" subwoofer

The tough steel frame helps to keep your bass punchy and accurate.

Built Alpine tough

Alpine's BassLine SWA-12S4 12” sub comes equipped with a rigid polypropylene/mica cone that won't flex under high volumes and cause distortion, while its poly-foam surround will last for years to come. The tough steel frame offers the stability you need to keep the bottom tight during intense bass sessions. This sub handles up to 250 watts RMS and its 4-ohm impedance makes it a great match for most amplifiers.  

Highlights:

  • 12" subwoofer with 4-ohm voice coil
  • polypropylene and mica cone with poly-foam surround
  • frequency response: 22-200 Hz
  • power handling: 50-250 watts RMS
  • peak power: 750 watts
  • sensitivity: 87.6 dB
  • top-mount depth: 5-1/2"
  • sealed box volume: 0.75-1.5 cu. ft
  • ported box volume: 1.5-2.5 cu. ft.
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
Size
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12 -inch
Impedance
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4 ohms
Cone Material
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Polypropylene and Mica
Surround Material
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Foam
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)
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1.09
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)
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1.91
Port diameter (inches)
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N/A
Port length (inches)
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N/A
Free-Air
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No
Dual Voice Coil
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No
Sensitivity
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87.6 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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22 - 200 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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50-250
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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750
Top Mount Depth (inches)
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5 1/2
Bottom Mount Depth (inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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10 9/16
Vas (liters)
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67.8
Fs (Hz)
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30
Qts
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0.49
Xmax (millimeters)
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10
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • One 12" Single voice coil subwoofer
  • Adhesive backed foam gasket
  • SWA Subwoofer Application Guide (English/ French)
  • On-line product registration information (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information (English/ French)
  • Important Notice! (English/ French)

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At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

Features
Enclosure Compatibility

Features

PWR Cone Design: This BassLine subwoofer's patent-pending Progressive Wavelet Ribs (PWR) cone design helps break up standing waves and cone resonances to keep distortion low. The sub uses a polypropylene and mica damped cone assembly and a high-excursion poly-foam surround.

Progressive Polyester Spider: The progressive polyester spider provides accurate control of the subwoofer cone motion.

Two-Piece Yoke: The two-piece yoke uses a vented pole to provide improved air flow and help cool the voice coil.

Spring Terminals: The spring post terminals accept pin connectors, single or dual banana plugs, or bare wire up to 8 gauge.

Enclosure Compatibility

Sealed Box Volume: The recommended sealed box volume range is from 0.75 cubic feet to 1.5 cubic feet, with 1.09 cubic feet being the ideal size.

Ported Box Volume: The recommended ported box volume range is from 1.5 cubic feet to 2.5 cubic feet. The ideal size is 1.91 cubic feet, using a slot port measuring 12-1/2" (W) x 1" (H) x 10" (L).

 

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Video: Alpine BassLine Subwoofers

Video: Alpine BassLine Subwoofers

by Zak Billmeier
4/5/2013
 
Video: Alpine BassLine Subwoofers

Alpine's BassLine subwoofers will add some serious rumble to your vehicle's sound system, but they won't break your budget. These subs also live up to Alpine's reputation for making subs that bass...

 
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4 out of 5

Good entry level subs

Written By AK Keanen, Juneau AK on Monday, April 14, 2014
 
Awsome entry level bought for 90 a piece I have 2 in a truck box in my single cab 997 dodge 1500. sounds awsome shakes the cab and sounds best with windows down more air movement. AMAZING BUDGET subs. I have them running off a jl slash 500. So they are getting 250rms a piece.
Pros:
cheap well made good bass
Cons:
does not hit the lows. I believe it's the box I am getting a custom made one with to shallow type R's or sundown sd series. maybe the type S
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5 out of 5

Alpine SWA-12S4 sub

Written By BP, Newport News, VA. on Thursday, February 27, 2014
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I used the online chat option (very convenient) and it was well worth it. I received Top notch customer service and professional advice from Crutchfield representatives who helped me choose the right equipment that I needed for my setup. These Alpine subs sound great. They hit hard and clean. I would recommend this sub if your on a budget and still want hard clean hitting subs. They exceeded my expectations. Definitely will go with Crutchfield for all my car audio needs. Wish there was a 10 star option. Very satisfied customer.
Pros:
Exceptional customer service and advice from Crutchfield advisors Shipping was fast Online chat option was very convenient
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

GREAT PRODUCT!!

Written By Taypee15, Meridian, MS on Sunday, February 23, 2014
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Incredible sound. Sounds great. Deep clean bass. Definitely a winner. I'd recommend to anyone.!!
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3 out of 5

good system

Written By chris, terre haute indiana on Friday, January 31, 2014
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These new speakers are a lot louder than what i had in there atleast dubble the quallity
Pros:
Better bass,quallty,and loudness
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Alpine SWA-12S4

Written By Anonymous, oglesby,tx on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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awesome
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5 out of 5

Alpine Bass Line Subs

Written By Poppy2, Eastern NC on Monday, October 14, 2013
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I was a little leary of purchasing a budget minded product online, but after hearing these subs perform I was very pleased with my purchase.. Don't waste money on no name subs, these boys perform at a budget price.
Pros:
Easy hookup, hit really hard, great price
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

BOOMM

Written By dl, Indio,CA on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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Great I put them into my 2008 Mazda 3 and man they hit hard . I put the bass at 0 or even negative, still makes my car shake. They hit right on point and voice is very clear.
Pros:
Clear sound, great bass
Cons:
Haven't found any yet
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5 out of 5

Highly Impressed

Written By Trestandg, Ut on Saturday, June 15, 2013
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I was searching for subs on crutchfield, and decided to give them a phone call for an extra opinion. I told them the limited space I have behind a bench seat in my old ranger. And this is what they recommended. When it comes to alpines, I love the r serious they were fantastic, but was really disappointed with the s series. Now, since there were no reviews or videos on YouTube, I was slightly sceptical of these. I got them within a week of my order, and installed them the day of. I was so surprised to hear those little shallow mount subs slam, and watch them bounce. It blew my expectations away.

I am highly impressed, and greatly recomend these subs, as well as crutchfield for their 5 star customer service.
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4 out of 5

Best Shallow Subs you can find

Written By Keith, South Florida on Thursday, June 06, 2013
 
I was limited to 5.5" mounting depth with a stealth under seat install. I was concerned at 1st, because most pancake woofers don't deliver deep, rich bass. Alpine's Bassline subs are well built, sound amazing and are priced low enough to where my wife want batt an eye when she gets the cc bill.
Pros:
Great price point, deep bass, shallow mounting depth
Cons:
none yet....
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2 questions already asked

I am looking to buy as a gift. This would be the first subwoofers to be added to their car. I want to get two subs. I'm just afraid that getting this cheaper one would make me look like I just got the cheapest one, so is it really way good for the money or should I get some of the lower end JL Audios or Rockford Fosgates? [ Emily  Dec 19, 2013 ]
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  • I have two 12iinch Alpine subs on a 800watt Pioneer mono amp and it will tear your car apart. They are awesome subs. [ RICHARD A   Dec 24, 2013 ]
  • I put a set of the lower end Alpine subs in my dad's boat. They sound great aas long as you build the right size box and have a good amp, as with all speakers distortion is the big killer. [ BRANDON   Dec 20, 2013 ]
Okay so I'm looking to buy 2 12 inches, and I actually have two questions. One, do you prefer this in a sealed or ported box? Please explain why. And two, what amp do you recommend if I do buy 2 12 inches? [ Jake  Dec 15, 2013 ]
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  • I have two Alpine 12 inch subs and the are awesome for the price.I have them in Dodge Charger in a ported box.I have a 800 watt Pioneer mono amp and they will kick your head in. I would not use moor that a 1000 watt RMS amp. My Pioneer is 800watts RMS and it will nock your head in. Good luck with your system . [ RICHARD A   Dec 24, 2013 ]
  • speakers in ported boxes require more air space and more power but are generally louder than sealed boxes. sealed boxes can usually be smaller and sound quite well with less power. I have always like sealed boxes because they have a tendency to be less noisy than ported boxes. get a good mono amp with enough power to meet the requirements of the subs of your choice. Always remember though that too much power IS ALWAYS better than not enough power. Distortion will kill a speaker WAY faster than being overpowered. [ VIRGINIA S   Dec 21, 2013 ]
  • I recommend two 12" Kenwood excelon subs. They sound Amazing I'm powering both with a alpine amp 350 watt rms in a sealed truck box and they sound super clean and hit very hard. . .. I returned the alpine swa-12s4 [ LEE   Dec 16, 2013 ]

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