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Type-E 10" 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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Nice price, big bass

Alpine's Type-E subwoofers will fill up your ride with big bass without draining your bank account. These low-profile subs handle plenty of power, and still use the same tried-and-true design that's made this line so popular with budget-conscious bassheads. You'll get an amazing amount of rumble when you add one or two of these to your ride.

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Built tough

The SWE-10S4 10" subwoofer handles up to 250 watts RMS. Alpine treats the pulp cone with Kevlar so it won't buckle or distort under heavy use, while the tough rubber HAMRS surround allows for maximum excursion while keeping the cone under control for more accurate bass. Extra venting maximizes air flow through your speaker, dissipating heat and increasing the sub's reliability. The heavy-gauge, stamped steel cage holds its shape through the most relentless pounding, so the bass stays tight.

Highlights:

  • 10" subwoofer with 4-ohm voice coil
  • Kevlar reinforced pulp cone with HAMRS Santoprene rubber surround
  • frequency response: 32-200 Hz
  • power handling: 50-250 watts RMS
  • peak power: 750 watts
  • sensitivity: 86.9 dB
  • top-mount depth: 4-3/4"
  • sealed box volume: 0.53-0.88 cu. ft
  • ported box volume: 0.78-1.33 cu. ft.
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
Size
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10 -inch
Impedance
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4 ohms
Cone Material
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Pulp-Kevlar
Surround Material
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Santoprene
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)
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0.53
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)
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1.04
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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86.9 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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32 - 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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4 3/4
Bottom Mount Depth (inches)
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5 5/16
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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9
Vas (liters)
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26
Fs (Hz)
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40
Qts
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0.51
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?

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  • One 10" Single voice coil subwoofer
  • 1 Rubber concealing ring (installed)
  • Type-E 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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Features
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Features

Kevlar Reinforced Pulp Cone: This Alpine Type-E subwoofer uses a parabolic cone structure, with a Kevlar reinforced pulp cone and a Poly-Mica dust cap. Kevlar adds strength and tear resistance to the woofer cone while maintaining the benefits of a pulp cone design. The oversized, inverted poly-mica dust cap increases rigidity and virtually eliminates cone distortion at extreme volume levels.

HAMRS: The woofer features a High Amplitude Multi Roll Surround (HAMRS), made of Santoprene, that allows a large linear excursion and greater SPL. The HAMRS design allows extreme excursions without sacrificing valuable cone area.

Progressive Spider: The progressive Conex spider ensures reliability and helps avoid interference typical of many high-excursion designs.

Voice Coil: The oversized (65mm) 3-layer voice coil offers power handling up to 250W RMS / 750W Peak. The high-temperature voice coil is wound on a spiral cut aluminum former.

Compound Radius Curve Pole Geometry: Alpine's patented Compound Radius Curve pole geometry ensures a symmetrical magnetic field, while optimizing flux density to reduce distortion and further improve power handling and output.

Airflow Management System: Alpine's patented Airflow Management System combined with Perimeter Venting actively manages the outer voice coil temperatures by forcing air directly across the heatsink system.

Vented Pole Piece: The vented pole piece is flared at both ends to maximize air flow from inside the motor structure. The Airflow Back Plate combined with the Compound Radius Curve Extended Pole Geometry ensures that hot air is not trapped inside the motor structure.

Spring Terminals: The spring post terminals are located on one side of the woofer. The terminals will accept pin connectors, single or dual banana plugs, or bare wire up to 8 gauge.

Gasket Cover: Alpine uses a Concealed Mount Gasket System to cover the mounting screws for a clean look. The black rubber gasket ring comes already installed on the woofer and needs to be removed before drilling the mounting screws (not supplied). The gasket ring then snaps back into place once the woofer is mounted.

Enclosure Compatibility

Sealed Box: Alpine recommends a sealed enclosure with an internal volume between 0.53 and 0.88 cubic feet, with an ideal volume of 0.53 cubic feet. Sealed enclosures provide the most control over a woofer, will handle a lot of power, and provide accurate sonic reproduction, making them suitable to all types of music.

Ported Box Volume: The recommended ported box volume ranges from 0.78 cubic feet to 1.33 cubic feet, with the ideal size being 1.04 cubic feet, using a slot port measuring 10" (W) x 1" (H) x 18" (L).

 
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5 out of 5

Awesome sub hits hard

Written By Anonymous, Bradenton florida on Monday, July 22, 2013
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I have a 2001 Chevy silverado extended cab that I Recently replaced the factory stereo system with an all Alpine stereo system and wanted to add a sub for a fuller sound.I custom built a sealed box with .54 sq ft of air volume to fit under the rear seat. I paired the sub with a Alpine MVR 500 watt amp. I mostly listen to rock and metal and let me tell you can feel the bass drum in your chest.The bass this little sub puts out is amazing.its super clear distortion free and hits hard I would definitely recommend this sub for anyone who listens to rock/metal looking to add clear distortion free hard hitting bass.
Pros:
Solid build Hits hard Distortion free Accurate bass response
Cons:
Nothing
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5 out of 5

Great sub

Written By John b, lakeland FL on Monday, July 01, 2013
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What a great sub. cant belive they don't sell it anymore.
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5 out of 5

Very Good Sub

Written By Ricky-Bobby, Oil City, PA on Sunday, June 30, 2013
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I love this sub, it is small and puts out amazing bass. I had two Kicker 12's in a S/O ported box before and this one blows those two away! (I have this one in a S/O sealed box) Very good for the price, I would recommend it 100%.
Pros:
Good bass, small, looks awesome.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

2500hd Crew Cab BASS

Written By 58Driver, Greenville, SC on Friday, June 28, 2013
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Mounted two of these in a custom sealed box of .53 cu ft. Behind the back seat of my 2500 hd crew cab. The subs sound great driven by an Alpine MRV-M500 amp at 2 ohms. Not rock the neighborhood bass, but plenty for me! My only gripe with these subs was the terminals interfered with the bottom of my box, and in order to mount them right side up, I had to relieve a small area in the box. Would not be an issue in a square enclosure
Pros:
Work great Ina sealed enclosure
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5 out of 5

Good performance.Great price!

Written By PaulG, Nashville, TN on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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Everyone is surprised that only one 10 " driver in a sealed enclosure can produce such a satisfying thump. My Silvy is now the preferred listening environment for tracks with good bass lines.
Pros:
Clean response.
Cons:
Nope.
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5 out of 5

SWE 10s4

Written By carlos, houston, texas on Saturday, May 25, 2013
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Good sub for the price, just ordered me another one.
Pros:
Price and sound
Cons:
None yet
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5 out of 5

alpine swe 10s4

Written By chad, greenville sc on Tuesday, May 07, 2013
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well built and good price. falls off in the low bass range, to be expected from 10s
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5 out of 5

Alpine SWE-10S4

Written By nyrican16, rancho cucamonga, ca. on Wednesday, May 01, 2013
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these sub are just awesome. everything about them from price to install to sound. i purchased the swe-10s4's to replace an older pair of rockfords.i am very pleased with how easy they installed into the same box and how great the sound quality is. they really thump!
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5 out of 5

10 inch alpine

Written By kleetz98, Virginia, MN on Monday, March 25, 2013
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I think the speaker has a very good bang for your buck. I was very happy with the sound quality and the amount of bass that it added to my system.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Quality

Written By Russ, central Florida on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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I got these to replace some type E's that I got back when they were white. Once again a great speaker for a great price. Happy customer!
Pros:
Price, quality
Cons:
None found so far!
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5 out of 5

Nice Clean Bass

Written By Triplx07, Pittsburgh on Thursday, January 17, 2013
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I put these subs in a pair of old Lanzar boxes That fit under the rear seat of my chevy silverado ext cab. The Boxes where 12yrs old, and I just wanted to update the subs for my new amp(200w x 2).. Lanzar(Even though the make a decent product) sales service is lously ,and could not supply me with a part # for a small enclosure replacement sub. So after looking around I decided on these Alpine subs. My enclosures have a three inch port, and is a wedge style box. I knew this wasn't ideal for these subs, but figured for the price I would give it a shot. Glad I did. The subs hit hard and clean.. Very happy with my purchase.
Pros:
Good value for the money.
Cons:
Nothing so far.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

best deal you would find

Written By Rod, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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i have in my silverado regular cab, it needs very little space and it makes the work of a big subwoofer, the price is very low for the product you get and the brand is a very High Quality one.
Pros:
everything
Cons:
so far so good, only a week of use,
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5 out of 5

Absolute Love!

Written By Al, Houston, TX on Thursday, January 10, 2013
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This 10 is simply AMAZING! I had it installed and I had no real expectations other than it should work and I was blown away! I was set back at how hard it hit inside my accord coupe and not make a hint of rattle. I matched it up with the Apline RMS 500 amp and it's clear to see why Alpine is simply one of the best in the game! For the price of this sub you seriously can't go wrong. This thing hits HARD and yet the music is very clear! I can't express how much I love this sub and I have had a few others but this one works for what I was looking for and more.
Pros:
Clear, powerful, hits hard, cheap
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Alpine SWE-10S4

Written By Marcos Ripoll, Boulder, CO on Monday, December 17, 2012
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These subs hit so hard for the price! I bought two of these and matched them with an alpine 500 rms amp and its connected to my alpine stereo. The bass is tight and can be heard from inside a building when parked outside. These are totally worth your money. My neighbor yelled at me to turn it down haha. And i get looks every time I drive. The compactness of my mini cooper adds at least five more decibels of base too! These are a great buy!
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4 out of 5

Great Sound for the Money

Written By b21w, Duluth, MN on Friday, November 30, 2012
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I agree with the other 5 star reviews. For the money I haven't experienced such a rich bass over various types of music, while being able to handle a good amount of power in a small airspace and mounting depth. I'm a fan period.

In addition my amp was tested out at much more than it's rating (500W RMS @ 2ohms), running around 760W RMS total into 2 of these subs and they are holding their own so far.
Pros:
dB and sound quality combined with "boom" for a 10".
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

Darren

Written By Darren, Wilmington, NC on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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I would rate this subwoofer a perfect 5 star rating for playing Classic Rock, Rock, or Heavy Metal. I am currently just using one sub and powering it sub with an Alpine 300 RMS Amp. and it provides plenty of power for the sub. This sub has a nice, clean tone, and when adjusted either through the head unit and/or the amp, it can readily adapt and reproduce deep bass. I would definitely recommend this sub to anyone looking to play rock music, you will not be disappointed!!!
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5 out of 5

Great subs

Written By Matt g, Ferriday Louisiana on Wednesday, October 03, 2012
 
Very good subs for the price. Could not be happier with this purchase. Have them hooked to 500 watt rms amp and they hit good for two 10's and they haven't even been broken in yet.
Pros:
Price, sound quality, alpine quality and great sound quality.
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Subs

Written By Robby p, Fort worth on Thursday, August 23, 2012
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These hit so hard, couldn't believe it for the money. Handle rap to country. Being pushed by a ken wood excelon700-5. Into 2 ohm.
Pros:
Wire attachments, cost, sound? Great for a small box application
Cons:
Not a fan of the huge removable trim ring, it looks good, but had to remove it for my box. ( mande to remove and comes off easy, can be re installed) mnot that big of a deal.
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5 out of 5

BOOM!!

Written By Todd, crowley la on Friday, July 20, 2012
 
I have this sub in a tacoma in a sealed box with .6cf of airspace feeding it 200 alpine watts and it hits hard! Excellent sub at any price.
Pros:
Its cheap and sounds amazing!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

More bang for the buck!!! GREAT product!!!

Written By Music4Life, Michigan on Friday, June 01, 2012
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I usually don't buy stuff online, without there being any reviews...but I figured I would take the chance of purchasing 2 of these Alpine subs. These subs bump so hard in my Jeep Cherokee! If you want true bass, without over-powering your music...I would definitely recommended these! Alpine is a great brand for subs! Another great thing about purchasing these, was that the customer service was amazingly well, way better then most online stores I have purchased from! Shipped the day I purchased!
Pros:
true great deep bass, awesome looks, easy to install
Cons:
Nothing yet... :)
12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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