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Klipsch Reference Series RW-10d

Powered subwoofer with built-in equalizer

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  • Klipsch Reference Series RW-10d

Item #: 714RW10DB
 

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by Loren Barstow
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Why add a powered subwoofer?

A powered subwoofer gives you bass you can feel as well as hear. Our customers love the depth and impact their subs add to music and movies. We hear comments like "it brings out sounds I didn't know existed in discs I've watched a million times." Powered subwoofers aren't just for big bass that rattles your picture frames; they can also deliver tight, accurate lows. If you haven't shopped for a powered sub in a while, you might be surprised at how small they get. Look for an ultra-compact model if you want to tuck your sub away under an end table or in a corner.

Whether you're watching movies or listening to music, you'll enjoy deep, involving bass with the Klipsch® RW-10d. This powerful, high-output subwoofer sports a 260-watt amplifier and a strong-yet-light 10" woofer designed for quick, precise movement. Exclusive CornerPort™ technology allows the subwoofer's port to be as long as possible without bending, which minimizes port turbulence for tight, accurate sound.

Top-mounted controls with an easy-to-read LCD display make it simple to adjust volume, crossover, and more. You can also select from three preset equalization curves to find just the right amount of "oomph" for your music and movies. Plus, you can adjust the subwoofer's settings to fit your personal tastes, then save them into one of three user-adjustable presets.

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Highlights:

  • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
  • 260-watt RMS digital hybrid amplifier
  • 10" front-firing Cerametallic™ driver
  • CornerPort™ technology
  • 3 equalization modes (Punch, Depth, and Flat)
  • 3 user-defined preset modes (Movie, Music, and Night)
  • back-panel IR sensor for use with remote control extender systems
  • frequency response 28-120 Hz (±3dB)
  • variable 40-120 Hz crossover
  • phase adjustment
  • auto on/off
  • line level/LFE (low frequency effects) input
  • speaker-level inputs
  • 12-9/16"W x 17-9/16"H x 20-13/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years woofer, 2 years amplifier
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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

Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Video Shielded
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No
Woofer Size (inches)
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10
Woofer Composition
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Cerametallic
Firing Direction
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Front
Wireless
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No
Preamp-Level Inputs
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Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs
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Yes
Speaker-Level Outputs
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No
Low-Pass Crossover Freq
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40-120 Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq
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N/A
Phase Switch
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Yes
Amplifier Output (watts)
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260
Frequency Response
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28-120 Hz
Height (inches)
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17-5/8
Width (inches)
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12-9/16
Depth (inches)
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20-13/16
Weight
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39 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty
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5 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Amplifier Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Black powered subwoofer
  • 1 Grille (installed)
  • 94" AC power cord
  • 4 Adhesive backed rubber feet
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ German/ Italian/ Portuguese/ Spanish/ Chinese/ Japanese)
  • Product registration card

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Features
Controls
Connections

Features

Dynamic Power: The RW-10d's amplifier is rated at 260 watts RMS and 575 watts dynamic power. The dynamic power rating indicates the power the amplifier will deliver to the woofer under normal operating conditions for a subwoofer. While the RMS power rating indicates power available on a continuous, long-term basis, subwoofers rely on large, short-term peaks of power to to support the wide dynamics required by today's digital music formats and movie soundtracks. Therefore the dynamic power rating can be used as an indication of a subwoofer's real-world performance.

Bass-reflex Design: Using exclusive Corner Port technology, the port tube runs diagonally through the enclosure, allowing it to be as long as possible without bending; minimizing turbulence that can cause port noise and distortion. This also allows the enclosure to be tuned to a lower frequency than would otherwise be possible to create deeper bass from a smaller cabinet. Another important element is a corner-shaped flange at the port's internal opening, which amplifies the benefits of a longer port.

Cerametallic Woofer: The 10-inch woofer features Klipsch's distinctive, copper-colored Cerametallic material. Made with an anodized aluminum, this cone is strong and dent resistant. The anodizing process converts its inner and outer surfaces to ceramic. The outcome is a rigid cone with superb damping characteristics that will not flex or resonate at frequencies within the woofer's operating range.

Controls

DCS Digital User-Interface: With the exception of the master power switch, all functions are adjusted using the DCS (Digitally Controlled Subwoofer) digital user-interface on the top of the sub:

  • Volume: adjust the subwoofer volume relative to the rest of the system
  • Recall Settings: recall one of three user defined settings; Movie, Music, and Night
  • EQ Mode: choose between Flat, Punch (emphasizing the 60 Hz region), and Depth (boosts the 30 Hz region)
  • Lowpass: adjust the crossover from 40 Hz to 120 Hz in 5 Hz steps; the crossover can also be bypassed, useful for an LFE signal that's already crossed over
  • Phase: adjust the phase from 0° to 180° in 10° steps
  • Brightness: set the display brightness to one of four settings
  • Power: choose Auto On or Always On; the Auto-On Circuit turns the amplifier on when an audio signal is detected and off after approximately 20 minutes with no input signal; the master power switch on the back panel overrides this setting
  • Keypad Lock: the keypad can be locked to prevent any accidental changes

IR Sensor: An infrared remote sensor on the rear panel allows integration with universal control systems. The RW-10d IR codes can be found on Klipsch's web site.

Connections

Preamp Level Input: The left and right line-level jacks should be used when connecting the subwoofer to a pre-amp, signal processor, line-level crossover, or receiver with pre-amp level outputs. Use the left input when connecting to a single LFE output.

Speaker Level Input: The speaker level jacks connect directly to the speaker outputs of an amplifier, integrated amplifier, or receiver.

Terminals: The speaker level inputs have binding posts that will accept bare wire up to 12 gauge, pin connectors, spade connectors, and single banana plugs.

 
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5 out of 5

Great SUB!!

Written By Chad, Michigan on Saturday, June 25, 2011
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Great sounding subwoofer!!! I know the specs say it will only handle down to 35hz or somewhere close to that but I popped in one of my bass test cds and this sub handled everything the disc put out. I was very surprised at the frequency range of this sub. I think I'm going to buy another just like it for a 7.2 surround system.
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5 out of 5

hits like a brick

Written By larry, prince george va on Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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I got this to replace old sub. WoW what a difference. I use it mostly for home theater. But it rocks my CD collection as well. Plenty of deep bass. Small foot print making it great for smaller rooms. Lots of power.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Captiol WOW!!!!

Written By Bryan C, Dayton, Oh on Friday, March 25, 2011
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hooked this bad boy up and was immeditely blown away by the power it could
handle. went through many various music types to guage how it could handle
the transition between rap and rock -n-roll ..the intense base you get from NWA
boys-n-the-hood to led zeppelin good times bad times was crazy good even
without the need to make a adjustment.. love this sub..highly recommend
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5 out of 5

Supurb

Written By MK Carlson, Napeville, IL. on Monday, March 21, 2011
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Replaced my 25 year old Sony SW-A30 that had a down firing 12 inch speaker
with this front loaded 10 inch Klipsch. What an amazing piece of equipment! As
professional musician who plays bass in the studio and live (Rickenbacker
and Hofner) all I can say is that the Klipsch delivers the tone you hope to get in
recording and on stage.
Yes, you have to play with the settings a little to get where you want to go, but it
is well worth the small investment of time for the large results you get.
Its work with movies is also superior!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very Nice...

Written By Woodroce, Finger Lakes, NY on Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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I have this sub as part of a 5.1 system and I couldn't be happier. I have a
pair of RB-61II (bi-amped) out front and a set of RS-42II in the back and a
RC-62II center. Everything is being run by an Onkyo TXNR708 receiver.

I am rockin'!

You will love this sub-woofer, trust me. And, if you have never ordered from
Crutchfield, you will be back! I won't go anywhere else!

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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference Series RW-10d

Written By terb, hawaii on Thursday, January 27, 2011
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for me ! first got it open boxes looks solid.. hooked it up play movies and rock
the walls.. I like it .. planning to buy center speaker.. to complete my front
stage..
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference Series RW-10d

Written By George, Ca on Wednesday, October 13, 2010
 
Matches well with the RC 60II and the RB5 II bookshelf speakers. The room is 20ft x10ft
and I have the RW-10d at 2db's; gives the sound a nice rumble. Looks good, too.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Thundering Bass..don't regret buying this!

Written By Jaison, Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, June 23, 2009
 
I bought this part of the matching system recommended by Klipsch:
Klipsch RS42 Black (Each) Surround Speaker
Klipsch RW10d Black Subwoofer
Klipsch RC52 Black Center Speaker
Klipsch Reference Series RF-52 (floor speakers)

I have this configured as a 7.1 system in a basement. When watching a movie with explosion or any type of sound effect with deep bass, you can feel the thundering bass thru the concrete floor and the walls vibrate. No exageration, the plates on the 1st floor in dish rack rattle little. I only use at night as the vibration is amazing. The opening sequence of 007: Quantum of Solace is an excellent demo of this sub's capability. Having said that, the 260 watt amp in this is more than enough for an avg. basement. The more powerful versions of Klipsch subwoofers may be good for an extra large basement (possibly home of 4000 sq. ft area).

It is pricey but well worth it, if you demand a premium system. I have no regrets.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

This subwoofer rocks!

Written By gail, Honolulu, HI on Thursday, April 30, 2009
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I just received this subwoofer along with the Klipsch RS-10, RB-51, and RC52. I paired these speakers with a Yamaha RXV663 and connected them to our new Samsung LN52B650 tv. Upon ordering, my husband had been calling the system, "Your speakers". Now I can't get near the tv. He loves it. We tested the system with a dvd of Lord of the Rings and when they galloped the horses through a stream, you could hear the water splash and hit the shore line. Wow, did we get our moneys worth!
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5 out of 5

works great

Written By John, new york on Sunday, April 12, 2009
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have onkyo 606 AV Receiver
set of Klipsch b3 speakers
Klipsch c2 center

Klipsch Reference Series RW-10d sub and 4 klipsch surround speakers

the sub works very well with this systen
fast shipping,happy with product

1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Reference Series RW-10d

Written By Richard, Freehold, NJ on Monday, April 06, 2009
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Awesome! Great sound. Perfect for use with music and movies.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

This sub is amazing

Written By Burninrock24, Bloomington, MN on Friday, February 27, 2009
 
This subwoofer is great. I decided between this and the Klipsch Sub-12. I am pleased with my decision. The 10" woofer is accurate and clean, but has enough excursion to really put out the lows. I have it placed in a corner and I had to re-screw some sheet rock that was vibrating due to the bass. It has a bit of port noise once the bass gets very low (I'm talking 20Hz here), but so do many other subwoofers 2x this price.

The digital amp is well worth the money, you get 3 presets, Movie, Music, and Night. You can customize them all the way you want. I have the movie set on flat, and the level at 0 with the crossover at 80hz. My music setting is set at Punch (and man it punches) and the crossover at 85hz. And my night setting is completely off.

I also have it set up so that it changes settings with my Harmony remote (because it has an IR on the back of the enclosure).

I was worried at first that 260 watts RMS was going to be too small, but with the correct placement, i have to tone the thing down sometimes because I am worried about knocking stuff off walls.. Buy this.
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

sub-whoofer

Written By Chris, Batavia, Il. on Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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This sub kicks butt, I bought it to reduce the stress on my other speakers and increase clarity of sound. It has far exceeded my expectations (neighbors hate it, too bad). My highs on my stereo are clearer and the bass being adjustable makes it just right. i like it so much I bought another pair of speakers by same manufacturer and again very impressed. You won't be disappointed.
25 out of 26 people found this helpful
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