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Powered subwoofer

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by Kristen Schaub
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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.

Strong, accurate bass for large rooms
Whether you're watching movies or listening to music, you'll enjoy deep, intense bass with the SW-110. This powerful, high-output subwoofer uses a 200-watt amplifier to drive a strong-yet-light 10" woofer that's designed for quick, precise movement. The front slot port helps minimize turbulence for clean sound. And since the port is in the front, you won't hear unwanted "boominess" from sound reverberating off your walls and floor. That means you can place this sub just about anywhere and enjoy punchy low-frequency effects.

Highlights:

  • front slot port for reduced turbulence and flexible installation
  • 200-watt RMS BASH® digital hybrid amplifier
  • 10" front-firing woven fiberglass driver
  • frequency response 28-120 Hz (±3dB)
  • variable 50-150 Hz crossover
  • phase switch
  • auto on/off
  • line level/LFE (low frequency effects) input
  • speaker-level inputs
  • compatible with the Klipsch WA-2 wireless audio adapter kit for an easy connection to a sound system
  • 12-3/8"W x 14-3/8"H x 20-7/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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Features and Specs
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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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Woven fiberglass
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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50-150
High-Pass Crossover Freq
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N/A
Phase Switch
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Yes
Amplifier Output (watts)
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200
Frequency Response
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28-120 Hz
Height (inches)
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14-3/8
Width (inches)
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12-3/8
Depth (inches)
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20-7/16
Weight
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35 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty
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2 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)
  • 8' AC power cord
  • Owner's manual

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Features
Controls
Connections

Features

BASH Digital Hybrid Class AB Amplifier: The Klipsch SW-110 powered subwoofer features a highly efficient BASH digital hybrid class AB amplifier which produces reliable, high-powered sound. The built-in amplifier is rated at 200 watts RMS (450 watts Peak). The RMS power rating indicates power available on a continuous, long-term basis. The Peak power rating indicates power available for large, short-term peaks in your music or movie soundtrack.

10" Fiberglass Woofer: The Klipsch SW-110 powered subwoofer features a front-firing 10" non-resonant woven fiberglass driver with a durable rubber surround for tight musical bass.

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Klipsch SW-110 utilizes a bass-reflex enclosure with an advanced front-firing slot port to produce tight musical bass. This highly efficient enclosure design produces more output using less energy.

Power LED Indicator: Located on the powered subwoofer's front baffle, this LED indicates the operating status of the unit's built-in amplifier. The LED will be off when the amplifier is in standby mode and green when the amplifier is on and receiving a signal.

Rubber Feet: The Klipsch powered subwoofer is equipped with four integrated rubber feet to help prevent against vibration.

Placement: Klipsch powered subwoofers are designed to reproduce deep bass and deliver the impact that makes your movies and music come alive. Typically, optimum performance will result if you place the subwoofer in  a corner of the room on the same wall as your front channel speakers.

Controls

Gain Control: The gain control of the Klipsch SW-110 adjusts the subwoofer's volume relative to the rest of your home audio system. If the Klipsch powered subwoofer is connected to the Subwoofer Output (LFE) on your AV receiver, first set the subwoofer volume level control in the receiver to the "half-way" or the "0-dB" position. Then increase the gain of the subwoofer until the subwoofer's volume level matches the output of your main speakers. After this setup is completed, the volume control of your AV receiver will be the volume control for both the Klipsch powered subwoofer and your connected loudspeakers.

Lowpass Crossover: The Klipsch SW-110 powered subwoofer features a variable lowpass crossover which is adjustable from 50-150Hz. The crossover point chosen determines where low bass frequencies are "handed-off" from your AV system's loudspeakers to the Klipsch powered subwoofer. Set the crossover point based on the size of your systems' main left/right speakers. As a general rule, for larger, floor-standing speakers, set the crossover point between 50-90Hz. If using small bookshelf or satellite speakers for your mains, set the crossover point between 90-150Hz. The smaller the speaker, the higher the setting until the bass frequencies blend well between the loudspeakers and the Klipsch powered sub. If setting the crossover point in the receiver, turn the Lowpass Filter knob on the subwoofer to the farthest point right (150Hz).

Phase: The Klipsch SW-110 powered subwoofer has an adjustable phase control which can be set between 0° and 180°. This control is used to acoustically match the subwoofer's output to your system's main speakers. Select a position between 0° and 180°, in which the subwoofer has more output at your main listening position.

Power Auto/On/Off: The Klipsch powered subwoofer features a 3-way power switch. This is the main AC power switch for the subwoofer. This switch must be in the "On" position for the subwoofer to operate or the "Auto" position for the Auto-On feature to function. Set this switch to the "Off" position if the subwoofer will not be used for an extended period of time. When this switch is in the "Auto" position, the subwoofer will automatically turn on when it senses a signal. It will automatically turn off after 20 minutes with no signal.

Connections

Line-Level Input: The Klipsch SW-110 powered subwoofer is equipped with a pair of line-level RCA-type inputs. Most of today's AV receivers have a line-level subwoofer output (LFE) labeled Subwoofer Pre Out, Sub Out, or SW Out. If your receiver has this output, connect on end of a subwoofer cable to it and connect the other end of the cable into the powered subwoofer's line-level input labeled "LEFT/LFE". This connection allows the subwoofer to operate with both music and surround sound movies. In absence of a subwoofer (LFE) output on your receiver, as an alternative hookup, you can connect Left & Right channel pre-amp outputs from a receiver to the "Left/LFE" and "Right" input on the powered subwoofer.

Speaker-Level Inputs: If your AV receiver does not have an LFE out or subwoofer preamp output, you can connect the Klipsch subwoofer to the receiver via speaker-level connection, using the powered subwoofer's 5-way binding posts. Using 16-gauge or larger speaker wire, connect the Red 'positive' (+) terminal of the AV receiver's Left channel to the Red (+) terminal of the subwoofer's Left speaker-input channel. Connect the Black 'negative' (-) terminal of the AV receiver's Left channel to the Black (-) terminal of the subwoofer's Left speaker-input channel. Repeat this procedure for connecting your AV receiver's Right channel input. The terminals on the AV receiver used to connect the powered subwoofer will be the same terminals used to connect the AV receiver to your main speakers.

Note: Take care that no bare wires from any of the connection touch any other terminals, or each other, as this could damage your equipment.

WA Port (optional): The Klipsch powered subwoofer is fitted with a proprietary 4-pin "WA-Port" connector for wireless operation, using Klipsch's optional WA-2 wireless subwoofer kit (714WA2, sold separately). The Klipsch WA-2 wireless subwoofer kit consists of two components; a wireless Transmitter & wireless Receiver. The WA-2 wireless subwoofer kit makes adding the Klipsch powered subwoofer to your home theater system much easier, because it replaces the need for a separate subwoofer cable that traditionally must be connected between the receiver and the powered sub. Now, you can easily place your powered subwoofer where it both sounds and looks best in the room since you're not restricted by an audio cable.

 
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4 out of 5

KLIPSC SW-110

Written By John R, Denver CO. on Saturday, April 26, 2014
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Good but not great. Sounds okay but does not have the same deep bass of previous subwooers, the subs of 5 or 6 years ago seem to have a lot more thunder.
Pros:
Great price
Cons:
Okay not great
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5 out of 5

SW-110 sub

Written By Jay W, Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, April 10, 2014
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This is my 1st subwoofer, which has been a great upgrade to my stereo system. I was never aware how much more sound came from a subwoofer alone. Blu-ray movies are amazing, I'm now re-viewing a lot films with huge gains in sound. I have a pair of Reference RF-82 II speakers which provide some bass as well, so I found the SW-110 to provide more than ample low tones for my space. This speaker can produce frequencies that will shake your furniture like a low level earthquake. Highly recommended!
Pros:
crazy low tones small size auto on/off adjustment dials
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Sw110

Written By Anonymous, Jackson mo 63755 on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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Very powerful. Much deeper bass than I expected with a 10" sub. Would definitely recommend.
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5 out of 5

Subwoofer

Written By dei3racer, Tulsa,Ok on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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Fantastic Sub! Really put's the punch in sound response. Highly recommend to everyone!
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5 out of 5

Impressive

Written By KerryJ, Cheyenne, WY on Saturday, April 27, 2013
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Wasn't expecting much out of a 10", but after hooking it up all I can say is Wow
Pros:
space saving size, excellent power and sound quality
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Klipsch Surprise

Written By Chrgri217, Southern California on Monday, February 18, 2013
 
A company not known for subwoofers, but this model does a great job for the money. I was shopping for a sub that could handle LFE for movies as well as deliver that tight fast punchiness needed for music. After having gone through some disappointing home demos of almost all that Polk Audio had to offer I stumbled upon the SW-110 at a local Fry's Electronics. Now I was also considering other brands such as Velodyne, HSU Research, and SVS, but I am happy with the SW-110 especially that I got it for less than $400 out the door. If you can afford the other brands I just mentioned then go for it, but if you can find an SW-110 or SW-112 take home and try it out. I think the design and the quality of materials used in this sub's construction were just what I was looking for with breaking the bank.
Pros:
Front slot port, fiberglass driver, front power LED indicator, BASH amp, price, and good looks.
Cons:
None considering the price.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Loving it so far

Written By Jim M, Grapevine, TX on Sunday, February 03, 2013
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Setup was a snap and sound has been an upgrade from our previous Infinity sub. I also purchased the WA-2 wireless module to make placement in our family room more flexible.

A slight disappointment is that despite Klipsch's American-made heritage, this unit is made in China. This probably doesn't matter to most people nowadays but I do try to keep my money close to home when possible.
Pros:
Auto power feature Specific connector for wireless capability Reasonable size for a 10" sub
Cons:
The China factor
8 out of 10 people found this helpful
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