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JVC CW-DRA8

Compact powered subwoofer: 150 watts and an 8" sub

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As cars become increasingly smaller, it's getting harder and harder to find a place to install a subwoofer.

As cars become increasingly smaller, it's getting harder and harder to find a place to install a subwoofer.

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About the JVC CW-DRA8

Room for boom

As cars become increasingly smaller, it's getting harder and harder to find a place to install a subwoofer. JVC's CW-DRA8 powered sub gives you deep, full bass from a low-profile enclosure that easily fits under your car's seat or in a corner of your trunk. Its built-in amplifier delivers 150 watts RMS to the 8" sub, and its Class D design ensures that it'll run cool in some very tight places.

Room for boom

As cars become increasingly smaller, it's getting harder and harder to find a place to install a subwoofer. JVC's CW-DRA8 powered sub gives you deep, full bass from a low-profile enclosure that easily fits under your car's seat or in a corner of your trunk. Its built-in amplifier delivers 150 watts RMS to the 8" sub, and its Class D design ensures that it'll run cool in some very tight places.

Wired remote control

If you're a tweaker, the package includes a wired remote control that allows you to make adjustments to the volume, frequency roll-off, and phase settings, especially good news if you listen to many different types of music. Even better, the wired remote eliminates the need for controls inside the enclosure, increasing air space for better bass. The enclosure includes line- and speaker-level inputs for flexibility in installation.

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Product highlights:

  • powered subwoofer with space-saving enclosure
  • 8" shallow-profile woofer
  • 150 watt RMS Class D amplifier (250 watts peak)
  • low-pass crossover variable from 50-125 Hz
  • frequency response: 35-150 Hz
  • dimensions: 13-3/4"W x 2-15/16"H x 9-7/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # CW-DRA8

What's in the box:

  • Powered subwoofer
  • Power/signal wiring harness with 28" input cable (stereo RCA) / 16.25' power wire (14 AWG) / 5' ground wire (dual 18 AWG) / 16.25' turn-on lead (18 AWG)
  • 10A ATO fuse in fuse holder (installed on power wire)
  • Remote control with 16.25' cable (RJ-45 plug)
  • 14' Speaker input wires (male/female bullet connectors on one end and RCA plugs on other end)
  • 2 Mounting brackets
  • Cable clamp
  • 4 Self-tapping screws (M5 x 16mm)
  • 4 Machine screws (M4 x 16mm)
  • 2 Self-tapping screws (M3 x 10mm)
  • Adhesive backed hook-and-loop pad
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Sheet (US)
  • European Guarantee sheet

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JVC CW-DRA8

James from Sanford, NC on 7/12/2018

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I can only say, BIG THINGS COME IN SMALL SPACES......

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Scott from Milton, FL on 5/26/2018

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Very under powered and does not produce a lot of bass; even for an 8" powered sub. The sound is clean but this should be called a powered mid and not a powered sub. I do not recommend this sub at all.

Pros: Looks nice and easy connections.

Cons: Very little bass. Should be called a powered MID and not a powered SUB.

Crutchfield response on 5/28/2018
Scott contacted our Customer Support team and exchanged for another sub. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

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Great upgrade for a factory stereo

Kyle from Tacoma, WA on 5/20/2018

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This thing is amazing for the size and price. It's not a bowel-shaker, but it's invisible, easy to wire to a factory system, and comes with everything you need to install it. I bought a new Subaru Outback and the stereo was super weak, this thing alone made it far better. If you have reasonable expectations you will not be disappointed.

Pros: Small Everything you need in the box

Cons: None

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Pretty good for a 8" sub

Jon from Springdale, AR on 4/30/2018

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So far so good! Installed this replacing an existing powered sub. It comes with its own wiring harness in which you have to add some adapters to, but other than that, installed in 10 minutes. Sound is very good for it being a 8inch sub. Doesn't go as low as the 12's in my car but sounds great in the truck application. I'll update if anything happens in the near future. So far happy with this product!

Pros: Comes with everything you need to wire it up. Won't have to buy the wiring kit. Great sound for an 8" sub.

Cons: Had to adapt to existing wiring, no big deal though.

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Features & specs

General
Enclosure Type Sealed
Finish Material Aluminum
Grille Metal
Connector Type RCA
Bi-amp Inputs No
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Material
Passive Radiator ---
Width 13-3/4"
Height 3"
Depth 9-1/2"
Second Depth ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Frequency Response 35-150
Amplifier Power (RMS) 150 watts
Maximum Wattage 250 watts
Sensitivity 81 dB
Impedance ---
Second Voice Coil Impedance ---
Crossover Point 50-125

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Features

Overview: The JVC drvn CW-DRA8 is an amplified subwoofer with a built-in Class D amplifier. It contains an 8" cone woofer, which is driven by a 150-watt RMS (250W Max) amp. The acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure is compact enough to fit under the seat, behind the seat, or in small storage compartments. The CW-DRA8 comes with a wired remote control to let you control its volume, phase, and the frequency of the low-pass filter.

Enclosure: The CW-DRA8 features a specially designed acoustic suspension enclosure. It includes a 7-1/2" metal mesh grille (non-removable) to protect the woofer.

Wired Control: The active subwoofer comes with a wired remote control with a 16.25' cable. From the control, you can set the volume, and vary the Frequency Control (of the built-in low pass filter) from 50 Hz to 125 Hz. In addition, you can switch the phase of the woofer from 0°(normal) to 180° (reverse), if needed.

Connections: The CW-DRA8 comes with a single harness with power/ground/turn-on wiring and RCA input connections. The harness has 16.25' lengths of 14-gauge power wire (with an in-line 10A ATO fuse) and 18-gauge turn-on lead, plus a 5' dual 18-gauge ground wire. It also includes a 28" RCA input for connecting the subwoofer to an aftermarket stereo via RCA cables. A 14' speaker input harness is provided for connecting the sub to a factory radio (or a radio without RCA outputs). You can splice it to the head unit's speaker wires and plug it into the RCA input. An RJ-45 jack is provided on the bottom of the subwoofer for plugging in the remote control cable.

Controls: The only controls for the DRA8 are located on the wired remote. The rotary volume control (input sensitivity) lets you match the input of the subwoofer to the output of the head unit, and to control the volume of the sub, relative to the other speakers in the system. The rotary frequency control adjusts the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter between 50Hz and 125Hz. If you have large main speakers (6x9 or 6-1/2") in the vehicle, you can set the subwoofer's low pass filter near the 50Hz to 80Hz range. If the main speakers are smaller (4" or 5-1/4"), the low pass filter should be set in the 100Hz to 125Hz range.

Installation: The subwoofer comes with the hardware needed for installation. The enclosure installs using two brackets (included) attached on opposite ends. The power, remote, and signal connections are made in a recessed area on the bottom of the unit. The wires exit through a channel on the side of the unit. The included cable clamp holds the power, remote, and signal wires in place as they exit the channel.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 35 Hz to 150 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 81 dB
  • Phase: 0° or 180°
  • Input Sensitivity (Line In): 125mV
  • Low Pass Filter: 50 Hz to 125 Hz
  • Power Output: 150 watts (RMS); 250 watts (Peak)
  • Current Consumption: 10A
  • Dimensions: Width 13.75", Height 2.973", Depth 9.456"
  • Weight: 9.3 pounds

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Will this fit under the seat of a 2019 Tacoma?
[ Peter  Apr 10, 2019 ]
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Will absolutely fit underneath the seat and sounds amazingEnter an answer to this question.
[ JOHN  Apr 10, 2019 ]
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Powered sub manual shows in diagram to connect power cable to fuse box. I understand you should connect it to the battery terminal instead. Is this correct?
[ Jonathan  Dec 27, 2018 ]
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I recommend connecting it to the battery terminal as that ensures everything will continue to work properly without any potential for putting too much load onto any part of the stock wiring. My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul
[ Paul  Jan 06, 2019 ]  Staff

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