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Kenwood PA-W801B

Ported powered subwoofer enclosure with 8" sub and 200-watt amp

Item # 113PAW801B

With 60 years of experience, Kenwood knows how to deliver when it comes to high-quality mobile sound.

With 60 years of experience, Kenwood knows how to deliver when it comes to high-quality mobile sound.

Item # 113PAW801B

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About the Kenwood PA-W801B

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With 60 years of experience, Kenwood knows how to deliver when it comes to high-quality mobile sound. Their PA-W801B powered subwoofer enclosure brings their intelligent design and great sound to a box that will fit under many car seats.

A name you can trust

With 60 years of experience, Kenwood knows how to deliver when it comes to high-quality mobile sound. Their PA-W801B powered subwoofer enclosure brings their intelligent design and great sound to a box that will fit under many car seats.

Loud and clear

This rugged box is built around a shallow-mount 8" subwoofer that lets this enclosure come in at only 5-7/8" tall, allowing it to fit under many seats or in other tight spots. The down-firing design allows you to stack stuff on top of the sub if it's in your cargo area. The speaker's polypropylene cone is designed with reinforcing ridges that add stiffness and a two-level surface that helps the cone retain its shape to reduce distortion. The rubber surround and stress-controlled spider keep things on track for tight, solid bass. Airflow from the cone helps to cool the sub's voice coil for dependable performance.

Dial in your sound

With a built-in amp that delivers 200 watts RMS, the PA-W801B gives you plenty of bass output in a minimal package, while the amp's RCA line-level and speaker-level inputs let you connect to most systems. Onboard controls include input sensitivity, bass boost, and low-pass filter, as well as a phase switch. A wired remote control with a 19.7-foot cable lets you control bass level from the driver's seat. A detachable power connector makes it simple to disconnect the box for easy removal when you need additional space. With Kenwood's PA-W801B compact enclosure, that tight spot just could be the right spot.


Product highlights:

  • ported powered enclosure with one 8" shallow-mount subwoofer
  • ribbed polypropylene cone with rubber surround
  • down-firing design for installation flexibility
  • stress-controlled spider
  • built-in 200-watt RMS amplifier (400 watts peak)
  • 8-gauge amp wiring kit required (sold separately)
  • frequency response: 32-250 Hz
  • sensitivity: 80 dB
  • controls:
    • input sensitivity
    • bass boost
    • LPF frequency
    • phase switch
    • wired remote with 19.7' cable
  • detachable power connector for easy removal when you need space
  • dimensions: 18.25"W x 6.05"H x 11.88"D
  • weight: 18-1/2 lb.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # PA-W801B

What's in the box:

  • Powered 8" subwoofer (25A fuse installed)
  • 3-Pin power/ground/remote connector (installed)
  • Remote level control
  • 19.5' Remote level control cable (RJ-25 terminated)
  • 1 Jam nut
  • 1 Washer
  • 4 Mounting brackets
  • Sixteen 1" screws
  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty information

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Features & specs

Enclosure Type Ported
Finish Material Carpet
Grille None
Connector Type RCA
Bi-amp Inputs No
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Material Polypropylene
Passive Radiator ---
Width 18-1/4"
Height 6-1/16"
Depth 11-15/16"
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Frequency Response 32-250
Amplifier Power (RMS) 200 watts
Maximum Wattage 400 watts
Sensitivity 80 dB
Impedance 4 ohms
Second Voice Coil Impedance N/A
Crossover Point 50-200Hz

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Overview: The Kenwood PA-W801B is a compact, down-firing powered subwoofer designed to sit under a wide variety of vehicle seats, making it useful for vehicles with limited space.

Note: The Kenwood PA-W801B subwoofer does not include any wiring. An 8 AWG amp wiring kit is recommended and sold separately.

Enclosure & Driver: The Kenwood ported enclosure is constructed of MDF (medium-density fiberboard) and covered with high-grade black automotive carpeting. The 8" driver features an improved magnetic circuit and a cooling system that allows air to flow from the top of the cone down around the voice coil. A dual area dust cap and reinforcement ridges on the cone reduce distortion and help maintain its shape during heavy use. The combination of the enclosure and driver allow for tight solid bass in a compact form.

Amplifier: The PA-W801B features a high-efficiency class-D amplifier that can provide 200 watts of RMS power (400W peak). A class-D design allows the amp to run cooler while maintaining a more compact form than class-A/B amplifiers.

Power/Ground Plug: The power, ground, and remote turn-on wires attach to a removable 3-pin terminal block; easily unplugged so the subwoofer can be removed when you need more storage space. Each terminal is a screw clamp that will accept up to 8 gauge wire (minimum 8 gauge power and ground recommend).

Audio Inputs: A stereo pair of RCA jacks (summed) is provided for either line- or speaker-level input signals. If running speaker-level signals, a set of RCA connectors with bare-ended wire will be required for connection (sold separately).

Remote Level Control: The PA-W801B includes a wired Remote Level Control, letting you adjust the bass level from the front of your vehicle.

Note: Mounting the Remote Level Control requires drilling a 1/4" hole into a dash or console panel.

Controls & Indicator:

  • Input Sensitivity: A rotary control adjusts the input signal level with either high- or low-level signals.
    • Line-Level: 0.2V - 5.0V
    • Speaker-Level: 4.0V - 12.0V
  • Bass Boost: Can increase the bass level up to +12dB.
  • LPF: A rotary low-pass filter is continuously variable from 50Hz to 200Hz.
  • Polarity: A two position switch lets you reverse the phase of the subwoofer (0°, 180°)
  • Power Indicator: Lights when unit is powered on.
  • Wired Remote Input: An RJ-25 socket provides the connection to the included Remote Level Control.

Wired Remote Dimensions:

  • Width: 0.75"
  • Height: 0.875"
  • Total Depth: 2.25" (incl. wiring)
  • Mounting Depth: 2.0" (incl. wiring)

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5 questions already asked

Can I hook two of these up and connect them directly to the radio?
[ EmanPlays  May 21, 2021 ]
2 answers
You could. You would need an RCA splitter to come off the adapter harness you get for your radio. Single female to double male
[ MICHAEL  May 23, 2021 ]
I don't see why not. It's not that hard at all. Just have to run your wires and your good to go!
[ DEANDRE G  May 21, 2021 ]
If I use speaker-level inputs, will it turn itself on and off, or do I have to run the power-on signal wire?
[ Colin  May 09, 2021 ]
1 answer
It can only turn on through the power control wire as far as I know. There were no other switches that I could see and the speaker hookup is rca type connect only if I'm remembering correctly
[ KEVIN  May 10, 2021 ]
Hi - I was wondering if this comes with all necessary wires to install with the sub or do I have to purchase the sub kit in order to do so?
[ 3104835408  Oct 10, 2020 ]
1 answer
It does not. You will need to purchase a sub kit to do the install. I just finished the wiring yesterday and am very pleased with the sound.
[ JESUS  Oct 17, 2020 ]

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