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Klipsch R-100SW

Powered subwoofer

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Overview

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Add punch to music and movies

Klipsch's R-100SW powered subwoofer features a 10" spun-copper woofer that's powered by a 150-watt RMS amplifier. It might be the smallest sub in the company's 2018 Reference lineup, but it still delivers punchy bass down to 32 Hz — deep enough to add serious punch to movie soundtracks and TV show special effects.

Product Highlights:

  • 10" front-firing IMG (Injection Molded Graphite) spun-copper woofer
  • 150-watt RMS amplifier (300 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 32-120 Hz
  • rear-firing port for increased low-frequency performance
  • variable low-pass crossover
  • phase switch to fine-tune the subwoofer to your main speakers and room
  • line level/LFE (low frequency effects) input
  • auto power on/off
  • durable MDF cabinet with scratch-resistant textured wood grain vinyl finish
  • 12-1/2"W x 14-1/2"H x 16-7/16"D
  • weight: 24 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years woofer, 2 years amplifier
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Powered sub
  • Grille (installed)
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • User Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information

Easy install with great sound at a good price. What else can you ask for?

Kenneth, Pass Christian, MS

Reviews

Klipsch R-100SW Reviews

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(17 Reviews)

Klipsch R-100SW

Crutchfield customer from Willow Street, PA on 2/21/2019

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Great subwoofer at a great price. Works exactly as expected. Liked the free shipping too.

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Kenneth from Pass Christian, MS on 2/19/2019

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Easy install with great sound at a good price. What else can you ask for?

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Great sounding Sub

Richard from Lynwood, CA on 2/14/2019

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This sub sounds pretty good to be small. It gives out enough bass that I need for my outdoor patio area. I was worried because I bought it to use outside. I am really satisfied with this sub.

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Chad from Sutter Creek, CA on 2/14/2019

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works great so far ! Hopefully it last longer than 2 years that my polk audio did.

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Powerful yet subtle

Scott from Salt Lake City, UT on 2/10/2019

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Out of the box, ready to go. Ran a quick mic setup from the Yamaha Receiver and it's perfect! I have other Klipsch speakers in another room and they are by far the best I've owned.

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Great sound and great look.

Tim from Helena, MT on 1/22/2019

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This sub is amazing. I love the sound and the industrial look of it without the grill. Crutchfield had a great sale price and two day shipping. Outstanding value.

Pros: Outstanding sound and value for the money.

Cons: None!!

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Randy from Little Rock, AR on 1/20/2019

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Great value for a good subwoofer

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Ramon Rivera from Toa Baja, PR on 1/15/2019

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Sounds awesome, makes a big difference.

Pros: Great plus

Cons: None at the moment.

Great Bass

Frank from Tullahoma, TN on 1/13/2019

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Bought for my bonus room set up to complete my Klipsch package of speakers (7.1 system). Got a great price on this bass which I have been looking at for some time.

Pros: Great sound from a small package, not to over powering. Good looking package also.

Cons: No cons that I have come across.

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Crutchfield customer from Aguadilla, PR on 1/10/2019

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Better than expected!...

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Raymond from Sierra Vista, AZ on 1/10/2019

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Works exactly as specified and looks great too.

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Super efficient subwoofer!

Michael from Riverview, FL on 1/8/2019

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First thing I noticed about this sub was its light weight. I was a little concerned that there would be cabinet resonance. When I connected it to my bedroom system, I set all the speakers to "small" and the crossovers to 80hz. Then turned off the built in low pass system because I was using the bass management in my Marantz pre/pro. Lastly, I set the volume control to 12 o'clock and put on some music. This sub is so efficient that it about blew me out of the room. I would suggest setting the volume ALL the way down and then gradually turn it up while playing a bass heavy track. Try different locations to eliminate any booming and you'll find that with some proper adjustment, this is a fine sub for the price. This works nicely in my bedroom.

Pros: Good for a budget system. Experiment with placement for best result.

Cons: Light weight cabinet VERY efficient, be careful first time you play it.

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Crutchfield customer from Charles Town, WV on 1/2/2019

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Very impressed, added the right level of punch to a 9.1 Atmos setup

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Crutchfield customer from Carlisle, OH on 12/19/2018

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We had an infinity sub that worked sometimes and even when working, did not compare to this sub. We are happy with it.

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good value

Bill from Cloverdale, CA on 12/18/2018

A great addition to our simple stereo system, more powerful than I really need. Makes my Edgar Meyer CD's sound awesome.

Pros: not to expensive, sounds great.

Cons: would have preferred a more neutral color than black

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Hefe from Saint Marys, GA on 12/8/2018

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Makes the whole house shake. If you want a killer bass, this sub-woofer will not disappoint.

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Great upgrade!

Joel from Maryland on 10/25/2018

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Lots of bass with control. It's not just a lot of noise. This was a huge upgrade from my cheap home theater in a box from 5 years ago.

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass reflex
Video Shielded No
Woofer Size (inches) 10
Woofer Composition Copper-spun IMG
Firing Direction Front
Wireless No
Preamp-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs No
Speaker-Level Outputs No
Low-Pass Crossover Freq 40-120Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq N/A
Phase Switch Yes
Amplifier Output (watts) 150
Frequency Response 32-120 Hz
Height (inches) 14-5/8
Width (inches) 12-9/16
Depth (inches) 18-1/16
Weight 24 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 2 Years
Amplifier Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Features

10" Woofer: The Klipsch Reference series R-100SW powered sub is fitted with a powerful 10" copper-spun IMG (injected molded graphite) front-firing woofer for deep bass. The copper-spun IMG woofer is exceptionally light while being extremely rigid, providing remarkable low frequency response with minimal cone breakup and distortion. The front-firing woofer gives you greater placement flexibility than a down-firing woofer.

150 Watt Class D Amp: The Klipsch R-100SW powered sub employs an all-digital 150 watt RMS (300 watt Peak) amplifier for high efficiency and dynamic bass performance. The built-in, all-digital amplifier of the R-100SW subwoofer delivers ample power with high efficiency and true-to-source accuracy reproduction - thus providing maximum output, detail, and power that fills your home.

Rear Firing Port: The R-100SW's enclosure uses a bass reflex design with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass.

MDF Cabinet: The R-100SW is housed in a durable MDF cabinet and finished with a scratch resistant, textured wood-grain vinyl. Its reinforced MDF construction reduces cabinet vibration for less audible coloration and improved sonic accuracy - giving you the ultimate listening experience that's built to last. There are heavy-duty rubber feet on the bottom of the cabinet to help isolate the subwoofer from your floor. The included low-profile front grille adds a refined look and is acoustically transparent.

Controls: The level control, low pass crossover, and phase control allow you to blend the powered subwoofer's low-frequency tones with your system's other speakers, as well as establish the ideal level of bass.

  • Level Control: The level control adjusts the subwoofer's volume relative to the rest of your home audio system. After the sub's level control has been set, the volume control of your AV receiver will be the volume control for both the Klipsch powered subwoofer and your connected loudspeakers.
  • Low Pass Crossover: The variable low pass crossover is adjustable from 40-120Hz. 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.
  • Phase Control: This control is used to acoustically match the subwoofer's output to your main speakers. Select the position either 0˚ or 180˚ in which your subwoofer has more output at the listening position.

LFE/RCA Inputs: The Klipsch R-100SW powered subwoofer is equipped with a pair of line-level RCA-type inputs to connect the sub to your AV receiver or integrated amplifier.

  • LFE Input: Most of today's AV receivers have a line-level subwoofer output (LFE). If your receiver has an LFE output, connect one end of a subwoofer cable (sold separately) to this output and connect the other end of the cable into the powered subwoofer's line-level input labeled "LEFT/LFE". Set the powered sub's built-in crossover to "LFE" with this type of connection.
  • Stereo Input: In absence of a subwoofer (LFE) output on your receiver, as an alternative hookup, you can connect Left & Right channel pre-amp outputs from the receiver to both the "Left/LFE" and "Right" inputs on the powered subwoofer.

LED Indicator: The front-mounted LED power indicator lets you know when the sub is powered on or off. The LED will light green when the powered subwoofer is on and receiving a signal. If the LED is dark and not lit, the powered sub is off.

Auto Power On/Off: The powered subwoofer will automatically turn On when it senses an audio signal. It will automatically go into "Standby mode" after 15-20 minutes with no audio signal. You can also choose to turn the powered sub On or Off manually from the rear-switch on the back.

Placement: Klipsch powered subwoofers are designed to reproduce deep bass and deliver the impact that makes your movies and music come alive. For optimum performance, place your subwoofer in a corner of the room on the same wall as your front channel speakers. Please note that room placement can have a dramatic effect on the performance of your powered subwoofer. Corner placement, as suggested above, will increase the amount of bass output, while placing the subwoofer along the middle of a wall, or out in the room will decrease the amount of bass output.

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Why did you buy this?

I chose this based on specifications and price. Also on reviews. [ Robert H.  Feb 07, 2019 ]
Klipsch has always meant quality. I have a set of RF-5's and just bought the 440C center channel to upgrade my 9.1 system. So, no question why I am upgrading to the Klipsch 100sw Sub. going to make a great sounding system even better !! [ M  Feb 02, 2019 ]
Good product; Great price and value. [ Ed  Feb 02, 2019 ]
Good price and the the reviews on this subwoofer are great. I want a clean bass sound and this seems like it will be right. [ Kevin  Feb 01, 2019 ]
I have a Klipsch 12' sub and it sounds great. So I wanted to see if the 10' sub can do the same thing. Plus it was on sale for a good price. [ Richard  Feb 01, 2019 ]
great price from a great brand that only makes the best. [ David  Feb 01, 2019 ]
They offered this subwoofer essentially for free when paired with the speakers I was buying. I wanted to get the wireless version but not running a cable wasnt worth $230 to me. [ Thomas  Feb 01, 2019 ]
Sale price and name brand... [ Cory  Jan 30, 2019 ]
I love my other Klipsch speakers so this was a natural when I needed to update. [ Scott  Jan 27, 2019 ]
Since I first started purchasing home audio back in the 70's, Klipsh speakers were and still are one of the best sounding and durable there is in the market!! [ Billy  Dec 28, 2018 ]
Music [ BALAMURALI  Dec 20, 2018 ]
One heck of a deal half price minus Crutchfield rewards [ JASON  Dec 06, 2018 ]
after researching before purchasing this home sound system, I compared your prices with several others and you had the best price as well as pertinent information about these products as well as other products I'm interested in. [ Gregory  Dec 06, 2018 ]

2 questions already asked

90. [ Raymond  Jan 31, 2019 ]
In terms of specs, they are the same, at least on paper. In terms of looks, R10SW matches the older series such as the R-15PM series while R100SW matches the newer range such as the R-51PM series. Super confusing. I have both subs and I prefer the R100SW because the power cable is detachable. [ Edwin  Jan 31, 2019 ]
A couple bucks. Thats it. Go with the r100sw [ JASON C  Jan 31, 2019 ]
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