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Sony XS-GSW121D

GS Series 12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils

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Our take on the Sony XS-GSW121D

Sony created their GS Series subwoofers with performance in mind. The Sony XS-GS121D 12" subwoofer features a unique mica-reinforced cellular glass fiber material that's foamed in a honeycomb fiber base, making it 10 times more rigid than a polypropylene cone. Sony formulated a surface layer for the cone that's made up of mica flake, synthetic fiber, and pulp. creating an extremely light and rigid cone that's able to move faster and more accurately. You'll hear greater precision and lower distortion, and the dual 4-ohm voice coils allow this speaker to run at 2 ohms for even greater firepower.

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Sony XM-GS100 330W x 1 Subwoofer Amplifier

Sony created their GS Series subwoofers with performance in mind. The Sony XS-GS121D 12" subwoofer features a unique mica-reinforced cellular glass fiber material that's foamed in a honeycomb fiber base, making it 10 times more rigid than a polypropylene cone. Sony formulated a surface layer for the cone that's made up of mica flake, synthetic fiber, and pulp. creating an extremely light and rigid cone that's able to move faster and more accurately. You'll hear greater precision and lower distortion, and the dual 4-ohm voice coils allow this speaker to run at 2 ohms for even greater firepower.

Serious power handling for this price range

A rugged rubber surround helps this Sony sub handle up to 500 watts RMS, while a double-layered spider supports the voice coil for a 55% increase in cone travel over last year's model. The GS-121D is equally at home in a ported or sealed enclosure, so you can choose the sound you want for your system. And best of all, Sony backs up these workhorse subs with a cool 3-year warranty. If you've got the room, Sony's got the boom. 

To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 375 and 750 watts RMS at 2 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.

I have this sub running at 2 ohms off a Kenwood Excelon 501-1, and I'm loving the bass it produces. I can feel it. I'm happy with the purchase.

Dion, Tallahassee, FL

What's in the Box:

  • One 12" Dual 4-ohm voice coil woofer
  • Plastic trim ring
  • Adhesive backed foam gasket
  • Eight 1-1/4" Self-tapping screws
  • Instructions (multiple languages)
  • Warranty information

Product Highlights:

  • 12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
  • mica reinforced cellular glass fiber cone with honeycomb internal matrix
  • rubber surround
  • grille not included
  • power handling: 520 watts RMS (260 watts per coil)
  • frequency response: 20-600 Hz
  • sensitivity: 84 dB
  • top-mount depth: 5-5/8"
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Sony XS-GSW121D Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Great sub

Dion from Tallahassee, FL on 2/5/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have this sub running at 2 ohms off a Kenwood Excelon 501-1, and I'm loving the bass it produces. I can feel it. I'm happy with the purchase.

Pros: Powerful bass.

Cons: None that I know of.

Whoa

Bass Head from Missouri on 1/10/2016

These are Sony's best subs. I have four of these in ported boxes. From time to time when I find a new song by Excision or Datsik, I will go out to the driveway and crank the volume to see how loud the song gets, the bass vibrates the china off of the shelves in my house and sets off the car alarm in the beemer in the garage. I would take these over JL dub 7's any day.

Pros: Explosive, dimensional, alarm-triggering.

Cons: None

sony xs gsw121d

jgh from kingman az on 10/27/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome nice clear and bang with my amp

Pros: Clear sounds inexpensive

Cons: Can't hold its own side by side with my kicker

clear sound low price

Jamie from Collinsville VA on 3/25/2015

i bought the octagon shaped sonys and i loved them, unfortunately i had to use the waranty to fix my subs but then i got these in its place ,all i can say is awesome sub ,Good job Sony

Pros: Low cost,doesnt take lot of trunk space ,great quality sub, and hold the true power listed

Cons: The only thing i can find wrong with them is ,i can only fit two in my trunk ,but hey i always have a back seat

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Features

Cone: The xs-GSW121D uses a honeycomb design MRC cone (Mica Reinforced Cellular glass fiber composite) to reduce weight and increase rigidity, delivering deep bass response.

Dual Voice Coils: For increased system flexibility, the woofer has two 4Ω voice coils. When the voice coils are wired in parallel, the woofer presents a 2Ω load. When the voice coils are wired in series, the woofer presents an 8Ω load.

Binding Posts: The binding post wire terminals will accept pin connectors, spade lugs, single banana plugs, and bare wire up to 10 gauge. The binding posts are spaced too close together to accept dual banana plugs.

Enclosure Compatibility: The xs-GSW121D is compatible with either a sealed or ported enclosure.

  • Sealed Box Volume: The ideal sealed box volume is 0.84 ft³.
  • Ported Box Volume: The ideal ported box volume is 1.37 ft³ with a 4" diameter and 11-7/8" long port.

Specification Note: Sony's rated power spec for the xs-GSW121D is 420 watts (derived using IEC 60268-5 standards). They also list the CEA 2031 compliant RMS power as 520 watts. We've adopted the 420 watt rating simply because it's the more conservative figure.

Trim Ring: If the sub is mounted without the cosmetic trim ring, the flange height is 0.241" and the mounting height is 0.6" (top mount).

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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy  Nov 18, 2016 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your subs I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy  Jan 18, 2015 ]  Staff
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