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Sunfire HRS-12

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Item # 877HRS12

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Our take on the Sunfire HRS-12

Sunfire's hard-hitting HRS-12 will fill your room with deep, heart-pounding bass while taking up less space than many comparably equipped powered subwoofers. Driven by a brawny 1,000-watt amplifier, this sub's high-performance 12" woofer delivers precise, low-distortion sound that adds visceral impact to all your movies and music. It's a perfect addition to any medium-to-large home theater or listening room.

Intense bass from a space-saving design

Sunfire's hard-hitting HRS-12 will fill your room with deep, heart-pounding bass while taking up less space than many comparably equipped powered subwoofers. Driven by a brawny 1,000-watt amplifier, this sub's high-performance 12" woofer delivers precise, low-distortion sound that adds visceral impact to all your movies and music. It's a perfect addition to any medium-to-large home theater or listening room.

Sunfire HRS-12 side view

The Sunfire HRS-12's extra-long-throw 12" driver and 1,000-watt amplifier unite to deliver surprisingly deep bass from a small box.

Moving some serious air

Much of the HRS-12's powerful performance comes courtesy of its massive, extra-long-throw 12" woofer. The woofer's ability to make extremely long excursions allows it to displace large amounts of air to produce the deepest bass. The driver's large, specially designed surround holds the woofer cone precisely in place as it moves, for the most accurate sound possible.

Potent-yet-precise amplification

The HRS-12's 1,000-watt RMS amplifier uses Sunfire's exclusive Tracking Downconverter™ power supply to delivers high levels of current with far greater efficiency than conventional amps, for huge power reserves with minimal physical size and cool-running operation.

Sunfire's proprietary Frequency Filtration Design™ (FFD) technology helps maintain musicality and accuracy, even at the highest volumes and lowest frequencies. The amp's soft-clipping circuitry also keeps the woofer from being dangerously overdriven or producing obvious distortion, without squashing the dynamic subtleties or compromising its impact during big action flicks.

Versatile system integration

Line-level inputs and outputs, plus speaker-level inputs let you easily connect this sub to most audio systems. Its variable back-panel volume, crossover, and phase controls help you fine-tune the bass to your liking. And the sub's stylish, high-gloss piano black finish looks right at home with almost any room decor.

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 18-100 Hz
  • built-in 1,000-watt amplifier (continuous power)
  • Tracking Downconverter™ power supply
  • Frequency Filtration Design™ (FFD) technology allows high output levels with low distortion
  • soft-clipping circuit prevents speaker damage
  • front-firing, extra-long-throw 12" woofer
  • sealed (acoustic suspension) enclosure
  • continuously variable low-pass 30-100 Hz crossover
  • continuously variable phase control (0-180°)
  • rear mounted volume, crossover, and phase control
  • signal-sensing auto on/standby mode
  • speaker-level inputs
  • line-level/LFE inputs
  • line-level outputs (70 Hz high-pass)
  • high-gloss black finish
  • 13-9/16"W x 13-3/4"H x 15-7/16"D
  • weight: 38 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Powered subwoofer
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Grille
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • User's Manual
  • "Fuse Replacement" note
  • Customer Response Card

Sunfire HRS-12 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)


Roger from Houston, TX on 1/9/2017

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My wife was watching a movie the other day and I was on the other side of my house. There was this strange rumbling. I thought something terrible was happening (i.e. truck driving through the house etc) However, it was only the 10 inch version of this insane sub (HRS-10) that I bought over year ago! So I just bought this HRS-12 for the living room. O.M.G. Feel bad for my neighbors. The metal chimney in my fireplace vibrates violently when watching action movies! Awesome with music as well! I've owned many sub-woofers but seriously doubt you could beat the Sunfire HRS series with anything at this price! Just do it. You'll have no regrets! (Unless the neighbors call the cops!) As usual Crutchfield customer service was excellent!

Pros: Shakes your foundation and anything sitting on it. VERY small size.

Cons: Neighbors calling cops/hating you. A little pricey but well worth it. You may mistake it for an earthquake.

Outstanding Value

ScottB from Westport, CT on 3/12/2015

I have owned this sub for 4 years now and love it more every day. I have a 20 x 20 room and this is the single subwoofer in a 7.1 system that is used 75% for home theatre. In that size room, the sub delivers big in home theatre. People in other rooms have suggested it sounds like a truck driving through the house. Yet, because of the sealed design, it can deliver ultra refined bass and is extremely musical. In 2.1, listening to a track like So What from Miles Davis, you can very clearly hear the detail of the string being plucked which is completely lost on my less expensive Mirage and Polk subs. When building my primary 2.1 system, the only reason I didn't get another HRS sub was because I got a great deal on a Sunfire Tru sub after they were discontinued. I would put the Sunifres up against anything you would get in a similar price range from Rel for musicality. The only thing I would say is that compared to huge, ultra powerful ported subs that are on the market, those won't shake your house to that same level but in the same token, those same types of subs are muddy and sound awful for music.

Pros: 1. Huge power and more than adequate for home theatre in a mid sized room 2. Ultra refined sound that is extremely musical 3. Extraordinary value given the quality of sound and amount of power

Cons: Lacks an automatic EQ and requires manual setup to meld sound perfectly into your system


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Video Shielded No
Woofer Size (inches) 12
Woofer Composition Not given
Firing Direction Front
Wireless No
Preamp-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Outputs No
Low-Pass Crossover Freq 30-100Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq 75Hz
Phase Switch Yes
Amplifier Output (watts) 1000
Frequency Response 18-100 Hz
Height (inches) 13-3/4
Width (inches) 13-9/16
Depth (inches) 15-7/16
Weight 38 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


12" Woofer/1000W Amp: The Sunfire High Resolution series HRS-12 powered sub combines a 1,000W Tracking Downconverter amplifier, and an 12" long throw, High Back-emf woofer. This powerful combination produces as much bass as several 15" drivers mounted in a cabinet the size of a small refrigerator. And, its extended frequency response means that the powered subwoofer is the perfect match to virtually any loudspeaker.

  • High Back EMF: The 12" woofer is highly efficient thanks to Sunfire's specially designed voice-coil and oversized magnet that produce High Back-emf electromotive force) and very high output.
  • Tracking Downcoverter Technology: Sunfire's patented Tracking Downcoverter power supply design dynamically adjusts the output of Sunfire amplifier to suit the requirements of the incoming audio signal. Remarkably, this power supply and amp design remains incredibly cool while delivering up to 50% more voltage than the competition. More voltage means more control of the subwoofer itself. And more control means deeper, more accurate bass, something you'll truly appreciate every time you listen to your favorite music and movies. On-demand power is available for even the most demanding bass tracks, while its high efficiency keeps the amplifier cool to the touch; up to 30% cooler than the competition.

Soft Clipping Circuit: A compressor circuit kicks in automatically if the input signal level reaches a level that would overload the driver. This maintains a ceiling on the output without clipping. If the input signal is driven even further, a Soft Clipping circuit is enabled to prevent driver damage.

MDF Enclosure: Sunfire's High Resolution series HRS-12 powered sub uses a heavy-duty 3/4" MDF enclosure to resist vibration and tighter bass.

Controls: Controls for adjusting the volume, crossover frequency and phase, allow the subwoofer to be perfectly matched to any listening environment and audio components.

  • Volume Level: This control lets you match the output level of the subwoofer to the level of your other speakers. The subwoofer output will increase as this control is
    rotated clockwise.
  • Low Pass Crossover: This control changes the high frequency cutoff point. With the control set to 100 Hz, the subwoofer will reproduce frequencies up to 100 Hz. If the control is set fully clockwise, the crossover is bypassed and the subwoofer will reproduce a wide frequency range. With the control fully counter-clock wise the subwoofer reproduces a narrow range, up to 30 Hz. Rotate the control until the bass sounds natural. If the mid-bass sounds natural but you want more low bass, turn this control down a little, then turn the Volume control up by about the same amount. This increases the low-bass output while leaving the mid-bass output the same.
  • Phase: This control changes the relative phase (0°-180°) of the subwoofer with respect to the other speakers. Use this control to help blend the subwoofer with the rest of the sys tem. This is accomplished by adjusting the control in small increments as you listen for the most bass at your listening position. As a final adjustment, readjust the Crossover Frequency and Volume controls after the Phase has been set.

Connections: The Sunfire HRS-12 powered sub is fitted with with line-level and speaker-level connections for added flexibility.

  • LFE/RCA Inputs: Connect these unbalanced inputs with RCA-type patch cords to the line-level outputs of your receiver or preamp. If your preamplifier or receiver has a single sub/LFE output, connect it to Left RCA input jack.
  • Speaker Level Inputs: If you are using a receiver which only has speaker-level outputs, you can connect it using the powered sub's speaker-level inputs. These binding-post speaker terminals can accept bare wire (up to 10AWG) pin-connectors, or banana plugs (dual or single).
  • Line-Level Outputs: These stereo RCA output jacks are a copy of the signals going into the powered sub's inputs, except the bass has been removed by a fixed high-pass crossover circuit (75Hz). The output is not affected by the subwoofer's controls.

Auto Turn-On/Standby: The powered subwoofer has a special power circuit which automatically turns the powered subwoofer on when a signal is fed to the loudspeaker and turns it off when there is no signal present (approximately 15 minutes).

Applications: The High Resolution series HRS-12 powered sub from Sunfire is designed for medium-sized and multi-purpose rooms, where both music and movies are enjoyed.

Placement: Although low frequencies are non-directional, factors such as room reflections, standing waves, resonance and absorption will strongly affect your subwoofer's performance. Moving the subwoofer from one location to another can have a major effect on the bass response. The Sunfire HRS-12 powered subwoofer is designed to be placed in a corner for optimum performance.

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