Enjoy rich, immersive bass with this Pioneer SW-8MK2 subwoofer that features phase and frequency controls, so you can easily customize your sound. High- and low-level inputs allow flexible installation.
The perfect sub for budget-high end setups
Posted by: BoldCopy from: Milwaukee, WI on
I purchased the SW-8MK2 to anchor the bass of my home theater system. Hooked up to a Yamaha RX-V540 receiver, I mated this sub with its siblings - the Pioneer SP-FS52 floor standing towers and the SP-C22 center channel. After giving the sub about 10 hours worth of moderate break-in time, I let it loose on an action film. And wow, I love this sub. Thanks to the adjustable frequency knob on back, you can dial in the bass response. What you're doing is telling it to play bass frequencies from its lowest capability to your "preferred limit" in the higher bass frequencies. If you turn that knob all the way up, you'll get bass booming almost all the time, so use discretion. The sub also has its own volume adjustment. Connections are made with your choice of speaker inputs or RCA cables. My system outputs the sub signal over a single RCA cable - if that's your setup too, use that connection and run it to the sub's LEFT RCA input so you get the full 100W performance. Also, feel free to turn down the bass of your receiver and give your main speakers a break.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Excellent For Price
Posted by: KingGoldChains from: Riverside on
As a person who loves the sound of deep bass, this little Sub woofer packs quite a punch. Upon request at the Best buy i had a representative test out the Sub for me and I was astonished at the range of bass the 8" sub had. I would highly recommend for anyone looking to put a sub woofer in their room to buy this piece of equipment!
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Looks and Feels great
Posted by: cosman from: on
This bottom throw forward port sub looks and sounds great up front and center in my viewing room. I like that it powers itself off and the cool blue power indicator in front proves it. The sub has nice frequency controls to allow proper tuning with the 7.1 Sony amp.
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
A good addition
Posted by: PhilTucson from: Tucson AZ on
I needed a subwoofer to go with my stereo/theater system which I had upgraded with 2 polk tower speakers. The bass was in need of improvement [not surprising for skinny towers with 4" speakers] hence the subwoofer. It plugged right in and ran like it should. After some adjustment of crossover point and volume I'm happy. It is on standy all the time and powers up when you switch on the receiver. This unit will not please those who want a lot of home theater bass but it represents a moderate price above the very cheapest $90 units
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Excellent tone for music-based set ups
Posted by: FaustieMo from: on
For a budget-conscious consumer, this sub is a great way to round out the low frequencies. It works particularly well when paired with the other Pioneer speakers in its series. A good sub should be able to fill in the low-end frequencies without attracting too much attention, and this guy makes a quality set of speakers sound full. This is due to its clarity and tasteful crossover ability.
If your goal is to get the walls shaking during explosions and what not, it may be best to look elsewhere. Don't be mistaken, this sub sounds great and powerful with TV and movies, but its strengths are in creating a natural, balanced bottom end.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Oshngo4 from: Dallas, Texas on
Unbelievable amount of bass! This sub is in a 30' x 30' room and I have it set at 50% volume and it provides more than enough bass for the area.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: IMPACTZ1 from: IRVING TX on
BOUGHT THIS TO MATCH WTH MY YAMAHA RECIVER AND WAS A PERFECT MATCH AFTER LEVELING SUB TO MATCH VOLUME LEVEL COULDNT ASK FOR ANYTHING ELSE WAY TO GO PIONEER
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
This ought to do
Posted by: Otto99 from: Memphis, TN on
Was forced into buying a powered sub when I bought my new Yamaha AV receiver, an unexpected expense. So I had to look for the best sub at the best price, and I found it. This sub adds a natural sounding bottom to everything, and will rock the house when I want it to I am satisfied, and even happier that I got it on sale for less than the listed price.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Small is the new Big!!
Posted by: Enigma from: on
I needed a sub to compliment my newly acquired Yamaha A/V381 from Best Buy. The living room I have isn't that big but I needed sufficient bass to enhance my sound. The Pioneer more than fit the bill. At 5 feet away you can feel the air being moved from this box that sounds much larger. When I go to another part of the house to listen even commercials sound cinematic and huge. The profile on this unit is such that my friends never knew it was part of my entertainment system, they didn't even see it!! Run don't walk and git ya one!!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Too much power
Posted by: Donnie12196 from: Fort Myers, Fl on
For the price I can't complain but when listening to music you have to turn the power down or else you'll blow the subwoofer because you can hear it bottoming out and it doesn't hit very hard. But when watching a movie you can turn it up and sounds like a movie theatre. So basically for music don't buy, for home theatre definitely!