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JBL - BassPro SL 8" Loaded Subwoofer Enclosure with Integrated 125W Amp - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 75 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound from such a small sub

    Posted
    Pete
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    It's been a few years since I really got to enjoy the full-sounding dynamics in my car audio music. I have a 2011 Ford Edge SEL with a decent stock touch screen radio. I upgraded all four speakers in each door to Alpine 5X7" 2-way coaxial speakers. It sounded a lot clearer and had better highs from the tweeters and good mid-range, but still lacked the bass I was looking for. When I was getting the speakers installed at Best Buy, the technician recommended a small powered sub. So I looked into the JBL BassPro SL. I recently purchased it from BestBuy. At first, I wasn't sure what to think because of how small the enclosure is. I was used to having large obnoxious-sized subs which was ok when I was younger, but now I enjoy having the free room in the car. I knew the big subs produced, yet I wanted to give this option a try. After Scott, my technician, installed it, I got to hear how good it sounded. The 8" woofer also is housed in the sturdy ABS plastic enclosure and has a sturdy steel grill to protect it. Note: It's only 2-13/16" tall which is great for most installs under the seats of most cars, but for the Ford Edge, I had it installed in the back in the rear right side of the trunk, screwed to the panel adjacent to the trunk door. The back seats drop too low when you put them down, and would crush it. Also if you have power seats like I do, make sure the dimensions will work first. The second thing to mention and the reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because it doesn't come with the JBL GTO-RBC remote wire/knob which is handy to quickly increase or decrease the base. You'll have to search online for it. Overall, the frequency range (35-120 Hz) is decent if you're not looking for over-the-top bass and just want some more depth to your music.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not happy with this one at all ....

    Posted
    kingtj1971
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    I wanted to improve the weak bass of the factory Bose system in my Nissan 370Z, but didn't want to take up any more of the limited trunk space with a regular sub box. There are a couple of really nice custom enclosures around, including one that fits in the middle of the spare tire, in place of the original Bose sub-woofer box. But they're all upwards of $600 and that's before you buy an amplifier for them. So I discovered these compact "all in one" sub-woofer boxes and realized one of them would be just what I was looking for. It looks like the Kicker Hideaway is the most often used and reviewed on on the market, but I knew JBL was a respected name in audio, and the BassPro SL sells for $50 less than the Kicker solution. So I gave this one a try. Even paid Best Buy for a professional installation. When I got my car back after they installed it? The bass was still really weak. You could hear it was there, but it was hardly an improvement over the Bose sub-woofer. Over the next week, I tinkered with it here and there when I had free time, and realized any time I turned up either the bass level control or the "bass boost" control - the sub started making a rattling noise. Basically, there was no way to adjust it to an appropriate volume level without hearing the weird rattle with each bass hit. Earlier today, I decided maybe it was because Best Buy wired it directly in to the speaker level outputs that went to the factory sub. So I bought a line level converter and re-wired it so it would use the RCA cables off the converter. Nope -- exact same problem! I decided to do a return, or at least an exchange, but it's now been about 30 days since I purchased the JBL and without "Elite" status as a Reward Zone member, Best Buy says i only had 15 days to take this back! That really stinks, since their installer had to know something wasn't right with this sub, but installed it anyway, adjusting it to hide the flaw. I bought a Kicker Hideaway just to test it out in place of the JBL, and guess what? It sounds great! Plenty of bass and no more weird rattling.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      JBL Support

      Thank you for the time to provide us with your feedback. This information will be conveyed to a proper departments as to improve on current and future product designs. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. JBL

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    clean bass not overpowering

    Posted
    mikesurfs
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I consulted with Audio Installer Mike Pieceynski Best Buy store 1451 for my 2016 Nissan crew 4door. I knew I wanted to use the Alpine PDX 400w amp instead of replacing my factory head and a compact sub under the seat. He suggested the JBL BassPro 8” sub and JBL 6x9 3 ways in the front door panels and JBL 6.5 2 ways in the rear. I wanted clarity, every acoustical detail, like a live stage. He set the door speakers to mid and high only and w/ bass phased out of them. I listen to music using high end Sennheiser headphones and the reproduction of this setup in my truck is amazing (proper acoustic staging in an auto is impossible) but this sounds pretty awesome. It sounds like the bass is coming from the speakers but its coming from the rear sub. It’s not booming bass. Its accurate studio recorded bass. Vocals are clear and in front, guitars soar. Keyboards and percussion are separated, and bass is solid on the bottom. Not all albums are produced the same, some good and some muddy, but this delivers clean live studio sound across almost all genres (I listen to a lot of West Coast Reggae, Rock, etc and equalizer set to Dance). The JBL speakers are awesome. Not sure how they sound stock without the bass phased out but I would recommend them. And I was surprised by the BassPro because it adds the tight bottom end for an 8”. Most people want booming loud bass, to me it muddies the sound, but if that’s what you want this sub will not work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good product, within its limitations

    Posted
    JoeMamasDVD
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    This powered sub has decent bass for its size and sounds fairly clean; bass drums are well defined, not muddy. It makes a nice system addition, assuming you have realistic expectations. In my case it is being used in a F-150 to take some of the burden off the four Alpine door speakers, and it does this very well. If the buyer is expecting to get SPL contest level bass, look elsewhere. Judging by other reviews, that is exactly what some people expected. With the 125W amp, it is possible to trip the automatic circuit protection if you push things too far. It is a bass supplement and when used with that intent it is fine. Two small complaints: 1) The owner's manual is minimal at best, and there are no further resources online. The circuit protection is not even mentioned. 2) The wiring terminals are too small to get a decent connector in place...more accurately, the terminals are too close together. This problems holds true for a lot of car audio gear, not just this subwoofer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect size and sound

    Posted
    TechFreak
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    Added this to a complete sounds system upgrade. Upgraded all speakers to Alpine type S speakers and this 8" sub perfectly balanced the sound. Perfect kick to make music come alive but not loud enough to wake the neighbors. DynaMat helps if you are in the position. Keeps the base in the car. The Alpine Type S speakers are perfect when combined with this sub. Having the amplifier built in makes this even better. It can be mounted anywhere. THIS IS NOT FOR THE ONES THAT WANT TO BE HEARD A BLOCK AWAY. This is for a someone that likes music and to balance the sound. Won't rattle the car but it will make music sound 100 times better. Small compact and perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound Considering 8inch woofer and 125w RMS

    Posted
    Whiteboy54345
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    This is a good solution if your stereo system is completely lacking in bass and you have very limited space. I had this in the hatch area of an '07 Corvette just behind the passenger seat. This particular Vette did not even have the Bose stereo, so it lacked low-end punch and I had limited room to work with. This fit nicely in the hatch area and had a low profile allowing the targa roof to still store in the hatch area. Serious bassheads neet not apply; this was a good solution to complete a moderate sound system. Being accustomed to sound systems with large subwoofers with 1,000w + amps, I was left still wanting more. Again, this is great considering the small woofer and low wattage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not what I was expecting

    Posted
    2CrazyKids
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    Put it this way, I am currently sitting in the instal bay waiting room waiting for this thing to be removed and a REAL amp and subwoofer be installed. This thing reminds me of high school when you’re sitting in the bleachers of a football game and all you can hear over the cheers is that one band member that is beating his drum. The sound is more of an acoustic sounding drum; rather than a good sounding speaker for that hit sound you long for. Also, the reaction time for sound from this thing is at least 5-10 seconds before it starts to hit after the song has started. I’ve even had it start later in the songs as well.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      JBL Support

      Hi! Thank you for your review, our sincerest apology for the inconvenience. Your feedback will be communicated to the proper department to improve our current and future product line. We would like to work with you directly, please submit a case request at www.jbl.com/support-contact.html and the Customer Service team will be more than happy to further assist you. JBL

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Limited Use

    Posted
    Zer0latency
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This subwoofer is hardly qualified to be called a sub. Low frequency response is abysmal. My 6x9 door speakers have better bass response. It will bottom out at medium volumes and flat out distorts at high volume. If you listen to one song on repeat constantly. Then you might be fine. But you will find yourself adjusting the settings every time you change tracks to make it sound ok. No versatility. Not worth the money. The only reason it gets 2 stars is because it’s relativrky well constructed and fit under my seat perfectly in a 2017 Jeep Cherokee.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Completes system

    Posted
    almccullough5
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    I have a 2002 Dodge Ram Quad cab and was looking for something to complete my system but nothing too crazy, this sub does just that, it gives that hard hitting lows that I was missing from my Kicker 6x9s & 6 1/4. My only wish was that it came with the sub remote control so you had the ease of control from the front of the cab. If your looking for that last little piece to your system and aren't trying to turn heads but get good sound and not drain your wallet, this is the sub for you, you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      JBL Support

      Thank you for your review. Your feedback will be communicated to the proper department to improve our current and future product line. JBL

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Bump for small box

    Posted
    rcking91
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    Installed this in a 370Z and it didn't fit underneath the seat but that was fine with me. There is plenty of space behind the seat to stand it up and be ok with having the seat all the way back. Im only driving the subwoofer with a Sony headunit that putting 55 watts to it and I'm happy with it. Bumps good. Auto function works great shuts off as soon as the car turns off so you don't have to worry about it draining the battery. I'm going to put one in my other car I'm so happy with this subwoofer. definitely recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Bass, Easy install

    Posted
    RelevantUsername
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    Wanted a little more low end sound for my Frontier, mounted this unit under the drivers seat (it was a tight fit, and required a little ingenuity to mount it correctly because of the heater vent) and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of bass it provided... I rode with it for a week and fine tuned it until I got the perfect sound I was looking for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    love mine

    Posted
    MrsKM
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    Gives a nice boost to my car stereo. My kid was jealous so she ended up getting one too. We both enjoy it! Not the sound quality of competition systems, but definitely good for someone who wants something a bit more than standard. Good for both her old cars stereo and my Bose system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Posted
    specialk16
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    Nice little sub. We didn't want something bulky in the trunk This was not able to go under seat. Trucks yes. But not cars. At least not in my Buick. Called JBL. JBL said positioning in trunk would not be a problem. It wasn't. You turn the system up. Way up. The seats rock. More then enough power. Great sound

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    ehhhhhhhhhhhh

    Posted
    Anonymous
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    adds a little ump but its not worth it , try another brand or go back to old school systems. It CANNOT hit lows at all , some songs sounds ok , next song i have to turn the three knobs till it sounds good.Completly disapears when you turn up loud. It does not fit under my seat either .2001 s10 extended cab

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Sounding Speaker

    Posted
    trdtom
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    If you're on a budget or don't want to put big sub enclosures in your trunk, this is a good option. Not the hardest hitting bass, but definitely adds that bottom end fidelity to your music. Hooks up to your existing stock radio and turns your basic system into a premium system. I am happy with it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great buy

    Posted
    Spicyseraph
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    An amazing compact piece of equipment thst deliver like the most expensive or big ones, a plus to have specially in compact cars, added with two pairs of JBL speakers plus an extra amp for those with an Alpine head unit, you wouldn't believe the quality of sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for size

    Posted
    calkat
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    It's small so don't expect to much. Needed something compact with built in amp for my jeep and it works great. If you want big bass this is not top notch but has great adjustability. A+ for only being 8inches.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and easy to install

    Posted
    Nicholas
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    It doesn't rock the house down but it definitely adds some excellent bass to my single cab truck. I only have door speakers so I needed a little extra. It's super small and takes up almost no room. Pretty much a big amp. I love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    JBL SUB/AMP

    Posted
    hightech22
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    The JBL 8" Bass Pro SL is a great subwoofer that and amplifier that offers a good amount of bass and its compact size makes it easy to be install in vehicles with no room for big subwoofer boxes and amplifiers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound in a small space

    Posted
    Letdown
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    Awesome!!!!! It fit perfect in the cubby hole behind my rear set in my 2015 Tacoma. If you have limited space but want quality sound this is a must have.

    I would recommend this to a friend