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SW-450
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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 212 reviews

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  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Shotty

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    I received the package, opened it up taking my breathe away and not from excitement..the glue they used to put the component back together was very fresh which immediately worried me. I took it out, hooked it up, and it played all of but one minute & the amp just fizzled out on me. All other Klipsch components I've dealt with I had no qualms with..maybe JUST a coincidence??

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Hysterically Awesome!

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    My girlfriend made the mistake of letting me walk past the subwoofer aisle at BB after purchasing a new TV about a year ago. (Honey, it will just take a second, I promise!) All the subs sounded great, but this one registered “OMG” on my “I’ve Gotta Have It Meter”. I did my best not to buy it (already having 12 speakers in the living room – including 3 subs), but temptation got the best of me and I caved in and bought it. (I used the excuse that I just needed to spend a little bit more to reach the Premier Silver Status.) Hey, any excuse will do, right? To say that the sub is ‘awesome’ is an understatement. It’s by far the best sub that I have ever owned and is the ‘icing on my cake’ that compliments my (now) 1,500 watt system. In case you haven’t read the other reviews yet: Yes, it can disturb your neighbors and yes, they may call the cops on you (or they may ask where they can get one too). Yes, it can make it sound as if Optimus Prime is STOMPING through your living room. Yes, most women hate it (turn that blasted thing down), but one awesome newly-wed wife got one for her husband (lucky guy)! This sub is great if you live in an apartment and you hate your neighbors (or are looking for an easy way to get evicted). And finally, if you forget to put the little rubber pads on the bottom of the speaker legs, it WILL vibrate across the floor. With that said, I do recommend that you go easy on the sub for a while before testing to see if it can knock pictures off the wall and such. (Play it at moderate levels for a few weeks to give it a chance to ‘break in’.) You’ll get the most bass by placing it in a corner, but to be honest, you could probably place it in the middle of the room and still be able to hear it (at your neighbor’s house). Lol If you are looking for just ‘any sub’, there are ones that sound good but are a lot less expensive. However, if you’re looking for a sub that will vibrate the house and give you a grin on your face as you continue to crank up the volume, the price is right (and you won’t be disappointed). I hope you find my review both fun and informative and if you’re debating on which sub to get, I can only say that this is one powerful and great sounding sub. PS: My girlfriend allowed me to get this sub, providing that I promised NOT to buy ANY MORE speakers. :)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Subwoofer!!!

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    I spent some time listening to different subs at Best Buy Magnolia. Thinking I wanted a down firing subwoofer I went against myself after listening at talking to one of the Magnolia employees. I got home and I liked the Martin Logan Danymo 500. It had a good sound but it wasn't quit what I was looking for. So I went back to my original plan and purchased the Klipsch 450. I compared them side by side and the choice was easy. The Klipsch was louder, deeper, and didnt pop with distortion at levels that the Martin Logan did. You have to keep in mind that the Klipsch is a down firing sub and the ML is not so they aren't exactly in the same category but regardless, the Klipsch handles more power and really shook the house where the ML didn't. Price wise the Klipsch was a little cheaper which was also cool. The one down side to the Klipsch is the size of the box. It's huge but it's easy to look over that once its hooked up and pumping huge bass that sounds great with music and movies. This sub is worth every penny!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A powerful sub that does what it should

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    I've had this sub now for about a month, works great! Enough power to give bass to all types of music. Does not make a loud popping sound when activated. I have this sub with a Dennon 7.1 surround receiver using infinity speakers. The infinity speakers are clear sounding from high to mid range with silk dome tweeters and a pair of 5" mid speakers in a ported cabinet. Good speakers just lacked that low bass thump. this sub does the trick more than enough power. Love the sub I am pleased! the reciver is 70 continues watts per speaker btw so I need a large sub.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    BBBBBeats

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    This subwoofer is amazing! I have been so impressed with this subwoofer. I initally got it and of course maxed out all of the settings to see what it was made of. It was so clear and crisp with a penetrating boom that made me feel like I was front stage at a concert. Of course MAX settings are not practical for everyday use, unfortunately, this SUB was easy to control from the SUB. It has a powersaver mode which only activates the SUB's power when it is in use and then hybernates when not in use. Great BOOM for the buck!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    If it's too loud...you're too old!

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    First off, testing subwoofers and speakers inside Best Buy is just awful unless you're in one that has an audio room. The ceilings are like warehouse heights and sometimes you have no idea what receiver is hooked up to it Anyhow, I tested a Polk 8" and the 450W Klipsh 10". I thought the Polk 8" actually sounded a tad more well rounded, esecially handling music, and almost bought it because it was cheaper. But...I was dead set on at least a 10" and thought the Klipsh would compliment my Onkyo TX-NR807 receiver with the matching blue lights. I also almost bought the SVS PC12-NSD but no way could I justify $750 when this Klipsh was getting rave reviews for almost half the $. As a previous poster mentioned I do believe there is a 'burn-in' period. I wasn't too impressed the first night I brought home watching football and was thinking I should've bought the Polk instead. But....a week or two later I was streaming "Jumanji" from NetFlix and it sounded like an awakened sleeping giant. Every since then it's sounded great. Even for football. Crisp and clean punch-through bass tones. I also like the 'Auto' setting. You really shouldn't need it off of 'Auto' in my opinion. Also, I like that the 'Auto' setting doesn't make a popping noise, unlike my 10yr old Cambridge Soundworks 12" when it came to life. My Onkyo receiver supports 7.2 surround, but in all honesty I can't imagine hooking-up another subwoofer because this is more than adequet for my 15 x 18 living room. My wife already tells me "TURN IT DOWN!" enough as it is. Lol.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Sub that is affordable.

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    Sounds great at lower than 85Hz. A little motor-boaty at higher frequencies. I'm running it as a sub, along with 2 full-range towers, 10's, 6's, and 1" softdomes @ 140 Watts. I used a Y-adapter for L & R inputs and noticed more output as compared to a single LFE RCA cable. I'm running gain a little higher, but low-pass around 70 Hz and it sounds great. My neighbor's love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Impressive! Money well spent!

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    All I can say about these Klipsch subwoofers is "Wow!" I am using this in a 7.1 setup with Klipsch Quintet speakers (also amazing). Once upon a time I used to work at Best Buy in the Home Theater department. I was exposed to various makes and models of speakers and subwoofers but I always felt like Klipsch sounded the best to me. Their products are well-made and sound phenomenal. As soon as I hooked up this sub it shook the entire house and I was smiling from ear-to-ear. I immediately decided to watch an action movie it was remarkable just how much BETTER everything sounded. I knew it would be an improvement over my old Samsung subwoofer, but I was still surprised. Gun shoots sound more real, you can feel the explosions, and music never sounded better. If you're on the fence about spending this much money on a subwoofer, think of it this way... you will NEVER need to upgrade. This thing is amazing. The only thing I might do is buy another one in order to have a 7.2 surround.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Impressive, especially since I now have two!!!

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    I am a frequent poster over at the AVSForum and most people in their will absolutely tell you that HSU, SVS, etc. are better subs than Klipsch. While that may be true, there are some of us that support our local B&M stores or prefer the convenience of being able to get in the car and return it and be back out the door with a new one within an hour. I am one of those people who likes the ease of B&M stores. Initially I had a Martin Logan Dynamo 500 and it sounded great, except for the fact that it couldn't get the couch shaking before bottoming out. The ML was very musical, but for Home Theater use it just didn't do the trick. My BluRay test for subwoofer extension is the pixar shorts, Jack Jack Attack (where the baby does CAMPFIRE) and Lifted (where the man is first being lifted before he bumps into the wall). The ML made clapping noises during both of these scenes which clued me in that this wasn't the sub for me. I took it back and got the Klipsch SW-450 at my local Best Buy. I took it home and plugged in Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and it sounded pretty good. I then went to my test BluRay Pixar shorts scenes and I was happy that it didn't bottom out. It didn't have the musical punch that I had with the ML, but it extended low without bottoming out and that was good enough for me. Having been a basshead most of my life, I knew that the sub would need some burn in time before sounding it's best so I played some 120hz down to 25hz test sweeps for about two days while I was away at work. I went back to my same test BluRay Pixar scenes and I was amazed at something...not only could I hear the bass, I could feel the low tones that aren't audible. I was absolutely impressed with this. Still I felt it was missing the punch of the ML so I moved it from one corner to the opposite and sure enough that corner gave me the punch I wanted. Unfortunately it also took away the feeling of the lower HZ frequencies. My options were to have it in the corner for music and the other for home theater. This isn't very realistic so I decided that I loved the SW-450 so much that I would just buy another one which would even out the bass response in my home theater. I can say that two are better than one and I can hear, feel and be mesmerized by the bass these two put out. The speaker is well built and the amplifier is a Class D 450W MAX and 200W RMS. If your on the fence about the Klipsch, take an opportunity to hear for yourself and decide if it's for you. If not you can always return it and buy one from and ID, but at least give it a listen!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Powerful Sound

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    I bought this since my old 8in sub was showing its age and it was on sale, and I made the right call. Right off the bat, I put in Tron: Legacy, (the part right after he enter the Game world) and the bass was incredible! It shook my whole house! That was a little much, but after a few tweaks, I got it setup so it provides a great effect for all movies. Explosions have never sounds better! Since this is a 10in, I had to move some things to accommodate it, but I am glad I did.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    bought to supplement my previously bought Klipsch

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    I always thought this klipsch at this price range compared to similar brands is a great value. When best buy recently had this on sale at $200 less than their normal price I had to buy it to compliment my klipsch 12 inch synergy sub.Same tight bass, harmonics as my synergy but bass starts to clip around 30 hz. But with a 10 inch woofer this is not unusual. If this is your first sub to give some punch to a 5.1 system you will not be disappointed. As for movie soundtracks in a small room you will feel the rumble but to get your heart fluttering you will need pay at least twice the price for a larger subwoofer. Great 1st sub for a system or a small room. Also a lot of different options to fine tone this sub with your main speakers that my synergy does not have. Be sure to calibrate sub with a calibration dvd or bluray disk for optimum performance on any subwoofer.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent sound, Deep Bass

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    I have been shopping for a bass system and stereo surround sound for several months and listened to multiple systems and none compare to the sound quality and output from this Bass Speaker. It's is clear, fills the room extremely well and is extremely immersive. Great job Klipsch.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best sub I've owned, yet.

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    I bought this unit to supplement my other Klipsch speakers (dual 8" KF-28's, RB-51 II's, and RC-42 II) and I have to say that I'm COMPLETELY in love with the sound this sub has. I'm using an Onkyo TX-NR609 AV receiver. This sub rumbles, deeeeep. I haven't stopped watching movies, listening to music, etc. because it sounds so great. My walls are literally, shaking. It took me about 10 minutes to set it up and about 20 minutes to adjust all the levels to my liking. This sub, by far, is the best I've ever owned. I also own an old Klipsch Pro Media Ultra 5.1 and 2.1 setup for my PC. I'm extremely happy with all of my Klipsch products, but this latest addition to the family has me absolutely content. I'm finding myself watching all of my movies all over again, because the sub makes everything sound completely different.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This sub will rattle your walls, if you want it to

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    Last November I started piecing together my surround sound. I have a Denon 1912 head unit, and the full Klipsch surround sound offered by Best Buy. The system sounded great even when I was using my old Sony Sub from a boxed set I had previously. I finally finished my set this week with the Klipsch SW-450. I have a 500 square foot room, and this unit fills it with more bass than it can hold. If you are watching a movie and have too much bass, you can easily adjust the settings on the back of the unit. I watched my first movie on the full surround last night, and it honestly sounds as good or better than going to the movies! To the folks that gave this unit a 1 star...if you are going to buy a $500 subwoofer, why would you not go crazy and get the $50 warranty? I spent an extra $80 and got the 4 year warranty. That way you don't even have to deal with Klipsch. DON'T LET THESE 1 STAR RATING DETER YOU!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great power, good range, rocks the house.

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    I already had the Klipsch (bi-amped) towers, the Klipsch center (front) speakers, and the Klipsch rear surrounds running my home theater system, but my 20 year old MTX 400 watt powered sub wasn't cutting it, which is the reason I went to the 10 inch Klipsch sub. Upon initial play, the sub was too "boomy" and overpowered the entire home theater system. I started tweaking my cross-overs to allow the sub to kick in only above 120 MHz on the surrounds, and over 150 MHz on the front speakers. That made all the difference in the world. On certain types of music, the sub is extremely subtle and almost undiscernible, but on other types the sub is definitely there. As a final test, I played the movie "Salt" with Angelina Jolie. During the chase scene where Jolie escapes from the transport, the sub showed its true worth. When the cars and trucks crash into each other, it felt as if my couch lifted off the ground, and all the pictures on my walls needed to be realigned. Incredible... but extremely clean and tight. This is an excellent sub.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great sub for general home theater use.

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    Very nice sub for general home Theater use. Previous sub was 12 inch, but had less power. Can hear some fluttering on very low notes at higher volume. Problem not as noticeable after breaking in for a few weeks.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good Value Subwoofer

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    Purchased this for a Large room 20 x 18 and it really does a great job of some making the moives sound great. Would recommend. You have to spend almost double to find a better sounding more punch subwoofer!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Shakes My House

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    I was looking at the 8" sub when my best friend who also works at Best Buy showed me this monster. He turned up the volume about half way and my jaw hit the floor, the shelves 3 and 4 aisles down rattled, so I picked up this beast over the 8" and I have to say, one of the better descesions i have ever made ( with my wife present of course). I got this monster home and got the rest of the system set up, but when I went to connect this there was no cord to plug into my reciever, so we made a mad dash back to Best Buy to get the cord, hookes it up and at half volume the neighbors call the cops, had to show them my system and they understood lol.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Amazing Earth Shaking Bass

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    This powered sub is amazing it is the highlight of my newly built house. As soon as the action in a movie starts the sub shakes the whole room and everyone can't keep from smiling and inevitably someone says this is like being at the movies. And oh yea, this is no bachelor pad, family of five with kids 2, 4, and 6 yrs old they love it!!! It adds another demension to movies and music that it makes watching some of my old movies fun again. I love it!!! And wish I had purchased it sooner. I use a Sony receiver with a pair of Bose bookshelf speakers and the Klipsch sub hooked up using a rocketfish wireless sub adapter. Sound is amazing

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Impressive Subwoofer

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    "WOW!!!!" doesn't even begin to describe the experience. It is incredibly something else. Our windows rattle at about 40% setting. The floor-joists begin to shudder when you watch a movie like "The Polar Express" Jurassic Park (all three of them in DTS audio) is mind-blowing with this subwoofer and here I am talking about DVD movies folks!!! This subwoofer provides the movie theater experience all over again. Blu-ray movies have incredible sound added when compared to what DVDs have. If there is a powered subwoofer to buy, this one is it. I bought it over two years ago on sale for about $250 at the recommendation of a sales rep who himself bought this product and uses it at his home. Sales rep take note before you start recommending stuff. Best buy for the buck (no pun intended here since this was bought at a BB store). Would recommend it highly and it has got you covered for 5 years anyhow for being a Klipsch product. It is worth it!!!! Naveen Adams Run, SC

    I would recommend this to a friend