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Klipsch - 10" 450W Powered Subwoofer

Model: SW-450SKU: 9502488

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 212 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hysterically Awesome!

    Posted
    GadgetGuyFL
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    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

    Impressive, especially since I now have two!!!

    Posted
    Anonymous
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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

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

    Posted
    ThemBones

    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

    Impressive! Money well spent!

    Posted
    kdavidh

    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

    Great power, good range, rocks the house.

    Posted
    samoting

    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

    Impressive Subwoofer

    Posted
    TrenaSC
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    "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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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

    Posted
    Adamray10
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    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

    LET IT BREAK IN!

    Posted
    jrslofez10
    • My Best Buy® Member

    When I got this sub, I was a bit apprehensive due to the reviews of "Dead on arrival" or "distorts at high volumes".... When I first plugged this sub in, I was dissappointed by the power level and the sound clarity (if I would have written the review then, it would have gotten 2 stars). However, after playing it for about 2 weeks (about 2 hours a day), the sound (and freq resp) opened right up. Super loud, clear bass that shakes the whole house. If I bought this at full price, I may have rated it at less of a value for the money (purchased on sale at 269!!!). I would probably only recommend this sub to people with large rooms (too much power for anything less than 250 sq ft), and larger speakers to make up frequency gaps. I have an open floor plan, tile floors, and 10; ceilings (layout that destroys sound), and it still fills the whole room with sound. Sound quality at this price level is unmatched! GREAT SUB! (Klipsch VF35 Towers, BA Center, Klipsch R-1650 rears powered by Yamaha RX-A700)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Subwoofer!!!

    Posted
    KlipschFAN88
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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

    Best sub I've owned, yet.

    Posted
    MartianMan

    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

    Simply amazing!!!

    Posted
    THENESS

    I bought this thing on impulse because my sony SA-W3000 12" just wasn't loud enough. Now I have both of them hooked up in sync with a yamaha surround system pushing about 1600 watts, (800w of that being subs), so loud it was making my.Samsung Blu-ray player skip until I changed placement. This sub is easily 4X louder than my sony sub, and it looks way sharper too. I also throw alot of party's at my house so I really like the enclosed design (less likely to get ruined by beer) as I have had to dry my sony out many times because it has no spill protection. Lower wattage speakers simply just can't hang with this monster, It gets near perfect ratings for a reason. Seems a little expensive at first but once you hook it up and hear it, cost is no issue. Buy it!!! and when you do check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBaxoR16S-g

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Bass is all over the place.

    Posted
    WVHagan

    This subwoofer will rattle the windows. When it comes to reproducing bass in music, it is lacking. How so? The bass is all over the place. It doesn't seem to reproduce some of the upper parts of the low end. For example, the subwoofer in my car brings out the bass guitar. This sub was very hard to tune. It was like all or nothing. Either there wasn't enough bass or there was too much. Now, perhaps a graphic equalizer might help. I did fiddle around with the cross over frequency and the gain and came to an acceptable compromise. Compared to the subwoofer in my car and previous subs I've had, it wasn't nearly as good at accuracy in music. Now if you want to shake the pictures off of the walls, this will do it. I expected something more controlled, more musical. For explosions in war or action movies, this sub does well.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    bought to supplement my previously bought Klipsch

    Posted
    crazyboutmusic
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    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

    Great Product - Meets Expectations

    Posted
    MinJohn
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Purchased this Klipsch 10" 450W Powered Subwoofer for my home theater system/audio system. Although I had concerns that the 10" speaker might be sluggish for my music listening over the 8" unit, I am quite pleased with the performance. I get fine response from classic rock/contemporary/blues music to classical baroque. I get the thunder of explosions to an accurate reproduction of a double bass. Not boomy, This supplements my studio floor speakers. You adjust both frequency and volume levels at the Klipsch sub to match your existing system and room accoustics, as well as where you place the Klipsch. With this in mind, and a little patience, I highly recommend this one!.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WOW! This is incredible!

    Posted
    lot3ch

    Like a few other people, I had a 15 inch and a 12 inchs self powered subwoofers for about the last 10 years. This Klipsch subwoofer replaced both of them as it produces many times the amount of sound that both of the other ones produced! Music sounds so unbelievable, movies are a trip. Watch a scary movie and have the bass from this thing hit your floor, furniture and YOU. You wouldn't think that something like very deep bass would add that much to a movie but it absolutely does. Ive had this Klipsch product for a couple months now and I am still dumbfounded by how good this thing sounds. (I want their 12 inch version, but wouldn't that just be over the top insane?!) Don't set there, go get one of these. Your not going to find a better product, Ive looked.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shakes My House

    Posted
    irishpirate1321
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    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

    Great Sub

    Posted
    Brent07
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    This subwoofer is amazing! My biggest fear when I was looking for subwoofers was that they would make a rattling noise when the bass picked up..............this one didn't. The sound for low and high bass is pretty good. The clarity of the bass is what really impresses me. I was watching "Gamer" the other day and you could hear the bass from the explosions and the bass from the gun fire. I listened to this sub as BestBuy and figured it wouldn't sound worse in my house than it did at BestBuy since they have it perfectly set up to sound great. I was happy to find that this sub sounded just as good in my house. First day I got it the neighbor came over to have me turn it down when I was watching television and the sub volume wasn't even set that high. Great Bass, Great Sound! Best subwoofer I have ever owned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you love surround sound, this sub will do!!!

    Posted
    HomeTheatreismysanctuary

    I work at Best Buy, so it gives me the opportunity to deal with top of the line products. I've been searching for the perfect sub, for some time, bout one at a flea market it did the job, but not what I imagined it should be. I wanted a downward firing sub, and this Klipsch is one of the only ones on the market like that. That I could find. Finally, my sister bought the 350 model and I hooked it up for her. And WOW was I impressed! It was exactly what I was looking for. So I bit the bullit and bought this model?and sheesh the more tinkering I do with it, the more I am amazed and the deep bass it provides?I feel like I'm in the theatre?a real experience! A complete solution as we say! I hate that I waited so long! But it is definitely worth it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible

    Posted
    BEP
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Its incredible, considering I got if open box for $189. Way more than what I need in an apartment, but hey I keep it low and don't disturb the neighbors. The box is big for a 10". I"d been looking online at Cerwin-Vegas as I really like those, but I couldn't pass this up for the price. It syncs well with my Onkyo receiver, 2 Infinity satellites, 2 Infinity bookshelves, Boston Acoustics Center Channel and my Infinity floorstanding speakers. I was worried at first because the timing was a bit off, but changing the phase switch made it perfect. Hooked it up friday night, watched Gone in 60 Seconds and it sounded amazing. Sounds awesome listening to Metallica's Master of Puppets album, Battery really shakes the apartment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great "Boom" for the Buck!

    Posted
    BigSound
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I have this in my living room which is 30'x20' and this sub delivers enough thundering bass to fill most of the house with class. If I am watching a movie inside with all doors shut and I walk outside it is still noticeable but not too much to disturb the neighbors. It is in the rear corner of the room slightly behind the couch and when your watching a great action movie it will usually shake the couch some. I am a Sound tech at a local church in the area so sound is a part of my life. I did my home work on this product before buying it and am very happy with the purchase. So far and the sub usually remains at half volume unless I want to show it off. Great Product and well done Klipsch!

    I would recommend this to a friend