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Klipsch - 12" 650W Powered Subwoofer

Model: SUB-12SKU: 7039527

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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 72 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    a little too underpowered for my taste

    Posted
    graham776

    I bought this sub along with the Klipsch Icon XW-500d from BB. I got this one first and hooked it up to my receiver (Yamaha DSP A-1) via the coaxial LFE input on the sub as recommended by Klipsh. I powered up the Blue Ray and put on Quantum of Solace to watch the opening sequence with the car chase. At first I thought there was a problem with the sub as I didn't really notice much of any difference with it on compared to without it. I adjusted the gain and low-pass filters on the sub and had to have the sub at well over 1/2 gain (actually closer to 2/3) in order for it to be noticed over my mains (Klipsch KLF-20's). I really thought that with 300w RMS on tap and a 12" passive driver being pushed by a 10" powered driver that there would be a lot more bass response from this speaker, especially after reading so many positive reviews of the sub-12 on this site as well as on Klipsch.com. I played around with better locations for the speaker including placing it in a corner with the tuned port facing the wall with no success. I even tried it on bare floors and didn't really notice any appreciable difference in the output. In my experience when you pump up the gain on the sub too much it gets boomy and less musical and accuracy suffers greatly. Maybe my other speakers are really just that good, or maybe this sub is underpowered for my application, but I was disappointed in it's performance in my home theater. Hopefully, the XW-500d is better suited for my system. It arrives tomorrow and I'll review it once I've had a chance to audition it in my home. I'm not going to say this subwoofer is a bad product as I have had great luck and satisfaction with all my previous Klipsch products in the past. It's just that the sub-12 isn't powerful enough to hold its own against my KLF-20's and KSW-C7 center channel. The sub-12 is a little long in the tooth having been introduced by Klipsch a couple of years ago, so maybe they have something newer and stronger in the pipeline. Myself, I'm going to have to look elsewhere for a subwoofer that's able to really pound out the lows for my movies and music. But, for someone looking to fill a small room or an apartment with decent bass this item may be the ticket to round out a moderate sized home theater system.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One Awesome Subwoofer

    Posted
    fuzzywuzzy

    Early this year I finally decided to begin building a home theatre/audio system. I had some old speakers I knew I could use for a while, but did not have a receiver or subwoofer. First, I purchased a Denon 2808CI AV receiver. A wonderful receiver I highly recommend. My next purchase was a subwoofer. I wanted to spend between $400-$600. I spent months researching the internet and reading reviews on many subwoofers. I went to Best Buy and listened to most of the subwoofers in the Magnolia showroom. Based upon the many positive reviews of the Sub-12, I asked the salesperson if he could bring it into the showroom so I could compare it to others. The Sub-12 blew away every other subwoofer! The other subwoofers sounded very localized. In other words, I could definitely tell where the lower frequencies were coming from. In contrast, the Sub-12 filled the room and it sounded as if deep, low, crisp bass was coming from every speaker in the showroom. Because I was interested in getting Definitive Technology speakers for the rest of my system, I compared the Sub-12 with the Pro Sub 1000. Again, no contest, especially at $399, which was my sale price for the Sub-12. When I installed the Sub-12 at home, my decision was confirmed. I have wood floors. I placed the Sub-12 in a corner, the recommended location. The sound from this thing was pure joy. With every kind of music, I got jaw-dropping, punchy bass, that sounded as if it was coming from every inch of my 25 X 21 foot family room. As I cranked the volume, the sound got better and better. At 300 watts RMS (650 watts peak) there is plenty of power here. I like it loud and even with the volume on the unit just a tad past 12 o'clock, this thing cranks. With movies, it got even better. During the explosion of the Charlotte scene in National Treasure, the deep rumbling and shattering of the wood ship was truly awesome and we could feel the sound in our stomachs. Honestly, the sound was better than in most theaters. You simply can't go wrong with this sub. You surely can't do better at this price. By the way, I recommend you place it in a corner, use a good coax subwoofer cable, and that you use a "Y" cable to plug into both LFE inputs behind the unit. I believe Klipsch recommends this set up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Good

    Posted
    audiofan

    I have very picky ears. I've spent a lot of money (too much, actually) trying to find the perfect sound for both music and movies. I've tried subwoofers from the cheapest to the most expensive models from various sellers, including online only companies. I've found that eight inch subwoofers are best for music because they're accurate and tight, and 12 inch ported subwoofers are best for rendering Low Frequency Effects for movies. None---I repeat---not one single subwoofer, can satisfy me for both music and movies at the same time. To meet my needs, I had to have a dual subwoofer system. I am using the Klipsch Sub-12 in conjunction with a Definitive Technology SuperCube II 8 inch subwoofer. The SuperCube II has very tight accurate bass which is great for music, but it lacks 'punch' in the 40Hz and lower frequencies for earth shaking bass in movies. That's where the Klipsch Sub-12 comes in. I have the Klipsch Sub-12's Low Pass Filter set at 40Hz, and the volume just at 1/4. It shakes the very foundation of my house. With the Sub-12, I can FEEL gunshots, explosions and earthquates in movies. In my setup, I have the Klipsch Sub-12 dedicated to reproducing only the frequencies 40Hz and lower, and the Definitive Technology SuperCube II focusing on frequencies from 40Hz up to 80Hz. My regular speakers (Definitive Technology Mythos One) take care of the frequencies 80Hz and above. I won't use the Klipsch Sub-12 for frequencies above 40Hz because to my ears, the sound becomes 'boomy', and too sloppy for accurate and critical music listening. I recommend the Def Tech SuperCube II for that. For my purpose, at the bargain basement sale price of $375, this subwoofer works. My 5 star rating for "sound quality" applies only to 40Hz and lower.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Quality Bass

    Posted
    FrostedFlakeJake

    I received this subwoofer for Christmas in 2007. I love it. I've never used it for a home theater system; only for music. It enhances the sound and experience of any genre of music. You may need to make some small adjustments depending on what your listening to (more bass on things like jazz and rock. less bass on things like rap and hip-hop). Most of the time, mine is hooked up to a pretty low quality sony bookshelf cd player system. To be honest, the sub doesn't really care. It works amazingly. Right now i have it hooked up for the first time to a yamaha system including a yamaha head unit. It really pushes the bass. This bass is strong. It's quite simple. It will rattle the dishes on the other side of your house if you turn up the volume. For this price its amazing. For another couple hundred bucks i would still say its worth it. I have some experience with things that make noise. In a rock band. And have about $2000 into my car audio. Make sure to try several different placements for the sub. For example, in my room, i have it placed so that when im in my chair, the bass sounds amazing. But if your standing by my door, you can't even really hear it. You can feel it, but can't hear it. Which is by no means the speakers fault, you just have to experiment with different placements. If i remember correctly the subwoofer comes with a guide to help you with that. It's a great sub and i got it because at the time, it was the most powerfull one at bestbuy. The only thing i fear is what i fear with all my speakers, blowing it. I keep my gain setting at about 40% and the bass at 0db. With this yamaha head i have to have my bass at -12db!!! I'm too afraid of blowing it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    INSANE!!!!

    Posted
    Nick51

    When i first got this sub hooked up to my system i played my subwoofer test song... Lets just say that i do not turn the sub up past 60% of its own volume and i have not turned up my receiver past -10 Db. This is the best sub i have ever heard. I know a lot about music, electronics and anything relating to these things. This sub is more than worth the price. It hits HARD and can pick up the really low frequencies if you have it set up right. i have this sub in the basement of my house (the house is pretty big) i can easily hear and feel it in my room upstairs and on the other side of the house. I can hear and feel it probably about 200+ feet away outside easily. i am afraid to turn the sub up louder because it honestly feels like the walls are going to fall down. the only thing about this sub that im not a fan of- but i knew it would be this way before i bought it- is the fact that it does not respond well to rock. This type of music generally responds better to an 8 and sometimes even a 10 inch sub. it still hits alright here and there- better for some songs than others but i primarily listen to rap with huge bass and watch movies so it responds perfectly! If you're looking for a sub and are even remotely serious about music or movies, do not settle for a cheap $200 sub. read other reviews if you have your doubts but there really is no better sub for the money. i would never spend money on the "high end" subs because i really think that this sub is better than them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    stop looking, this is the sub U want

    Posted
    buxfan11

    this sub is replacing a velodyne vrp 1200- 130 watts rms, and to me was a great sounding sub. my original receiver was a harmon kardon avr 7300. a few weeks ago I got a onkyo tx sr 806 with polk rti 10's fronts, polk cs2 center, and what was originaly meant to be as fronts polk monitor 70's, turned into rears when I found the rti's. I had wanted a little more bang/boom for ht experience, and did some research. I had a price range of $300 to $400, but after reading the reviews on bestbuy for this klipsch I decided to take a chance. I sold the velodyne for the extra $, and I can tell you with no reservation that not one person with a positive review on the klipsch lied or stretched the truth. this sub has to be the most important piece of my audio equipment, I have spent around $6000 and am most happy about this purchase. my A/V room is 15X20. I was about to send the onkyo back and keep the hk, but this sub really brought my entire system to life. when I first plugged this sub in and powered up, the gain was at half, and if i had a dog, he would have ran away, and probably not have come back.I also had to switch walls where the sub was placed, because two pictures had been knocked off the wall in the next room behind the sub. I have heard and read about more pricy units such as svs, hsu, and the like, but why spend the extra $$ when this sub will be plenty for any size of room. It plays music very well also, but is really at its best for home theatre, I dont think I will ever need to go out to a theatre again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow - Amazing!!!

    Posted
    Benelli12

    A few years ago, I purchased one of the Bose Acoustimass speaker systems, and have been pleased with it throughout the years, but always felt it was missing something as it didn't sound like some of the other systems I have heard with rich bass..... this was especially disappointing during movies when action scenes would play and I couldn't get the sound or bass I wanted to complete the sound. For years, I thought maybe I just had things hooked up wrong, or maybe it was not supposed to sound any better. After reading reviews on BB and other sites, I decided to take the plunge and pick this up with a gift certificate I got for Chrismtmas this year...... I can't even begin to tell you the difference this sub makes in the entire home theater system and can't believe it took me this many years to figure out I needed a better sub. You'd think I went out and bought all new speakers, but the truth is, I just got this one sub and my entire living room/house now absolutely rocks... the convenient gain control also allows you to turn the sub up and down so if it's too much for you or too little you can adjust it just the way you like it. My wife thought I was wasting money by buying this sub and thought we already had a great sound system before...... I wish I could post the look on her face in this review of the first time she heard it once hooked up..... we were both like... "Whoah!" Anyway.... quick reading and go pick one up.... this baby is going to put a smile on your face from ear to ear, trust me!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very very happy with this sub!

    Posted
    MeaPharmD

    If you are thinking about getting a sub I highly recommend the Klipsch Sub-12. It cost a little more than the Sub-10 but the huge performance difference that the 12 gives is worth it. I did a lot of research on different subs and other speaker sets before I bought the Klipsch Sub-12. I read that some people criticize the amps ability to keep up with music and things like that... At first I had the same problem (some tones just didn't hit AT ALL). Then I started adjusting my Sony STR-K740P receiver. It has different sound settings like Hall, Concert, Game. I had the receiver set to concert. I then changed it to Normal Surround. WOW! I have never heard a sub get this loud and sound so clear without spending over $1000 for all the equipment. It actually gets way to loud and drowns out all my other speakers as well as shakes all the dishes and pictures on the bookshelf and all the walls. It vibrates every wall in my 1300 sq ft house! If you set it on something hard it will bounce up and down... you have to put a blanket or something like that under it. I can only use it on about 40% power. Soon I will try to get everything tied down so that I can crank it up more... To make a short story long... Check your receiver! make sure that it isn't messing with the sound. Experiment with placement of the sub and always sit down where you normally sit so that you can hear how it will sound in each place. Also.... WOW I love this sub. Klipsch will be the only speakers that I buy from now on...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sub

    Posted
    keithster

    I just upgraded my whole system from a 3 year old Onkyo HTIB with it's default speakers & subwoofer, to a setup considting of Polk RTI-12s, CXi-A4 and FXI-A4s, driven by a Denon AVR-4802R. If you go to the Klipsh website you'll see the RMS rating of this Sub-12 is "only" 250W. So I was a little skeptical since I'd been using an Oknyo subwoofer rated at 230W - which also gets high ratings. But the Onkyo was boomy, had a 10" driver and I wanted better sound so I upgraded to this Klipsch Synergy Sub-12. Head to head there is no competition. At the default out-of-the-box settings the Sub-12 blew my Onyko out of the water. Not only is the Sub-12 not boomy, it's much tighter, but "thunderous" is about the only adjective to adequately describe it. It moves the room. You don't so much hear it as feel it. In well executed explosions you can feel the shock-wave moving through you without resorting to ear-splitting volume. With the Onkyo sub I had to keep the SW output of my Denon AVR-4802R at +6dB, with this Klipsh Sub-12, I had to back the output level down to 0 dB. Watched "The Guardian" and "Lord of the Rings" and never felt such power, not even in the theater. Music is a treat too. Music that was boomy and had excessive bass with the Onkyo, now is fun to listen to without feeling like I'm being hammered needlessly. This is an incredible sub for home theater, and also great for music. I also like the down-firing driver, it makes placement less critical.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Deep Sound as Large as the Cabinet

    Posted
    paradsecar

    The 12" Klipsch Synergy-series subwoofer will disappoint few with an uncanny ability to produce amazingly clear, deep bass from a wide array of sources. Most subwoofers struggle in this regard: those adept at dynamic "movie" bass will produce an unclean sound when listening to music, and vice-versa. The Klipsch shines in this particular arena; regardless of what you are listening to, there is an audible delight waiting to resonate out of this subwoofer. Another strength of the Klipsch is its myriad connection options. Connectivity is possible through line-level inputs (via traditional speaker wire) and two different RCA input configurations (low-level, or LFE, mono connection or a dual RCA input, depending on your amplifier/decoder). The only drawback, and the one thing that prevented me from giving this product a full 5-star rating, is its gargantuan size. To give a visual reference as to just how large it is, picture a microwave manufactured in 1984 or two juxtaposed 13" CRT televisions. Depending on your style or sense of humor, you might be able to cover it in hair and convince your significant other you bought them a highly inanimate Black Lab.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    powerful deep bass

    Posted
    ElectronicsEnthusiast

    I replaced an older ksw-10 klipsch sub for this one, and it doesnt compare. With the master volume on the sub turned half way up, some movies still rattle the doors,walls, and fixtures hanging on the wall. Kind of like when a loud boom of thunder hits right near you house. That kind of bass with quality sound where you can still hear the differnt bass notes. My old klipsch sub would barely shake anything turned completly up. There is no reason what so ever to spend more money on a sub. You will have to double the price to get any better, and even then, the difference will probably inaudible to 99% of the people that hear it. In fact it is probably over the top for most home theaters, but that is why I like it. Depending on the bestbuy your in, it may be the most expensive sub in the store, but thats for a reason. It is on a completly different level than a 199$ sub. Nothing else in the store compares. If you buy you wont regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Low Bass

    Posted
    freqengine

    This sub made my old 10" sub sound like dogmeat. The low frequency response is excellent. It makes watching old movies feel like you are watching them for the first time. I bought this Sub to match with the Quintet SL system. I used an audio CD that I used in the past to test car stereos and the very low frequency sound is excellent. The downfiring ported enclosure gives you a lot of rumbling bass. Unfortunately, it does not give good response throughout the whole low freqeuncy range. Normally I would recommend a sealed enclosure or a smaller speaker to get a full range of bass response. I'm not sure if the sub-10 would be better, but you would be giving up some power. I will probably have to get a front firing 8" subwoofer to get a full range of sound. So just be aware of that depending on what speaker system you match the sub-12 up with. Regardless, it is an awesome subwoofer and I'm sure my neighbors don't like me anymore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sub 12 way to go

    Posted
    AltP

    No remote, not that you would be changing settings too often once placed right and calibrated. I have this with Klipsch Reference 7 Towers (and Reference surround). Though this is Synergy series it does the job needed for a 4th of the price of the Reference series SUB. The sound is very clean and compliments the RF7's smoothly for music (I have it set at 80hz), only there when needed, not booming over the bass, mids and highs of the towers. It really becomes apparent though for movies, even though the RF7's have some of the deepest bass in big speakers, the down firing (hardwood floors) SUB12 (set at a low level I might add) moves the sound not just all around you, but through you. I am using the LFE input, for my system the regular stereo input would be too much I think, if you need base, this unit has 650 watts, goes down to 24hz (make sure your room is ready) and is much, much less that I had budgeted for!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For $375 it's extremely tough to beat

    Posted
    hodedofome

    I have this paired with a Velodyne CHT front row system, it is a ridiculous bang for the buck for what I paid ($375). It's big and bad and loud and deep. It's pretty accurate too, although it's not a sealed sub so audioholics will probably look elsewhere. I also considered an HSU but for this price I'm keeping the Klipsch. The Elemental Design subs will probably have more output and depth than this Klipsch, but the ED's are ugly and this one is actually quite nice. Easy to set up and plenty of inputs in the back depending on your receiver. Blended well with my bookshelves and I'm a happy customer. For movies it's awesome, shakes my walls and you feel it in your seat but isn't boomy. You don't feel like turning it down after a while because it's hard to listen to. Sounds good with my music and once again, isn't boomy, although purists will still probably want a sealed sub.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You must own this sub !

    Posted
    MBZ4ROB

    I did a substantial amount of research to find a world class sub for my audiophile system. Price was not a consideration. I looked at subs 4 to 5 times more expensive. All things considered this sub is in a world of its own. First, look at how many other reviewers rated it a 5 star-yes there is a reason why it rates that high with that many. Second,versatility-this one does it all kids. I listen to everything from rap to country-this sub brings new life to every type of music. Third, it excels at movies especially with some serious explosions and sountrack requirements. This sub brings your movies to LIFE! I own a top of the line euro coupe and sadly my home system combined with this sub makes the cars audio almost intolerable. There you have it folks world class performance from Klipsch at a price like what Best Buy offers you-easy answer YOU must own this sub !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Outstanding!

    Posted
    Jazzbuff
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I'm a professional musician and have had my present home theater for over three years. I've never felt that my home theater sound was that great despite having five high-end Sonance ceiling speakers. My old subwoofer stopped working so I conducted research on a replacement. The evaluations and reviews for the Klipsch 12" were outstanding. I bought the Klipsch and compared it with another 8" subwoofer. There was no comparison in the sound quality and projection between the 8" and Klipsch 12". My home theater square footage is less than 300 square feet. Theoretically, an 8" or 10" subwoofer should be sufficient. However, based on my experience, if you live in a home, the 12" is much better. My home theater now sounds the way I always envisioned it to sound -- outstanding. I can't wait to invite my buddies over for the Super Bowl.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This sub is hot

    Posted
    setupman

    I bought the 12 inch klipsch sub after doing a lot of research. Let me tell you. There are subs out there that are better but for the money and the convience of buying it out the store rather the net, it is worth it. The sub rattles anything loose in my house when the volume is pushed up. I have a 2400 sqft house where I can go in any room in the house and hear the tight bass it produces. I also bought the klipsch f-2, s-2, and c-2 speakers to go with it. What a set!!! Pros: Tight Bass. Good reproduction of low frequency effects when watching movies. Cons: It could use a remote to control the gain, phase and power like higher end subs. Bottomline, If you are going to buy an economical sub this is the one to buy. The only way you can better this sub is pay more with a higher end sub. I love this sub.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MY BEST INVESTMENT IN MUSIC EQUIPMENT!!

    Posted
    jfs72music

    I bought my 12" sub woofer in early 2006. I connected with my Yamaha reciever with my Yamaha surround speakers. Wooow...I was VERY IMPRESSED with the DEEP BASS! Honestly, I NEVER heard great BASS sounds that comes from a subwoofer till I bought the Klipsch 12"! I told the salesperson to let me hear the TRUE sound at the store and I was BLOWN away! I told her that I want to buy it right NOW! Yes it cost alittle BUT it is worth every DIME! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you to invest in this subwoofer & I PROMISE that you will not be sorry! I will buy many more in my house in the future! Like my dad say..you can have a good reciever, equalizer etc... BUT if you don't have the QUALITY SPEAKERS then you won't get the results you're looking for! It does what is says! Heart Pounding, Earthshaking BASS!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More than expected

    Posted
    BigCTexas

    After setting up configuring to our room size I kept hearing a rattle. Our home is open thru the kitchen, dining and living room areas and noticed this rattle in each room. Finally figured out that the pictures, etc hanging on the walls, Dishes in the china cabinet, etc was what was causing the distortion not my system. Did months of research on upgrading my surround system and did it piece by piece. This sub was the last component and brings all the others together into one. Be it dvd, music or hd tv the sound is more than what I paid for. Get this one while you can if purchasing at Best Buy. The guy that has sold me most of my new stuff said that this version of sub's are going to be discontinued for a more pricey version.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy THIS sub. Don't waste money on anything less

    Posted
    LiveFreeChris

    This thing is a joy. You can get all technical matching it with this speaker set or that... that bottom line is this sub will adapt. It plays well with others. :) I moved it to multiple systems throughout the house. The little cheapy receiver in the bedroom cranked just as hard as the Marantz in the living room and I feel the earth move... under my feet. I love it. You can spend less and you will get less. DO NOT PURCHASE a cheapy sub... go the extra mile for this 12" beauty and you will be rewarded. Want to cheap out? Go for the SONY 10" 100 Watt... it's awesome for what it is. If you want EARTH SHATTERING bass that rumbles you to the bone... Klipsch 12" 650 Watt. (recommended with flying colors)

    I would recommend this to a friend