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Pioneer - Subwoofer - Black

Model: SW-8MK2SKU: 5086873

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 577 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Would have been 5 stars if these didn't ...

    Posted
    nhtechie
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    So, these things hum. I bought two of them for "5.2" and because of the audiophile reviews; 1 was in-stock in-store and the other had to be ordered and was rigged up today. The first one has a hum when plugged in - that's to any socket on any floor -- no change. In the corner of a 'media room' - the hum is very noticeable, so I wasn't happy. When the second came in, the same hum was present; I even listened to the one in-store and it too, had a hum. So, to alleviate the hum, here's what I'm playing with now. I grabbed a dedicated 'accessory' surge strip - for my AppleTV, Chromecast, BluRay and the two Pioneer Subs. When I'm not using the TV / Music etc, I turn the power strip off; this eliminates the annoying hum - and once the movie / music are blaring, the hum is masked. Will this also save some cash on having things powered off? We shall see. But, tonight - the original The Fast and the Furious was fired up in DTS Master and it was cranking through my Denon AVR-X4000 after the second sub had been configured into the Audyssey MultEQ XT32. The rumbles and explosions were great - and outside of the hum, these things seem pretty good. Oh wait, I put some electrical tape over the SUPER ANNOYING blue/purple light on the front. That is all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    8" Sub Pounds Hard

    Posted
    Artemus1

    In no way do I consider myself an audio expert or technically advanced when it comes to home audio equipment. I tend to look for inexpensive components that deliver way more bang for the buck than I what I usually pay for. That being said, I initially purchased an "on-sale" Sony 10" sub which did not impress me in the very least. Went to my local Best Buy & reviewed this pioneer sub with the very knowledgeable Audio Geek who demonstrated this sub's potential with a sound test. Very impressive results in the store, but I wasn't sure if this compact sub would have sufficient bass to cover my large living room space. Also worth mentioning after the second time I went back to "loiter" around this sub, as my wife describes it, the price had been reduced by $40 dollars which sealed the deal for me. I was pleasantly surprised when I hooked up the sub & dialed in my preferred settings. This little bad boy shook the room at only 3/4 volume without distortion or muddy background. Sounded even better as my 12yr old son cranked up the total surround sound playing Advanced Warfare on his newly earned XBOX1, what can I say, he is a consistent straight A student plus I get to play with it too, Anyway, we had to keep the bass & volume down as it sounded like a drive-by shooting was occurring. Definitely a great component to compliment my Onkyo eqiuipment & hasn't even been broken in yet! Hope this review helps, but at the very least, I recommend reviewing this sub & pricing before selecting larger more expensive equipment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful quality, I ended up buying two of them

    Posted
    RobertHarlan
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    My only previous experience with subwoofers was with the one that came with my old soundbar. Upgrading to a 3 channel stereo system with Pioneer speakers (center channel and 2 bookshelves) designed by Andrew Jones, I decided to purchase this subwoofer. It did well for the most part, but when I would put loud bass heavy films like Man of Steel on, there would be scenes which caused the subwoofer to chuff (loudly push air through the port hole you see on the display photo). I was distressed at first, because it was so distracting, but further research pointed me in the right direction. For one thing the sheer size of my room was bigger than was recommended for the subwoofer. For another, subwoofers this size sometimes work best when paired, producing better quality bass than 10 or even 12 inch subs. So I took a chance and bought a 2nd sub and gave Man of Steel another try. The difference was immediate, neither subwoofer struggled, both shared the workload equally, and the quality of the sound of my stereo system jumped immeasurably. The idea of buying 2 may sound like a turn off to some people, but you gotta do your research: speaker performance is affected by the size of your room, the distance between your ears and the speakers, and the settings on your receiver for both the speakers and the subs. It just so happened that I needed two of them for my listening environment, and at their size, they don't take up too much room. They also work harmoniously with my other Pioneer products. Highly recommended for their sound quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great BASS for a small room

    Posted
    Andrew
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    In all honesty I exchanged this subwoofer for a Polk PSW108 about a week after I bought it but the only reason I did that was because the Polk subwoofer dropped down to 4 cents lower price than this one and because I have Polk bookshelf speakers. That aside this subwoofer had a great sound that I can only describe as "controlled and clean" where if I had to describe the Polk PSW108 I'd say that sounds "open and powerful". Neither is a bad choice and I'd say listen to both in the store for your own preference. Best advice I have though is if you're using RCA/Composite cables to connect this to your receiver and your receiver only has one RCA subwoofer pre-out like mine (Pioneer VSX-524-K) does then use an RCA Y splitter to connect it to both left and right inputs on the back of this subwoofer. It became much more responsive when I did that even though the manual says to just connect it to left alone. RCA Y-Adapter: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dynex-rca-y-audio-adapter-black/9784802.p?id=1218174133750&skuId=9784802 Lastly as a warning this subwoofer has a very bright blue light that might be distracting in a dark movie viewing. Nothing a little electrical tape can't fix though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The perfect sub for budget-high end setups

    Posted
    BoldCopy
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good product for the cost

    Posted
    Doley83
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    This Pioneer subwoofer was very good for its cost. I don't think you could actually find a better sub in the $150 range that puts out crisp lows and is able to blend in with your home theater. Compared to my Klipsch R-110SW however, it doesn't come anywhere close. If you are looking to build a home theater on a budget I would definitely recommend this speaker. The Pioneer Center Channel and Bookshelf speakers are also very good for the price. I am not familiar with the higher end Pioneer Andrew Jones models, but if you want to spend more I highly recommend the Klipsch Reference series. Every time my friends come over and watch a game or movie they leave wanting to update their home theater because of the amazing sound quality. it took several thousand dollars and several years of patience. So, in summary, if you are on a tight budget and want a decent sub to hit those lows for you, don't hesitate and buy this subwoofer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great as a starter and for Music listening

    Posted
    Pres2013
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I was using HTIB so far and this is my first move to configuring a home theater. I needed something different and just then one of my friend suggested to try this out. I was impressed with the Towers that match with this subwoofer. Though there was not one on the shelf to test/try available at Best Buy I bought this along with the 2 Towers, Center and Bookshelf in May 2013. No regrets, undoubtedly this is a good upgrade for me. Product sounds great for listening to music, effects are felt at above 1/4th line or less than half the max volume. However, when it comes to movies the product so far hasn't performed as great as with music. One issue I had at setup - This subwoofer was not working when it is placed at 8' to 10' away from the receiver though system could recognize existence of a subwoofer at the time of auto calibration/setup. I had to move it closer to the receiver to see it working. I use one of the Pioneer's flag ship receivers and this was the result.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent sound for the price

    Posted
    JoeH76
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I upgraded my 10 year old LG 1000 watt home theater in a box (DVD player) system to a Sony receiver and reused the speakers. I had to replace the subwoofer because the receiver required a powered sub, which the LG was not. Not knowing this when I purchased the Sony, I did not want to spend a lot of money. This was one of the cheapest options in the store, so I decided to give it a try since it had good reviews. The setup in the store was not working, so I could not hear it, but I still decided to try it. It didn't come with any cables, but I knew that before hand. Hookup was as simple as plugging in the RCA cable and power. Took 30 seconds of messing with the crossover knob to get the best sound. The sound is not as clean as my old one... it sounds a bit muffled. It's also a bit more "punchy" / "thumpy". Having said that, it still sounds good and shakes the couch. If you're not focusing on the sub, it sounds just fine. Tried it with music and movies. For the price, not bad for an entry level sub.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A lot of subwoofer for the price.

    Posted
    BJonz
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I have been down the Audiophile path and spent 10's of thousands on "High End" audiophile gear (still have most of it). I can attest that there is a sharp drop in return on investment at the upper levels of audio gear. Yes it gets better, but you really pay for a small improvements. So there is a place for affordable equipment. At this price, this sub-woofer over delivers. I purchased it for a modest media room (65' Samsung LED TV, Pioneer VSX-1123, and the Pioneer SP-PK52FS speaker system). Using the room acoustic mapping program on the VSX-1123, I was able to dial in the bass response for the room. I am very pleased with the overall ease of use and the performance of the sub-woofer. I mostly use it for listening to movies. If I were using it for music primarily, then I might look for more powerful design, as the sharpness of this unit is it's week point. You might say it could use more punch. However, for movies in my smallish room it works fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This sub will surprise you

    Posted
    mrajh
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    I wasn't expecting much from such a small and inexpensive subwoofer but I've been blown away. I was planning on purchasing this as a temporary solution until I could budget in an SVS or similar subwoofer but after listening to this sub for a couple of months, I've decided that it will stay! I live in a moderately sized townhouse and this little sub fills the room with clean and deep output. It matches perfectly with the rest of my Pioneer speakers and receiver. I love listening to both movies and music with this sub. I have it mounted about 12-14" from the corner of my room and I've yet to reach anywhere near the limit of what this sub can do (I don't want to disturb my neighbors so I'm talking a moderate listening level here). Will this sub shake your grandma's porcelain QVC dolls off the shelf? Probably not but it will fill your room with good clean bass.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sub to replace a blown sub

    Posted
    AndrewSch
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    This replaced a Sony 50 watt home theater system subwoofer that was blown due to a power surge (make sure you get a good quality high-joule rating surge protector to protect all your equipment, it's worth it). The Pioneer blows the old Sony out of the water in all respects, it sounds dang fine and doesn't cause the vibration the old Sony sub would cause, while turning the living room into a real butt-kicker movie stage. It has a power standby mode switch that turns on the power when it senses signal to the speaker, otherwise it goes into sleep mode. Don't be confused when you see all the various plugs in the back of the Pioneer sub. If you have a single sub cable from your old system that single sub cable goes, if I remember correctly, in the left output plug and you're ready to enjoy this blaster. Excellent value, especially if you can get it on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice for the price, but buzz is annoying

    Posted
    solandmatt
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I appreciate the importance of quality sound in a home theater system but I would not call myself an audiophile. I needed a powered subwoofer to integrate with the surround speakers that I hooked up with a new receiver. The subwoofer works great. Movies, TV and music sound wonderful, with deeper and richer bass than I expected for the price. My only disappointment, and it is a major one, is that it started to buzz after a few days. It does this whether on or off. I have to unplug it because it is extremely annoying otherwise. I searched reviews and it seems that other customers have had this problem as well. An Amazon customer spoke with Pioneer tech support and they indicated that this is a known issue. I guess the price is too good to be true.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Good for a year and a half

    Posted
    TimTime
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    This was a nice replacement for my Cerwin-Vega sub whose amp went bad. I was actually pretty happy with this while it lasted. The speaker went bad after 18 months. Was getting a rattle from inside the speaker cone itself. It would stop if I put my hand on the rubber of the cone. Not good. I like down firing subs but the actual speaker itself is kinda cheap and not good quality. Warranty is only a year. Luckily my credit card company doubles the warranty and gave me my money back on this. I decided to take the speaker from my cerwin-vega sub and throw it in this and the sound is sooooo much better. Should have done that from the beginning. The amp is fine, love the blue light and the auto on-off works better than any other sub out there. But Pioneer does not make quality speakers. I paid $79 for this but you are better off spending a little more money and get a Polk, Klipsch, Cerwin-vega or a real sub.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great entry level sub

    Posted
    Trinads
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    First off, this sub is entry level. The real biggest downside is its tuned to 38hz I believe. So it doesn't go real low. Of course you can't expect much better from an 8" woofer. I also have the Polk audio psw10. They sound similar but this one gives off cleaner tighter bass in my opinion. This sub won't fill a large room and is best for small rooms and setups. If your serious about home theater and sound than you want a sub that goes down to 20hz. Your missing a lot of content with this sub. I knew all of this going in, and for the frequency range that it's capable of it sounds really clean. This sub will hold me over until I can get a more capable one. Overall it's great for its price point, but it leaves you wanting more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent tone for music-based set ups

    Posted
    FaustieMo
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice basic sub

    Posted
    CPolarBear
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Bought this to accentuate some satellite speakers that came with a passive sub. Currently using it in a large living room with a pair of Polk Audio R30 speakers until I get the other system set up to my satisfaction. It has decent sound, though obviously it is better for smaller rooms at normal volumes. With the R30s running as large speakers adding some extra push, the bass presence is much more noticeable for all programs and movies. Nice start to a system, as a hold over until I get something more suited to my large family room. For basic emphasis, it makes a nice improvement, but it won't punch you in the gut like a larger sub with more driven power, which is my ultimate goal. Nice accent to my son's Xbox and WiiU activities without taking up a huge amount of room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Need Bass? GET THIS SPEAKER, MAN!

    Posted
    BooRadley

    Lets just put it this way... Through mis-given information by a Best Buy AUDIO Rep (No less) did I end up with this subwoofer instead of the Gigantic Floor Speakers I REALLY wanted... But I am in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM disappointed once I Hooked this Baby up! : ) Smiling from ear to ear! I'm a brotha so I KNOW BASS and this sucker DELIVERS! I found out by doing my own research that the floor speakers I REALLY wanted actually ARE compatible with my new receiver as well. So I will be getting those as well in a few weeks.... All I can say is with All of the Bass in my Rap songs now.... I better start saving for a NEW PLACE because an eviction notice for noise is sure to follow! CANT WAIT! (P.S.) Along with what I recommend below... DONT FORGET YOUR CENTER SPEAKER! Really IMPRESS The Ladies! -BOOMING in Denver-

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Bass for Less

    Posted
    Robert859
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I came from a 12 inch sub that stopped working to this one. There is a difference in the amount of volume and low end extension of course but not as big as you would think. My 12 inch sub was actually almost too much bass for the room size I had. This 8 inch model seems to provide the right amount of bass for my speaker setup without being overwhelming. I have all Pioneer Andrew Jones model speakers in the rest of my setup and they combine well with this sub as you would expect. I have the volume on the sub set to around 5 and the receiver volume level for the sub at 0 and this seems to work well. If you are in the market for a new sub or need to replace a bad one then this is a hard option to beat for the price and performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good, not great.

    Posted
    JJ23
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    This is a second sub for my home theater. It has a lower frequency response than my other, so it is a welcomed edition. I do think however, that it needs to be turned up higher, in order to produce the same volume/ effect as my JBL sub. Both are powered 8inch subs, which for their size, they are both surprisingly effective and booming. I would have figured needing to use 10's or 12's to rock the house, but not so. Something I wish this sub had, was an identified LFE port. I had to inquire to figure out that it was the Left RCA Channel. Overall, it does the job for a good price. I really don't see the point of buying a $300 plus sub over this one, especially if you're just using it for a home theater.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic icing on the cake...

    Posted
    Scott9674

    So I have my Entertainment center in a corner with hard wood floors. I have a Sony STR-DH540 receiver connected to a pair of Bose 161s that sit flat right in front of my TV that produces amazing highs and mild mids. So I was missing bass and this was absolutely perfect! Great value and bass is more "punchy" than boomy or sluggish. Bass can be nice and taut after tweaked correctly. I listed to a sub at the store that was 4xs the amount but was NOT 4xs the sound. Now, did the more expensive ones sound a little better and hit with a bit more precision? Yes. Was the price justifiable? NO. Looking for great sound at a great price? Look no further...

    I would recommend this to a friend