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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Sub Rocks!

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    JstbghtSubwoof
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    Note this review is for "Sony - Core Series 10" 115W Active Subwoofer" although I include comments since I added it to my soundbar. I just wanted to add some depth and more bass to my 2.1 Yamaha sound bar which I bought at discount at costco for 114 which is Very good for what it is! However more bass is needed for using it with movies or TVs with surround programming. I did not want to spend an arm and a leg so sometimes this sells for $99-149 which is discount over regular prices. Plugged it in an it just works..including with Yamaha App to control settings and volume and eq. Very Nice! Now the sound is in a word..Room shaking at least a smaller room! Wow! plus it adds depth and punch to anything really and I have to be careful to lower the setting for volume on the sub-woofer otherwise it can overpower the soundbar. Over all I get a lot of depth and clarity and YES Punch and BASS you CAN FEEL! This was a great choice don't need to spend more and with sound bar I could not be more pleased! Added benefits: Subwoofer is easily recognized by my soundbar and APP for it. It has Automatic power on switch which works great. Has cutoff and reverse phase switches for more enhancement and tweaking of subwoofer on subwoofer. Extra connections. And a 10" subwoof with a lot of Punch and easily loud enough for small to med room. Bass you CAN feel and shake the windows. Well done SONY Truly a "Best Buy"!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Subwoofer

    Posted
    brooksthepro
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    Great quality subwoofer, I was deciding between this and the Polk PSW108. I got lucky and was able to look and hear both of them at my local Bestbuy before I purchased. The main reasons I went with this unit over the Polk are below: 1. The Sony is smaller than the Polk, so it takes up less space in my living room. I also think it looks a little better. 2. The Sony has better specs on paper, 28-200hz, vs 35-200hz for the Polk. In theory, the bass should get 7hz lower on the Sony. 3. The quality of the materials is better on the Sony, the plastic and housing is much better made. 4. The actual subwoofer driver is made of a higher quality rubber on the Sony instead of foam on the Polk, it feels better quality and I would image it lasting longer and taking a heavier beating over time. 5. The Sony has 115w and the Polk has 100w. So the Sony is slightly more powerful. 6. The same Polk has been on the market for at least 8 years, most likely using the same technology from 8 years ago. This Sony is a fairly new offering, I have to believe technology has come a long way in 8 years and the Sony probably is more up to date. I have been very happy with my purchase so far, our living room is average size, maybe 300sqft. The subwoofer fills the room with bass very well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Completely unexpected..

    Posted
    Puzz

    For $199, I wasn't expecting much and kept my receipt close by in case I didn't like it and wanted to return it. Well, that's not going to happen. I'm still in shock! This has got to be one of the best sounding subs I've heard yet, and I've heard and owned many. SVS, HSU etc. After a couple of hours of run/burn in, it just comes alive. Granted, this is definitely a sub where the saying "less is more" seems appropriate. Don't cram it in a corner and up against a wall. Keep the volume realistic and low as well as the crossover and you will be rewarded with tight, punchy, deep bass. Not boomy or sloppy and one-noted. This thing absolutely floors me. And to make matters even better, it's does an excellent job with both music and movies. You hear it when you're supposed too, not all of the time. Be patient and set it up properly and your jaw will drop to the floor..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clean and Powerful, Deep and Effortless Bass.

    Posted
    Jonathan56

    I have been listening extensively to this Sony SACS9 subwoofer with only a budget Vizio soundbar and an old Vizio plasma screen set for several weeks, pending my purchase of additional speakers to complete my planned 5.1 setup. Yeah, I know. However, even with this temporary and extremely minimalist setup, the Sony has been absolutely stunning with music and movies. This is not coming from a newbie with a bad ear who has never heard great audio. This sub performs way beyond what even the optimum Best Buy set up can allow you to appreciate. With some time to optimize its position in my media room and its settings, it simply delivers with thunderous authority or with delicate subtlety and every good thing in between whatever it should from every music or movie sources I send to it. I am just stunned by and very happy with the very deep, clean, and responsive performance it delivers. The specs say down to 28 Hz and it is every bit of that without boominess or notey resonances or chuffing. At no time do I ever think I am missing any lower bass. It puts out the kind of clean and powerful low bass/LFE that is fully satisfying in my 15 x 18 x 8 (ceiling) media room. I can turn the gain down for just a hint of Hollywood mayhem and destruction or the thundering symphony, or can crank it up to hear and feel as though it has just put them in the middle of the room. I do not like listening much above 90 dB's, but this sub can easily jog along with my Vizio soundbar to very clear and undistorted hearing-damage levels I believe are above 100 dB's. This sub is a real deal at regular price, and even better on sale. You will be very happy with this high quality, home run sub by Sony.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi Jonathan56, thank you for sharing your experience. We're happy that you're happy with your experience! We hope you continue to enjoy, thanks for choosing Sony! - Ella Sonystyle

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound for a reasonable price

    Posted
    OldSchoolTechie
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    These subs (I have two connected to a Denon 7.2 ch. X2400H AVR) are perfect for my needs. That is, accurate LFE reproduction for movies, and a nice low end lift for music and general content. They compliment 7 full range matched speakers nicely. I would think they would be super additional bass for someone with more limited range mains. I haven't used the line level inputs, yet, but they're a nice feature should I want to use them on a 2 channel amp someday. What they're not at all good for is creating unnatural and distorted wall shaking bass effects. But they sound just fine to my tastes for home theatre or general audio, long as the setup is right. I looked at and almost bought far more expensive subs, but settled on these. I have no complaints so far. The only other subs in this range with any real quality didn't quite match the specs of these. Even a few of the more expensive subs weren't much better... just higher wattage and, likely, a bit better built. Rather refreshing, as I've never really thought much of Sony speakers generally; great TVs, but not my favorite audio stuff. Of course, specs and name are meaningless if it doesn't sound good to your taste. Best advice: listen, if you can, before buying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great budget-friendly sub

    Posted
    randy394

    This is a great budget-friendly subwoofer. My local Best Buy only had the Polk PSW 108 and Klipsch available to sample, so I couldn’t sample this ahead of purchasing. I liked the Polk, but was unimpressed by the 10” Klipsch comparatively. I ultimately decided to order this Sony, instead, simply because the frequency response was rated lower and it had slightly more wattage than the Polk. It also matches my Sony SS F6000 floor speakers perfectly. I did expect a bit deeper bass with its rated frequency response, but it is plenty adequate and a remarkable improvement over the Boston Acoustics that my receiver came with, which was only rated at 50-170hz and cut out frequently. The Polk PSW 108 at Best Buy did seem to sound better refined than this, but it’s still adequate. Sound quality is actually quite impressive with TV/movies; it’s music (rock, at least) where I think it’s lacking a bit. I found setting the crossover from my receiver at 80hz produced the best overall, and most balanced sound. Anything higher got to be too muddy. Keep this in mind when pairing this to your speakers. I do appreciate being able to turn off the auto-power feature. This prevents the sub from shutting down when there is a period of little-to-no bass sent to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little sub for the price

    Posted
    HockeyGuy505
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    I bought this sub for my family room AV set up. It's a good sized room about 13 feet by 20 feet with a sloped ceiling that rises from 8 feet to about 12 feet. This little unit, positioned in a corner behind a recliner chair, provides plenty of bass that fills the entire room. In fact it'll bass down the room pretty intensely if that's what you're wanting to do. It's powered by a twenty-year-old Sony stereo receiver and I keep he volume on the sub at about 70% of the max . If I want to adjust that level I just adjust the sub setting on the tuner. But I rarely do. The tuner has a max volume of 30 and when set at 7 or 8 the volume for the center channel and surrounds along with the sub's bass is perfect for family movie night. Any more than 12 kicks out way more volume and power than we usually need. If you're looking for an affordable sub, with decent power, and you don't have a highly discriminating hear for sound I strongly recommend this unit. I'm very happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for Movies but Lacks Punch for Music

    Posted
    DGuy
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    I purchased the SACS9 subwoofer to compliment my Sony Core tower speakers (SS-CS3). WHAT I LIKED: I liked the build quality, ease of setup, and accurate controls, but returned this subwoofer after testing for a couple days. It did provide good atmospheric bass that I think would complement movie watching. WHY I RETURNED: In my room (15'x20'), the bass lacked the accuracy and punch that I was hoping to achieve for music listening. For example, it did not give kick drums the 'oomph' that I wanted to hear. Moreover, it did not represent low frequencies with equal volume levels. The lower it got, the quieter it became. I concluded that, despite the impressive build quality and features, the 70w RMS (115w Max) amplifier was under-powered. WHAT I DECIDED TO DO: I decided to spend a little more money, and buy the Klipsch R-100SW (on sale for around $175). My Klipsch is 150w RMS (300w Max), and the difference is night-and-day. If you are looking for something for music, I highly recommend getting something with more power.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good buy

    Posted
    Applictic
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    After my 4-year old Polk subwoofer failed, I researched and got this one. I wanted a smallish sub to match well with my sound-bar for TV/games. The SA-CS9 is "retiring" in appearance. It produces respectable, adjustable bass for movies and music from its small size and power. It is deep and solid, but has too little power to cleanly drive really high volumes. Installation is easy. A matter of cabling, for the SA-CS9 is not a wireless sub (but Best Buy does carry adaptors online). Has 5-foot power cable. A good array of fine-tuning controls match the sound level of the sub to your main speakers. The rotary volume and high-cut filter are on the back (unlike amps/receivers) yet virtually unmarked, so have to be learned "blind." Instructions for matching the filter to your main speaker size are the best I've ever used. Generally, sub volume should be set at the limit of audibility beneath your main speaker level (unless you crave sound effects). A phase switch helps with front- or back-of-the-room placements. The power-on light is usefully visible from above. After a month of use, I like the sound and ease of controlling my SA-CS9.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sounded great but has problems

    Posted
    CaveDweller
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    Let me start off by saying this sub sounds incredible for its price point. It hits very hard and has incredible mid range. I was very impressed at first.... then came the problems. I noticed it switched on and off quite frequently during normal tv watching, and it has an audible click when it turns on and turns off. I thought well that’s no biggie, the click is sort of annoying but I’ll get used to it... then I watched my first movie and that’s where it all went down hill. The time out on auto is like 5 minutes or less, then when something happens in the movie, you hear it click then the bass kicks in super delayed. Most subs have a 15-20 minute time out. This one was definitely less than 5 mins. Therefore I returned it and got the klipsch 12 and was very happy. I own all other sony core speakers though and they are incredible. The sub has been the only flawed one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great thundering BASS!

    Posted
    Goodi

    I bought this subwoofer on a whim after seeing it in my local store. Brought it home and was blown away by the bass this sub puts out. It has clear, punchy, thundering bass. Sounds great with all types of sound, weather it be music, movies, or games it's consistent on all forms. Only thing I don't like about it is the price, it's a little steep for your average stereo user. But when you plug it in, and turn it up, you'll forget all about the price. I'm a slight audiophile, I have to have good bass with everything I listen to, and this delivers! I can hear the bass outside of my house when playing music, absolutely awesome. I also noticed there aren't many reviews on this sub since it's one of Sony's newer products, but if you're looking for great bass while being easy to use, I recommend this for sure you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brought back the subharmonics I was missing

    Posted
    AudiophilLESS
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    Just bought the Sony Powered Subwoofer today, hooked up and configured. I have a home theater Onkyo receiver and Bose Acoustimass Speakers and before the sound was gutless unless I cranked it. After I hooked up the line preamp signal from the receiver and plugged it in (about 5 minutes), I turned everything on and tried out a fave vinyl album, Amy Winehouse. Wow, just blew our socks off. Really filled out the sound with wonderful subharmonics, once I got it dialed in it was clear and full. I don't have to turn up loud to get a fantastic full range signal. I was never pleased with my vinyl and thought I had issues elsewhere. This solved every sonic issue. Perfect for small to medium sized rooms. Very pleased, highly recommended for the price $159.00, not sure you can beat the performance at this price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Can't beat it for the price.

    Posted
    Zack

    I use a desktop amp with a poor subwoofer output and no crossover settings. With this sub you can run your speaker outs into the subwoofer and then out to your speakers. The sub has its own crossover adjustment and it sound much better (and louder) than the sub out on my little amp. This allows a much better control. For the sound quality, this is where it gets a 4/5 star. It sounds great, but if you have the money to drop on a better sub and you are running a home theater A/V receiver, I would recommend getting something a little more expensive but for my needs it does exactly what I want and it takes some of the strain off of my baby Martin Logan speakers with that built in crossover. All in all I would consider this a great addition to any system for the price. Especially if you can get one when its on sale!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi Zack, Sony takes into consideration all feedback to improve the performance and quality of our products and services. We're always looking to make Sony better. We appreciate your time sharing this feedback. Regards, ^Ron sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More than worth it.

    Posted
    Dane
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    I purchased this after my original dedicated home theater system went bad. I have this 10" core series sub mated with the sony dh-790. Planned on buying 2 since i have 2 sub outputs, and afterall it is for a DEDICATED home theater, but after testing out this one it does the work of 2. I'm a somewhat audiophile and this sub has great response, no nasty reverb, and isnt "hollow" sounding as most others ive tried. I have a 4k projector and beautiful theater, but most are amazed and curious about the sound amplifier and sub! Really ties everything together and emerses you in your media, wether its movies or your music. Cant recommend it enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value for smaller room setup

    Posted
    Clayrace24
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    Recently added a Yamaha YAS-108 sound bar to my system and had been mating it to a BIC F12 sub. My room is hardwood and rugs, 15 x 20. The F12 had awesome house-rattling power, but at lower levels I didn't like the tone of the subtle bass sounds. I just felt like I was using too much sub , and since the wife never liked that thing anyways, I sold it and got the Sony SACS9. It has just the right power and really produces a great range of base for diferent sounds. Very pleasant and I can hear /feel it working a low sound levels. Even the wife is onboard finally. On sale for $99.00 is a no brainer for smaller rooms - or buy 2 for a balanced larger room!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good buy

    Posted
    ceejay357
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    I purchased this Sony Subwoofer on sale at Best Buy...got a pretty good deal for $120. I must first say, I previously owned a Sony subwoofer that I also had purchased from Best Buy years ago...My old subwoofer was much more powerful w/ deeper rich bass and the price tag was also cheaper as I only payed $100. After about 10 years the old one finally burned out. I decided to get this one, as I always trust in Sony products. The Sony - Core Series 10" is a great subwoofer in a small room... However, if using in a larger room like a big living room, then it's solid at best. The bass doesn't seem to carry rich deep bass from wall to wall in a large room, but it does a decent job. I definitely would not have payed the regular price of $240, but on sale for $120 is a pretty good buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for the price.

    Posted
    EdEd
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    Great for movies and music, although I don't think it has quite the range as advertised, as some bass riffs fade in an out depending on the note being played. It's hard to describe, but some bass notes fall between the highest output of the woofer and the lowest output of the Sony tower speakers I paired with this product, resulting in the bass note simply disappearing. I will attach an image to help explain (as long as you know who the Red Hot Chili Peppers are). Other than that, it can get loud enough to shake my drywall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Terrific Powerful Subwoofer

    Posted
    Mystery
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    I've tried few powered subwoofers but I ended up buying this Sony subwoofer. It's very powerful, too loud , very clear , looks better than other subwoofers and not too big which is good as it don't require lot space. I keep subwoofer at half volume as don't want my neighbors jump on me for boom boom of this subwoofer. Literally this subwoofer shakes my house even at half volume . My living room is abt 400 sq feet big but this subwoofer is more than enough powerful at half volume. And best part is not expansive but very affordable price $159

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for any listener

    Posted
    Brad

    Just recently purchased the whole core series set up 2 subs,book shelf, center and floor standing speakers plus new Sony receiver . And have to say I'm blown away with the quality of these speakers. I was a little nervous about how far I could push the speakers for the fact I listen to my music loud. I mainly listen to metal music. I haven't seen any comments for these speakers for listening to metal music so I took a chance. The clarity the thump of double bass drums the crunch of the guitars everything is so evenly distributed. The system has been able to handle the push of how I like to listen to my music. Couldn't be happier with the Sony core series setup. Thank you for making such a great system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Bass & Quality.

    Posted
    MrRaider88
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    Bought this to connect to a Vizio 3.0 Soundbar using a RocketFish subwoofer cable (comes with a cable but needed more length). I must say this sub packs a nice punch the bass is deep & is more than enough to make your house rumble without breaking your wallet. This setup is perfect for my medium sized bedroom. Really simple to connect. I like how easy I can adjust the knob for the bass when I want to add more kick. I turned off the auto shut off feature as I don't want the sub turning on & off during movies, after I'm done I just turn off the sub manually no big deal at all. Overall from using it a little over a month regularly im very happy I picked this one love the sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend