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Pioneer S-21W 160 W Peak/100 W RMS Active Subwoofer - Black
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- 16 cm Cone Woofer
- Front Duct bass-reflex enclosure
- Power Handling: 160W Peak / 100W RMS
- Power Requirements: AC 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
- Frequency Range: 33 - 700 Hz
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Add impact to your home cinema sound.
If you want to give your home listening and viewing experience some extra punch, the compact S-21W subwoofer is your solution for more bass.
Integrating a 100W RMS amplifier and enclosed with a 'down-fire' bass-reflex type cabinet, it ideally supports speaker configurations from 2.1 to 5.1.
Phase Control technology manages the time and phase response of the speakers to minimise the effect of additional sound delays usually due to the filtering process of multi-channel recordings.
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In many ways I prefer the old Dolby Pro Logic Surround mk1, the two rear speakers share just a mono depth/echo channel (so it doesn't matter so much if you are sitting by one rear speaker more than the other, you get more freedom to sit where you want,) and you can (as I have done) hook up a graphic equalizer (it has the old tape recorder monitor button).
Mine is one of the later ones (mid to late nineties) and it marks out its territory by having a new fangled subwoofer-out RCA output. To do this it has to 'make up' a Low Frequency Effects channel, not like a newer 5.1 / 7.1 where the bass is cleverly diverted and solely goes through the subwoofer, in my amplifier the lower frequencies are 'copied' and 'duplicated' through the RCA-out socket at the back of the amp.
When you tell the amplifier to go from stereo to Pro Logic Surround, it sounds great... but occasionally the bass 'disappears'. What I needed was a 'defining and underlining' of the bass (because bass is already coming out of the 'normal' speakers), to ever-so-carefully make the bass stronger and more audible (this is a problem on certain low frequencies because the stereo signal is basically split up across 4 channels - front, left, right, rear - in an analogue way).
I have tried other subwoofers and they did not have the necessary 'bottle' for this old-fashioned job. This does... it underlines and makes more definite the bass guitar, cello, sonic booms, explosions - as occasionally they would 'disappear' into the general track and be generally indistinguishable from the main chord pattern etc... this subwoofer does the trick - it brings the bass out of the woods and into the living room.
And it's cheap!
Although i enjoy surround-sound, i didn't want to pay silly money for expensive systems. Mainly because i have HUMAN ears which detect little difference between cheap and expensive set-ups, and also i respect my neighbours!
Having seen the prices for surround sound packages (£100-£11,000), i wasn't expecting a lot for the price, but these are Pioneer-quality units with an excellent sub, leaving me feeling like i should be paying a lot more for them.
The surround units are well made as you'd expect from Pioneer, but the best part of the system is the Subwoofer which is big (13 x 9 x 16") and powerful with a big bass driver on the underside of the unit about 2" facing the floor.
If you want a low cost, BUT good quality surround speaker set-up, then i would highly recommend these to you.
It is a large black box, with two inputs on the back (AC and cable for connecting to amp), a volume knob, an on/off switch and an auto-standby more that appears to work fine. Some people have complained about the light on the front but it hasn't bothered me as it is buried behind my whole setup, but it is very bright. Some insulation tape would mask it easy enough though. The sub worked right away and needed no real work, the amp detecting it and after changing the cut-off to what I wanted it was ready to use.
My old large speakers produced decent bass, but this is more refined, accurate and less "rattling" more "booming". Kick drums sound sharp and aggressive from bands like Slayer, and well mixed tracks by a band like Muse sound positively mesmerising with the added bass. The big sounds of orchestral soundtracks like LotR and Star Wars are huge and powerful and on Xbox every gunfight punches hard, without the harshness the speakers gave with huge reverberant explosions and sci-fi rumbles of passing machines sounding well rounded and accurate. The speakers themselves sound better when using this, their highs coming through sharper than before which is a plus, I'm assuming the separation means the speakers are not working so hard below 100Hz.
Overall I would recommend this. I'm no audiophile and I don't see this as anything less than perfect for someone on a moderate budget looking for a decent but affordable sub to boost their system or for their first setup.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
still breaking it in,so to say,i hope it gets better as at the moment im in to minds about the power that it says it can handle as so far i have had distortion and its struggling... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Keith C. Hales
Great product, rapid delivery, super base sound, I love it and it has re-rejuvenated my old system which had a sub-woofer failure.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
An active low price subwoofer. Pioneer do another similar model but is passive for one of their "Home Cinema in a Box" setups. Controls are simple. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sonic
excellent. easy to connect. ok for a small room not sure for a large roomPublished 5 months ago by Alankie
I've had this sub for just a few days over two years now but it stopped working in the past week whereby there was a quiet high pitch squeal and within a day nothing, no squeal and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike Ellis