I have a surround sound tannoy system powered through an Onkyo receiver. I thought it had a good sound when turned loud. Many have agreed. I thought I’d add a subwoofer, but couldn’t find the space for a “proper” large speaker, so bought this to stack under the TV. It’s surprisingly heavy, takes a couple of minutes to plug in and fit the wire to the ‘subwoofer Out’ and suddenly there’s the a rich feeling to all sounds. It’s subtle, without any booming. Put on Brothers in Arms DVD and the bombs have a deep punch you feel with your body. I can’t believe the improvement this relatively cheap and small beast brings to my system. Play any action film and suddenly turn it off - the sound now feels a bit thin. I recommend it.
I really wasn't sure what to expect as there are mixed reviews about this sub. When I received the item I was pleased by the reassuringly weighty box - good start! It was simple to set up and looks pretty good it has to be said. I was concerned that the size of the woofer was pretty small (60mm) - I mean what bass could a little speaker like that hope to create? Well an intriguing amount of bass as it turns out.
In essence - if you are looking to replicate the sounds of Ibiza in your living room then don't bother with this sub - but if you are looking to enhance the warmth and low frequencies of a small room Hi-Fi set up then this has to be the unit for you.
This sub is big and heavy. The build quality is great and it looks very smart. You simply plug it into the mains and connect the sub to your amp. It's not hdmi but uses a Phono cable. However the supplied cable is thin and weedy so I swapped it for a thicker better quality one. The controls are simple with an on off button and volume control.
But you need to make sure it's set up with your amp correctly. I have a Denon X1400H and first you need to go into the menu and make sure you tell it a sub is connected and calibrate the speakers again. It didn't sound right. It was not giving proper results even with the sub volume at max so I went back into the amp settings again and found under the sub menu if I changed from LFE to LFE and Main it brought the sub alive. The sound from this box is incredible. Lovely deep rumbles that fill the room but it doesn't overwhelm everything else if you balance it correctly. It enhances movies and music perfectly. For 99 quid this is amazing value but be careful with the set up. Those who were not happy with it simply didn't set it up right.
This Yamaha YSTFSS050 Subwoofer is good value for money but has to be seen in the context of its modest price. The unit itself is well finished and suitable for horizontal or vertical standing.
Audio input is via a standard subwoofer RCA plug, the only other input is a jack intended for the auto switch on/off function when connected to certain Yamaha components - I’m very disappointed that the feature doesn’t work with my Yamaha N470D Network Receiver. You can switch the unit on/off manually using the push button switch on the front and a green LED indicates power is on. The only other control is a rotary volume control for the subwoofer. In the box you get a subwoofer cable but the reference on this page to an HDMI cable is incorrect.
This is an ideal solution for adding extra bass authority to a modest set up but, in my view less suitable if you want truly floor shaking bass for home cinema etc. When properly set up this neat unit will beef up the bass and the setting of the rotary volume control is critical, do it right and you’ll be rewarded with subtle controlled bass reinforcement but overdo things and the bass can become muddy and distorted.
This is a top value subwoofer from a respected manufacturer which for its price delivers in terms of subtle bass enhancement, but for floor shaking bass you’ll need to look elsewhere and be prepared to pay a fair bit more too.
I bought a Denon DM-40DAB CD receiver with bundled Denon SC-40 bookshelf loudspeakers, and which provides a subwoofer connection. Denon don't provide a subwoofer, unless you want a television or home theatre soundbar with it, so I bought the Yamaha device. The loudspeakers provide 25mm tweeters and 120mm midrange/woofers and the addition of the Yamaha with it's 160mm woofer provides that extra bass which some of my CDs require; it adds detail to the music.
I've not used a subwoofer before so I did a little research. Don't point it perpendiularly to the wall on the otherside of the room, I read, as the reflected sound waves can cancel the output (and which some one-star reviewers might have noted); don't put it on the carpet, say the instructions, or it might overheat. The unit might be placed on it's four feet or on on it's side, and four self-adhesive pads are provided for either and I haven't needed them. I did replace the cable with an Amazon Basics alternative; manufacturer cables are usually useless. I found an oak bedside / lamp table with a shelf at the bottom which provided a near-perfect fit for the 350mm square subwoofer and space for the Denon on top; it's big, althought larger subwoofers with 250mm drivers might be 350mm cubes.
The subwoofer has two controls, the power switch (with a too-dim LED adjacent to it) and the output dial which is marked 0 to 10. I've set that at 2.5 which is enough in my 17m2 lounge so that it doesn't overwhelm the speakers. A 50w 160mm driver is more than powerful enough. There is also a control cable socket for other Yamaha kit to use.
It may be smaller than some of the house-shaking beasts you can buy, but the Yamaha is still a weighty piece of kit capable of delivering a solid punch, certainly more than enough for a small or midsized room. It's downfiring, so if you plan to place it on the floor you should consider something like the Auralex Subdude to perch it on, and it's a perfect fit size-wise. They say you can use it on a shelf, clearly with TV units in mind, but the vibration from that will definitely affect your picture, especially if you have a bluray or dvd player on the same unit. Using an isolation pad will bring loads of definition to the sound, and there's less chance you'll have the neighbours round. In terms of sound quality, it's clearly a budget product - if you use your sub for bass in music (I don't) then this isn't the one for you, as it doesn't bring enough precision to the instrument. But feed it anything under 80hz as part of a surround set up for movies, one (or even two, if you go that way) of these will deliver a very convincing rumble when the soundtrack requires it.
Im well pleased with this subwoofer im using a onkyo A9030 amp which has a sub woofer output plus im using two ltc floor speakers... I dont always have it switched on but if watching a film i have it set half volume and it gives a nice deep bass and you cant tell where the bass is coming from it sounds as if its the speakers are making it its well worth the money and good if you have neighbours to consider.. I have mine placed on its side with the bottom facing the side of the sofa and its great... Take note of the measurements because its not small...
Recently I organized a small room as a music room / kids play room , put there a Cambridge Audio CXA 60 amp and B&W 685 speakers,they sound great but needed a little depth so decided to add a sub to the small room. My first thought was towards a B&W sub (like I use on my main system) but it would be too dominante in such a small room, then I thought of buying the Polk Audio sub but that would be an overkill for such a small room.
Almost gave up on fitting a sub that will match the sound I wanted for the room and then came across this Yamaha YSTFSW050BL sub, Yamaha is not the company that springs to my mind when I think of speakers but decided ,based on it's small size,review, internet sound sampling (yea a poor test) and price to take the risk (thought if I didn't like it could always give it as a present to someone).
It arrived in few days (I don't live in the UK) , it is heavy for it's size (good), weired looking for a sub, didn't look as it can handle good resonance (it has a kind of a sturdy sponge to help with that on it's base) but it fit exactly in the space I made for it so I gave it a shot.
I tested it for level and volume adjust, dominance and music compatibility with amp/other speakers and the room with Tool - The pot, after putting on 1/4 of it's scale it was present, not booming , "one" with the sound and gave a clean and precise bass emphesising the depth of the music, exactly what I was looking for...
I must say I was surprised that this little sub gave such a performance, yes it isn't the first choice (or second or third) for big spaced or for dominante front speakers but for this price and for small closed spaces you don't need something else.
A downside of it is that it doesn't turn off to when it's driving source (amp) is turned off, you need to turn it off (if you want) manually.
I bought this to put in my conservatory which has pod speakers linked to my music system. I often like to sit and listen to music out here but small speakers will always struggle to hit the bass. This little Yamaha perfectly compliments the sound and adds the missing 'body' to the music. Even though the unit is sited at the other side of the room the fuller sound seems to be coming from the speakers themselves, such is the nature of low frequency effects. For my listening space the soundstage works best with the volume set to one third of the dial, but you may need to experiment. I would be a little dubious about this sub's ability to handle the 'clump' required in a home cinema set-up, especially in a larger room, but for my purposes it's brilliant.
Perfect to give that little bit of oomph to a sound system. I'm using it as part of my desktop set-up and it's been wonderful from the off. It's small, well built and does what it says...with a minimum of fuss.
UPDATE. I've been using this sub for 3 months now and it's still performing perfectly. This really has proven to be a very cost effective and GOOD upgrade for my desktop seyup. If anyone's interested I've got this attached to an SMSL Q5 Pro amp, and Roth Oli RA1 bookshelf speakers.