Boston Acoustics XB6 Subwoofers

4/5 (2 Reviews) MSRP : $480.00


Product Description

  • Bass-reflex design
  • 200-watt RMS amplifier
  • 12" front-firing driver
  • Line-level input and LFE input
  • Phase control
  • Speaker-level inputs
  • Frequency response 29-150 Hz (±3dB)


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by deejmic a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2007

Bottom Line:   
The Boston XB6 Subwoofer sits just below the companies top offering in this speaker category. MDF covered in a nice vinyl with a metal grill, auto sensing or straight power on, LFE input, variable crossover, removable power cord, volume control easily accesible from front of unit. Nice! The unit provides an FTC rated 200 Watts continuous power and 675 Watts Peak Power. The given frequency response is down to 29Hz +/-3dB. With that in mind, the unit provides deep bass via its' 12" speaker with front porting, and provides exceptional authority to push the low end in high quality AV systems. Keep in mind it won't outperform units at twice its price, but it will round out even high end systems with the boom and thud and rumble that you're looking for. I tested this unit with an upper end Denon receiver and matching Boston Acoustics front towers, as well as BA center and surrounds. After originally purchasing a Velodyne VRP Sub and subsequently having problems with that unit due to impedance issues, I purchased the XB6 to round out a home theater. Although I haven't pushed it to it's limits, I used a medium high volume when making my assessment and found no audible hiccups or distortion. I was expecting it to complain when driven, it didn't. I used Norah Jones - Come Away CD to audition as well as the movie "Twister" for reference material. There's nothing that compares to the sound of tornado blasting through your living room. Now in all fairness, this sub doesn't keep up with my favorite sub, the Sunfire sub, that I'm accustomed to when it comes to extremely low rumble, nor does it hit you in the chest like the Sunfire. I've literally been in fear that my windows were about to shatter when using the Sunfire. However, what the Boston sub does do, it does very well. It provides extension and fullness to my tower speakers and depth with authority to soundtracks and movies that you otherwise would be lacking without a good subwoofer. The difference with and without this unit in the mix is night and day. If you live in a townhome or apartment... yes, your neighbors will be aware you have a hard hitting system. For the price you can get it at now, you would be very very hard pressed to find a better performer. I've tried Velodyne, Cambridge Soundworks, Infinity, Yamaha, Polk Audio, Advent, JBL and Klipsch and this came out a winner in sound quality, and value without compromise. To better this would require twice the money at least. If you can get your hands on one, do it. After a proper set up (READ THE MANUAL) you will be grinning ear to ear. If you're looking to fill up a much larger room, try SVS or HSU subs. But be willing to spend a minimum of twice as much.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $239.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Don a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2007

Bottom Line:   
The Boston XB6 Subwoofer sits just below the companies top offering in this speaker category. MDF covered in a nice vinyl with a metal grill, auto sensing or straight power on, LFE input, variable crossover, removable power cord, volume control easily accesible from front of unit. Nice! The unit provides an FTC rated 200 Watts continuous power and 675 Watts Peak Power. The given frequency response is down to 29Hz +/-3dB. With that in mind, the unit provides deep bass via its' 12" speaker with front porting, and provides exceptional authority to push the low end in high quality AV systems. Keep in mind it won't outperform units at twice its price, but it will round out even high end systems with the boom and thud and rumble that you're looking for. I tested this unit with an upper end Denon receiver and matching Boston Acoustics front towers, as well as BA center and surrounds. After originally purchasing a Velodyne VRP Sub and subsequently having problems with that unit due to impedance issues, I purchased the XB6 to round out a home theater. Although I haven't pushed it to it's limits, I used a medium high volume when making my assessment and found no audible hiccups or distortion. I was expecting it to complain when driven, it didn't. I used Norah Jones - Come Away CD to audition as well as the movie "Twister" for reference material. There's nothing that compares to the sound of tornado blasting through your living room. Now in all fairness, this sub doesn't keep up with my favorite sub, the Sunfire sub, that I'm accustomed to when it comes to extremely low rumble, nor does it hit you in the chest like the Sunfire. I've literally been in fear that my windows were about to shatter when using the Sunfire. However, what the Boston sub does do, it does very well. It provides extension and fullness to my tower speakers and depth with authority to soundtracks and movies that you otherwise would be lacking without a good subwoofer. The difference with and without this unit in the mix is night and day. If you live in a townhome or apartment... yes, your neighbors will be aware you have a hard hitting system. For the price you can get it at now, you would be very very hard pressed to find a better performer. I've tried Velodyne, Cambridge Soundworks, Infinity, Yamaha, Polk Audio, Advent, JBL and Klipsch and this came out a winner in sound quality, and value without compromise. To better this would require twice the money at least. If you can get your hands on one, do it. After a proper set up (READ THE MANUAL) you will be grinning ear to ear. If you're looking to fill up a much larger room, try SVS or HSU subs. But be willing to spend a minimum of twice as much.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $239.00




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