Focal SW700 Subwoofers

4.67/5 (3 Reviews) MSRP : $719.00


Product Description

JMLab Chorus Powered Subwoofer - SW700BK/ 11 inches Polyglass Cone Woofer/ 75 Watts RMS Into 8 Ohms Built-In Amplifier/ Black Ash Finish


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

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

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2003

Bottom Line:   
After casually researching the market for a decent audio/home theater sub, I stumbled upon the JM Lab SW 700. Having a complete set of the Monitor Audio Silver line mains and surrounds, I was just not in the mood to spend another $1,000 Canadian to complete my speaker set with an MA sub. So I got the JM SW 700.

When I initially hooked up this sub, my impressions weren't very good at all. My main speakers (MA Silver 8i) were simply overpowering it in every respect. I put on some audio CD's and then some DVD's (Snatch, Goldmember) to see how much bottom end this little sucker could punch out. Let me tell you, with the levels set to full, we (my brother and I) just couldn't hear it; so I kept switching it on and off without telling my brother to see if he could notice when it was operating (or not). No difference at all... :-(

Okay, so I have to admit, I didn't exactly have it in the best part of the room (and it's a huge room). I then set it right up againg the corner of two walls, re-adjusted the sub levels on my receiver (Onkyo TS DX 696) and the sub, and poof, holy fuddleducking difference! This little baby of only 75 watts filled the room!

After auditioning it extensively with just about every type of music I could think of, I slapped on "Entagled" from my old vinyl Genesis album, "A trick of the tail" - and - unbelievable! The song took on a whole new life - I could finally FEEL those Moog pedals perform!

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Audio Excellence



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luc E a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Beautiful bass. After listening to several subs under 1000$, I found the JMLab SW700 to be the best buy for me. I wanted to have a sub for both audio & home cinema usage. It's probably not the most powerful bass you can get for home cinema although it's more than enough to shake the whole house (ask my neighbours). But the difference with many other subs is evident when it comes to audio listening. It adds something to nearly all kind of music without attracting to much attention on itself. The bass has a lot of nuances. It fits very well into my Tannoy MX speakers set(MX3+MX2+MXC).
JMLab had a bad reputation for their subs. They have learnt the lesson obviously.

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $490.00

Purchased At:   J.B.Sonic, Genval



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick Gelinas a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2001

Bottom Line:   
JM Labs is a large high-end speaker manufacturer in France. JM-Labs is the parent company of FOCAL. Focal makes some of the finest drivers in the world and they receive accolades from audiophiles everywhere. I found this sub to be a very reasonably priced product considering the audiophile quality of the components. JM-Labs makes speakers that sell for $30,000 so there is a trickle down effect going into their less expensive products too.

I bought a set of speakers with Focal components from a custom speaker builder about 10 years ago. They are very well designed. Woofers: kevlar sandwich cone, dual voice coil, flat wound. Tweeters: inverted cone kevlar. They sound incredible!!! But as much as I have loved my Focal speakers they were just a little bass shy. And now that I've upgraded my receiver to a surround sound 5.1 configuration - I wanted to add a sub.

I listened to several subs including Polk, JBL, Klipsh, and none of them impressed me. The subs I listened to all produced bass that didn't sound natural to me. The JM Labs SW 700 sounded very natural! Plus I already knew from experience that Focal products are excellent.

Initially when I got it home I needed to make adjustments with the settings on the receiver until I got it dialed in. After quite a bit of tweaking the sub performed beautifully.

The JM Labs SW 700 is not a BIG bass sub by any stretch. It is not the earth shaker for movie material. But for music it is very real sounding. The bass is believable. It is definitely there. It does not have the whoomp sound that poorer subs have. It sounds very clean.

I would highly recommend the JM Labs SW 700 for those who are interested in a natural sounding bass progression in their music.

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Sounds Terrific, Pinellas Park




Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating



PSB Speakers:



PSB Speakers: