Klipsch KSW-12 Subwoofers

4.51/5 (171 Reviews) MSRP : $499.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Prof D Shelton Parker a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2016

Bottom Line:   
Do not really know product year, bought last year.
What I do know, base on a lifetime of being part of the music industry is that this Sub Woofer, if used correctly is worth every cent.
The unit is solid and the sound is solid.
I use an RTA to set up my system , and in doing so it works as it should.
A Sub Woofer should not be noticed, and if you do, it is only because you set it up wrong.
The woofer should pick up where it drops off from the main speakers, no more, no less.
And the only way to know, is to use an RTA. And if you do not know what an RTA is, than you need to get a pro to do it, and I do not mean a person who sets up Low Riders or any Car system
It takes a real Electronics Tech, or better. And that means that person actually went to College and did an internship with a Major Audio Company , such as Klipsch or Pioneer.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian Tambe a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2016

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the KSW12 Subwoofer 16 years ago to double as a home theatre and music listening sub. I have been very pleased with the Klipsch KSW12 Subwoofer. Both cinematic and musicality is superb. I use Klipsch KG 4 for mains , Klipsch SC-1 Center channel and Bowers & Wilkins for rear satellites , powered by a Denon AVR 3300 Digital 7.1 receiver!! I've read complaints about the KSW12 and I cannot impress it enough , proper placement and frequency setting and quality speaker cable is necessary connected to the LFE input. Setting the frequency using the control knob on the back of the sub to match the frequency of your main speakers is crucial for optimal performance. Also , make sure the placement of the Sub is in a corner , Right or Left of the front main speakers on the same wall for optimal performance and enjoyment. Also set the volume using the knob on the back to the center position and then turn the volume to the + or gain to match the output level of your main speakers. This will only help your result in sound if you have a surround amplifier. Another tip , if your KSW12 in on carpet , try placing a hard material such as a adequate size piece of tile to set the sub on so the 12" bottom firing woofer reverberates off of the hard surface rather than get muffled or swallowed up by carpet fibers. Hope this post helps others get the pleasure out of the fabulous subwoofer as I have. Thanks for reading , enjoy.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by rorythejew4 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2008

Bottom Line:   
im not very happy with the prefomace should of gone with the velodyne ct120 a much for musical sub for the money!!!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   craigslist



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by perfect pitch a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Nice entry level sub for those wanting a house shaking HT experience without it being overkill, TOO muddy or boomy. We auditioned a KSW-10 but they were out of stock so we were offered the floor demo OR a new KSW-12 at the same price. Duh - so we took the 12.

Well, I'm sad to see it go but we have upgraded to a much tighter and cleaner sub - (DefTech SuperCube II) but hey, that comes with a much bigger price tag and has multiple drivers and you can't compare. So in all fairness to Klipsch, I have to say we enjoyed the KSW 12 for a good long time. It was paired with Cerwin Vega Re Series 38's (which have their own 15" bass drivers), Cerwin center channel and Boston Surrounds.

If you are in a basement or a very sound absorbing room the KSW 12 is great. For the price it is great. No where near as muddy and crisp transitions compared to others we auditioned. And it is a house shaker when cranked too if that is what you are looking for - crank this baby up and you can rattle 3rd floor windows and floors - and it doesn't sound all that bad considering.

But we're snobs now. We upgrade some component every two years and it was subwoofer/ speaker time. Oh well.

If you like to feel like Satan is burrowing up through your basement floor without too much distortion, this is a good and decent sub. It is however too muddy for music. I would turn it down to 2 when playing any type of music.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $289.00

Purchased At:   Flanner's



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kurt a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2007

Bottom Line:   
This sub got a couple bad reviews. Well it's a SYNERGY for goodness sakes! For the $200 I paid for it, I must say this is a LOT of subwoofer. It's deaper than I expected, very efficient and fun to listen to. It plays the heart pumping LFE tracks in my movies effortlessly, makes my windows rattle and even makes the neighbors complain. I'm satisfied!!!! It's not too big (for a ported 12").

Granted it's not a Sunfire, or an SVS. But cmon, I paid $200 for it.. I was looking for a LOUD, EFFICIENT, DEEP subwoofer that wouldn't break the bank, but give me what I want. No it's not as smooth as the sunfire, not as deap as the SVS. But cmon it was only $200!!! This baby is hooked up to an Integra DTR-5.3. My speakers aren't very efficient so I KNOW this sub doesn't play to it's fullest potential. However, I heard it clip a couple times when I switched to All Channel Stereo. But I had the volume cranked WAY beyond safety levels so It's not anything I flinch at. I typically don't blast my stereo to the point of loosing hearing. That's just irresponsible in my HUMBLE opinion. LOL So yes, I've heard it's limits, but who cares I ONLY PAID $200 FOR IT! I'm SATISFIED!!!! The finish is kinda cheap, but it's a cheap sub so there.

I also have hardwood floors. Boy oh boy does that downfiring driver sound nice in here.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Pawn America




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