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Yamaha YST-SW160
42 Reviews
rating  4.1 of 5
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Description: Powered subwoofer


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bernard David a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2014

Bottom Line:   
Not a true sub woofer, but more of a very high quality low frequency reproducer. Those writing less than enthusiastic reviews were undoubtedly looking for a 20 Hz. to 40 Hz. air mover, and that is not where these shine. They work best as bass extension units for high quality speakers, such as electrostatic panels, high quality bookshelves, i.e. Proac or Sonus Faber, or any SOTA speaker system that requires bass augmentation.
I use these in pairs, generally with the bass turnover set around 70 to 40 Hz. Currently being used with Magnepan MG-3.6R speakers set at 40 Hz., flanking the panels, in a stereo arrangement. These subs do what few others can; keep up with the fast maggies, They BLEND, seamlessly, while giving the Magnepans visceral slam. An area that the otherwise excellent Magnepan ribbon panels are somewhat lacking.
I've also used these subs with Proac Concertino's, a superb 2 way bookshelf speaker. The Yamaha subs again were able to both keep up and blend with the Proacs, and at the same time improve the low end cutoff to true full range speaker status. At the very bottom, I use HSU subs set to 35Hz., for super low bass down to 16 Hz. This combination is SOTA in my opinion and is sufficient to bring neighbors from 80 feet away, with closed windows and doors over to ask if I'm using a jack hammer, or similar tool! However, without the Yamaha's YST-160's in-line, the lowest bass just doesn't "blend" nearly as well. These have also been used with Dahlquist DQ-10's, Quad ESL-63's, and several other very highest quality home speakers where they provide extension, low distortion and surprisingly good ultra low bass. The ultra low bass though is not their strong suit.

Pros - They excel at extending the bass of otherwise fine speakers that are lacking in bass punch and extension. They are small enough to be used alongside large panel speakers, or to be unobtrusively placed in room corners where they then have quite decent ultra low bass output. They use twin 8" drivers, so they blend more easily with fast speakers than subs with 12" and larger drivers. Their size and height enable them to double as speaker stands for bookshelf size monitors too. Also, and something that is sadly not the case with most powered subs; the amplifiers used to drive them have proven to be exceptionally reliable. They never seem to over heat, and I've had "0" problems with them. Look at the products from other companies and you'll see; most have significant failure rates.
Cons - Not TRUE subs in that they don't produce bass thunder claps where just curtains and pants legs move but the bass itself is nearly inaudible. When driven hard you can push them past reasonable output and excursion limits. Again, if this is what you were looking for; look elsewhere. Lastly, they are not Gorgeous pieces of furniture. While there were some units built with cherry veneer, most are your basic Black on Black cabinets that are rather bland if not downright unattractive. Still, if that bothers you, they could be refinished I suppose. It wouldn't be difficult, but in my case was no big deal and since large electrostatic and ribbon type panel speakers themselves are sort of unattractive; who cares? Not me anyway. It's what they do that matters most; and what they do is improve the sound of high quality smaller speakers, mini monitors especially, AND improve the dynamics of high quality panel type speakers in the low end. All thumbs up for me...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by stereoray a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I got this sub cheap, and thats what it is cheap. For a 120.00 smackers it is worth it,but the thing is so dam booommmyyyy and placement can be difficult. I had a energy that would kill this thing ,but it was also 500.00 more than this is, so I can say it was worth the 120.00, but I would not pay full price for this unit. Overall it's not a terrible peice just medicore.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jurriaivo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Somebody here said that SW 160 is too big. I disagree: Since it's tall
it works great as a speaker stand for small speakers. Doesn't sound
too bad either. It's not the most powerful subwoofer there is but if
you're using small speakers it gives you some more power to the low
range. A finnish hifi magazine 'measured' it's predecessor SW 150
and it went down to 25 Hz / -6 dB, don't think SW 160 is any worse.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   local hifi store



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by COREY a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2001

Bottom Line:   
this is a great sub if you have a small room and a low budget. actually i found that it did music at low volumes just as good as mw klipsch ksw-12. but at volume the klipsch walks away from it in clarity and spl. the ksw even seemed faster than the dual 8's which i found surprising. i say spend the extra 100 dollars and get the ksw-12 or jbl pb 12.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   AIR FORCE EXCHANGE



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joerg a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I bought this sub two weeks ago as replacement for the liitel brother YST-SW 45. The 160 really powers my system out of the house! Within playing digital sources it's very impressive how powerfull this sub does its work.

I´m using JBL TLX4 as my front pair,an PROSON Center and as effects a pair of Yamaha's NX-E100 (yes, the "PianoCraft"!), all on the DENON AVR-1800, and it sounds wonderfull, espacially if you like a solid bass-underground.

That is sometimes the only thing that's critical, because it could sound too boomy! I sensed this as I listened to my favourite CDs, but for this price...

Try it out, it's worth its money!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   Mega Company




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