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Yamaha YST SW105
20 Reviews
rating  3.65 of 5
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Description: - Advanced Active Servo technology: a complementary amplifier/speaker system utilizing negative impedance feedback in the amplifier and a Helmholtz resonator in the speaker to provide strong and accurate bass from small speakers.<br>- High amplifier power assures enough power to deliver movie theater-like bass effects and the 8-inch spruce cone driver translates the power into clear bass sound.<br>- Front panel controls make it easy to see the settings and make adjustments when necessary.<br>- Yamaha's bass selector tailors the subwoofer's output for video or music at the touch of a switch.<br>- The subwoofer is magnetically shielded so it can be placed near a TV monitor or receiver without fear that it will degrade the picture.<br>- Continuously variable high-cut filter allows the subwoofer's output to be matched to the other speakers in the system and the room's acoustics for a seamless presentation.<br>- Volume control permits the perfect matching of the subwoofer's output to the overall volume of the system.<br>- Signal sensing on/off: when the subwoofer detects an audio signal, it turns its power on, when it senses no signal for several minutes, it shuts itself off.<br>- Phase normal/reverse switch makes it easy to phase the subwoofer with the other speakers in your system.<br>- Dual inputs allows the versatile subwoofer to accept either line level or speaker level input signals.<br>- Heavy-duty three-way speaker terminals accept banana plug and a variety of other connectors, as well as speaker wire.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by darrell a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I got my brand new one for $20 at a huge yard sale... its so cool.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2008



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2007

Bottom Line:   
This subwoofer has been used in a multitude of setups, ranging from home theatre and dedicated music systems to computer speaker systems.

In Home Theatre, it often lacked the absolute power given by other subs when played at medium-high volumes in medium-large rooms. Distortion is often slightly noticeable on powerful 'thumps', although generally, this isn't an issue as distortion in subwoofers is far less noticeable than in full-range systems. Generally, the subwoofer handles movies pretty well at normal to around medium volume levels, and will be far more than enough in smaller rooms.

For music, this subwoofer has been tested in small(ish) and very large rooms with bookshelf and floorstanding speakers. With bookshelf speakers, it performs well, smooth bass and enough power to pack some punch at higher volumes. At times it can be a bit slow, struggling to keep up with faster more detailed bass lines. Other than that, no major gripes.

In large rooms with larger speakers, this subwoofer does next to nothing other than 'flap' constantly. The port tends to rattle at higher volumes, and overall the subwoofer doesn't go deep enough to make this worthwhile. The maximum volume output also makes it rather limited in room size. This is a little unfair however, as it is quite a small subwoofer.

For computer speakers, this was absolutely fantastic. It was used along with a pair of very compact active bookshelf speakers, which had no desperate need for support from a subwoofer, but could have done with a little more bass at times. This subwoofer performed absolutely fantastically as computer speakers generally do not need to be particularly powerful. Having said that, this sub goes way louder than would ever be needed for computer use, and the crossover frequency seam is not particularly noticeable. I had the crossover frequency set to around 60 Hz, and it packs a huge punch when used like this.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Paul Green HiFi



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by zoid2 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I used the secret menu on my Pioneer VSX 711 S receiver to set "Front-Center-Surround" to "Large" and then set the Subwoofer selection to "Plus" (meaning that it will also send sub frequencies to Sub-out AND to Front speakers). Used Bose AM600 (unpowered acoustimass from Sams' club). The sound is great when you play recently released music and movies. The lowest frequencies reproduced from YST105 were around 38 to 40 Hz.(hooked up a digital tone generator to the sub).

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $149.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy



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

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I really like this sub alot. For the price I think its very good. I have it connected as the back surround channel on a pioneer vsxd811s receiver. Bose acoustimas 3 system in front, bose center channel, yamaha bookshlef speakers as the rear surround. What a difference in movies. I bought this sub mainly for movie watching and it fills the bas in quite nicely in a medium size room. You have to take the time to adjust the controls, but once that is done, just sit back and enjoy. The first time I had it on my wife looked out the front window for the thunderstorm which was on the tv :) Great buy and a great price.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wisechoise a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This subwoofer is superior to all 8" 10" and 12" subs that my wife and I listen to at Best Buy, Circuit City and hh gregg. If your looking for tight reponsive bass sound this is your baby. Action packed movies will rumble the floors and vibrate the windows with without the baffle sound of larger subs. There is very little to no disortion. The small size and design is superb. If your a person looking for alot of base, get two of these babys for under $260.00. They will rock your world and you won't believe your ears, the power wave across the floor, walls rumbling and windows vibrating. Yes we have two. I will finish with this. Don't waste your money on large clumsy subs that have the baffling tunnel effect. I highly recommend Yamaha SW 105 with its small size and superior design.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $106.00

Purchased At:   etronics




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