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B&W ASW 2500
24 Reviews
rating  4.25 of 5
MSRP  1400.00
Description: Active closed-box subwoofer system


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

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2014

Bottom Line:   
A very well made and relatively compact 10" powered subwoofer. Produces very tight and precise bass reproduction -- especially well suited for bass guitar, string bass and cello. A perfect compliment to B&W 804 and 805 speakers.

It is also quite suitable for home theater use just so long as you keep your expectations real. The 2500 will not shake your teeth lose with movie explosions and crashes -- especially in large listening rooms. If you require enormous earth shaking movie theater sub-bass, buy a huge 18" subwoofer, or two 15" subs.

I run two ASW 2500 subs for movies and typically just one for music. I can tell you that a bowed concert bass sounds like it's live in the room. This sub is very music friendly and does an excellent job rounding-out the over-all intended sound reproduction. If you can find one on the used market for under $700.00, it would be a great find and well worth the effort to acquire.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by vanilson a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2012

Bottom Line:   
meu equipamento em relação a qualidade é muito bom ,eu gostaria de receber o diagrama elétrico do modelo asw 2500,para efetuar reparos,pois meu equipamento sofreu descarga elétrica .sou técnico em manutenção e reparos em equipamentos eletrônicos à 35 anos e gostaria que a empresa me manda-se o diagrama para mante-lo original e funcionando.

vanilson pacce
ALV engenharia e projetos

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010

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

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This sub is very sweet sounding, probably one of the best subs for most music, but I have to agree that this sub isn't enough for HT use. This subwoofer has the ability to blend into almost any speakers without a hint of its own existence. It is very fast and very sweet sounding, it gives bass with a lot of gesture, not just boring boom boom bass. Try speaking with your hands over your mouth, and then speak again without them, that's the difference between this sub and a few other subs. However this sub isn't as great for HT use. It lacks that extra headroom when it comes down to the ultra low frequency (below 30hz). This sub can give really high and awesome sounding output between 40-120hz, but performance drops off once you go below 40hz. If you have a track (or more often movies) that peaks below 40hz, this sub will probably start acting a little "different". The driver can bottom out quite easily with bass peaks below 30hz, without yielding near as much output as it can above 40hz. This short side of it makes it less good of a product for HT use. I have recently upgraded to a B&W ASW CDM subwoofer. It has a 1000Wrms class D amp with a 12" driver. With a bigger cabinet, bigger driver and bigger amp, this sub performs quite a lot better than the ASW2500. It can yield a fairly linear output level all the way down to 20hz, and gives you those floor shaking, windows rattling low bass when the ASW2500 will just keep bottoming out and complain. The ASW 2500 was not able to keep up with my other speakers for HT uses (@ high output). Wharfedale Zaldek 2000 (consists of 2 8 inch bass drivers) as fronts, Zaldek 1000 (single 8 inch bass driver) as rears, running thru a Pioneer VSX-D2011 (Elite VSX-53TX), while the ASW CDM can give me as much as I demanded and more.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $870.00

Purchased At:   Stereoworld (New Zea

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by anarchy a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I want to keep this brief.

I love this sub. It is the best sub I have ever heard. However,

1) Don't use this in a small room.

2)Placement is so important that it can make this sub range from soundless to perfect.

3) Make sure you use a good preamp.

4) If your not going to use a filter, then for God sakes, don't expect to play this sub at full output for any reason.

The quality of this sub has been know to make my freinds laugh wildy and lapse into deep consideration of how much they would like to have this sub.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Audio Emporium

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peder Dellbring a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This small subwoofer makes your room literally shake (down to 10Hz (!) with a tone-generator and the windows at my
home at 180 m2 were shaking - everyone) and your neighbours will not have a good relationship with you anymore.
A bargain for the price!
Compared with subs that costs dubble the price like Velodyne and Sunfire you will have a higher level of bass, but
actually it´s very good bass that comes out of this box - musically also. A perfect compromisse. For 98% of all
listerners this is more than enought with it´s musicallity and power. For you that demands more (2%) - I hope you
don´t have any trouble with neighbours living to close with you...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   HiFi-Klubben

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