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How much are you paying for? And from where are you buying?ordered Pioneer SW51 S-51W 150W Active Subwoofer with 20cm Cone - Pioneer Speakers from avenuesound today, will post a review when I get it.
Superb review rajiv...thanks a lot..will check this out..As promised here is my short take on the Pioneer S-51W.
Originally ordered the Pioneer SW-8MK2 (Andew Jones) designed Subwoofer from avenuesound, however got to know that this model needs to be procured from the US and then converted to a 230v one. Ashish from Avenuesound called me and offered the S-51W instead since it was in stock and is designed for India/Asia/European countries.
As per his advise, the S-51W is bundled with the AJ designed speakers in India, he advised me to check a few reviews online.
Accordingly I checked the Pioneer India website and confirmed that S-51W was indeed offered as active SW for AJ designed HT package.
There were a few reviews in Non english languages and they weren't too bad. the pics of the subwoofer indicated that it was a downward firing subwoofer and the port was located downwards too unlike the SW-8MK2.
I decided to give it a shot and thus the black baby arrived home.
YHT-196 receiver and stock speaker package
NS-SWP20 stock passive subwoofer
Asus Mini for DVD & BLU RAY Rips
MS X-Box for DVDs
I have placed the new subwoofer in parallel to the existing passive subwoofer, connected it to the HTR2064 via Sub-out cable.
Cross over is set to 120Hz as my front speakers are small.
Volume on the Pioneer is set between 8:00 O clock to 10:00 clock position.
Phase is 0 degrees.
There is NO crossover available on the subwoofer itself, so nothing to be changed there.
I immediately notice the subtle difference in the level of the low level notes.
My primary usage is movies & bit of music.
Watched a few DTS trailers and then Captain Philips, could notice that the bass is more tight than boomy. I did not turn up the volume on the SW beyond 50% as it is still in break-in mode and hope that I may not even need to in future.
The bass is NOT room shaking, it is very clean with no distortion.
It does pump in some air as we can feel that coming out through the air vents behind the sub.
The 8" driver looks very much identical to the one used in SW-8MK2, I'm guessing it is the same one or may be better.
Frequency response of the sub is specified as 25Hz to 900Hz. I know that techically a sub is not supposed to go over 150Hz but I'm not too bothered by it.
It serves my purpose of obtaining a better bass response from my existing HT setup without having to cough up a lot of cash$$.
I'd rate it 8/10.
Looks : Good
Phase control : Yes
X'over control : No
Power Button :Yes
Hi Freq connections : No
Input : Line In Only (cable supplied is regular RCA)
VFM : definitely.
I'd recommend this SUB to all who want to add an extra sub for YHT-196 without having to spend a fortune.