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Klipsch Reference RW-12d 12" Powered Subwoofer Each w/ New box

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  • 24-120Hz +/-3dB
  • 340-watt RMS amplifier
  • 110/120 VAC 60Hz

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Capturing all the sonic excitement of low-frequency effects, the Reference Series RW-12d Digitally Controlled Subwoofer (DCS) delivers rock-solid performances. With its class-leading technology and superior design, this hard-hitter perfectly rounds out a home theater or two-channel stereo music system.

The RW-12d shakes things up by employing a 12-inch front-firing Cerametallic woofer and a 340-watt RMS amplifier. Exclusive Corner Port Technology allows the subwoofer's port tube to be as long as possible without bending, minimizing turbulence that can cause port noise and distortion. It also allows the enclosure to be tuned to a lower frequency than would otherwise be possible to create deeper bass from a smaller cabinet. Another important element is a corner-shaped flange at the port's internal opening, which amplifies the benefits of a longer port.

For quick and easy adjustment of all functions, the RW-12d features the DCS digital user-interface that includes three equalization modes (flat, depth and punch) and three user-adjustable presets (music, movie and night) to create specific listening preferences. Available in a black woodgrain vinyl finish, this extraordinary subwoofer also comes with an IR sensor for operation with select learning remotes or control systems.

  • newegg Impressive Bass The Klipsch RW-12d boasts a 12" front-firing Cerametallic woofer to deliver deep, accurate and tight bass, making your movies and music more realistic.
  • newegg High Dynamic Power Capable of handling 825W dynamic power, the Klipsch RW-12d subwoofer delivers top-notch bass sound, making it an ideal match for your speaker system.
  • newegg Corner Port Technology Powered by the exclusive Corner Port technology, the subwoofer's port tube could be as long as possible without bending, resulting in minimized turbulence that can cause port noise and distortion for a more pure, clear sound.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • peter o.
  • 6/21/2013 7:21:03 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsklipsch rw12d

Pros: Wow fast delivery. Box in excellent condition, very well packed. i will definetly use newegg again. Glad i got the controls on the front top, saves me crawling on the ground. You will be adjusting the sub for diffo shows and effects. Some louder some softer crawling would be a night mare. So far I love sub. Has a lot of bass so its nice to turn it down if I have to.

Cons: None so far, it is big but i already knew that. Yes owners manuel is very brief..

Other Thoughts: Recommend cable with sale it doesnt have one

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  • Smith C.
  • 6/20/2013 9:46:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Sub! BUT

Pros: Sleek design for sure.
Easy navigation through panel on top for different sound EQ/phase etc.. options
So far great sound quality (see cons)

Cons: The tube on the inside was actually physically cracked. I had to remove the speaker slide the tube onto the plastic as well as i could then duct tape it down. Everything has been fine since then and it has been 3-4 months.

Other Thoughts: All in all for a $1000 subwoofer one would think that there shouldnt be a manufacturing error such as the tube not being attached. On the other hand when i purchased it i got it for $300 so $700 off for a easy fix once i figured out what the problem was was well worth it. I'm still experimenting with the sub in order to find the best mix for me (i live in a dorm hall). So far for some reason i can't get this sub to have as much punch as my friends 8in Logitech sub. Sound overall there is a LOT more, but i can't feel it as much. Still a great sub!

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  • Warren F.
  • 6/16/2013 7:33:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDefective!!!!!

Pros: Nice looking
Electronic display handy

Cons: Loose port tube (like most other reviews)
Died within 3 weeks

Other Thoughts: At least the grill pegs weren't broken which is the other common problem that's been reported. I have seen pictures of the inside of this thing on AVS forums, and it looks like an elementary school kids uses Elmer's glue to secure the port- no surprise it can get knocked loose in shipping.

I was prepared to open it up and fix it myself, with so many people stating it's an easy fix. However I couldn't even get the chance because it didn't turn on today, essentially dying. I have no choice now but to send it back.

How did it sound? I was not too impressed. It vibrated too much at moderate volumes. Maybe b/c of the loose port, or maybe it just isn't so great. Either way, for $300 dollars I'm willing to give it another shot. But if it happens again, I'll take a refund and move on.

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  • Celso G.
  • 6/11/2013 2:08:04 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood for movies not for music will die soon

Pros: Unbeatable price for performance

Cons: Average for music, bad amp design as usual with bash indigo used boards. Weakest parts are power supply specially the daughter board.

Other Thoughts: This sub will perform well for movies but not for music, it is a bad amp design that kills the product, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR AND IN THIS CASE WON'T LAST LONG. If you set this sub to perform well, which is very easy, you will notice that it won't last long due to a poor amp design. Keep that in mind and stay away from BASH design amps using indigo boards.

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  • Patrick P.
  • 6/11/2013 8:55:35 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBuy two, seriously

Pros: Solid amp, auto shut-off works perfectly, does a great job in the 25-40hz range, reasonable below.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I bought one of these and after room placement experimentation I couldn't place it where I would have liked to so I researched it a bit. I found a white paper study showing the best thing is to use 4 subs and put one in each corner of the room. Next best, use 2 and put them in directly opposite corners. In those situations they will cancel each other's standing waves. I bought two, placed them in opposite corners and ran my Pioneer's auto MCACC. I looked at the internal equalizer settings and saw three 2db small peaks below 100 hz that the internal equalizer then smoothed out vs. a 6db standing wave peak and some others using only 1 sub. Also, with 2 subs you don't have to drive them as hard giving a little more headroom for the amps on peaks. For example, with the volume cranked a bit on the Imax Hubble blu-ray, the space shuttle launch is wild! When the rocket stages separate there is a thud I feel in my chest! Not driving them as hard helps in their musicality. An orchestral bass drum sounds like the real thing, very tight and controlled. There are better subs but one is twice the cost of two of these.

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  • Richard R.
  • 5/18/2013 10:22:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Clean tight low bass of course after tuning it which alot of people don't do.

Looks great

Control's are easy to get used to quick ,plus you can save or default settings.

Came to my house in perfect condition the first time .

Built-in IR sensor for some compatible remotes.

Cons: None really , but it don't have a LFE input I had to use a Y-splitter to the Left and Right inputs or it wont sound right.

Other Thoughts: Can't wait to get my other Klipsch speakers. People please tune and play your music at a comfortable level and listen for each instrument , too much bass or tremble will cancel out alot of sound for yours ears to hear.

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  • James H.
  • 5/16/2013 11:43:50 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig Box, Big sound

Pros: I upgraded to a larger sub woofer after my old sub woofer went out. Boy did I upgrade. This unit produces thunderous bass and has an easy to setup display. On sale it was less than $300 and perfect for my large theater room.

Cons: The unit is a BIG box. That is the only real con here. If you have a small room, I'd go for a smaller woofer. You can't go wrong here if you want a large boom out of a large box.

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  • Jay E.
  • 5/16/2013 10:38:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding value for the price

Pros: Delivers the sort of sound you would expect from an entry level low frequency transducer (an LFT) at a fraction of the price...when on sale. I waited and watched Newegg until I found it at $249 with free shipping. That's simply unbeatable given its performance. It truly delivers in the 24-30 Hz range which is what I needed to complete my audio system. If you can find it at that price, BUY IT. You won't need two, one will do fine. My Media Room is 20x20x12 and coupled with this, it can drive most people out of the room.

Cons: I don't really have a con. I've read where some others have received theirs damaged but mine came through fine and whole. I've had several dealings with Klipsch down through the years and have always been treated with respect and fast service by their customer care department. Others leaving reviews say otherwise. So, I guess, be prepared that your experience might not be like mine.

Other Thoughts: Most people do not understand what is meant by the broad stroke brush we use in America called "bass". For the record, "bass" is actually a musical instrument...a guitar or an upright, stringed bass. In audio terms, you SHOULD be talking about things like frequency response, overall power, dynamic power, roll off, and several other topics when speaking about so-called "bass". Depending on who you are, low frequency response (i.e. "bass") starts around 100Hz and then goes downwards. If you have a device that can reliably deliver a pleasing THUMP at 100Hz to everything you listen to and it took you 10 minutes to set up and start playing with, you have a subwoofer. After that, things get more esoteric. If you have a device that can deliver a rather powerful JOLT in the 50hz to 100Hz range to everything you listen to, you have a low frequency emitter or LFE. For the point of this review...lastly, if you have a device that requires some burn in time for the amp to come up to speed and then requires (potentially) a few hours to set the position perfectly...if you have done this correctly, you should hear NOTHING from the device AT ALL, until your preamp passes it a signal in the the very low frequency range of 24-40Hz. Depending on what you are listening to, you might FEEL a brief bit of "something". If you are watching a Blu-ray of The Avengers in 3D, sonically, it will feel as if you were back at the movies. If you are listening to most electronic dance music (Orbital, Underworld, The Crystal Method, etc), it will FEEL like you are at one of their concerts again. Devices like this are known as low frequency transducers and are not made to make the sound in your pickup truck louder. This one is an entry level version into that esoteric realm. Most music has very, very little frequency response in the 24-38Hz range. So, if you just want a big THUMP, buy the $99 subwoofer made by Klipsch from Newegg and you will be very happy with that. If you are ready to step up and jump, make sure you can swim.

Source: Oppo Digital Audiophile Blu-ray player
Preamp: Vintage 1993 B&K Pro-10MC Sonata (moving coil pickup)
AMP: Vintage 1993 B&K St-202+ Sonata Series
Speakers: Monitor Audio Silver RS8 (two of them)
Speakers: Klipsch Reference RW-12d

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  • Christine S.
  • 5/16/2013 4:55:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuper sale price

Pros: Has a pretty good sound all in all for a ported box. I ussually only buy M&K subs. I thought I'd give this one a shot as my M&K needed replacement.
All in all this is rock solid for the price.
I still prefer the sound of the Miller Kreisel... But for the price there isn't a sub that I know of by any company that sounds as good as this for under 300 new.

Cons: Slightly muddy... Not bad, but not as tight as previous subs. Again, for the money I couldn't find better.

Other Thoughts: The sub showed up with everthing in tact and no damage what so ever. The port was perfect. Alot of complaints of damage in shipping.
I must say, I have never seen such good shipping. The Klipsch box was inside another even better padded box. The outside carton had recieved damage from shipping... But the inside Klipsch carton was perfect. I can't say enough about the packing on this.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/7/2013 9:29:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWOW !!! WOW !!!

Pros: Unbelievable at $299

Was kinda skeptical at first. Basically took a chance once i'd read all the positive reviews here. First of all....i've never ever seen anything packaged quite as well as this sub. You could easily drop it from 50' and i'd betcha it would still work.

Sound quality is superb. I've become a cheap basstard as this sub replaced a $1000+ model that was 9 years old. In my opinion, this $299er coulda kept right up with the big buck Vel.

Cons: Seriously, i've yet to encounter anything i'd complain about.

Other Thoughts: This is not a "gamble" purchase. Buy with the confidence this thing will kick your behind.

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