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Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer

B&H # SOSAW3000 MFR # SAW3000/Z
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Product Highlights
  • 12" Woofer
  • Speaker and Line Inputs
  • Motion Feed Back Technology

Sony's SA-W3000 Powered Subwoofer replicates the cinematic experience with 180W of chest-thumping bass. The 12" Mica-reinforced cellular woofer will reach down to 20Hz with Motion Feed Back Technology. Complete your surround sound system with this 12" side firing subwoofer.

180W Amplified Subwoofer
12" Mica Reinforced Cellular Woofer
Motion Feed Back Technology
Frequency Response 20Hz - 200Hz
Available Standby Mode
Speaker System
Power Rating 180W
Frequency Response 20Hz - 200Hz
Crossover Frequency Not Specified by Manufacturer
Impedance 6 Ohms, 80Hz, 10% THD
Driver 12" (30cm) Mica Reinforced Woofer
Enclosure Side Mounted
Connectors Speaker In
Line In
Shielded Yes
General
Dimensions (WxHxD) 14.12x 16.75 x 16.5" (360 x 425 x 421mm)
Weight 35.3 lbs (16 kg)
Power Requirements 120 VAC, 60Hz
Power Consumption 100W (in operation)
<0.3W (in standby)
Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer
  • Mono to Mono RCA-Phono Cable
  • 4 x Foot Pads
  • 1 Year Parts and Labor
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonySA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer
     
    4.7

    (based on 45 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (23)
    • Attractive (21)
    • Easy to set up (20)
    • Easy to setup (16)
    • Quality mounting hardware (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Improving sound (27)
      • Surround sound speakers (16)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Movie enthusiast (29), Practical (20), Tech savvy (18), Audiophile (14), Pro audio / DJ / mixing (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (27)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good Budget subwoofer

      I bought this sub woofer mainly to go with my new sound system . now granted i have not owned thousands of different types of speakers before i am going to school to be a...Read complete review

      I bought this sub woofer mainly to go with my new sound system . now granted i have not owned thousands of different types of speakers before i am going to school to be a musician and have had a lot of experience with sounds, and how to work with electronics to reproduce sound accurately.

      The sub woofer is kept at about mid volume most of the time and is hooked up to my Yamaha RX-V465 receiver. For the most part on normal gaming and T.V/Movie watching, the sub woofer is unnoticeable and blends in with the other speakers. This is a good thing because one is not able to hear certain speakers sticking out of the texture. If i want to hear bass i just turn the volume knob all the way up. When the knob is all the way up the floor will literally shake. My room mate and i were playing dead space with the sub woofer turned all the way up. he was using one of hte downloadable guns, and every time he fired the floor, coffee table, sliding glass door, and the couch shook.

      So far we have not had the sound loud enough to hear distortion. the only con to this sub is for music listening. the 12" sub is a little to big to have the punch that a 10" would have. ideally 2 10" subs would produce as much volume as a 12 but have the punch a 12 would lack. however that being said, this is mostly used to watch movies and play games, for which a 12 is perfect. it gives the low rumble that the floor standings cant quite create.

      The other speakers i have with this are the:
      Sony SS-F5000 (front channel floor standing)
      Sony SS-CN5000 (center channel)
      Sony SS-B1000 (rear channels book shelf)

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Too large for my entertainment room

      It works fine but to have a Sony product, this 12" was the smallest available. Evidently, they discontinued their 10" (at half the price) which would have worked just...Read complete review

      It works fine but to have a Sony product, this 12" was the smallest available. Evidently, they discontinued their 10" (at half the price) which would have worked just fine for my application.

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      5.0

      Great full sound. Completes system.

      By Ivy Bordeaux

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Improving Sound

        Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

        Got this to complete my 7.2. Absolutely brought it to life.

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        4.0

        Deep sound, great value

        By BlueWing

        from New York, NY

        About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

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        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Improving Sound
          • Surround Sound Speakers

          Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

          The speaker sounds terrific, with deep punchy bass. Controls are easy to use - its what you'd expect from a subwoofer: plug and play. The cabinet is attractive. Only drawback is size - it's a bit on the bulky side. Overall a good value.

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          5.0

          Just buy it.

          By ARMYPETY

          from Canada

          About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Improving Sound
            • Surround Sound Speakers

            Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

            Amazing value and performance,dont let the name fool you.This sub deserves the rave reviews everywhere.

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            3.0

            eh ok

            By cjjj

            from new york, ny

            About Me Movie Enthusiast

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                  Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                  it is ok but sometimes it does not feel right.. and it is too big for what it is doing,.,..

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                  3.0

                  Too large for my entertainment room

                  By dlehman

                  from Conway, AR

                  About Me Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                      It works fine but to have a Sony product, this 12" was the smallest available. Evidently, they discontinued their 10" (at half the price) which would have worked just fine for my application.

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                      5.0

                      Nice add-on to speakers setup

                      By Mr Bassman

                      from MD

                      About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Quality Mounting Hardware

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Improving Sound

                        Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                        Very powerful and deep basses. Not boomy.

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                        5.0

                        Rich sound

                        By mah

                        from Alabama

                        About Me Movie Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Improving Sound

                          Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                          Only problem is it turns off on low volume sections of movies.

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                          5.0

                          Best Value by far!

                          By zawezel13

                          from Maine

                          About Me Practical

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                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                              I was so excited to find a 12" subwoofer for this price and after searching all over the web, B&H had the best price. I bought this sub to hook up to my entertainment center for watching movies and listening to music. I now watch movies and listen to music in a whole new light.(never had a sub before). This sub rocks the house with ease and I just couldn't be happier. It won't disappoint.

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                              5.0

                              Deep Bass!!

                              By Michael

                              from OH

                              About Me Movie Enthusiast, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Sturdy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Improving Sound

                                Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                                Replaced a Yamaha 100 watt 10" sub. It absolutely blows it away!! I would recommend this sub to anyone seeking a great product for a great deal.

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                                5.0

                                Simply awesome

                                By Benzy

                                from Austin, TX

                                About Me Audiophile, Pro Audio / DJ

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Great sound
                                • Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Improving Sound

                                  Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                                  Super deep and accurate. I bought it for my 150 sq ft music production studio, and it's ridiculously more than loud enough at 1/5 power. I'm hearing low frequencies in music that I've never heard before. Well worth the investment!

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Subwoofer!

                                  By Jim

                                  from Worcester, MA

                                  About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Pro Audio / DJ, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Good price value
                                  • Quality Mounting Hardware
                                  • Sturdy

                                  Cons

                                  • Power button on back

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                                    Best Subwoofer for the price!

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                                    5.0

                                    Works well for me!

                                    By Greek

                                    from Lexington, KY

                                    About Me Practical

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                                        I use the SW for my home theater and music.
                                        I am not an afficianado nor do I have a keen ear but this SW does a great job for my purposes!

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                                        5.0

                                        Good Subwoofer

                                        By fredwe2

                                        from Coquitlam, BC

                                        About Me Movie Enthusiast

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                                        Pros

                                        • Attractive Design
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Quality Mounting Hardware

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                                            very loud, and good quality. You can attach it to other subwoofer directly, like chaining a series of subs together. You can adjust HZ and volume. Very flexible.

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                                            5.0

                                            Easy way to get BASS

                                            By The Kude

                                            from Boise, ID

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                                                  Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                                                  Why miss out on all the good bass that's in most music and movies? You can't go wrong at this price...buy two!

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great bang for your buck

                                                  By Juan

                                                  from Homer, GA

                                                  About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Attractive Design
                                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                                  • Sturdy

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Improving Sound
                                                    • Surround Sound Speakers

                                                    Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                                                    I own a pair of Altec Lansing Model 14 speakers, they are great speakers with very tight subs and for classical music I felt like I needed a bit more base. the SA-W3000 200W Powered 12" Subwoofer by Sony was the perfect solution to my problem, this sub added the feeling that I was missing!

                                                    The inputs and outputs are a great feature (from amp speaker output to sub and then to your speaker set), since you do not need a RCA connection to use it.

                                                    The sub has 2 speaker inputs, 2 speaker outputs, 1 RCA input and 1 RCA output( very useful for connecting 2 systems to it).

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Boom for your buck

                                                    By TC

                                                    from San Diego CA

                                                    About Me Pro Audio / DJ

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                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                                    • Sturdy

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Improving Sound

                                                      Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                                                      I am using this sub with a sonos sytem and it is working very well. Auto power on and off is a nice feature with this sub. I would recomend this sub as very good boom of your buck.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Great Subwoofer

                                                      By Todd

                                                      from Florida

                                                      About Me Audiophile, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Attractive Design
                                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                                      • Quality Mounting Hardware
                                                      • Sturdy

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Improving Sound
                                                        • Surround Sound Speakers

                                                        Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                                                        I bought this Powered Subwoofer and two Sony bookshelf speakers to replace a Bose Acoustimass system, which I put in my dining room; the Sony system sounded MUCH better than the Bose. Great system at a good price.

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                                                        4.0

                                                        Best bang for the buck!

                                                        By tito

                                                        from S.F. bay area, CA.

                                                        About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy To Set Up

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Improving Sound
                                                          • Surround Sound Speakers

                                                          Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                                                          This sub does the job. For home movies and music it's a great enhancement. I even have DJ with it at a outdoor event. If on a budget this is the one.

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Value, power and room filling bass

                                                          By PhantomAndy

                                                          from Louisville, KY

                                                          About Me Movie Enthusiast, Music Enthusiast, Techie, Tech Savvy

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • PerformancePrice ratio
                                                          • Value

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Power Savings Sensitivity

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Budget System
                                                          • Large rooms

                                                          Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                                                          Based on price and overall quality I have to give this sub 5 stars. The SA-W3000 provides rich bass that's not boomy and sufficiently tight for both home theater use and music listening at a price that is not matched by any other sub. The combination equates to a great overall value from a price and performance standpoint.

                                                          I'm using this sub in a large living room/great room with vaulted ceilings. The front firing design of this sub gives a room filling sound that has balanced well in my setup while not over powering or having a booming feel. The low end LFE effects delivered from my Marantz NR1501 while watching HD TV (Dolby Digital Signal) or movies is excellent and rivals the sound I get from my JBL setup in my listening room. Music has a smooth feel with the sub filling in the low end of the spectrum with punchy bass (albeit not as tight as you would expect from a more expensive unit).

                                                          This replaced an aging 8" Infinity sub that had finally worn out and makes a great budget addition to my less used living room setup.

                                                          The only real negative is the power savings feature - that I've learned to live with. At low listening levels and during times with little low end bass the sub will go into standby (power savings). This only happens during TV and Movies during long dialogs with little to no background sound but can cause gaps in the low end performance when the soundtrack ramps back up.

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                                                          5.0

                                                          I Want TWO Awesome OUTPUT

                                                          By Jeremy AudioFreak

                                                          from Milledgeville,GA

                                                          About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                                                          Verified Reviewer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Attractive Design
                                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                                          • Sturdy

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Improving Sound

                                                            Comments about Sony SA-W3000 180W Powered 12" Subwoofer:

                                                            Great Sub neighbors say they can hear it. Produces Good deep bass not as deep as some car subs but a lot better than what i had. The floor shakes when you turn it up. I am thinking of buying one more cause you can daisy chain them together. I have heard bass in things i didn't think would have bass i also have the sony floor speakers SS-F7000 and center SS-CN5000 they are awesome together i hear stuff i never heard before. Sony products are great.

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