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Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black)

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Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Advanced YST II Technology
  • 6.5" Down-Firing Woofer
  • Linear Port Enclosure
  • Magnetically Shielded
  • Slim Line Design
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If you're looking to enhance the bass in your stereo system, the Yamaha YST-FSW050 Powered Subwoofer represents pure sophistication in powered subwoofers. It offers a Linear Port enclosure that minimizes excessive noise, 6.5" reinforced multi-range driver with magnetic shielding, down-firing active design, 100W built-in amplifier, and a wide range of frequencies with superb sound quality and low distortion.

In addition, Yamaha's Advanced YST II Technology is packaged with this subwoofer. This advanced technology enables the YST-FSW050 to reproduce the tightest "punch" at the highest sound levels in its class. Its stylish, slim-line design will complement the newest flat-screen Plasma and LCD TVs in your home theater set-up.

Advanced YST II Technology
Advanced Yamaha Active Servo Technology (Advanced YST) is a unique system in which the speaker and amplifier work together to cancel out impedance so the speaker unit has a perfectly linear motion. Advanced YST helps to ensure the highest levels of sound pressure and overall performance.
Linear Port and Down-Firing Design
This subwoofer utilizes a linear port and down-firing design that complements front surround systems and micro component systems.
Powerful 100W Amplifier
A powerful 100W of power makes this subwoofer an ideal choice for the most demanding of situations.
Magnetically Shielded
The housing is designed with magnetic shielding, preventing undesirable interference that causes distortion.
UPC: 027108928906
Speaker System
Power Rating 50W @ 5 ohms
100W Dynamic @ 5 ohms
Frequency Response 35-160Hz
Crossover Frequency Not Specified By Manufacturer
Impedance 12 ohms
Driver 6.5" (16cm) Reinforced
Enclosure Ported
Connectors RCA
Shielded Yes
General
Dimensions (WxHxD) 13.75 x 6.9 x 13.75" (349.2 x 175.2 x 349.2mm)
Weight 18.7 lbs (8.4 kg)
Power Requirements 120VAC, 60Hz
Color Black
Packaging Info
Package Weight 21.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.5 x 17.5 x 10.5"
Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black)
  • Subwoofer Cable (RCA)
  • System Control Cable
  • Set of Non-Skid Pads
  • 1-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    YamahaYST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 38 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (29)
    • Attractive (28)
    • Easy to set up (20)
    • Good power output (14)
    • Easy to mount (12)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home theater (22)
    • Smaller rooms / apartments (20)
    • Basic systems (14)
    • Home (12)
    • Large rooms (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (19), Tech savvy (18), Movie enthusiast (12), Audiophile (10), Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good performance, great value

    Okay, let's make this clear up front. If you're into floor-shaking, nail-popping explosions, this is probably not for you. On the other hand, if you're like me, who wanted something small...Read complete review

    Okay, let's make this clear up front. If you're into floor-shaking, nail-popping explosions, this is probably not for you. On the other hand, if you're like me, who wanted something small and unobtrusive to fill in the lower end of small speakers, this deserves a spot very high on your list. I'm using it with a pair of 30 year old Realistic Minimus 7. (Don't laugh. Google them.) The result is VERY accurate and musical when asked to perform at ordinary-human SPLs. (Reminder: this isn't going to shake your floor) I'm constantly astonished at how good this simple and unexciting pairing of equipment sounds. A piano *sounds* like a piano. A guitar *sounds* like a guitar. A double-bass *sounds* like a double bass, with all the fullness of the lower register and appropriate raspiness of the bow on the strings. I couldn't be more pleased for this application.

    Setup and operation are simple. Plug ("RCA" type) it into the sub output of your preamp or receiver (there's no built-in crossover), turn it on, and set a level to match your full-range speakers. I found a crossover of 100Hz (set in the receiver) the most satisfactory, but this will vary according to your equipment. I'd be very reluctant to ask this subwoofer to deal with anything over 150Hz, and I'd recommend against even 120Hz unless you are extremely limited by your full-range speakers.

    The "100W" (I always take power ratings with a grain of salt) internal amp runs very cool. In fact, I've never felt the slightest warm spot anywhere on the unit. Idle power is only a couple of watts, so you don't have to fret about turning it off when it's not being used. Since there's no remote control except for the Yamaha-proprietary on-off switching (what do you want for this price point?) this is a convenience. Even when it's being exercised with some significant low frequency content, the power consumption rarely exceeds 20W.

    As far as the 5-star rating goes, it comes with a caveat: It's not a 1KW 15" Velodyne, and it's never ever going to move that kind of air at those kinds of frequencies. BUT, for what it's intended to do, within its clear limitations, it's an excellent choice. I'd enthusiastically recommend it for any application within its intended envelope.

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    Good but not great

    For the money and the size this is a good solid subwoofer. However, I found that it just didnt have that warm feeling to it. If you want something that looks nice and...Read complete review

    For the money and the size this is a good solid subwoofer. However, I found that it just didnt have that warm feeling to it. If you want something that looks nice and is decent its a good buy. But if you want your living room to sounds like a movie theater and your bass to bump like a club its not your best bet.

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    5.0

    Not too much base!

    By FluffySheep

    from Renton, WA

    About Me Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy to Mount
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems
      • Home Theater

      Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

      So far, I am very pleased with the capability of this subwoofer. I live on the top floor of my apartment, and as I try not to be the "noisy neighbor upstairs", I didn't want a subwoofer that blew my head off at its lowest setting--just something to give my sound bar a little help when catching the lowest lows. This does an excellent job without bringing down the house, and still leaves me very fulfilled at the end of a good movie.

      If you're looking for a more expansive sound system, this probably won't be for you. However, fo the conscientious apartment dweller that still wants a great movie experience without the hassle of too many cords and knobs, this is just perfect. It's compact design makes it easy to place, and even comes with a long connector so you don't have to have your subwoofer in the same location as the soundbar. Overall, I highly suggest this product.

      This subwoofer comes with all the cords and wires you'll need to connect it to your soundbar, so there's no real need for you to buy additional ones unless you really want to spend the extra money. By default, it does not come with a remote, instead relying on the connection that will be between your soundbar and the subwoofer, unifying them as a single product with a single remote. The subwoofer can still be turned up or down as an individual unit if you use the knobs on the front, but it is suggested that you turn the knob to the middle as your preset. This setting is suitable for apartment living, and for *comfortable* home theater enjoyment.

      Set up was easier without the instructions for me, but if you must follow them, I suggest you utilize the ones that came with your soundbar; the instruction that come with the subwoofer are amazingly difficult to understand o_O.

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      5.0

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      By Marco

      from San Diego

      Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

      Perfect, really good sound.

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      5.0

      Boom Boom Boom

      By Thandungen

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Home Theater
        • Larger Rooms
        • Outdoors

        Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

        Very happy with this subwoofer. Changed the sound from flat to rich and can handle anything we throw at it. Have it set up in an outdoor media center which we use for both music and to watch movies. With regards to shipping it arrived exactly when they said it would. Fast, easy and convenient!

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        5.0

        Great Foundation

        By Beto

        from Kansas

        Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

        Our Entertainment room is small so I would offer that qualification. Having said that I can find no fault with this speaker. It has nice definition and stays out of the way of the other musical or soundtrack ingredients. In other words it's not so boomy that it covers everything else up. I'm a tight wad and am happy with my purchase. 50% off would have made me thrilled with it.

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        5.0

        perfect size sub

        By mike

        from canton oh

        About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy to Mount
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Home Theater
          • Smaller Rooms

          Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

          Needed a small sub for bedroom surround system. This sub fit under our dresser. Had to place it on a thin piece of plywood to keep it up out of the carpet. It doesn't have the room shaking ability of a larger more powerful sub but I wasn't expecting that. Adds a nice tight bass to our system. Plugged it into the switched outlet on our Pioneer receiver so it is turned on and off with the receiver.

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          5.0

          Perfect For Me

          By Peter

          from Princeton, NJ

          About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems
            • Home
            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

            Needed a couple of compact sub-woofers to add some warm bass to Sonos system that really doesn't get cranked up a lot. Didn't want to spend a fortune but still wanted something passable. These have made the grade. Both fit nicely where I needed them to and add a nice depth to the music that was missing. Also nice, clean, understated looks. I would buy again.

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            4.0

            Not bad....Not bad at all.....

            By bjblank

            from lafayette, la

            About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Basic Systems
              • Home Theater
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

              I needed to replace an outdated passive subwoofer with a powered one when I bought a new receiver. So far this Yamaha has performed admirably and fits nicely into the cabinet. It is responsive to the lowest of the lows and not too boomy. I would recomend for anyone looking to round out their sound with a subwoofer in a smaller area to get this sub.

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              5.0

              Nice Little Sub

              By froejoe

              from Rochester, NY

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Basic Systems
                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                I purchased this unit to supplement my stereo receiver, which has a TV, Apple TV, HD box, and BluRay device connected to it . I wanted something that would fit inside the TV stand that houses the receiver and other devices. This sub complements my bookshelf speakers nicely. The base is not floor-shaking, but I don't want that. The base is more than adequate and adds just enough warmth to the sound coming from the receiver. I'm running the sub at 75% volume, and that's just about right for my setup. You really can't beat the price for the quality you get in this device.

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                4.0

                Good Value

                By Crmwill

                from Florida

                Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                This subwoofer is good for the money. I purchased it to fit in a tight space and it gets the job done. It is what I expected but will probably be upgraded to a larger more powerful sub down the road. The sub does great on TV and movies, but lacks a little on music as expected. I am happy with my purchase!

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                4.0

                Just Right

                By Tywms

                from Douglas County

                Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                Perfect balance between price and performance. Just enough warm sound and power to complement my overall speaker setup. Great addition!

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                4.0

                Good value for the money

                By Ad guy

                from Chapel Hill, NC

                About Me Audiophile, Practical, Value oriented

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Size
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                • No Auto On

                Best Uses

                • Can Hide Under The Bed
                • Home Theater
                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                Unfortunately, doesn't come with the usual Yamaha auto on/off switch.

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                5.0

                Good vibration

                By John T

                from California

                Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                This unit is suitable for displaying on top of the TV console without appearing too bulky. The sound is powerful enough to fit a living room. The design looks very high end at a moderate price. Love it.

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                5.0

                Awesome!!

                By Neil

                from NYC

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

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Basic Systems
                  • Home Theater
                  • Smaller Rooms

                  Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                  I Got this for it's compact Stylish design. It has more than enough power for a home theatre sytem. no complaints.

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                  5.0

                  Fits in small place

                  By Br

                  from WA

                  Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                  Pretty good sound and fits in inconspicuously. If you want bigger base, buy a bigger subwoofer

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                  5.0

                  This is a great small subwoofer.

                  By Duck

                  from Harriman,Tn.37748

                  About Me Do It Yourself, Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fits In Small Spaces
                  • Good Power Output
                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bedroom Tv
                    • Enhances Tv Sound
                    • Home
                    • Home Theater
                    • Smaller Rooms

                    Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                    I presently have two of them which are being used in my basement home theater system.
                    It has a lot of punch for a small enclose.

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                    5.0

                    Big enough to get it done

                    By Carl the Godfather

                    from Saucier, MS

                    About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Easy to Mount
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Good Power Output
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Basic Systems
                      • Home
                      • Larger Rooms
                      • Smaller Rooms

                      Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                      I use my Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100 W powered subwoofer with a Vizio sound bar with subwoofer RCA jack, running at 50% volume. I control bass with remote. Pleasantly boosts bass for movies, music porgrams and especially PBS specials. Fits perfectly in TV console which has 7 in. shelf openings. Does not drown out voice or higher freq's.

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                      5.0

                      Wonderful

                      By mgdanna

                      from Manhattan

                      About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy to Mount
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good Power Output
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Home Theater
                        • Smaller Rooms

                        Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                        Like an earlier reviewer, I too have this subwoofer paired with some 30 year old Minimus 7s.

                        The room I watch TV in is 13ft X 16ft. This subwoofer fills it brilliantly. I have the volume at about 50%. I used the auto setup on my Onkyo AV amp to set the input levels. I am running a 3.1 system. The Onkyo auto setup was much better than my manual attempt.

                        I highly recommend this subwoofer for a small or medium viewing room.

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                        5.0

                        what I was looking for..

                        By denondeejay

                        from Chicago, Illinois

                        About Me Movie Enthusiast, Pro Audio / DJ

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Easy to Mount
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Good Power Output
                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Theater

                          Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                          With this Yamaha Powered Subwoofer I completed my dream home theater! Everything is Yamaha great sound great brand name. I realy recomend this for every body...

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                          4.0

                          Can't beat the size and the price

                          By basicbass

                          from san francisco

                          About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy to Mount
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                          • No Adjustable Xover

                          Best Uses

                          • Basic Systems
                          • Home Theater
                          • Smaller Rooms

                          Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                          This puppy will not shake and rock you. But it has sufficient bass to complement a pair of satellite speakers to give a very satisfying full spectrum sound, without taking up half of your room. Highly recommended for someone who's sick of the first 5 seconds of Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra. Been there, done that, not that thrilling really after a while.

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Great bass response!!

                          By bbw2001

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Good Power Output
                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Theater
                          • Smaller Rooms

                          Comments about Yamaha YST-FSW050B 100W Powered Subwoofer (Black):

                          Hooked up to Yamaha home theater sound bar, which is connected to a Samsung 55-inch LCD TV. This unit packs a wallop for such a small footprint. It also matches the sleek elegant design of both the Samsung and the sound bar. Downward facing also gives a full surround-like bass response.

                          Frequency response is adjustable and adjustments work well.

                          Overall couldn't be happier with this purchase, and a great value!

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