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Yamaha Subwoofer

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YST-FSW050BL2 (Each, Black)

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New shape subwoofers with Yamaha's latest technologies, including Advanced YST II, Linear Port and down-firing design plus best matching for front surround systems and micro component systems. 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.

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  1. Not bad at all! Review by Patrick M Spain

    This is probably the least sophisticated sub ever. Ever.
    (Which should come at no surprise considering it's price point and the product desription)
    I purchased this mainly because it's cheap (duh) and because I'm intending on using it to support an older home theater system in a "modest" bedroom (approx. 11'x 12') which I'll primarily be using for music when getting it on or going to bed... Keep that in mind as you read my review. That is, the intended use of the sub, not the room. Pervert.

    Power switch, power cable, volume, and line in. That's it. No frills at all. El strippo.

    Sound quality:
    Some have said this sub is "boomy", and to a degree it is. It's bass sound offers long decay and very good resonance... all of which is "tuneable" based on where it's placed in the room.
    When I first hooked it up and placed it on the bottom shelf of my component rack it was whisper quiet. I had it maxed and it couldn't compete with my bookshelf speakers. I took it out and left it on the carpet in front of the component rack and it exploded! It shook the bloody room, scared my cat, and tightened my sphincter. At that point I figured I should experiment more with where it's placed. After a few more attempts with placement I finally settled with it being directly on the carpet under my bed (which couldn't be done with a standard box-type sub, mind).
    The volume is set to about 60%. The bass now has enough punch and attack to support/enhance the double kicks from my favorite metal bands as well as the sustain and resonance for classical and country. The boomyness is now absent and my bed vibrates (sexy)!
    In short, given it's operating parameters and lack of equalization, it's perfect. I imagine this will sound fantastic if/when I get a TV hooked up.
    Once you've gone through proper room placement and volume equalization, you can basically forget about it and enjoy.

    Even though it's hidden now, I wouldn't have minded if this was sitting in plain view. Actually, I was kind of hoping I could have set it out on display, it would've added to the cool factor of of my stereo. It's a pleasant looking unit and seems well made. Fit and finish is excellent, again, given it's price-point.

    Overall, I'm pretty thrilled with this little guy- it's a great value. I could've saved $20 and bought a box type sub, but my placement options would have been far more limited, and more importantly, I wouldn't have a vibrating bed (sexy)!

    If I had a more modern receiver with EQs built in, I'm willing to bet I could make this sub do whatever I wanted it to.
    Except cook pancakes in the morning (sexy)! (Posted on 6/20/2012)

  2. Stylish subwoofer with good performance for its size Review by Fishing Fool

    This Yamaha subwoofer is designed to be compact but only in height as the depth and width is about the same as a standard 10 inch "cube" subwoofer. The most important thing you need to know before buying this is the fact it does not have an integrated crossover so you need a receiver that has this function. Mine is connected to a newer <a href="">Yamaha RX-V373 5.1-Channel AV Receiver</a> making it a perfect match. As others have noted, this subwoofer needs a separate trigger cable (included) to automatically turn it on/off remotely via the receiver. If your receiver does not have a trigger jack like mine, you will need to turn on/off the sub with its own power button. It cannot use the RCA signal cable as a trigger like the older Yamaha subs. On the older models the sub is always in low power standby and then fully turns on automatically when it senses an audio signal via the RCA cable. For some reason this model doesn't allow for that older method of automatically turning on/off the sub.

    This sub has a relatively small driver at only 6.5 inches but it definitely outputs enough low frequencies for movies and music for moderately sized rooms. This is possible because of Yamaha's Active Servo Technology II which doesn't need very large enclosure volumes for a given level of output. Also note that placement of this sub is very important if you want strong bass. This sub needs to be placed near a wall or corner to have the low frequencies emphasized otherwise you won't hear much bass and think it doesn't have enough power. During testing I put this sub in the middle of the room lined up with the listening position and as expected I could hardly hear any bass, but when I walked around the room I could hear lots of bass at different listening positions. What my little experiment showed was that placement is of utmost importance. Keep in mind this is not to be confused with below 100Hz directionality which will still hold true. I have it crossed over at 80Hz which is what THX recommends.

    Now with that said don't expect this sub to output "tight" mid-bass at high volume. That just won't happen with this size sub. If you need strong tight mid-bass then you have two options...larger front speakers with 8"+ woofers and/or a 10"+ subwoofer. For the price and size this Yamaha is perfect for a 5.1 bedroom setup like mine. For a large home theater room with 7.1 I'd go with one of Yamaha's larger 10" driver based subs like the older <a href="">Yamaha YST-SW315PN 10" Powered Subwoofer (Piano Black)</a> or newer <a href="">Yamaha YST-SW216BL Subwoofer</a>

    In summary I'm very satisfied with this's stylish design and performance has met my specific needs. (Posted on 4/24/2012)

  3. Be sure you have a subwoofer connection Review by Bowser B "Bill"

    As someone else mentioned this sounds somewhat boomy. The other thing is that it has only a single mono RCA input jack. If your source device does not have a subwoofer connector (as my Vizio TV does not), you may have to select left or right to go to the subwoofer. When I connect the two with a Y connector, it turns all my sound to mono. Bummer. (Posted on 3/6/2012)

  4. X-Files Review by SCAT

    After looking for some time for a Sub for my Vizio VSB 200 Speaker bar that was needed I decided on the Yamaha.
    Hooked it up with a Mediabridge Ultra Subwoofer cable to my Speaker bar and watched X- Files, one of my DVD movies. It made a big difference compared to the week before when I watched it. Adding just the right rumble at 75%
    volume. This Subwoofer is made for front surround systems. My Woofer sits on a shelf over the TV by itself. The back
    of the Woofer has 2 connections only and a 110 V power cord 5 ft long. One of the connections is for the Subwoofer cable and and one for the system control cable( both cables are 15 feet long and included but not shielded ). The control cable plugs into an Yamaha Amplifier, witch I don't have, for the Auto Shut off feature. (Posted on 3/1/2012)

  5. Yamaha Home Audio Review by goreeingreene

    I ordered two of these small sub-woofers and couldn't be more pleased they produce clear crisp base and have a nice sounding punch to them. If you are looking for something to rock the house with nothing but overpowering base these aren't the guys to get but if you want to create a stellar theater experience within your own home I highly recommend these units. I purchased two of these smaller ones rather than one of the larger and placed one in each back corner of the room. I purchased a gold plated splitter cable and split my signal coming off the receiver and the sound has been GREAT. These are small enough to fit under a futon couch to give you an idea as to what they will fit under. All this to say this is a great product at a great price! (Posted on 2/20/2012)

  6. Amazing after 3 years Review by Franz Chamorro

    I bougth this Sub on 2008 on US$176 ands after three years the price don't fall significatly, I supposed that means this device has good quality; the bass are tremendous and its size is ecellent for samll spaces, this works with a Kenwood amplifier and Infinity speakers. 5 stars (Posted on 1/23/2012)

  7. Good bass for the bucks. Review by acbasurto

    This is my first review. The Yamaha sub I got was not overwhelming in the effects that it added to my experience. However the extra thump, subtle sounds, and voice clarity added to the overall experience was pleasant. Granted I had neighbors to consider and never really tried to crank it up yet. Had it hooked up to a Vizio soundbar. Yamaha YST did add some depth to each scene in all movies from a sound effects stand point. There are some problems with turning it off as it stays on when the soundbar is turned off.

    Overall this is a good edition to a soundbar, and at times shows it muscles. It is not for audiophiles or bass heads however. Its for people looking for a nice looking and decent sounding solution to adding some effects and bass to their soundbars or theater systems missing those things. At a good price it does just that. (Posted on 1/21/2012)

  8. Yes, it has auto-on and off Review by David Bluestone

    Just started to review the product and I wanted to correct some previous reviews that said that it does not have auto-on and off. It does include this feature. There is a mini-jack that connects to the trigger output of your receiver (assuming your receiver has one). I plugged the included cord in and connected the other end to the jack on the back of my Denon receiver--it worked flawlessly. You just keep it in the off-position on the switch and it automatically turns on.

    So far it is sounds good, and fits very well into the small rack space required. (It's a very heavy component unit, so I'm not worried about it shaking other components). I'm guessing that if you are looking for a smaller unit like me, you'll find that this product fits the bill. (Posted on 1/12/2012)

  9. Great size and Price Review by JJP

    Overall, I like this subwoofer after owning for a week or two. I am not an audiophile, but was missing the bass in my system as my current room configuration did not allow for my larger subwoofer. The Yamaha YST FSW050 was a great solution. It fit within my entertainment center, easy hookup to my Onkyo receiver, and simple controls. After configuring with my receiver, have the subwoofer set at ~3 for volume. Produces a decent amount of bass and was surprised I did not get any rattling of my entertainment center. You have to manually power on/off, but not that big of an issue. If you are space constrained and can't run wires across the room, this sub is a good solution. (Posted on 12/11/2011)

  10. Not a subwoofer (a "woofer," maybe). Review by Paul C Mindemann

    I tried this "subwoofer" because I needed something I could fit below a small office cabinet. Unfortunately, even in an office setting, this unit underperforms. Here's why:

    * For starters, there's no crossover setting. So the tiny driver is reproducing more mid-lows than true low bass, and there's no way to stop it from doing so. It's all muddy mid-bass.
    * The main driver is tiny and the amp is underpowered, so it has no impact whatsoever (and turning it up only worsens the problem).
    * There's no auto turn-on, phase inversion, crossover (already mentioned) or anything else that would make this truly useful as a stand-alone subwoofer. Perhaps with a Yamaha mini-system that had no low-mids to begin with it would be helpful, but again, not as a subwoofer for a high quality system.
    * Although it didn't impact performance, the box was opened already when the unit arrived.

    The system in which this "sub" was used consisted of Sonus Faber speakers, Rogue Audio integrated amplifier and Kimber interconnects. Needless to say, I was mistaken in thinking it could perform in the same league as these other components, but I doubt it perform well in any league, quite honestly. It's all "mid-woofer" and definitely not a true "sub-woofer." An embarrassing product for Yamaha. (Posted on 12/8/2011)

  11. Great for the $$$ Review by mike h.

    I gave this woofer a 5 star rating just because it is what it is: an inexpensive, no frills but solid performer. My living area is average size and with my 'Visio' 3-D sound bar it works great. Other reviewers have called it boomy, and it can be at higher audio levels, but for watching flicks and action t.v. shows it does great at even under 50%.

    I haven't used it yet with my i-pod dock but I can see where it may distort the low end sound some, but for the bucks you can't beat this 'Yamaha'. As for it having to be turned off manually, it's not a big deal for me. I mostly use it for flicks like I said before, so it will be off for the news and game shows etc...Even in this age of remote control everything, I can make it off my butt to push a button. (Posted on 12/7/2011)

  12. Lotta bang for the buck Review by Phillip Baggett "bagwood"

    You cannot beat this unit for the price,its is easy to hookup and use. its size is very un intrusive and it can be installed on either side or the bottom. It is a little boomy , but acceptable unless you consider yourself a home theater guru, then you probably want a REL subwoofer for very large bucks. The only fault is it stays on all the time and you have to switch it off if you are so inclined. all in all a good unit for the price. (Posted on 12/6/2011)

  13. Great Value; solid output Review by L. Douglas

    Matched currently with a new Yamaha 444 center & 555 tower 3.1 system. I've used impressive 8" & 12" passive/active subs by B&W & Velodyne over the past 20 years. I purchased this Yamaha because my wife didn't want an "ugly box" on the floor with a previous "hide the cables & boxes" basement in-wall 5.1 system. This sub actually fits and works well on the TV stand lowest shelf.

    My verdict: Simply amazing for the size & price. Very tunable and attenuation controls very effective. It works/balances great with the new all-Yamaha speaker system purchased when we moved. Highly recommend Dependable Resources, too. Honestly, you will be surprised by the range, output & accuracy of this concise unit. I do not agree that it is boomy at all; it is so easy to balance this sub. I can say this because it's been used in a a variety of rooms and systems, and it always adjusts to an appropriate output. It's not chest pounding like a top 10 or 12, but quite ample for most situations. (Posted on 7/31/2011)

  14. exactly what i needed Review by andrea

    Pairs perfectly with my ysp-1100 sound bar; the result is super crisp. At full volume it's a little much, but at 50-75% it fills out the sound perfectly. (Posted on 6/18/2011)

  15. Excellent Sub Review by Nathan Edwards

    Sub sound great and allows you to position it vertical or horizontal. I use it with a Yamaha v667 receiver and the bass is excellent. (Posted on 6/5/2011)

  16. Worth the price Review by Pablo

    If I had an extra $200, I would get something else, but I didn't. For theprice, I am satisfied with the slightly boomy sound and the plastic finish. (Posted on 6/1/2011)

  17. Hits Review by David C. Batarseh "dbatarse"

    This sub has good but boomy bass but its perfect with my sound bar in a small room. No auto off is my only complaint. (Posted on 4/11/2011)

  18. Well worth the Money Review by Dan Solomon

    This is just what the Doctor ordered. Sounds great, compact and affordable. I would recommend this for any home system (Posted on 3/13/2011)

  19. Happy Buyer Review by Thomas Coble

    I placed this order based on the reviews I read while searching for the right subwoofer that fit my needs. This worked out perfectly, Thank you all for placing reviews on this web site. (Posted on 3/1/2011)

  20. Great sub with sound projector Review by Timothy McMaster

    I bought this for use with my YSP-4100 sound projector. I was very happy with my sound projector before, but now with the sub I'm ecstatic. I only began thinking about a sub after reading reviews of what a difference it makes to the sound experience. I chose this sub because of the good reviews and for the form/fit in my rear shelves. This unit exceeds my expectations and I would recommend it highly. I was going to give it 4 stars since there is no auto on/off and because there's no remote to adjust the volume, but I decided not to penalize the product just because I have to get off my lazy boy a time or two. (Posted on 1/2/2011)

  21. Good but limited Review by A Customer

    Overall, the sound quality is good, but the more better subwoofers will automatically turn off the power when no signal from the tuner is being transmitted to the subwoofers. This subwoofer requires the power to be turned on and off or left on continuously. This is my biggest complaint. (Posted on 12/8/2010)

  22. Great size and price Review by Michael R. Poulin

    I bought this subwoofer for a 2nd home and it delivers quite well, enhancing the sound from my small Polk speakers. The room is small,so the size was perfect for placement behind a chair. I am happy with this purchase. (Posted on 9/10/2010)

  23. Yamaha Subwoofwer Review by Mforehand

    Purchased for use in my private Mac based home studio, so I could hear the deep end of my recordings. I am using it along with my M Audio studio monitors. Technically speaking they may not be considered a proper match (the Yamaha is a bit over kill), but I am hoping to add more powerful monitors in the future.
    The Yamaha has a very good looking design (looks great with my M Audio monitors), the controls are on the front (something that I wanted) and performs just as expected. Blown Away ! 5 Stars (Posted on 8/26/2010)

  24. Great For the Price Review by Michael J Brotherton

    This product didn't exactly blow my socks off, but it adds a nice deep sound to my music and movies. I picked this unit because of its relaively thin size. I have a small space between my entertainment cabinet and the wall that it just slips into perfectly, so I don't have to put it on top of the cabinet. If you are looking for theatre quality booming sound, this might not be for you. But if you need a slim, low priced unit to complement your lower end system, this should work out well for you. (Posted on 7/31/2010)

  25. OK if space is limited but very boomy. Review by J. Musto "Toolman Joe"

    I bought this to enhance the sound of my ceiling speakers. I wanted something small that would fit under a table or love seat so my choices were limited. It's just OK. It cranks out a lot of high, boomy bass but doesn't sound very natural. I have it hooked up to the subwoofer output of a Yamaha CRX-330BL CD Receiver. Unfortunately, neither the receiver nor the sub have a crossover setting. I think that would make all the difference in the world. On certain songs that have low bass notes, the sub seems to reproduce those notes pretty well. The problem is it has a peak at around the 100-200Hz range that makes everything sound boomy.

    Another complaint is the sub does not seem to turn off when no audio is fed to it. There is a control cord that came with it but no where to plug it into the receiver. Every other sub I own turns on when a signal is applied and turns off after a few minutes if no signal is detected. This is a poor design.

    I plan to open the box to see if there is anything I can do to improve the sound. Perhaps some acoustic foam or fiberfill in the cabinet may reduce the boominess, if it doesn't already have some. If that doesn't work, I'll try some modifications to the circuit to see if I can lower the crossover frequency. I'll report back with my results.

    If size is not an issue, there are much better subs out there for just a bit more money. They Sony SA-W3000 is far superior to this sub and only costs $30 more. If your budget (and floor space) is bigger, you have many subs to choose from. My favorite is still my 15" Velodyne. I haven't found anything else even comes close. Of course when it comes to subwoofers, size does matter!

    Update: I decided it was not worth my time to mess with this because the sound quality was poor. I returned it to Amazon. (Posted on 7/20/2010)

  26. Awesome sound - great value Review by Drew35

    I recently received a Vizio Sound Bar for Fathers Day to replace my very old surround system (which by the way I also highly recommend). I wanted to get a new sub that I could place in my media component tower so I viewed and researched many of the low profile subs available. After careful consideration, I decided on a Yamaha. I have used their components in the past and have always had great results with them.

    I checked many different electronics websites and as usual, Amazon had the best price. I ordered this sub along with a UltraLink Matrix 2 interlink cable (see my review on that product page) at 3:30pm est on Friday, chose the one day shipping and had both products in my house by noon on Saturday!

    I immediately hooked up the sub and the sound was AWESOME! I threw on my BluRay copy of Pirates of the Caribbean At Worlds End and sat back. The bass tones blew me away! For the price of this sub, compared to many others of this style, you can't go wrong! If you're in need of a sub and don't feel like spending a weeks pay on it - Get This Sub! (Posted on 6/25/2010)

  27. Extending the depth of listening sensation Review by J. Czukor "cjanos"

    The good: I enjoy the sound quality of this subwoofer. I use it to listen to classical music as a bookshelf speaker with my Logitech internet radio.
    The bad:
    1. For the sound it only has an RCA input. Needed an additional adaptor cable to convert the 3.5mm output from the radio.
    2. The power on/off is manual. When I set my radio to sleep, the subwoofer stays on all night. The system on/off works only with Yamaha sound device. (Posted on 6/19/2010)

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