The Pioneer SW-8MK2 subwoofer is an 8-inch down-firing subwoofer with good sound. It comes with a reasonable price tag and is aesthetically pleasing to blend in well with your Home Theater, but is this the right subwoofer for you? Let’s look at the nitty gritty of this subwoofer and find out!

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Specs

› Frequency Range…………………………………………….38 Hz-150 Hz

› Maximum Input Power……………………………………………….100 W

› Driver Size………………………………………………………………………8”

› Dimensions (W x H x D) ………..12-3/16” x 14-3/16” x 12-3/16”

› Weight (each)……………………………………………………..20 lbs 4 oz

› Power Consumption……………………………………………………1.0 A

Power Requirement…………………………………………120 V / 60 Hz 

A few things to note about this subwoofer:
* This is not necessarily a 100 watt subwoofer; it’s actually 50 watt RMS.
** This subwoofer only goes down to 38Hz.

Impressions

The Pioneer SW-8MK2 subwoofer impresses in sound quality until you push it to its max, which causes it to generate a rude flutter sound. I found you had to adjust the frequency on the back to 100Hz. This brings us to the two primary drawbacks to this subwoofer. First: at just 50 watts, this subwoofer does NOT have the power to handle a big room. Second: with the lowest being 38Hz, though it may be respectable, the movie enthusiast will be looking for a lower Hz sub. This is a down-firing subwoofer, and the nice thing about down-firing is the flexibility you have with your placement. Setting up a subwoofer in the right location is important to avoid dead zones. If you truly want to get rid of dead zones, you’ll have to go with a two subwoofer setup (which is recommended).

backside of pioneer SW-8MK2 subwoofer

Pros

  • Down-firing Driver allows for easier room placement
  • Surprisingly nice sound for a small subwoofer
  • Good for small rooms

Cons

  • Only 50 Watts RMS will leave you frustrated with an underwhelming performance
  • Once you get sounds that go below 38Hz, you’re left with a drop in the low bass rumble
  • Not powerful enough for a regular or big-sized room
  • A little expensive for a 50 Watt Subwoofer

Conclusion For The Pioneer SW-8MK2 Subwoofer

With all the positive reviews online for the Pioneer SW-8MK2 subwoofer, I had high hopes. Sadly, I was left disappointed, as this under-powered subwoofer tries really hard to fill your big room, but ultimately falls flat. If you live in an apartment, or want a subwoofer for your computer room, this could be a nice fit. After some time, though, I felt the price point for this wasn’t right. If you shop around, you can find higher-end subwoofers on sale. If you really want that movie theater experience, best to fork out a little bit more money on a bigger, more powerful subwoofer. This subwoofer will not shake your walls. The reason for my low score is because most of us purchase a subwoofer for our home theater setup, and this subwoofer fails to deliver in that role.

My Score

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Written by Michael Gitchell
A world traveler, son, father, student. Worked in many different fields. Lived in Japan for 5 years. Hobbies include computers/electronics, movies, socializing with friends and family, and hanging out with my dog. このページいらしゃい。よろしくお願いします。