Klipsch R-10SW review & specs

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Klipsch Reference R-10SW Subwoofer Review

Klipsch R-10SW

Recently I had the opportunity to test a great subwoofer so I decided to write a Klipsch R-10SW review. This device is a high output powered subwoofer with an efficiently working powerful amplifier. It's primarily designed to deliver deep and detailed bass, but it also works well enough on higher frequencies. The item is quite lightweight and compact in comparison with most of the subwoofers on the market. The key features of this subwoofer are variable crossover control and a phase switch option, which allows adjusting the extent of the bass sound levels. It also includes a Line-level and LFE connectivity options that allow connecting the subwoofer to any stereo system or home theater.

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Klipsch R-10SW Design

Klipsch R-10SW is made out of brushed polymer veneer and it’s painted in conventional black color, although it's not too eye-catching yet it still looks elegant. I think that the copper cone in the middle is what makes this subwoofer stand out from the crowd. The cone is adjusted by 8 black nails and has a Klipsch logo on the upper top side of the subwoofer.

It includes a grey support rack that organically fits into the general design of the item and makes it look rather pleasant. The back design is rather simple – a black painted part that includes all of the inputs and two small company logos at the bottom and in the top of the woofer. The item weighs only 25 lbs and I could comfortably place it in my studio and other rooms. Being in black color, this subwoofer has a rather universal design, and it may be compatible with any other elements of your room or your studio.

Klipsch R-10SW Features

R-10SW specs are designed specifically to achieve an ideal performance for 5.1 on Richter scale. It features an all-digital powerful 150-watt nominal power amplifier, with the maximum power of 300 watts that reproduces accurate and effective ample power that is noticeably well working while listening to music or watching movies. There are a low pass crossover feature and the possibility to adjust phase control, with the help of which I could easily control the level of the bass sounding. This is a great option because you can adjust the sounding depending on the room you're in to achieve maximum performance of the subwoofer.

R-10 SW also features a line-level and a low-frequency effects inputs that make the item compatible with various kinds of receivers, stereo systems or home theaters, both old and new ones. It includes an injection modeled graphite spun cooper woofer that delivers low-frequency response of amazing quality without any traces of distortion. There’s a small Led power light mounted on the top of the device which helps indicate when the subwoofer is ready for work. I believe that it would be a little more comfortable if the volume knob was on the front, but that is a rather minor disadvantage.

I’d also like to remark an automatic turn off and on option, which is quite convenient. What I enjoyed the most amongst the features is that this subwoofer has a long cord, which is a plus for comfortable usability, but the best feature is the wireless use option, which is uncommon for many subwoofers.

Klipsch R-10SW Performance & Sound quality

Klipsch R-10SW settings pave the way for an outstanding deep bass performance and flexibility. The frequency response varies from 32 and up to 120 Hz and the crossover frequency level is 40-160 Hz. The installed 300-watt digital amplifier creates an impressive accuracy in sound reproduction. I have noticed that there's a better low-frequency response because of the rigid injection modeled woofer that is the highlight feature of this product. I haven’t heard any kinds of clipping or sound distortions while both listening to music and watching movies. Most importantly, there’s no annoying air rumbling out sound from the woofer. The features of R-10 SW combined make a fulfilling audio experience with a noticeable smooth blending of low-frequency tones while using different kinds of speakers.

Klipsch R-10SW Setup

R-10SW setup is quite easy and simple; I didn't have any trouble assembling the item at all. There's a user manual included in the shipment package that includes detailed descriptions on how to use the item. While I was testing the device, I realized that it's very convenient and may be placed on different surfaces due to its user-friendly design. It easily fits on subwoofer stands and holds on rigidly, without any trembling.

One of the largest disadvantages of this subwoofer is that it cannot be mounted on the ceiling, because it doesn’t include the rigging points. The item is corded and includes an AC adapter, but there’s also a wireless connectivity option which is a big plus. The line level and low-frequency effects inputs, as well as the bass reflex ported enclosure, are situated at the back of the device; there are no plugging options on the front.


R-10 SW is an elegantly looking subwoofer that will fit into any interior. It has a nominal 150 watt and peak 300-watt amplifier. Such characteristics aren't too high, but still, the device delivers deep and accurate bass. Moreover, it also performs quite well on higher frequencies, which is uncommon for subwoofers. A big plus is that the rigid front firing cooper woofer creates a high-quality low-frequency response and the levels of bass may be controlled with the crossover and the phase option. The subwoofer includes all of the needed connectivity options and may work with any kinds of speakers, as well as work wirelessly. There's an automatic on and off option which makes the product even more convenient to use.

All in all, I think that this is an amazing subwoofer judging by the correlation between price and quality. The characteristics allow adjusting the level of sound reproduction to any room, but judging by my experience, it makes the best performance in rather small or medium-sized rooms. The subwoofer is quite compact and may be easily mounted anywhere, apart from the ceiling.

Common features


Klipsch R-10SW






4.7 of 5




Amplification type


Detachable grilles


Nominal output power (RMS), W


Maximal output power (RMS), W


Audio amplifier output power, W


Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB


Impedance, Ohm


Frequency response, Hz


Crossover frequency, Hz



Driver quantity


Driver size, in


Driver placement

front panel

Port placement

back side


RCA LFE inputs


RCA stereo line level inputs (pair)


RCA outputs

XLR inputs (pair)

XLR outputs (pair)



Speaker outputs (pair)

Speaker inputs (pair)



Subwoofer phase

Low-pass filter

Main power switch


Body material


Woofer composition




Enclosure type


User manual



Dimensions (H x W x D), cm/in

35.5 x 31.7 x 39.8/14 x 12.5 x 15.7

Weight, kg/pounds


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