Yamaha YST-SW012 vs Pioneer SW-8MK2

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Pioneer SW-8MK2 vs. Yamaha YST-SW012

Regardless of the music you like or listen to for whatever reason, you will not be unsatisfied with YST-SW012 vs SW-8MK2 subwoofers. If you need more power handling capabilities, Yamaha makes it. If there are preferable more powerful bass extortion, Pioneer is for you. You can go larger, but definitely not better for this money.

Yamaha YST-SW012 can be really loud and low. It shook my entire theatre system and filled it with bass, versus it Pioneer proposes more deep sound for acoustic music.

Pioneer SW-8MK2 and Yamaha YST-SW012

I really like the back volume control of Yamaha for the bass, it set it at the halfway point. Compare adjustments to the volume and roll-off on Pioneer SW-8MK2, so that rumble and bass drum thump are there with no overwhelming the precise yet sweet a5 sounds.

It is like a revelation: Pioneer SW-8MK2 has deep bass notes even in acoustic guitar music and many deep basses in movie scores. Compact Yamaha`s cutoff gives clear strong bass notes and some heart-shaking vibes without even a hint of boominess. For relatively small money Yamaha YST-SW012 does exactly what a music aficionado like me craves.

The SW-8MK2 is a perfect size, its sound is amazing, the bass is solid, so it is possible to feel it. Clear, crisp sound. The user should not abuse this sub by playing it too loud, playing material with excessively boosted bass and/or boosting the LFE signal. It is a musical sub that fills the bass "hole" in a medium room (stereo and/or surround) with small speakers.

Have used Yamaha YST-SW012 with everything from the Tuner, Turntable, and computer, and it really improves them all considerably. In comparison to Pioneer SW-8MK2 the unit from Yamaha provides not room shaking, but more than adequate for a medium sized apartment living room. Overall very pleased with this product and would recommend highly.

With big pleasure recommend both these subwoofers to consumers who live in apartments, or smaller, older homes (without huge open floor plans), who appreciate good sound, but are not necessarily looking to turn their living room into a dance club.

Yamaha YST-SW012 a powered subwoofer

The overall sound signature is richer and more textured, and, it performs especially well. Like this Yamaha YST-SW012 and am pleased with its overall performance, especially considering the price and value. The size of the unit lets to tuck it under an end table and still point in a direction to bounce sound off the walls. Yamaha YST-SW012 gives a mightful thump and deep rich bass sound.

Yamaha YST-SW012 PROS:

  • It has its own power switch and volume control for superior balancing.
  • The small size of the driver works to this subwoofer's advantage when playing classical or jazz music.

Yamaha YST-SW012 CONS:

  • It does not have auto off.

Pioneer SW-8MK2 a front firing subwoofer

Excellent performing subwoofer at a bargain price. Fantastic for listening to music regardless of genre. Movies sound great, quite deep and impactful. The overall outstanding audio budget unit as a subwoofer. AMP hums constantly. Very noticeable even in standby mode or when there is no bass in movies or music.

Pioneer SW-8MK2 PROS:

  • It drives some useful bass extension for the system and certainly rounds out the sound.
  • Extremely easy to set up.
  • The bass output from this subwoofer is deep enough for most applications and plenty loud in a small/medium sized room.

Pioneer SW-8MK2 CONS:

  • The low-frequency range of Pioneer SW-8MK2 extends to only 38 Hz and provides no frequency response curves to see how it performs once there.

Yamaha YST-SW012

Yamaha YST-SW012 review

May 20, 2019

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Pioneer SW-8MK2

Pioneer SW-8MK2 review

Aug 30, 2018

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Product

Yamaha YST-SW012
Pioneer SW-8MK2

Model

YST-SW012
SW-8MK2

Brand

Yamaha
Pioneer

Rating

4.5 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

764
413

General

Amplification type

active
active

Detachable grilles

Power

Nominal output power (RMS), W

50
50

Maximal output power (RMS), W

100
100

Audio amplifier output power, W

50
100

Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB

80
80

Impedance, Ohm

5
8

Frequency response, Hz

28-200
38-150

Crossover frequency, Hz

31-125

Driver

Driver quantity

1
1

Driver size, in

8
8

Driver placement

front panel
down firing

Port placement

right panel
front panel

Connections

RCA LFE inputs

1

RCA stereo line level inputs (pair)

1

RCA outputs

XLR inputs (pair)

XLR outputs (pair)

Wireless

Bi-amp

Speaker outputs (pair)

2

Speaker inputs (pair)

Controls

Volume

Subwoofer phase

Low-pass filter

Main power switch

Material

Body material

MDF
MDF

Woofer composition

polymer
polymer

Colors

black
black

Enclosure type

vented
vented

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

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

29 x 29 x 32.8/21 x 19 x 22
27 x 27 x 30/12.2 x 12.2 x 14.2

Width, kg/pounds

8.5/19
9.3/20.2

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