In this review, we will be comparing R-101SW and R-8SW, two Powered Subwoofer speakers by Klipsch. Being Powered subwoofers, they both have built-in amplifiers so you don't need an external power amp or an integrated amp to power them. Let's have a brief look at the main features of Klipsch R-101SW and Klipsch R-8SW first before getting into our more detailed comparison.
In the following sections, we will get into details in order to better understand how the Klipsch R-101SW and Klipsch R-8SW compare and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one of these subwoofers is the better choice for you.
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Drivers
The efficiency of a subwoofer is directly proportional to the total radiating are squared hence the woofer quantity and diameter.Both Klipsch R-101SWand Klipsch R-8SW have a single woofer setup however the Klipsch R-101SW's woofer is 10-inch whereas the Klipsch R-8SW features a 8-inch woofer.
Frequency Response
R-101SW has a frequency range of 29.5-160 Hz whereas R-8SW has a frequency range of 38-120 Hz. With a minimum frequency of 30Hz, the R-101SW can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the R-8SW's min frequency of 38Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers in the Subwoofer class in our database.
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Cabinet Type
Both Klipsch R-101SW and Klipsch R-8SW have Bass Reflex type cabinets. Bass Reflex type subwoofers (aka Ported, Vented or Reflex Port) have enclosures that uses a port, hole or vent cut into the cabinet. Ported designs are generally more efficient than the Sealed designs.
Physical Specs
Size of a speaker can sometimes become an important decision factor due to space constraints or in some cases purely for esthetic reasons. In this section, we are going to compare Klipsch R-101SW's and Klipsch R-8SW's external dimensions. Klipsch R-101SW has external dimensions of 370.0 x 358.0 x 529.0mm ( 14-9/16inch x 14-1/16inch x 20-13/16inch ) whereas Klipsch R-8SW has external dimensions of 335.0 x 299.0 x 345.0mm ( 13-3/16 x 11-3/4 x 13-9/16inch) .
Klipsch R-101SW is clearly the larger of the two speakers. Its body is 59mm wider, 35mm taller and 184mm deeper than Klipsch R-8SW.
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Klipsch R-101SW and Klipsch R-8SW in scale.
Base Surface Area Comparison
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base surface area of the Klipsch R-101SW is approximately 1893.8cm^{2} / 293.5inch^{2} and base area of the Klipsch R-8SW is approximately 1031.6cm^{2} / 159.9inch^{2}. The R-101SW requires 84% more surface area than the R-8SW which gives it a small disadvantage on placement in tight spaces.
Weight Comparison The weight of a subwoofer may become an important factor if you need to move and reposition the unit often to find the optimal positioning, also known as 'Subwoofer Crawling'. The Klipsch R-101SW weighs 13.91kg / 30.6lbs and the Klipsch R-8SW weighs 6.82kg / 15lbs. This makes the R-101SW 104% heavier than the R-8SW.
Here is a comparison of how R-101SW and R-8SW's weights compare with the average, max and min weights in Powered Subwoofer class.
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What's in the Box of Klipsch R-101SW?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of R-101SW:
Powered subwooferGrille6.5-feet AC power cordUser ManualImportant Safety InstructionsWarranty Information
What's in the Box of Klipsch R-8SW?
Here are the items that come with the R-8SW:
Powered sub6.5-feet AC power cordUser ManualImportant Safety InstructionsWarranty Sheet