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Klipsch R-12SW Reference Powered Subwoofer for $189.99 after $60 instant discount at Costco

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Costco has the Klipsch R-12SW Reference Powered Subwoofer for $189.99 after an instant $60 discount.
https://www.costco.com/.product.100526745.html

Free shipping (ordered mine today, to be delivered tomorrow).

9/2 to 9/27 (or until supplies last).

Product details (from the Costco website):
Spun Wire IMG Woofer
All-Digital Amplifier
Front-Firing Driver
Low Pass Crossover and Phase Control
Line/LFE Inputs

Price on Amazon: $229.88
I can't find it really anywhere else (older model? specific to Costco? I don't know).

In my setup this will replace a smaller Polk Audio PSW110 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer that died.
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Have two of these... solid 🔊 bass pissed of my neighbor the very first day 😄
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For the price I don't know if you can find a better sub for 12" and this much power. The woofer is rated for 400W but that's peak. RMS looks like it's 200W. I'm on the fence between this one and the Dayton Sub-1200 12" powered sub. The Dayton is lower in power at 120W RMS which is a big difference of 80W between the Klipsch.

Wished I could hear the Dayton so I can compare it to the Klipsch. I read one review where the owner wished it had a little more power, at least 150W for that extra oomph. But I did order the Dayton and I have heard the Klipsch at Costco. So I will have both for a short while to test and compare for myself.

Has anyone here tried both to compare?
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Adding to the reviews here. For reference I've owned some old Polk Subwoofer; the venerated Dayton Audio Sub-1200, two Martin Logan Dynamo 700w (still have those on my primary music system), and I have one of these Klipsch R-12SW in my basement system (purchased during the scratch and dent sale a couple months ago). My basement system is used for movies with Klipsch KG4s, a KV2 center, and KG1 surrounds. My preference is the Klipsch over the Daytons for this price point/use, as I found the Dayton quite boomy.

The Klipsch does not compete with the Dynamos for music, but the street price of the R-12SW is less than half that of the Martin-Logan subs. For movies the Dynamos are tight and punchy, but again, are double the cost. In terms of rumble for a Marvel movie, I like the R-12SW for what it is - low cost way to achieve rumble in the room.

Just as a warning it is rear ported so it will have to be placed away from the wall (I have mine 6", I should increase it a little more). I'm using one as a stand for the KG4 and will purchase another from this sale to go dual subwoofer in the basement system as I prefer to spend my audio upgrades on my primary system.

Like any $200 sub, this is what it is - if you're coming from no subwoofer and jumping into this you'll like it. If you're on a tight budget but want to add bass to a movie system, for $200 go for it. If you've got the means, though, I'd really save up to $400 if you can and go with any of the other internet direct companies and their November sales. And then save for another year and go dual subwoofers.

And for reference, here is a link to the Klipsch info: https://www.klipsch.com/products/...del=r-12sw
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I snagged this today to replace a Kef PSW 2150 (10") whose board failed me twice. So far, I'm really impressed. It's longer than I expected, so finding a good spot for it was more tricky than the cube, but for the price, I'm glad I didn't buy another Kef board. Also, it's Costco, so if it breaks, I'm covered.
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Can it be installed with a rp series system??
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Can it be installed with a rp series system??
It is an unpowered subwoofer, so yes.

However, if I was running an RP system I'd be tempted to go a little higher up the food chain, depending on wants, needs, budget. I assume since you're running an RP system you probably have a fair amount invested into audio, so I suspect while you'd be happy in the short term, you'd probably consider upgrading pretty quickly. Per my review above, the R-12SW is perfectly fine mixed with a KG4/KV2/KG1 system I picked up for $50, but I run a couple steps up the subwoofer food chain for the Heresy based two-channel music system upstairs.

I'd normally suggest just picking it up at Costco and trying it in your system given their liberal return policies, but I've heard rumors that returned merchandise is being destroyed instead of returned to the vendor as B-stock / "returned merchandise" during the pandemic and that just seems pretty wasteful to me.
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I like it. Definitely better than my old one even when it was working right. I may have it still a bit too loud, it rocks the couches even in our open living room.
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For the price I don't know if you can find a better sub for 12" and this much power. The woofer is rated for 400W but that's peak. RMS looks like it's 200W. I'm on the fence between this one and the Dayton Sub-1200 12" powered sub. The Dayton is lower in power at 120W RMS which is a big difference of 80W between the Klipsch.

Wished I could hear the Dayton so I can compare it to the Klipsch. I read one review where the owner wished it had a little more power, at least 150W for that extra oomph. But I did order the Dayton and I have heard the Klipsch at Costco. So I will have both for a short while to test and compare for myself.

Has anyone here tried both to compare?
Hard to say ... I have Dayton 1200. I brought the Klipsch home and it sounded a little boomy. Just one difference is I have SVS SoundPath Subwoofer Isolation System on my Dayton 1200, that might have made the bass tighter ...
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Hard to say ... I have Dayton 1200. I brought the Klipsch home and it sounded a little boomy. Just one difference is I have SVS SoundPath Subwoofer Isolation System on my Dayton 1200, that might have made the bass tighter ...
I tried the SVS pads on the R-12SW and felt they did help it sound a bit tighter. The most noticeable differences were that objects around the room (glass windows, anything that could rattle) was almost eliminated when using the pads.. it let me also raise the gain on it, which was a nice bonus
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Can i use this with rp-400c center??
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I bought one yesterday in club and now see it was $10 less back in February ($180). That kinda took the sheen off this current $190 deal.

Now I'm thinking of returning it to see what pricing BF brings. Besides, I don't really need it right now (bought it as a backup as my current main sub is nearly 20 yrs old).
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