Klipsch RW-12d Powered Subwoofer Reviewed
HTR Product Rating
- 4.5 Stars
- 4.5 Stars
- 4.5 Stars
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Measuring 19.2 inches high by 14.6 inches wide by 21 inches deep and weighing in at 49 pounds, the RW-12d is big and very beefy. As with the RW-10d, the RW-12d employs nice angled feet which help with moving the unit around, is finished in a smooth black-ash woodgrain (the RW-10d also offers a silver matte vinyl option), and makes a bright statement with the grill off with its 12-inch gold-colored woofer and ridged front baffle. The quality of construction and parts is at a very high level.
From the very start, the RW-12d rocked the listening area, and never stopped. With movies and games, it added a tremendous amount of weight and kick, and despite its very large presence, also seemed in control. As good as the RW-10d performed in this regard, the extra two inches and bigger cabinet made a big difference in the sheer quantity of bass. The RW-12d sounded a little better closer to walls or in a cerner, although not by very much. On music, the RW-12d exhibited better speed and control than would be expected from a big design, and rarely spun too far out of control. While it couldn't be described as fast, it did add punch and weight to all types of music, especially rock and electronic material, without detracting from the experience with excessive muddiness or added boom. As with the RW-10d, it provided some nice body to large scale classical tracks. Its lack of a high-pass crossover could be a factor in systems lacking bass adjustment control, while its inclusion of a low-pass crossover bypass could help bass performance in some systems by eliminating a needless crossover. The RW-12d provides a phase control and, as noted, easy adjustment capability which added a lot to the enjoyment of the product. The Depth and Punch modes made it easy to quickly tailor the sound to music or movies without getting too involved in setup, and the presets enabled some more fine-tuning. The digital control presented no downside whatsoever, and added a lot of convenience to the product (Nobody likes reaching around back to make adjustments, let alone turning the woofer entirely.). Klipsch added a lot of value with this aspect of the product.
Read about the high points and the low points of the RW-12d on Page 2.