In the world of speakers and audio equipment, Klipsch and B&W (Bowers & Wilkins) are two of the most revered. Both are known for their excellent audio systems, and in this post, we’ll be looking at their subwoofer offerings, specifically, the Klipsch R-100SW and the B&W AS608. The Klipsch R-100SW is a subwoofer with a 10-inch driver while the B&W AS608 is a slightly more expensive subwoofer that sports an 8-inch driver. Which one of these two subwoofers should you buy? Read on to find out.
Klipsch vs B&W Comparison Chart
|Model||Klipsch R-100SW||B&W ASW608|
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|Price||Amazon product||Amazon product|
|Dimensions||14.6 x 12.6 x 18.1 inches||10.7 x 10.2 x 13 inches|
|Frequency Response||32 – 120 Hz||23 – 140 Hz|
Low-pass filter frequency
Auto on / standby
|Volume level – line in|
Volume level – speaker in
Low-pass filter frequency
Low-pass filter bypass (line in only)
Bass roll-off alignment
Auto sense on / standby
|Inputs||Stereo RCA/LFE||Stereo line in (RCA Phono)|
Speaker in (Binding post)
12v trigger (3.5mm jack)
The Klipsch R-100SW is a ported subwoofer with a single port at the back, while the B&W is a sealed sub.
Looks-wise, the two are similar in that they are shaped like a box with sharp edges and corners. When the grilles are on, Klipsch R-100SW and the B&W AS608 look just like any standard subwoofer. When the grilles are off, the Klipsch R-100SW has a spun-copper IMG woofer while the B&W AS608 has a paper / Aramid fibre cone.
Measuring 14.6 x 12.6 x 18.1 inches and weighing 24lbs, the Klipsch R-100SW is bigger and heavier than the B&W AS608, which measures 10.7 x 10.2 x 13 inches and weighs 19.5lbs. The more compact size of the B&W AS608 allows it to fit in more seamlessly with your furniture if you want a more discreet home theater setup. The B&W AS608 is also available in white, if you have a light color themed interior.
Setup and Controls
The B&W AS608 is a more versatile sub due to having more inputs and control features than the Klipsch R-100SW.
When it comes to connectivity, the Klipsch R-100SW is limited. It only has stereo RCA/LFE inputs. Meanwhile, the B&W AS608 has stereo line in RCA, speaker in binding posts and a 12v trigger (3.5mm jack). You have more options with the B&W AS08 when connecting them to your speakers or amplifier/receiver.
As for controls, the two subwoofers have a gain knob and a low-pass frequency dial. They also have auto-on/standby and phase switches. The B&W AS608, however, has additional controls and settings for volume level speaker-in, low-pass filter bypass, bass roll-off alignment and bass extension. You get a higher degree of control with the B&W sub.
The Klipsch R-100SW can get louder, but the B&W AS608 has a wider frequency range.
First off, the two subwoofers have a rigid cabinet that’s essential to any good performing subwoofer. They also have powerful drivers and amps, with the Klipsch R-100SW having a digital amplifier capable of up to 300 watts and the B&W having a class D amplifier capable of up to 200 watts. The more powerful amplifier of the Klipsch R-100SW gives it better control and dynamics, and it can also get louder.
That said, the class D amplifier of the B&W AS608 is more than capable of moving its driver around. With its sealed box design, the resulting bass is tighter and produces more rumble. A sealed box design also tends to perform better when listening to music.
Usually, a subwoofer with a bigger driver offers a much better lower frequency extension. However, that’s not the case with these two subwoofers. The B&W AS608 can go lower since it has a frequency range of 23 – 140 Hz. In contrast, the Klipsch R-100SW has a frequency range of 32 – 120 Hz.
The B&W AS608 is a much better subwoofer than the Klipsch R-100SW.Amazon product
If you are looking to get a subwoofer, the B&W AS608 is an excellent option. Even though it is a bit on the expensive side, it’s worth it. It offers excellent performance, a bunch of control and connectivity options and a compact design that’s unobtrusive. It’s also a sealed sub, so it’s an excellent all-rounder, capable of producing excellent bass for both music and movies. The Klipsch R-100SW is a nice alternative if you can get it on a huge discount.
Klipsch has offerings in the entry-level, mid-range and high-end market.
Yes, Bowers & Wilkins speakers are excellent. They are known for clarity and openness and they are “exciting” to listen to as well.
No, it is a wired subwoofer only.
It has an output power of 200 watts.