Bringing with it a 12-inch subwoofer and amp to drive it, Pioneer’s TS-WX1210A is a powered car subwoofer that comes ready to rock right out of the box. The package has been designed to produce tight bass in spaces where a room may also be a little tight – though it isn’t the smallest self-powered subwoofer car system ever devised. The built-in amp is rated to output 1,300 watts in peak bursts and 350 watts continuous, making the TS-WX1210A a bang-for-the-buck statement for those on a budget.
- Great value
- Easy installation
- Solid bass
- Rated wattage numbers don’t seem to equal real world performance
- Single 20a fuse, power and ground wires unsuitable for a product that proclaims to put out 350 watts RMS
- No wire nuts or barrel crimp connectors to aid with installation
Though not a product designed for high-SPL (sound pressure level) competition, this all-in-one bass system punches somewhat beyond its price point, if you take the rather slightly bloated power output specs of the amp out of the equation.
User-adjustable controls include an LPF, phase control and variable bass boost (0 to +12dB, 40Hz to 100Hz), with an input gain that can be adjusted using the included wired remote bass control knob or via the input gain control mounted on the enclosure’s side panel.
Further, the aforementioned trapezoid shape of the box was designed by Pioneer for high rigidity and to reduce internal standing waves while also increasing installation flexibility.
Pioneer crafted its self-powered subwoofer systems – such as the TS-WX1210A – with high-sensitivity woofers specifically optimized for use in small, sealed enclosures. This enables the enclosure to be installed freely in a vehicle’s cabin or under seats, the box itself able to be repositioned so that the woofer fires backwards, frontwards or even upwards for optimal bass tuning.
What’s more, the enclosure is finished with a carpeted surface, creating a non-slip, durable and scratch-resistant exterior that is suitable for harsh mobile environments.
The TS-WX1210A landed a spot on our recent Top Five Picks for Powered Car Subwoofers list under the Bang for the Buck category, so we can wholeheartedly recommend it from a value point of view.
The biggest challenge this product faces is the way Pioneer limits power input at a maximum of 13 amps at 14.4 volts – which equates to one-third of the internal amplifier’s specified RMS power rating.
Features & Specifications
- Max Power Output: 1,300 watts
- RMS Power Output: 350 watts
- Woofer Size: 12-inch
- Frequency Response: 20Hz to 125Hz
- Filters: LPF, phase control and variable bass boost (0 to +12dB, 40Hz to 100Hz)
- Dimensions: 11 x 20.8 x 15-inches
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