Klipsch R-110SW, R-112SW, and R-115SW Powered Subwoofers

Klipsch R-115SW Powered Subwoofer
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Well-known speaker maker Klipsch introduced three great powered subwoofers to its Reference line in 2014 that are still going strong through 2017, the R-110SW, R-112SW, and R-115SW. These subs are targeted to consumers looking for subwoofers to complement higher-end and/or large room home theater systems.

First, let's take a look at what all three subwoofers have in common.

Cabinet Design/Construction

All three subwoofers incorporate MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) cabinet construction and Klipsch's trademark spun copper "Cerametallic" cone drivers.

The drivers are front firing and are additionally supported by a front slotted port (bass reflex design)

Physical Connectivity/Setup

All three subs are equipped with LFE and Stereo Line inputs for compatibility with any home theater receiver that has a subwoofer or two-channel preamp outputs. However, it must be noted that none of the subs in the new line provide speaker level (hi-level) inputs, and there are no outputs to connect additional subs in a "daisy chain" arrangement.

Wireless Connection/Setup (Optional)

In addition to the built-in features and setup options provided with the R-110SW, R-112SW, and R-115SW reference Subwoofers, Klipsch also offers the optional WA-2 Wireless Subwoofer Kit.

This kit comes with a compact transmitter that connects directly to the subwoofer or line (preamp) output of a home theater receiver, or AV preamp/processor using a short RCA connection cable, and a receiver that connects to a proprietary"WA Port" on the R-110SW, R-112SW, or R-115SW.

This enables you to position the subwoofer anywhere in the room where you can get the best performance, without an unsightly connection cable.

It is also important to note you can use WA-2 Wireless Subwoofer Kit with several other select subwoofers from Energy, Mirage, and Jamo that incorporate the same "WA Port".

For more details on the wireless subwoofer kit, check out the Official WA-2 Wireless Subwoofer Kit Page.

Control

The R-110SW, R-112SW, and R-115SW provide Auto Standby Power, Phase (0 or 180 degrees), a 50 to 160 Hz Low-Pass Filter/ Crossover, and Gain (volume) control (Attention Spinal Tap fans - the Gain Control goes up to 11!).

Now that you know what all three subs have in common, here is a rundown of their differences.

Klipsch R-110SW

  • Driver Size: 10-inches (25.4 cm)
  • Frequency Response: 27Hz-125Hz +/-3dB
  • Maximum Acoustic Output: 114dB (this tells you how loud you can go -  this more than enough sound output to "feel that bass").
  • Power Output Capability: 200W (continuous) - 450W (peak)
  • Dimensions (HWD): 16.3 x 14.75 x 15.8 inches.
  • Weight: 39.25 lbs/17.8 kg
  • Suggested Price: $549.00

Klipsch R-112SW

  • Driver Size: 12-inches (30.5 cm)
  • Frequency Response: 24Hz-125Hz +/-3dB
  • Maximum Acoustic Output: 118dB
  • Power Output Capability: 300W (continuous) - 600W (peak)
  • Dimensions (HWD): 17.38 x 15.5 x 18.25 inches.
  • Weight: 48.75 lbs/22.1 kg
  • Suggested Price: $649.00

Klipsch R-115SW

  • Driver Size: 15-inches (38.1 cm)
  • Frequency Response: 18Hz-125Hz +/-3dB
  • Maximum Acoustic Output: 122dB
  • Power Output Capability: 400W (continuous) - 800W (peak)
  • Dimensions (HWD): 21.5 x 19.5 x 22.3 inches.
  • Weight: 75.4 lbs/34.2 kg
  • Suggested Price: $899.00

The Bottom Line

Since its beginning in 1946 Klipsch has been a leader in loudspeakers incorporating horn technology - In fact, their original late 1940's horn speaker designs are still being used today! However, in addition, their use of horn technology in their main loudspeaker line, they also have a great reputation over the years for pushing the performance limits of traditional (non-horn) subwoofer designs.

Continuing in that tradition, the RS-110, 112, and 115SW provided powerful low frequency perform that is a great match for a variety of room sizes and setups.

There are a lot of subwoofer brands, models, and sizes available, but if you haven't heard a Klipsch sub - definitely seek out a local dealer and do some listening. They are definitely worth considering.

It is also important to note that the above-suggested prices listed are just a guideline from Klipsch, you may find these subs price somewhat lower at authorized retail and online dealers - but the operative word is "authorized" - Do not purchase from a non-authorized dealer as any warranty may not be valid.

For more details on setup and operation of this subwoofer trio, download the free R-110SW, R-112SW, R-115SW Shared User Manual.

One last thing to point out is that just as with any subwoofer - make you take the time to balance it with the rest of your speaker system. A subwoofer should overwhelm the main dialog or other sounds coming from your other speakers. Also, be courteous to your neighbors, especially if you live in a condo or apartment - In fact, if you do, you might consider one of Klipsch's more modest subwoofers (which are still pretty powerful).