Yamaha Electronics Yamaha NSSW100 Powered Subwoofer – Does what it says on the tin

An excellent addition to my existing hi-fi setup. The extra bass adds an amazing amount of volume (as in 3d presence not loudness) to any music, even classical music and any music that does not use a lot of bass. When the tv/sky box sound is routed through the hi-fi, it helps bring out every detail. The only downside is that it can bring out too much background noise on some programs and movies, particularly in outdoor scenes, so occasionally need to be turned down slightly for those. It is one of yamaha’s cheaper models but i’m not sure you’d get a lot more (in a domestic set up) by getting any of the more expensive versions.

I cannot believe this was £109. The sound quality in terms of control, substance, blend and clarity is astonishing. The low reviews are probably due to using low quality cable, i put a qed reference cable on it,and as i said the sound is amazing. Initially i had a cheaper cable on it and the performance though good, notquite as good. I can imagine too low quality and cheap cables could ruin the sound.

Check the dimensions, this was much bigger than i expected, but as a result it really fills the room, 8x5m alongside some decent mid and upper frequency speakers. Coax/phono input or optical, both work fine. Plugs directly into the mains. Volume control on the rear too. Had fun finding the right place in the room, and as per some other suggestions don’t try obvious spots, sometimes the best sound can come from corners of the room as we found. The sub is black, wooden, with a fabric speaker grille on one side and the air hole on the other (that’s the technical term right?).

Would have liked it to be remote control.

Unpacked, connected, working. Big sound in a small package, i get a nice foot massage on the really crunchy scenes.

Pretty powerful subwoofer and easy to set up. I returned mine though as it has absolutely no configuration options (crossover freq, phase setting etc) and no high level inputs, so given the amp i had chosen, left me with no control over the output of the sub. It ended up sounding very muddy and muffled producing frequencies far higher than it should have done (around 200 – 500 hz and up). Instead i’m swapping it for a sub with more controls.

  • A few oddities, but little to complain about at this price
  • Powerful but very limited control.
  • Deeper than deep !

Love this, not sure about the neighbours mind you, that said, i don’t take the mickey or use it late at night or early in the morning. It really makes such a difference, i have it paired to my yamaha srt10000 and the combo is amazing.

Great – but make sure you have the amp to drive it.

Superb tight deep bass from a small box. Excellent build quility too.

Really really nice subwoofer with a lot of power. It works really nice with my yamaha yas 107 soundbar.

Features of Yamaha NSSW100 Powered Subwoofer with 10″ Driver – Black

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  • Affordable yet quality active subwoofer for hifi or home cinema application
  • 25cm/10 inch driver for rich deep powerful bass
  • New Twisted Flare Port contributes to clear and tight bass
  • Advanced YST II (Yamaha Active Servo Technology II)
  • 351 x 352 x 408 mm. Frequency Response: 25-180 Hz

From the manufacturer


Yamaha Sound Quality

Yamaha takes its expertise in producing world leading musical instruments and combines it with precision engineering to create superb sound with a true, clear quality.

The History of HiFi Audio Began with Yamaha

It has been 60 years since the Yamaha HiFi Player, the world’s first audio component bearing the “HiFi” name, was released. As a comprehensive musical instrument maker, as a materials and semiconductor manufacturer, and as experts in architectural acoustics and music promotion, Yamaha has always applied its accumulated technology base and experience to the task of producing ever improving audio equipment, forming the sound of each era of Yamaha’s history of innovation from the birth of the Yamaha HiFi player in 1954 to the present.

New Twisted Flare Port Produces Clear and Tight Bass

The all-new Twisted Flare Port takes advantage of extensive subwoofer development experience. The flared, gently twisting shape diffuses the vortex of air generated around the edge of the port, creating a smooth flow of air. This reduces extraneous noise not present in the original input signal and provides clear, accurate low frequency reproduction. From special effect sounds in movies to the atmosphere of a live venue, you hear bass that is clear, tight and realistic.

Advanced YST II for Awesome Deep Bass

Developed by Yamaha, the Advanced YST II (Yamaha Active Servo Technology II) combines negative-impedance and constant-current principles to drive the speaker cone with even tighter control than the previous version. Using Advanced Negative Impedance Converter (ANIC) circuits, this system dynamically optimizes effective speaker impedance to maintain excellent linearity. This means more stable and accurate low range response, not to mention higher sound quality.

25 cm (10”) woofer unit

Sensational bass response that adds significantly to overall listening enjoyment of music and movies.

Stylish Addition to Any Room

The gently rounded form with a slanted front surface presents a stylishly elegant appearance. Designed to be unobtrusive, It’s sure to look beautiful in a living room or home theatre room. Offered in black, walnut and white, so you can choose the model that best matches your other speakers.

Twisted Flare Port

Advanced YST II

10″ Woofer Unit

Stylish Design

Excellent Bass for Movies and Music

Defined lower frequencies to augment your listening experience

Dynamic Output Power

100 W (5 ohms) combined with a 10″ Driver delivers surprisingly powerfull bass

Compact Design

Compact design to fit discretely into any surroundings (W 351 x H 352 x D 408 mm)

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An excellent subwoofer at a reasonable price.

My (very) old wharfdale finally kicked the bucket, and i really missed the deep bass when watching a movie or listening to music. But i didn’t want to spend a crazy amount of money, so at around 100 pounds, this seemed like a worthwhile punt. The sound quality is really crisp and carries superbly. You don’t even need to turn it up very loud to get the benefits (much to neighbours delight). It has it’s own volume control, so you can easily adjust to your needs.

Good for the price, but is only suitable for medium to small living-rooms. It is designed for quality of listening experience rather than power output.

After using a week i said it’s exellent.

This has transform my yamaha av system, giving rich bass tones. It is very heavy for its size and not too big. I am very pleased i went for the yamaha as it looks great and sounds fantastic.

Bigger than what i expected – should have checked the dimensions. However i suppose the compromise is the absolutely amazing sound. Have a yamaha soundbar with built in subwoofer but this has now changed the sound completely.

Affordable yet quality active subwoofer for hifi or home cinema application

I’ve learnt a lot about yamaha since i work in music retail and sell their products. Quality and technology is where they excel and even though this is a rather small subwoofer it sure delivers even i our 25×16 extension. Packaging is plain boxed as is common with a lot of their equipment and the item is well presented and built well. A phono cable is required to connect the item to your receiver which i didn’t know (thought it might be terminals). I used wharfedale diamond 9’s and diamond pro’s at the moment with an onkyo network receiver and the quality is great even without the subwoofer. When added though the sound really does change incredibly, with depth not otherwise possible. Great for movies as well, it shakes the floor.

I bought this to use with a mini hi-fi system that has small-ish desktop speakers. I don’t have room for full-size speakers where this system is installed, and the desktop speakers lack bass. The subwoofer corrects that problem, so i get decent bass without speakers taking up a lot of space. The sub itself lives under a desk, because placement isn’t particularly critical. I haven’t done laboratory tests, but the subwoofer sounds pretty good along with the rest of the system. I mostly use it for music, and with its volume setting so that it is only just audible alongside the main speakers. I suspect that for movies an increase in volume would be beneficial. The bass is smooth and relatively subtle at the volume levels i normally use, but it does not distort even at levels that cause objects in the room to shake. The subwoofer is unattractive in appearance, to my eyes. It’s just a featureless black cube — rather like a piece of industrial equipment.

An inexpensive but quality sub-woofer from yamaha which ticks all the boxes. Only one minor quibble, the power indicator light is on the rear of the unit which seems a bit silly as you can not see it. I have inadvertantly left the unit switched on a few times after turning off the tv and amp. Overall i would recommend this unit to anyone wanting a sub.

This little box delivers stunning sound from my 5:1 system in a 7x4x3 metre room.

Item as described, sound is very good and at a descent price too.

Notice that the power rating is not clearly stated. This is because it is underpowered – both the sw050 and the sw100 reuse the same class d amplifier from the cheaper older generation sw012. For the 8′ sw050 this is ok although for the 10′ sw100 wouldn’t recommend it.

25cm/10 inch driver for rich deep powerful bass

Great product, solidly built and happy with it but it would be nice to have a light on the front like my pioneer one does so you know when it is active and when on standby. In fact i’m not even sure if it ever does go into standby.

Does what it says on the tin. Sound is excellent – bought for the cinema room and this thing rocks.

I have owned this sub for a week, and wow, it had truly transformed my old separates system into something awsome. The speaker was delivered quicker than i expected, well packaged. The instructions were precise and it was very a quick and painless task to connect and setup the speaker. After a week i believe i have now the best set up and may it be music or movies everything has been brought to life in a understated but dramatic statement of intensity. Would recommend to anyone with to enhance their systems.

Great subwoofer giving superb bass to my tangent speakers. Very happy by the fact it’s simple to control and only has one button to switch it on and one to control the volume bass. Less time fiddling and more time spent listening to the sound it produces.

It’s a wonderful device, but the absence of an auto power switch might put off some. When switched on without an input signal my meter registers 6. 5w, so 24/7 over a year that’s about £7 of electricity.

Fantastic sub, does exactly what i hoped it would do, really adds to overall experience watching movies, love it.

This is a wonderful speaker, first it is not too big to look out of place in a typical english living room (size) but big enough to reproduce those low frequency bass sounds. It is simple to use, yes i’m shouting this out, just turn volume to minimum plug in the input cable and power it up then switch on – gently adjust the volume to your preference. Simple, it only has a volume control, which may upset those techy types who need to adjust the frequency response and phase shifting (?) to optimise their perceived quality of sound. This is not designed for outside concerts but for the majority of people who like to feel the explosions in a good film or indeed wish to listen to those outside concerts in the comfort of their own homes (toilet access etc – you know what i mean). The only complaint i’ve had so far is from my wife who asked for the bass to be turned down, apparently it hurts, which to me is a good thing, no not an excuse to annoy her indoors, as it means i can get the bass response from this that i like.

New Twisted Flare Port contributes to clear and tight bass

Nice product that makes its presence heard. A new sound experience has now arrived to my listening.

Not as good as i thought it would be.

The final component for my home cinema.

I wasn’t sure at first as i’ve owned kef for a long time – blimey, this thing is deep . It’s subtle when it needs to be and super ridiculous when you’re watching a marvel film.

Very easy to set up and well constructed. Sounds pretty good but don’t crank on the volume control too much, or it will start to struggle. I have three of these, and i’m planning on an sw100 very soon. Suffice to say that these things, plus my four monitor audio floorstanders, provide stomach churning bass where the movie requires it.

This sub is very good in looks and performance.

Advanced YST II (Yamaha Active Servo Technology II)

As an addition to my yamaha cd wifi player this subwoofer creates an all round warm sound. The subwoofer has a volume knob on the back panel so you can increase or decrease the bass sound to your own likening. As with all yamaha products it is very well made but beware it is quite heavy and approximately 14 inches in width and height. For extra bass and brilliant sound just great.

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Yamaha NSSW100 Powered Subwoofer with 10" Driver - Black
5.0 of 5 stars, based on 38 reviews