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Experiences with Sony SA-WX900

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by Basshead, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. Basshead

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    Hi,

    Just spent three or four weeks searching the web for reviews of this sub, and noticed that there was a thread posted here last Nov.

    Anyway...I bought one, and in the spirit of helping others who may have the Sony SA-WX 900 on their list of possibles, thought I'd share my experiences.

    My Background :
    Hi-fi nut for 25 years. DIY speaker / amp builder for 15 years. Commited to A/V sound in early days of NICAM etc but kinda strayed back into 2.0 sound. Audio kit is Linn, Audiolab, Arcam, Mission, Sony & lots of homebrewed valve stuff. Video kit is...er...Panasonic TX28DTX10C TV, Pioneer DVD 575a (DVD/DVDA/SACD Player).

    What Was I Looking For ?
    Tight, powerful, tuneful bass. Sub suitable mainly for 2.1 music as well as 5/6/7.1 AV work in the future. Wanted a sealed, active design with useable output down to at least 20Hz.

    Why did I buy the SA-WX900 ?
    Top of the range Sony is generally good, if a little overpriced. It's a sealed design using two 30cm drivers working in push-pull mode (should be nice and tight sounding). Response quotes output down to 16Hz. Powered by a 1000w digital amp (more than enough power). Oh, and AV Land had it on sale for £399 - about £200 cheaper than it should be.

    Why Not REL ?
    Good quesion. I've listened to RELs on and off for the past 10 years and have always been impressed; there's a very definite REL 'sound' that works extremely well with music. I know that I would never have been disappointed with any of the REL's but couldn't resist what I felt was a great bargain with a good technical spec.

    Experiences So Far
    After 1 week with the SA-WX900 my wife is begining to talk to me again. Whilst she believed the "Coffee Table" story initially, she guessed something was up when the courier refused to lift the 60KG chest-high box up into our house. Well and truly on my own I managed to get it inside, but it nearly killed me. Watch out - it's heavy.

    The manual is (fairly) useless but as a frequent visitor to the REL site I had learned a lot about how to integrate subs with my main (Mission) floorstanding speakers.

    Driven by my Linn system, and situated in the corner of the room (to maximise boundary effects) it was initially boomy. Gradual tweaking has improved this and it's now getting better but it will take a while to run in. On music it's good - adding a lot of 'presence' to most recordings. Dance music could be a little more controlled but I suspect this is a room / setting issue. In the main, you tend not to know it's on until you turn it off - generally a good thing with subs, I think.

    Well...don't want to hog the page so that's all for now. Will report more as I get to do more listening....want to try a more structured test, something nice and loud when my neighbours are out. Also keen to try the sub with movies.

    If you've bought one yourself and want to share ideas / questions then please feel free to post. In the meantime....watch this space for updates.

    Cheers,

    Paul
     
  2. Kazman

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    Looking good. Those specs certainly seem impressive, and the price at AV Land is very good.

    Similar price to the SVS PB10, wonder how these two would compare.
     
  3. PJTX100

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    Looks a monster.
    96 lbs - Jeez!
    Like your style.
    Did you put the wife in the empty box? ;)
    Bit pricey (albeit a bargain) and big for my needs, told the wife my diminutive XLS200 was a 50 quid bargain. :devil:

    Nice one! ...PJ :smashin:
     
  4. Mroizouk

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    I was looking to buy a pair of these a while back, when Dabs.com had tham for £315!
    Heard them at What-Hi-Fi show where they were demoing their high definition DVD-successor w/ the spiderman 2 trailer. Best bass I heard all day!
     
  5. Mroizouk

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    post your findings when you've tested it properly, I'd be interested to know how low and how loud it goes. Cheers!
     
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    Hi Basshead,

    I was tempted to buy one of these in my 'early' sub days, but couldn't muster up the courage to do so, because I couldn't find any reviews of it either on this forum or on the net. I am now a happy 850 owner and cannot see myself EVER using anything else, but out curiosity I am interested on how your tests go. Good luck. :thumbsup:
     
  7. mhuk05

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    Any further comments on the Sony? :)
     
  8. Mroizouk

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    Yeah, have u done any performance tests yet basshead?
     
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    Just bought one and am collecting it tomorrow. You will have to be patient as I have never owned a sub before, so it's all new to me. Should be fun though!

    Will report on progress and impressions as things develop.
     
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    Given the size and weight of the beast, you might need two people ;)
     
  11. Bassbin

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    Picked up my Sony from RSRavi (Xavk1 bought the other one form him) and I'm stunned by the build and looks. I used to own 2 Servo 15's and could just about lift one of those but the Sony just doesn't move when I try to lift it. Can't wait to get it installed at the weekend.
     
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    would be interested in your thoughts. is massive and is cheap and is sony weird combination.
     
  13. Bassbin

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    Only had a limited chance to play with this sub today but so far I'm impressed. Can't comment further without setting it up properly which will probably be next weekend.
     
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    Cool. keep us posted!
     
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    I have two off these subs

    I have bought a YST-SW1500 Subwoofer
    before i bought the sony ones

    I had them side by side running off the same AV amp
    Was told sony are no good on subs Yamaha will drop alot more

    but when i set it up and played a few movies i was very very dissapointed

    there was no depth on control off bass on it did not sound like a sub
    was more like mid bass ,
    I played with all the settings ,placement crossovers ,i just could not get it to sound good ......

    where as the sony dropped like anything and was very very loud even at low volumes never had a chance to run them to there full
    never got round to it or the need as they are very loud on quater volume

    Then i changed the Yamaha to B&W 675
    Dont get me wrong very good sub for music but for movies sony wins hads down ,

    I know on the forum sony are not thought off much hence the reason i never said anything about them

    Me personal love them sorry to see them go but they had to go ..........


    I know it might not be a fair comp as sony as two 12" sub in it

    Cant wait to see what sony replace it with

    Just thought i say my bit .......

    :smashin:
     
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    Gosh.

    It's a monster.

    It looks like it's going to become increasingly rare.

    And it looks like a bit of a bargain.

    You are almost making me rethink!

    ...PJ :)
     
  17. Bassbin

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    Now had more of a chance to play with the sub and got it positioned in the corner of the room (where all my past subs have been). Still early days but the sub trounces the Paradigm PS1000 and Rel Storm that I've also got at the moment. From memory it doesn't quite match the twin Servo 15 set up I used to have but I think it would possibly be better or equal to a single Servo. Using Avia the response is there all the way down but it is more uneven than my other subs so will probably benefit from a BFD but I don't have time to set that up at present.

    As I said still early days but I think it should get even better when I spend some real time setting it up.
     
  18. Bassbin

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    If anyone doubts the fact that Sony have messed up the marketing of this product it's all in the answer to an enquiry I sent them about it.

    "Thank you for your recent enquiry.

    This Subwoofer is not available in the United Kingdom due to a marketing decision not to release it for the British market. Each Sony Marketing Company decides in advance which products they will sell, based on local market trends. While I am unable to give more specific information concerning why this Subwoofer has not been included in our product range, I have noted your interest and fed back your comments to our Marketing Department, for their information although this will not necessarily result in a response."

    Real shame when companies 'hide' products that could otherwise be potential class leaders.
     
  19. RSRAVI

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    Bassbin,

    I dont understand your last post it was marketed in the Uk
    as i bought mine both in the uk one from sony center the other from the
    internet

    what do you ask sony about ,
    As i emailed them before i bought it and they answered my questions no problems :cool: :cool:
     
  20. Bassbin

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    I wanted to know why Sony hadn't made more of a song and dance about it and the reply was as above. So according to them it's not a UK product. Maybe it was just tricled out to a few mail order firms and some Sony centres so it wasn't officially part of the range.
     
  21. RSRAVI

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    Bassbin,

    It was a uk product because it was on there UK website and in there offical magazine

    I think the person who has emalled you has got his wirescrossed

    I cant see sony centers selling non uk products
    can you !!!!!!
     
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    It may well be available and shown on their website, but Sonys distinct lack of marketing interest in this product is poor show. This could be a killer sub in its sector, and dare I say it, it could be an SVS killer :eek: well, at the very least a PB10 killer.
     
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    Kazman

    I do agree with you sony could have done alot better job,
    but saying that i knew when it first came out as i had when on order on the day it came out as i had the previous model to it which was brill but was a single sub version and only 300 watts rms

    I my opinon the sony blows the B&W 675sub i have into bits

    going on the price off the subs i know its not a fair comparison due to different size speakers, the sony has so much depth to it
    I cant comment on the svs as i have not had or heard one :smashin:
     
  25. Kazman

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    Whereabouts in London are you? Might come and have a listen if that is ok with you? I work near soho.
     
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    I bought one of the Sony's that Ravi was selling and I have to say that I am delighted with it. It is my first real sub, and as such, I don't really have a baseline to compare it with. What I do know is that it is very loud (standard listening volume is about 1/4 volume, upto 50% if I want to show off it's potential to mates etc).

    I am in north London (Finchley) and happy to demo if you want to come have a listen one evening.

    Xav
     
  27. RSRAVI

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    I would have loved to demo them but i have sold both off them sorry mate :smashin:
     
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    Cheers guys.

    Xav, wot you up to tomorrow evening? might try to pop round after work :).
     
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    Nothing much planned. Will be home all day (I work from home). Only slight issue might be the flatmates, but they should be fine if we dont make too much noise for too long.

    What time where you thinking of?
     
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    About 6.30-7pm? how does that sound?

    EDIT: We'll take it to PM too mate :), probably not a good idea to spoil this thread :)
     

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