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Kenwood KSC-SW11 – Active Subwoofer Reviewed


The Australian company has created an absolute flyweight with its Kenwood KSC-SW11. With its 2.8 kg it is one of the lighreview in our review. Can it still keep up with the competition or will its low weight be its downfall?

To the offer

In terms of design, the Kenwood KSC-SW11 stands out with its compact shape. Due to this shape it makes optimal use of every space in the car and can also be installed under the passenger seat to make full use of the space in the boot. Of course, it can also be installed in the trunk or on the rear wall of the back seat. But unfortunately not into the spare wheel recess. It does not stand out due to its colour choice, is kept simple, has a modern design and is pleasant to the eye. Nevertheless it makes an unimaginative impression and therefore does not get the full score. We also noticed in our review that it has some similarities with the TS-WX120A

The manufacturers have mainly used steel and aluminium in the construction. The frame consists of an aluminium injection moulding and the membrane is made of aluminium die-cast. Above all, the shape of the membrane is very interesting because it is not the typical round shape, but square. It can be described as unique, because in our review it was the only one with a non-round membrane. This of course gives it a special touch. The rest of the workmanship is also very successful and there are no disturbing or tinny noises over the entire frequency response.

The special shape of the diaphragm also raises the question of whether this impairs the sound quality or whether sounds appear distorted or tinny. But fortunately it had no effect and therefore it also convinces in sound. The sounds are very precise and sound good. Perfect for supporting front-end speakers and especially good in higher frequency ranges. With the strength of the bass it looks a bit worse there, because the bass is hardly noticeable and only serves to make the sound appear fuller. Which is a typical complaint of small active subwoofers.

In the next video you will find a short description including installation and from 2:00 a review with before and after comparison to get an idea of the Kenwood KSC-SW11.

Untersitz-Subwoofer Kenwood KSC-SW11 (Überprüfung und Soundreview)

Technical information of the Kenwood KSC-SW11

With the size of 28 x 7 x 19 cm it is one of the smallest and lighreview of its kind. Despite these characteristics it has a power of 100 Wrms. The square membrane also provides a certain something. It is a closed and active subwoofer with an already integrated amplifier. Another plus is the built-in wired remote control to change settings directly from the driver’s seat, and the supplied mounting hardware. Here you can find a direct comparison of the two Kenwood subwoofers from our review.

Do not forget Cinch cables

The delivery includes the subwoofer and the remaining mounting material. But what is missing is the RCA cable! Very recommendable is the cable from Hama and with its length of 5 m you can get to any spot in the car without any problems.

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