Product Comparison: Yamaha YST-SW012 vs Yamaha YST-SW216

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General Specifications
About the Product
Yamaha's Advanced YST II, Linear Port and front-firing design give this subwoofer an outstanding combination of power, depth and clarity.
Sets the standard for subwoofers in this class with high dynamic power and low-noise performance thanks to Advanced YST II, a Linear Port, frontfiring design and other sophisticated features.
Key Specs
Power RMS
50 watts
50 watts
Driver Diameter
8 in.
10 in.
Size & Weight
12.2 in.
13.37 in.
11.4 in.
13.37 in.
14.2 in.
15.19 in.
18.74 lbs.
28.7 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Yamaha YST-SW012 Front-Firing Active Subwoofer
  • Good quality, sounds great in home theater, perfect size for a small room
  • If you're looking for a quality sub at a good price for a small-medium plus sized room, look no further.
  • Great little subwoofer for home theater. Very compact but powerful enough for average room size.
  • Great speaker. Nice size and well built.
Yamaha YST-SW216 10" Black Home Audio Powered Subwoofer
  • Compact subwoofer that you can put in any place and forget about it.
  • Great size and weight that allows me to do anything with it. I can rearrange it every day from place to place.
  • I am impressed by the size that allows me to put it in my closet and it will look great in it.
  • A bulky and heavy sub that will bring you unnecessary trouble.
  • The depth is very large because of this, he always sticks out of my closet.
Min. Frequency Response
28 Hz
25 Hz
Max. Frequency Response
200 Hz
180 Hz
Peak Power
100 watts
100 watts
Sound Output Direction
Amplifier Class
Class B
What customers say about "Audio"
Yamaha YST-SW012 Front-Firing Active Subwoofer
  • I've gone so long without having audible dynamic experience to the really low frequencies and after reading the specs on it decided that this one gave me the most bang-for-my-buck.
  • Yamaha does it again for quality and value. This sub-woofer fits in perfectly with my Energy Classic speaker set to compliment and round out the bottom end frequencies.
  • Great for movies or music with a good low frequency present. Setup was as easy as 1,2,3.
  • Great sub! Just be sure your receiver lets you control the frequency ranges passed to the dedicated sub channel.
  • Great low-end punch from such a small speaker! I would prefer that this be a little louder, but handles the low-frequencies very well.
  • It says 100 watts on here but when you read the back of the sub it says 45 watts. It sounds nice, but isn't as powerful of bass as I expected.
Yamaha YST-SW216 10" Black Home Audio Powered Subwoofer
  • Clear bass. The subwoofer reproduces what it was given. Sub plays well in games and in movies and in music.
  • Sub for small rooms. The fattest plus plays at a low volume.
  • It’s a pity that from his amplifier can not be powered speakers.
  • My first subwoofer and with such weak power. 40Hz to 90Hz plays everything else 3 times quieter, I had two such subwoofers, I’ll tell you honestly a divorce.
  • Buzzed on one note. And that’s it. I didn't like it very much.
Box Design
Volume control
High Cut, Volume control
Indoor Or Outdoor Use
Linear Port for minimizing extraneous noise
Advanced YST II, Magnetic Shielding, High-Density MDF Cabinet
What customers say about "Features"
Yamaha YST-SW012 Front-Firing Active Subwoofer
  • One of the best features is that you can adjust the volume of the unit with a small knob on the back of the unit.
  • It also has small led lights green or red to show if the unit is active.
  • I think it's a nice sub for the money. The sound quality is full, the bass adjustment in a nice feature. Enjoy the music.
  • I gave it four stars rather than five only because it has less features than some more advanced subs. I think it sounds really good.
  • My only disappointment has been in the lack of an auto-off feature
Yamaha YST-SW216 10" Black Home Audio Powered Subwoofer
  • Very convenient volume control and it looks great on the rear panel.
  • I like the back volume control for the bass, it set it at the half way point then used my receiver to calibrate the bass amount.
  • This speaker is GREAT. It has it's own power switch and volume control for perfect balancing.
  • There is no auto power off, the power button itself is inconveniently located, because the device is large, you have to turn it off by touch.
  • Unfortunately, it only has a volume control so I can’t set up a sub for me.
Line in (LFE unfiltered/low frequencies filtered in)
2x Speakers, Stereo RCA
2x Speakers
What customers say about "Connectivity"
Yamaha YST-SW012 Front-Firing Active Subwoofer
  • Great base sound and easily connects to the receiver.
  • With a simple connection (long wire with RCA plugs at each end), I was up and running in no time.
  • This subwoofer lines up great with my yamaha suround sound amplifier
  • This sub has only one RCA input on the back and comes with a long RCA cable to connect to an RCA sub out - which is exactly what my Vizio Soundbar had.
  • The only issue (doesn't bother me) is that there is only a LFE line in and no auto on/off.
Yamaha YST-SW216 10" Black Home Audio Powered Subwoofer
  • Subwoofer was easy to set up. Plug the power cord in and connect the audio cable to the subwoofer and to the stereo receiver and everything works.
  • I have this sub connected to a Harman Kardon 1510 receiver, and 5 sets of Bose cubes, and seems to be a good addition to an entry level surround system.
  • Really sounds great connected to my Kawai ES8 digital piano. The lower bass notes sound almost like an acoustical piano. And the connection is very stable.
  • This is a powered sub but only has the Rca connection for a signal.
  • I have the problem with a broken RCA cable and not the subwoofer. A piece of it broke off in the connection.
Other Information
129.95 $
149.95 $
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)

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