Yamaha Introduces Affordable NS-SW050, NS-SW100 Powered Subwoofers

Yamaha’s latest subwoofers, the NS-SW050 and NS-SW100, are powered by 50-watt amplifiers and incorporate the company’s Twisted Flare Port technology


When it comes to A/V, most people tend to think of Yamaha for its line of A/V receivers in the consumer market or its famed NS-10 studio monitors, which were once standard in many recording studios.

Often overlooked for its contributions to the consumer speaker market, Yamaha was an early supporter of the soundbar category, which is now a thriving product segment. 

Adding to its line of consumer speaker solutions, Yamaha has introduced its new, space-friendly NS-SW050 and NS-SW100 powered subwoofers.  

Yamaha says the subwoofers incorporate its Twisted Flare Port that it says helps the NS-SW050 and NS-SW100 to produce “clean and punchy bass tones.”

“Although our Yamaha A/V receivers are the heart of the home theater system, the NS-SW050 and NS-SW100 powered subwoofers bring the heartbeat to songs and movies with a noticeable twist that helps generate deep, yet tight realistic bass sound,” says Robert Goedken, general manager, A/V division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “These attractively designed subwoofers with Twisted Flare Ports realy bring life to a home theater system.”

Yamaha NS-SW050 and NS-SW100 Subwoofer Specs

The company points out the NS-SW050 and NS-SW100 both incorporate amplifiers rated to produce 50 watts of power. The NS-SW100 features a 10-inch woofer, and Yamaha states the subwoofer is rated to produce a frequency response of 25Hz to 180Hz. 

The NS-SW050 subwoofer employs an 8-inch woofer, and Yamaha says the subwoofer is rated to produce a frequency response of  28Hz to 200Hz. 

Space friendly, the NS-SW050 measures 11.5 inches x 11.5 inches x 13.375 inches. Yamaha says the sub also weighs less than 19 pounds to make it easy to move.

Yamaha points out the NS-SW100 is slightly larger, measuring 13.875 inches x 13.875 inches x 16.125 inches, and it weighs just 26.5 pounds. 

In addition, the powered subwoofers also incorporate Yamaha's Active Servo Technology II. Yamaha explains the inclusion of this technology enables the subwoofers to better control their respective drivers and improve the stability in low-range response to “thoroughly engage listeners.”

The combined use of the Active Servo Technology II and Twisted Flare Port technologies, enable the subwoofers to “present a clean, smooth flow of air from the port that minimizes extraneous noise right down to the deepest tones. The result is remarkably tight and accurate bass that virtually transports listeners to an exploding battlefield scene or a heart-thumping dance club.”

Yamaha says the MSRPs for the NS-SW050 and NS-SW100 are $170 and $200 each respectively. 

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Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.