Tag: Sony Car Subwoofers

Big Sony Xplod Sound from the XS-L126P5 Subwoofer

Sony XS-L126P5

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

If there is one thing that people look for the most when shopping for new mobile electronics, it is the name.  Is the brand a reliable one?  What reputation does the brand have?  This is one department that Sony does not need to worry about.  The long time electronics giant has developed a reputation for quality, long lasting products.  From portable to household electronics, Sony has always been a trustworthy manufacturer.  Just ask anyone that has owned a Sony product.  No matter how long ago they bought it, chances are they still have it and it is in working condition.  If you visit a mobile electronics show, you will see plenty of Sony products outfitted in the cars because of the reputation of the company.

One of the newer Xplod series subwoofers include the Sony XS-L126P5.  This affordable subwoofer continues with the Sony legacy by offering a great sounding, reliable product.  The 5-sided cone that has made Sony famous is comprised of a MRC (Mica Reinforced Cellular) diaphragm with glass-fiber composite for excellent sound reproduction.  Because of the 5-sided rubber surround is not a perfect circle, Sony placed stress relief points on the surround to ensure strong, smooth movement of the cone.  The subwoofer handles 380 watts continuously, but is strong enough to handle up to 1300 watts!  Once the sub is installed into a sealed enclosure as Sony recommends, this car subwoofer is ready for some serious bass.  Another great feature with the Sony XS-L126P5 is the great looks.  The woven cone material and the shiny rubber surround look fantastic in any enclosure.  With the reputation that Sony has, it is easy to put our trust in there products and this subwoofer is no exception.


Sony XS-LB10S Shallow-Mount Loaded Enclosure

Sony XS-LB10S

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

One of the coolest aspects of my job is that I somehow get paid to take a first-hand look at some of the top products in the car audio industry. Sweet gig, right? When I found out my latest assignment was to evaluate the Sony XS-LB10S, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. As a truck owner, enclosed subwoofer boxes are an interest of mine since they can fit right under the seat and save cargo space. After testing it on-site, I came away impressed with the sound quality and bass emitted from this loaded enclosure.

After connecting an amplifier to power the sub and a music source to play some tunes, I was able to observe this subwoofer’s strengths and weaknesses. First off, I was amazed at its level of bass considering its shallow-design. The cone excursion flexed rhythmically and did not miss a beat. The sound check showed that the Sony XS-LB10S subwoofer does not emit muddy bass or poor sound quality. Distortion only occurred when I tried to push it to its furthest limits.

The grill and sub cone look great, though I found myself lamenting the fact that the two-bar grill design only partially covers the subwoofer. This would be a problem if I mounted this sub box in the back of my truck since I typically toss supplies in the back seat without regard for my seats/audio components. The front firing design hits hard with the beat and noticeably pushes air around. It would look great behind or below your seats, or in the trunk those of you who own a sedan.

The XS-LB10S sub exceeded my expectations and is definitely worth a look if you are in the market for a loaded subwoofer enclosure. The shallow-mount sealed enclosure design is ideal for vehicles with limited space. Whether you install it behind your seats or underneath them, this sealed box setup is the perfect piece for adding bass without wasting space. At 330 watts RMS you get a whole lot of bass for your buck!