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Sony XS-GTX120L

12" Single 4 ohm Xplod Series Car Subwoofer

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  • 12" Single 4 Ohm Xplod Series Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 1000 watts
    • RMS: 300 watts
  • Impedance: 4 ohm
  • Polypropylene cone woofer
  • Stroke stabilizer rubber surround
  • 5-Sided cone with a dust cap-less design
  • Large ferrite magnet
  • Frequency response: 30-1,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 86 dB
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com warranty

Product History:

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(newest, current model)
Sony XS-GS120LD thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Sony XS-GSW121D)
Sony XS-GTX120L thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Sony XS-GS120LD)

Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
Xplod
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
12"
Peak Power Handling
Peak power handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle during a brief musical burst. The RMS power range figure is a much more reliable rating for determining the speaker's power requirements. The Peak power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
1000 watts
RMS Power Handling
The RMS power is the amount of power the speaker requires to operate safely and properly. RMS Power Handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle on a continuous basis. We recommend powering your speakers or subwoofer with 80%-120% of its recommended RMS rating. The RMS power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
300 watts
Voice Coil(s)
Dual voice coil subs have more wiring flexibility than single voice coils subs; however, single voice coil subwoofers provide easier hookup options for wiring multiple subwoofers in parallel or series. You may also run a dual voice coil (DVC) sub in parallel, series, or combination. A quad voice coil has four voice coils and is equal to two dual voice coil subwoofers as far as wiring goes.
Single
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
The load value (in ohms) that the speakers present to the amplifier per voice coil - the amount of resistance to the current flow. This is a key specification as subs wired in parallel or low impedances can create problems with your amplifier and potentially void all warranties. We encourage you to ask our support department prior to purchase if you do not understand which impedance level will suit your application best.
4 ohms
Voice Coil Diameter
Diameter of voice coil, usually measured in inches.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
30 - 1,000 Hz
Subwoofer Design
This is the design of the subwoofer or the opening of the subwoofer enclosure. Each design has it's own benefits, whether it is a square, circle, or oval.

Round/Circle: This is the typical and common subwoofer design. They have a round cone and are a circle in design.

Square: These woofers are able to achieve a greater cone area in a smaller space. Because of the greater surface area, some square subwoofers will be louder than a round subwoofer of the same size.

Round / Circle
Main Cone Color
This is the color of the speaker's or subwoofer's cone.
Black
Woofer Composition
Lightweight woofer cone materials are essential for efficient operation. Poly cones produce exceptional sound and are sturdy against various changes in temperature. Paper cones are very efficient, and when treated for moisture resistance, will perform at a high level. Poly refers to polypropylene, which is thermoplastic or fibers that are polymers of propylene. IMPP refers to injection molded polypropylene, a commonly used process and material in speakers.
Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
A speakers surround is part of the suspension system. The surround protects the cone and prevents it from being displaced as it flexes out from the basket. It is usually made of a durable material like treated foam or rubber in order to withstand the strenuous job of producing bass frequencies.
Rubber
Magnet Structure
Defines the overall structure of the subwoofers magnet.
Subwoofer Grille
Most subwoofers are able to accommodate a universal grille; however, some subs include a grille and others have a specific, optional grille available for purchase separately. If "yes", then the subwoofer includes a grille. If "optional (sold separately)" the matching grille will need to be purchased in addition to the sub.
No
Re-Cone Kit Available
Some higher end subwoofers have replaceable cone assemblies. In case of a blown woofer, a recone kit allows for a simple replacement, as opposed to purchasing an entire new subwoofer.
No

Recommended Enclosure Specifications

Recommended Enclosure Type
This is the recommended type of enclosure that the subwoofer should be installed into. Some subwoofers are specially designed for particular enclosures.

Sealed: These enclosures completely enclose the air inside the box. These boxes produce a tight bass.

Ported/Vented: These enclosures have a slot of air to escape from the box. The result is a sound that has more "boom".

Bandpass: These are a combination of both sealed and ported enclosures. They can be very efficient, but require tuning for the best response.

Ported / Vented
Sealed
Optimum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the ideal sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
Optimum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the ideal ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
Top-Mount Depth
The depth when installed on top of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the bottom of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
5-3/4"
Cutout Diameter
The actual diameter of the hole you will need to cut out if you are creating a new mounting location for this speaker, or if you are mounting a subwoofer in a box.
11-1/8"
Shallow Mount Installation
This means that the subwoofer/speaker is designed to be installed in areas that do not have a lot of space. Shallow mount subwoofers are typically found under a seat or behind the seat in some trucks.

Shallow mount speakers will typically have a mounting depth of 2" or less, while shallow mount subwoofers will typically have a mounting depth of 3" or less.

No

Electromechanical Parameters

Free-Air Resonance (Fs)
The free-air resonance frequency of the subwoofer, measured in Hz. At this frequency the weight of the moving parts is perfectly balanced with the subwoofers suspension system.
Equivalent Compliance (Vas)
This is the amount of air that has the same stiffness as the subwoofers suspension. The greater the rating, the lower the stiffness and larger recommended enclosure. It is measured in Liters.
Total Speaker Q Value (Qts)
This is the subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including all dimensionless losses. Essentially, a high Qts value (closer to 1.0) means the subwoofer is great for sealed enclosures and a low Qts value (closer to 0) means the woofer is great in vented enclosures. A Qts of around 0.45 means the woofer will work decently in either enclosure type.
Electrical Q Value (Qes)
The subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including electrical losses. Also called the mechanical damping of the subwoofer. The unitless measurement usually varies from 0.5 10.
Electrical Resistance of Voice Coil (Re)
Amount of DC resistance of the subwoofer when measured with an ohm meter. Typically, this will read less than the impedance rating of the subwoofer.
Mechanical Q Value (Qms)
This is the subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including mechanical losses. Also called the mechanical damping of the subwoofer. This unitless measurement usually varies from 0.5 10.
Efficiency Bandwidth Product (EBP)
This number represents the trade off between having an efficient woofer and one with a wide bandwidth. To calculate this number, take the Fs and divide it by the Qes. If the number is below 50, the woofer is designed for a sealed enclosure only. If it's between 50-100 it can be used in either. Lastly, if it's greater than 100 it's designed for vented enclosures.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
50%
4 Star
38%
3 Star
13%
2 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.4
Value
4.8
Features
4.1
Design
4.5
Usability
4.6

unseenme

AL

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great sub!

April 14, 2012

I only have 1 of these as I built a system for sound quality not SPL's. In the past all I would use were Rockford subs due to their build quality & sound. It's in a sealed box and it kicks as good as all the Rockford subs I've used. Perfect for tight punchy rock music. Not sure why Sony has lost followers. I also use an Xplod component set & they're just as clean sounding as this sub. 100% recommend it for that tight sealed box punch!

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Jamey

Hartwell, GA

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nice subs

April 7, 2012

These are good subs for the price. Better than RE rex 12".

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marv

miami,fl.

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awsom sub

March 13, 2012

Best subwoofer I ever owned, not to mentioned great look and sound.

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Alan

Baton Rouge, LA

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SHOCKED!!!!!!!

November 22, 2011

I just put two of these in my 08 Honda Accord. Man! I didnt think it would come close to the level these things hit at! I replaced two JL W6 12" with these beast cause they were cheap. I knew they werent going to come close to my JL's because of the price and cause they are Sonys!!!! No one i ever knew of messed around with anything that had xplode anywhere on or near it! But yeah i got them on an old school punch 500a2 (bridged). THEY ARE BEAST MODE!!!!! I CAN'T EVEN USE THE REAR VIEW MIRROR! Yeah first time the bass hits thar mirror is looking up at the roof of the car dont bother repositioning it back! Just goes right back up ha! But anyway get down to brass tacks. Dont be afraid, those out there that was like me and dont want nothing to do with xplode crap, these are nice! Throw them in a sealed box with the right amp and your done! Now just sit back and let it vibrate your back and rearrange all your mirrors and plastics for you inside your car! Ha!

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Danny

El Paso, TX

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Great tight boom

October 31, 2011

I bought this sub to replace a cheaper brand that had blown on me. I sounded great. Not as loud as some cheaper brands I have tried, but it's definitely more durable. My dog rides with me a lot and has even stood on the speaker, scratched it up, but its still going. Haven't had any problems with it and it definitely stands up to abuse. Totally worth it.

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Riley

Mound, MN

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sealed box

September 14, 2011

I had 2 of these subs in a sealed enclosure with a 760 watt amp (also an xplod) and it sounded sweet. It was clear and crisp and hit surprisingly low for a sealed box. Definitely worth the money.

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Tyler

Grove City, PA

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Great sub for the money

May 22, 2011

works well with songs that are not too bass heavy. Excessive amounts of low notes will get this sub burning quickly. I have had one installed for just over a year and have not burned it up yet but its performance has degraded.

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micheal sorber

brick new jersey

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good sub for the price

April 5, 2011

I have a Sony XS-GTX120L hooked to a Pioneer GM4500 in my 94 explorer and it hits so hard that it has since knocked my rear view mirror off and shakes the hell out of my roof and windows. I had in total 3 Pioneer TS-W303R in the past 6 months and there good subs but they suck when it comes to putting power to it this Sony is holding up good the the nearly 600 watts I am pushing it with and it impreses people to think i have so much deep bass and only a single 12

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DJ

A town, CA

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Loud and Proud

March 10, 2011

I normaly dont show my system but i used to run two kicker 10s and they cannot compare to this 12. It may not hit like i want but it is deep witch is exactly what i want.

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Gou

Enfield CT

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Not bad for what they are

March 5, 2011

My buddy has 2 in a ported box with only a Alpine MRP-M650 and its louder than it should be. It's gota be a freak set up, but I was impressed for xplodes. I have blown one up in a ported box that was the wrong cubic ai space. So make sure you go by the requirements.

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Lisa

luxemburg, WI

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good sub for the price

November 15, 2010

i purchased 2 of these subs a few months ago and put them in a tuned bandpass box. they sound really good and hit pretty hard

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Spencer

Estherville, IA

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best budget subs round.ps stop hatin on sony

November 6, 2010

had the black 1200 watt .only con is i know for a fact they are overratedi had these in a huge ported box runnin 300 rms to each.they sounded great so i bumped them up to 500 rmseach . keep pounding so hard to beleive. my favorite subs and right now im runnin a jl w7. these things cant touch it but they both sound almost as loud.keyword is almost but they are great starter subs.ps had for 4 years and they still poundin

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Mike

Lima, OH

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Hits like a champ

October 8, 2010

I own the older model of these, the red 12" 1200watts and I have a 1100 watt class D mono block hooked to 2 of these and they pound and they haven't blown or sound crappy. They have very clean and clear bass. This subs shake my car and I can be heard down the street.

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Dickie

the wack ri

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Shocking

September 22, 2010

I got two of these in a sealed up box, bought them off a friend like 2 years ago. I CAN'T BLOW THEM! I've been trying to ruin them with out hurting my amp and they've been taking everything i give to them. I know there is way better out there but for the price you can't beat them

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Andrew

Wooster, OH

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Wow.

June 15, 2010

I was blown away by these. They shake my car to bits. If you want an extremely hard sitting sub for a low price...buy these.

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Joshua

Athens, AL

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Good subs

March 25, 2010

These are good subs for people who want to add bass but not as much as a Fosgate sub would add and great if u are on a budget these subs can beat pretty hard for what they are I would recommend these if on a tight budget

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Accessory Tools and Products

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Single 12" Subwoofer Angled Truck or Hatchback Box Enclosure

CARB Compliant, 5/8" MDF Shallow Sub Enclosure Lined with Polyfil.

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Gold Binding post terminals and a high quality 5/8" MDF construction.

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25 ft. of Streetwires 12 Gauge Speaker Cable

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Belva 23 ft. of 12 Gauge Speaker Wire

Ultra-flexible PVC blended jacket for easy installation.

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20 Square Feet of Sound Dampening Material

NVX Sound dampening is thicker than competitors, eliminates rattles and gives you bigger bass!

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Dynamat Sound Dampening Trunk Kit

Did you know sound dampening will reduce those annoying rattles and even increase your SPL?

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Stinger Sound Dampening Trunk Kit

Stinger's Roadkill sound dampening series is sure to kill unwanted road noise and rattles! Enough sound dampening for your whole trunk!

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20 oz. Bag of Poly-Fil

Polyester fiber fiberfill adds better bass to your system.

Your Price $5.99

12 oz. Can of Adhesive Spray

Spray adhesive used for adhering carpet to subwoofer boxes without bubbles.

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Spring Post Terminal Cup

Makes adding a spring post terminal to an enclosure simple! Banana clip ready!

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Gold Plated Dual Terminal Banana Plug Connector

Enables an expandable, secure connection accepting up to 8 gauge wire.

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Car Stereo and Speaker Installation Tool Kit

Includes Test Light, Crimp/Splice Tool, Multi-bit Screwdriver and more.

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Cordless Multi-Functional Heat Tool Soldering Iron Kit

Continuous working lock allows you to work without holding down trigger.

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4 Ft of 1/4" Thick Black Heat Shrink Tubing

Provides abrasion resistance and added protection for your cables.

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2" Universal, Professional Heavy Duty Roller for Sound Damping/Dampening

Universal rubber roller to make it easy to install sound dampening.

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1mm All Purpose Solder

Solder is all purpose for use on most projects where solder is needed.

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12" Protective Waffle Subwoofer Grille

Keep your subwoofer looking amazing while keeping it safe.

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Scosche SPL Meter

Monitor the noise level of your new car audio system with this SPL meter measuring from 60-135 dB.

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Impedance Meter / Signal Generator

Easy to locate tuning frequencies of passive radiators and ported enclosures

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1 Sony XS-GTX120L Subwoofer

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

2 Sony XS-GTX120L Subwoofers

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp - Bridged

3 Sony XS-GTX120L Subwoofers

4 Channel Amp

4 Sony XS-GTX120L Subwoofers

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

2 Channel Amp

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

4 Channel Amp

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

XS-GTX120L

UPC

027242772823

Weight

15.00lbs

Internal SKU

xsgtx120l

Internal Product ID

23335

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Sony XS-GTX120L