Yamaha DXS12 12" 600W Powered Subwoofer (Discontinued)


95 out of 100. Incorporating 60+ ratings and reviews.

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Yamaha DXS12 - front and back views

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 95/100 is based on analysis of 60+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

This 12" subwoofer from Yamaha uses their built in D-XSUB low frequency processing technology, which they say produces a stronger bottom end than you would expect from a 12" driver.

With its relatively smaller woofer and 600W RMS power rating, this subwoofer reproduces more sonic detail at the cost of losing some ultra low thump.


  • Frequency Response: 47 Hz to 160 Hz (-10 dB)
  • Crossover: Not specified
  • Max SPL: 131 dB
  • Power Rating: 600 Watts RMS Continuous - 950 Watts Peak
  • Drivers: 12" cone + 2.5" voice coil
  • Input Connectors: 2 x XLR
  • Output Connectors: 2 x XLR
  • Polarity: Normal / Reverse
  • Enclosure Material: Wood
  • Dimensions: 15.6" x 22.1" x 23.4"
  • Weight: 72.8 lb (33 kg)


Many customer reviews say that the Yamaha DXS12 sounds just as good to them as larger 15" and even 18" subs and it does appear to have a Max SPL rating to support this view. It also received compliments about how easy it is to set up. A good number of users describe it as unbelievably good for the money.


While it does work great for small venues, there were a few users who noted that it does not have enough projection to be a main subwoofer for bigger venues.


Unfortunately it's hard to find new at stores so we recommend other options in our guide to The Best PA Subwoofers.