Rockville SS8P: Budget-Friendly Powered Subwoofer

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Rockville SS8P Review

There are so many things to consider when buying a new subwoofer. Do I need an active or passive sub, and do I need to have a specific model of amplifier. For some, the choices can be incredibly overwhelming.

That’s why I decided to start with something affordable that everyone can use without having to worry too much about their decision. Subwoofers like this model are the ideal solution for anyone who’s broke, loves music, and loves to get a good rhythm going.

With a 300 watts max power input and a 6-inch front-loaded speaker, you can expect an impressive bass response. Not sure where to start? No problem. The sub has multiple RCA inputs (yes, it has RCA inputs), so you can connect your TV, game system, turntable, or virtually any other audio device.

After you connect your audio equipment, you can benefit from the remote control dial and front panel bass boost. This is a great feature that allows you to adjust the bass output from the subwoofer.

I was initially concerned about how loud this subwoofer could get, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was way more powerful than I expected. The sound was simply amazing, and it blew me away.


Some budget subwoofers try to compete by under-delivering in other aspects. Not this one, however. It delivers exactly what it promises: deep, thundering bass with the extra power to go with it.

If you want to upgrade your audio system to the next level, this is a great choice. It fits in well with a surround sound system powering a 5.1 or 7.1 channel audio system. If you have a 5.1 audio setup, this one should take care of the bass.

You won’t have to think twice before adding this to your vehicle. It misses the mark slightly in terms of appearance, but it makes up for that by delivering fantastic sound. If you’re looking for an affordable addition to your audio experience, this one won’t let you down. Good value, great bass, and lots of power.


The Rockville SS8P is a compact subwoofer with 2 satellites. It also has a power on/off switch, adjustable crossover, volume control, bass control, a 5.25-inch woofer, and a 12-inch subwoofer. The powerful AMP delivers a clear, clean sound with deep bass. The high-grade woofer has a rubber surround and a polypropylene woofer cone that’s surrounded by rubber foam.

You also get a sturdy piece of furniture-grade MDF wood with a black front panel and black carpeted removable front grille. The dimensions of the SS8P are 13 inches long, 13.5 inches wide, 4.25 inches high, and weighs 8.5 pounds. It has dual 8-inch RCA inputs, plus a 12 volt RCA coaxial input.

The recommended power for this subwoofer is between 50 and 300 watts RMS (100 watts is the nominal power range), which is similar to the Dayton B652-AIR, Klipsch R-2502, the Polk Audio PSW111, the Sony SA-WM40, the Pyle PSS8, and the BlueWave Sound SWS-8MK2.

Key Features

The Rockville SS8P: Budget-Friendly Powered Subwoofer is a great option for those who are just starting out with a small sound system or those who just want to add more bass to their existing sound system. You can connect this speaker to any standard speaker system to get powerful bass that is rich with clarity and definition.

The Rockville SS8P has a frequency response of 38Hz to 150Hz, which means you will get the best possible sound without any distortion or unnatural sounds coming through. The maximum sound level this speaker can produce is 100dB, so you can feel the rumbling lows and feel the thumping beats.

This subwoofer also features a phase switch, so you can adjust the sound to your liking and make sure the sound quality is just what you want before you start playing your favorite music. A line input and line output are also on this speaker, so you can connect this speaker to any device. The 8 ohm impedance on this model ensures that your speaker will perform without any issues.

The amplifier on the Rockville SS8P: Budget-Friendly Powered Subwoofer provides 300 watts of power, so you can feel the bass without any loss in power. The woofer does not take up much space, which is a plus for anyone looking to have more freedom of movement. This subwoofer is easy to use and connect to your current speaker system.