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AV123 Rocket UFW-10 Subwoofer Review

by patrick January 31, 2005
Rocket UFW-10

Rocket UFW-10

  • Product Name: UFW-10
  • Manufacturer: Rocket
  • Distributor: AV123
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: January 31, 2005 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 599

Drive unit:

(1) 10" die-cast woofer w/ 2" voice coil and laminated, black anodized, aluminum/pulp composite cone

Power Handling:

Rated at 500 watts

Frequency Response:

Rated 25Hz -150Hz ±2 dB   Measured 30Hz - 108Hz ±1.75dB

Features:

One-band, parametric EQ (freq, bandwidth and level), continuously variable 0º to 180º phase,

gain, and crossover adjustments (40Hz -150Hz), crossover disable option, LFE summed R/L input, balanced mono XLR input, auto-on/standby mode

Enclosure:

Rosewood veneer front, back and sides with high gloss, piano black top and bottom caps

18mm x 3" span brace from left to right side tied into top cap

Finishes available:

South American Rosewood or Bird's Eye Maple with Macassar Ebony, piano black end caps

Size:

13.125"W x 12.875"D x 13.4375"H

Product weight:

46 lbs. (20.91kg)

Shipping weight:

52 lbs. (23.64kg)

Pros

  • Most beautiful cabinet finish ever seen in this price class
  • Fine furniture appearance & small size = great WAF
  • Excellent wideband low-bass response
  • Powerful amp with flush, high-style controls
  • Single-band parametric EQ for room-mode correction
  • Impressive metal-pulp composite 10" cone
  • Die cast woofer frame with beefy motor structure

Cons

  • Bass can get loose at high volumes
  • Proper EQ set-up requires extra equipment
  • Pre-amp section overloads if input exceeds 500mV RMS causing low frequency response non-linearities.
  • Subwoofer not magnetically shielded

Introduction

Even though I'd heard ahead of time about the piano black lacquer and rosewood finish of the AV123 speakers (the other option is Birdseye Maple) I was not prepared for what awaited my eyes as I opened the UFW-10 subwoofer. At 52 pounds in the carton, the UFW-10 package seems quite heavy for its rather diminutive outside dimensions. To protect its products AV123 uses a double-box technique more commonly found in the pro-audio field for shipping amplified studio monitors.

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