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Aperion Audio Bravus II 12D Subwoofer Review

by October 31, 2006
  • Product Name: Bravus II 12D
  • Manufacturer: Aperion Audio
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: October 31, 2006 08:25
  • MSRP: $ 899 (Shipping Included)
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  • 12” downward firing long throw woofer with aluminum cone and rubber surround
  • Bass reflex design with dual 12” long throw, aluminum cone passive radiators with rubber surrounds
  • 1” thick HDF cabinet construction
  • Amplifier: 650 watts rms Class D
  • Frequency Response: 23-200Hz +/-3dB, -6dB at 19Hz
  • Finishes: Gloss piano black
  • Dimensions (H/W/D): 17” x 15.5” x 15.5”
  • Weight: 62 lbs.
  • Warranty: 10 years / 2 years electronics

Features

  • Aluminum driver cones
  • Rubber driver surrounds
  • Variable level control
  • Variable low pass filter, 40-160Hz
  • Phase: Either 0 or 180 degrees
  • Selectable power mode: On or Off
  • Detachable power cord
  • Floor spikes or rubber feet
  • Switchable voltage 120/240V

Inputs/Outputs

  • Unbalanced (RCA) inputs, left and right
  • Unbalanced (RCA) LFE input
  • Speaker level left and right inputs

Pros

  • Exceptional finishing
  • Stylish and small
  • Aggressively priced + free shipping
  • Well placed design goals / tradeoffs

Cons

  • Rumble filter not quite aggressive enough
  • Limited sub bass output capability

Introduction

The Aperion Audio Bravus II 12D is a relatively compact (15.5” in^3) 650 watt powered subwoofer with one active and dual 12” passive drivers. Aesthetically, the Bravus II 12D is the best looking subwoofer we’ve seen for under $1k. Thanks to its strong amp and well executed passive radiator system, the Bravus II 12D is able to achieve real output down to 25Hz not typical of similar sized sealed or ported enclosures. Though it lacks some of the bells and whistles of competitor designs, it makes up for it with solid performance earning our “Large Room” Bassaholic rating. At $899 delivered to your door in a premium high gloss finish with a risk free 30 day trial period, we highly recommend you give it a try!
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Recent Forum Posts:

pbc posts on November 15, 2012 17:58
It's nice to finally see a real review of the Aperion subs. I've been wondering about how the 12D performed for ages as it looked like a potentially good “compact size” recommendation.

Looking at the build quality, driver complement (i.e., one 12“ driver plus two 12” rads), and amp power, that's not a bad price for the performance provided and box size.
shadyJ posts on November 11, 2012 18:44
theJman, post: 921826
You mean the one were you said "If there is an issue shown in the waterfall it will usually show up in the group delay chart or vice versa"? If so, that's what actually prompted my original post.

The ‘usually will show up’ part is a bit of a concern, but the biggest issue I guess is the waterfall is easier for me to read/decipher. That, along with the distortion and compression tests, are usually the first ones I look at, because combined I think they give a good picture of the basic functionality of the sub.

Maybe Ricci will put those up at his data-bass website, if he adds the Aperion data there.
theJman posts on November 11, 2012 14:39
Ricci, post: 921733
See my comment about the waterfall and group delay above.

You mean the one were you said "If there is an issue shown in the waterfall it will usually show up in the group delay chart or vice versa"? If so, that's what actually prompted my original post.

The ‘usually will show up’ part is a bit of a concern, but the biggest issue I guess is the waterfall is easier for me to read/decipher. That, along with the distortion and compression tests, are usually the first ones I look at, because combined I think they give a good picture of the basic functionality of the sub.
Steve81 posts on November 11, 2012 11:45
3db, post: 921761
I don't know what all the excitement is about this sub. I think its performance for the money is not all that great…If given my choices, I would take the Outlaw over the Aperion.

Sure, if you can fit the Outlaw, it's a much better option. But keep in mind, the Aperion is a 15.5" cube. For what it is, it performs quite well.
3db posts on November 11, 2012 11:28
I don't know what all the excitement is about this sub. I think its performance for the money is not all that great. The PSB300 fro $100 more has a much flatter frequency response and digs a little deeper. Its finish is not nearly as nice I will admit.

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