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Recent Subwoofers Reviews

Aperion Audio Bravus 10D Subwoofer Review

Aperion Audio Bravus 10D Subwoofer Review

The Aperion Bravus 10D is an attractive, potent little subwoofer at a reasonable price. It certainly doesn't have the output and extension of its larger peers but that's a tradeoff for a smaller box that blends more easily into your room décor. In that respect, the Bravus 10D excels. It's beautiful to look at and makes it hard to not justify putting two of these subs in your theater room - something we highly recommend. The Bravus 10D is in the middle of the Aperion line of subwoofers. You can order it in two finishes: cherry, shown here, or high gloss black. Both are stunning and the quality of the finish is second to none - in fact it's a higher quality look and feel than any other subwoofer in the market at this price.

The Aperion Bravus 10D is an attractive, potent little subwoofer at a reasonable price. It certainly doesn't have the output and extension of its larger peers but that's a tradeoff for a smaller box.

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

Emotiva Ultra 12 Subwoofer Review

Emotiva Ultra 12 Subwoofer Review

Can Emotiva's $500 12-inch Ultra 12 subwoofer really compete? We weren't sure, so we got one and hooked it up. But first we looked at the specs. The Ultra 12 sub sports a 300watt Class D amp that will put out 500 watts of peak power. It has a die cast woofer frame with a huge magnet, and utilizes long throw drivers. The woofer is constructed out of a triple-woven synthetic product used in bulletproof vests. We didn't shoot it, but in fairness we're pretty certain they're going for stiffness, not defensive measures. The surround is constructed out of butyl rubber and the boxes are sealed, rather than ported.

Can Emotiva's Ultra 12 $500 12-inch subwoofer really compete? We weren't sure, so we got one and hooked it up. The Ultra 12 sub sports a 300W Class D amp and plenty of punch.

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

Velodyne EQ-Max Subwoofers Preview

Velodyne EQ-Max Subwoofers Preview

Velodyne introduced their new affordable subwoofer series called EQ-Max featuring one-touch remote control setup, built-in processing, and advanced engineering to deliver dynamic bass performance. It's clear to us that Velodyne is getting aggressive with these new series of EQ-Max subs which seem targeted for their online business model. The 15" model has a huge cabinet and ample power meaning it will likely strike impressive SPL #s in our CEA-2010 subwoofer testing. Velodyne was already a recipient of the 2011 CEPro Best award for the EQ-Max10 which is a good start for a promising series of subs.

Velodyne introduced new affordable subwoofer series called EQ-Max featuring one-touch remote control setup, built-in processing, and advanced engineering to deliver dynamic bass performance.

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

Emotiva X-Ref 12 Subwoofer Review

Emotiva X-Ref 12 Subwoofer Review

The new Emotiva X-Ref subwoofer is the official next step after the company had so much success with their Ultra Series of subs. Naturally, they decided to step things up a notch. It comes in a 10" and 12" version (this is the 12) and the box size is nearly identical to their Ultra 10 and Ultra 12 predecessors. And while they don't differ much on the outside, the insides have undergone a considerable change. Most notably, Emotiva has upgraded the amplifiers in their X-Ref subs. The high-efficiency 600-watt RMS amplifier and high-current-density switch-mode power supply gives the X-Ref 12 more than double the power reserves than its Ultra sub counterpart.

The New Emotiva X-Ref 12 subwoofer takes the performance up a notch from the worthy Ultra series with only a modest price increase. Free shipping & reasonable price further makes this sub a strong bet

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

Klipsch SW-311 Subwoofer Review

Klipsch SW-311 Subwoofer Review

The Klipsch's SW-311 is a very small subwoofer with a rather impressive list of attributes and features. Utilizing a 500w amplifier powering a 10" active driver and dual 10" side firing passive radiator's along with Klipsch's proprietary ARC II auto room correction equalization and an LCD screen with push button DSP control panel, there is a lot to the SW-311. All of this is built into a svelte 13"x13"x14" box, making the SW-311 enclosure a jam packed power and technology workhorse. The little Klipsch also carries a surprising amount of output for its size with very little distortion even when pushed to its limits. Used within its limits, the Klipsch SW-311 will perform admirably in small to medium sized rooms, hence why it earned our “Medium Room” Bassaholic rating. This is a well designed and rock steady subwoofer with WAF that is about as good as it gets.

Review: The Klipsch SW-311 subwoofer sports a 10" active & 2 passive 10" drivers & 500 watt amp. It's small & packed with excellent technology & performance earning our "Medium Room" Bassaholic ratin

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

RBH Sound SX-12 Subwoofer Review with Measurements

RBH Sound SX-12 Subwoofer Review with Measurements

RBH Sound has chosen to forego most of the extra bells and whistles that accompany many other subwoofers with their SX-12 model and instead chosen to focus on the basics. A vented subwoofer based around a 12” driver and utilizing a 350 watt amplifier, the SX-12’s curved side panels and aluminum cone provide an upscale look amongst a sea of black cubes. The SX-12 conditionally achieved our Bassoholic Large Room rating, so it is not an all out SPL juggernaut, but its low distortion and greatly extended top end capabilities helped it reproduce music in a very satisfying manner. Those looking for a subwoofer stressing musical performance the RBH SX-12 just may be for you.

Review: The RBH Sound SX-12 is a 12" aluminum cone, 350 watt powered subwoofer that meets our Large room size Bassaholic rating and serves up excellent musical performance over sheer low end output.

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

Meridian Digital Active DSW Subwoofer Preview

Meridian Digital Active DSW Subwoofer Preview

Recently, Meridian has been moving toward self-powered speakers. The Meridian Digital Active DSW subwoofer is a diminutive sub at 15" by 17" by 18" tall. Given these dimensions, it weighs in at a hefty 48.5 pounds. It sports a downfiring long-throw 12" driver in a sealed, plywood, enclosure. The problem is the Meridian DSW subwoofer MUST be used with Meridian speakers. Looking past the plywood construction, the diminutive size, or the complete lack of frequency response information, leaving off any sort of traditional connection for use with a standard speaker system on a $5000 sub seems incredibly short-sighted.

The $5000 Meridian Digital Active DSW subwoofer is a diminutive sub at 15" by 17" by 18" tall though is 48.5 pounds. The problem is the Meridian DSW subwoofer MUST be used with Meridian speakers.

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

RBH Sound SX-12 Subwoofer Review

RBH Sound SX-12 Subwoofer Review

Today we look at the RBH Sound SX-12 subwoofer. Ever since the recent introduction of the Audioholics Subwoofer Room Size Rating Protocol, we've had subwoofers on the brain. Measuring, listening, measuring... It's gotten so that we're getting pretty good at spotting the good ones. This is a good one, and I don't say that lightly, because RBH Sound, unfortunately, isn't a company people readily associate with good subwoofers. Speakers, yes. Subwoofers, not so much. But this new front-firing, bottom-ported product from RBH, the SX-12, is really impressive. Is this the sub that brings RBH Sound into the mainstay of bassaholics everywhere? We'll have to see when we bench test it. For now, it's a beautiful product, with curved sides that give it a modern, stylized look to match the rest of the SX series, and it sports a back panel that has premium-quality connectors and even a balanced XLR input and output.

Is the RBH Sound SX-12 subwoofer that brings RBH into the mainstay of bassaholics everywhere? We'll have to see when we bench test it. For now, it's a beautiful product, with a modern look.

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

EMPtek ES1010i Subwoofer Preview

EMPtek ES1010i Subwoofer Preview

Sporting not one, but two 10" poly-matrix cone woofers, the EMPtek ES1010i subwoofer breaks almost all of the budget conventions. For $600 you can get the ES1010i sub which not only has respectable output, but will easily pass the WAF test. The fit and finish on the EMPtek speakers belies their price and would be understandable if they skimped on performance. Instead, you get a subwoofer with good performance, incredible aesthetics, and a price that will shock you.

Sporting not one, but two 10" poly-matrix cone woofers, the EMPtek ES1010i subwoofer breaks almost all of the budget conventions.

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

Outlaw Audio LFM-1 EX Subwoofer Review

Outlaw Audio LFM-1 EX Subwoofer Review

The Outlaw Audio LFM-1 EX is a moderately large 12” ported powered subwoofer with a built in 350 watt rated amplifier. Based on our extensive testing, the LFM-1 EX proved to be an overachiever at its mere $650 price tag. We did find the sub to be slightly mistuned but keeping both ports open produced the best overall sound and measured results. Two ports open also allowed us to achieve its most dynamic output while minimizing port chuffing. The fit and finish was good, though the product wasn’t quite as buttoned up as some of the multi thousand dollar units we’ve tested. The Outlaw Audio LFM-1 EX receives the Audioholics “Bassoholic Large Room” rating, which means that this sub is recommended as maintaining adequate headroom in rooms or spaces of 3,000 to 5,000 cubic feet and/or for users who usually listen at moderate to high volume levels. The LFM-1 EX does a lot right and makes no major mistakes all while providing huge bang for the buck value and meaningful 20Hz extension. Outlaw has knocked this one out of the park as far as I’m concerned. Budget conscious sub shoppers looking to fill a large space take note.

The Outlaw Audio LFM-1 EX is a moderately large 12” ported powered subwoofer with a built in 350 watt rated amplifier. We found it to be an overachiever earning our “Large Room” Bassaholic rating.

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

SV Sound PB-12NSD Subwoofer Preview

SV Sound PB-12NSD Subwoofer Preview

The new SVS PB-12NSD subwoofer features a custom designed 12" aluminum cone driver with a 4" flared port and 400 watt continuous rated power amplifier. It maintains a relatively compact form factor (at least as far as big box subwoofers go) with true 20Hz extension. Utilizing a high quality drive unit with a meaty amplifier in an inert and soundly engineered enclosure, the PB-12NSD offers a level of performance not typically found at this price point. This preview article gives a glimpse of the PB-12NSD performance capabilities with real CEA 2010 measurement data. We look forward to conducting a formal review of what we feel will be the subwoofer to beat in the under $1k price category.

The SVS PB-12NSD subwoofer is a 12", 400 watt ported design with true 20Hz extension and no nonsense engineering.

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

Klipsch SW-115 Subwoofer Preview

Klipsch SW-115 Subwoofer Preview

If Klipsch's thought was to design and sell a sub that could take on the Internet Direct brands head to head, they've succeeded. While a 2 foot by 2 foot by 20" tall sub wrapped in vinyl might be a tough sell for the ladies, bassheads are going to flip for it. At $850 MSRP (and certainly destined to go on sale at some point), it is a lot of sub for a little money. Bragging a 15" driver, front firing slot port, a 400 watt amp, and a -3dB point at 18Hz, the new Klipsch SW-115 is ready to play. And it plays for keeps. Based on their published spec, we are making an educated guess this sub will earn our "Large Room" Bassaholic rating but we will of course reserve final judgement once we get our hands on a review unit to test.

Bragging a 15" driver, front firing slot port, a 400 watt amp, and a -3dB point at 18Hz, the new Klipsch SW-115 is ready to play. And it plays for keeps.

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

Emotiva X-Ref 12 Subwoofer Review

Emotiva X-Ref 12 Subwoofer Review

The X-Ref 12 is representative of the next evolution in Emotiva's powered subwoofer line and comes equipped with many upscale features such as built in DSP that is controlled via a top mounted LCD screen with a rotary push button knob, balanced XLR connection, and two fully adjustable bands of parametric EQ to address room response issues or adjust to suit listener tastes. The X-Ref 12 has a solidly built, well finished sealed enclosure with a hand rubbed lacquer finish. The 12" driver is a robust piece with a 3" voice coil and double stacked magnets which is controlled by the 600 watt highly efficient amplifier. Being a sealed subwoofer with a very small form factor the X-Ref 12 does not have subterranean deep bass extension or herculean output capabilities, so it should perform better in smaller spaces. But, it operates with rock steady reliability and always sounds clean and composed while doing so. Considering the bargain cost of only $599 shipped to your door for a subwoofer that does all of the above and the generous 5 year warranty, the X-Ref 12 offers a lot of bang for your hard earned buck.

The Emotiva X-Ref 12 is a 12” sealed 600 watt powered subwoofer that is well built, sounds great and serves up small rooms while fitting in tight spaces quite nicely.

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

Velodyne EQ-Max 15 Subwoofer Review

Velodyne EQ-Max 15 Subwoofer Review

I've had a lifelong struggle with subwoofers, even ones as cool as the Velodyne EQ-Max 15. Sometimes I've been impressed with smaller subs that perform well for their size. And certainly I can appreciate a small sub that plays low. But... if you really want the most performance you're going to need a big sub... or two or three. Today, we're looking at one of Velodyne's newest subs - the EQ-Max 15 - and it's big. As the name suggests, it's a 15-inch subwoofer that, while larger than most of the products you'll find that try and cater to the "less-is-more" crowd, this sub actually puts it all out there, unashamed. Kinda like Lady Gaga... except... square... Anyway, the driver is a 15-incher - and what makes that a big deal is that, other than Velodyne's Digital Drive series, this is the only other 15-inch sub they make.

We got to review Velodyne's EQ-Max 15 - and it's big. As the name suggests, it's a 15-inch subwoofer that's larger than most of the products you'll find that try and cater to the "less-is-more" crowd.

— October 31, 2006 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews