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Triad InWall Bronze 4 Slim Sub

Triad InWall Bronze 4 Slim Sub

If you're a regular reader of Audioholics, you're probably aware of the fact that if you want deep, powerful bass, you're going to need a big beefy subwoofer (or two...or four) to get the job done. So what happens if you still want respectable bass output, but you need something with an invisible footprint? Meet the Triad InWall Bronze 4 Slim Sub. Built to order in the US, is Triad's latest offering the answer to interior decorators and audiophiles dreams alike? Read on to find out what we think.

The Bronze 4 Slim Sub is Triad's latest in-wall subwoofer offering, made to quite literally disappear into a room. Built to order in the US, read on to see our initial impressions.

— March 10, 2013 12:05 in Subwoofer Reviews

REL R-528SE Subwoofer Preview

REL R-528SE Subwoofer Preview

REL may not be a name that the majority of Audioholics are familiar with, but they are a big player in Europe. REL was founded in the U.K. in 1990 by Richard Edmund Lord (R. E. L.) with the mission of reproducing bass with unparalleled fidelity, and is distributed in the U.S. by Sumiko Audio (who is responsible for the U.S. distribution of brands such as Sonus Faber an Pro-ject, among others). Today we are taking a glimpse at the R-528SE subwoofer which made its debut at CES 2013. The REL R-528SE features one 12" active and one 12" passive driver with a 500 watt internal amplifier. Priced at $2799, inquiring minds want to know, does REL's latest offering have what it takes to make it in today's competitive market? Read on to find out more.

Today we will take a glimpse at the REL R-528SE, which made its debut at CES 2013. Priced at $2799,does REL's latest subwoofer have what it takes what it have to make it in today's competitive market?

— March 03, 2013 21:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

Funk Audio 18.2 Dual 18" Sealed Subwoofer Preview

Funk Audio 18.2 Dual 18" Sealed Subwoofer Preview

Funk Audio, a relative newcomer in the ID subwoofer marketplace, has just put its competition in checkmate. The Funk Audio 18.2 subwoofer is their latest and most advanced subwoofer design. It was designed to provide the ultimate in power, sound quality, and output, in a package so compact the amplification system has to be separate from the subwoofer itself. In Power Level Two configuration, will pump 9,600 watts into the dual 18" drivers (if you have enough wall current) allowing you to hit an ear drum busting 125 dB (2 meter GP). This is the kind of sub that will surely shatter Grandpa Simpsons teeth. With dual 4.5" voice coils, 44lb neodymium motor structures and 3" pk-pk excursion custom built drivers we have little reason to doubt the output claims of this subwoofer. Do you want us to review this beast? Let us know in the forums.

The Funk Audio 18.2 subwoofer is a dual 18" passive sub with two power amp configurations that allow it to hit an ear drum busting 134dB SPL. The driver is custom built in-house. Impressive!

— January 16, 2013 22:55 in Subwoofer Reviews

Revel Rhythm2 Subwoofer Preview

Revel Rhythm2 Subwoofer Preview

Revel is rounding out their Ultima2 loudspeaker series with a new flagship subwoofer, the Rhythm2. With an MSRP of $10,000 the Rhythm2 does not come cheap, but it isn't built cheaply either. The unit features a dual voice coil 18” aluminum cast-frame driver powered by two amplifiers with a total of 2,000 watts RMS (4,000 watts peak). The driver itself has a 4” diameter voice coil and approximately 1” Xmax. All of that fits into a relatively small 24.6” H x 27.9” W x 28.1” D package and weighs 177lbs. Revel's real claim to fame with the Rhythm2 is the built in EQ, which can be used to overcome 10 different room modes from 20-400Hz. Additionally, the EQ works not only on the sub, but on the pre-outs for your main speakers too, allowing for perfect bass whether it is coming from your sub or speakers. Still, even with the big driver, powerful amp, and EQ options, we question if the Rhythm2 can really compete with the other high dollar subwoofers on the market. Read on for a full analysis.

Revel is rounding out their Ultima2 loudspeaker series with a new flagship subwoofer, the Rhythm2. With an MSRP of $10,000 the Rhythm2 does not come cheap, but it isn't built cheaply either.

— January 16, 2013 09:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

Power Sound Audio XS30 Subwoofer Preview

Power Sound Audio XS30 Subwoofer Preview

Power Sound Audio's newest offering, the XS30, is the big brother to the XS15. There is a lot to be excited about with this new subwoofer. The XS30 is equipped with a pair of dual opposed 15" woofers which can deliver two inches of peak to peak throw; bluntly, the XS30 can move a heck of a lot of air, which is important for delivering prodigious output levels and digging deep. Next on the check list is a 725W RMS/1450W Peak Bash amplifier sporting DSP (digital signal processing) control, soft limiting protection, and <1W standby mode among other niceties. The cabinet is of course not skimped on, with 1.75" thick MDF driver baffles and 1" thick walls, as well as a brace to keep the enclosure free of unwanted resonances/vibration, which consequently the dual opposed design should also help with. Of course, given that the XS30 isn't the size of a refrigerator, you also have something that can be reasonably integrated into the decor of many rooms. We have very high expectations for the Power Sound Audio XS30.

The Power Sound Audio XS30 subwoofer is equipped with a pair of dual opposed 15" woofers which can deliver two inches of peak to peak throw and a 750 watt rms amplifier. This baby packs a punch.

— January 07, 2013 13:16 in Subwoofer Reviews

PSB SubSeries125 Subwoofer Preview

PSB SubSeries125 Subwoofer Preview

The SubSeries125 is PSB's newest entry-level subwoofer, with an MSRP of $449. The SubSeries125 is designed for shoppers who are on a budget and are looking for a pretty compact unit. At 9 5/8” W x 12 1/8” H x 15 5/8” D it should easily fit in any room. It has an 8" front-firing Polypropylene driver and slotted port with 25W RMS and 160W dynamic power amplifier. It is rated with a -3dB point of 35Hz, so it doesn't dig very low. It also lacks features found on some of the similarly priced competition, like DSP control, EQ, or 12v trigger. Overall, this subwoofer looks like a good fit in PSB's lineup but might lack some of the performance found in Internet Direct alternatives.

PSB has just released the SubSeries 125 subwoofer, their new entry level subwoofer priced at $449. The SubSeries125 is designed for shoppers who are on a budget and are looking for a compact sub.

— December 29, 2012 01:20 in Subwoofer Reviews

Power Sound Audio XV15 Subwoofer Review

 Power Sound Audio XV15 Subwoofer Review

Upstart home audio company Power Sound Audio’s entry into the internet direct subwoofer arena a few months ago with the PowerX line of subwoofers has been accompanied by lots of speculation and excitement. Their middle model in the PowerX line, the XV15 subwoofer, is a large 15” down firing vented unit weighing in at a substantial 92lbs, with a 500 watt class D BASH amplifier, heavily flared Aero-port, black sand textured finish, heavy duty U.S. made driver and a 5 year comprehensive warranty. Additionally the PowerX line is assembled in the U.S. from U.S. made components with the exception of the amplifier. Somehow the price for the XV15 is held to just $799 and that includes shipping. We found that the XV15 sounded clean, composed and dynamic with music, while possessing extension well below 20Hz in room with plenty of headroom to make its presence felt in a large space on movie night. Even more important than the impressive parts list of the XV15 is the manner in which those parts are tuned to work together in a well rounded finished system. Highly recommended.

The Power Sound Audio XV15 is a 15” downfiring ported subwoofer with a 500 watt Class D amplifier. It has great clean sound, tons of output and is USA produced. Highly Recommended

— November 18, 2012 18:05 in Subwoofer Reviews

RBH Signature SX-1212/R Reference Subwoofer Preview

RBH Signature SX-1212/R Reference Subwoofer Preview

I'm here to make another RBH Sound speaker look small... The RBH Sound Signature SX-1212/R Reference is actually a pretty massive subwoofer that ups the ante on the company's prior reference 1010 model. The new 1212 Series of subs is available in four different models: a passive standard model, an active stand model, and both passive and active reference models. Pricing ranges from $3000 for the passive standard model to $5000 for the active reference Signature Series (SX-1212/R) version. This one here is indeed the SX-1212/R which has two reference grade 12" aluminum drivers on the front and features a down-firing 6" flared port.

I'm here to make another RBH Sound speaker look small... The RBH Sound Signature SX-1212/R Reference is actually a pretty massive subwoofer that ups the ante on the company's prior reference 1010 sub.

— October 31, 2012 08:25 in Subwoofer Reviews

Wharfedale Ultra Power Cube Subwoofers Preview

Wharfedale Ultra Power Cube Subwoofers Preview

Wharfedale makes every component of the Ultra Power Cube subwoofers in-house. Sporting dual drivers in a push-pull configuration and a remote, specifics of the UPC subs are sparse. We do know the 10" UPC-10 has a 500 watt amp, the normal complement of controls, and an LED readout with a remote. The 8" UPC-8 has the same except for a smaller 350 watt amp. With stated response down to 30Hz, the $1599 price tag for the UPC-10 may look a little steep, especially considering the $1199 UPC-8 has the same stated extension. We'll have to see more when these subs finally hit US shores.

Sporting dual drivers in a push-pull configuration and a remote, the 10" UPC-10 has a 500 watt amp, while the UPC-8 is an 8" model with 350 watts. Both subwoofers have a frequency extension to 30Hz.

— October 08, 2012 20:40 in Subwoofer Reviews

Niles Audio SW6.5 and SW8 Ultra-Compact Subwoofers Preview

Niles Audio SW6.5 and SW8 Ultra-Compact Subwoofers Preview

The new SW6.5 and SW8 are made in the same custom installer centric stride as every other product Niles makes. But this is a good thing because installers need products that are flexible and bulletproof. These two subwoofers are likely not the best choice for a client demanding ultimate home theater performance, but might be perfect for a business needing background music or installations where you can’t use a larger free standing or in-wall subwoofer. Think soundbar in a bedroom, these subs are perfect for that!

The SW6.5 and SW8 are two extremely compact subwoofers that should work great for many situations where a normal, larger subwoofer will not work.

— October 04, 2012 15:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

digiZoid ZO2 Personal Subwoofer Preview

digiZoid ZO2 Personal Subwoofer Preview

The real story here is the price. At just under $120, the digiZoid ZO2 Personal Subwoofer is practically an impulse buy. If it really does save your phone's battery, those with long commutes (or weak bass response) may want it for this feature alone. While it may be misnamed, "Personal Subwoofer" sounds better than "pocket headphone bass-boosting DSP amp". We've requested a review sample of the ZO2 so we should be able to tell you more about this interesting little gadget soon.

At just under $120, the digiZoid ZO2 Personal Subwoofer is practically an impulse buy. While it may be misnamed, "Personal Subwoofer" sounds better than "pocket headphone bass-boosting DSP amp".

— August 29, 2012 20:55 in Subwoofer Reviews

Energy Power 10 & Power 12 Subwoofers Preview

Energy Power 10 & Power 12 Subwoofers Preview

No, the performance numbers of the Energy Power 10 and Power 12 subwoofers won't blow you away. But these subs are not for you. With price tags at $199 and $299 respectively, the Energy Power 10 and Power 12 subs are squarely targeted at those on a budget that are looking to build their first systems. To those people, the new Energy Power subs are sure to impress both in how hard they hit and in how low their price point sits in the marketplace. While they won't make their way into the home theaters of seasoned audioholics, the new Energy Power subs have easily made our recommendation list.

With price tags at $199 and $299 respectively, the Energy Power 10 and Power 12 subwoofers are squarely targeted at those on a budget that are looking to build their first full-range systems.

— August 13, 2012 20:45 in Subwoofer Reviews

Sunfire HRSIW8 Dual 8" In-Wall Subwoofer Preview

Sunfire HRSIW8 Dual 8" In-Wall Subwoofer Preview

The problem with the Sunfire HRSIW8 in-wall subwoofer system is the price. At $1700, a response only down to 33Hz is pretty unimpressive. It is not hard to find other in-wall offerings that offer more performance for less money. But it is hard to find one that has an external amp with integrated room correction. The custom installer-friendly nature of the amp and system as a whole is sure to appeal to some. If you have a newer receiver with Audyssey MutlEQ XT32 that can EQ your sub or one of the other standalone subwoofer correctly systems, you can get more performance for less. If you are looking for a decent in-wall subwoofer system with integrated room correction, the Sunfire might be for you.

The problem with the Sunfire HRSIW8 in-wall subwoofer system is the price. At $1700, a response only down to 33Hz is pretty unimpressive though it does have integrated room correction.

— July 17, 2012 23:15 in Subwoofer Reviews

Cadence CSX15 Mark II Subwoofer Review

Cadence CSX15 Mark II Subwoofer Review

In tough economic times, shoppers are always looking for a good deal. Enter the Cadence CSX15 MKII. This brawny subwoofer tips the scales at a hefty 88lbs and packs a 15" driver in a computer tuned slot ported enclosure with a 300 watt rms rated amplifier. All of this hardware carries an MSRP of just $499. The fit and finish is as quality as any other subwoofer we have seen in this price range. Listening to the CSX15 MKII's contribution with various music and movie selections proved that it did have a bite to match its bark and that plenty of headroom was on tap to get very loud as one would sort of infer going in from the 15" driver and vented enclosure. However extended movie watching sessions and outdoor measurements soon revealed a fly in the ointment. We found that the CSX15 MKII was caused considerable distress at times by deep bass frequencies which adversely affected its ability to powerfully anchor the LFE channel as part of a high performance home theater. Read the full review to find out why.

The Cadence CSX15 MK II is a hefty 88lbs, 300 watt 15” ported powered subwoofer that has good fit and finish and value ringing in at $499. But its low frequency output is limited.

— June 12, 2012 18:00 in Subwoofer Reviews