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Lava LSP12 Subwoofer Review

Lava LSP12 Subwoofer Review

Lava Subs are a relative newcomer to the consumer audio industry whose products are already attracting attention in various online forums for budget minded consumers serious about performance. The LSP12 is Lava’s flagship subwoofer sporting a 12” woofer in a vented enclosure powered by a 250 watt amplifier and retailing for just under $340. When I was first offered the opportunity to review the LSP12, not knowing much about it (other than its retail price) I was quite prepared for or rather anticipated a ho-hum performance from a ho-hum product. In fact the LSP12 was quite the pleasant surprise, to the point I was continually impressed by the performance of this no-frills budget product. So what don’t you get with the LSP12? Besides NOT getting the heavy price tag, you are also NOT getting the extremes of envelope-pushing performance, especially in terms of the extreme low-frequency output you may get from costlier subs populating the marketplace. The LSP12 certainly has its limits, but within those limits, it performs quite well.

The Lava LSP12 subwoofer sports a 12” woofer in a vented enclosure powered by a 250 watt amplifier and retailing for just under $340. If used within its limits, this sub performs quite well.

— March 08, 2011 21:35 in Subwoofer Reviews

Funky Waves FW 12.X Subwoofer Review

Funky Waves FW 12.X Subwoofer Review

The Funkywaves FW 12.X Ported 12” subwoofer is a beautifully crafted piece of furniture. It must be said here, measurements alone do not adequately explain the unique sound of this sub. The tonal character is not matched by any of the other shootout entrants. It is a true subwoofer, offering flat performance all the way down to 20 Hz without any electronic equalization whatsoever. This product is, in a nutshell, very old school in its approach to making a small box go down to 20 Hz. It does so, not by any electronic signal manipulation, but by good old fashioned mass loading. There are definitely both advantages and disadvantages to this approach which are discussed in detail in this review.

The Funkywaves FW 12.X Ported 12” subwoofer is a beautifully crafted piece of furniture. It offers true 20Hz performance with a unique sound not matched by any other sub in our comparison.

— February 22, 2011 21:30 in Subwoofer Reviews

HSU VTF-15H Subwoofer Review Supplemental

HSU VTF-15H Subwoofer Review Supplemental

This article is an addendum to our original research and testing of the Hsu Research VTF-15H subwoofer to address the concerns of our readers and manufacturer that our measurements and analysis didn't encompass all of the operational modes of this product. This article explores all operational modes of the VTF-15H and tests it in both vertical and horizontal orientations to gain a full understanding of its output capabilities. What became clear during the second round of testing is that despite the modest amount of power available from the BASH amplifier, the HSU subwoofer is not up to the task of handling low frequencies below 20 Hz. Using the subwoofer in the extended mode is creating the risk of having this speaker self destruct if the operating mode switch is left in position EQ1 and the sub is driven at very high output levels. If the end user is looking for a well designed sub which is capable of playing down to 20 Hz, the Hsu will do so, but with very limited output In our opinion, the best use of this subwoofer is with the Q control set to 0.3, both ports open, the EQ control (also called “operating mode”) set to “EQ2” ONLY. For true 20Hz extension, there are better alternatives than the Hsu Research VTF-15H, but at a higher price. Our opinion of this product remains unchanged and if used within its design limitations, the VTF-15H offers the best bang for the buck in affordable subwoofers that we have tested to date.

This is an addendum for our Hsu VTF-15H subwoofer review to address the concerns of our readers & manufacturer that our analysis didn't encompass all of the operational modes of this product.

— February 16, 2011 06:40 in Subwoofer Reviews

Sunfire Atmos Subwoofer First Look

Sunfire Atmos Subwoofer First Look

Sunfire has been making subs that home theater nuts have be coveting for years. Now they've announced their smallest sub yet - the Atmos. Featuring a custom 6.5" woofer paired with a new asymmetrical cardiod surround, Sunfire claims the Atmos will outperform many 10" and 12" subs. Just not one of theirs we're guessing. The asymmetrical cardiod surround allows over 1.5" of excursion on the driver. It is going to need it as there is a 1400 (you're reading that right) amp backing it. With all that power, they had to design the cabinet out of aluminum to combat the internal pressure the driver will create. We're thinking Atmos is a pretty apt name. With a footprint of under 10" square, an auto room EQ built in, and a host of other features the Sunfire Atmos promises to be everything you want in a small sub... except cheap.

Sunfire Atmos is the new small sub from Sunfire with a 6.5" driver, aluminum cabinet, 1400 watt amp, auto room EQ built in, and a footprint under 10 inches square.

— February 04, 2011 22:45 in Subwoofer Reviews

Velodyne MiniVee Subwoofer Review

Velodyne MiniVee Subwoofer Review

Based on my time with the MiniVee, I declare Velodyne the king of bass per square inch. Not only did the MiniVee simply deliver more output and extension than I could have hoped for from such a small box, but it delivered rich quality bass that never sounded muddy. Although the MiniVee doesn't come cheap, one must realize it's quite costly to engineer a small potent sub over a much larger alternative. I can’t think of a single product in its size class that can compete, regardless of price. With the Velodyne MiniVee on bass, mated with a potent pair of bookshelf speakers, you could very easily be enjoying full-range sound from a compact PC system that rivals most (if not all) of your friends dedicated home theater systems. Highly Recommended!

The Velodyne MiniVee delivered more quality output and extension than I could have hoped for from such a small box. I can’t think of another sub in its size class that can compete. Highly Recommended!

— February 01, 2011 20:45 in Subwoofer Reviews

Rythmik FV15HP Subwoofer Review

Rythmik FV15HP Subwoofer Review

The Rythmik Audio FV15HP subwoofer sports a 15" high excursion servo controlled driver mounted in a large vented box with a powerful 600 watt (continuous output) rated amplifier. Powerful, rich, deep and solid with true 20Hz extension is how I would describe the bass output of this sub. Rythmik Audio has a very talented engineering staff that produced a truly great high caliber subwoofer product at a very affordable asking price. I would recommend a pair of these subs for any upscale home theater environment where seat to seat bass consistency and ultimate output are paramount concerns. It's loud, clean, and fast... and for most - that's going to make this an extremely hard sub to beat.

Powerful, rich, deep and solid with true 20Hz extension is how I would describe the bass output of the Rythmik FV15HP sub. It's a well engineered product that will serve any upscale home theater.

[email protected] — January 24, 2011 19:10 in Subwoofer Reviews

Paradigm PDR-W100 Wireless Subwoofer Preview

Paradigm PDR-W100 Wireless Subwoofer Preview

Paradigm Electronics Inc. announced its first contribution to the wireless subwoofer category today at CES 2011 with the new Paradigm PDR-W100. The PDR-W100 ships wireless-ready and includes Paradigm's own wireless subwoofer transmitter. With patented built-in high-power amplifiers, the PDR-W100 boasts 360 W Dynamic Peak with 120 W RMS Sustained power.

Paradigm Electronics Inc. announced its first contribution to the wireless subwoofer category today at CES 2011 with the new Paradigm PDR-W100

— January 08, 2011 07:40 in Subwoofer Reviews

Paradigm PDR-W100 Wireless Subwoofer Preview

Paradigm PDR-W100 Wireless Subwoofer Preview

Paradigm Electronics announced its first contribution to the wireless subwoofer category at this year's CES with the new Paradigm PDR-W100. The PDR-W100 ships wireless-ready and includes Paradigm's own wireless subwoofer transmitter. With patented built-in high-power amplifiers, the PDR-W100 boasts 360W Dynamic Peak power with 120W RMS sustained power. Audio purists argue that wireless technology does nothing positive for sound quality. For this reason, much engineering was done to ensure the PDR-W100 meets consumer demand for convenient wireless solutions while staying true to the Canadian manufacturer's high fidelity heredity.

Paradigm Electronics announced its first contribution to the wireless subwoofer category at this year's CES with the new Paradigm PDR-W100. The PDR-W100 ships wireless-ready and has a 10" driver.

— January 06, 2011 11:45 in Subwoofer Reviews

SVS PB12-Plus DSP Subwoofer Review

SVS PB12-Plus DSP Subwoofer Review

THE SVS PB12-Plus DSP is a self-powered front-loaded vented subwoofer featuring a proprietary 12" long throw driver and 800 watt amplifier with single knob DSP implemented control over filtering, equalization and compression functions. Weighing in at 125lbs+ and costing slightly under $1400, it's no lightweight, and requires more than a little bit of real estate. From its ungodly output capabilities, true 20Hz extension, and ability to play clean and distortion free, the PB12-Plus DSP has truly earned the right to be called a "subwoofer". It's no wonder this mighty sub was the recipient of the Audioholics coveted 2010 Product of the Year award in the subwoofer category. Highly recommended!

The SVS PB12-Plus DSP subwoofer’s ungodly output capabilities, and true 20Hz extension, has earned it our 2010 subwoofer product of the year award. Highly recommended!

paul — January 04, 2011 20:50 in Subwoofer Reviews

Emotiva Ultra 12 Subwoofer Review

Emotiva Ultra 12 Subwoofer Review

"Subwoofer" - it's like a magic word around here and makes all of us audioholics have little dreams of black boxes that cause our walls to crack, dishes to rattle, and rock our children to sleep... from the other end of the house. Some people think a good subwoofer will go down to 2 Hz, cost $200 and live in a box the size of a small laptop computer. Others go for size, wanting nothing less than a small refrigerator that will smack them around like a rag doll. We prefer a slightly more balanced approach, so when Emotiva announced their affordable Ultra Sub 12, we were intrigued. A 12” high quality driver mounted in a modest sized sealed enclosure with a meaty power amp for under $500 sure sounded like a winner to us. Could their magic black box deliver good bass and punch at an affordable price? Read our review to find out.

The Emotiva Ultra Sub 12 is a high performance, class leading product that should be on your shortlist if you’re in the market for a subwoofer that won’t break the bank or take up too much floorspace.

— January 02, 2011 09:30 in Subwoofer Reviews

Klipsch SW-311 Subwoofer First Look

Klipsch SW-311 Subwoofer First Look

The new "SW" line consists of five new models: the SW-311, SW-310, SW-308, SW-112 and SW-110. They range in price from $1499 for the top of the line SW-311 down to $449. All the new subs have highly damped, non-resonant woven fiberglass drivers, BASH Digital Hybrid amplifiers, and a 1-watt standby mode. The Klipsch SW-311 has easy-to-access front controls and patented ARC II (Adaptive Room Correction) technology automatically customizes bass performance with 12 active filters. It is listed as reaching down to 22Hz at -3dB, has a maximum output of 118dB at 30Hz, and a 500 watt amp. There is a single 10" driver with dual 10" passive radiators. The Klipsch SW-311 weighs in at a respectable (and still manageable) 37lbs. It is just a bit bigger than a 13" cube, and has rounded corners.

The Klipsch SW-311 has easy-to-access front controls and patented ARC II (Adaptive Room Correction) technology automatically customizes bass performance with 12 active filters and 22Hz depth.

— October 28, 2010 22:00 in Subwoofer Reviews

PSB SubSeries 300 12" Powered Subwoofer First Look

PSB SubSeries 300 12" Powered Subwoofer First Look

PSB Speakers introduced their new SubSeries 300 Powered Subwoofer at CEDIA 2010. For the SubSeries 300, PSB’s design team partnered with the engineers at its sister company, NAD Electronics to design a sophisticated, customized NAD power amplifier specially for the SubSeries 300. Aesthetically, the dynamic SubSeries 300 is most compatible with PSB’s Image Series speakers, sharing such design cues as the cabinet’s black ash vinyl finish, the clean lines of its sculpted MDF fascia, and curvaceous feet.We particularly like the compact form factor of the SubSeries 300 and the front panel controls which make for easier access during setup and calibration.

PSB introduced their new SubSeries 300 Powered Subwoofer. For the SubSeries 300, PSB’s design team partnered with the engineers at sister company NAD Electronics to design the amplifier.

— September 28, 2010 12:52 in Subwoofer Reviews

Velodyne Digital Drive Plus Subwoofers First Look

Velodyne Digital Drive Plus Subwoofers First Look

Velodyne's new Digital Drive Plus line was announced at CEDIA as a replacement to the venerable Digital Drive series. The cabinets are now contoured shaped and the driver has been completely redesigned for more output, and less distortion. The controls are now all front panel mounted and the back panel sports a full array of balanced inputs and outputs. The product model structure remains the same ranging from the small but potent DD10+ all the way up to the earthshaking DD18+. Finish options include black gloss ebony, satin cherry or walnut.

Velodyne's new DD Plus line replaces the venerable DD series. The cabinets are now contoured shaped and the driver has been completely redesigned for higher output and less distortion.

— September 24, 2010 23:45 in Subwoofer Reviews

Emotiva Ultra Subs 10 & 12 First Look

Emotiva Ultra Subs 10 & 12 First Look

How much should you spend for a sub? Emotiva is challenging your beliefs with their new Ultra Subs. The Ultra Sub 10 and 12 have small form factors, small prices, but big performance. How big? Try 25Hz for under $350! If that hasn't got you salivating... well, we may just have to revoke your Audioholics account and take back your decoder ring. Sounds too good to be true? Isn't that what we think about all of Emotiva's products?

Emotiva is challenging your beliefs with their new Ultra Subs. The Ultra Sub 10 and 12 subs have small form factors, small prices, but big performance. How big? Try 25Hz extension for under $350!

— April 07, 2010 00:45 in Subwoofer Reviews