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Chrysalis Acoustics Photon-8 Powered Subwoofer Review

by August 05, 2008
  • Product Name: Chrysalis Photon-8 Powered Subwoofer
  • Manufacturer: Chrysalis Acoustics
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: August 05, 2008 16:49
  • MSRP: $ 899
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Enclosure: Front firing sealed enclosure
Amplifier Type: Class D w/ digital servo driver control
Amplifier Power (RMS/Peak): 1000/2000 Watts
Bass Extension (+/-3dB): 26 Hz
Woofer Diameter: 8" Kevlar reinforced resin composite
Motor Structure (magnet wt/voice coil dia): 12.7lb/ 2.5”
Crossover Frequency: 40 Hz to 120 Hz
Crossover type: Continuous variable low pass filter with bypass
Crossover Slope (initial/final): -12dB to -24dB/octave
Phase: 0 or 180 degrees
Dimensions: (HxWxD): 10.06" x 10.38" x 12.75"
Weight (lbs): 35 lbs.


  • Tiny subwoofer yet still produces potent, deep bass despite its size
  • Good transients and detail
  • Excellent transparency
  • Musical presentation


  • Tiny subwoofer that ultimately limits maximum output and low end
  • Thin cabinet wall construction
  • A somewhat less than furniture grade finish


Chrysalis Acoustics - a subsidiary of Velodyne has introduced a new high performance compact subwoofer line called the Photon Series. The Photon-8 outputs some unexpectedly deep bass at very respectable SPL levels while still maintaining a characteristically musical sound quality. If one is in the market for the smallest subwoofer possible but demands big subwoofer performance, this is a solid solution and is highly recommended.
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Professionally, David engineers building structures. He is also a musician and audio enthusiast. David gives his perspective about loudspeakers and complex audio topics from his mechanical engineering and HAA Certified Level I training.

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