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RBH Sound S Series Subwoofers

RBH Sound S Series Subwoofers

Summary

  • Product Name: S-10 & S-12
  • Manufacturer: RBH Sound
  • Review Date: September 09, 2011 21:55
  • MSRP: $499 (SI-10), $699 (SI-12)
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool

Model Name:  ...  S-10
Series:  ...  S Series
System Type:  ...  Powered Subwoofer
Amplifier Type:  ...  Class D
Drive Units:  ...  (1) 10" (254mm) Aluminum Cone Subwoofer
Voltage:  ...  110 and 220
Power Handling:  ...  150 Watts
Crossover Frequencies:  ...  40Hz-150Hz (variable)
Frequency Response:  ...  32Hz-150Hz (variable)
LFE Input:  ...  Yes
Line Level Input:  ...  Yes
Speaker Level Input:  ...  No
Speaker Level Output:  ...  No
Phase Control:  ...  Yes (Auto On/Off)
Cabinet/Color:  ...  Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)/Black
Grille:  ...  Black Cloth
Dimensions
(Includes feet and grille):
 ...  13" W x 15-1/2" H x 16-1/2" D
(330mm W x 394mm H x 419mm D)
Weight:  ...  33 lbs. (14.97 kg)
Warranty:  ...  5 Years/1 Year*

 

 

Model Name:  ...  S-12
Series:  ...  Compatible with all RBH Sound Speakers
System Type:  ...  Powered Subwoofer
Amplifier Type:  ...  Class D
Drive Units:  ...  (1) 12" (305mm) Aluminum Cone Subwoofer
Voltage:  ...  110 and 220
Power Handling:  ...  250 Watts
Crossover Frequencies:  ...  40Hz-150Hz (variable)
Frequency Response:  ...  32Hz-150Hz (variable)
LFE Input:  ...  Yes
Line Level Input:  ...  Yes
Speaker Level Input:  ...  No
Speaker Level Output:  ...  No
Phase Control:  ...  Yes (Auto On/Off)
Cabinet/Color:  ...  Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)/Black
Grille:  ...  Black Cloth
Dimensions
(Includes feet and grille):
 ...  15-3/4" W x 17-1/4" H x 18" D
(400mm W x 438mm H x 457mm D)
Weight:  ...  42 lbs. (19.05 kg)
Warranty:  ...  5 Years/1 Year*

 

 

Executive Overview

RBH Sound, a manufacturer of high performance custom audio products, revealed two new powered subwoofers to 2011 CEDIA Expo attendees outside the company’s demonstration sound room (SR-17) in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis this week.

The two new additions, named the S-10 and S-12, make up RBH Sound’s S Series, and are designed for either two- or multi-channel audio systems requiring robust, articulate bass from a small footprint at a fantastic value. The two new subwoofers are the embodiment of RBH Sound's commitment to producing audio products which meet the needs and wants of their dealers. "Our dealers are an invaluable resource when it comes to product design for value-driven products such as the S-10 and S-12," said Shane Rich, RBH Sound's Technical Director. "They provide us with the 'real world' aspect of our products, giving us insight as to what they really need for their clients, versus features that are just marketing hype."

The S-10 and S-12 both incorporate RBH Sound’s proprietary aluminum cone technology. Bringing together a 10-inch aluminum cone woofer and a built-in 150 Watt amplifier in a tuned bass reflex design, the S-10 delivers pulse-pounding bass for small- to medium-sized rooms. The slightly larger S-12, with its 12-inch aluminum cone woofer and built-in 250-Watt amplifier, has more output capability and is designed for medium to large rooms. Both models utilize feature-laden, high-efficiency, class D amplifiers that facilitate easier installation and configuration with any audio system, regardless of the room or surround processor.

The S Series powered subwoofers are priced at $499/each for the S-10, and $699/each for the S-12. The S-12 is shipping now, and the S-10 is slated to ship at the end of this month.

RBH S-12Our Impression

We didn't get a chance to demo these subs as they were on display only.  Next to their new Signature SX Series beautifully contoured speaker cabinets, these S-series subs look a bit pedestrian.  But, RBH was clearly going after value and performance over aesthetics.  We've always been pleased with the performance of RBH's subwoofer products and we'd expect these to be no exception.  For those wanting a more aesthetically pleasing subwoofer with even higher performance aspirations, check out their SX Series.

 

About RBH Sound

A Utah-based company, RBH Sound is privately owned and operated by the founder of the company, Roger B. Hassing. Since 1976, Mr. Hassing and his staff have been designing, engineering and crafting high performance speakers and custom audio products, delivering superior acoustic reproduction at sensible prices. To locate a dealer near you, please visit theRBH Dealer Locator.

 

For more information on RBH Sound, please call (800) 543-2205 or visit www.rbhsound.com.

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Recent Forum Posts:

eddie posts on October 06, 2011 17:17
GranteedEV, post: 834384
Most of us criticising their sub, have never heard it or seen measurements

But 10“ sub is not really a great idea for most larger rooms if you want deep movie bass and high output - IMO. I'm sure the EMP 10i is a good sub for music.

The dual 10” sub has around the same surface area of a 13.5" driver. If it's linear throw and tuning work out, it should be a potent sub that more closely competes with internet direct stuff.

That sounds like all good news to me. I was thinking of doing a 2 channel rig for my small-ish sized living room and I think a dual 10 would be more than enough to fit the bill.
GranteedEV posts on October 04, 2011 16:45
eddie, post: 834381
That's good news as I know some have criticized their sub. I wonder if this means the dual 10 inch sub is out now?

Most of us criticising their sub, have never heard it or seen measurements

But 10“ sub is not really a great idea for most larger rooms if you want deep movie bass and high output - IMO. I'm sure the EMP 10i is a good sub for music.

The dual 10” sub has around the same surface area of a 13.5" driver. If it's linear throw and tuning work out, it should be a potent sub that more closely competes with internet direct stuff.
eddie posts on October 04, 2011 16:34
gene, post: 832718
I suspect its an update as I know they've been working on doing some revamps to their products.
That's good news as I know some have criticized their sub. I wonder if this means the dual 10 inch sub is out now?
gene posts on September 26, 2011 17:08
Either this is a typo or EMP has updated the ES10i. Notice the amplifier output:
http://www.emptek.com/es10i.php

I suspect its an update as I know they've been working on doing some revamps to their products.
eddie posts on September 26, 2011 16:01
Either this is a typo or EMP has updated the ES10i. Notice the amplifier output:
http://www.emptek.com/es10i.php
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