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Emotiva X-Ref 12 Subwoofer Review

by October 31, 2006
  • Product Name: X-Ref 12 Subwoofer
  • Manufacturer: Emotiva
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: October 31, 2006 08:25
  • MSRP: $ 699
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Emotiva X-Ref 12 Specifications:

  • 12” forward firing long throw woofer
  • Sealed 1” HDF cross braced enclosure
  • Amplifier: 600 watts rms, high efficiency, switch mode
  • Frequency Response: 20-200Hz typical in room (No tolerance given)
  • Typical in room maximum SPL: 115-118dB
  • Finishes: Studio Black Satin
  • Dimensions (H/W/D): 15.625” x 14.625” x 15.5”
  • Weight: 44 lbs.
  • Warranty: 5 years (Bumper to bumper)

Driver features:

  • Butyl rubber surround
  • Para-aramid blended fiber cone
  • Woven tinsel leads
  • Die-cast aluminum frame
  • Bumped back plate
  • Vented pole piece
  • Double stacked ferrite magnets
  • 3” diameter voice coil

Additional Features:

  • DSP control with push button rotary knob
  • Variable low pass filter, 40-150Hz in 1Hz increments (Defeatable)
  • Phase: Variable from 0 to 315 degrees in 45 degree steps
  • Selectable EQ Presets: Flat, Movie
  • 2 bands of parametric EQ: 25-150Hz center, -12dB to +3dB gain, Q variable from 0.5-5.0
  • Selectable power mode: On, Auto-On, Standby
  • AC mains voltage switch: 120 / 240V (Auto)
  • Detachable floor spikes

Inputs/Outputs

  • Stereo unbalanced (RCA) inputs
  • XLR balanced input
  • XLR balanced output
  • 1/8” trigger input for Movie EQ

Pros

  • Well put together
  • Good looking
  • Bulletproof performance
  • Lengthy warranty
  • Built in DSP control with 2 bands of PEQ

Cons

  • Limited low frequency extension
  • Limited output headroom

Introduction

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.
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Recent Forum Posts:

theJman posts on May 19, 2020 08:20
josinha, post: 1392066, member: 91741
You do realize that when someone asks between 2 kind of distinct products there must be a reason for it?

Frequently there's not, especially when the thread has been in mothballs for so long and the item in question hasn't been available for years.
josinha posts on May 19, 2020 07:06
shadyJ, post: 1391956, member: 20472
Josh Ricci hasn't been around these parts for awhile. From looking at the available data, I don't think either sub would have a huge advantage over the other. The KRK would have a bit more mid-bass headroom, but the Emotiva sub has a more liner response. What will make a bigger difference than what sub you choose is how well you integrate them with the speakers. Make sure the sub is in phase with the speakers, and place the sub in a location where it yields the smoothest in-room response. Also choose a good crossover frequency for it to blend in best with the speakers.

Thanks,
I was wondering about the DPS boost on LF of the Emotiva. reading the article again there is indeed groupdelay/distorsion going on in that region.
I am actualy using DSP/DRC in my computer. I see 2 advantegas though in the Emotiva: no port makes it more versatile in placing. for example I can place it facing the wall to minimize speaker boundary interference. And the variable phase; could be usefull while trying out a nearfield placement

theJman, post: 1391997, member: 57583
You do realize this thread died over 8 years ago

Yea. the dates are all over the place. nice

theJman, post: 1391997, member: 57583
and that the X-Ref is no longer made, right?

You do realize that when someone asks between 2 kind of distinct products there must be a reason for it? I have an offer for either of them used
theJman posts on May 18, 2020 20:11
You do realize this thread died over 8 years ago and that the X-Ref is no longer made, right?
shadyJ posts on May 18, 2020 17:30
josinha, post: 1391934, member: 91741
This might be a stupid question,
but since I saw you tested both, would this sub be better or worse then a KRK 10s for a 2.1 musical system with powerd KRK monitors?
I know this goes way lower and has DSP, but the the KRK might be more musical? (I would use an external crossover with the Emotiva)
Josh Ricci hasn't been around these parts for awhile. From looking at the available data, I don't think either sub would have a huge advantage over the other. The KRK would have a bit more mid-bass headroom, but the Emotiva sub has a more liner response. What will make a bigger difference than what sub you choose is how well you integrate them with the speakers. Make sure the sub is in phase with the speakers, and place the sub in a location where it yields the smoothest in-room response. Also choose a good crossover frequency for it to blend in best with the speakers.
josinha posts on May 18, 2020 16:06
This might be a stupid question,
but since I saw you tested both, would this sub be better or worse then a KRK 10s for a 2.1 musical system with powerd KRK monitors?
I know this goes way lower and has DSP, but the the KRK might be more musical? (I would use an external crossover with the Emotiva)
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