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Onix Rocket RS450 Loudspeaker Review

by October 03, 2006
  • Product Name: Rocket RS450 Loudspeaker
  • Manufacturer: Onix
  • Distributor: AV123
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: October 03, 2006 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 899

System: 2-way, three-driver direct-radiating system, vented enclosure with two rear-firing flared ports.
Drivers: Vifa Ring Radiator tweeter, two custom 5.25" long-throw mid-woofers
Frequency Response: ±1.35db 200Hz to 20KHz; ± 3 dB 38 Hz to 20 KHz
Crossover Point: 2.5kHz
Slope: 12dB acoustic
Impedance: 8 Ohms nominal
Efficiency: 87dB (@ 1 watt / 1 meter)
Dimensions: 37 5/16" H x 15 5/8" D x 8 13/16" W at widest point; 6 7/16” at the front; 5 3/8” at the rear
Weight: 70 lbs/pc shipped

Pros

  • Great aesthetics
  • Accurate and articulate
  • Good bass extension for a bookshelf speaker

Cons

  • Unstable – want to tip over
  • Flimsy grill

Introduction

In a smaller room, most people will recommend a set of bookshelves and a sub. If you are going to spend any time watching movies, you’re going to need a sub regardless. This is all true and valid. But as a bookshelf speaker owner, I’ve always looked at pics of systems running floorstanders in a room smaller than mine and wondered… What if… So, it was with great excitement that I accepted the assignment to review the Rocket RS450s. Would they really be overkill? Would they really be too much for my room? Would I really convince my wife to let me buy them? Well, I can say definitively NO… to the last question. The rest remains to be seen.
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As Associate Editor at Audioholics, Tom promises to the best of his ability to give each review the same amount of attention, consideration, and thoughtfulness as possible and keep his writings free from undue bias and preconceptions. Any indication, either internally or from another, that bias has entered into his review will be immediately investigated. Substantiation of mistakes or bias will be immediately corrected regardless of personal stake, feelings, or ego.

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