Subwoofers

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Richard Stevenson  |  Sep 28, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3REL's home cinema-centric subwoofer range returns, once again with a 'no-frills, all the spills' ethos. Richard Stevenson plays fast and deep with the 15in HT/1510

REL's dedicated Home Theatre (HT) Series subs have been winning over home cinema enthusiasts for a few years now, with a three-strong lineup in 10in, 12in and 15in guises packing 300W, 500W and 800W amps, respectively. The naming protocol is genius too; HT/1003, HT/1205 and the original flagship HT/1508 (HCC #296) came to our auditoriums with the suffix 'Predator'. So in just one word the company gives you a big clue about what to expect, the HT Series models being more affordable than REL's dual-purpose music/cinema subs, and focused on maximum LFE bangs for your buck.

Steve Withers  |  Jul 22, 2022  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeThe flagship model in M&K's upgraded X+ Series is the first of its subwoofers to be certified THX Dominus. Steve Withers hires a forklift and checks it out

All speakers operate on the same basic principle of generating sound by physically moving air. The bigger the driver, the more air being shifted and the lower the frequencies. At the end of the day there's no replacement for displacement, so if you want big bass you need a big woofer.

Mark Craven  |  Jul 01, 2022  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeThe performance of some high-end speakers from a new US brand makes Mark Craven sit up and listen

With so many speaker brands competing in the home cinema/hi-fi markets, it can sometimes be hard to muster real enthusiasm when another one comes along. Yet Perlisten Audio, a new company from Wisconsin in the US, has arrived with a potent offering that immediately stands out. It helps, of course, that Perlisten debuts with a fully-formed range of models that will suit system builders, including subwoofers and height/surround cabinets.

Steve Withers  |  Jun 02, 2022  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendKEF applies Newton's Third Law to its mid-range dual-driver bassmaker, which leaves Steve Withers searching for his lab coat and Godzilla disc

If you managed to stay awake during physics classes at school, you might remember Newton's Third Law of Motion, which states – in essence – that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. It's a principle of classical mechanics that's been embraced by speaker and subwoofer manufacturers, allowing them to engineer a force-cancelling design to reduce cabinet vibrations and increase the maximum output.

Mark Craven  |  Dec 03, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendThanks to its monster 15in driver, Velodyne Acoustics' new sealed subwoofer gives Mark Craven a taste of the low life

Long-term AV fans will remember Velodyne. Once the go-to for superior, face-melting subwoofers, the American company picked up awards left, right and centre for its range of bassmakers, particularly the flagship DD+ series, which peaked with a terrifying 18in model.

Mark Craven  |  Oct 15, 2021  |  0 comments
Since launching in the late 1990s, American company SVS has developed a reputation for home cinema subwoofers that blend high performance with bargain price tags. And the 3000 Micro, its dinkiest model yet and priced £900, continues that trend.
Steve Withers  |  Sep 13, 2021  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3How has SVS managed to get so much bass out of a sealed cabinet so compact and so affordable? Steve Withers falls in love with the SB-1000 Pro

Since 1999 American company SVS has built a formidable reputation by mainly focusing on one thing – manufacturing powerful home cinema subwoofers that don't cost the earth. It has some beefy models in its lineup, topping out at the 16-Ultra Series (ported and sealed models with 16in woofers), but the SB-1000 Pro is a timely reminder that amongst the pricier, bigger boom boxes, it can still knock up a compact sealed unit with a sub-£700 ticket. And why wouldn't it? Models like this sell like hot cakes.

Mark Craven  |  Jun 11, 2021  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Mark Craven admires the brains behind this brawny, bijou bassmaker

KEF's new subwoofer is calling out for a slick nickname. From the brand that brought us the Blade and Muon speakers, plus The Reference range, comes the ...KC62. This moniker makes it sound like something that's fallen off a spreadsheet rather than what it is, which is arguably the coolest subwoofer I've ever had a chance to play around with. Maybe it will grow its own nickname over time, like KEF's 'Eggs'. It's certainly a cracker.

Richard Stevenson  |  Feb 04, 2021  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedKlipsch's SPL-150 subwoofer is certainly big, but is it clever? And does that really matter when this bass beast sells for just £850? Richard Stevenson investigates

Hold the phone, is that a 15in subwoofer with a 400W amplifier for less than £1,000? I believe it is, and quickly scrolling to the SPL-150's entry on Klipsch's website leaves little room for product positioning ambiguity. Under the heading 'Badass Bass', is the statement: 'We've been pissing off your neighbours since 1946 – why stop now?' I love it already.

Steve Withers  |  Nov 03, 2020  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendThe Canadian company's mid-level Defiance bassmaker gives Steve Withers a taste of 21st century subwoofery

It's fair to say that the humble subwoofer hasn't changed much over the years. Manufacturers have certainly experimented with lighter and stronger materials for the cones, while digital amplification has brought significantly more power to the party, but when all's said and done, a sub is basically a big wooden cube that moves air. However, even in the dark arts of bass making, scientific innovation is beginning to have an impact.

Mark Craven  |  Mar 06, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Mark Craven discovers SVS's mid-range ported subwoofer adds an extra layer of enjoyment to heavyweight soundmixes. Cue Ready Player One...

SVS has a settled strategy when it comes to its subwoofer stable: it sells both ported and sealed variants, to give consumers a choice. The smaller sealed models are for those wanting to install a sub in a typical living environment (or, as SVS puts it, 'mixed media' entertainment systems), while the larger ported offerings are for dedicated movie rooms.

Steve Withers  |  Jan 22, 2020  |  0 comments
The new Serie S range of subwoofers from REL is 
more than just a simple revision of its previous incarnation. Never a company to do things by half, the new lineup represents a total transformation of its mid-sized class 
of subs. The S/812 tested here (£2,300) tops the upgraded range, which also includes the smaller S/510 (£1,800).
Mark Craven  |  Jan 21, 2020  |  0 comments
Norwegian brand Arendal has launched a new product range that sits below its debut 1723 Series. Dubbed 1961 (the year Norway's Tromøy to Arendal bridge was built, apparently), it features passive speakers and two subwoofers. The smaller model, the 1961 Subwoofer 1S, 
is auditioned here. It flaunts a tempting price tag of €800.
Steve Withers  |  Jan 17, 2020  |  0 comments
Is SVS’s new high-excursion 13in driver really ‘an iron fist inside a velvet glove’, and is the SB-3000 worth the £1,250 ticket? Yes, basically
Richard Stevenson  |  Aug 07, 2019  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Don't let this subwoofer's dimensions deceive you, says Richard Stevenson. B&W has crammed performance prowess and considerable power into a 12in cube

The DB3D is the smallest in B&W's premium DB series of subwoofers. It's neat, compact and – with its near-£2,000 price tag – not in any way entry-level. And despite its dimensions, of a roughly 12in cube sitting atop a 2in aluminium-trimmed plinth, it weighs a monstrous 25kg, courtesy of the enormous magnets for its two 8in drivers and a super-heavyweight MDF cabinet. In mass density alone, the DB3D ought to have its own gravitational field.

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