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Real World Gear: The Latest Subwoofers

The basics of subwoofer operating principles and a look at numerous recent models.
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Electro-Voice X12-128
electrovoice.com

Type/Format: Direct-radiating bass reflex; ground-stack
Components: 2 x EV DVF4180 18-inch cones
Frequency Response: 33 – 200 Hz (-3 dB)
Max SPL: 147 dB
Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms (parallel mode) and 8 ohms (dual mode)
Power: 4,000 watts continuous
Dimensions (h x w x d): 20.4 x 43.5 x 29.9 inches
Weight: 195 pounds

Meyer Sound 1100 LFC
meyersound.com

Type/Format: Direct-radiating bass reflex, vented; ground-stack or fly with integrated hardware
Components: 2 x 18-inch cones
Frequency Response: 30 – 85 Hz (+/- 4 dB)
Max SPL: N/A
Nominal Impedance: N/A
Power: Self-powered (2-channel Class AB/H amplifier with complementary MOSFET output stages)
Dimensions (h x w x d): 20.5 x 52.6 x 33 inches
Weight: 249 pounds

TW AUDiO BSX
twaudio.de

Type/Format: Hybrid, can operate in standard or “Infra-bass/UltraLow Frequency” modes
Components: 2 x 21-inch cones
Frequency Response: 27 – 120 Hz
Max SPL: 142 dB
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms (x 2)
Power: 2 x 3,600 watts program, 2 x 7,200 watts peak
Dimensions (h x w x d): 23.8 x 55.3 x 35.4 inches
Weight: 240.3 pounds

DAS Audio LX-218CA
dasaudio.com

Type/Format: Direct-radiating bass reflex; cardioid preset switch for
multiples; ground-stack or fly with
integrated hardware
Components: 2 x 18 cones
Frequency Response: 28 – 100 Hz (-10 dB)
Max SPL: 142 dB
Nominal Impedance: N/A
Power: Self-powered (2,400 watts continuous); variable crossover frequency, polarity reversal switch
Dimensions (h x w x d): 22 x 51 x 24.9 inches
Weight: 177 pounds

NEXO MSUB15
yamahaproaudio.com

Type/Format: Operable in omni or cardioid mode; ground-stack or fly with integrated hardware
Components: 1 x 15-inch cone
Frequency Response: 40 – 120 Hz (-6 dB)
Max SPL: 136 dB
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Power: NXAMP 4×4 recommended
Dimensions (h x w x d): 17.2 x 20.9 x 27.7 inches
Weight: 79 pounds

dBTechnologies VIO S318
dbtechnologies.com,
americanmusicandsound.com

Type/Format: Bass reflex, semi-horn-loaded; ground-stack and points for rigging frame
Components: 3 x 18-inch cones with 4-inch voice coils
Frequency Response: To 35 Hz (-10 dB)
Max SPL: 143 dB
Nominal Impedance: N/A
Power: Self-powered (class D, 2,700 watts RMS); integrated 64-bit DSP
Dimensions (h x w x d): 20.5 x 51.2 x 31.5 inches
Weight: 229 pounds

Alcons Audio BF121
alconsaudio.com

Type/Format: Direct radiating, available in road and installation versions
Components: 1 x 18-inch direct-radiating woofer, vented
Frequency Response: 40 Hz – 300 Hz (+/- 3 dB)
Max SPL: 128 dB driven by Sentinel10 amplified controller; 133 dB comparative
Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms
Power: Sentinel3 or Sentinel10 amplified controllers recommended
Dimensions (h x w x d): 15.7 x 19.7 x 19.7 inches
Weight: 78.3 pounds (install version – 65 pounds)

Danley Sound Labs BC215
danleysoundlabs.com

Type/Format: Proprietary Boundary Coupled technology
Components: 2 x 15-inch woofers
Frequency Response:
33 Hz – 185 Hz (- 3 dB)
Max SPL: 143 dB
Impedance: 2 ohms
Power: 1,400 watts recommended amplifier power
Dimensions (h x w x d):
45 x 45 x 24 inches
Weight: 360 pounds

JBL Professional VTX B28
jblpro.com

Components: 2 x 21-inch neodymium woofers (5.3-inch voice coils)
Frequency Response: 25 – 150 Hz (-3 dB)
Max SPL: 148 dB
Nominal Impedance: Self-powered
Power: 8,500 watts RMS
Dimensions (h x w x d): 23.6 x 55.9 x 30.3 inches
Weight: 326.2 pounds

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