|Subwoofer Buyer's Guide - 2011|
RE Audio XXX18
RE Audio listened to the public as to what they wanted in the XXX woofers. Let’s just say, it’s going to be more Ground Pounder than SQ! 2,000 Watts rms / 4,000 watt peak, with 54mm one way linear excursion will ensure you hit the lowest of the lows. With the Free Air Resonance (Fs) of 15.60 Hz you could talk to whales! They changed from a 3.5-inch tall split winding to a 3.5-inch tall 8-layer coil. To deliver the power to the coils more efficiently, the strand count of the tinsel leads has doubled! The new design is 3 dB more efficient than previous designs. The second biggest request was for voice coil options, so for the first time the XXX is now available in D2 and D4 configurations. It’s also available in 12-, 15- and 18-inch versions. Hit up www.reaudio.com for more details.
MB Quart ONX304SQ
The new ONYX subwoofers have been elegantly designed for a simple, yet upper class feel. The square design moves more air than a conventional round subwoofer - giving you more great-sounding bass. They features a gloss piano black polypropylene cone, NBR rubber surround and black semi-gloss trim ring. What makes the ONYX subwoofers really stand out is the optional Illumination of the MB Quart logo on the dustcap using bright white LED back-lighting. The rugged stamped steel basket is dressed up with black high-gloss paint, which is set off perfectly next to a vibrant red progressive nomex spider. The high energy magnet is protected by an anti-resonant ABS motor cap. Also available are the ONX304, ONX302 and ONX254. For more information visit www.mbquart.com
ORION XTR124 12-inch Subwoofer
Orion XTR subwoofers are back on the streets, and they’re ready to pound their mid-priced competition into the ground. Head-to-head, this is not a fight — it’s a massacre! XTR Subwoofers feature dual 2-Ohm or 4-Ohm copper wound voice coils on an aluminum former, a custom trim ring, tinsel leads stitched and looped across the spider and a dual cooling system. The XTR124 is rated at 500 Watts peak and 250 Watts RMS. For more information please visit www.orioncaraudio.com
Autotek Mean Machine Subwoofer
The Autotek Mean Machine subwoofer is available in a 12-inch round design featuring a 2.5” dual 4-Ohm high temp voice coil with power handling of 500Wrms and 1000Watts max. Woven tinsel leads and a high energy motor structure help produce some serious bass. With performance in check, Autotek turned their focus to enhanced cosmetics. The M12D4 features an embossed and illuminated logo on a polypropylene dust cap. A double-rolled stamped steel frame and is trimmed with a black chrome-plated gasket. For more information visit www.maxxsonics.com or call 866-636-6299.
Focal Performance Line
The new Performance line from Focal features their traditional sound quality cross bred with excellent value. Based around a custom stamped steel chassis, Performance Line subwoofers feature a parabolic polypropylene cone mated to a rubber surround. A linear spider ensure good power handling, as does a vented pole piece and venting under the spider mounting plateau. You have your choice of 10- or 12-inch models and both have a power rating of 250Wrms. They can be used in sealed or vented enclosures. For more information, please visit www.focal-america.com or www.b-belectronics.com in Canada.