Standing around five feet high at the shoulder and maxing out at around twelve feet long, the Black Rhino, or Hook-lipped Rhinoceros, is a massive creature. A full grown adult can weigh from 1,800 to 3,000 lbs, and has no natural predators. It’s no wonder then that Pinnacle assigned the name Black Rhino to their subwoofer selection.
Nontraditional subwoofers seem to be increasingly popular with high end consumer electronics manufacturers and Paradigm is no exception. Their new SUB 2 and SUB 1 subwoofers use a total of six drivers that, rather than simply pushing sound in one direction, cause sound to emanate from three different points.
The wireless subwoofer is a theoretically wonderful idea. It allows users to take an otherwise bulky and not so surreptitious piece of hardware and give it a bit of concealment. Without having to worry about wires, subwoofer placement can be both optimal for sound output and discreet. The HTB2SE-W features a 10 inch driver and a 250W Class-D amplifier.
Wireless subwoofers are a much lauded product, and MartinLogan has announced the release of a pair, the Dynamo 700 and Dynamo 1000. With a ten inch bass driver, the Dynamo 700 is MartinLogan’s 300 Watt option. At 200 Watts more and with a two inch increase in driver size is the Dynamo 1000, the higher end of the two subs. Each sub features Class AB amplifiers and consume less than 1 Watt of power when not in use.
With a peak output of 5,600 Watts from its dual amplifiers, the Revel Ultima Rhythm2 subwoofer is pretty impressive. Sporting an 18 inch dual voice coil woofer, the Ultima Rhythm2 is said by Revel to perform at extreme sound levels while producing virtually no distortion.