Subwoofers are an odd and surprisingly hard piece of gear for the average consumer to wrap their heads around. Maybe some people just don’t know what they do or they don’t think they’re worth the effort. Maybe subs have a bad rap from the absolutely awful rattling and overabundant bass coming from the backs of cars. Whatever the reason, Polk wants to change some minds.
Three new wireless ready subwoofers, all part of the Classic Series, were announced by Boston Acoustics today. The new subs come in Black Walnut and Cherry finishes and in 8, 10 and 12 inch sizes and feature a built-in wireless receiver. These subs, designed to work with the WT50 transmitter from Boston Acoustics, are channel adjustable to avoid interference. They feature a high-output front-firing ported cabinet and BassTrac circuitry to provide tight and clean bass.
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.