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10 Fantastic Subwoofers for Home Theaters  Print E-mail
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Written by Dick Ward   
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
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10 Fantastic Subwoofers for Home Theaters 
Top 10 Subwoofers Continued

 

Velodyne SPL-1200 Ultra

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Small, precise and loud.  It's the reason the SPL is the SPL and it's the reason the SPL is a subwoofer worth taking a good hard look at.  The SPL-1200 is the largest of the series at twelve inches, but it's still compact in a 15.5 by 15 by 18 inch enclosure.

The 1200 Ultra has an overall frequency response that gets as low as 13Hz.  It's got a 3 inch dual layer voice coil and a Class D amplifier powering it all at a constant 1200 watts.  Harmonic distortion on the SPL-1200 Ultra is under five percent.

Paradigm Signature Series Sub 25

Paradigm Sub 25Like the Sub 2 from Paradigm, the Sub 25 excels in audio quality but also in the looks department.  It's hard to make a 20 by 18 by 21 inch box that looks good in a living room, but Paradigm pulled it off – the Sub 25 is elegant as well as powerful.

The Sub 25 features a 15 inch co-polymer polypropylene cone, a 3 inch voice coil and a 37 pound magnet.   It's accurate down to an incredibly deep 9Hz, and is capable of generating up to 125dB with no audible distortion.  That's solid performance by any standards.

Definitive Technology SuperCube Trinity

Definitive Tech SupercubeDefinitive's SuperCube isn't a sub that you're going to be able to hide.  At 18 by 18 by 31, it's best to think of it as an end table that also doubles as a sub.  It's sizable to be sure, but that one downside is offset by some huge benefits.

The SuperCube consists of two 14 inch long-throw woofers, pressure coupled to four 14 inch low bass radiators; all that helps to get you accuracy all the way down to 10Hz.  There's plenty of power in that sub too.  Thanks to a 2000 watt Class D amplifier, it's able to exceed 128dB at 20Hz and 116dB at 16Hz.

Sunfire TS-EQ12

Sunfire TS-EQSunfire's TS-EQ12 – the TS stands for True Subwoofer – comes in at just 13.5 inches cubed.  It's not impressive looking, or unique looking, but there's plenty of tech inside the TS-EQ12 that makes it a subwoofer worth looking at.

The TS-EQ12 boasts 112dB output thanks to the High-Back-emf design which allows for higher levels even in smaller enclosures.  It also sports the Tracking Downconverter power source, which supplies the 2,700 watt amplifier.  It's got dual 12 inch woofers, and a frequency response from 12Hz on up to 100.

Wilson Audio Thor's Hammer

Wilson Audio ThorThe mighty Mjolnir.  It's the hammer wielded by Thor.  It never breaks, it never misses and it never gets lost.  It's not something to take lightly, and Wilson Audio sure did their best to live up to the name with their Thor's Hammer subwoofer.

You won't find a sub much bigger than this.  It stands an inch under six feet tall and weighs in at 411 pounds.  It's bigger and heavier than most men, and far louder thanks to a pair of 15 inch dual spider woofers.  You'll get a frequency response from 10Hz all the way up to 300Hz and an 89dB sensitivity from the absolutely enormous Thor's Hammer.

 

Question: What subwoofer do you use in your home theater?  






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