Features & Options
Product features include:
Direct Servo technology
All our subwoofers feature our Direct Servo technology, which is our secret to achieving tight and accurate bass. The benefits are far more than simply achieving low distortion.
Learn more in our technology articles
15" black anodized aluminum high excursion driver
DS1510 Driver features include:
- 3" voice coil for high thermal power handling and low thermal compression
- Rigid black anodized aluminum cone ensuring
control at high SPL
- Low moving mass to ensure an exceptional transient response
- High flux density in the gap to ensure low distortion
- Flux modulation shorting rings to lower inductance and improve linearity
Compared to our standard range of drivers, our DS1510 has a 3" voice coil which has a high thermal power handling and features lower power compression. While designed primarily for their sound quality, these custom designed drivers are also stylish in appearance with a anodized aluminum cone and rubber surround. Unfortunately, it's not possible to judge the accuracy of a driver by observing its appearance. There are other drivers on the market which in fact look quite similar, and it's tempting to think that they are comparable. Many of them are inferior in performance due to a heavy moving mass, the absence of shorting rings, wider gaps around the voice coil and high inductance which limits the useable high frequency cut off point. Many aren't suitable for a crossover point higher than 50 Hz. This is very limiting when one considers the large number of home theatre speakers which perform better when relieved of bass duties.
Our enclosures are very solid and well braced to minimize any cabinet resonances or coloration. The baffle into which the driver is mounted is double thickness.
We also provide a range of finishes.
Bass extension controls
All of our subwoofers feature unique bass extension controls which are not normally provided on subwoofers. This enables the user to customize the output and extension to achieve the best compromise in any room. Most subwoofers neglect to provide bass extension control, and the result is that dynamic headroom is compromised.
||The bass extension
controls enable the user to customize the frequency response
of the low end. The controls customize a high pass filter, which
attenuates frequencies below a given frequency. If set to 14
Hz, bass below this point will be filtered. The damping control
determines the slope of roll-off and the amount of time domain
ringing. High damping provides the least amount of time domain
ringing and the most gradual roll-off curve. Low damping provides
the steepest roll-off at the low end at the expense of added
time domain ringing. The combination of 28hz and low damping
is recommended for maximum SPL ouptut for all of our sealed
To suit different setups,
we provide a 12 db and 24 db/octave crossover. If you are using
an AVR, then we recommend "AVR/12" (or EXT/12 in older
amps). If you are still using stereo receiver or conventional pre/power
amp setup, then we recommend the 80hz/24 db/octave setting. To understand
more about how to correctly integrate your subwoofer, read our phase
Note: the 24db/octave crossover option is only available on our PEQ and XLR versions. The standard version only has a 12 db/octave crossover.
Further details on the various controls and settings included are available on our amplifier page
Balanced professional version
For professional use, a balanced input version is available. The outputs allow multiple subwoofers to be connected. Simply daisy chain the connections, running output from the first (master) subwoofer to the input of the next.
For home use, balanced connections are not normally required. However, for those using studio processors and EQ units with balanced outputs, this option may be more convenient. If connection to a source with RCA connectors as found on my home audio equipment, an adaptor may be used. In this case it should be noted that the connection can no longer be considered balanced.
Shown above is XLR2 opton.
Slave subwoofer units each have their own phase and PEQ adjustment,
allowing for placement apart from each other. All other controls
will use the same settings as the master sub. Therefore you can
adjust the gain on the first and it will control the gain on all
the others. The servo will still function normally, correcting any
non linearities in each individual subwoofer. We also have XLR3
options with two XLR inputs and no XLR output.
For more information, including charts showing response with different settings, view our amplifier page
PEQ parametric version
Our PEQ version comes with a few extra options which aren't provided on our standard amplifier. First, there is one band of parametric EQ with adjustable frequency, gain and bandwidth. This means you can not only control the boost or cut, but also the width of the filter.
Additional bass management options are also provided. A switch allows the user to select a 12 or 24 db/octave crossover slope setup option. Where the higher slope (24db/octave) is selected, the amplifier uses a variable 12db/octave filter in addition to a fixed 12db/octave filter. One can choose with a switch the corner frequency of the fixed filter as either 50 or 80 Hz, which will suit most situations. The variable filter can be used for fine tuning.
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