Powered Subwoofers
Buyers Guide
Powered Subwoofers
By BillEvans
I
happen to be a fan of the powered speaker concept, but I know a lot of guys who want nothing to do with them. And most
of those guys tend to be driving flown systems and they’re logic is hard to argue with — if an amp goes on the ground, it
can be fixed or replaced mid show, but you can’t do that when they are in the air. But most of us groundstack subs (gotta
get that coupling...) so the point is moot. Here is a category we can all get behind.
Peavey PV-118D
Turbosound TSW-218DP
Company
Weight
FrequencyResponse
MaximumSPL
Power
122 dB
1000
$1,930
22” x 22” x 18”
70 lbs
8 Hz - 95 Hz
$3,060
42” x 22” x 18”
135 lbs
8 Hz to 95 Hz
PD18E-R
$3,060
42” x 22” x 18”
135 lbs
8 Hz to 95 Hz
PQUARTZ-R
$5,750
40” x 30” x 31”
247 lbs
8 Hz - 95 Hz
1235 dB
2000
LS1801NA
549.99
23.5Hx19.75wx22.75D
62 lbs
30Hz to 80Hz (or
120Hz)
128dB
700W (1400W peak)
CVA-115
$799
24.7” x 20.5” x 23.8” (HxWxD)
92 lbs
43 Hz - 135 Hz (3 dB)
130dB
1200w peak
CVA-118
$899
25” x 21” x 23.5” (HxWxD)
115 lbs
41 Hz - 135 Hz (3 dB)
131dB
1400w peak
Cabinet Design
DriverSize
$1,499
31.75” x 24” x 23.5” (HxWxD)
180 lbs
35 Hz - 135 Hz (3 dB)
135dB
LX-212A
$3,591
19x20x34
110 lbs
45Hz - 138Hz
136dB
LX-215A
$4,012
20x35x25
139 lbs
45Hz - 138Hz
140dB
AVANT-118A
$2,223
33x24x26
121 lbs
Loud: 50Hz - 142Hz Deep: 45Hz - 138Hz
FBT Hi Maxx
100sa
$2,300
20.8”w x23”h x 27”d
92 lbs
XMAX 118
$2,310
24W X 31.5H X 21D
XMAX 212
$4,675
XMAX 415
Sealed ELF
Bass-reflex
OnboardProcessing
2 x 18”
XLR Power con
2 x 18”
4 x 18”
XLR Power Con
18inch
XLR and 1/4 inputs. Male XLR for chaining and switch able high
pass filter. Volume control Crossover switch able to 80Hz, 120Hz, or
wide open.
15”
Front loaded, ported
2400w peak
18”
Inputs XLR/F Balanced (x2), Outputs XLRM (x2) XLR/M Slave,
Master/Slave output allows for daisy-chaining multiple subs
reduces cable connections
21”
2 x 12”
None, Requires Infra Processor
Internal clip activated limiters. 3rd order 30Hz low cut filter. 4th order linkwitz-riley low
pass crossover.
On-board cross-over with variable low-pass and selectable high-pass filter controls : HPF
4-Way (65 Hz, 85 Hz, 130 Hz or Bypass), variable LPF 65 to 130 Hz, polarity 0 - 180 degrees,
On-board cross-over with variable low-pass and selectable high-pass filter controls : HPF
4-Way (65 Hz, 85 Hz, 130 Hz or Bypass), variable LPF 65 to 130 Hz, polarity 0 - 180 degrees, +
On-board Parametric Equalizer allows control of performance output by control of the gain,
frequency and Q
DSP
2 x 15”
Amplifier includes variable low pass filter from 100Hz to 160Hz,
“Cardoid Preset” switch for pairs of subwoofers
Rear loaded bass horn
1 x 18”
Amplifier includes Deep/Loud EQ switch
1800 w Continuous
Vented Bandpass
18” Dual Coil
L&R Balanced XLR in/ outs, Filtered XLR outs, Volume control,
Ground lift switch.
Built in Active Stereo Crossover, Active analog signal processing, Active limiter circuitry,
FBT’s ADAP component protection circuitry
129db
1000 watts RMS
13 ply baltic birch bass reflex
18 inch
35Hz - 100Hz
136db
1000 watts RMS
13 ply baltic birch Horn Loaded
2x12 inch
24bd per octave internal low pass and high pass outputs for both left and right outputs
200 lbs
33Hz - 110Hz
137db
2000 watts RMS
13 ply baltic birch bass reflex
18 inch
XLR Inputs Left and Right XLR outputs Left and Right, XLR High
Pass for Left and Right Outputs
48W X 22.5H X 30D
230 lbs
28Hz to 120Hz
137db
2000 watts RMS
Bass reflex 13 ply baltic birch
dual 18 inch with 4 inch
voice coils
stereo XLR input, stereo XLR output, stereo XLR high pass outputs internal crossover can be bypassed for use with external
crossover
24db per octave Linkwitz Riley crossover for lowpass and stereo high pass outputs
48.4”x19.9”x39.8”
219 lbs
29-120 Hz +/- 3dB
143dB
6900W peak, 3500W cont
Centrally-vented, front loaded
2x18” 2269G dual voice
coils
dbx Type IV A-to-D conversion, DSP bandpass filters, pre-e.q., limiters, self-test function.
Front-loaded, dual ported
1x18” 2269G dual voice
coil
XLR audio input, Powercon AC. Optional HiQnet input modules
(analog or digital) for remote control & monitoring with System
Architect software.
1x18” 2268H dual voice
coil
XLR audio, Powercon AC
DSP-based system opimtization, pre-e.q., limiting, crossover.
1x18” 2268G daul voice
coil
XLR audio input, Powercon AC. Optional HiQnet input modules
(analog or digital) for remote control & monitoring with System
Architect software.
dbx Type IV A-to-D conversion, DSP bandpass filters, pre-e.q., limiters, self-test function.
Stereo XLR Input, Stereo Full Range / High Pass XLR Output
Active crossover, EQ, limiting and protection
Female XLR input, male XLR link output. DSP CONTROL INPUT
RS485 PORT RJ45 socket
The loudspeaker shall incorporate an integral Class D amplifier module with a peak output
power of 8500W, a DSP system and a differential pressure sensor.
1800W RMS
6th order Band pass design
136dB
1250W RMS
36hz - 120hz
135dB
115 lbs
38Hz - 100Hz
24W X 45.75H X 45D
225 lbs
$4,919
29.75W X 45.8H X 31.25D
XMAX 218
$4,180
VT4880ADP
$8,999
VT4881ADP
$5,169
31”x22.4”x31.5”
137 lbs
34-125 Hz +/- 3 dB
131dB
3600W peak, 1800W cont
VRX 918SP
$2,299
20” x 23.5” x 29.5”
85 lbs
34-220 Hz, +/- 3 dB
126dB
1500W peak, 750W cont
VPSB7118DP
$4,999
20.25” x 27.63” x 32 “
129 lbs
39-145 Hz +/- 3 dB
129dB
3600W peak, 1800W cont
TH-18s
$879.99
20.2” x 24.1” (h) x 25.3” (d)
73 lbs
35 Hz - 150 Hz (-10 dB)
129dB
Integrated 1000W Peak / 500W RMS
Class-D Amplifier
Void-Free Plywood
18 inch
HD1501
$1,099.99
18.25” (w) x 20.0” (h) x 25.0” (d)
80 lbs
36 Hz - 145 Hz (-10 dB)
131dB
Integrated 1200W Peak / 600W RMS
Class-D Amplifier
Birch Plywood
15 inch
HD1801
$1,249.99
23.0” (w) x 23.0” (h) x 25.8” (d)
106 lbs
35 Hz - 145 Hz (-10 dB)
133dB
Integrated 1600W Peak / 800W RMS
Class-D Amplifier
Birch Plywood with Fly Points
18 inch
47” x 24” x 47”
353 lbs
30Hz to 150Hz
152dB
8500 watts
Hybrid Horn Loaded Reflex
design
21 inches
45.93” w x 22.50” h x 30.00’”d
204 lbs
30 Hz - 125 Hz ±4 dB
139dB
2250 W (1125 w / channel)
Multi-ply hardwood with black
textured finish
Two 18” cone drivers
Differential, electronically balanced input, uses Female XLR
input with male XLR loop output or VEAM all-in one (integrates
AC, audio and RMS network).
The 700HP’s internal processing takes care of optimizing the subwoofer’s bandpass and
limiter protection to get the most power possible out of the mechanical parts of this
loudspeaker.
110x65x60 cm (HxWxD)
176 lbs
35-350Hz (+ - 3db)
137dB cont. 143dB peak
2x1050W @ 8 ohm (1kHz, 1%THD EIAJ)
Bass reflex
2x18”
Signal: XLR male/female --Main Power: Powercon male/female
-
Female XLR mic- or line-level balanced input; Male XLR jack
switchable for either high-pass or thru; One 1/4” phone jacks
for speaker in capability
Woofer servo circuit The Constant Loudness (Fletcher-Munson) circuit exclusive bass contour circuitry proprietary DDT loudspeaker protection technology Fourth-order LinkwitzRiley crossover
JBL Professional
Front-loaded, ported
Mackie
Martin Audio
ASX
Meyer Sound Labs
700-HP
UltraHigh-Power
Subwoofer
Outline s.r.l.
SUBTECH 218 SP
Peavey
PV 118D
$799.99
27.00 in. x 21.88 in. x 19.63 in.
76 lbs.
49 Hz to 180 Hz
126dB
300 watts (class D)
MDF covered in Black Carpet
18”
QSC Audio Products,
LLC
HPR118i
$1,999
28.6” H x 23.5” W x 22.9” D
127 lbs
45 Hz - 95 Hz
134dB
700W Class H
Bass reflex, birch plywood
18”
Renkus-Heinz, Inc.
DRS18-2R
$5,525
24”H x 48”W x 24”D
204 lbs
32 Hz to 120 Hz
135dB
2 x 1000 Watts
Direct Radiating, Bass Reflex
2 x 18”, 4” Voicecoil
TSW-218DP
$8,299
22.6” x 55.1” x 30.3”
248.6 lbs
35 - 150Hz ±4dB
142dB
2,500-watt voltage-sensing Class-D
power amplifier w/onboard DSP
Horn-loaded enclosure. 18mm
(3/4”) birch plywood.
2 x 18”
B-18DP
$5,199
30.2” x 22.6” x 27.6”
148.5 lbs
40Hz - 150Hz ±4dB
136dB
1600-watt power-sensing Class-D power
amplifier w/onboard DSP
Bandpass loaded enclosure.
18mm (3/4”) birch plywood.
18”
132dB
1600-watt power-sensing Class-D power
amplifier w/onboard DSP
Reflex-loaded, vented
enclosure. 18mm (3/4”) birch
plywood; rebated, screwed and
glued.
15”
400W RMS / 600W peak amplifier
Black carpet finish, top stand
adapter, rectangular enclosure.
Turbosound
$8,100
B-15DP
$3,999
18.3” x 22.6” x 24.4”
85.8 lbs
45Hz - 120Hz ±4dB
EVP-X18PB
$899
24” H x 20.6” W x 24” D
108.2 lbs
40 - 200 Hz
Wharfedale Pro
Twin 18X-Sub
Active
26
Interfaces
Carvin LS1801
18”
CVA-121
DAS Audio
ISP Technologies
Dimensions
PS18E-R
Cerwin-Vega
FBT USA
MSRP
PD18E-R
Bag End
Carvin
Model
FBT Mitus 121SA
MARCH 2010
$1,399
28.3” H x 27.2” W x 21.2” D
155.8 lbs
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35 - 200 Hz
130dB
18mm Birch plywood, black or
white textured paint, part steel
grille, top stand adapter.
21 inches
Balanced female XLR line level inputs x 2 (L+R) Balanced male XLR full range line level
throughputs x 2 (L+R) Male XLR low-cut line level outputs x 2 (L+R)
Analog XLR, AES/EBU, RHAON, CobraNet
Internal Networkable RHAON DSP, Delay, EQ, HPF, LPF and Shelving Filters
96kHz user-adjustable DSP processing with TurboDrive software interface.
Input: (1) XLR female, Link: (1) XLR male; Neutrik Powercon
mains; (2) RJ45 Network ports
Stereo line input and speaker level input, High pass balanced
line output for mid/high satellite speaker connection
A pair of an integral 150Hz, 24dB/Oct crossovers Peak limiter that protects the amplifier and
speaker from clipping, Phase switch Thermal, DC fault and short circuit protection Integral, preset
limiter prevents clipping and distortion
One balanced combination jack socket (XLR+1/4” phone socket)
for input, one balanced and one 1/4” balanced line out
Four increment, 90 degreee phase select control., Selectable crossover point at 80-100150-200Hz.
18”
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