B&W looks to have a solid contender with this sub. The ASW12-CM sub sports a 12" Kevlar/paper cone driver and a 500 watt amp. With its gloss black finish and sub 20Hz capability, those in love (or lust) with the B&W brand are sure to be salivating.
Discuss "Bowers & Wilkins ASW12-CM Subwoofer" here. Read the article.
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I'm a B&W fan boy (though I object to the pejorative sense of that phrase). I love my 603s and 600 and, just like the article states, wish I could afford something bigger and better from B&W (in fact, the only reason I got mine was because I bought the dealer's demo models for a 30% discount)...
But to say that B&W hasn't had a strong entry in the home theater sub market is probably an understatement. This sub, though, looks pretty awesome. The sealed design and resulting small size is gonna up its WAF.
But, bummer, at $2K, it's not gonna end up in my HT rig any time soon.
So, it looks like I'm (when the $ becomes available) gonna have to stick with either SVS or eDesigns as I'd like to spend my $ on American-made / Rust-and-Corn-belt-made products. Nothing wrong with them (as they have their own gangs of fan boys!!!), either. I just like my B&Ws.
Some day, when I win the lottery....
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Instead of spending $2000 on a B&W sub you could get two black sealed 12" subs from rythmik audio which are also compact 15.75x15.75x18.5" these go right down to 14Hz and they are $799 each from a dedicated subwoofer manufacturer. If you want shiny they also do shiny but it costs another $200. If you want to save a bit of cash you can buy a kit and build them yourself. A quick google around and you will find that they sound pretty darn good too.
the rythmik deal sounds better but you can get the P7 - 650 Subwoofer pair from elemental designs for $2100, they go under 16hz and have 1300Wrms. and they use the 13Av.2 driver so its going to be crazy stuff.
It sounds as though this sub was specifically designed to be marketed to the 'fanboys'. At a $2000 price point there are way too many better homegrown options to be had for much less money.
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