Monitor Audio FB 212 Subwoofers

FB 212

The FB 212 is a completely new sub-woofer design, from Monitor Audio. A compound push-pull (Isobaric) configuration has been implemented to produce extremely deep, powerful bass from a reasonably compact cabinet. New 12” bass drivers have been developed to incorporate Monitor Audio’s revolutionary C-CAMTM metal cone, built onto a heavy-duty die-cast alloy chassis. A powerful class A-B power amplifier supplies 360 watts R.M.S continuous power to provide firm grip and impressive sound pressure, right down to an earth-quaking 19 Hz.

User Reviews (6)

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Dallas1   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 03, 2004]
Strength:

Very musical...tons of bass within it's operating range.

Weakness:

By design it rolls off below 31hz...If you're into pipe organ music you may be disappointed.

The FB212 works very well in my listening room. It is probably the most musical sub I've owned. I've had a number over the past 15 years. It blends perfectly with my Monitor Audio GR20's. The variable phase control is a very helpful. The frequency response is relatively flat to 31hz...with a drop off of 5 db at 25hz. This is a subwoofer that accurately reproduces the level of bass in the recording...ie...if the recording is bass heavy it sounds bass heavy...if it is recorded with little bass you hear little bass. NOtes on a string bass are heard with distinction while the kick drum can come close to putting you thru the back of your chair. Movie soundtracks like Saving Private Ryan are reproduced with a certain amount of "shock and awe". It easily reproduces...in some cases...extreme amounts of bass in my 500+ square foot room. I really did not have to play around much with the placement in my room. It's within 10 inches of the right front corner of my listening room. As stated earlier I have no bad peaks or dips withing its operating range. Its the best response I've achieved without eq's.

Similar Products Used: Velodyn...Definitive Technology...M&K...Martin Logan
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
265honda   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 15, 2003]
Strength:

Bass quality

Weakness:

Very hard to set it up.

This is the first subwoofer I bought. It has good bass quality but it is hard to adjust to blend in to my system (Silver 7i, 12i, and 4i). Bass seems to be too much on some scenes or it simply not supposed be there. I have the volume set to 10 o'clock, phase at 1 o'clock, crossover is ~70 to 80 and Q is 0.5. Adjusting Q control does not have too much effect on sound. I believe there are some better sub's out there selling for less. I was thinking to go with M&K 150 MK II THX Ultra but changed my mine in the last minute.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
smokehouse   Audio Enthusiast [Jun 11, 2003]
Strength:

looks

Weakness:

performance and price. Waste of money.

I work at a Monitor audio dealership and are using their subs on a daily basis. When it comes to bass, I have been in the business for almost 10 years. As a matter of fact I build custom sub because of products like this. This sub is completely overpriced. The muddy, manipulated sound it produces is completely uncalled for figuring the price. Sure this unit is loud, but try running a 15Hz tone through it, chances are you won't get anything, why? This thing drops off at well above 20Hz. The asking price of $2000 is a slap in the face to true audio fans such as myself. I sell a custom sub running off of a QSC pro-amp@450wpc that can stay linear well below 20hz. playing 15hz @15ft it will produce 112db at the above mentioned power. And at a price of $1500. Including a custom finish. I'm not selling my subs online, I'm just making a point. If I can produce a sub that will run circles around a $2000 unit, anyone can.

Similar Products Used: Sunfire,Earthquake,B&W,Boston,Klipsh,Polk,Infinity,Velodyne,SVS, the list goes on. Not to mention 10 of comp car audio.
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Bill N   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 12, 2002]
Strength:

powerful tight base. great for music and movies. goes reeeaal low!

Weakness:

maybe too powerful,I have it dialed down so much I wonder if I am using it to its potential.

When I first got it home and hooked up I was alarmed by the sound. The sub drew way too much attention to itself. My first test was with a friends Roger Waters concert dvd and I was unfamiliar with the base content on the opening song. I spent some time listening to familiar music and movies and realized I had to dial it down alot (between 9 and 10 o''clock). I also changed from by-pass to low-pass so I can control the crossover mysef. I am using a Yamaha dsp-a1 and I don''t have enough control over base information being sent to the sub. After making the adjustments and listening to dvd audio and watching some favorite movies, I am amazed with this subwoofer. It blends great with my monitor audio silver series speakers both visually and sonically. The base on the shotgun blast in Terminator 2 when Arnold is about to "take the man''s bike" used to seem to last too long with my old subs. Now you feel the powerful blast in your chest but it doesn''t hang on like before. When listening to George Bensens Dvd Audio disc which is really light on the base track ,I can dial up my sub level and and have it respond quickly and accurately without ruining the overall sound of the music. I am loking forward to discovering the improoved sound as I listen longer and continue to upgrade my hardware. current hardware toshiba 9200 dvd yamaha dsp a1 hitachi hi-def 60" rear projection monitor audio silver 9s monitor audio silver 12 center monitor audio silver 4s as surrounds

Similar Products Used: nht sub one, yamaha, audio source
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Steven   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 05, 2001]
Strength:

Accurate bass, very fast, deep, high quality amp, gorgeous wood veneer, amplifier controls

Weakness:

Weight ( heavy to move... over 85 lbs!). Not cheap!

This is my first high-end sub, i bought because it is truly a powerhouse product, and it matches my Monitor Audio Silver 5i speakers (Rose Mahogany veneer). I like that you don't see any cloth grilles. It really looks like a large coffe table.

For the amount of bass it produces, its actually quite compact ( 18wx18dx24t). Tuning it to your room is fairly easy due to all the controls (Q-control, Phase 0 to 180, gain and crossover 40-160).

It really has tremendous impact in movies like Enemy at the Gates or Phantom Menace. Yet it handles classical and jazz equally well

My gear:
Arcam AVR-100 receiver
Arcam P-85 amp (for Front L/R)
Arcam DV-88 DVD player
Monitor Audio Silver 5i, Silver 10i, FB-212

Similar Products Used: Signet PS99, Paradigm
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
tim   Audiophile [Dec 01, 2001]
Strength:

tight,tight powerful bass

This sub is incredible-the most musical sub I've ever heard and it rocks for movies!

Similar Products Used: paradigm,energy,boston acoustics
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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