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Emotiva Ultra 12 Subwoofer Review

“Subwoofer” – it’s like a magic word around here and makes all of us audioholics have little dreams of black boxes that cause our walls to crack, dishes to rattle, and rock our children to sleep… from the other end of the house. Some people think a good subwoofer will go down to 2 Hz, cost $200 and live in a box the size of a small laptop computer. Others go for size, wanting nothing less than a small refrigerator that will smack them around like a rag doll. We prefer a slightly more balanced approach, so when Emotiva announced their affordable Ultra Sub 12, we were intrigued. A 12” high quality driver mounted in a modest sized sealed enclosure with a meaty power amp for under $500 sure sounded like a winner to us. Could their magic black box deliver good bass and punch at an affordable price? Read our review to find out.

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Key Features: Price: $599
  • High efficiency power amplifier with high current switchmode power supply
  • Die cast woofer frame with massive motor assembly
  • Long throw, high BL woofer design with woven tinsel leads for high reliability
  • Proprietary para-aramid blended fiber cone for high rigidity, accurate low frequency response, and minimal breakup
  • Heavy-duty, Butyl rubber half roll surround
  • Sealed, front firing cabinet with extensive cross bracing and internal damping
  • Excellent transient response with smooth, extended low end
  • Sophisticated dynamics processing for optimal system performance
  • Elegant soft limiting
  • XLR/balanced and RCA/unbalanced input connections
  • Rotary controls for Crossover Frequency, Volume, and Phase
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