Vue debuts most compact subwoofer yet
While declaring that ‘going deep isn’t always about size’, Vue Audiotechnik recently presented its most compact subwoofer yet in the shape of the double 10-inch hs-20, which includes the US manufacturer’s patent-pending Active Compliance Management (ACM) technology.
The sub follows the hs-28 and hs-25 systems, which also include ACM, described as a ‘hybrid transducer alignment with onboard electronics to deliver more output and low frequency impact’ than vented designs. Crucially, Vue claims that the technology minimises the need to increase the dimensions of an enclosure, with CEO Ken Berger stating that the new sub ‘shows that the performance advantages of ACM actually increase as the physical size of the enclosure decreases’.
Power is derived via dual channel amplifiers delivering 500W long-term sine wave power (800W ‘peak’ power) for each woofer. Also onboard the sub is the manufacturer’s SystemVUE networking, facilitating the connection of multiple h-Class systems via wired or wireless Ethernet to a Windows or Mac computer. The enclosure itself is constructed from birch plywood with an integrated pole mount, while the grille and handle surrounds have been treated with a durable two-part finish that lays a coat of transparent candy-apple red over a black powered coat base.
Also new in the company’s h-Class range is the h-8, which is reported as combining the same technology found in the h-12 and h-15 systems, but in a ‘compact and versatile design’ aimed at smaller applications.
The enclosure comprises an 8-inch transducer with a neodymium compression driver boasting a Truextent beryllium diaphragm at its core. Again, SystemVUE networking is included, plus comprehensive DSP and dual channel amplifiers. In addition, the birch cabinet offers M10 rigging points and an integrated pole-mount.