Wharfedale has announced its PowerCube Series, a set of three high-performance active subwoofers designed to complement the world-renowned speaker manufacturer’s entire range. The concept is simple: select your main speakers – in surround sound or stereo format – then simply choose a subwoofer from the PowerCube line-up.
Available in three sizes – the SPC-8 with 200mm driver, SPC-10 with 250mm driver and SPC-12 with 300m driver – the range makes choosing your deep bass provider an entirely painless process. The PowerCube subwoofers’ elegant cabinet design is available in seven finishes, so there will always be a version to complement your speaker set-up, while neat touches such as continuously adjustable crossovers mean your PowerCube of choice integrates effortlessly with your main speakers.
Detailed and accurate bass performance requires speed and control, which is where the ultra-fast, balancedrive Class D power amplifiers featured throughout the PowerCube range come to the fore. The amps inside the SPC-8, SPC-10 and SPC-12 rate at 150W, 200W, and 350W respectively. All three subwoofers also feature Wharfedale?s ?infinite baffle? design, delivering faster, more accurate bass response than ported bass reflex designs.
PowerCube subwoofers delve deeper than previous Wharfedale ranges, reaching up to 10Hz lower. The SPC-12 touches 30Hz, with a wide 85dB dynamic range. The downward-firing drivers featured throughout the range are capable of large excursions whilst maintaining exceptionally accurate pistonic movement. The low pass filter slope can be adjusted from 30Hz to 150Hz, while the steep upper bass roll-off slope produces cleaner bass.
All PowerCube models incorporate an ingenious movement sensor that detects when someone is in close proximity to the subwoofer, automatically illuminating the top-mounted controls. This makes it easier to adjust the settings in dimly lit rooms – ideal for when you wish to make little tweaks, but not hit the lights.
Peter Comeau, director of acoustic design for IAG (Wharfedale’s parent company), is justly proud of Wharfedale’s achievements is creating the PowerCube Series. He comments: « The aim was create a range of high-quality powered subwoofers to suit a variety of rooms, tastes and budgetary requirements. Whichever Wharfedale speakers a customer chooses – Diamond 10 Series, the new Jade models or speakers from another Wharfedale range – there is a PowerCube sub that will suit perfectly. The high-performance Class D amplification, long-throw drive units and rigid sealed-box construction combine to deliver bass that is supremely clean, powerful and controlled, from subwoofers that are easy to site and simple to operate. »