Reference Sub 12 Subwoofer
High-end gear has a reputation for being outrageously priced, but dont
be fooled. Sometimes, even the priciest gear delivers performance that
is nothing to write home about. Today, more than ever, the Price-to-Performance
ratio of a product must remain top of mind and thats where
Paradigm shines; why we have been voted #1 for 19 years*. Our SUB 12
and SUB 15 are perfect examples
A natural evolution in our lineup of award-winning subwoofers, they
benefit from our years of research into the mechanics of producing louder,
lower-frequency, lower-distortion bass. In fact, the three Ls
are the driving force behind our ongoing commitment to refining and
improving the performance of our subwoofers.
The unique amplifier/driver configuration in SUB 12 and SUB 15 allows
these subs to play louder and lower than any other subwoofers in this
price range, and still cost less! And unlike many designs on the market,
not a hint of low-frequency extension or output was sacrificed to keep
their size compatible with todays living spaces. A comprehensive
range of input and control facilities make setting up the subwoofers
Finally, since the room itself (dimensions, dead spots, archways, even
furniture!) can have a dramatic impact when even the finest subwoofers
are perfectly positioned, Paradigm also offers a solution for the problems
of the room! SUB 12 and SUB 15 are designed to be used with the critically
acclaimed Paradigm Perfect Bass Kit (PBK), sold separately. which adjusts
for the rooms negative effects on a subwoofer.
Subwoofer Cut-Off Frequency
(continuously variable 35 Hz 150 Hz);
Sub/Sat Phase Alignment (0° to 180°)
USB Port/PBK Interface
Studio 10 Features
Co-Polymer Polypropylene Cones with RCR Resonance Control Ribs.
Engineered for very high power, the high-stiffness design is intrinsically
low in distortion, allowing the bass cone to respond instantly to the
starts and stops of even the leading edge of changing bass notes.
Dual-Voice-Coil Design! 3" (76 mm) Aluminum Voice Coils.
Wound on high-temperature Kapton® formers in an oversize configuration,
the multi-layer voice coils provide exceptional linearity and motor
Dual Efficient Ultra-Class-D Amplifiers with Switching Power
Supplies. Boast more than 90% efficiency! Optimized to completely
control the operation of the bass driver. Prodigious total output: 3,400
watts of Dynamic Peak Power; 1,700 watts (850 watts each amplifier)
of RMS Sustained Power.
More Power from a Smaller Package. How to achieve this? One
of the things to consider is the choice of transformer. Our low-noise,
ultra-high-power, yet compact transformer (0.4 lb / 0.18 kg) is ideal.
Unlike the large and heavy transformers in a linear power supply, it
boasts an ETD-core developed particularly for applications that require
high power in a small format. Yet the transformer is only part of the
advanced system on each of these amplifiers. The switchmode power supply
benefits from: highest quality MOSFET transistors, noise-suppression
networks and an advanced control circuit. The result is tremendous current
with ultra-quiet operation.
*Rated #1 Price/Value by the distinguished publication Inside Track.
Less Heat, More Power, No Noise!
one thing to house two 850-watt Ultra-Class-D amplifiers in a
single cabinet, its quite another to ensure that all of that power
is harnessed for effective and efficient delivery, without a maelstrom
of unwanted sonic side effects.
Our sophisticated R&D facilities
held the answer. We enjoy a number of highly advanced tools for component
design. One of these is Finite Element Analysis (FEA), an invaluable
process when monitoring a design for efficient heat dissipation or performing
Using FEA, the T-shape center
aluminum extrusion to which each amplifier is attached was optimized
to obtain exceptional heat dissipation away from the amplifiers. An
FEA modal frequency analysis was also done to ensure the entire assembly
is free of unwanted resonances and vibrations. Even the correct size
and thickness (3.2 mm) of the amplifier panel was calculated to obtain
optimal heat dissipation-to-size ratio. Finally, a fully sealed preamplifier
board cover eliminates the possibility of air leaks.