Wednesday, March 28, 2007

My Personal Earthquake

Bass in your walls
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Have you ever wanted to have your own earthquake? I guess not. But I am sure that at least on one occasion you wanted your room either bigger or



to have your sound system's loudspeakers placed somewhere else while still be able to enjoy your favorite music.

Now, as I presume you figured it out, you're not the only ones who have faced the insufficient room problem; other people thought about this as well and the big difference is that they had both the mind and resources to make things different. PSB is their name and they are currently solving your biggest problem: placing the sometimes inconveniently-large subwoofer away from your path and your sight but not away from your hearing range.

PSB's in-wall mountable CWS10 subwoofers promise to have the problems above solved in no time, right from the start. Basically, there were some point to be checked in the development of such gear. First of all, designing a shape for the box, which they did in marvelous style, creating a 4-inch deep bass box so you don't need to ruin the house while installing the speakers.

Secondly, since we're speaking about woofers, there's bass: bass means low frequencies and this requires special speakers with special cones to move a lot of air - they also need special architecture. PSB managed to create an anechoic box for the CWS10 both allowing air to flow as it is supposed to when talk comes to bass.

Two 4 Ohms, 10” woofers with a much lower profile than the regular ones (hence the 4” overall depth) will pump out bass coming from a 50 to 300W amp so they'll literally shake your walls if need be. Neodymium magnets ensure the smooth yet strong and reliable operation at the nominal 89dB SPL.

The CWS10 is mountable on any wall, even from construction stage or after the building has been finished. The in-wall woofer is affixed with an extruded aluminum flange and “dog leg” clamps and its perforated metal grille can be painted to match any interior design.

Finally, the third construction issue was not carried out as brilliantly as the others have been: the price is one dollar short of $2,500 and this makes these woofers a rather expensive alternative to the fuss of having to deal with wires, dusting and/or re-arranging loudspeakers in your living room.
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