September 11, 2008
| by Rachel Cericola
We love how subwoofers give our movie experience a jolt. Unfortunately, some add a bit too much boom to the room. Even worse is when it’s not enough!
Paradigm’s Signature SUB 25 aims to fix all of that. The company says this unit is built to harness and optimize AC line current and use it to your advantage. See… all line voltages are not equal. The SUB 25’s universal input power allows the subwoofer to operate intuitively on a 120- or 230-volt circuit. Paradigm says the unit can handle loads between 108 and 265 volts.
The unit also features Power Factor Correction, which shapes the AC line input current “to be sinusoidal and continuous in time.” Without this feature, the unit can only draw 60 to 70 percent of the maximum power available.
As far as the sound is concerned, the unit features a 15-inch driver with “three-inch peak-to-peak cone travel.”
If you have anything left over after spending $3,999 for this unit, you can blow another $300 on Paradigm’s Perfect Bass Kit (PBK-1) interface. This kit uses proprietary processing to compute in-room frequency response of up to four different SUB 25s. From there, the system will configure a target frequency response for each.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.