November 10, 2011
Paradigm, one of the most loved names in home theater, has introduced three new subwoofers to their line-up. The Monitor SUB 8, SUB 10, and SUB 12. The number, of course, corresponds with the size of the driver. The specs and all the specifics (including the amps) are nearly identical, excepting low frequency extension, so we are going to focus on the largest of the group, the SUB 12 in this preview. You can find information on the others on the Paradigm website listed below.
The Monitor line of subs have been designed with two things in mind: compact footprint and uncompromising bass output and extension. This means that they are trying to get the most performance they can out of their driver in the smallest box possible. We think these are fairly admirable goals and should garner them a lot of buyers if they succeed. Given their track record, we expect them to.
Sub12_cutThe SUB 12 inhabits a small 15-1/8” by 13” by 14-1/2” box. While not the tiniest enclosure we’ve seen, it certainly is small based on the size of the driver. The 12” woofer features a carbon-loaded polypropylene cone, a non-limiting corrugated “Santoprene” surround, a 2”, 4-layer copper-clad aluminum voice coil, 2 Nomex spiders, a 6.5 lb ferrite magnet, and an AVS die-cast heatsink chassis. As the picture above clearly demonstrates, the driver takes up nearly all of the front baffle and the Santoprene surround has a unique ribbed (for your listening pleasure) texture which allows for a full 1.5 inches of excursion on the SUB 12 (slightly less on the others).
Paradigm is touting their 900 watt Class D amp in the SUB 12, though that is dynamic power. Continuous power is rated at 300 watts. The enclosure is well dampened with polyfil and looks to have a very thick wall, including a double-thick baffle. In such a small box, it isn’t surprising not to see an internal cross brace (there’s almost no room), but corner bracing is also effective at this size.
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