March 18, 2010
The Aperion Audio Bravus 10D is an attractive, potent little subwoofer at a reasonable price. It certainly doesn’t have the output and extension of its larger peers, but that’s a tradeoff one must live with if they want a small box to better blend into their room décor.
Given the diminutive size of the 10D, it would be easy to place two of these in most family rooms without drawing much attention to them. There should be no excuses for NOT setting up dual subs in your theater room.
The Bravus 10D is in the middle of the Aperion line of subwoofer offerings. Aperion offers two finish options: cherry or high gloss black. I selected gloss black for my review sample.
The 10D features dual anodized black 10-inch Aluminum cone woofers with butyl rubber surrounds firing on opposing cabinet walls. This is beneficial configuration for the drivers to cancel one another’s stress on the cabinet, reducing cabinet coloration. Aperion claims the cabinet is constructed of 1-inch HDF, but when I pulled one of the drivers out, it appeared more like 0.75-inch. But Aperion Audio engineering assured me the side panels, front baffle and bracing are all 1-inch thick.
The cabinet was well braced and passed the knuckle rap test with a solid thud. The cabinet is rounded with no sharp corners or boxy look as can be found in many of Aperion’s competitors. Aperion supplies both rubber cone (for hardwood floors) and metal cone feet (for carpets) and even includes pads for the metal spikes should you decide to use them on delicate hardwood flooring.
The woofers are stamped baskets but have a lot of steel mass on the frame which helps to push the resonant frequency above the woofers passband thus reducing their susceptibility to adding coloration. The drivers are not magnetically shielded, but the opposing magnets in close proximity reduce the net magnetic field for those still using CRT screens in close proximity to the subwoofer.
The 10D employees a 300 watt BASH amplifier. It’s unclear how the power of this amplifier is rated, but based on our experience with other subwoofers employing BASH amplifiers, their ratings tend to be a maximum best case scenario rating and not even close to a continuous power rating.
The side firing woofers are recessed into the cabinet making the grills flush with the box, which is very aesthetically pleasing. If you want to pull the grills off to get a glance at the woofers, you will need to use their supplied tool to do so. A simple insertion into the top of the grill, a twist clockwise and a small pull will get the grills off. Aperion should have included a holding spot on the amplifier backplate as it’s very easy to lose this tool.
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