Monitor Audio Launches Custom Subwoofer Series

CI-Specific Line Features Compact CW8, CW10 Subs
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Joining Monitor Audio's expanding lineup of speaker systems for custom installers, the compact CW8 and CW10 are designed to generate deep bass impact with high output from easy-to-hide enclosures.

Engineered for control in operation, bass quality, and in-room concealment, the compact CW8 and CW10 cubes are engineered to add powerful bass frequencies to music and AV systems when tucked behind furniture on room boundaries. Their compact rigid 18mm MDF cubic cabinets with regular 10-inch (CW8) and 12-inch (CW10) dimensions incorporate no fewer than three robust, similarly-sized C-CAM drivers: 8 inches (CW8) and 10 inches (CW10). Each system array comprises an active high-excursion drive unit powered and trimmed by potent DSP-tuned amplification, together with twin side-mounted ABRs (Auxiliary Bass Radiators).

For each system, proprietary DSP control software regulates the output from an integrated 400W Class D amplifier, keeping distortion within very low limits, even when the systems are driven hard. The flanking ABRs in each model augment the active driver to provide three times the radiating area at low frequencies for high SPL and diminished distortion. As a result, Monitor Audio's new CW8 and CW10 super-cubes reproduce deep, clean bass frequencies with the convenience of easy setup, operation, and room positioning.

The new CW series places all the power in the hands of the installer and client. Each sub is specified with custom installation in mind, providing versatile input and control options including RS-232 and a dedicated “SubConnect” PC applet via a wired USB interface. Panel inputs include stereo RCA (mainly for two-channel applications), unbalanced RCA or balanced (XLR) LFE connections, and a 12V power trigger (for connection to an AVR). RS-232 provides integration with a third-party system control to choose such things as power-on preferences. A list of codes is provided to enable programming. 

Panel controls include four preset buttons factory-calibrated to provide optimum EQ effects for music, movie, flat, and impact. The limits of each parametric function can be adjusted in the “SubConnect” PC Applet (available as a download from to provide user presets. Additionally, by using the applet, each input can be assigned a different set of values and features to accommodate, for instance, systems with different output levels. Auto input signal sensing is possible, with the off time adjustable in the applet.

The CW8 and CW10 are available for an MSRP of $895 and $1,195 each, respectively.