If you heard crazy stories about our demo of the new Avalon by EAW™ SUB.two hybrid subwoofer system, rest assured; they’re true. This sub is scary powerful, loading dual 12-in cones on a bent bass horn and then mounting a 21-in direct radiator in the final flare.
That’s right, sports fans. It’s both a direct radiator AND a bass horn. That’s the hybrid part. And we process the two sections separately, so we can actually tweak and tune to taste.
Here’s what you really want to know: yes, we were destroying the Las Vegas Convention Center with sound. Literally!
It all started on Tuesday, when we were tuning the demo system. Granted, the array was a bit over-the-top, including 5x of these beasts. (If you’re doing the math at home, that’s 10x horn-loaded 12s and 5x 21s.)
We fire up the system and arll kinds of stuff started falling from the ceiling. First it was the plastic trim pieces around the sprinkler heads. No big deal. But when the screw-in incandescent bulbs backed themselves out and started shattering on the ground, well, we knew we needed to take protective measures.
As we couldn’t go out and buy 2,500 EAW®-branded hard hats, we called in the Convention Center crew with a lift to remove all the bulbs. It was not the last we’d see of them.
Our demo was positively ferocious. We didn’t get the SPL meter out, although we really should have. But you could feel the pressure wave from, oh, 30 feet away. Not the resonance…the pressure wave.
Other manufacturers on the hallway sued for peace, and we accomodated by timing our demos to peak after theirs had finished. But on Friday, the Convention Center people were back, begging us to turn it down.
Apparently, the wall sconces on the floor above us had shaken themselves loose and also fallen to the ground with accompanying breaking of glass. So of course we turned it down.
Where can you experience the terror that is SUB.two? Keep an eye on this blog for updates on where demos will occur. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.