Acoustic Energy has announced the launch of the AE308, an active subwoofer, featuring DSP modes to tailor performance and the final model in the 300 Series.
Designed to complement and integrate with the AE300 stand-mounts, AE309 floor-standers and AE307 Centre speaker, this maker says its AE308 offers prodigious performance in both Hi-Fi and Home Cinema installations.
Making use of a new 500W (RMS) amplifier mated to a 12in long-excursion doped and stiffened pulp-fibre driver, the AE308 also features a new DSP module which gives greater control over the performance whilst substantially reducing distortion and improving low-frequency control.
The new DSP module also offers more versatility to tailor performance perfectly to the desired music stereo or movie multi-channel audio track, a first for AE.
In Music mode, the AE308 is designed to perform in a balanced, accurate manner, extending low frequencies of the main speakers naturally down to 26Hz (+/-6dB).
In Movie mode, there will be additional ‘slam’ on offer to aid explosive movie soundtracks in AV systems.
Finally, Impact mode trades outright extension for maximum volume and serious impact, more akin to a club set-up for when the user wants to party hard!
MD, Mat Spandl, comments, “Rather than just launch a sub to complement our already successful 300 Series, we wanted to design a sub with substance! and one which could hold its own in any system as well as do justice to the rest of the 300 Series speakers. This sub has been long awaited from our dealers and distributors around the globe and now it’s available, it’s been well worth the wait.”
The AE308 is in real wood walnut veneer, piano gloss black or white lacquer to match the other 300 Series models and has sturdy carpet-piercing spikes which come with rubber caps for use on hard flooring.
UK SRPs are £899 (Piano Gloss Black / Piano Gloss White) and £949 (real walnut wood veneer).
Drive Unit: 12in High-excursion doped and stiffened paper cone
Frequency Range: 26Hz-120Hz +/- 6dB
Power Handling: 500w
Crossover Frequency: 40-120Hz rotary control
Design: Sealed box, downward facing driver
Inputs: Low level stereo RCA, high level stereo binding posts, LFE RCA
Phase: 0-180° rotary control
Amplifier Type: Class D
Dimensions (mm): 360 x 360 360mm (HxWxD)
Weight: 16.5kg (each)
Finishes: Piano Gloss White, Piano Gloss Black and real wood walnut veneer