Xtant's hexagonal X124 12-inch subwoofer ($359)
On the amplifier front, Blaupunkt raised a number of eyebrows with its PA series of power plants. Besides resembling the sleek styling of Apple iMacs, the five amps in the PA series ($290 to $630) incorporate TriPath, or Class T circuitry, which is said to let them run with higher efficiency at cooler temperatures and with less distortion. Meanwhile, PowerAcoustik tapped an outer-space vibe with the oval-shaped Area 51 series ($430 to $600), sporting fairly rad neon-lit covers. And Memphis was a hit with the Memphis Belle hybrid subwoofer amp ($1,100), which was indeed named after the famous World War II B-17 bomber and can handle configurations for both 1,000 watts mono and 75 watts each to four channels.
When it came to speakers, JL Audio previewed its long-awaited W7 subwoofers (starting around $1,000), which feature an OverRoll surround design that's said to allow for additional cone excursion without necessitating a reduction in cone area. Then there was MTX's imposing 15-inch RFL152 subwoofer ($1,000), an 80-pound beast sure to be a favorite with the ground-pounding crowd; it claims to be able to handle 4,000 watts maximum. Finally, Xtant's X series of hexagonal subs ($299 to $1,199) are shaped so you can join more of them together for ever-deeper bass.
And that's a wrap on CES, Ground Control. Since I need to start preparing for my return to earth, I'm going to sign off now.
One last thing, ORG-1.
Don't bump into any of those navigation tracking satellites on the way down.
You guys in Ground Control really need to get out more, Steve.
Mike Mettler, editor in chief of Car Stereo Review's Mobile Entertainment, has also seen triangular and square subwoofers, and he wonders who'll be the first to develop the sexagonal sub.
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