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Definitive Technology adds new compact subwoofers to its Descend Series

Definitive Technology adds new compact subwoofers to its Descend Series
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Definitive Technology has announced two new models joining its Descend Series of affordable subwoofers designed for both music and movies.

The additions to the line-up, the DN8 and DN12, are compact subs comprising 8-inch and 12-inch drivers respectively.

Both of the new models utilise a Definitive specific technology called ‘3XR Architecture’, which employs a symmetrical dual-radiator array to increase the amount of bass-producing surface area compared to that found in a traditional ported subwoofer. Definitive claims that the unique design of the two radiators, which are the same size as the woofers, generates a deeper bass sound and higher output levels from within a small form factor. 

The Descend DN12 is powered by a 1500-Watt Class H sliding rail amplifier, which offers bass extension down to 25Hz, and uses 56-bit digital signal processing. It features three built-in performance EQ modes (Flat, Deep, and Loud), to accommodate different spaces or personal listening preferences and there’s also the option to tweak the phase with a full 360-degrees of customisable phase adjustment. 

A slim remote and built-in front LED display lets you control volume, phase and EQ settings while a 12V trigger and IR pass-through enables integration with 3rd party control systems.

Meanwhile, the more discreetly sized (just over 30cm-squared ) DN8 uses a 500-Watt Class D amplifier matched with custom drivers and the same 3XR dual-radiator design found in the 12-inch mode. It offers built-in controls to adjust output level, low-pass filter and phase (0/180°). 

The Definitive Technology Descend Series subwoofers will be available from August with the Descend DN12 costing £999 / $999 (about AU$1700) and the DN8 priced at £499 / $499 / AU$899. Both models are available in Midnight Black while the DN8 also comes in Glacier White.


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Mary is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and has over a decade of experience working as a sound engineer mixing live events, music and theatre.