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Audio Pro B1.36 review

The Audio Pro B1.36 is still a worthy choice if you want plenty of thump from a compact box, but newer products have overtaken it Tested at £400.00

Our Verdict

Still a worthy choice if you want plenty of thump from a compact box, but newer products have overtaken it

For

  • Still a well-made and cleverly designed sub with lots of output

Against

  • Its lack of agility with music, always an issue in times past, is a real problem now

It's been four years since we first reviewed this compact sub from Swedish firm Audio Pro, but despite its age, it's still competitive enough.

The finish is great, and it's been thoughtfully engineered: its integral 'spreading lens' plinth is designed to control airflow from the downward-firing port and so avoid bass 'pooling' under the sub.

Wired and fired, there's plenty of output here: the B1.36 provides considerable extension with action movies, and devours the biggest excesses of Cloverfield with genuine authority given its modest dimensions.

But much as we first observed in our earlier test, music proves to be its undoing, the Audio Pro becoming too confused by the mind-numbing pace of The Prodigy's Warrior's Dance. Other, newer rivals are notably better in this regard.

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