Yamaha in Buena Park, Calif., announces the newest addition to its DXS Series of powered subwoofers, the DXS18 ($1,949 MSRP), which will ship in October 2015. Joining the DXS12 and DXS15 models, the DXS18 delivers the highest output level of the series as well as the lowest frequency range capability.
Yamaha developed the DXS Series to complement its speaker lineup and add a more prominent, well-defined bottom end to their sound. The DXS18 builds on the design ethic of its predecessors, the DXS12 and DXS15, by offering improved cabinet construction, DSP processing, protection functions and crossover control. The new model adds flexible features and higher power output suitable for larger or more professional applications.
Powered by a 1,020-watt Class-D amplifier, the DXS18 houses an 18-inch woofer with a durable 4-inch voice coil in a sturdy band-pass type plywood enclosure, which delivers an impressive 136 dB maximum SPL (and a reported extended LF response down to 32Hz), promising exceptional clarity and minimal distortion. The new model features Yamaha’s proprietary DSP technology with original D-XSUB processing for additional control of the low frequency range via two selectable modes—BOOST and XTENDED LF—and a selectable crossover with three different options (80/100/120 Hz) for various applications. The DXS18 also features a Cardioid Mode setting for sound systems with two or more DXS18 speakers, effectively reducing the energy directed towards the stage while increasing bass levels directed at the audience.
Built with the expectation that users will transport and use these speakers extensively, the DXS18 features advanced protection circuits in the speaker unit, amplifier unit and power supply that ensure optimum reliability and extended equipment life. The enclosure is coated with a rugged, durable LINE-X finish, also used in disaster protection applications, giving the speaker exterior added protection from the elements. The model also comes equipped with M20 and 35mm pole sockets allowing for more flexible set up, while an optional wheel kit is also available for improved portability. Yamaha also offers optional speaker covers with a functional design that provide protection from unfavorable weather conditions during outdoor performances, dusty and dirty warehouse storage and the rigors of the road.