M&Okay Sound has launched a brand new model of its compact V10 subwoofer, with the size of the brand new V10+ radically squashed from a former vertical-standing design to a brand new neat, tapering design that is 34.5cm sq. on the entrance and narrower on the again.
On the similar time its obtainable Class-D energy has been raised from 200W to 300W, with its lowest bass output prolonged to 24Hz at -3dB and a doubtlessly visceral 20Hz at -6dB. And that is regardless of retaining some great benefits of a sealed cupboard design, which incorporates simpler placement along with, usually phrases, a tighter and extra articulate bass with punchier and decrease distortion efficiency than ported designs.
The tapered cupboard right here is each compact and engaging in black or white satin finishes, with an identical magnetically connected grille over the forward-facing 10-inch driver which, by the way, employs a brand new stiffer treated-paper cone.
The rear panel will be rearranged however retains all of the inputs and controls of the earlier V10, with twin line-level inputs and looped outputs, absolutely variable quantity, crossover and section dials, and the choice to invoke auto-triggering.
Additionally retained is M&Okay’s proprietary fully-discrete analogue enter stage, designed to combine ideally with the enclosure, crossover and driver to ship the corporate’s ‘signature’ bass efficiency.
The brand new V10+ will arrive in Australia in January 2022, priced at RRP AU$2399 (about £1400, $1700) with different areas’ availability but to be introduced.
Why M&Okay claims “the selection of pros”
In the event you want a backgrounder to M&Okay Sound, contemplate this. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy was combined on M&Okay audio system. Stars Wars Episodes I, II and III – combined on M&Okay audio system. King Kong, The Incredibles, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down – all combined on M&Okay audio system. And one other factor these films all have in frequent? They’re all Academy Award winners for his or her sound. Therefore M&Okay’s catchphrase of “the selection of pros”.
M&Okay Sound, aka Miller & Kreisel, was an American agency for 3 a long time after its founding in 1974, and has claims on creating the very first subwoofer-satellite system, the ‘David and Goliath’ launched again in 1976, and the primary self-powered subwoofer in 1977, the Servo Volkswoofer.
Equally legendary was the delivery of the corporate following Ken Kreisel’s fee from Steely Dan’s Walter Becker to design a tri-amped studio monitoring system, together with balanced-drive 12-inch subwoofers, used for the mixdown of the Pretzel Logic album in 1973/4.
For the final decade M&Okay Sound has been primarily based in Denmark, delivering a string of successes and award winners; we nonetheless price a Sydney demonstration of a full M&Okay Sound S300 system within the early days of Dolby Atmos by Lars Johansen (ex-Peerless with work on JBL, Harman Kardon, Klipsch, Jamo and different manufacturers) as one of many prime 10 encompass experiences we’ve ever heard for energy and purity.
Trailer alert: THX Dominus
We be aware additionally that M&Okay Sound has put out a quick trailer for an upcoming X+ 15-inch push-pull subwoofer that will likely be THX Dominus-certified. Dominus was introduced in 2020 as the latest and ‘largest’ efficiency class of THX Certification.
Dominus certification requires specs that allow audio system to succeed in cinematic THX Reference Ranges in rooms of as much as 184 cubic metres and as much as a 6-metre viewing distance, reaching 120dB sound strain ranges with distortion beneath THX minimal ranges.
Or as THX places it in plain English, “beastly audio system that produce an enormous wall of sound that’ll immerse everybody in your theatre or hi-fi listening room, regardless of the place they’re sitting, with lovely, distortion-free sound”. This new THX loudspeaker class is designed to bridge the hole between giant dwelling theatre audio system and people utilized in film homes worldwide.
To date the one audio system we’re conscious of so licensed are from Perlisten Audio, a brand new firm teaming US engineers with none aside from Lars Johansen, who exited M&Okay Sound in 2000. Perlisten launched two fashions on the digital CES 2021 and had deliberate to display a full system on the current CEDIA Expo 2021 in Indianapolis, till Covid compelled the corporate’s withdrawal from the occasion.
The M&Okay X+ subwoofer would possibly subsequently make the corporate solely the second to realize certification on this new THX ‘beast’ of a class.