The Descend series introduces Definitive Technology's new 3XR™ architecture: The two symmetrically arranged bass radiators provide a three times larger dispersion area compared to conventional subwoofers that feature a bass reflex port. Thanks to the unique design of these two passive bass radiators, which are the same size as the woofer driver itself, the 3XR™ architecture is said to provide a deeper and louder bass – while also enabling a slim design. Thus, the new subwoofers do not carry any bass reflex ports. Both models also offer the option of custom amplifier matching.
The larger 12-inch Descend DN12 subwoofer is powered by a custom-built 1500-watt Class H amplifier that is said to be able to handle both voltage peaks and extremely low frequencies down to 25 Hz. In addition to the new 3XR™ architecture, the DN12 employs another in-house technology, called Intelligent Phase Control™, which allows for 360-degree individual phase adjustment. Instead of a polarity switch (N/180°) or an all-pass filter that can cause smearing effects, Intelligent Phase Control™ aims to provide for an even finer adjustment of the subwoofer's phase: Here, the best elements of the polarity switch – but with more detailed gradation – are suposed to have been combined with an all-pass filter. The phase adjustment is automatically balanced with the low-pass filter.
To ensure long-term high performance, the DN12 features a 56-bit digital signal processor (DSP) that is said to improve both bass response and overall sound quality. At the same time, it monitors the system to prevent potentially damaging distortion at particularly high volumes. The DN12 also comes with three preset equalizer modes (Flat, Deep and Loud).
Volume, phase and EQ can be changed from your listening position using the slim remote control and the LED display on the front. For integration into popular control systems, the DN12 is also equipped with a 12 V trigger as well as IR passthrough.
The second new model in the series, the 8-inch Descend DN8 subwoofer, is powered by a 500-watt Class D amplifier and features custom drivers as well as the 3XR™ dual bass radiator architecture also found in the bigger model. Thanks to built-in controls for output level, low-pass filter and phase (N/180°), the DN8 can also be adapted to the rest of your setup as well as the acoustics of the room. This compact subwoofer comes with a width and depth of just over 30 centimeters each.
These two new subwoofers from Definitive Technology's Descend series are supposed to be available starting in August* (DN8 "Midnight Black"), September* (DN8 "Glacier White") and November* (DN12) at authorized Definitive Technology retailers, with prices of around €500* (DN8) and around €1000 (DN12)*.
*Availability and Prices for Germany.