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Rythmik FV15HP subwoofer 15" High Output Servo Subwoofer

FV15HP is our answer to the need for a high power home theater solution that retains the dynamic and accurate bass that we have become known for. We recommend this subwoofer for systems in which high-output home theater has a high priority.

Patented Direct Servo technology
High output, front ported design
600 watt, PEQ3 high current class H amplifier
Adjustable damping and 1 band PEQ

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$138 flat rate domestic ground shipping
45-day satisfaction guarantee
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Optional spiked feet now available
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The FV15HP is our answer to the need for a high power home theater solution that retains the dynamic and accurate bass that we have become known for. Correctly integrated, our vented subwoofers can achieve the tight bass normally associated with a sealed enclosure, yet with greater low frequency output. We recommend this subwoofer for systems in which high-output home theater has a high priority or for use in very large rooms. It features Direct Servo™ to ensure accurate frequency and transient response, precise detail and extremely low distortion levels at even high output levels. As a discerning listener you appreciate that bass is the foundation of a satisfying music or home theater experience. You also appreciate that there is more to a home theater subwoofer than shaking the room, and that music can be far more satisfying with a subwoofer that can play deep.

What makes this subwoofer unique? It's not that it can plumb the depths with authority. There are already many subwoofers on the market which can do that. The difference is that this subwoofer will reproduce bass with a level of realism that matches what our loudspeakers are known for...

We are most proud to represent these astonishing new subwoofers.

Direct Servo technology, US Patent #6,104,817: What is it?

Conventional subwoofers have extremely high distortion. Well regarded conventional subwoofers typically have measured distortion levels exceeding 15% at 20 Hz at 100 dB. This includes many subwoofers costing more than US $3000. We think this is far too high. A well designed servo subwoofer will achieve distortion levels under 3% under the same conditions.

A servo is essential in a subwoofer that aims to be true to the original source material. The benefits are clear:

  • No voice coil thermal-induced compression or distortions.
  • Spider and surround distortion reduced by 6 - 9 dB
  • Flat frequency response that is less dependent on T/S parameters.
  • Audiophile bass sound at an affordable price: articulate, tight, transparent, and well-defined bass

These benefits are all unique to a servo controlled subwoofer, and can't be achieved in a practical and affordable way without a servo.

How it works

Direct Servo uses a very thin sensing coil which is wound adjacent to the voice coil. This coil induces a signal which is fed back into the summing points of the amplifier. This signal is used to correct sources of distortion, and this is achieved without placing any active devices such as transistors or operational amplifiers in the signal path. This simplicity eliminates any secondary or mechanical effects which plagues other technologies.

What are memory effects?

A subwoofer driver contains parts which have a memory effect. This means the driver will not respond perfectly to the signal. The spider and surround both contribute to memory effect in a driver. The voice coil which carries the signal that drives the cone also exhibits a memory effect. This is because the temperature of the voice coil changes with operation, and this changes the resistance. The result is a loss of dynamics. As the driver excursion and power input level increases, both effects get worse in conventional subwoofers. Detail and resolution is lost.

Direct Servo corrects both mechanical and thermal memory effects. The result is much lower distortion, and bass that is true to the original, preserving the subtle details, capturing dynamics and revealing a level of detail well beyond the reach of most conventional subwoofers.

How is Direct Servo different?

The primary philosophy is to make audio products as simple as they can be. Less is more. These subwoofers put as little into the signal path as possible. This approach applies to the amplifiers, Direct Servo technology and drivers. Most servo subwoofers use an accelerometer, which is another mechanical system with its own limitations. Also extensive protection circuits are required, and these further degrade the signal. As a result, accelerometer based servos are not as accurate as Direct Servo. The superiority of Direct Servo is derived from its simplicity.

Frequency Response:

FV15HP has two port openings. With two ports open, the max extension is 18hz and the rumble filter should be set to ON/2 position. The following is the frequency response when extension filter is set to 14hz and low damping.

To achieve lower group delay and lower bass extension at 12hz, customer can plug one of the ports and set the rumble filter position to OFF/1. In the following is the resulting frequency response with extension filter set to 14hz and low damping.

Unique bass extension controls:

All of our subwoofers feature unique bass extension controls which are not normally found on consumer subwoofers. This enables the user to customize the output and extension to achieve the best compromise in any room. Most subwoofers neglect to provide bass extension control, and the result is that dynamic headroom is compromised.

The bass extension controls enable the user to customize the frequency response of the low end. This puts control back in the hands of the user. The controls customize a high pass filter, which attenuates frequencies below a given frequency. If set to 14 Hz, bass below this point will be filtered. The damping control determines the slope, high damping providing the steepest slope.

Parametric EQ:

A defeatable one band parametric EQ with adjustable frequency, gain and bandwidth means you can not only control the frequency boost or cut, but also the width of the filter.

Additional bass management options are also provided. A switch allows the user to select a 12 or 24 db/octave crossover slope setup option. Where the higher slope (24db/octave) is selected, the amplifier uses a variable 12db/octave filter in addition to a fixed 12db/octave filter. One can choose with a switch the corner frequency of the fixed filter as either 50 or 80 Hz, which will suit most situations. The variable filter can be used for fine tuning.

Summary:

These are some of the finest subwoofers ever manufactured and the difference in sound quality between these subwoofers and the typical big-box ported subwoofer is surprising. You will hear the difference the very first time you listen and as so many have said, you will never go back to a non-servo subwoofer...

Specifications FV15HP:

The standard amplifier is now the H600PEQ3 (600WRMS PEQ). The quickguide for the PEQ3 amplifier for vented subs can be found here. PEQ3 amps do not have high pass filter RCA outputs but now feature dedicated LFE inputs allowing for easy integration of a 2-ch-plus-HT system setup. PEQ amplifiers are still available in limited quantity for those who still need high pass RCA outputs for non-AVR and non-prepro setups.

Frequency Response (Anechoic) 14Hz - 90Hz (-2dB @ 14 Hz)
Multi-tune option 18Hz (2 ports open) and 12Hz (1 port open)
Woofer 15" high excursion with custom sensing coil
Woofer Material Black anodized aluminium with rubber surround, Cast aluminium basket, Copper flux modulation shorting rings
Amplifier 600w RMS class H servo controlled
Maximum Short Term Peak Power Greater than 500 watts
Dimensions W x H x D 18" x 24" x 24" (26" deep with grille)
Shipping Weight 120 lbs each
Crossover Slope Selectable 12 or 24 dB / octave
Crossover Range (Low Pass) Continuously variable 25 - 100 Hz
Rumble Filter (High Pass) 18Hz 18dB/octave for two port tuning
Phase Adjustment 0 - 180 degrees continuously variable
Bass Damping Factor Settings High (Q=0.5), med (Q=0.7), and low (Q=1.1)
Finish Piano Black or Black Oak
Warranty 5 years on woofer / 3 years on electronics
45-day satisfaction guarantee