A little preview of the British crafted Ultra Power Cube Subwoofers...
Wharfedale is a British company that prides themselves on building their speakers completely in-house. Other manufacturers will claim that they "design" everything locally, suggesting to consumers that it is also built locally. Not so. The same goes for those who "assemble" their products in house. Who knows where those components are sourced? Probably overseas, but we may never know.
The Ultra Power Cube range of subs are abbreviated into the Google-resistant UPC line. The UPC-10 sports dual 10" woofers while the UPC-8 has dual 8" woofers. Both have their drivers mounted on opposite walls in a push-pull configuration. This arrangement mechanically reinforces the movement of each driver. The woofers feature a high-excursion, long-throw design. The UPC-10 has a 500 watt amplifier while the UPC-8 has a 350 watt amp.
Both UPC subwoofers have a dimmable digital readout on the front. They have controls for volume, a variable low-pass crossover, crossover slope adjustment, phase adjustment, and have connections for stereo and mono line in, plus speaker-level inputs. Each control can be adjusted by the included remote. While a traditional room correction system is not included, the UPC subs have a "selection of sound-effect modes that enable listeners to tailor the sound of the subwoofers". The wording makes it sound an awful lot like the horrible "Rock Arena" modes on our receivers that we so loathe.
Wharfedale promises the UPC-10 and UPC-8 will:
"deliver clear, precise, powerful low-frequency response to 30Hz."
Wharfedale makes every component of the Ultra Power Cube subwoofers in-house. Sporting dual drivers in a push-pull configuration and a remote, specifics of the UPC subs are sparse. We do know the 10" UPC-10 has a 500 watt amp, the normal complement of controls, and an LED readout with a remote. The 8" UPC-8 has the same except a smaller 350 watt amp. With stated response down to 30Hz, the $1599 price tag for the UPC-10 may look a little steep, especially considering the $1199 UPC-8 has the same stated extension. We'll have to see more when these subs finally hit US shores.
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