For those who will settle for nothing less than the ultimate in low-frequency reproduction, Pro Audio Technology's new LFC-24sm subwoofer could be just the ticket. This behemoth tips the scales at 266 pounds and measures a whopping 60.5 x 26 x 21 inches—not the type of sub you can easily hide behind a couch, but buyers of this baby aren't likely to care about that.
The front-ported LFC-24sm utilizes an 88-pound, 24-inch driver, the largest available in the residential market, with a sensitivity of 99 dB/W/m and a maximum output capability of 129.5 dB SPL. Driving the beast is Pro Audio Technology's own Programmable Modular Amplifier, which provides 1000 watts of DSP-optimized power and a suite of in-room performance-calibration controls, including parametric EQ and delay. The frequency response is spec'd at 22-80 Hz (±3 dB).
According to Paul Hales, founder of Pro Audio Technology and a recent guest on the Home Theater Geeks podcast, "At first glance, this may seem like purely a statement product. But in fact, the LFC-24sm design is in direct response to market pressure. Our dealers continuously ask that we push the boundaries of performance as they create ever more lavish home cinemas for affluent clients who demand the very best. The LFC-24sm is capable of energizing the largest of these private cinemas, which often house dozens of seats, with an extraordinary level of visceral power."
So how much for such an impressive bass blaster? Pro Audio Technology does not set a retail price—that's entirely up to its dealers. But I'd wager it ain't cheap, and as they say, if you have to ask, you probably can't afford it. Still, if you really must know, contact the company through its website.
The LFC-24sm will be demonstrated at the upcoming CEDIA Expo—in a surround system with two of them, no less!—and Mark Henninger and I will be there to check it out, so watch for our coverage right here on AVS.