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GoldenEar readies ‘ultra-compact’ ForceField 30 & 40 subwoofers

  • GoldenEar teased the ForceField 30 and 40 subwoofers at Munich High-End 2022 (see above) but this week they receive more formal fanfare. The two new subs are described by GoldenEar as ‘ultra-compact’ with ‘extended response’ capabilities: the ForceField 30 reportedly does bass down to 18Hz from an 11.4″ x 16″ x 12.7″ cabinet whilst the ForceField 40 descends to 14Hz from a 13.3″ x 18.3″ x 14.7″ box.

    Both models are rated by the manufacturer up to 250Hz and feature a direct-coupled LFE line-level input to which no low pass filter is applied. A stereo paired line-level input accommodates DSP-powered low-pass filtering from 40Hz to 150Hz.

    Digging deeper, the ForceField 40 (€1199/US$1199) sports a 10″ “long-throw high-output bass driver”, an 11″ x 13″ downward-firing “quadratic planar infrasonic radiator”, Analog Devices DSP tuning and a 1200 Watt digital amplifier with MOSFET output stage.

    The smaller ForceField 30 (€899/US$899) drops the long-throw element of the bass driver, dials its diameter back to 8″, trims digital amplifier power to 1000 Watts and snips a few inches from the infrasonic radiator’s dimensions to measure 9″ x 11″. The ForceField 3 also cuts €300/US$300 from the bigger unit’s asking price. You (don’t) get what you (don’t) pay for.

    We should also note that the physical design of the incoming ForceField 30 and 40 reflects that of GoldenEar’s two-way BRX standmount where a curved top panel and thicker walls combine to minimise internal cabinet resonances.

    Availability on the ForceField 30 and 40 begins in August via GoldenEar’s distributor/dealer network.

    Further information: GoldenEar

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