Definitive Technology subs Descend to new depths

posted on Wednesday, 14th July 2021 by Steve May

home cinema  Subwoofers  Hi-fi 

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Definitive Technology has launched its Descend Series of subwoofers. The new range comprises two high-performance models, the DN8 and DN12.

The Descend Series features a new technology the brand dubs 3XR Architecture. This is a symmetrical dual-radiator array designed to triple the bass-producing surface found in a traditional ported subwoofer.

The 3XR Architecture generates deeper bass and higher output levels from a smaller form factor due to the unique design of the two radiators, which are the same size as the woofer, says the company. Because this proprietary design doesn’t rely on conventional bass ports, Descend Series subwoofers do not produce the chuffing or distortion associated with ported models.

The Descend DN12 has a 12-inch driver and is intended for reference music systems and home theatre applications. It is powered by a 1500-Watt Class H sliding rail amplifier, said to handle both transient peaks and a super low bass extension down to 25Hz. For smoother, deeper bass, 3XR Architecture pairs custom drivers with a same-sized dual-radiator array.

The DN12 uses an advanced 56-bit Digital Signal Processor and has three built-in performance EQ modes (Flat, Deep, and Loud). The out-of-the-box Flat Mode is a default for most applications. Loud Mode provides the greatest output level and would suit big action movies and cinematic sound effects. Deep Mode offers the lowest frequency extension possible for music reproduction. The DN12 also boasts Intelligent Phase Control, which provides 360-degrees of customizable phase adjustment. 

The DN12 features a 12V trigger and IR pass-through for integration with popular CI control systems.

Definitive _Descend _DN8 Subwoofer

The smaller Descend DN8 (pictured above) sports an 8-inch driver and uses a 500-Watt Class D amplifier, matched with the same 3XR dual-radiator design found in the 12-inch model. Just 30cm-squared, it features built-in controls to adjust output level, low-pass filter and phase .

The Definitive Technology Descend Series DN12 and DN8 sell for £999 and £499 respectively. The models are finished in Midnight Black (DN8 & DN12) or Glacier White (DN8 only). Definitive Technology is a Sound United company.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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