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Subwoofer Monitor Audio Gold W12

Don’t just listen to your music and movies, FEEL it, with the fantastic Gold W12 Monitor Audio.

The gold standard in the bottom
With an immense array of three-controller subwoofers, a 600-watt Class-D amplifier, and sophisticated Digital Signal Processing (DSP), the W12 Gold audio monitor sets a new standard in bass definition. Factor in sumptuous, quality finish and the Gold W12 becomes an irresistible force.

APC
APC (Automatic Position Correction) is an exclusive Monitor Audio technology that uses a built-in microphone and test tones to optimize the subwoofer’s response. At the touch of a button, the frequency response is ideally adapted to your room, so no longer excessive low ‘boom’.

Triple range of controllers with 600 watts of amplifier for huge bass
For the window floor, there are few that can match the golden W12. The 12-inch active long-range woofer is reinforced by a pair of AdR (Auxiliary Radiator Basss) that help lower the bass to a prodigious extension of 20 Hz. Combined with a powerful 600-watt Hypex Class-D amplifier, the Gold W12 simply continues to run with ample reserve for more dynamic movie soundtracks and music events.

Highly controlled sound
In addition to being powerful, the Gold W12 is also highly controlled. The use of a rigid but lightweight C-CAM cone (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) provides a sensitive bass. The triple-suspension controller with a large vocal coil provides the ideal linearity for perfect control, even when the cone is fully extended.

Adjustable sound with SubConnect
Connect via USB and you can use the SubConnect Audio Monitor app for a variety of settings. Four fully configurable settings include modes for Plane/Music/Movie and Impact. Refine these settings by adjusting the frequency, slope, adjustment and equalization filters and you have a subwoofer that’s perfectly suited to your tastes. If you want to check the sub to listen late at night, simply select “Night Mode” to reduce the dynamics.

Choosing luxury finishes
Once you’ve decided on this subwoofer, the hardest part is choosing which of the sumptuous finishes to choose from. Choose Black Walnut or Ebony Piano for a rich and traditional style or Piano Gloss Black or Satin White for more contemporary appeal. Whichever color you choose, you can make sure The Audio Monitor is the usual immaculate fit and finish of Monitor Audio. Photo:Monitor Audio

Increase your home theater experience with the W12 Audio Audio Monitor subwoofer.

Monitor Audio Gold W12 Specs:

System Format

Long-throw 12″ driver featuring ‘dished’ C-CAM cone. Dual 200 mm ABR (auxiliary bass radiator). Front baffle 36 mm, cabinet 25 mm MDF construction with internal bracing and sealed amplifier compartment

Lower Frequency Limit

-3 dB @ 25 Hz / -10 dB @ 20 Hz (Free Field). Music preset (Default): -3 dB @ 19 Hz / -10 dB @ 16 Hz (In Room). Assignable Low Frequency Limit Protection Filter: -3 dB @ 12 Hz

Upper Frequency Limit

-3 dB @ 150 Hz

Drive Unit Complement

1 x 12″ C-CAM subwoofer driver featuring triple suspension and 3″ long throw voice coil

Linear Driver Excursion

19 mm Peak to Peak,
Total displacement 1.6 Litres

Amplifier Output

600 W

Amplifier Classification

Class D with high current Switch mode power supply (SMPSU)

DSP

50 MIPS DSP Core giving 512 instructions per sample, 138 dB of dynamic range and 56-bit double precision processing, dynamically updated by an up to 50 MHz MCU

Digital Conversion

24 bit/up to 48 kHz ADCs & DACs built into ADAU1701 DSP Core

LED UI Control Panel

Adjustable brightness 0% – 100%, configurable auto off feature. Quick access to menu items: Trim & Mute, LPF, Phase, Preset Select

Global Settings (via SubConnect)

Display Brightness (0-100%), Dim (to 10% or to Off), Default Preset, Mute Link Outputs, 12 V Trigger Assignment (Power On / Off or Preset select), Input gain (Master -80 to +20 dB, Trim -11 to +11 dB, Mute), Phase (0 – 360 in 15-degree steps), Night Mode Threshold (0 dB to -36 dB), Auto On / Off (Enable Signal Sense, Always On, Time to off 5 – 240 mins)

User Presets (via SubConnect)

4 fully configurable user Presets including, Preset Name, LPF Frequency (5 Hz Steps from 20 – 135 Hz), LPF Slope Order (-12 or -24 dB/Oct), Input (Stereo, LFE or Both), Trim Offset (-6 to +6 dB), EQ mode (Impact, Music, Movie or Default), User EQ (6 adjustable filters applied on top of EQ mode), Room EQ (On / Off), Night Mode (On / Off)

User Equalisation (via SubConnect)

6 fully controllable EQ filters and 4 default filters with gain offset per preset, Voreinstellungen: Flat / Music / Movie / Impact

Room Correction EQ

6 System controlled parametric EQ filters set using advanced detection algorithm. Measurement can be initiated from the control panel or the SubConnect with up to microphone 6 positions (default 2)

Night Mode

Night mode, assignable (On or Off) per Preset with global threshold (0 dB to -36 dB). Introduces dynamic range reduction lowering the level of loud sections

Phase Control

0 – 360 degrees Increments of 15 degrees with a pure invert at 180 degrees

Low Pass Filter Alignment

2nd or 4th order (12 or 24 dB/Octave), Increments of 5 Hz from 35 Hz to 135 Hz

Auto Sensing Input Requirements

Line Level >1mV on unbalanced and balanced inputs. Auto Standby feature, adjustable between 5 – 240 minutes in increments of 5 minutes

Digital Volume Level

-11 to +11 dB in 1 dB increments, via the control panel. -80 to +20 in 1 dB increments, via SubConnect application

IR Remote Control Code

Supplied IR remote. Front facing IR receiver with red LED indication

SubConnect (PC Application)

Windows (7 onwards) (32/64 bit) compatible setup application available from the Monitor Audio website. Allows the user to control advanced subwoofer setup features. Settings can be saved while not connected to the subwoofer for off-site setup

Audio Input/Outputs

LFE balanced input (XLR), LFE unbalanced input (RCA), stereo unbalanced inputs (RCA). LFE balanced output (XLR), LFE unbalanced output (RCA), stereo unbalanced outputs (link RCA)

Connection

12 V Trigger in (3.5 mm mono mini-jack, 6 V threshold), assignable to On/Off or Pre-set change, 3.5 mm Microphone input jack (mic supplied), RJ45 connector supporting RS232 (EIA/TIA – 561, Tx Pin 6, Rx Pin 5, Gnd Pin 4), IR repeater – Output (3.5 mm mono mini-jack), USB – Type B, for connecting to SubConnect PC application and Firmware update

Electrical Certifications

CE / CB/ ETL / Fcc / CCC/ ErP (Energy saving compliant)

Mains Input Voltage

100 – 120 Vac ~60Hz / 220 – 240 Vac ~50/60 Hz (Manually selected)

Power Consumption

Maximum 600 W, Standby <0.5 W (ErP compliance)

Fuse Type

20 mm T8AL 250 VAC