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Yamaha Releases the New DXS18 Powered Subwoofer

Aug, 2015

Shizuoka, Japan, August 10th, 2015 – Yamaha is pleased to announce the mid-summer release of the newest addition to the DXS Series of powered subwoofers, the DXS18. Joining the DXS12 and DXS15 models, the DXS18 boasts the highest output level of the series and the best low frequency response capability.

Since the introduction of DSR, DXR and DBR Series full-range speakers, Yamaha's powered speaker lineup has earned considerable acclaim worldwide, and the DXS Series was developed as an ideal complement for users seeking to add a more prominent, well-defined bottom end to their sound. The DXS18 builds on the established design ethic of its predecessors, the DXS12 and DXS15, improving cabinet construction, DSP processing, protection functions, and crossover control, as well as offering new, flexible features and higher power output suitable for larger or more professional applications.

Powered by a 1020W Class-D amplifier, and an 18” woofer with a durable 4” voice coil housed in a sturdy band-pass type plywood enclosure, the DXS18 is able to deliver an impressive 136 dB maximum SPL, and an extended LF response down to 32Hz, with exceptional clarity and minimal distortion. The new model features Yamaha's proprietary DSP technology with original D-XSUB processing for additional control of the low frequency range via two selectable modes— BOOST and XTENDED LF, as well as a selectable crossover with three different options (80/100/120Hz) for various applications. The DXS18 also features a Cardioid Mode setting for sound systems with two or more DXS18 speakers, effectively reducing the SPL of bass directed towards the stage while increasing the bass levels directed at the intended audience.

Built with extensive usage and transport in mind, the DXS18 features advanced protection circuits in the speaker unit, amplifier unit and power supply that ensure optimum reliability and extended equipment life. The enclosure is coated with an extremely durable LINE-X® finish, also used in disaster protection applications, giving the speaker’s exterior added protection from outside elements and duress. The DXS18 also comes equipped with both M20 and 35mm pole sockets allowing for more flexible set up, while an optional wheel kit is also available for improved portability. Yamaha also offers optional speaker covers with a functional design that protect from unfavorable weather conditions during outdoor performances, dusty and dirty warehouse storage, or the rigors of the road travel.

“Drawing from the constant feedback of Yamaha powered speaker users in the field, and the valuable insight we have accrued from our ongoing collaboration with the touring loudspeaker experts at NEXO, we were able to conceive, and produce a subwoofer that would meet the strictest demands of customers and their expanding scope of sound reinforcement applications” said Ken Hiraoka, Department Manager of Yamaha Pro Audio. “With such impressive power output and extended low frequency response, we are very excited to offer our customers a powerful new solution to build sound systems for more large-scale venues and audiences.”

For more information about the products, please visit the DXS Series page.

About Yamaha Pro Audio

Yamaha Pro Audio is known around the globe as a provider of innovative, top-quality solutions for the sound industry. The Yamaha lineup includes a number of world-standard mixing consoles, signal processors incorporating industry-leading DSP technology, power amplifiers based on energy-efficient drive technology, and an extensive range of speakers suitable for everything from live sound to commercial installations.
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