VTF-3 MK 2 Subwoofer

"Class AAA Rating"
Stereophile Guide to Home Theater

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The VTF-3 is the more powerful cousin of our well received VTF-2. For those that have larger rooms or who demand more from their subwoofers, this puppy packs a 350 Watt punch, a 12 inch woofer, and maximum extension down to 18 Hz.

If history is any guide, your system will sound remarkably better with the VTF-3. Studio-quality bass has traditionally been out of reach for the masses. The VTF-3 changes that. Usually, the reactions are the same. Those new to subwoofers exclaim that the VTF-3 has reawakened their music collection with new layers of sound. Owners of lesser subwoofers remark that their featureless boom is replaced with tight, enjoyable notes and textures. Experienced listeners are surprised by the VTF-3's impressive bang for the buck.

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Harnessing the unique Variable Tuning Frequency port technology (VTF), each port uses the air generated from the long throw woofer to dramatically boost the deeper frequencies. Both ports are large, with enormous flares to virtually eliminate port noise and distortion. This kind of port design is extremely tricky to engineer, and the VTF-3 succeeds down to a very deep 18 Hz with one port open (in maximum extension mode).

The reason for variable tuning is that all subwoofer designs, especially consumer-level subwoofers, involve tradeoffs in design. You cannot have a small subwoofer that goes very low, plays very loud and costs very little. Traditionally, the engineer decides what tradeoff he or she thinks is best for the consumer. The consumer has to take it or leave it.

The VTF-3 changes all that. It allows you, the user, to choose the tradeoff. If you enjoy music that is loud but does not have much deep bass, set the VTF series for maximum output. That way, you get maximum dynamic range with the lowest distortion. If you like music with deep bass, set it for maximum bass extension to reproduce the deep bass accurately. You can even switch between the two modes depending on what you play. That means effectively you get a subwoofer that can play loudly, and can play low, all in one, at a reasonable price!

Industry Reviews

2003 Editor's Choice Gold Award Winner. Lowest priced subwoofer to receive a Class AAA rating by $1000!
Stereophile Guide to Home Theater

"...VTF-3 is the current champ of the low-priced super subwoofer class."
Howard Ferstler, The Audiophile Voice, October 2002

"...in Maximum Output mode...the response stayed flat between 20 and 26 Hz, with no indication of a rolloff at 20 Hz, and less overall frequency-response variation from 20 to 100 Hz."
Robert Deutsch, Stereophile Guide to Home Theater December 2002

VTF-3 MK 2 At a Glance

Amp Peak/Short-term Power
Amp Power (RMS)
Frequency Response (maxiumum extension mode)
18 Hz
Frequency Response (maxiumum output mode)
22 Hz
Woofer Size
12 Inches
Bypassable 24 dB/Oct , continuously variable 30 - 90 Hz low pass filter
22"(h) X 15" (w) X 23" (d)
Outlet Power Requirement
435 Watts
Ship Weight
80 Lbs
7 Years on the woofer, 2 years on electronics

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