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FVX15, a lower power version of our highly regarded FV15HP, is our answer to the need for a "bang for buck" home theater solution that retains the dynamic and accurate bass that we have become known for.
Correctly integrated, our vented subwoofers can achieve the tight bass normally associated with a sealed enclosure, yet with greater low frequency output. We recommend this subwoofer for systems in which home theatre has a high priority. FVX15 also features multi-tune capability. Customers can select either one-port or two-port operation.
Direct Servo Technology
All our subwoofers use our patented Direct Servo technology, providing high end performance at an affordable price. It allows us to use lighter and more efficient drivers and still achieve deep bass without using excessive amounts of power. The servo reduces memory effects, counteracts thermal compression and various forms of driver non linearities.
HX405 Amplifier and DS1502 Driver
FVX15 uses our new Hypex UCD HX405 servo amplifier and DS15102 driver. DS1502 features anodized aluminum cone, a 3" voice coil, and 200 oz magnet. Its linear excursion range has increased to +/- 20mm (from +/-15mm of DS1500). The quickguide of the amplifier can be found here
Features & Options
Product features include:
All our subwoofers feature our Direct Servo technology, which is our secret to achieving tight and accurate bass. The benefits are far more than simply achieving low distortion.
Learn more in our technology articles
Hypex Ucd module-based amplifier
Hypex Ucd modules are known among audiophiles to be one of the best sound class-D modules. While class-D can reduce the footprint of amplifiers, other companies have further incorporated switching power supplier to save cost and space. However, the disadvantages of switching power supplier are complexity of circuit leads to higher failure rate, higher compression at high transient current demand, and inflexibility of 120/240V switchable operation. The amplifier in FVX15 uses conventional toroidal transformer to address these issues. In addition, two large US-made (CDE) 12000uF/80V power filter capacitors are used to ensure stability of power supply even during the most demanding HT special effect.
15" black anodized aluminum high excursion driver
Driver features include:
While designed primarily for their sound quality, these custom designed drivers are also stylish in appearance with a anodized aluminum cone and rubber surround. Unfortunately, it's not possible to judge the accuracy of a driver by observing its appearance. There are other drivers on the market which in fact look quite similar, and it's tempting to think that they are comparable. Many of them are inferior in performance due to a heavy moving mass, the absence of shorting rings, wider gaps around the voice coil and high inductance which limits the useable high frequency cut off point. Many aren't suitable for a crossover point higher than 50 Hz. This is very limiting when one considers the large number of home theatre speakers which perform better when relieved of bass duties.
Our enclosures are very solid and well braced to minimize any cabinet resonances or coloration. The baffle into which the driver is mounted is double thickness.
We also provide a range of finishes. Our range of attractive and excellent value vinyl finishes including:
|The bass extension control in FVX15 enables the user to customize the frequency response of the low end. It combines multi-tune specific frequency contouring and damping control in one switch. The damping control determines the slope of roll-off and the amount of time domain ringing. High damping provides the least amount of time domain ringing and the most gradual roll-off curve. Low damping provides the steepest roll-off at the low end at the expense of added time domain ringing. There are two positions for 1 port operation which extends to 12hz. 1P-music uses high damping while 1P-HT uses low damping. High SPL playback should use 2 port setting. The damping in this position is low.|
To suit different setups, we provide a 12 db and 24 db/octave crossover. If you are still using stereo receiver or conventional pre/power amp setup, then we recommend the 24 db switch setting. To understand more about how to correctly integrate your subwoofer, read our phase alignment article.
120V-240 Switchable Voltage Selection
Correct voltage must be selected before use. Voltage switch is shown below.
FVX15 uses our new Hypex module based HX405 amplifier. We also develop a new DS1502 driver featuring two stacked 25mm magnets to improve excursion limit. Its physical dimension is exactly same as FV15HP. As a result, one can expect the full benefit of FV15HP design but with 2.5db less output.
|Driver||DS1502 15" high excursion with custom sensing coil|
|Driver materials||Black anodized aluminum with rubber surround|
|Cast aluminum basket|
|Aluminum flux de-modulation shorting rings|
|Amplifier||400RMS Hypex Ucd module based patented servo controlled|
|Dimensions||18-1/4"(W) x 24-1/2" (H )x 24-1/4"(D) - (26-1/2" D with grille and control knobs)|
|Shipping Weight||120 lbs (net weight 100lbs)|
|Frequency Response||12 - 200 Hz (-2 dB @ 17 Hz, -6db@12hz) with LFE input|
|12 - 90 Hz (-2 dB @ 17 Hz, -6db@12hz) with LINE IN input|
|Multi-tune||18hz (2 ports) and 12hz (1 port)|
|Crossover slope||Selectable 12 or 24 dB / octave|
|Crossover range (Low pass)||30 - 120 Hz (Line level frequency response tops out at 100hz)|
|Rumble Filter (High pass )||18 Hz 18 dB / octave for two port tuning|
|Phase adjustment||0 - 180 degrees continuously variable|
|Bass damping factor settings||Q=0.5 (1P-music) and Q=1.1 (1P-HT and 2P)and low (Q=1.1)|
|Finishes||Available in black matte vinyl and black oak vinyl|
|Warranty||5 years warranty on driver and 3 years on electronics|
|45 day satisfaction guarantee|
FVX15 has two port openings. With one port open, the max extension is 12hz and the bass extension toggle switch should be set to either 1P-music or 1P-HT. The latter is recommended for HT playback. The bass extension toggle switch needs to match the number of ports used.
In the following is the frequency response when bass extension is set to 1P-HT with one port open.
Fig 1.0 - FVX15 Frequency response chart with LFE input 1P-HT and one port open
To achieve lower group delay in one port operation (such as for music playback), users can set the bass extension switch to 1P-Music. It has a more gradual roll-off compared to that of 1P-HT. In the following is the requency response comparison between these two modes.
Fig 1.1 - FVX15 Frequency response comparison of 1P-music and 1P-HT with LFE input
For highest SPL HT playback output, users should select 2P mode with both ports opened. While the extension is only limited to 18hz, the power of the amplifier is better utilized for audible frequency band instead of less audible sub-sonic band. In the following is the requency response of 2P mode.
Fig 1.3 - FVX15 2p mode response with LFE input and two ports open
One important aspect of getting a correct integration is phase alignment. We have written a guide on how to achieve a phase aligned subwoofer. More
These are some of the finest subwoofers ever manufactured and the difference in sound quality between these subwoofers and the typical big-box ported subwoofer is surprising. You will hear the difference the very first time you listen and as so many have said, you will never go back to a non-servo subwoofer.