Monoprice SWA-400 400-watt Subwoofer Amplifier with DSP and Presets
Features and technical details
The SWA-400 subwoofer amplifier delivers clean, solid power required to drive medium to large sized subwoofer speakers. Its compact 1U design is compatible with many other popular electronic devices and different styles of multimedia gear. The SWA-400 is engineered to provide high fidelity bass amplification and is tailored for home audio and home theater audio systems. User defined presets give you complete control over crossover frequency, as well as slope, phase, and low-cut. Recall your presets for the type of listening you are doing. Short circuit and thermal protection circuits are built-in. Short circuit and thermal protection circuits are built-in. Master Volume: Sets the overall subwoofer output in relation to the main speakers. Values range from -9dB to +9dB, selectable in 3dB increments. The volume should be set to achieve an even balance between full-range program and subwoofer output. Preset Choose: Selects one of 3 presets. Preset 1 is optimized for 8" in-wall subs, Preset 2 is optimized for 10" in-wall subs, and preset 3 is optimized for 12" subs. Crossover Freq: Selects the highest frequency cut-off point to the subwoofer. If you are using larger main speakers use lower frequencies below 100Hz. A smaller main speaker will require more reinforcement from the subwoofer, so the crossover should be set to higher frequencies above 100Hz. A good starting place is the lower limit of the frequency response of the main speakers. Crossover Slope: Also known as roll-off, the slope refers to how abruptly the high frequencies are cut off. The SWA-400 offers 4 slopes from -12dB to -48dB. This setting refers to how many decibels above the selected Crossover Freq are attenuated (turned down) per octave. A gradual slope of -12dB allows more bleed of higher frequencies to pass through the subwoofer. This is useful with smaller or cheaper main speakers that are less efficient at reproducing bass. Higher slopes are more effective when used with high efficiency and bigger main speakers that do produce sufficient bass. Phase: This puts a slight delay on the signal sent to your subwoofer. Since the main amplifier drives the main speakers with full-range sound, the main speakers are reproducing bass frequencies along with the sub. If you have a front firing sub that is in the same plane as the mains, then the phase can be set to 0¡Æ. Down-firing, rear-ported, or subs placed away from the mains will smear the bass tones and the frequencies will cancel each other out as they bounce around the room. Try different settings and walk around your listening area for the optimum setting. Low Cut: Selects the lowest frequency that the amp will reproduce. This is useful for smaller subs, 10" and below. Since smaller speakers cannot reproduce extreme low...
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