Monitor Audio Radius 380
Compact powered subwoofer (High-gloss Black)
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Our take on the Monitor Audio Radius 380 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
The little subwoofer that could
When Monitor Audio visited recently, they brought along their compact Radius R380 powered subwoofer, and set it up in our large, acoustically challenged product training room. Formerly a three-car installation bay, this room makes speakers work hard to fill the space with clean sound, and it's especially tough on small speakers. To be honest, when we saw the pint-sized R380, we didn't expect to be bowled over by its sound. Boy, were we wrong!
Monitor began the demo by playing their tiny Radius R90 bookshelf speakers by themselves, which, by the way, sounded surprisingly full in our big room. But when they switched in the R380, jaws dropped. This little dynamo was kicking out tight, solid bass that effortlessly filled the room with nary a hint of strain or distortion. Heads were bobbing and feet were tapping as the sub went through its paces. If the R380 could dominate our massive room, just think how good it will sound in yours.
Moving some serious air
The keys to the R380's powerful performance are its brawny 200-watt Class D amplifier and advanced driver design. Housed inside the R380's enclosure are twin, side-firing 8" drivers working in tandem — one powered and one passive. Each cone is made from a lightweight, ceramic-coated aluminum/magnesium alloy originally developed by the aerospace industry for jet engine components. This ultra-rigid material resists the bending and twisting that causes distortion while allowing the use of thinner, lighter, more responsive materials. The result is tight, fast, and tuneful bass with exceptionally high output levels.
- frequency response: 30-120 Hz
- built-in Class D amplifier delivers 200 watts of continuous power
- ultra-rigid, lightweight C-CAM® (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) cone material provides high efficiency and low distortion
- one 8" side-firing C-CAM long-throw woofer
- one 8" side-firing C-CAM long-throw passive bass radiator
- continuously variable low-pass 40-120 Hz crossover
- phase switch (0/180°)
- three-position bass EQ switch (Music/Movies/Impact) provides fine-tuning for different sources
- auto on/off, plus 12-volt DC trigger input
- left and right line-level, LFE RCA inputs
- the R380 subwoofer does not use grilles, but the drivers are color-coordinated to match the cabinet finish
- 11-7/16"W x 12-1/8"H x 12"D
- weight: 22.4 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Powered sub
- 6' AC power cord
- 10.75' Mono minijack cable
- Owners Manual
- Important Safety Instructions
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Features and Specs
|Woofer Size (inches)||8|
|Low-Pass Crossover Freq||50-120|
|High-Pass Crossover Freq||N/A|
|Amplifier Output (watts)||200|
|Frequency Response||30-120 Hz|
|Speaker Parts Warranty||2 Yeras|
|Speaker Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Amplifier Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Amplifier Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Twin Side-Firing 8" C-CAM Drivers: The Monitor Audio Radius 380 features twin side-firing 8" C-CAM drivers; one active 8" cone woofer and one passive 8" ABR (auxiliary bass radiator). The two drivers work in tandem to reproduce very clean, deep, and dynamic bass frequencies.
- C-CAM Woofer Technology: Refined over many years by Monitor Audio, C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) woofer technology is used in the Radius 380 Powered sub. Originally developed by the aerospace industry for jet engine components, C-CAM's properties are ideal for subwoofer cones being extremely rigid, yet light enough to yield high overall efficiency. C-CAM bass drivers are able to resist the bending distortion imposed by sudden and extreme bass excursions to reproduce very clean, deep and dynamic bass frequencies. Conventional cone materials are more likely to flex in operation, producing a significant level of audible distortion.
- ABR (Auxiliary Bass Radiator): For open environments sound quality can be further enhanced through the use of a sealed ABR (Auxiliary Bass Radiator). The ABR works like a piston moving back and forth generated by the movement of the air via the motion of the mid/bass driver inside the sealed cabinet. This makes the ABR ultimately act like a conventional port resulting in superior low frequency punch and extra penetration whilst keeping the elements at bay.
Note: The drivers have no grilles, but are color-coded to coordinate with cabinet finish.
200W Class D Amplifier: The Monitor Audio Radius 380 utilizes a powerful 200W Class D amplifier to drive the 8" C-CAM woofer. The 200W Class D amplifier is highly efficient, runs extremely cool, and offer distortion free bass.
MDF Cabinet: The Radius 380 powered sub features a durable 18mm MDF cabinet with internal bracing. The MDF enclosure is rigid and protects against unwanted vibration and distortion.
Controls: The level control, low pass crossover, phase switch, and EQ allow you to blend the powered subwoofer's low-frequency tones with your system's other speakers, as well as establish the ideal level of bass for your type of movie, music, and room.
- Level Control: The level control adjusts the subwoofer's volume relative to the rest of your home audio system. After the sub's level control has been set, the volume control of your AV receiver will be the volume control for both the Monitor Audio powered subwoofer and your connected loudspeakers.
- Low-Pass Crossover: The variable low-pass crossover is adjustable from 50-120Hz. The crossover point chosen determines where low bass frequencies are "handed-off" from your AV system's loudspeakers to the Monitor Audio powered subwoofer. Set the crossover point based on the size of your systems' main left/right speakers.
- Phase Switch: The Phase switch is used to acoustically match the subwoofer's output to your main speakers. Select the position either 0˚ or 180˚ in which your subwoofer has more output at the listening position.
- Bass EQ: The Radius 380 powered subwoofer offers Impact, Movie, and Music presets for easy EQ operation. Movie mode provides a relatively flat response down to 35Hz. Music mode is -2dB down from Movie mode but goes lower, all the way down to 30Hz. Impact mode is +3dB up from Movie mode and comfortably goes down to 40Hz.
LFE/RCA Inputs: The Monitor Audio Radius 380 powered subwoofer is equipped with a dedicated LFE input and a stereo RCA input to connect the powered sub to a variety of AV receivers or integrated amplifiers.
- LFE Input: Most of today's AV receivers have a line-level subwoofer output (LFE). If your receiver has an LFE output, connect one end of a subwoofer cable (sold separately) to this output and connect the other end of the cable into the powered subwoofer's dedicated LFE input. This type of connection bypasses the powered sub's crossover and uses the low-pass crossover built into your AV receiver.
- Stereo Input: In absence of a subwoofer (LFE) output on your receiver, as an alternative hookup, you can connect Left & Right channel pre-amp outputs from the receiver to the stereo RCA inputs (Left/Right) on the powered subwoofer. This type of connection will use the low-pass crossover built into the powered sub.
12V Trigger Input: A 12V trigger input (3.5mm) syncs the Radius 380 powered sub with other AV components when the system is activated.
Auto Power On/Off: The powered subwoofer will automatically turn On when it senses an audio signal. You can also choose to turn the powered sub On manually from the rear-switch on the back. It will automatically go into "Standby mode" after 15 minutes with no audio signal.
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Reputation of company and price [ Michael Mar 14, 2018 ]
excellent sound quality, stylish design. Great value [ Tony Jan 01, 2016 ]