Impressions: Dali AW8 Subwoofer
I don't know what gave me the kick earlier, when I suddenly
decided to look for a subwoofer, yet again.
I scoured the buy and sell section of PinoyDVD to look for
something cheap, basta lang tumunog. Stupid eh?! But I did found
a seller, who's selling a Powercube 10 (Wharfedale) for 6K. I
said, what the heck bilhin ko na! So I called him, and to my
disappointment, sold na.
Suddenly, I got back to my senses and said to myself, what the
"*^%^" are you doing? So, I put our internet bandwidth to some
serious use and checked out some subs. Armed with a measuring
tape, I started visualizing the subs based on their dimensions.
Am I nuts? Maybe
But I wanted a small sub. Everytime I see a subwoofer I shy away
from their sizes alone.
I've tried a big Velodyne, two RELs, but never got this "this is
it!" feeling, until now.
I saw a small sub which has a perfect dimension, I want
something fast too - I admired the REL for this. But still
they're too expensive for me, and never got to really like them
I buggered the Audio Architects and asked if I can home audition
the AW8. Nico is fast to the draw, I immediately got a "sure"
reply. To cut the crap, I took home the unit, draped in bubble
wrap. Epoy and Chad made sure it's going to the right vehicle.
I want a straight result, fast. I loaded up Blue Man Group's The
Complex Rock Concert DVD and I planned to listen to the first
track and make a decision. 1st track done, 2nd track, 3rd,
4th... what the ^&*^
I'm enjoying the thing! I connected my Harman Kardon AVR's
"subwoofer out" to the AW8's "subwoofer in", set the AVR to LFE
and that's it.
After watching portions of Finding Nemo and SWAT, I'm sold! Then
I thought, hmmmn! I connected the AW8 to my audio setup
upstairs, used a Y RCA to feed both the amp and AW8 played
Cowboy Junkies' Trinity Session, Steely Dan's Aja, and Willie
It's the final nail on the coffin - I texted the Architects and
said, "I'm ordering one."
Then I realized, how much is this thing??! Ahh, I'll just forget
it, I'm sure Nico and Epoy will give me a reasonable price.
- Integration. I believe this is the strongest feature of this
sub. You'll hear the lows as if coming from the soundstage. In
my HT setup, it was placed just beside the AV rack. In the audio
setup, it was in the right corner of the listening position.
- Slam and depth without the headache. I've tried a sub once
where I got a headache, not to mention single note
boom-boom-boom. The AW8 does depth to my liking- smooth and
suave, coupled with slam- speed and snap.
- Fast and musical. I didn't care about the material used or the
technology ek ek, but this sub is fast and very musical.
- and did I say it's small?
- Wimpy power cord. To those who think it matters, you might be
- Rubber feet. I just think that anything with a coned feet
(spike) is macho