The Reference Series line has a long-standing reputation for carrying powered subwoofers that shatter expectations for deep, driving bass. Reference subwoofers play louder and go deeper than significantly larger designs, creating the most dramatic, intense bass ever. The RW-8 takes it to another level by integrating fresh technology that enhances performance while dramatically reducing cost and enclosure size.
The RW-8, the smallest and most affordable member of the line, can deliver clean, room-rattling bass to below 30Hz. The driving force behind this price and performance breakthrough is Klipsch's exclusive Corner Port™ Technology. This new technology allows the port tube to be as long as possible without bending, which minimizes turbulence that can cause port noise and distortion. It also allows the enclosure to be tuned to a lower frequency than would otherwise be possible to create deeper bass from a smaller cabinet. Another important element is a corner-shaped flange at the port's internal opening, which amplifies the benefits of the longer port. This performance enhancing technology is only available from Klipsch.
The 8-inch woofer features a copper-colored Klipsch Cerametallic™ cone, made of anodized aluminum. The anodizing process converts its inner and outer surface to ceramic. The result is a rigid cone with superb damping characteristics that will not flex or resonate. An uncommonly large motor structure and high-temperature, long-excursion voice coil ensure efficient, reliable operation and, in combination with the mechanical characteristics of the cones, remarkably low distortion.
The RW-8 gets its grunt from an amplifier that delivers 125-watts continuously (FTC rated), but more importantly, 270-watts of dynamic power - the punch that makes the subwoofer come alive. A continuously variable phase control facilitates ideal acoustical integration of the subwoofer with the other speakers in the system. This variable phase control is not found on many subwoofers; especially models in this price range, but it will increase bass response when properly adjusted. The easy-to-reach, side-mounted volume control is another unique feature that makes both set-up and on-the-fly adjustments easier than conventional back-panel mounted volume controls.
While no longer in production, the RW-8 subwoofers are still owned and listened to by Klipsch fans around the world. To connect with other people who are passionate about audio and interested in Klipsch products, visit our open forum bulletin board.