Re: Subwoofer for S1 Pro
Well, I'll not claim that what follows is truly pragmatic, but If you want to design a new sub, I think you have to be pragmatic. Can't expect a big company to make something different for each forum member.
Seriously, If we look at the current market, the Bose B1 is one of, if not the smallest, true bass speakers on the market. It weighs about thirty pounds but is marginal in physical size for a carry-on for flight, no problem for checked baggage.
Since we don't see any subs in the 15 or 20 lb range we can probably assume there is a good reason. Manufacturers would not ignore a potential true market if the technology exists to cut 10 or more pounds from their current line up, and it still perform properly. Most of a subs weight is in the cabinet. The savings over time, in just material and shipping, would be tremendous, assuming the design was successful. Based on the S1 and the B1, It would seem that lowering the frequency range from 60 Hz to 40 Hz adds about 15 lbs to a cabinet. (producing low frequencies is not all that difficult, producing them at the desired SPL is the kicker)
Personally I think a single, full range, battery powered cabinet, possibly 3 way, in the 30/35 lb range, would be a more successful product. But what do I know?
I think the bean counters still make the decisions, and rightly so. The fact that a very successful small speaker is used beyond it's intended design purpose, doesn't necessarily mean providing a satellite bass cabinet would be equally successful.
So "if" we use the B1 size and weight as a base line, "if" it is possible to redesign as a powered unit that uses the S1 battery and manages 5 hours of life, delivering loud, punchy bass lines, how many would actually buy it?
Claude, a search for a Proel HP10 produced nothing for me. The Proel website did not list a speaker with that designation.