Bowers & Wilkins ASW608 Subwoofer
Not all home theaters are designed to replicate floor-shaking cinema-style bass; some folks just want good, clean lows that can portray music and sound tracks accurately without waking the dead. The ASW608 was designed with the tamer crowd in mind, and delivers every bit as much quality and depth, and in some cases more, compared to many full-sized subs in its price range. It can reach 30hz without distorting, and remains clean and tight, but does lose a bit of chutzpah beyond that. Still, for an 8-inch single woofer, the 608 generates very impressive sound, and is every bit as detailed and textured as its bigger, more expensive sibling, the 610, until the very lowest notes are reached. It is the perfect sub for a medium sized master bedroom, and will provide a smaller space with excellent vibrations and enhance dimensionality that might be smeared by a more powerful unit in such a space. It showcases excellent speed, better than the 610, and even without the full slam of its older brother it still delivers a very satisfying punch so long as it isn't asked to fill a large room.