Bowers & Wilkins ASW610 Subwoofer
Just a few drivers and room correction tech shy of B&W's flagship DB1, the ASW610 is a top-notch subwoofer that will fulfill the bass needs of all but the most demanding audiophiles and die-hard bass heads. It delivers deep, clean bass that can be downright vociferous when asked for, but, like its siblings the 608 and DB1, it is generally a polite subwoofer for its size, never producing excessive bass bloat or sounding too boomy. It opts instead for a tight, punchy presentation that is not quite as fast as the smaller 608, but has a fuller body and more volume, and can go noticeably lower with more power and better definition. It digs down to 30hz with authority, and even reaches past without losing too much power, though definition is not quite the cleanest at the lowest of lows, and like nearly all sub-$1000 woofers the 610 can't quite reproduce the earthquake-like bass tones below the range of human hearing. What it does do, it does exceptionally well, and at the going rate of about $700, it represents one of the better values south of a grand; it should fill the needs of most home theater enthusiasts who aren't looking to shake their foundations.