Monday, March 23, 2015

GoldenEar ForceField 5 Subwoofer Review (eng)

GoldenEar ForceField 5 Subwoofer Review
   “Good things come in small packages.” It’s a saying we’ve all heard many times before to describe all manner of things in life. However, I think its use is especially apropos to summarize what‘s available from GoldenEar’s current selection of subwoofers. The ForceField 5 ranks as GoldenEar’s most potent offering in their subwoofer product line. Primarily, it will impress you by the significant quantities of tuneful, articulate bass it produces over a broad range of material.
   You will then be further amazed when you notice that all this sonic goodness is emanating from a cabinet that is barely the size of your average beverage cooler. How is this possible you ask? Well, GoldenEar has used some considerable engineering and construction know-how to create a space friendly sub that can handle medium to large room requirements with confidence. If you’re the kind of person who needs the benefits of multiple subs in a room, a pair or more of ForceField 5s will do wonders for your bass cravings while not making your home theater feel cramped and crowded with big, heavy boxes.
GoldenEar ForceField 5 Subwoofer Review
GoldenEar ForceField 5 Subwoofer Highlights Summary
  • • Trapezoidal design and solid construction help minimize standing waves within the cabinet.
  • • 12 inch long throw, low distortion subwoofer driver
  • • 1500 watt (peak to peak) custom digital power amplifier
  • • Down firing passive radiator helps achieve desired output while allowing smaller cabinet size.
  • • Large, fixed rubber feet protect multiple floor surfaces and help isolate the sub properly.
Introduction to GoldenEar ForceField 5 Subwoofer Review
   Earlier this year, I had the pleasure to review a GoldenEar Triton Seven-based surround sound package and, more recently, another package based around the SuperCinema 3D Array XL. One of the things that both these excellent systems had in common was the model of subwoofer included. In both of my reviews, the GoldenEar Forcefield 5 showed itself to be uncommonly good at reproducing the low octaves for both music and movies.
   What made its performance even more eye opening to me was the comparatively modest size of the subwoofer itself. It’s particularly handy if, like me, you like to run dual subs to help smooth room response and add headroom. Placement flexibility becomes so much better and honestly, what’s not to like about a powerful, quality sub with a small footprint? I became interested to explore, in more detail, how the ForceField 5 performs as well as it does.
   GoldenEar was even kind enough to provide me 2 subs so that I, from a subjective standpoint, could make a more apple-to-apples comparison with the twin sub setups that I currently have.
GoldenEar ForceField 5 Subwoofer Review