Apex

AW12

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In order to extend the performance of its lifestyle speaker systems, Monitor Audio has created a wholly new sub-bass engine for the AW-12, designed to contribute a seismic blend of deep bass frequencies and high output with low distortion. Every component has been developed specifically for the AW-12, including the massively engineered front-firing 12" C-CAM driver and 500 watt Class D amplifier. The amplifier and its complementary high efficiency switch mode power supply are able to deliver full power with a continuous rating, equal to most other subwoofers rated at 1000 watts. This means that even in the largest rooms, the AW-12 is able to perform cleanly, dynamically and with profound effect over extended periods of listening.

The AW-12's luxury looks are no less impressive. Finished in a range of lacquers (Piano black metallic, and Piano White Metallic) to complement Monitor Audio's lifestyle satellite speakers, and complete with aluminium side trims, the AW-12 has the build quality and design to blend with the richest of interiors. Its compact sealed cabinet will be easy to position, and the top-mounted control of volume and EQ are designed for easy setup and adjustment. The 12V trigger input allows for auto-activation when using a compatible A/V receiver or processor.

The AW-12's new adjustable foot design has the floor spike permanently fitted with a removable heavy duty rubber cover for solid or hard wood flooring. Balancing beautifully the virtues of convenience and design, refinement and power, the AW-12 offers a devastating introduction to the benefits of superior subwoofer engineering.

Specification

ItemValue
Amplifier Output: 500 Watts (RMS) 1000 Watts (Peak)
Low Frequency Limit 27Hz (EQ1) 21Hz (EQ2)
Upper Frequency Limit 40 - 120Hz Variable
Variable Low Pass Filter Alignment Active 4th order 24dB/octave (two-stage filter)
Cabinet Specification: Sealed Cabinet with 25mm M.D.F construction and internal bracing.
Amplifier Classification: Class-D amplifier
Driver Compliment: 1 x 12" C-CAM® sub-woofer driver featuring triple suspension and 3" long throw voice coil.
Dimensions:
(H x W x D)
340 x 340 x 410 mm
(13 3/8 x 13 3/8 x 16 1/8 inch)
Weight: (unpacked) 22.56Kg (49.63lbs)
Mains Input Voltage: 100 - 120 Vac, 220 - 240 Vac, 50/60Hz
Input Impedance 20Kohms

Finishes

  • Metallic Black High GlossMetallic Black High Gloss
  • Metallic Pearl White High GlossMetallic Pearl White High Gloss

Technology

C-CAM® Bass Drivers

C-CAM® Bass Drivers

Refined over many years by Monitor Audio, Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium is used as a driver cone material for all our speaker designs from the mid-market models up. Originally developed by the aerospace industry for jet engine components, C-CAM's properties are ideal for loudspeaker cones being extremely rigid, yet light enough to yield high overall efficiency. C-CAM bass drivers are able to resist the bending distortion imposed by sudden and extreme bass excursions to reproduce very clean, deep and dynamic bass frequencies. Conventional cone materials are more likely to flex in operation, producing a significant level of audible distortion.

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October 2011

Apex - What Hi-Fi? Award Winner 2011

Best style speaker package £2000+, Awards 2011. An expensive style system, to be sure, but also a fabulous one.

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February 2011

BEST STYLE SPEAKER PACKAGE £2000+

"You certainly can't buy a better made, better finished or (to our eyes, at least) better looking package at the price."
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February 2011

Apex has the pecs

"...High-frequencies are smooth as silk, speech couldn't be clearer if the actors were in the room and the rear soundstage is willfully expansive.  And with music, this system nailed the emotion and energy of any recording I threw at it.  Clean, full bodied vocals, metronomic timing and wonderful detail reproduction make for a spine-tingling listen and reveal it to be a fantastic all-rounder."
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August 2010

The holy grail of style speaker systems

"It offers the sort of powerful, insightful audiophile sound that you don’t automatically associate with satellite speakers, a result of the astonishing build quality and clever technology that lies within each unit."
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June 2010

Monitor Audio raises the style bar

"It's muscular when called upon, but articulate and beautifully integrated too, with little audible sign of the crossover from speakers to subwoofer."

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User Reviews

Average user rating: 4.7 (from 3 reviews)

  • Review Rating: 5

    01 November 2011 Michael Smith

    Accurate, tight and fast bass what more could you want. it's not a bad looker either.

  • Review Rating: 4

    29 May 2011 Angelica Libertine

    Sweetest looking subwoofer on the market? I think it's cute! The bass fills our livingroom!

  • Review Rating: 5

    29 May 2011 Jacob Anderzen

    In a word, 'AWESOME' - the Apex series is my first ever experience with Monitor Audio speakers and I can't imagine needing another compact 5.1 set than these. Auditioned KEF KHT and T-series, Focal Dome and M&K, but the Apex are brilliant with music and movies alike in a way the others were not.

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Accessories

SheerBrilliance Lacquer Polish

SheerBrilliance Lacquer Polish

Developed for Monitor Audio by Autoglym, the world-renowned expert in high quality car care and valeting products, SheerBrilliance Lacquer Polish is scientifically and specifically formulated to restore the deep rich lustre of all high gloss lacquer speaker finishes with a single easy application. By using SheerBrilliance Lacquer Polish, you'll experience the sumptuous 'as new' brilliance of your beloved speakers all over again!

De-Tox CD

De-Tox CD

Custom-developed for Monitor Audio and utilising advanced simulation technology, the new De-Tox CD will help you to run-in your speakers in less time and more comprehensively than is possible with music or other burn-in signals.