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Monitor Audio - Apex AW12 - Subwoofer

Save $280.00
Original price $2,809.00
Current price $2,529.00

The slam and depth component in the Apex line-up is the seismic AW-12 sub-woofer, a pocket-sized generator of free-falling bass notes as astounding in their quality and magnitude as the compact nature of their source. The AW-12 design is as concentrated as we can make it. Occupying a little over a cubic foot of living space, this 500W bass engine will compress the air in front of it with an unremitting efficiency, turning the drama of action scenes and precipitous musical transients into genuine physical pressure. The AW-12 is new from the ground-up, and teams the latest Class D amplifier technology with a proprietary 300mm (12”) long-throw C-CAM® driver in a sealed, lacquered, totally rigid 25mm (1”) MDF enclosure. Its front-firing design and the top-mounted control of volume and EQ make it easy to position and tune for a seamless frequency blend with the satellites. There’s a 12V trigger for easy switching when using a compatible A/V receiver or processor, and twin analogue connections for the addition of another AW-12 should it ever be required. Finished with side trims machined from solid aluminium and with a silky anodised lustre to complement the Apex satellites, the AW-12 is in every way sensational.



  • 12" Front-firing C-CAM sub-woofer driver featuring triple suspension and 3" long throw voice coil.
  • 500 watt Class D amplifier
  • 12v trigger input allows for auto-activation when using a compatible A/V receiver or processorv
  • High efficiency switch mode power supply
  • Compact sealed cabinet
  • Top-mounted control of volume and EQ are designed for easy setup and adjustment
  • Permanently fitted floor spikes can be covered with a heavy duty rubber cover for solid or hard wood flooring
  • Finished in luxurious metallic black high gloss or metallic pearl white high gloss

Apex Introduction:

If you’re seeking high quality and performance with aesthetics to match the coolest of contemporary interiors, then Apex is your answer. Meticulously crafted using the experience of over three decades of loudspeaker design, Apex is a statement of imagination and minimalist styling for those who desire great sound and the space to enjoy it. For Apex, Monitor Audio have concentrated the awesome firepower of their finest driver technologies into beautifully compact enclosures of reassuringly solid die-cast aluminium, coated in several layers of high-gloss piano lacquer. The most demanding home theatre and music enthusiasts will discover brilliantly dynamic sound, rich with pulsating rhythms and lightening fast natural detail at a resolution way beyond the limits of the latest HD digital media. Those inspired by cutting-edge styling will appreciate the ravishingly austere simplicity of the Apex design and the lifestyle versatility of its compact satellite and subwoofer combinations. Apex is very serious audio jewellery



Apex is Monitor Audio at its most creative. Monitor Audio have distilled the essence of their finest full-size speakers into a scintillatingly ergonomic design, perfected for the priorities of contemporary living. They've used the latest FEA analysis to shrink the speaker without compromising its performance, simulating and fine- tuning the drivers and enclosure of each Apex model, so that you enjoy the explosive sound and precise imaging of a large Monitor Audio system, from a much smaller one.

They've succeeded by custom-engineering a new C-CAM® driver exclusively for the Apex design, complete with the high performance RST® dimpled cone geometry of their GS and RX ranges. The 140mm (5 1/2”) Apex cone is suspended on a rigid die-cast aluminium chassis and driven by an over-sized motor system featuring a high power voice coil and vented cooling. Paired with the bass driver is a newly minted 25mm (1”) C-CAM® gold-dome tweeter, FEA-tuned to reach beyond 35kHz: way above the response of Blu-ray and HD audio formats. Following the design of their multi-award winning Silver RX speakers, the drivers are fixed to the back of the fabulously inert Apex enclosure on a single through-bolt, allowing them to ‘float’ free of the baffle, thus eliminating a source of distortion common to ordinary speakers. The bolt acts as a cabinet brace as well, making the entire structure even more resistant to unwanted vibration. Another Platinum series innovation, the HiVe®II port design, has been introduced to facilitate a more rapid movement of air through the Apex enclosure for life-like bass speed and punch.

All the elements of the Apex design have been choreographed by Monitor Audio to operate with complete precision for a stunning audio result. And they've verified their FEA analysis with plenty of real-world listening to confirm the simple truth: Apex widens the experience of sound with stratospheric highs, the most revealing mid band and the deepest bass contours. It plays louder with lower distortion than rival designs. Apex is a class apart



A compact acoustic design of this quality demands similarly imaginative looks. The rounded die-cast aluminium Apex enclosures are complemented by stylish magnetic grilles with no visible fixings for the sleekest effect. The cabinets, offered in a sumptuous metallic black or pearl white high gloss piano lacquer and finished with brushed metal alloy side trims, simply ooze sophistication.

Reassuringly robust shallow-profile bracket systems have been engineered for optimum flexibility and ease of use. The adjustment of a single screw provides full pivoting action, allowing the speaker to be directed with great precision. Die-cast or machined from heavy duty aluminium alloy, the Apex bracket systems provide the ultimate in stability whilst offering the flexibility of wall, ceiling or table top mounting.


  • Amplifier Output - 500 W (RMS) 1000 W (Peak)
  • Lower Frequency Limit - 27 Hz (EQ1) 21 Hz (EQ2)
  • Upper Frequency Limit - 40 — 120 Hz Variable
  • Low Pass Filter Alignment - Active 4th order 24 dB/octave (two-stage filter)
  • Cabinet Design - Sealed Cabinet with 25 mm M.D.F construction and internal bracing.
  • Amplifier Classification - Class-D amplifier
  • Drive Unit Complement - 1 x 12" C-CAM sub-woofer driver featuring triple suspension and 3" long throw voice coil.
  • Dimensions (Excluding Feet (H x W x D)) - 340 x 340 x 410 mm (133/8 x 133/8 x 161/8")
  • Dimensions (Including Feet (H x W x D)) - 380 x 340 x 410 mm (1415/16 x 133/8 x 161/8")
  • Mains Input Voltage - 100 — 120 Vac, 220 — 240 Vac, 50/60 Hz
  • Input Impedance - 20 ohms
  • Weight (unpacked) - 22.56 kg (49 lb 12 oz)
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