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Monitor Audio - Apex AW12 - Subwoofer

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

Thank you for visiting The Audio Tailor.

We’re Stuart, Gabby, Liam and Vaughan. It’s a pleasure to have you here!

The first question we get from customers usually starts with, “What’s the difference between...”

When you’re shopping for new speakers, a turntable, or even thinking of putting together that home theatre of your teenage dreams - you’ll likely be faced with stacks of comparisons.

Why would I buy the Bluesound Pulse 2i when the Flex 2i is half the price?

Is Monitor Audio the best?

Should I wait for a sale? Or get this now? What will I be missing out on when the new model comes out next year?

Endless questions. Lots of FOMO. Loads of hmm-ing and ha-ing.

And there SHOULD be.

Because you don’t go to a Hi-Fi store and drop $2000, $3000, or $15000 on something you're not 100%, positively, secure-in-your heart sure of.

It’s a lot of hard-earned money on the line.

Imagine doing hours of your own research. Reading up the suppliers’ websites, taking notes from Hi Fi blogs, categorizing the differing opinions as you trawl r/audiophile. You know what you’re getting. You’ve narrowed the online stores down to the final five. You’ve checked and re-checked that you’re getting the best deal. You’re sure you’re not getting ripped off by shipping.

You hit the “Checkout” button. Momentary relief!

That is...

Until your speakers haven’t arrived by the estimated delivery date and you have yet to hear a peep about its progress.

Until your new turntable arrives with a crack in the dust cover.

Until your long-awaited amp set-up fails to deliver the kind of sound you had in mind. Now you’re not even sure if you got the right one anymore, or how to troubleshoot it.

What could possibly be worse?

What about: No after-sales service. No phone number to call. And no one responding to your tickets.

Not to mention the hundreds of man hours you’ve already lost on reading layman opinions from the likes of Graham H. from Melbourne and Sarah D. from Perth; dutifully scrolling through pages and pages of reviews. Torturing yourself by looking for all the ones with less than 3 stars... when you could have been sitting back and diving into a whole new world of immersive sound and deliciously satisfying body vibrations.

Would it make sense to go to audio specialists that know brands, specs, and installation like the back of their hands?

Should you spend less time on weighing up pros and cons and more time enjoying good music?

Want to get the absolute best home theatre for your budget and surroundings without the weight of 100++ brand offerings bogging you down?

We like to think so!

And that’s why we’re here. Two things to know about us:

Thing 1: We were voted Australia’s 2021 Hi Fi Retailer of the Year (Yay! And THANK YOU!)

Thing 2: This is purely because we are sound specialists and audioheads - NOT salesmen.

We got into this business because we genuinely love audio and because we realized there was a lot of faceless dropshipping in the HiFi industry - and not enough expertise out there. People who keep coming back to us do so because they’re getting attention to detail and individualized solutions that they can’t find elsewhere.

Our clients don’t need to worry about budget, brand name, or size.

All they need to worry about, is talking to us.

Because, when you come to us, you’re in for a conversation.

We want to know the picture in your head.

That final portrait of you back from the flea market with Pearl Jam’s Ten, eager to place it gently upon a turntable you haven’t quite decided on yet.

A summer barbeque in your garden with the boys. Having a yarn around a beer-filled cooler while appreciating the crisp, clear, quality of sound streaming through the open doors of your listening space.

The kids having mates over - quiet for once - immersed in a good movie, lights out, in the comfort of the home theatre that is your pride and joy. “I wish we had one of these at our place!”

Once we know precisely what your ultimate scenario looks like, we’ll want to know what you’re working with.

What kind of budget have you set aside?

What’s the existing set-up look like?

How big is the listening room you have in mind?

How much ambient light is coming in?

Are you running drywall or wood panelling? Carpet or hardwood?

What about room resonance and reflection?

No idea what we’re going on about? No worries. We intend to talk you through all that. Our aim is that you get the absolute best sound system for your home, at a price point you’re happy with, and an aesthetic you can’t help but want to show off.

To get to this end goal, an unhealthy interest in all things audio simply isn’t enough. That’s why we spend countless hours behind the scenes sourcing products from only the most reliable brands and trustworthy suppliers - regardless of their branding and marketing.

We don’t rely on them to tell us what’s good about their equipment. We’ve developed our own proactive testing process to judge what’s what. So you get hands-on knowledge every single time. Coupled with our tight networks and stable supply chain meticulously refined over the years, we strive to ensure that the experience you get at The Audio Tailor is personal, seamless, and painless.

Personal, because it’s uniquely you in musicality, design, and taste. Your options are hand picked by us from amongst some of the world’s biggest, best, and most dependable brands.

Seamless, because we’re only small. You get one of us. Not one of dozens of salesmen milling about the place, working for commission and pushing the most expensive products.

Painless, because we don’t recommend anything until we’re clear about your needs. We follow up with you to make sure everything’s arrived in one piece. For us, the transaction isn’t over until your equipment is safely installed and fully satisfying.

TL;DR

Some of the big things we feel are missing in the HiFi world are:

  • The need for expertise before, during, and after the sale
  • A vast wealth of comparative knowledge, and
  • A commitment to end-to-end service.

At The Audio Tailor, we hope we’ve made it clear that service doesn’t shut off when a problem pops up. It’s an opportunity to tighten the ship we run, bolster our 5-star reputation, and most importantly - make someone’s day.

Hi! We see you’ve actually made it to the end of this page. Love it!

We’d like to end this by giving a shout out to all the enthusiasts and audiophiles we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. It has been a privilege to share our desire, passion, and journey for the purest sound and finest entertainment solutions for your homes and businesses.

Thank you to all our customers - past, present, and future - for helping us chase after something above the ordinary.

To make your audio dreams come true - call, email, or hop on down to our Brisbane store.

We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Product Description

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.

 

Technology

  • 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

 

Inside:

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

 

Outside:

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.

Specifications:

  • 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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