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Theory Audio Design Introduces First Architectural Subwoofers

The iws12-6 and iws12-9 are extremely flexible architectural subwoofers ideal for any residential and commercial installations where deep, tight, bass is desired.

Denver, CO – CEDIA & Commercial Integrator Expo 2023 – Booth 1543 – September 7-9, 2023 – Premium audio brand, Theory Audio Design, introduces the iws12-6 and iws12-9 – the company’s first architectural subwoofers. Both subs are equipped with 12-inch, 1,400 Watt, 4-inch voice coil long throw woofers and can handle any installation environment. Between the two models the subs can be installed in-wall, on-wall, in-room, ceiling mounted, or flown.

Theory Audio Design iws12-9 Compact Multi-Use Subwoofer

Theory’s product ecosystem is unique in that offers many of the performance qualities of professional audio products – effortless dynamics, high efficiency, and rugged durability – but with the sonic delicacy, detail, and resolution of the best high-end high-fidelity products. Add Theory’s intelligent full-system design approach, with automatically tailored loudspeaker DSP, and you get startling performance at tremendous value.

The iws12-6 and iws12-9 install subwoofers deliver deep, visceral bass that belies intuition, extending deeper and with more authority than seems possible from their ultra-compact enclosures. The new architectural subwoofer models are the perfect complement to Theory full range speakers to create a truly astonishing high-energy environment.

The iws12-6 includes an enclosure that can be installed flush into 2×6 stud walls, or surface mounted with only 5.5-inches of total depth. The optional low-profile paintable, perforated grille allows the subwoofer to completely disappear within any environment. At 34-inches wide, 14-inches high, and only 9-inches in depth, and with an optional smart yoke bracket, the iws12-9 can be wall mounted, ceiling mounted, or flown. It can also simply be placed on the floor with the included feet and used as an in-room subwoofer where a compact, high-performance subwoofer is desired.

Theory Audio Design iws12-6 In-Wall Subwoofer

“The iws12 subwoofer driver is no consumer or car-stereo woofer with an oversized surround stuffed in a sealed box proportioned to fit in a wall,” said Paul Hales, president of Theory Audio Design. “The driver at the core of the iws12 models is a professional-duty, high-efficiency, 1,400W (700W AES) twelve-inch woofer with massive four-inch voice coil. The driver was developed specifically for architectural applications and placed in an optimally tuned bass reflex enclosure. The iws12’s power-handling, output, visceral impact, and tonality are unmatched by consumer-grade subwoofers. We invite CEDIA Expo attendees to come audition it to believe it.”

CEDIA Expo and Commercial Integrator Expo attendees can see and hear the new architectural subwoofers in Theory’s booth 1543 and High Performance Audio Room 204. Both models are available now for pre-order and will begin shipping this Fall.

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Theory iws12-6 and iws12-9 Subwoofer Specifications

Description: iws12-6: 12” High-output In-Wall Subwoofer for 2″ x 6″ walls

iws12-9: 12” High-Output Subwoofer for In-Ceiling, Surface Mount, or Flying

Operation: Passive, Requires 1 THEORY ALC Amp channel
Drivers: 1 x 12″ Theory 1400W 4” Voice Coil Long Throw Woofer
Bandwidth: 24Hz -125Hz, – 3dB
18Hz, -10dB
Sensitivity: 95.5 dB
Power Handling: 700W (AES)

1400W (Continuous)

2800 (Peak)

Power Required: Requires Theory Amplified Loudspeaker Controller – 1 channel
Max Output: 124 dB SPL @ 1m
Impedance: 8-ohms
Weight: 49 lbs.
Colors: iws12-6: Black, Optional White Perforated Metal Grille

iws12-9: Black, Black Perforated Aluminum Grille, Optional White Perforated Metal Grille

Included Accessories: iws12-6: Low Profile Angle Mount Brackets for 16″ O.C. Studs

iws12-9: Rubber Isolation Feet, Black Perforated Aluminum Grille

Optional Accessories: White Perforated Low-Profile Grille

iws12-9: Yoke Surface Mount Bracket

Dimensions: iws12-6: 14” W x 60” H x 5.5” D

iws12-9: 34” W x 14” H x 9” D