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DYNAUDIO 9S & 18S subwoofers

Dynaudio’s latest subs will extend your bass into low-end areas you may well need to explore. Andy Jones tests the 9S and 18S to see how low he can go…

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Contact Dynaudio | Audio Distribution Group, sales@audiodistributiongroup.com, www.audiodistributiongroup.com

Of course, all music will benefit from a controlled bass. I’m not just talking about dance music – although many of the huge number of genres within that rely on great, club-shaking bass lines. Bass is becoming so much more important in other genres too, mostly because the speaker technology that is reproducing it is getting so much better. You go to the cinema these days and – thanks to an ever-increasing quality level in speaker design and playback formats – it feels that a quality soundtrack is more important than ever before. If the complete dynamic range is not explored within the film score (on top of the complete 360-degree experience around you), then you really should ask for your money back. This is evident on recent blockbusters such as Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049, The Shape Of Water… any soundtrack worth its frequencies basically will have a churning, rattling boom or grind in there somewhere to get that popcorn returning. Even though the MP3 format well might argue, bass is everywhere – dance, soundtrack, street, soul, R&B, rock and acoustic – and more so than ever before.

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