Theory Audio Design Previews First Architectural Subwoofer Models

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Theory Audio Design announced the iws12-6 and iws12-9 – the company’s first architectural subwoofers. Equipped with 12-inch, 1,400 Watt, 4-inch voice coil long-throw woofers, and the ability to be installed in-wall, on-wall, ceiling mounted, or flown, there aren’t an installation environment Theory’s new subwoofer models cannot handle.

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 has 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 including a smart yoke bracket, the iws12-9 can be wall mounted, ceiling mounted, or flown. It can also simply be placed on the floor and used as an in-room subwoofer where a compact, high-performance subwoofer is desired.

“The iws12 subwoofer driver is not a consumer or car-stereo woofer with 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 the 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.”

CEDIA Expo attendees can see the iws12-6 and iws12-9 in Theory’s booth #24035. Both models will be available in Q1 2023. Interested dealers, reps, and international distributors can reach out to Theory’s VP of Sales, Mark Goldman, at: for more details.

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