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FIELD TEST

Small Beale Street Audio
Subs Deliver Big Punch
BY ROBERT ARCHER

The BPS-65 and BPS-80 mark the first active in-room subwoofers from Beale Street Audio.

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VALUATING AUDIO com-

ponents such as the crowded
market of loudspeakers can be
arguably the most difficult job an installer
has when considering products to represent. And within this category, subwoofers
are especially hard to evaluate, because
much of their performance is subject to the
room environment in which they reside.
On top of those points, another is that
when it comes to audio and subwoofers
there's realistically no way to fudge the law
of physics. This means bigger is usually
better, for instance, if customers are seeking high performance at high decibels.
There are cases, however, where
well-executed designs can maximize or
mitigate the limitations of size. This is
exactly the case with the latest in-room
subwoofer from Vanco International's
Beale Street Audio brand.
It became apparent when the com76

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pany sent me a pair of the 8-inch BPS-80
subwoofers (the company also makes the
6.5-inch BPS-65). Using the Beale Street
subs in my home theater, I listened to music and movies and was quite surprised at
how well these small-footprint subwoofers performed with stereo, surround and
immersive content.

FEATURES & SETUP

Internally, the subwoofer incorporates an
8-inch Kevlar woofer, along with a butyl
surround. The 4-ohm impedance, 90dBsensitive subwoofer is driven by a built-in
220-watt amplifier. Unique to Beale Street
Audio products is the company's proprietary Sonic Vortex technology.
It's hard to describe this technology,
but think of it as Beale Street Audio's
version of transmission line technologies,
which are employed by high-performance
companies such as PMC. Summing up the

specs
Vanco Beale Street
Audio BPS-80
Subwoofer

▷ BPS-65 has 6.5-inch woofer;
BPS-80 uses 8-inch woofer
▷ Both models employ built-in
220-watt amplifiers
▷ The subs offer stereo and
mono (RCA) line-level input,
stereo speaker-level input and
passthrough; LFE; audio sensing;
subwoofer crossover frequency
and phase adjustments
▷ Beale Street Audio points out
that both subs also incorporate
its Sonic Vortex technology
▷ Externally the subs use
solid-wood cabinets and black
grille cloths
▷ Dimensions of 13.5 x 13.5 x 14.25
inches (L x W x H)
▷ see Vanco for pricing details
vanco1.com
Sonic Vortex design concept, the company's engineers have developed a carefully designed chamber/port system that
utilizes openings along the chamber to
force air through it at a high rate of speed
within a sealed, tuned enclosure.
Controls on the BPS-80 are located
on the sub's rear panel and they include
mono and stereo line-level inputs, along
with stereo speaker-level input and
passthrough; audio sensing options; LFE;
and adjustable subwoofer crossover and
phase capabilities.
The BPS-80 offers a frequency response of 28Hz to 300Hz, according to
Beale Street Audio.
The subwoofer is easy to unbox and
handle. Once the subs arrived at my home,
I slid them from their boxes and placed
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