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them in my listening room, which is 12 x 23
feet with an 8-foot ceiling. As I've described
in previous reviews, my room is configured
in a live end/dead end setup with my AV
system taking up about two-thirds of the
room on the " dead " side. The other third
is the " live end " that includes my guitars,
guitar amps and other music gear.
Since my room is laid out as such and
it's been acoustically treated, I have a
good idea of how it performs sonically. I
placed the Beale Street subs in locations
that are conducive to smooth, responsive
low frequencies.
It's also worth noting that I use a total
of four subwoofers set up in mirrored pairs:
two 10-inch subs that reside on the border
of the live side and two 12-inch subs in the
middle of the dead portion of the room.
Swapping out one 12-inch RBH model
and one 10-inch Polk sub (the subs that
reside on the back wall), I inserted the
Beale Street BPS-80s in their place.
The audio equation of my home theater system includes an Onkyo receiver,
Panasonic Ultra Blu-ray player, 4K Apple
TV, as well as left, center and right Aerial
Acoustics speakers, Atlantic Technology
height speakers (one pair that sit atop
the main left/right speakers) and side and
rear bipolar/dipole Emotiva speakers.
I like to keep things simple and use
the LFE inputs, and I set the volume by
listening to music, video content and test
tones. The overall process to install and
setup the subs did not take long.

PERFORMANCE & CONCLUSIONS

After I felt comfortable with the volume
levels integrating the subs, my initial
impression was I did not hear a noticeable drop-off in output or low-frequency
extension. Realistically it would be difficult
to notice a dB or two drop-off, but I was
still pleasantly surprised by the 8-inch
subwoofers' ability to just about match the
levels of the bigger subs they replaced.
One advantage, besides the small
footprint of the subs that offers installation flexibility, is that smaller drivers tend
to respond to transients better than larger
woofers. Listening to the subs in my system, I thought they would work well with
music and I found that integrated into my
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The BPS-80 employs an 8-inch woofer
and offers frequency response of 28Hz
to 300Hz.

complete system they played well down
to 40Hz, which is solid extension for the
reproduction of music and instruments
like kick drums and bass guitars.
To dig deeper into the subs' performance, I set the BPS-80s up by themselves
and played them with pink noise test tones.
I measured the Beale Street subs as
standalone solutions and as part of my
home theater system. By themselves, the
pair of subs - in the locations that I mentioned within my room -played down to
31.5Hz. The subwoofers did have more
usable output at 40Hz and I found their
output smooth from 40Hz to 80Hz.
Putting the Beale Street subs back into
my setup with the existing RBH and Polk
models, I did add a few dBs of output and
a slight bit of frequency extension at 25Hz
plus more volume at 31Hz.
My takeaway from the test tones
confirmed what I had heard listening
to music and movies with the subs: the
BPS-80 delivers nice levels of output and
extension from a small-footprint sub that
includes an 8-inch woofer, keeping the
aforementioned physics in mind.
Through the BPS-80s' ability to deliver
solid output down to 40Hz, I think they
could be used to augment stereo systems for high-performance 2.1-channel
listening, such as soundbar-based and
traditional left/right speaker systems with
richer sound.
I am an advocate of implementing
multiple subwoofers, and in the case

The subwoofer features various input
options, and low-profile 13.5 x 13.5 x
14.25-inch (L x W x H) dimensions.

of the BPS-80 it can be installed to help
produce home theater systems that don't
take up lots of room but still deliver good,
detailed low frequencies with nice attack
and punch.
The only thing I'd like to see Beale
Street Audio and Vanco do based on my
experience with the BPS-80 is to make bigger versions of this design. I think 10- and
12-inch versions would really deliver the
thump that home theater and bass enthusiasts are looking from their AV systems.
My recommendation is to test out the
Beale Street products for yourself in music and surround systems. I'm sure that
if the subwoofers are properly located
within a listening space that you'll be as
pleased as I was with the experience, and
so will your customers.

ce pro verdict
Vanco Beale Street Audio
BPS-80 Subwoofer

PROS: Small footprint allows the
sub to go into places larger subs
can't; fast transient response
shines with music; delivers nice
level of punch for a low-profile sub
CONS: More color choices would
help dealers win over clients on
aesthetic merits; not quite a negative but would like to see 10- and
12-inch versions at some point

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