CEDIA 2018: Starke Sound’s New SUB45 Subwoofer Anchors a Dynamic 9.4.6 Atmos Demo
(September 6, 2018) Let me introduce you to Starke Sound, a Southern California-based speaker and amp manufacturer that’s relatively new to the audio game. The word “relative,” of course, is a rather broad term. In this particular case, it refers to an eight year time period, as Starke was launched in 2009. Its founders were initially united by the intent to creatively attack the speaker segment with a unique approach, guided by a passion for audio and the desire to introduce enthusiasts to a fresh take on design.
I had the pleasure of spending time with the company’s Chief Design Director, Scott DeLoache, while experiencing Starke’s devastatingly impressive CEDIA demo room that was locked and loaded with some $190,000 of AV gear. StormAudio’s all-new ISP 3D.20 Immersive AV Processor was part of the mix, in addition to two of Starke Sound’s latest audio creation: the SUB45 Subwoofer ($6,960/each).
Weighing a whopping 203 lbs (22.8” x 31.4” x 19.6”) and coated in a gorgeous blue piano lacquer finish (it comes in black, too), the SUB45 is a statement piece of equipment that oozes power and presence. Internally, it houses a 2500 watt (RMS) Class H amp capable of issuing 6400 watts of peak power. And output is handled by a 15.5” driver flanked by dual side-mounted 15.5” passive radiators – DeLoache says the magnet structure is robust (and I won’t hesitate to take his word for it). Overall frequency response is specified to be 14Hz to 160Hz, with a potent 130dB of max output.
Each SUB45 is shipped in a setup friendly crate equipped with a drop-down side door for easy removal. And forget the need to lift, as the sub arrives with removable rolling caster feet to aid in transport and positioning.
The Starke demo room was anchored by a front three consisting of its IC-H5 Elite Floor Standing speaker ($13,920/pair) and 12 wall and ceiling mounted speakers comprised of its IW-H3 model ($7,240/pair). The audio experience was ridiculously fun, etched with non-fatiguing detailed character, potency, and controlled bass capable of penetrating an audience right to the core – yes, the SUB45’s bass output was deliciously good. It’s a simple fact: Starke’s room commanded a demo experience that could easily be awarded ‘best of show.’
Helping to drive the audio were three of Starke’s in-house 7-channel Mark II modular amplifiers ($7,900/each), which are capable of delivering… wait for it… a massive 240 watts per channel (8 ohms). And because each Mark II sits at 140 lbs when fully configured, you’ll want to recruit the help of a friend to slide one of these beasts into position.
While Starke Sound primarily sells its gear through dealers, they are willing to sell direct consumer when dealers aren’t within a reasonable distance. For more information about Starke Sound and its impressive gear, visit them on them on the web at starkesound.com.
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