(July 18, 2022) Following a somewhat quiet first half of 2022, house favorite GoldenEar is making a summer splash with two new ultra-compact subwoofers. Borrowing physical elements carried by its BRX bookshelf speaker design (reviewed, here), the new ForceField 30 and ForceField 40 are designed to deliver potent bass from conveniently small enclosures.
As compared to previous ForceField models, GoldenEar's latest diminutive sub-sonic hammers sport thicker cabinets, curved tops, perforated metal grills, and satin-black finishes. Changes to the cabinet's physical attributes are intended to minimize cabinet resonances while preventing absorbing and smearing important bass transient information and impact. And electronics have also realized improvements, sporting tech used in the company's SuperSub X and XXL models. These include a MOSFET output stage for greater power-transfer efficiency and sub-level and low-pass filter controls.
The bottoms of both models carry a quadratic planar infrasonic radiator for portless bass extension, with the ForceField 40's active driver and passive radiator being slightly larger.
The ForceField 40 measures 13.3" W x 18.3" D x 14.7" H (40.5 lbs), possessing a 10" long-throw driver and a 11" x 13" passive radiator. Overall output is rated generously at 14Hz to 250Hz. The smaller ForceField 30 (11.4" W x 16" D x 12.7", 31.5 lbs) uses an 8" driver and 9" x 11" radiator for performance ranging from 18Hz to 250Hz.
Priced at $899 (ForceField 30) and $1,199 (ForceField 40), both models are expected to begin shipping in August.