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Unity Audio BABE

Active Bass Extender
Published February 2017
By Hugh Robjohns

With its enhanced LF response and effortless SPL delivery, Unity’s new active bass extender is seriously hot stuff. Schwing!

Unity Audio’s gradually expanding line of professional monitor loudspeakers (all using sealed-cabinets) has featured often in the pages of Sound On Sound over the years, and I’ve been lucky enough to review most of them. The most recent model to excite my ears was the revised Boulder three-way mid-field unit (SOS June 2015), which benefited from a slightly larger cabinet, compared to the original model, and new bass drivers, enabling greater bass extension and maximum SPL (reviewed August 2012).

The BABE is designed to be partnered with Unity Audio’s Rock II monitor (as pictured, left).The BABE is designed to be partnered with Unity Audio’s Rock II monitor (as pictured, left).However, it seems that these improvements were still not quite enough to satisfy some of Unity’s potential customers, and so the team developed a bespoke active bass unit to partner the Boulder MkII, giving considerably greater SPL capabilities and even deeper bass extension. This new unit — christened the BABE (Boulder Active Bass Extender) — essentially turns the three-way Boulder MkII into a cohesive four-way system, and each Boulder MkII can be supplemented with...

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Published February 2017