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 ForceField 3 Subwoofer GoldenEar Technology - Brisbane HiFi

ForceField 3 Subwoofer

GoldenEar Technology

The ForceField Subwoofers’ unique and attractive cabinet shape, with its non-parallel cabinet walls (the top is narrower than the bottom when viewed from the front), helps the ForceField subs achieve extraordinarily deep and tuneful bass that is ideal for music and movies. Their cutting-edge amplifier design employs state-of-the-art DSP control for frequency shaping so the subs produce accurate, consistent and musical bass performance.

Let's take a look at the ForceField subwoofers to see what makes them special. We'll start with two very common sub design concepts and then we'll delve into GoldenEar's unique and better solutions. Many of today's subs fall into either the ultra-compact high-output category, or the (larger) high performance, extended response, high-output category. These two design types tend to offer different performance benefits, the ultra compacthaving the ability to play extremely loud, but over a narrower bandwidth and the large subs having this high output plus more extended response.

GoldenEar's engineering team set out to accomplish the best of both worlds with the new ForceField subwoofers: small size, yet with the smooth & wide response of a larger sub. There's no sleight of hand, just great engineering - all ForceField subs share the same technologies, here is a list of their features. Read through these and then take a good demo disc into your GoldenEar dealer's sound room and listen for yourself.
  • Custom-designed high-output drivers with very large motor assemblies. These drivers handle massive power, have very long excursions, and have ultra-low distortion.
  • Rigid cabinets with non-parallel sides to minimize standing waves and distortion. The drivers are front firing in all of our subwoofers for optimal performance. The cabinets' possess a unique and understated shape and style that matches well with any décor.
  • The driver's response is enhanced with a carefully tuned, down-firing, quadratic-shaped passive radiator (no noisy ports on ForceField subs). The quadratic shape allows the radiators to use maximum surface area on the bottom of the cabinets and gets even greater output from the slot-loading that results from the subwoofers' interface with the floor (see next point).
  • The soft, energy-absorbing feet provided with every ForceField sub serve a number of functions. First, they hold the sub the correct distance off the floor so the passive radiator slot-loads with it for significantly increased output at the lowest frequencies. Second, the soft feet keep the sub from dancing around on the floor.
  • ForceField subwoofer amplifiers are designed in-house by GoldenEar engineering, so each is the perfect amp to power its specific subwoofer model. In addition the amps all have powerful DSP sections to optimize frequency response, minimize distortion and prevent damage from overdriving. These amplifiers are all low distortion and extraordinarily powerful (up to 1500 watts on the ForceField 5) for reproducing seriously high-output AND low bass.
  • ForceField subs all have speaker-level inputs and outputs (with a high pass crossover on the outputs) as well as a direct LFE input, too.

We realize there is a huge selection of subs on the market - but by incorporating the latest technology, and not a rehash of the last five years', we know ForceField subs offer a real value. There is nothing available at these price points that will play lower or louder, with less noise and distortion, than the ForceField subs. Our ForceField subs are almost as small as many of the ultra compact models, yet they outperform many of the big boys. Listen for yourself and be amazed! And these great subs start at just $499.

Finish on the subwoofers is an attractive matte black.




ForceField 3

The ultra-compact ForceField 3 is the smallest and most affordable ForceField sub - but don't let its small size and price fool you, with its 1000-watt digital amp, 8” high-power long-throw active driver and 9-5/8”x 11-3/8” quadratic planar infrasonic radiator, this baby ROCKS!



ForceField Subwoofers Specifications







(height is with feet installed)
  11-3/8˝ W x 15-3/4˝ D 
x 11-1/2˝ H

  13-3/8˝ W x 17-7/8˝ D 
x 13-1/8˝ H
  15˝ W x 18˝ D 
x 14-5/8˝ H
Weight   26 lbs (product) / 
32 lbs (shipping)

  32 lbs (product) / 
38 lbs (shipping)
  46 lbs (product) /
55 lbs (shipping)
Frequency Response   18 Hz - 250 Hz

  14 Hz - 250 Hz   12 Hz - 250 Hz
Amplifier   1000 watt ForceField Digital Amplifier

  1200 watt ForceField Digital Amplifier   1500 watt ForceField Digital Amplifier
Driver Complement   One - 8˝ Long-Throw High-Output Bass Driver

One - 9˝ x 11˝ Quadratic Planar 
Infrasonic Radiator

  One - 10˝ Long-Throw High-Output Bass Driver

One - 11˝ x 13˝ Quadratic Planar 
Infrasonic Radiator

  One - 12˝ Long-Throw High-Output Bass Driver

One - 13˝ x 15˝ Quadratic Planar 
Infrasonic Radiator

Speaker Level High‐Pass Filter   6 dB per octave at 150 Hz (approx.)

  6 dB per octave at 150 Hz (approx.)   6 dB per octave at 150 Hz (approx.)
Speaker Level Low‐Pass Filter   12 dB per octave continuously variable from 40 - 150 Hz

  12 dB per octave continuously variable from 40 - 150 Hz   12 dB per octave continuously variable from 40 - 150 Hz
Low‐Level Input (Mono)   Unfiltered (no low-pass), 
direct coupled

  Unfiltered (no low-pass), 
direct coupled
  Unfiltered (no low-pass), 
direct coupled


  • Ultra-Long-Throw High-Output Bass Driver for Powerful Room-Shaking Bass
  • Superior Transient Performance for Exceptional Detail
  • Computer Optimized Ultra-Stiff Fiber Cone
  • Massive High-Gauss Magnet Assembly
  • Pressure-Coupled Loading Extends Usable Bass Performance to the Infrasonic Region
  • Performs Like a well-Tuned Transmission Line but with Superior transient Performance and Control
  • Creates slot-loading with the floor for higher output at the lowest frequencies

Sometimes we want to listen to our brand new audio setup without having to worry about dragging B&W up two flights of stairs - that's where we come in! Not only are our team experts in high quality AV equipment, they're also professional bodybuilders* who can deliver and install your new toys quickly and efficiently.

Our in-house team can service those in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast. Give us a call to get an obligation-free quote today!

*the term 'professional bodybuilders' is used here loosely...