Before you ask, yes, the picture above is correct -- what appears to be industrial bathroom fan is actually an "infrasonic" driver. The trick is instead of a paper cone pulsating back and forth, the TRW 17 creates a gigantic cone of air with the fins swiveling to modulate frequency. And whereas traditional subwoofers compress the air inside of a box to create the deep bass, the TRW 17 compresses a different box...your entire freakin room.
A smooth $12,900 is what the patented Eminent TRW 17 will sell for (they're not on sale yet). Also, you don't want to actually have the TRW 17 in your main listening room (otherwise your head will explode like the guy in the Simpsons THX trailer). A professional installer has to wire the TRW 17 into your attic or basement, thus creating The World's Largest Subwoofer.
And lest you think this is another audio gimmick, comments from the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest have already placed this as one potentially wicked sub. Remember, response is FLAT to 1Hz, meaning there is virtually no distortion. Proper setup is required, of course, but done right, Eminent's TRW 17 is set to take the high-end by storm. Additionally, different versions are rumored: a car version and a smaller one for use in traditional subwoofer enclosures.
I can't wait to see some reviews of this beast and, naturally, we'll keep you updated as they come in. I'd request a review sample but, you know, I don't want my system to clip and turn my house into a smoldering crater. So, yeah, I'll leave this one for the professional reviewers (their eardrums collapsed years ago anyway).
Go to part 2 for more pictures, comments and links on the TRW 17.
Go here part 3.