Alto Aviation unveils side-firing subwoofers


Alto Aviation has expanded its components portfolio by introducing a new line of subwoofers designed specifically for medium-size, large and VVIP business aircraft.

Currently available in two sizes, ASW-724 and ASW-524, the new line of subwoofers feature side-firing technology.

This technology combines two types of radiated energy into one single discreet exit, fusing the acoustic front wave from the loudspeaker with the resonant back wave into a common high-velocity chamber.

This allows the subwoofer to couple extended bass response directly into the listening room, avoiding putting bass energy into the cabinets or furniture that could result in inefficiencies and cabinet vibration, Alto explained.

The side-firing subwoofers are suitable for all configurations of Alto cabin audio systems, both for OEMs and aftermarket installations, designed for locations where a grille in front of a traditionally configured subwoofer could be obstructive.

Ease of installation

Alto said it has kept in mind ease of installation and uncompromised bass performance as a priority, so the components can be hidden, with low-impact, highly efficient coupling to the cabin, maximising sound quality while minimising distortion, for great output, efficiency and sensitivity.

The company added the result is an increase in the bass and superior reproduction of the lower notes, lower bass roll-off and low frequencies.

Alto further explained that the enclosure combines the subwoofers’ direct radiating energy with the bass-reflex port energy into a single minimal aperture on a narrow side of the enclosure, minimising the cross-sectional area needed to allow efficient transmission of energy from the subwoofer to the cabin listening space.

The subwoofers can be mounted in monuments, under divans or beds, and in many other hidden locations with a discreet one-inch slot.

“Like every product and solution in our portfolio, this new offering is the result of actively listening to our customers to develop products and solutions that become industry references,” said Steve Scarlata, VP of engineering and R&D at Alto Aviation.

Scarlata added, “Teaming up with our OEM customers and authorised installers to ease installation, engineering with purpose, and with sustainability in mind is a commitment that we all embrace on the Alto team. The performance of these woofers is truly unrivalled, and we know that this new line in our portfolio will make a remarkable difference in the listening experience.”

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