Artison is trying to defy the laws of physics in creating the smallest, high-performance subwoofer for home theater. The miniature box measures just 7.5″ x 8″ x 9″ including feet and grilles, which holds a 300-watt amp and dual 6-1/2-inch woofers. Constructed of 6061 T6 Aluminum, the Nano 1’s enclosure is claimed to be both rigid and thin, which are both highly desirable subwoofer characteristics. It is designed to pack a powerful, high-quality bass range into a small, unobtrusive cube that can accompany virtually any high-end audio and home entertainment system.
Artison has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $250,000 to build its first-ever freestanding subwoofer in over 10 years, called the RCC Nano 1. Contributor benefits include an opportunity to own a Nano 1 for $399, which represents a 60% discount off the planned retail price of $899.
The Nano 1 incorporates Artison’s industry-leading reactance cancelling configuration (vibration-free) design, which ensures not only frequency response, increased efficiency and discernibly lower distortion, but also secure placement – crucial in a freestanding speaker. Outfitted with variable crossovers and dual active 6.5″ long throw aluminum drivers, it will deliver omni-directional low-frequency sound waves in any room or zone, regardless of placement.
“We opted for a Kickstarter campaign because we felt that it was a great way to get audio fans, our customers, involved in the development of this important new subwoofer,” said Cary Christie, Artison’s iconic founder and chief designer. “Plus they’ll get a chance to be among the first to own the Nano 1, and at a significant discount.”
With more than four decades of groundbreaking designs and innovation to his name, Christie is one of the pioneers of high-end speaker design. He was the co-founder of Infinity Systems in 1968, which developed many of the mainstays of modern loudspeaker design. His track record of technological and design innovations is among the most celebrated in the industry.
Christie left Infinity in 1993, after 25 years, and later joined high-end audio manufacturer Acoustic Research, where he served as CEO and head of product development before founding Artison in 2003.
Price and Availability
If funded, Artison plans to ship the Nano 1 to early Kickstarter contributors in January 2015 for $899, and to late supporters in March 2015. It will be available to the general public in January as well. Kickstarter supporters will receive varying discounts depending on their level of participation. A compatible wireless transmitter will also be available for $99.
Built-in wireless input
Low level Inputs
12 volt trigger
Multi-voltage power supply
Digital phase shift
All aluminum enclosure (Black or White Finish)
Dual active 6.5″ long throw aluminum drivers
RCC Reactance Cancelling Configuration (Vibration Free)
Hidden inputs for a clean look
300 watt amplifier – 900 watt peak
IR control window and hardwire input
Frequency Response: 32Hz – 160 Hz
Dimensions: 7.5″(190.5mm) W x 8″(203.2mm) H (including Feet) x 9″ (228.6) D (Including Grilles)