TDG unveils the IC-SUB10 in-ceiling subwoofer that sends the bass signals via a flexible tube so the sound can emanate from different ports in the room, including one masked as an HVAC vent.

CE Pro Editors · September 8, 2016

The DaVinci Group, Inc. (TDG) has developed an in-ceiling subwoofer system with an innovative porting solution. Offered as part of their TDG Audio brand, the company will be showing the all-new IC-SUB10 to dealers at the upcoming CEDIA 2016 in booth #1300.

The TDG Audio IC-SUB10 utilizes a 10-inch driver made with a polypropylene cone design for greater rigidity. This woofer is mounted in a heavily dampened and reinforced bandpass cabinet that is designed to be hidden in the ceiling or in the floor. The bass frequencies it generates then travel via flexible tube to a port in the room. The IC-SUB10 is rated to handle 200 watts of power.

The system can be completely hidden in a ceiling, floor, or even hidden in a cabinet such that it is completely out of sight. The performance of the IC-SUB10 makes it well suited for a distributed audio in-ceiling installation, or even in a multimedia or home theater installation in place of visually problematical freestanding subwoofers.

To minimize the visual impact of the subwoofer port, the company offers multiple port options — known as Port-4, Port-6, and Port-8. Each of these is designed to have the port match the size of surrounding in-ceiling speakers; the integrator simply selects the appropriate size. The port is then finished off with a cover that looks like an edgeless speaker grill similar to the ones on the other speakers in the installation.

TDG also offers a model, the Port-Vent, which looks just like your typical HVAC vent. This can be installed in a lower wall or floor position to disguise the subwoofer port as just another HVAC vent. In this way, the port completely disappears.

TDG also recently launched a new amplifier — the Vanguard Dynamics SDA-200 Digital Subwoofer Amplifier — to partner with the IC-SUB10. It has 200 watts of Class-D mono power, a built-in variable crossover, a high pass crossover and variable phase control in a slim 1U rack mount.

Pricing and shipping on the IC-SUB10 are TBD.