Durham, N.H., October 3, 2001 -- Outlaw
Audio, Inc., the only consumer electronics brand sold exclusively
via the Internet, has launched its ICBM, Integrated Controlled Bass
Manager, to make up for a major shortcoming of the new DVD-Audio
and SACD players. The ICBM is now available for immediate sale at
While DVD-Audio and SACD players are
designed to produce audio sound quality that is superior to that
of compact discs, most of these units lack the bass management systems
needed to make this audio output fully compatible with the popular
5.1-channel satellite/subwoofer home theater speaker systems. DVD-Audio
and SACD deliver up to six channels of "full range" audio
signals designed for large speakers with plenty of bass. However,
is no way to extract the bass from all these channels to feed to
the subwoofer of a 5.1-channel system. Furthermore, the small 5.1
satellites must absorb this excess bass energy. This can cause these
speakers to distort.
As one Outlaw noted, Early adopters
and audio reviewers of DVD-Audio and SACD playback systems have
been very critical of the lack of bass management in these products.
We listened to the concerns of our customers, the audiophile community,
and the press, and decided to correct this problem with our own
proprietary design solution."
The Outlaw Audio ICBM provides a complete
bass management system for these players. This "sonic missile"
is a product that will be welcomed by audiophiles for its ability
to control and enhance the low-frequency sound quality of music.
While primarily intended for DVD-Audio
and SACD, the ICBM is also useful as a high quality alternative
to the less-comprehensive digital bass management included with
home theater receivers and even some expensive preamp/processors.
The slim, one-rack-unit high, ICBM
allows individual adjustment of the bass re-direction cross-over
point for each channel and logical channel pair in a home theater
system. With the ICBM, the front left/right, front center, surround
left/right and rear center speakers may be individually set to roll-off
bass information at 40 Hz, 60 Hz, 80 Hz, 100 Hz, or 120 Hz, or to
bypass bass management when it is not needed. Bass information is
then properly routed to the main channel speakers, or to a subwoofer.
This capability, though standard in digital-audio systems for conventional
inputs, is missing in all but a handful of DVD-Audio and SACD players,
due to the use of analog outputs on the player and analog pass-through
inputs on the receiver. Without the use of the ICBM, low frequency
performance is compromised and damage to individual speaker components