RCC Nano: A Revolutionary Wireless Micro-Subwoofer
RCC Nano: A Revolutionary Wireless Micro-Subwoofer
Incredible bass from a tiny space!!! This little Nano will outperform subwoofers 2-3 times the size!
Incredible bass from a tiny space!!! This little Nano will outperform subwoofers 2-3 times the size! Read more
This great little sub will be $999 when it's released!
Why did we make Nano?
To recreate the experience of an explosion or the subtleties of low frequency harmonics in music of all types, a subwoofer is critical for the reproduction of loud dynamic impact as well as the most delicate musical passages.
Until now, the choices were a large box that is often difficult to place and live with, or a small subwoofer with more limitations than benefits.
Nano offers a third choice -- one that is designed to satisfy every consumer. A very small subwoofer, Nano can be placed almost anywhere in a room, filling it with true high performance bass that is detailed, dynamic, and most important, accurate.
What makes Nano so special?
With more than 45 years of designing high performance audio speakers that look as good as they sound, we knew we could create a Best in Class subwoofer, and we did so without forcing consumers to stare at a big black box to make it so.
From the Reactance Cancelling Configuration (vibration free technology) that we pioneered in our first subwoofer (explained in the video below) to the aluminum enclosures, long throw aluminum drivers, DSP controlled electronics, and a feature set that will appeal to any lover of high quality sound. Nano represents a quantum leap forward in subwoofer design.
Fun in the making
Over the last two years, Nano has been the primary focus of Artison product development. We were able to exceed our original goal of high performance from a tiny enclosure, while maintaining the performance of a much larger subwoofer to a far greater degree than even we originally anticipated. Everything from the cabinet design to the placement of the amplifier and the driver performance was scrutinized in order to make sure every detail was taken into account.
This is Matthew our head of engineering having fun in the lab testing amplifiers which would eventually be adapted for Nano
For the cabinet, we took a different route than most speaker companies, and the result is nothing short of amazing. We chose aluminum since it allowed us to create an extraordinarily rigid enclosure that is also very thin, once again reducing the overall size of the subwoofer without sacrificing performance. The enclosure is extruded, then worked on a CNC machine for the final details, bead blasted and anodized to last a lifetime.
Yes it's tiny, but don't let that fool you
From the start we engineered Nano to be small,even when compared to other miniature subwoofers. It measures a mere 7.5" x 8" x 9", in fact it easily fits onto a piece of notebook paper! Don't let it's size fool you, Nano's bass output and quality surpasses that of many products much larger!
Adding to placement flexibility is a small, optional transmitter (Although included in this Kickstarter campaign) the simply plugs into the audio source, just push a single button and you're in business! It's possible to run up to 4 subwoofers on a single transmitter.
(Quarter not included)
Want more input flexibility?
Nano was designed to be extremely easy to set-up for the average person. Simply plug and play.
For the person who wants the ultimate in set-up flexibility, we have you covered as well.
All inputs are discretely hidden on the bottom, so no wires are visible.
- Low level input: 3.5 mm (1/8") Stereo Minijack
- High level input: Left / Right Speaker Level
- 110v to 260v input, Autosense
- LPF (Low Pass Filter): 60 - 160 Hz
- Phase Control: 0 - 180 Degrees
- 12 Volt Trigger In
- IR Control In
- LPF Slope : 12 or 18 dB/octave
- Turn on modes: Autosense, 12V Trigger or ON
Nano incorporates a switch mode power supply. What this means is that no matter where you live, Nano will work with your mains power. It automatically senses and adjusts to the voltage.
The power supply is built to last, with oversize capacitors and inductors, it will last for years to come.
Power? Yes it has an abundance.
Nano features a Class D digital amplifier rated at over 300 watt, with 900 watts of peak power! Lots of power to handle everything from the nuances of classical music to the tight thumping bass of R&B, and the most powerful explosions in your favorite action films.
You will not believe the output capability of this little sub!
Control from a distance
Most movies have different levels of bass, and that means adjusting the subwoofer multiple times, which of course can be a real pain. That's why we included a remote with movie and music modes to simplify the task of changing the equalization of the subwoofer to better accommodate the soundtrack or musical performance.
The production remote will feature buttons to control the following:
- Source 1, 2 or 3 (Low level, Wireless, high-level)
- Volume + / -
- Power On / Off
- Movie / Music Mode
Long throw subwoofer drivers
For Nano we started development from the ground up, a whole new driver design, and it wasn't easy. This 6.5" driver has 20 mm (0.78") of linear excursion (How far the cone can move without distortion), that means that it can produce a tremendous amount of bass from a small driver.
Large magnet structures, coupled with multi-layer voice coils mean it can handle a lot of power, and do so efficiently.
If you want a great subwoofer, you need a great speaker driver!
Who is Artison?
Artison's President and CEO, Cary Christie, is an acknowledged and highly acclaimed audio innovator with a long track record of developing products that represent the very best performance, combined with a design aesthetic, that has garnered almost as much attention from the industrial design community as the products have from the audiophile press.
Christie made a strong impression in the audio market practically from Day 1, when, in 1968, he and two friends co-founded Infinity Systems Inc. to develop and produce new and forward-thinking technologies to reproduce music with the depth and detail of a live performance. Over the next few decades, Infinity had become known for its broad range of products, each of which was created to make exceptional audio accessible to anyone who loves music and movie soundtracks.
Cary left Infinity in 1993 doing side “Hired Gun” product design work for the company 1995. However, his big move that year was accepting the challenge of bringing the much loved and missed Acoustic Research (AR) brand back to life. While there he designed the first speaker system for the next generation of flat screen TVs that were, at the time, just beginning to enter the market. Dubbed Phantom, it set an extraordinarily high bar for sonic output from a thin speaker. Recognizing that home theater A/V systems centered around flat panel screens was indeed the wave of the future, Cary left Recoton (the owners of AR) in 2001 and began development of a line of products that would bring true audiophile music and soundtrack to modern consumer lifestyles and home décor.
As Christie himself said when asked about Artison's place in the world: “When we started Artison in 2003, our focus was clearly on enhancing performance through physics and acoustic requirements, but we wanted to use these laws in a way that would allow our products to integrate into a person’s home without smothering the room's décor”.To learn more about our product line take a look at them Here.
Over the past decade Artison has won numerous awards and been featured and reviewed by some of the world most well-known and critical audio reviewers. We pride ourselves with being compared favorably with the best of the long standing tower and bookshelf speakers.
Like all Artison models, Nano will be produced at a world class manufacturing facility. With impeccable consistency and quality control due in no small part to a vertically integrated supply chain, every element in Nano is thoroughly tested to assure the exceptional performance and reliability requirements of the design.
"I knew from the press photo that Artison’s RCC Nano 1 sub was small but I didn’t realize just how small until I saw in person at CEDIA Expo."
"The little guy is less than 9 inches square yet packs one helluva punch..."
Bob Ankosko - Sound & Vision Magazine
"I kept looking around for some enormous subwoofer and was amazed when I realized it was the Nano"
Bruce - Audio Breakthroughs, Manhasset, NY
"To me, the most technically interesting sub of CEDIA 2014 was the Artison Nano, a sleek little $899 minisub built into an aluminum extrusion. Inside are dual 6.5" drivers in a horizontally opposed, vibration-canceling configuration. A 300w class-D amp provides the juice."
Brent Butterworth - Soundstage! Global
Nano won the 2013 Residential Systems Resi award and CE Pro Best new product of 2014 award!
Over the last two years we have finalized the development, tested and demonstrated the Subwoofer at the 2014 CEDIA Expo (Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Association), the largest show for custom installation. Today we are thrilled to be near the finish line.
We currently have two working models in our factory. An additional 31 pre-production units are in progress, some of which will be used for testing (TUV, CCC, FCC, UL, CE, etc) and others for samples for our sales force. We are ramping up and purchase orders are in place for thousands more. This will allow us to react quickly as the demand from Kickstarter and our dealers increases.
This is what we are expecting:
October: Tooling completed, PP (Pre-Production) run parts ordered.
November: PP Parts acquired and PP production starts. PP approved by Artison and MP (Mass-Production) parts ordered.
December: First MP production run completed and on its way.
January: First MP Production run arrives and is shipped to Kickstarter pledges, Dealers and Distributors.
Late January: Second MP production run completed and on its way.
March: Second production run arrives and is shipped to March Kickstarter Pledges.
Risks and challenges
Because the product is complete, as with most of the tooling, software, hardware, etc. There really aren't any large risks. We are an established company with a history of delivering high-end audio equipment.
Some delay in production is possible due to certification and safety testing. The unit is complete and in-field testing. From here it needs to get all of the necessary certification, UL etc. This may delay the first shipment. We have built in some time for this, but you never know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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