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Cerwin-Vega AB-36C Afterburner 18" Folded Horn Subwoofer Speaker

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The Cerwin-Vega AB-36C Afterburner speaker is a highly advanced design that incorporates Cerwin-Vega's 50 years of experience in building some of the industry's best-known subwoofers. Its design makes... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Cerwin-Vega AB-36C Afterburner speaker is a highly advanced design that incorporates Cerwin-Vega's 50 years of experience in building some of the industry's best-known subwoofers. Its design makes it ideal for use in the most demanding environments where pure bass power is the goal, such as installations, live sound, mobile DJs, and club applications.

With 6-1/2' of folded horn chamber length in the cabinet, the AB-36C Folded Horn Subwoofer has bass frequency extension similar to a 36" driver with even more SPL performance. The AB-36C features Stroker Technology for increased power handling, decreased distortion, and radial cooling fins. A striking die-cast door has improved heat dissipation capabilities and sports a Stroker 18 metal badge. In addition, the curved horn mouth bracing provides a smoother frequency response and the enhanced front corner bracing offers extra durability.
Cerwin-Vega! Folded Horns: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated Cerwin-Vega’s folded horn subwoofers are THE standard when it comes to folded horns. These subwoofers combine advanced design, superior speaker technology and precision manufacturing to deliver a product that is truly a sonic experience. The Cerwin-Vega! folded horns have been acoustically optimized to achieve high output and low distortion while maintaining clarity and impact. Special attention to rear chamber, throat geometry, and horn profile results in a folded horn design that doesn’t exhibit the typical horn coloration of competing products. Cerwin-Vega! folded horns contain a longer sound path which amplifies the bass frequencies while keeping the enclosure compact in size for portability. The path length and flare rate deliver bone crushing low-end down to 29 Hz. Many companies attempt to duplicate Cerwin-Vega’s performance in folded horns, but ultimately they all fall (and sound) flat. A great folded horn is as much about the loudspeaker driver design as it is about the cabinet geometry. Cerwin-Vega! is the ONLY company (in our not so humble, 50+ years of experience opinion) to get all of these factors perfectly tuned and balanced. A Cerwin-Vega! folded horn plays louder, sounds better and will stick with you longer than the “clones.” Brutally Efficient Cerwin-Vega! folded horns, on average, produce 6 dB more output at 1 watt than ported direct fire subwoofers. This results in two times the SPL output with half the number of drivers. System costs are drastically reduced due to the need for fewer cabinets. Powering far fewer cabinets yields large cost savings in amplification. The net result is loud sub bass that moves enough air to blow the hairpiece off the competition. If you do pair the folded horns, you’ll get the added benefit of an increased horn mouth area effectively extending the low frequency range and mutual low frequency coupling, which doubles the low frequency amplitude. The result? A mind-blowing level of bass performance like nothing you've experienced. Ready for Roadies Of course, the C-Series folded horn systems have integrated wheels and a new Cerwin-Vega! Ergonomic handle for increased portability. The ergonomic design allows the C-Series to be moved by a single person. Even the mighty TS-42 folded horn is designed to pass through standard doorways with ease.


  • Newly designed 18” woofer with Stroker™ technology for increased output and reduced distortion Improved power handling to 1600 w Radial cooling fins located outside the aluminum Stroker™ pole, increase cooling and improve the AB-36C’s efficiency Stroker™ pole is vented out the back of the back plate for improved voice coil cooling Aluminum cooling ring above voice coil gap for improved heat transfer from the voice coil, providing improved power handling and reduced compression Stroker™ technology adds a third plane of suspension eliminating cone rocking and allows increased excursion while maintaining a tight gap that provides higher sensitivity The six magnet sections and the tunnels located between them, provide cooling below the top plate Rugged new die cast door provides improved heat dissipation & displays Stroker™ metal badge New curved horn mouth bracing for smoother frequency response Steel front corner bracing to improve cabinet strength Extra handles, ergonomic balanced design, and larger casters for easy handling
  • Frequency Response: -3db 40 Hz - 310 Hz / -10db 33 Hz - 350 Hz Power Capacity: 800W RMS / 1600W Program / 3200W Peak Recommended Power: 1200 w - 1600 w @ 8 ohms Input Connectors:¼” Phono, Speakon Sensitivity (1w/1m): 108 dB Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms Maximum SPL: 140 dB
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Cerwin-VegaAB-36C Afterburner 18" Folded Horn Subwoofer Speaker

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This is just REDICULOUS!

By Nikolai

from El Paso, TX

Comments about Cerwin-Vega AB-36C Afterburner 18" Folded Horn Subwoofer Speaker:

I was in an empty factory with some friends. The place was about the size of 7 or 8 football fields. I used this gorgeous Cerwin-Vega and the master volume at two...AT TWO!!!...and this thing could have blown up my ears with how intense the sound was. This thing looks like its gonna kill someone! (in a good way) I recommend this to anyone who is looking forward to bigger things now. Not just small gigs, I'm talking about huge shows.

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Fantastic product

By Joseph Kegel

from Athens, Ga

Comments about Cerwin-Vega AB-36C Afterburner 18" Folded Horn Subwoofer Speaker:

This sub is a 5/5 for sure, but there are plenty of "ITS SO LOUD" reviews already, here's some usful critiques: -You can only fit 1 in a mini van! If you purchase more than one of these at a time and don't own a trailer or full sized van, your going to have to make two trips! -Keep in mind that the box (beautiful box by the way) is 3x2x3 (LxWxH). This doesn't sound so big in text but man it sure is in real life. Make sure you have the square footage (and cubic footage for that matter; at 18 cubic feet a piece, you can fill a room very quickly) for one or more of these! -It is VERY loud at the very front of the horn. Cerwin Vega wasn't lying when they calculated the max SPL of one of these to be around 140 db. Placing this too close to the audience can very quickly create a 6-8 foot gap in front of the speaker where people just wont stand.. because they can't! But in all seriousness, there is good reason for the warning printed directly on the back. Prolonged exposure can and WILL cause pain and hearing loss! -Very dependent on the room it's in. Had about half the perceivable output in a 10x11x8 room (hard carpet, bass traps in the corners, burlap sound traps in the middle of each wall, speaker was corner loaded) as it did in a 50x50x15 room (concrete floors, corrugated metal roof, foam sound proofing in one corner of the room, speaker was very near the middle of the room and was only up against one wall). Give the sub room to "breathe". Small rooms will quickly choke your output. Highly recommended if your gigs are 200+ people; this sub has a VERY long throw. go with a front loaded sub if your playing for any less.

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