Divine Bass!

By Brent Handy, Contributing Writer
June 18, 2013

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While touring, I am constantly looking and listening for the best products to use in church sound systems. Many contractors offer "Install" products. But frankly, many of them are sub par in my opinion. There are a few great manufacturers who only change the handles, flyware or finishes on speakers. But others are not suitable for concert sound. Concert sound seems to be the trend in the modern church production. This is a first in a series of technology reviews and how-to's provided by manufacturer's. I think that you'll find this information helpful in understanding the new gear on the market, and maybe some older gear that you may never have
heard of before.

Rhino Acoustics is a company that you probably have not heard of. They do not have a huge presence in the church technology or pro sound magazines. They are not a huge conglomerate with many lines or equipment models. Rhino makes two models of subwoofers (the B-One and B-Two), with a third one to be released soon (the B-Three. How can it not sound good with a name like B-3?).

I spoke with David Lee about the company, it's products and how the Bassmaxx subwoofers fit in the competitive church market.

David was involved in the home theater installation business. He developed a dissatisfaction for the quality and quantity of low frequency reproduction available in the marketplace. David developed an interest sub designs. Prior to posting a message about the subject on an audio website, he received an E-mail from Johan van Zyl. Johan was in South Africa, experiencing the same frustration. Since 1988, Johan had been developing sub horn technology. He was designing systems out of his passion for music. The two conversed. Johan said that he could design what David was wanting. Not long after David told Johan that they could start a company and market it, a miraculous chain of events lead Johan to Texas. The two met, built some prototypes, and immediately began Rhino Acoustics. The rest is history, albeit unknown to you until this moment. Rhino's Bassmaxx subs are the best subs that I have ever heard, and quite possibly the best subs for your church worship center or youth center, bar none.

And now a quote by Johan van Zyl, from "The Founder's Message", on the company's website (www.bassmaxx.com): "In cases where things seem almost impossible, God can perform bigger miracles than we can imagine. The Bible says, "I can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens me." (Phil 4:13.) I don't think we realize the power and absolute truth of this scripture. The Bible is as true for today's believer as ever before. If we live in humble submission and truth before God, we will experience great things. I developed BASSMAXX technology and the design software, resolved design problems and overcame many obstacles by praying for answers and trusting in God to provide them. The Bible teaches us that, "If any man lacks wisdom, he should pray to God for wisdom and it shall be given to
him". To this I say "AMEN". Ask me. I know."

I had no idea that Johan believed in Jesus Christ as his Saviour. Well that was just icing on the cake for me. Not only are these subs designed and built in the USA, not only do they sound fantastic, they are designed by Christians.

Subwoofer shoot-outs across the nation reveal what sound reinforcement companies have banked on. Bassmaxx subs deliver higher fidelity, higher efficiency, and a longer throw, than any other sub topology. Sure, not everyone leaves smiling and drop jawed, like...competing manufacturers.

The Bassmaxx subs are so efficient in operation that you can actually use one Bassmaxx sub for every two double 18" sub systems. The Bassmaxx subs do not have resonances, high harmonic distortion and overtones associated with traditional front-loaded subs in the near-field. The reason is that multiple smaller sources coupling with no wave guide create a convoluted wave. It is not focused over distance. Bassmaxx uses multiple horn mouths coupled together, providing for a single coherent wave from a single source, that is focused and detailed over distance.


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