Inside the bulky RX Centre are the same drivers, but arranged in a different way to account for its horizontal orientation. The versatile RXFX rear speakers offer a bipole mode for people who like their effects direct, and a dipole mode for those who prefer a more diffuse sound. You can flick between them using a switch on the back of each speaker. They’re designed to be mounted flush on side or rear walls, which helps to spread effects around the room.
The RXW-12 sub is surprisingly heavy for such a compact unit, but that’s due to the robustly built MDF enclosure and the amount of heavy duty tech packed inside. This includes a newly designed 12in C-CAM cone, a two-magnet motor system and 3in voice coil – not to mention the 500W Class D amp.
No matter where you install the RXW-12, it’s easy to make adjustments thanks to the panel of controls conveniently located on top. These include a volume dial and a couple of buttons that let you switch between two EQ presets. EQ1 is the 'standard' setting, delivering the best overall balance for music and movies, but EQ2 injects an extra 4dB at 21Hz, which helps deliver movie soundtracks with a little more welly.
On the back of the sub are more controls and sockets. These include a dial for setting the crossover frequency between 40 and 60Hz, although this can be bypassed by flicking the Low Pass Filter switch if your AV receiver handles the crossover. There’s also a switch to flip the phase 180 degrees plus phono inputs and outputs for passing the signals on to an additional sub.