One of our favorite equipment brands, PreSonus gear, has come out with an extremely solid studio subwoofer. The Temblor T10 Studio Subwoofer is an excellent piece to add to your studio to increase monitoring of the low ends of your tunes, or merely to enjoy that bass in general if you’re ever in the mood. If you’re looking to add to your studio monitor setup, we think these give a lot of the more popular subwoofer models in the market a run for their money. With 10″ transducers, a front-firing bass reflex and 250-watt class AB amplification, this thing is one powerful tank. Let’s get into the details.
Main features\specs of the Temblor T10 subwoofer
- Weight: 40 lbs
- Dimensions: 12.6″ x 15.75″ 15.75″ (W x D x H)
- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 200 Hz
- Input gain control (-30 dB to +6 dB)
- Built-in crossover
- Footswitch bypass footswitch and highpass filter
- Ground-lift switch
- Transducer: Front-firing (10″)
- Acoustic port: Front-firing bass reflex
- Amp: 250-watts (Class AB)
- Ins: 2 balanced XLR, balanced 1/4″ TRS and 2 unbalanced RCA
- Outs: 2 balanced XLR, 2 balanced 1/4″ TRS
- 1 balanced XLR sub output (for connecting another subwoofer)
- Internal damping\heat sink with rubber feet
This isn’t some cheap Logitech speaker you’re getting from a local electronics store. This thing is a beast and gives you accuracy, specifically for studios (but can be anywhere really, there are no rules). The response is great and rivals some of the best subwoofers out there at 20 Hz to 130 Hz, which is definitely plenty. It can handle a high sound pressure level of up to 113 and the 250-watts is some of the most we’ve seen unless you’re comparing it with a professional PA system.
What’s probably the most impressive feature(s) of the T10 is the user control it gives us. Although not necessarily a complete must if you have a studio subwoofer, the custom switches don’t hurt. You get input gain control, a lowpass filter to help with crossover with your monitors and choose your desired frequency, a highpass filter to disallow anything below 80 Hz coming out of your studio monitors, polarity control, and lastly a convenient footswitch to bypass the sub as a whole as well as the highpass filter and sub out. This is especially important for those mixing if you want to compare and contrast mixes with certain frequencies amplified or not (I do it quite a lot).
What’s also nice with the T10 is the numerous protection features it has built-in. We get some help with eliminating RF, output-current limiting, over-temp control, transient on\off, a subsonic filter and external mains fuse. These are important since the unit is so powerful, although you don’t want to necessarily rely on the temperature protection, so be sure to keep this thing safe, elevated off of the ground (at least somewhat) and in a neutral environment when it comes to temperature (no garages!). The overall build is great, too. We think it rivals the M-Audio SBX10 in terms of overall features but especially the make. We get a nice vinyl-laminated fibreboard that’s sleek, smooth and solid.
The verdict of the PreSonus Temblor T10
This is an extremely powerful subwoofer and is definitely up there with the rest. We first and foremost love that PreSonus tag on it — you always want to have a trusted brand if you’re dropping money on something important and powerful as this. They’re one of our favorite audio interface creators so that alone gives us security knowing they come out with quality gear. It gives us a nice, deep and clean bass, perfect if that’s what your studio is currently lacking or even if you want to spruce it up a bit. No complaints.
If you’re comparing the two Temblor models, just know that the T10 has the two balanced XLR and extra sub out XLR while the T8 does not. You’re also getting more watts of power, a larger woofer component and a slightly (extremely slightly) lower frequency response. The acoustic port of the T10 is also front-firing while the T8 is rear (gives it some better quality and releases it towards the listener). Which fits your needs best is up to you — read our Temblor T8 subwoofer review for more info on the other model. What’s nice is the T10 actually comes with the footswitch in the box so you’re all set from the beginning. We recommend going with this higher model if you’ve got the cash.
Be sure to check out our best studio subwoofer article for some comparisons if you’re still deciding. Otherwise, the PreSonus Temblor T10 Subwoofer is definitely worth the money if it’s what you need.