Speaker - Peavey, 18", Low Rider, 1600W, 8Ω
Sound Reinforcement - Subwoofer. The Low Rider driver series represents a milestone in highpowered sub-woofer design. An incredible 1,600 Watt program rating and extra-long cone excursion provide maximum amounts of amazingly clean, deep bass.
The Low Rider is a superior choice for the bottom end of any highpowered sound system, from DJ rigs to the largest professional touring shows.
The Low Rider utilizes a variation on the existing Kevlar®-impregnated cones used on all Black Widow® speakers. The cone is stronger and tougher and uses an innovative asymmetrical -M surround for superior excursion and motion control.
High quality spring terminals accepting large gauge wire are attached to large diameter highcurrent tinsel leads with silver solder to withstand high currents, high temperatures and long excursion.
The massive new voice coil uses polyimide-insulated copper ribbon wire, edge-wound and bonded onto an incredibly durable and heat-resistant polyimide composite former. The coil’s winding length of 1.150” is an amazing 80% longer than Peavey’s standard Black Widow coil. The long coil has a large surface area to dissipate heat, and its increased length drives the cone to a far higher excursion. The coil is over coated with a tough thermoset epoxy for added durability, abrasion
resistance and heat dissipation.
The coil wires are solderless diffusion welded to high conductivity OFHC copper ribbon leads, which are embedded inside the former assembly and soldered to the tinsel leads with high temperature silver solder. The solder joint is then coated with
a special, thermally conductive silicone adhesive for encapsulation and heat dissipation.
The voice coil assembly is bonded to the Kevlar cone and new, incredibly tough plastiseal-coated Nomex® progressive-roll spider using a thermoset epoxy originally developed for attaching nose cones onto ICBM missiles — truly an aerospace grade adhesive. The spider and surround are bonded to the frame with a strong, toughened cyanoacrylate adhesive, which is also used to bond the dust cap to the cone.
The magnet structure is all new and was designed using extensive Finite Element computer modeling. The back plate/pole piece is cold forged from a single massive billet of ultra low carbon steel, included Peavey’s patented Focused Field Geometry and is undercut to allow greater coil travel. The pole is extended beyond the front plate to improve coil cooling and make it more magnetically linear and the front plate is 10mm thick to match the long voice coil and provide a better path for heat and magnetic energy. The result is 50% more total magnetic gap energy than can be found in the standard Black Widow Super Structure magnet assembly.
A patent pending vent plate greatly improves voice coil cooling. This heat conductive, ported and finned aluminum ring delivers cool air pumped by the spider directly to the voice coil to keep operating temperatures under control. The improved cooling increases power handling and reliability and reduce power compression.
The cast aluminum frame is tough and rigid and has the strength needed to hold the cone and huge magnet assembly in perfect alignment. The deep dish design and large spider clearance make high excursion and high output possible.
These dynamic new drivers also utilize the user friendly Black Widow replaceable basket assemblies with Rubatex® gaskets. The result of these specially designed components are truly amazing loudspeakers. The Low Rider’s astonishing low frequency output is due to its high power handling capability and its 1.4” of available cone movement. These speakers can also be used with small enclosures, adding a new dimension to compact, high output sound reinforcement systems.
The Low Rider® is specifically designed for sub woofer use, with extremely high output capabilities and massive power handling. While most sub woofer applications are below 150 Hz, it is usable to frequencies as high as 500 Hz.
The compact enclosure designs are ideal for instrument amplification and high portability applications such as DJ and small touring bands. They provide solid bass performance in extraordinarily small enclosures. Band pass enclosures also fit into this range as standalone sub woofers.
The medium sized enclosures are still smaller than usual and have more bass extension and much higher output capabilities than conventional designs. They are excellent choices for high performance sound reinforcement. These designs are the best combination of size and bass performance.
For permanent installations and applications requiring extremely deep bass performance, the large vented enclosures are ideal. The low frequency extension and high sound pressure levels these systems can produce is astounding. As is typical in large, vented systems with low vent tuning, power handling is reduced by at least 15% due to the increased cone excursion.
Due to the Low Rider’s high output capabilities, excessive level may cause structural damage to buildings or induce permanent hearing loss, nausea, vertigo or intestinal disturbances in listeners. Please be cautious when setting maximum sound pressure levels
|Cone Composition||Kevlar-impregnated cellulose|
|Continuous Power Rating||800 W|
|Diaphragm Area (SD)||13.4 cm2|
|Electrical Q Factor (Qes)||0.451|
|Equivalent Acoustic Volume (VAS)||288.0 liters|
|Force Factor (BxL)||22.17 Wb/m|
|Maximum Linear Displacement (XMAX)||145 mm|
|Mechanical Compliance (CMS)||113.3 µm/N|
|Mechanical Moving Mass (MMS)||198.20|
|Mechanical Q Factor (QMS)||9.07|
|Mechanical Resistance of Driver (Rms)||6.21 Ω|
|Nominal Impedance||8 Ω|
|Peak Power Rating||3,200 W|
|Program Power Rating||1,600 W|
|Reference Efficiency (nO)||2.65%|
|Resonance Frequency (ƒS)||28.9|
|Sensitivity @ 1W, 1m||93.7 dB|
|Total Q Factor (QTS)||0.429|
|Usable Frequency Range||25 Hz ~ 1 kHz|
|Voice Coil Diameter||4 in.|
|Voice Coil Inductance @ 1 kHZ (LE)||0.87 mH|
|Voice Coil Material||Polyimide coated copper ribbon wire Polyimide-impregnated fiberglass former Nomex® stiffener Solderless diffusion welded OFHC copper leads|
|Packaging Dimensions||20.3 in. × 19.5 in. × 8 in.|
|Weight (Packaging)||25 lbs.|
|Specification Sheet||All Models|