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2 x 18" Passive Hybrid® Horn/Reflex Flown Subwoofer

SXHF218 | Hybrid® Horn/Reflex Subwoofer
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The SXHF218 is an extremely powerful subwoofer capable of producing 148dB peak output at 1m. It is essentially the flown version of SXH218 and is the ideal partner for Wavefront Precision WPL arrays where maximum low frequency output is required.


  • Ultra-high output flown subwoofer
  • Hybrid® horn/reflex loading for maximum acoustic efficiency and low frequency extension
  • Dual long-excursion 18” (460mm)/4.5” (115mm) voice coil neodymium drivers
  • Forward or rear-facing operation


  • Outdoor festivals
  • Stadiums, arenas and theatres
  • Concert halls
  • Nightclubs

Its Hybrid® horn/reflex loading combines the acoustic efficiency and impact of bass horn technology with the low frequency extension of a reflex design, enabling it to produce significantly higher output levels than a traditional reflex-loaded subwoofer. With an operating range of 32-150Hz + 3dB, it features dual long-excursion 18” (460mm)/4.5” (115mm) voice coil neodymium drivers, with water resistant cones and triple roll surrounds.

The enclosure is constructed from multi-laminate plywood and coated with hard-wearing textured black polyurea. A rigid perforated steel grille protects the front of the enclosure, while integral flying hardware alongside use of the WPL GRIDt means it can be incorporated at the top of a WPL array, or more commonly flown as a separate array alongside, again using the WPL GRIDt. Like the ground-stack version, a combination of forward and rear-facing enclosures can be configured with specific directional properties. By adding an outrigger kit, SXHF218’s can also be ground-stacked beneath WPL enclosures to form a powerful ground-based system.

The SXHF218 can be powered by either a single channel of a Martin Audio iK42 4-channel amplifier, or a bridged pair if maximum output is required. Its connector sockets are wired so that one four-core cable from the amplifier will power two subwoofers. SXHF218 settings are determined by a pre- determined parameter set in Vu-Net when used in conjunction with iK42, or Settings are available from the Martin Audio website when used with alternative amplifiers.

By adding the input board cover accessory, the subwoofer is fully weather resistant and suitable for outdoor usage.

User guide Brochure Datasheet
TYPEHybrid® horn/reflex subwoofer
FREQUENCY RESPONSE (1) 32Hz – 150Hz ±3dB, -10dB @ 27Hz
DRIVER 2 x 18” (460mm)/4.5” (115mm) voice coil, long excursion, neodymium magnet, waterproof cone
RATED POWER (2) 3000W AES, 12000W peak
MAXIMUM SPL (9) 148dB peak
DISPERSION (-6dB) Omnidirectional/or Cardioid (paired)
ENCLOSUREMulti-laminate birch/poplar ply
FINISHTextured Black Polyurea
PROTECTIVE GRILLEBlack perforated steel
PINS CONNECTIONS (LINK) Refer to SXHF218 datasheet or Input panel diagram for linking options
  • Two skids on base, with mating channels on top
  • Four rear-mounted 100mm (4in) castors
  • 6 x bar handles, 3 on each side
  • 4 x fittings for optional transit cover
  • (W) 1148mm x (H) 604mm x (D) 1027mm (1155mm including castors)
  • (W) 45.2in x (H) 23.8in x (D) 40.4in (45.5in including castors)
WEIGHT138kg (304lbs), with castors 146.5kg (323lbs)
Architectural Specs
Martin Audio SXHF218

The loudspeaker shall be a flyable subwoofer consisting of two 18”/4.5” voice coil, long-excursion, low frequency transducers in a hybrid horn/bass reflex configuration. The on-axis frequency response shall be 32Hz-150kHz +/- 3dB and the loudspeaker shall produce a maximum SPL of 148dB peak calculated at 1 metre.

Power handling shall be 3000W AES, 12000W peak. Rated impedance shall be 4 ohms. The rear connector panel shall be fitted with two NL4 type connectors and the loudspeaker shall be operated in conjunction with a dedicated controller amplifier.

The loudspeaker shall be capable of forward and rear-facing operation to enable the construction of flown or ground-stacked subwoofer arrays with specific directional properties.

The loudspeaker enclosure shall be constructed from multi-laminate plywood with a textured black polyurea coating. The drivers shall be protected by a perforated steel grille and the enclosure shall be fitted with bar handles and skids.

Dimensions including skids, excluding castors (W x H x D) shall be 1148mm x 604mm x 1027mm (45.2in x 23.8in x 40.4in). Dimensions including skids and castors (W x H x D) shall be 1148mm x 604mm x 1155mm (45.2in x 23.8in x 45.5in). Weight shall be 138kg (304lbs), with castors 146.5kg (323lbs).

The loudspeaker shall be the Martin Audio SXHF218.

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