Hexen AD have plenty to shout about, with the release of a new set
of Bravox component speakers and subwoofers. They offer the perfect
blend of technology and craftsmanship, and have the performance to
match. Phil Curry files an exclusive review.
components system review
The country of Brazil is famous for a lot of things, and there are
a great many famous Brazilians in all walks of life. But, this being
a magazine about cars and audio, and also because I don’t care
about any sports except motorsports, the most famous Brazilians who
immediately come to my mind are men like Emerson Fittipaldi, Ruebens
Barrichello, Nelson Piquet, Mauricio Gugelmin, Helio Castroneves,
Felipe Massa, and of course the master, Ayrton Senna. That’s
a lot of driving talent from a single country! And I’m finding
out the talent in Brazil is surely not limited to racing drivers.
As it turns out, they can build some really respectable audio gear
Subwoofers made specifically for SPL contesting are almost always
significantly different from those designed for audio reproduction.
They must have incredible electrical and mechanical power handling,
and they must be built to withstand the pressures generated in a modern
SPL contest vehicle. I have personally seen woofer cones destroyed
by pressure, windshields blown out and even metal bent by the extreme
pressures generated inside the top ranked vehicles. When Kevin Siegel,
Sales and Marketing Manager at Bravox, called and asked if I’d
be willing to test one of their dual voice coil, competition-oriented
SPL woofers, I thought about it for oh, about two seconds, and said
The Bravox company is located in Brazil and was founded in 1953 by
a group of engineers who wanted to manufacture high-quality loudspeakers
for a variety of clients. They have been successfully doing just that
ever since, turning out exceptional quality loudspeakers for many
established brands of home audio, as well as their own line of quality
car audio products.
In an era in which China produces the vast majority of car audio drivers,
Bravox stands out with its disclaimers, "Made in Brazil."
For most people, Brazil brings to mind soccer, coffee, Latin Jazz
and maybe the anual Carnival festival (Brazil versoin of Mardi Gras).
All these things aside, Brazil also happens to be the home of Bravox,
one of the beste driver manufacturers in the loudspakres business.