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Catalyst 8C Powered Loudspeaker


It is often said, “necessity is the mother of invention.” The Catalyst was concieved after setting up multiple home theaters with 2 or 4 of our SubMersive subwoofers only to find the main screen channels (left, center and right) to be limiting the sonic experience. In moderate to large dedicated home theaters speakers designed for a living room quickly become strained with the dynamic peaks, especially with modern soundtracks and concert BluRays. Enthusiasts and designers have experimented with speakers from the studio and commercial audio world with varying success in their search to fill a big room with even bigger sound. The Catalyst was designed with the expectations of filling the largest rooms with ease while maintaining the refinement required for a quality home audio speaker. Through the use of a high efficiency, coaxial midrange-tweeter complimented by 2 custom, high excursion bass drivers, it is more likely your own limits get tested rather than those of the Catalyst 12C.

The Catalyst’s 8” coaxial midrange/tweeter delivers its high frequencies through the center of 8” midrange driver. This allows the entire range above 250Hz to emanate from a single location insuring listeners across the room and in multiple rows hear coherent and clear sound. The 2000W of internal ICEpower amplification separately powers the tweeter, midrange and pair of sealed woofers insuring its full capabilities are realized in every system. The 3 elements are blended smoothly and seamlessly with a DSP crossover implementation allowing precise adjustment and alignment of the sound. The end result is a refined, effortless and exciting experience.

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Catalyst 8C Features:


  • Internally tri-amplified, fully active loudspeaker
    • Assembled in USA
    • 3 high efficiency ICEpower amplifiers
    • DSP implementation of 3 way active crossover
    • 1,000W available across 4 drive units
    • Transformer coupled, balanced input connection

Drivers & Design:

  • Italian made 8″ coaxial midrange/tweeter with integrated, titanium 1″ HF driver
  • Separate, sealed midrange chamber
  • Custom US Made 8″ bass drivers (2)
    • Full copper faraday sleeve for ultra low distortion
    • High excursion design for linearity at all levels
    • Optimized for high efficiency and headroom above 65Hz
  • Dual sealed woofer design for maximum linearity and ease of blending with subwoofers
  • 250Hz crossover from coaxial to woofers
    • Seamless blending with powerful woofers
    • Minimized cone motion of the 8” midrange
    • Ideal matching with other Catalyst models
  • 2 selectable response profiles for use with subwoofer or full range


  • Locally produced, miter-folded, press-veneered cabinet
    • Pre-veneered shell cut by precision CNC router from 1 continuous sheet
    • Precision interlocking bracing
    • Continuous wood grain wraps top to bottom and around to the back
    • Selection of wood species and stain options
  • Large beveled front edge
    • Reduces edge diffraction
    • Easier fit to baffle wall installations
    • Appealing visual demonstration of the complex miter-folded construction
  • Matching veneered speaker stand available
    • 26.5” height for appropriate tweeter height (~41”)
    • 1.75” thick, 17” square, solid base provides a stable platform
    • Large top hatch for easy mass-loading
    • Precisely located column on bass centers mass on the feet for maximum stability and upright stance
    • M6 threaded inserts for optional spikes.

Catalyst 8C Specifications:

  • Internally tri-amplified loudspeaker
    • 500W powering 2x 8” woofers
    • 350W powering an 8” sealed midrange
    • 150W powering a 1” compression tweeter
  • Magnetically secured grills
  • Program 1 (IN) – +/-3dB from 65Hz to 20,000Hz free space response
  • Program 2 (OUT) – +/-3dB from 35Hz to 20,000Hz free space response (typically 8-16Hz in room)
  • Dimensions: 28″ H x 11″ W x 11″ D (Link to PDF & DWG dimension drawing)
  • Weight: 116 lbs
  • Shipping Dimensions: 16″ W x 16″ D x 33″ H, 78 lbs
  • 10′ power cord with powerCON amplifier connection.
  • Switchable for 115/230 VAC nominal operation


Reviews, Testimonials, & Reviews:

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest – 2016 reviews & commentary:


Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2016 – Day 2



Additional information

Weight 132 lbs
Dimensions 44 × 19 × 21 in
Veneer Options

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