Hartke Celebrates 10 Years of HyDrive Speaker Technology with Improved HyDrive HD Series Bass Cabinets

July 25 2017, 03:10
Bass amplification specialist, Hartke (part of Samson Technologies) released the HyDrive HD Series Bass Cabinets, with four models featuring an enhanced version of Hartke’s patented HyDrive Speaker Technology of paper/aluminum hybrid cone drivers. The drivers feature outside curved, Kevlar-loaded paper cones with an inner straight, anodized aluminum section, now featuring a new double-roll, curvilinear surround that limits the drivers from over excursion, an updated ferrite magnet assembly and steel chassis design.

Since 1984, when founder Larry Hartke custom-built the very first 8x10 bass cabinet with aluminum speakers for Jaco Pastorius, Hartke has been known for advancing speaker design for bass players. Hartke revolutionized the world of bass amplification with the full-scale development of a unique aluminum cone driver that produced a bass tone with far broader dynamics than had ever been heard before. Ten years ago, Hartke introduced the HyDrive Series Bass Cabinets, which featured a brand-new type of speaker that combined paper and aluminum into a single speaker cone. This patented new design was celebrated for faithfully reproducing the sound of bass guitars without coloring the tone.

Celebrating the technology's 10th anniversary, the new HyDrive HD112, HD115, HD210, HD410 bass cabinets are designed for demanding bass players, delivering the blend of warmth and attack that is typical of Hartke’s patented HyDrive Speaker Technology, with a major update to the original HyDrive design. The enhanced HyDrive speakers, along with exceptional power handling and optimized cabinet construction, solidify Hartke’s new HD Series.

HyDrive speakers feature carefully crafted paper/aluminum hybrid cone drivers. The hybrid construction allows outside curved, Kevlar-loaded paper cone to deliver a smooth, even response with a deep tone, while the inner straight, anodized aluminum cone produces highly accurate, distortion-free output.
The new double-roll, curvilinear surround limits the drivers from over excursion, while providing a smooth mid-band response. The result is a clean, full tone with the clear fundamentals of each note, as well as natural overtones for further defined sound. The updated and optimized ferrite magnet assembly and steel chassis design deliver a maximum power-to-weight ratio to each of the HyDrive HD cabinets.

In addition, the enclosures themselves are constructed of high-quality plywood with extensive bracing and dado joints, making them rigid, yet lightweight for superior projection and true sonic clarity. Their black perforated steel grilles add to an already strong, sleek look.
The HyDrive HD Series Bass Cabinets will be available for sale at most major CE and musical instrument retailers in the U.S. with prices from USD $399.99 (HD112) to $699.99 (HD410). The HD112 cabinet (300W RMS) features a single 12" paper/aluminum driver, while the HD115 (500W RMS) uses a single 15", the HD210 (500W RMS) features 2x10" and the HD410 (1000W RMS) features the traditional 4 x 10" paper/aluminum drivers. All models also combine a 1" HF driver w/ 3-position level control and feature 2 x Twist & Lock and 2 x 1/4" inputs (wired in parallel).
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