21NLW9600    Extended LF Neodymium Driver

Technical spec.

Key features

  • 97 dB SPL 1W / 1m average sensitivity
  • 135 mm (5.3 in) Interleaved Sandwich Voice coil (ISV)
  • 1800 W AES power handling
  • Ultra high force neodymium magnet
  • Triple Silicon Spider (TSS) for improved excursion control and linearity
  • Single Demodulating Rings (SDR) for lower distortion
  • Low noise forced ventilation design for low power compression
  • Weather protected cone and plates for outdoor usage
  • Suitable for high loading, high SPL subwoofer systems

022218N000 8ohm
022214N000 4ohm


The 21NLW9600 is a 21 inch neodymium high performance transducer. The transducer is suitable for high loading, ultra-low frequency horn loaded or bandpass subwoofer designs.
For optimum results recommended amplifier should be able to deliver 3600 Watt program power without clipping.
Eighteen Sound engineers have obtained the best possible results with today's available materials in terms of clean and undistorted LF reproduction at a ultra high SPL, with the lowest possible power compression figure.
The transducer design features include a large displacement suspension system specifically designed for matching the carbon fiber reinforced, straight ribbed cone.
The state-of-the-art 135 mm (5,3 in) ISV inside outside copper voice coil enables the 21NLW9600 to handle 3600 W program power value.
Thanks to the Triple Silicon Spider (TSS) technology, the 21NLW9600 is able to control the moving mass with high linearity, showing an exceptional stability of mechanical parameter values in the long term. Bl force factor as well as all electro-dynamic parameters of 21NLW9600 are linear within the working range. This, together with the high excursion behavior - 70 mm before damage, 14 mm linear Xmax - makes the 21NLW9600 an extremely low distortion, highly dynamic transducer.
The 21NLW9600 has been developed after intense FEA and fluido-dynamics simulation and testing, focusing on dissipating the heat generated by the powerful 5.3" coil. Special attention was given to the optimization of air flow into the gap without introducing audible noise. A special low density material air diffractor placed into the backplate acts as a cooling system, increasing the power handling capability and lowering the power compression figure.
The exclusive cone treatment improves pulp strength and gives water repellent properties to both sides of the straight ribbed cone. A special coating applied to both the top and back plates makes the transducer far more resistant to the corrosive effects of salts and oxidization