PRESS RELEASE (NOW AVAILABLE): Hartke Celebrates 10 Years of HyDrive Speaker Technology with Introduction of New HyDrive HD Series Bass Cabinets

HyDrive HD Bass Cabinets

Since 1984, when founder Larry Hartke custom-built the very first 8x10 bass cabinet with aluminum speakers for Jaco Pistorius, Hartke has been known for advancing speaker design for bass players. 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.

Today, to celebrate HyDrive's 10th Anniversary, Hartke is introducing the HyDrive HD Series Bass Cabinets (HD112, HD115, HD210, HD410 models), a major update to the HyDrive design. The enhanced HyDrive speakers, along with exceptional power handling and optimized cabinet construction, solidify Hartke's new HD Series as the perfect choice for modern, demanding bass players.

HyDrive HD Speaker Cone

HyDrive speakers feature carefully crafted paper/aluminum hybrid cone drivers. The hybrid makeup delivers an exceptional blend of warmth and attack that cannot be attained by traditional all-paper bass speakers. The outside curved, Kevlar®-loaded paper cone delivers a smooth, even response with a deep tone, while the inner straight, anodized aluminum cone produces highly accurate, distortion-free output.

The HyDrive HD cabinets provide unrivaled depth and clarity. 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.

Product Specifications

Power Handling

HD112: 300W RMS
HD115: 500W RMS
HD210: 500W RMS
HD410: 1000W RMS

LF Speaker(s)

HD112: 12" paper/aluminum driver
HD115: 15" paper/aluminum driver
HD210: 2 x 10" paper/aluminum drivers
HD410: 4 x 10" paper/aluminum drivers

HF Speaker (All)

1" HF driver w/ 3-position level control

Inputs (All)

2 x Twist & Lock, 2 x 1/4" (wired in parallel)

Cabinet Construction (All)

Plywood, extensive bracing, dado joinery

Grille (All)

Black perforated steel

Available now (July 20, 2017).

For more information on the HyDrive HD Series Bass Cabinets, visit the HyDrive HD Cabinets webpage.