12″ in-ground/on-ground subwoofer, 70V/8 Ohm 
23.75” Dia. (base) x 24.00” High (60.33cm x 60.96cm)

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When added to a series of full-range IG series speakers the NEAR® IGS12 subwoofer adds the last half-octave of bass foundation that makes music really come alive. The IGS12 delivers unparalleled low-frequency performance via groundbreaking design. The IGS12 remains musical at any playback level and is capable of withstanding almost any abuse.

Why In-Ground?

The NEAR® IGS subwoofers look and sound great when used as freestanding on-ground speakers that can be camouflaged among planters and pots. But we primarily designed them to be partially buried in the ground, affording homeowners superior sound performance, lower visibility and ultimate security.The packed earth around the speaker dampens enclosure wall resonances to zero, allowing all of the woofer energy to go into moving air rather than the cabinet. In-ground installation also reinforces bass response by providing an infinite baffle to focus the sound waves. The IGS12’s bass impact is visceral, precise and detailed.

Exceptional Durability

Like other NEAR®speakers, the IGS12 is truly weather-proof, not just “weather-resistant” and can be used totally exposed to the elements. The IGS12 enclosure is color-through, Linear Low-Density Polyethylene that sheds moisture, dirt and chemicals. The UV inhibitor pigments are embedded uniformly throughout the material so the sun won’t fade or yellow the color and garden tools won’t mar their looks.

Superior Technology, Superior Sound


The IGS12 utilizes an MDT metal alloy diaphragm woofer with dual voice coil UDIO technology along with the Magnetic Liquid Suspension (MLS) technology patented by New England Audio Resource in 1993. These are the same materials and technologies employed throughout the IG Series to ensure timbre consistency and system design flexibility.

The IGS12’s 12-inch driver is loaded into a sealed bandpass enclosure – the perfect solution to the challenges of delivering bass reliably outdoors. In 1998 Bogen Communications, Inc.  on behalf of its NEAR division, patented this concept of in-ground bandpass subwoofers, a technique that is widely copied today.


Blue shaded area = sealed enclosure, gray shaded area = vented enclosure

In a bandpass design the woofer sits in a sealed enclosure – perfect for protecting the business end (motor, voice coil, suspension) from outside contaminants such as moisture, debris and wildlife. The better protected front (cone) side of the woofer fires into a ported enclosure to take advantage of the high acoustic efficiency of a vented alignment. In this way the IGS12 is the best of both worlds – sealed and vented.

Perforated aluminum screens prevent critters from entering the vented chamber. And of course the MDT cone and SupraPolymer surround are impervious to whatever humidity, chemicals and contaminants could enter the vented chamber.
The IGS12’s bandpass alignment is by nature bandwidth limited and requires only a gentle slope external low pass filter. We recommend the LPF built-into the NEAR 6XL power amplifier.The result is exceptional sound quality that rivals audiophile-grade indoor subwoofers. NEAR’s high tech components ensure that everyone on the deck or patio hears well-balanced, lifelike sound at every volume level without fatigue.

IGS12 Features

IGS12 Specifications

  • Purpose-built to be extremely durable in all weather conditions, mounted in-ground or on-ground
  • Stylish design provides functional rigidity and extra security when buried
  • Anodized metal alloy speaker cones (MDT) maintain specified performance over a broad range of temperatures  (-20 to +160 degrees F; -29 – +71 C) for consistent sound quality in every season
  • UDIO (upside down/inside out) driver employs  voice coils wound both inside and outside the former for extremely accurate linearity, even at extreme volume levels
  • MLS spiderless motor uses specially developed ferrofluid to center the voice coil and eliminates the distortion generated by spiders
  • Sealed magnet gap locks out moisture and debris
  • LLDP (Linear Low-Density Polyethylene) color-through enclosures are acoustically inert and stand tough under abuse and in extreme conditions
  • Advanced SupraPolymer cone surrounds resist UV rays, chlorine, fertilizer and salt spray
  • 70V multi-tap transformer standard for use with the NEAR 6XL power amplifier in 70V operation- can be by-passed for 8 ohm use
  • Signal connection via pre terminated 8-conductor burial grade cable exiting the bottom of the enclosure
  • Color: Kodiak Brown
  • Speaker complement: 12” Metal Alloy Diaphragm UDIO Woofer, MLS Voice Coil Guidance, UV and Chemical Resistant Rubber Surround;
  • Frequency Response  –  34Hz to 100Hz, +/-3.0dB with NEAR 6XL amplifier in Low-Pass Mode
  • Sensitivity (1W/1M) – 91dB
  • Dispersion – 360 Degrees
  • Power Requirements (@8 ohms) – up to 300 Watts (Ave); 1200 Watts Peak
  • Power Requirements (@70V)  128W, 64W, 32W, 16W, 8W
  • Dimensions – 23.75” Diameter at Base x 24.00” High; 60.33cm x 60.96cm
  • Product Weight – 45 lb. / 20.4kg
  • Maximum SPL @1M (1/2 space) –  116dB
  • Input Terminations – 8-Cond. Cable
  • Environmental – Designed to Meet or Exceed Mil-Std-810 (Humidity, Salt Air, Heat, Cold); IEC IP57
Specifications subject to change without notice