Originally Posted by SRT-11
This is the sub I'm thinking about getting too, it'll fit perfectly under my TV stand too, but everyone seems to prefer the 12" A2-300. I'd like to hear people's opinions on the a3-250 as it seems like it'd be a tight, clean 10" sub!
There is no way you can determine if any particular sub is going to be "tight and clean", simply because it has a 10 inch driver rather than a 12 inch driver.
These days, people who are really serious about sound quality have gravitated to sealed subs, rather than ported subs.
Of course, there are some great ported subs also, like the SVS PB-13 Ultra.
Without professional test results, and some objective listening, you are just going to get the opinion of people who already bought and paid for one of the ten inch models.
The only "professional" test of the A2-300 provided half-baked measurements.
"In my room, there were bass bumps at 80 Hz and 63 Hz, (+2, minus 3 db, compared to 100 Hz), while the bass response fell off gradually and smoothly below that, down to 31.5 Hz. The levels at 25 HZ and 20 HZ were noticeably lower, both to the meter and to my ears. It's my feeling that the A2-300 would offer more extension in a bigger room."
Not only did the sub not measure very well, but the tester thinks that a ported sub will go deeper in a bigger room. Sealed subs may go deeper in Smaller rooms, but ported subs do NOT go deeper in bigger rooms.