Didn't plan on joining this forum but after reading your comments last night Splicer I felt the need, screen name was given no thought.
Here is a bit from JL Audio, one of the best sub makers around,
Fathom F113 'Amp Power 2500 watts RMS short-term.' Short-term meaning peak!
Paradigm, Reference series Signature 25, '7500 watts Dynamic Peak / 3000 watts RMS Sustained.'
German-Physiks, maker of the most expensive speakers in the world,
"Power Handling Nominal 60W (160 - 21,500Hz) Short-term 100W (160 - 21,500Hz)" Short term meaning peak.
Velodyne, all they do is subs, "DEQ15R-Amplifier:ClassD 1500 watts Dynamic 750 watts RMS Power."
ps; SVSound uses BASH designed amps just like BIC does!
So you see Splice, no manufacturer is trying to pull any wool, they all use it, even BASH who only makes the amp for them use it on their material. If we were talking about amplifiers for a receiver then you would be quite justified in your comments but in the subwoofer world you are not. I have researched this subject a great deal, spoken with Jerry VanderMarel, owner of Paradigm and his marketing manager Mark Aling, gone to great depths to learn before I bought. I'd love to get the Reference Signature from Pardigm but the $ aren't there, the BIC F12 is a great option, the BIC V12 is an even better, bullet proof, 8 year warranted BASH 1000 watt "PEAK" option for those wanting to spend $400-$500.
Take care all, and remember, someone will always want to rain on your parade!