Originally Posted by JackOften
Yea, kinda happens when he's pretty much ruled it out due to weight and the next three posters come in acting like if logistics is a stupid point to consider. If he's interested in lugging it up the empire's a good pick, but so is the a5-350. Only thing is he'll be losing the sub 15hz range and gaining SPL's vs. a Rythmik. Not sure he can even use the additional output.
You guys aren't reading what his needs are. You're just rooting for your team.
Well, I usually find people who are worried about the weight of a subwoofer forget that you only lug it up/down once upon delivery and then again when you move - like any other piece of furniture. It seems like a red herring of an excuse. Does the OP not have any other furniture in that weight category?
And his reasoning left room for convincing him otherwise: "I guess I'm more worried about the weight-I live on the 3rd floor of 3 Family house." "I'd love to get the Empire but it just seems too massive (140lbs)." To me, that sounds like someone willing to reconsider the weight issue.
So my recommendation was an Empire based on his stated desire and the fact that it matched his budget. But I also recommended the Legend if weight truly was a limitation, since it is such a bargain, seems to be getting good reviews in the Epik thread, and can either be paired with another someday or replaced by something bigger when he moves if so desired.
Nothing fanboi about it - just reading between the lines. I like my Empires so I have no qualms recommending them, but if someone rules it out absolutely then I wouldn't try to change their minds. I don't have experience with the other ones, so guess what? I can't honestly recommend them. If someone out-and-out says "I need to choose between models x, y and z and only those models", I usually don't recommend a specific model, I direct the poster to consider the relative merits instead and let them make up their own mind.
The fanboi accusation gets tossed around here a little too easily, IMHO. Of course an owner will often recommend their current system components (unless they are having recent problems) - if I didn't want to recommend it I probably got rid of it already.