Originally Posted by yadfgp
Look's like hell just froze over. This will be interesting....
HAHAHA. You like that eh? I was pleasantly suprised and impressed (initial impressions at least in a smaller room) with the output and slam the turbo kit offered. I still think it's kinda expensive but....it sure does a nice job. The mid bass 60htz slam was unreal. I think honestly SPL wise it was more powerful than Kevin's Seaton Submersive *this was by ear only and not with an SPL meter btw* (although the Submersive went deeper for sure) all things being equal, and I told Kevin this, I'd rather have a turbo'ed MFW or 2 over one Submersive (especially for the money) *Kevin also has a submersive in the same room...so I asked him to do a quick side by side comparison.*
I think if Kevin can get a hold of enough boxes (which I think he has) and mod them and then resell he has a real winner on his hands IF the price is right.
I will say if you have a dead MFW-15 and are looking for a solution then you need look no further. I would be happier if the turbo kit was a little less costly, but....for what you are getting it looks to be a very good value.
I will also confirm something interesting....comparing the Dayton SA1000 amplifier that Kevin has modified into a Seaton Sound amp. It will NOT give out!!! Compare that to the CHT 18.2 that I demo'ed and if you turned the gain up to even 1/3 it would clip, 1/2 and the amp would shut down completely (same results with 2 different amps btw) but with the modded version I actually turned the gain up to 9/10 and NOTHING!!!! yes the amp indicated clipping, but....there was not much audible clipping going on (a little yes) but even more than that the amp would NOT shut down no matter how loud it got.
The MFW-15 Turbo driver is a tank...with UNBELIEVABLE excursion. Seriously, man did that driver have HUGE X-MAX!!!
I'll write more later when I have a chance to really put this modified sub through it's paces...and as always I will write my honest impressions. I actually was expecting to be disappointed (told Kevin that too..he just laughed at me on the phone) but the only thing I was disappointed by was my own doubts without actually hearing the sub. I'll reserve final judgement until after I do my testing...and if Kevin's fix for my MFW-15 amp worked..I'll be doing a direct comparison of the 2...and I'll let you know if it's actually louder than 2 stock MFW-15's.
$750.00 (I think that's what they sell for) is steep, but again, you are getting a monster amp and a monster driver....so although not cheap, it certainly beats throwing out a perfectly good sub box (which is what MOST MFW's are after the amps blow)
If you have an empty or blown MFW-15 (or get one REALLY cheap) this looks to be a very good option. It would be a lot more painful if like me you bought your MFW's for say...$700.00 each (yes I got suckered too) and then had to drop another $750.00 into them to get them working...but at least they would work.
My hope for Kevin's success is that he is able to get a deep enough discount on his amps/drivers/plates that he can reduce the costs and make this a more affordable option for end users. If that happens...look out boys....