We appreciate the renewed interest in the Speedwoofer. I'll try to quickly address some of the comments.
We would like to have Jim listen to the sub. However, as a small company, we have only a few review samples. Right now they are out. We've been promised them back by the end of June, but it seems like there's delays. I asked Jim to phone me so we can discuss it further. I hope we get some back sooner, because we'll need them for the T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach at the beginning of June (if any of you can make it, please drop by, we'd like to meet you).
As far as comments from people who have returned them, we started selling our current speaker line in January of 2011. Since that time, it's been 18 months and so far, we've only had 2 subwoofer returns. One was a person who returned a 5.1 system with the sub. His exact reason: I'm a Jenifer Lopez fan and I didn't like the way she sounded on the music streaming service over my cable TV.
The second was for a person who bought a 5.1 system. He decided to keep the satellites and that he could save money by using his brother-in-law's $300 Polk subwoofer.
When we designed to Speedwoofer, our goal was not just to achieve low end frequency response and power, but to do it with more detail then what we heard was available. We're basically audiophiles and didn't want to sacrifice clarity in the interest of merely shaking the walls (even though Grant Clauser in Electronic House wrote, don't crank it up or you'll blow your floor out.) For those who are primarily interested in bass quantity alone, we agree that there may be a better choice. For those who want the best combination of detail and power, we honestly think we have the best value going.
Several of our subwoofer customers have purchased the Speedwoofer to go with their electrostatic speakers and as most of you know, that's a difficult match. Here's an honest review from one person:
I have owned many high end subs over the years, and stumbling on the RSL Sub was the best thing that ever happened! I have almost given up on trying to match subs with just about any speaker as getting it to blend was always difficult to get right. Now on my quest to find a sub to go with my Maggie 1.7's I bought and sold two other subwoofers I recently purchased with no real luck in blending with the 1.7.s I could always tell there was a sub in the mix muddying up the sound. When I got the RSL sub I was shocked at how well it blended with the 1.7's. I almost thought something was wrong with it because it was not booming & drawing attention to itself like my other subs. But I soon realized it was just so fast, I could not hear it mucking up the sound. Just vibrant, fast & articulate sound. Exactly what the Maggies needed!
Now, I have since sold the Maggies and bought the ultimate test for the sub...A pair of Martin Logan CLS. The original full electrostat speaker, and I am happy to say the sub again is a perfect match. If it had not been (with either speaker) believe me I would have sent it back since RSL offers a no brainer money back guarantee.
A buddy of mine always tries to convince me to keep a good sub around as I go through speakers, but I always ended up selling them simply because I was not happy enough with them to keep em.
Well' I passed my 30 day return, and the only thing RSL will get from me is probably a check for another Speedwoofer. But, I am not sure I will need another one as one is enough. This is a fantastic sub, and even though it is a "music first" sub, it does a great job on movies as well. A true Keeper!!!
Also, I do not wish to mention the other sub brands I have owned, but every one of them was more expensive than the RSL. They all ranged between $995-$3500.
Bobby from Texas
Lastly, I don't know how the magazines measured the Speedwoofer, but we did our outdoors with different results. Also, honestly not one customer has ever mentioned the issue of port noise.
Thanks for reading this lengthy post.