Let's attack this from another angle. Remember that I am going to be upgrading from a very
outdated Energy sub (which consists of a single 12" woofer, in a ported box driven by an internal amp of 150 watts RMS) and I haven't had an opportunity to listen to any
of the subs listed. With that in mind which sub setup do you guys collectively think will give me the most dramatic
improvement and "bang for the buck" over what I have now while still coming the closest to a $2k price point? I need a consensus here guys! (surely there is a single
I'm not exactly wanting
to spend $4K, especially not if I can get nearly as big of a gain for half that amount. There is always the law of diminishing returns to consider.
For example - let's assign an arbitrary number of 100% - I may get a 100% improvement in overall bass response and sound quality from what I'm used to
at the $1K to $2K mark whereas I might get a 120% improvement at the $4K mark but that's a relatively modest gain for double the money. For $8K maybe its 130% better but we had to double the money again to achieve an even more modest gain.
Yes, of course these are all arbitrary figures and yes, of course it's all subjective but the principle still holds true. It's kind of like building a computer, you can easily spend double the money on bleeding edge technology only to get a 5% increase in overall computing power.
At some point I'm going to get bigger gains in overall sound quality by putting that money into room treatments or some other part of the system. I'm not certain what point that is but I'm really really
hoping that point can be around or about $2K. For that reason if I went with a Seaton or JL sub for example I will most likely get a single sub because I'd rather not spend $4 or $5 thousand plus freight when I'm pretty confident that I will still see a HUGE improvement from my old Energy with even just one Seaton sub in the room. But having said that, I could
get 2 of some of the other subs on the list such as the Hsus or the the Rhythmiks, etc. which could maybe achieve better overall balance in the room and still be a vast improvement over my current little old Energy sub....but for the same money as a single higher priced sub. And I don't really know which application/subwoofer would yield the most gains while keeping in the general range of $2K...
SO, I'm banking on these being the kinds of questions where all of you submasters who may have heard many of these and are armed with all of the most up to date info can help me out. For this indispensable service I offer nothing
but my gratitude
As to ported vs. sealed, the thing I can't seem to get around is no matter what ported subs I've heard in the past they always seem to be noticeably louder at certain frequencies. I'm assuming that is why almost every ultra high end audiophile/reference sub is a sealed design? I'm definitely looking for accuracy and a flat response at low Hz ranges in whatever new sub setup I go with.