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There's these new listings on Amazon from some company called OSD whose claim to fame is making outdoor speakers.

OSD Audio PS12 High Powered 175W Premium 12-Inch Home Theatre Subwoofer

They have the "premium" model in 12 and 10" and a lesser (down firing) version for less.

The specs on the 12" premium model are quite fascinating.

It is rated from 5 (yep 5hz) t0 180hz -3db. All for less than $250. :-)

http://www.amazon.com/OSD-Audio-PS12...162444&sr=1-27

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There's these new listings on Amazon from some company called OSD whose claim to fame is making outdoor speakers.

OSD Audio PS12 High Powered 175W Premium 12-Inch Home Theatre Subwoofer

They have the "premium" model in 12 and 10" and a lesser (down firing) version for less.

The specs on the 12" premium model are quite fascinating.

It is rated from 5 (yep 5hz) t0 180hz -3db. All for less than $250. :-)

http://www.amazon.com/OSD-Audio-PS12...162444&sr=1-27

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There's these new listings on Amazon from some company called OSD whose claim to fame is making outdoor speakers.

OSD Audio PS12 High Powered 175W Premium 12-Inch Home Theatre Subwoofer

They have the "premium" model in 12 and 10" and a lesser (down firing) version for less.

The specs on the 12" premium model are quite fascinating.

It is rated from 5 (yep 5hz) t0 180hz -3db. All for less than $250. :-)

It does indeed say 5Hz. What a phenomenal feat of engineering! My guess is that's supposed to be 50Hz though, and I think I found the missing 0; instead of "to" 180Hz your wrote "t0", so it's all your fault.

OSD does make a few different models, all of which will be added. Thanks...

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It does indeed say 5Hz. What a phenomenal feat of engineering! My guess is that's supposed to be 50Hz though, and I think I found the missing 0; instead of "to" 180Hz your wrote "t0", so it's all your fault.

OSD does make a few different models, all of which will be added. Thanks...

This obscure sub would be hard to recommend compared to known entities like BIC for about the same price. And, one could get 3 of the Monoprice 12 inch subs for the price of 1 OSD sub. The 15 X 16.5 X 15.5 dimensions are not inspiring. Maximum output at 45 Hz or higher with very very limited response below 35 hz is likely. The 2 so-called reviews are meaningless.
At least with the Monoprice sub you get what you are paying for.
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This obscure sub would be hard to recommend compared to known entities like BIC for about the same price. And, one could get 3 of the Monoprice 12 inch subs for the price of 1 OSD sub. The 15 X 16.5 X 15.5 dimensions are not inspiring. Maximum output at 45 Hz or higher with very very limited response below 35 hz is likely. The 2 so-called reviews are meaningless.
At least with the Monoprice sub you get what you are paying for.

Actually, looking at the OSD website: http://www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com/1...ofer-ps12.html
.... it is listed as going down to 25hz. For a 12-inch ported subwoofer of that size, the specifications seem reasonable. The amp on the back looks beefy for the price.
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Actually, looking at the OSD website: http://www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com/1...ofer-ps12.html
.... it is listed as going down to 25hz. For a 12-inch ported subwoofer of that size, the specifications seem reasonable. The amp on the back looks beefy for the price.

That looks like the AudioSource PSW112. The amp seems to be the exact same one too. The only difference is the controls in the back instead of on the front.
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There is a similarity, isn't there? I'm thinking about ordering one of those OSD subs for my next review, as soon as I'm done with the XTZ (which should be this week). Perhaps I'll find out for myself what they're really like.

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Of most of the subs in this place, which of them would be best for HT and music and gaming. I have done some research and the most prominent that sticks out is the Bic F-12...any others that would be decent for all around?
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Of most of the subs in this place, which of them would be best for HT and music and gaming. I have done some research and the most prominent that sticks out is the Bic F-12...any others that would be decent for all around?

Woot, I have 2 F12 on their way. I've learn on this forum that the F12 isn't suited for music but it's ok as I use my system 95% for movies and gaming.

For you, the Polk PSW505 would be my first choice followed by the Lava LSP-12. Never heard the Lava but the 505, depending on the size of your room and with proper placement and tuning can make your eyeballs vibrate. The Lava gets respect here on AVS.

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Yep...I am in the market, and think i am going to get an ultra 12, talked to emotiva yesterday, and they are going to lay the ultra 12 down...

wouldnt it be hard to repair the Ultra if it were to break down in the future since its discontinued?

and what do you guys mean its good for high volumes? what if you wanted to play it at low volumes?
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wouldnt it be hard to repair the Ultra if it were to break down in the future since its discontinued?

and what do you guys mean its good for high volumes? what if you wanted to play it at low volumes?

Emotiva is a good company, so I don't think you'd have much to worry about. I believe the warranty is 5 years on parts and labor, so you should be set for a while.

Just to reiterate... the purpose of this thread isn't really to discuss any particular subwoofer, it's purely informational in nature. If you have specific questions about something it would be better to start a new thread, that way all the answers you get will be focused on your specific situation.

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What about the BIC Acoustech PL-200? From the different threads I've found, it seems to be easily purchased for around $280.
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Of most of the subs in this place, which of them would be best for HT and music and gaming. I have done some research and the most prominent that sticks out is the Bic F-12...any others that would be decent for all around?

I was going to get the F-12 for my first sub, but was able to purchase the PL-200 for $249 today.

I would say that the F-12 is easily the "best" for under $200.
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Thanks for this thread! So much good info.

Just a quick heads up, right now on Amazon the Polk PSW505 is $179!

I think I am going to pull the trigger. Hard not to at that price.
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I was going to get the F-12 for my first sub, but was able to purchase the PL-200 for $249 today.

I would say that the F-12 is easily the "best" for under $200.

where did you get the PL-200 for that price?
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What about the BIC Acoustech PL-200? From the different threads I've found, it seems to be easily purchased for around $280.

If I'm able to verify it can be purchased for less than $300 on a consistent basis I'll certainly add it to the list. Where are you seeing it offered for that price?

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If I'm able to verify it can be purchased for less than $300 on a consistent basis I'll certainly add it to the list. Where are you seeing it offered for that price?

It's not advertised anywhere, but Sound Distributors will accept offers under $300 (they have it listed for $329). The PL-200 thread has multiple AVS members who have purchased it for about $280.

Here's the thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1137113
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where did you get the PL-200 for that price?

Acoustic Sound Design. I made an offer via eBay.
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Acoustic Sound Design. I made an offer via eBay.

How much longer do you think that deal would last...I'm waiting till BF to see if it gets any cheaper
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How much longer do you think that deal would last...I'm waiting till BF to see if it gets any cheaper

No idea. They always have the PL-200 for sale on their website and eBay for their regular price ($329), but you can always make them an offer. According to earlier posts, they will typically sell them for $280, but I guess I caught them on a slow day.

I thought about waiting until BF as well, but the price I got seemed to be the lowest one posted, so I opted to pull the trigger. I'm not sure if this one will be sold for cheaper, but some other BIC subs (F-12 and V1220) seem to get really low around the holidays. I think the lowest price reported for the V1220 was $150.
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Not sure if this one fits the list. The Velodyne VX-11. The listed MSRP is over $300, but it can usually be found for at or below $200 without much effort.


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It fits. The only real criteria is if you can buy it more often then not for less then $300. I wasn't able to find any place selling it for $200 but I did locate a bunch of places that had it for under $300, so it's a valid candidate. Thanks.

I've seen it as low as $148.00 plus shipping on line. (Expo and Amazon) Unlike the Impact 10, there is no price protection on this sub. You just need to shop it. Very good bang for the buck.


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I think that you should seriously consider temporarily adding the Emotiva Ultra 12 at it current price of $329. There's nothing magic about the exact $300 price point, not when you can an source an interesting music first subwoofer like the Emotiva for a paltry $29 more.

People may end up kicking themselves if they don't know that for the moment they can get an interesting small sealed sub for just a few dollars more than many of their other choices.
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I think that you should seriously consider temporarily adding the Emotiva Ultra 12 at it current price of $329. There's nothing magic about the exact $300 price point, not when you can an source an interesting music first subwoofer like the Emotiva for a paltry $29 more.

People may end up kicking themselves if they don't know that for the moment they can get an interesting small sealed sub for just a few dollars more than many of their other choices.

Good point. Maybe we should raise the ceiling another $50.00 or so for sealed subs which typically run higher then ported ones.


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