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post #121 of 1245 Old 12-09-2011, 08:05 PM - Thread Starter
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Ya know, for someone who didn't post anything for over 5 years you're certainly going all out now!

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hey Jim, you may want to note the Polk PSW505 is now a vintage piece.
no longer in production according to the link.
though it may still be available at some suppliers........

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hey Jim, you may want to note the Polk PSW505 is now a vintage piece.
no longer in production according to the link.
though it may still be available at some suppliers........

Excellent idea! So something like this: {Polk lists this model as discontinued, yet it's been available for years anyway. it also seems to be on perpetual sale, which is why I included it}.

Coincidently, that very thing is on page 1, directly under the PSW505.

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Great thread!

What would be helpful is a sublist listing models that can do 25Hz and below +-2dB and another list for +-3dB.
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Great thread!

What would be helpful is a sublist listing models that can do 25Hz and below +-2dB and another list for +-3dB.

Those are going to be very short lists.
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Those are going to be very short lists.

The shorter the better! Less choices to make the mind go ballistic... Great for newbies, who are more likely to buy them any way!
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Great thread!

What would be helpful is a sublist listing models that can do 25Hz and below +-2dB and another list for +-3dB.


Whether a manufacturer uses +/-2b or +/-3b for the tuning points, they are usually claiming that it is relatively flat.


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Unfortunately, there's no realistic way of doing that type of categorization. What numbers should I use, the manufacturers? We all know how accurate most of those are (DefTech claims some of their SuperCubes can get into the mid-teens Hz level, which I consider highly suspect). Very few of these subwoofers are reviewed by an objective third party either, so I have no place to go where I can compare apples-to-apples.

I do concede the fact this list is rather large -- much bigger then I anticipated when I first started to compile it -- and can be a bit overwhelming, but I'm really not sure if breaking it down by what's essentially a subjective measure is the best choice.

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I do concede the fact this list is rather large -- much bigger then I anticipated when I first started to compile it -- and can be a bit overwhelming, but I'm really not sure if breaking it down by what's essentially a subjective measure is the best choice.


I would guess that sorting the list by popularity/sales/Amount of people on avsf using them would be one metric. Again, I'm not sure how you'd go about gathering that data.

So I suggest this: You've worked hard at compiling this list, you've seen the specs of many of these subs, and you've seen many posts where ppl ask for opinions and get some feedback from the guys who know. I say, compile a "JimWilson's top-5 picks based upon casual observations" and put it at the top. That way, a noob could go out there and purchase a sub in the top-5 and not end up making a silly choice.
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I would guess that sorting the list by "amount sold" or Amount of people on avsf using them would be one metric. Again, I'm not sure how you'd go about gathering that data.

So I suggest this: You've worked hard at compiling this list, you've seen the specs of many of these subs, and you've seen many posts where ppl ask for opinions and get some feedback from the guys who know. I say, compile a "JimWilson's top-5 picks based upon casual observations" and put it at the top. That way, a noob could go out there and purchase a sub in the top-5 and not end up making a silly choice.

I like that idea. I've been following this thread from the beggining and I for one would be comfortable in purchasing one of your suggestions. I also can affirm that you have personally bought and tested some of these.

Look at what you've started now...
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I like that idea. I've been following this thread from the beggining and I for one would be comfortable in purchasing one of your suggestions. I also can affirm that you have personally bought and tested some of these.

That's a very gracious thing to say. Thank you.

I've recently finished evaluating the Technical Pro SW1201, but haven't written the review yet. I just got an OSD PS10 today, so I'll break that one in and then start jotting down some notes. So there are a few more on the way.

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Look at what you've started now...

I've begun to think something very similar to that...

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That's a very gracious thing to say. Thank you.

I've recently finished evaluating the Technical Pro SW1201, but haven't written the review yet. I just got an OSD PS10 today, so I'll break that one in and then start jotting down some notes. So there are a few more on the way.



I've begun to think something very similar to that...

no prob, it's not hard to figure out who knows what they're talking about and who's blowing smoke up ppl's "rear end". I sense that you know what you're talking about.

their is about 15 to 20 members here that I like to follow their posts, you're one of them, so keep 'em coming.
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This is a really good thread for the budget minded people...However, maybe if you rated the subs you tested as far as output and build quality go would even make it that much better. I understand you may not have the time but would make this a very interesting read. Just my 2 cents but thanks for the info!
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no prob, it's not hard to figure out who knows what they're talking about and who's blowing smoke up ppl's "rear end". I sense that you know what you're talking about.

their is about 15 to 20 members here that I like to follow their posts, you're one of them, so keep 'em coming.

I appreciate the kind words. Thank you again.

I spent more time on the Technical Pro write up today, so I should have that one out in a couple of days. I have most of my notes for the OSD review as well, but I still have another week or two with it before I write anything.

After that it will probably be the NXG NX-PROSUB300, but from there I'm not sure. I'll have to go over the list again and see if anything else strikes my fancy. Perhaps a Dayton sub.

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This is a really good thread for the budget minded people...However, maybe if you rated the subs you tested as far as output and build quality go would even make it that much better. I understand you may not have the time but would make this a very interesting read. Just my 2 cents but thanks for the info!

This request -- or one of a similar nature -- keeps being brought up, so I'm definitely going to have to do something about it.

What I'll more then likely do is add a link to the reviews I post, since the work has been done already. For everything else I'll try and find an "official" owners thread and use that instead. Since my reviews are always contained in an owners thread anyway it would at least keep the links comparable.

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I have the BIC Venturi V1020.

I have been very happy with it granted I have only owned it for about 22 months.
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I appreciate the kind words. Thank you again.

I spent more time on the Technical Pro write up today, so I should have that one out in a couple of days. I have most of my notes for the OSD review as well, but I still have another week or two with it before I write anything.

After that it will probably be the NXG NX-PROSUB300, but from there I'm not sure. I'll have to go over the list again and see if anything else strikes my fancy. Perhaps a Dayton sub.

well, I just ditch my 2 F12 and ordered 2 PA-120. I know they're probably close in performance but the fit and finish on the Bic was not the best. Also after reading a few posts on other forums and seing pics inside the PA, I was pretty impress with all the bracing inside the PA. Can't wait to get them
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Polk PSW505 is well worth the $$$ you'll find it for at present. I have compared this sub with some that are several times the cost, and this beast did not disappoint. As a matter of fact, I just got one to join with my Paradigm PW 2200... the original Beast.

If anyone is looking for a good sub and don't want to spend much, get the Polk PSW505.

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It's $190 right now at meijer.
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It's $190 right now at meijer.

That's pretty cheap. Thanks for the heads up.

I just looked at the Amazon link I had used previously and it's again being offered for less than $300, so I may have to add it back.

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It's $190 right now at meijer.

This turned out to be too tempting; I ended up ordering one of these for my next budget subwoofer review. Now perhaps I'll find out why Pinnacle subwoofers are so expensive.

Unfortunately Meijer does not accept returns on opened electronics, so apparently I've just bought a subwoofer. My collection is growing it seems...

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Mysteriously the selling price went back below $300 again. That didn't seem to take long, did it?

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Here's a couple more subs for your thread. I've ordered and used one of those so if you want some feedback, let me know. This is from a Canadian retailer. Don't seem to be a website for the company itself.

Vector Research BASS8

Vector Research BASS12

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I wasn't able to find a manufacturers website either, which seems very odd. Do you know if they're available in the States or are they only sold in Canada? Either way they fit the criteria, so I'll add them. Thanks for the links.

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I found these to add to the list.

BIC-VK-12

Amazon has them for $267.54

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=new

MTX CT12SW $269.00 on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/MTX-CT12SW-Wir...6115875&sr=1-1

Infinity PS 12 $268.69

http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-12-Su...6116619&sr=1-4

Pinnacle Clearance @ Meijer's

http://www.meijer.com/catalog/search...yword=pinnacle



Acoustech H-100 Cinema Series $279.00

http://www.amazon.com/Acoustech-H-10...117340&sr=1-17


Infinity Primus 10 $299.94

http://www.amazon.com/Acoustic-HD-SU...6116737&sr=1-5



Acoustic Audio HD-SUB15 $268.88

http://www.amazon.com/Acoustic-HD-SU...6116737&sr=1-5
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I found these to add to the list.
BIC-VK-12
MTX CT12SW
Infinity PS 12
Acoustech H-100 Cinema Series
Infinity Primus 10
Acoustic Audio HD-SUB15

Did someone have a little free time on their hands this past weekend?

Thank you for the list. I looked it over and did find that the MTX CT12SW and Infinity PS 12 are new ones that I can add. The Acoustech (BIC) H-100 and Acoustic Audio HD-SUB15 were already listed in the first post. The Infinity Primus 10 is actually the PS410BK, which is there too. As it turns out, the BIC VK-12 is an interesting story...

In the past when I searched Amazon for the VK-12 I always saw a price that was more then $300, so I dismissed it. I searched again this morning and that's still what I get, so now I'm thinking "what am I missing here?". However, using your link it does show a vendor selling it for $267, and that vendor is Amazon! When you do a quick search on Amazon the primary link it finds is for Sound Distributors, which charges more then Amazon themselves. Even if you search the entire Electronics section for "vk-12" it never finds the link where they (Amazon) sell it. Confused yet? I certainly am.

Either way... since the BIC subs appear to be quite popular I'll add it, even though I do have some reservations. The CT12SW and the PS 12 will be added too.

Thanks for finding them. Keep 'em coming...

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Jim,

I was thinking the same thing when I found the BIC VK-12 on Amazon. When I did the "basic" search, I saw the $329.00 price, but when I look below, it showed the price under $300 from other sellers selling NEW, so I clicked on that link and saw that the lowest price was Amazon, I laughed.

The Acoustic Audio HD-SUB15 I did not see on the list. Acoustic Audio was the first listing and I only saw the 10 and 12, that is why I listed the 15. Was I looking in the wrong place?
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