Originally Posted by JimWilson
After running my Sub12D for over 15 hours now I think it's about as broken in as it will probably ever be. Under normal circumstances I wouldn't even consider doing a review so early, but this isn't normal circumstances I'm afraid. You'll understand why a bit later. Let me start at the beginning though...
The unit came double boxed. The subwoofer had styrofoam between itself and all 6 sides; the top and bottom were of the molded, form-fitting variety, while the 4 vertical sides were sheets dropped into the box. The unit was sealed in a plastic bag too. The owners "manual" was a single laminated sheet of thick paper which contained the installation instructions. An accessories bag was included, which had a male-to-dual female RCA adapter, as well as a twin RCA cable with 90 degree bends on one end. I didn't use any of the accessories however, because they're a little on the cheap side. But it was nice they were included.
Once unboxed the subwoofer weighed in at 25 pounds, so it's definitely on the light side. For a unit with a 12" driver it's very compact. The cabinet is made from .5" MDF, which probably goes a long way towards explaining why it's so light. Peering into the port slot on the bottom reveals a rather well done glue job, not at all sloppy like some budget subs. Every single screw -- on the amp, driver and feet -- was properly tightened. Not one of them was stripped either.
The website says the finish is black, but the pictures they have make it look more tan to me. It's mostly black in real life, but it has a silvery hue to it in various parts of the grain. It's odd and unique at the same time. There's what appears to be a smattering of left-over glue right next to the name plate on the front panel, as though they put the plate in the wrong spot initially and had to move it. There are some tiny impressions and imperfections in the finish, but I really had to look hard in order to find them. Overall the exterior seems good.
So how does it work/sound? Not that impressive, quite frankly. Remember earlier when I indicated 15 hours was enough? From what I can tell it's as good as it's going to get, which is not very good unfortunately.To start with, the lower extension is weak
. I keep thinking words like 'thin' and 'gutless'. I'm upgrading from an Orb Audio Super8 and it has deeper bass then the Sub12D does, and that only has an 8" driver compared to this ones 12" driver. I find this terribly disappointing for a unit with a 350 watt RMS amp. The Sub12D can play far louder then the Super8 though
.Right now I have it's gain set to 75%, and my AVR has been jacked up to +10dB, yet the extension is still anemic
. That just seems awfully hot for the (lack of) response I'm getting. The auto-on function doesn't appear to work either, or at least I can't get it to work. Since it's been running the amp has only gotten slightly warm, and I've had it playing at an elevated level for a few hours now.
I was in contact with OFD's Customer Service before I got the sub, and Technical Support afterwards, just to see how they performed. Everything was done via email. Most times they answered quickly -- within 1 hour on several occasions -- but other times messages were never returned. They always seemed helpful on the emails I did get.
Technical Support provided more detailed responses then Customer Service did. I worked with one of their tech's a few times to try and get some more bass output from the Sub12D, but he wasn't able to suggest anything that I hadn't already done (adjust gain, channel level, crossover, move the sub to different locations, etc). Sadly, it appears like there just isn't anything left to get.
One interesting side note I uncovered; it seems that the Theater Solutions Sub8D, Sub10D and Sub12D are the exact same units Acoustic Audio sells as the RWSUB 8, RWSUB 10 and RWSUB 12 respectively. I was able to find pictures of each that clearly showed there were no differences. Every component -- cabinet, driver, amp, attached power cable, feet -- were identical. Even the name plate affixed to the front was the same (well, except for the name on the plate). The Acoustic Audio subs have slowly been disappearing from their website, and they aren't being replaced it seems, so Theater Solutions may end up being the only one selling these particular models sooner then later. But it does infer it's just a generic, mass produced subwoofer, and not something designed to anyone's unique specifications.
I'm going to leave it hooked up for a few more days, just in case it gets better somehow, but I'm not encouraged. If it doesn't improve then I'll avail myself of OFD's 30 day, no questions asked, free shipping, money back guarantee. For a sub in this class I still think that's fantastic (along with the lifetime warranty, of course).
Since everyone's experience can vary you may still wish to give Theater Solutions a shot. YMMV, after all. It's painless to try, and with no cost to you whatsoever, it's something that might be worth considering.