Originally Posted by binarysoldier
Thanks for all of the advice everyone. I think I have reached a decision to buy the Epik Empire. Avarice says it hits deep at mid to low volumes and I believe him. It seems to be the lowest cost of all the subs, also the heaviest and with the biggest amp.
If I was to get the Rhythmik it would be the 15-HO with the 600 watt amplifier, but that is the same price as the JTR Captivator (no amp). HSU has a great reputation and flexiblity but to be honest it's just not blowing me away. I wish I could audition all of these subs but I cant. If the Empire turns put to be inadequate I will sell it and get a Captivator.
Obviously you can choose whatever you want, but I wanted to clear up a few misconceptions from your post.
First, the Empire doesn't "hit deep" at any volumes. Deep is usually defined as 20hz and below. The Empire can go to 20hz with some authority, and perhaps 16hz with less authority, but it simply won't go lower than that. Tests prove it.
Also, weight is not nearly that important for a dual-opposed sub design - the design eliminates most cabinet vibration worries. Weight is also not an indicator of quality: MDF is considerably heavier (and less expensive) than void-free Baltic Birch, yet both are used frequently in building subs.
Amp output is another thing to take with a grain of salt. Both the Epik Empire and the Rythmik FV15HP (not the 15-HO you quoted) amps are rated at 600W RMS. I can't say if one is better than the other, but there have been quite a few problems with the Epik Empire's amps failing reported in the last two months. On the other side, Rythmik has had an amp shortage for several months.
The one other thing I wanted to point out is that you incorrectly stated the Rythmik FV15HP's model number and price. The Rythmik FV15HP's base price is $1199 + shipping. The Empire's base price is $799+ shipping. The passive 2011 Captivator's price is $1499 + shipping + amp.
Good luck, and I hope you enjoy whatever decision you make!