Originally Posted by lightandshade
Hi JimWilson, I noticed that you have reviewed many subs, and I was wondering, as I haven't perused everything here, if you or anyone else has seen if the subs offered by OnlyFactoryDirect, aka the Acoustic Audio or Theater Solutions, were OEM manufactured by Dayton Audio?
Steer clear of AA and Theater Solutions as both are not worth whatever you would spend on them.
AA makes generic and completely unimpressive subwoofers, but they were a good value play at one point. A few years ago they had a batch of bad amps and they took to the hills, leaving a lot of customers with defective product and no way of being made whole. In my book, once a company does something like that they are no longer a consideration.
In the case of Theater Solutions, the subwoofers they make are all but lifeless. One of the first units I reviewed was their Sub12D
, and it was so bad that to this day - after publishing more than 50 evals - it has the distinction of being the only one that I aborted and didn't finish. It simply wasn't worth the time and effort.
FWIW 1... neither AA or TS design or build their own subwoofers, they farm that out to a contract vendor. At one point both companies used the exact same OEM and subwoofer, with just the badge being different. Not sure if that's still true today though.
FWIW 2... Only Factory Direct is a great company to work with. I found their customer service to be quite good. I actually purchased something from them about a year after I did the TS review. It's a shame they don't have decent audio products to sell as I would certainly use them again.