Originally Posted by Audiophile2k
Keep in mind when comparing anything to databass numbers that they are more than likely not measured the same. Josh does a 2 meter outdoor ground plane measurement for the charts you see on databass...most others use 1 meter and sometimes "in room" response...in other words apples and oranges. Only compare data bass to other data bass measurements to be accurate in any conclusions you are drawing.
Fair point. But Ed Mullen also did most measurements at 2m ground plane if you read the review.
Regardless, the overarching point is that there isn't really any evidence to support the idea that the PL-200 is better than the STF-2, which was the claim I was responding to. Even if you grant some apples to oranges slack and credit the PL-200 with a bit of extra output potential in its peaky mid bass range, there is ample data that the HSU is superior in every other respect (linearity, distortion, and extension).
I will note the comments from data bass: "The PL-200 does not have a lot of extension or output and unfortunately the inductance of the driver limits the top end output as the upper bass of the response is greatly rolled off. On a positive note this subwoofer has a good limiter in place which makes it dummy proof and prevents you from blowing it up with too much input signal. Also the distortion performance above tune is quite good even at maximum output, but some vent noise was notable at the highest output levels. In room this unit should extend to 30Hz with useful output."
BTW I owned the BIC VK12 (sort of the predecessor to the PL-200) and it moved plenty of air, I would heartily recommend it as a budget ht sub. But I would never describe it as tight, accurate or musical, qualities which the HSU should bring to the table. Also note again that I didn't feel it was worth the extra money for somebody setting up a budget gaming system.