Originally Posted by JimWilson
I suspect you'll be pleasantly surprised by what the SUB-1200 can do, given it's price. After you've had the opportunity to get it broken in and tuned be sure to come back and post your thoughts.
Set up and dialed in the Dayton SUB-1200. Initial impression is that it goes a little lower than the towers, but with more authority. At the low volumes I play, it will likely take a good long while to "break-in".
On some of the reviews of the SUB-1200, an issue was raised with the auto-on not working well enough or perhaps not entirely as expected. Out of curiosity, I hooked up a kill-a-watt meter to the sub and noted the following:
When turned off, drew about 2 watts at 120 volts house current
When set to auto-on, with no signal, drew about 2 watts at 120 volts house current.
When turned on with no signal, drew about 6 watts at 120 volts house current.
So, leaving it on all the time vs turning off or leaving in auto-on mode uses an extra 4 watts / hour of house current (about the same as an old style incandescent night light). 4 watts x 24 hours x 365 days = 35040 watts / year , or about 35 kilowatts. 35 kilowatts * .15 cents / Kilowatt = ~ $5.25 / year more to leave the sub on all the time vs turning it off or leaving in auto mode.