Originally Posted by tvuong
Steve, how do you like your Rumba12? Do/did you have something else to compare to? Wish I can be close enough to the CA to attend the gtg. There are lots of great subs there and being able to listen to all of them in the same room with folks here is heaven. Thanks.
I love my Rumba 12. Before it, I had/have Adire Audio Dharman, an Energy 8", MFW15, Onix X-sub, AV123 UFW12. Here's what I posted on AVS back in August of 2011:
"If you've been to Murrel's website (simplysoundaudio.com) looking at the version 3 amp, you may have noticed the Rumba 12 sub he now has. Murrel is a humble guy who doesn't toot his own horn so I haven't seen him post anywhere about it. I'd like to tell you a little bit about this sub. A while back I needed a version 3 amp so of course I went to Murrel. I'm a huge fan of the version 3 amp as it simply works exactly as it should. It's the amp the MFW should have started with.
Anyway, I didn't just order the amp. I got to talking to Murrel and found out he was making a new sub that sounded real interesting to me. A sealed 12" design with a 500 watt amp that has parametric EQ. All made in the U.S. with quality parts. I knew I trusted Murrel as he came up with the version 2 amp fix and didn't try to sell it-he just told everyone about it as well as walking many people step by step over the phone how to do it and diagnose their amp problems-and he was helping people get the version 3 amp and not really making enough money to cover the time of doing it.
I asked him if I could buy one even though he was not quite ready and set up to go to the market with them and no one had one so there was zero user feedback. He agreed since he wanted to test out his shipping packaging to make sure the sub would arrive to customers undamaged. I'm extremely impressed with what arrived. It's a fairly small enclosure, 16x16x16, but with that sized enclosure it's still 75 pounds. Everything about this sub is solid, dense, and heavy duty.
I wanted the sub for a 2.1 channel music setup paired with a pair of Swan D2.1SE speakers. The Swans have a lot of bass, but they are in a very large, living room open to a dining room and the rest of the house so a sub was needed. I've tried an MFW15 there as well as a sealed ULW10. I really like the MFW for HT, but not so much for music. The ULW just didn't offer enough sub for the giant area it was in.
The Rumba 12 is a fantastic sub for music. I had plans to also try it out in my HT (where triple MFW15s are) just to see how it sounds for HT, but I have been unwilling to let it leave my music setup for a weekend of playing with it in my HT. I have no doubt it would be great for HT as well. The Rumba 12 offers very tight, fast, articulate bass. It's always under complete control. The MFW15 for music always had enough power, but it just didn't feel as connected to the music as I knew a sub could be. For music, the MFW15 acts like a big old 70's Cadillac with a large engine but a soft suspension. It has gobs of power but just isn't connected to the road. The Rumba 12" acts more like a finely tuned sports car. It's simply totally connected to the music. I love this sub. I'm not a charts and graph guy so I can't provide the charts I know some people love. Murrel has some on his site.
I just wanted to say a few words about this sub because I didn't think anyone really knew about it and it's a wonderful sub. I couldn't be happier. Pics and info can be found at simplysoundaudio.com/Rumba_12.html
. For full disclosure I did get a coupe bucks knocked off the price listed on the web page because I bought his pre production unit that has no finish on the wood and the driver is not setback flush with the enclosure. That did not influence my feelings about the sub though. In fact, I think the full production unit with a black finish is actually a better deal because I have to apply a finish the wood : ) I did not want to wait for the production units though. I'm glad I didn't wait as I've enjoyed it so much.
I think anyone looking for an awesome sub from a guy you know you can trust should talk to Murrel about the Rumba 12. You won't be sorry."