if you want to blow up your dayton 10" -- that's on you bro.
I'm sure we could find some clips to do it. I think you'd have a harder time damaging the HSU mid bass module -- Dr. Hsu knows how to implement a HPF that protects his equipment better than most.
I laughed when I read your post, but I'm going to pause here to say that isn't the point of this meet. I can see it now - - - - nobody would come or bring their subs for fear that our entire plan is to run them into the ground.
nah that ain't it. (but it was fun in 2011 when some of the more adventurous attenders just said to heck with it and turned it up).
A few things come to mind and yeah I think you missed the 'best' of the worst moments.
The Jensen which sounded plum awful on nearly every movie clip at the level Stephen was playing. It was farting most of the time. We just skipped half the movie clip lineup cause it sounded so bad. Stephen looked over at me and asked do you think we should turn it down? I said I think you should turn it off. We both had a laugh. Then there was my Jamo D7sub that couldn't keep up with what I was asking it to do and as best I can tell the amp just overheated because it started sounding AWFUL!!!! I thought I blew the driver, it was buzzing, and pitifully weak and I thought it was ruined, but the next time I tried it about a week later it worked fine. But probably my favorite was when we demoed the older SVS PB12+ that chirpie owned. Chirpie had pushed that thing to the limit more than once. The SVS didn't have a graceful limiter. It clanked and complained like an old steam engine at its limits. During the Iron Man sonic boom scene there is supposed to be a cool bass sounding Kaboom (which as you mentioned the HSU and Epik just said "nope" and didn't even try). Well the SVS girded up its loins and DID try. the effort resulted in a clank that sounded like a 60lb sledge hammer hit a steel tent peg. It was that tone, and it was LOUD. We all cringed -- It was a terrible sound, and I thought the SVS was through. Somehow it wasn't, and it just kept on going. Chirpie still has the sub and says it's fine. Those SVS drivers seem to be as bullet proof as they claim.
Anyway, by the time you got there that night we were into the higher end subs and most of them could either reproduce the content or didn't try because of effective limiters in place.
I think for this budget sub meet that 2011 model was best. Because the subs have wildly different potentials, we should just let the owner hold the remote and turn up or down the volume as he sees fit. My intet isn't to hurt the subs. (heck I'll have a couple of my own in there). The intent is just to have some fun listening to what's available on a modest budget.