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post #1 of 13 Old 01-21-2013, 08:28 AM - Thread Starter
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JBL Studio 1 Series SUB150P Home Audio Speaker Each versus Klipsch Synergy Sub-10 420W 10" Subwoofer Black

Both essentially 180 dollars from New Egg! Any thoughts on which one might be better?

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Klipsch SUB-10:
- 10" driver
- 200W continuous
- 28Hz @ -3dB

JBL SUB 150P
- 10" driver
- 300W RMS
- 27Hz @ -3dB

For essentially the same $180, I'd take the JBL.
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The JBL subwoofers are notorious for their amplifier module giving out. I wouldn't touch it.
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Funny how they never bother to put that kind of information on their product pages... wink.gif

Well, if it's a known - and common - problem, I'd avoid that sub, too.
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Good to know,I was leaning toward the Klipsch!
Funny, new egg has that listed as 420 watts, but I figured that was wrong...

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Funny, new egg has that listed as 420 watts, but I figured that was wrong...
420W is the Klipsch's "dynamic power" rating. Dynamic power or peak power ratings always look more impressive than continuous or RMS power ratings.
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The JBL subwoofers are notorious for their amplifier module giving out. I wouldn't touch it.

I have two JBL subs, a 10 year old PB12 and an 8 year old E250. Never had a single problem with either of them.

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Just for giggles, I entered "JBL subwoofer" into Amazon's search engine.

Of the first JBL subwoofer that came up on the list, there were sixty-five reviews and of the sixty-five reviews, twelve of them were one or two stars. That's 18.46% of sixty-five reviews.

Regarding reliability issues with current JBL subwoofer products, read the reviews and then decide; buyer beware. cool.gif

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That is not a very good rating, although I am always leary of user rating. However, usually you have the opposite problem...peole wanting to feel good about their purchase by giving whatever crappy thing they bought a good rating (and I am gulity of that as well!)

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
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Of the first JBL subwoofer that came up on the list, there were sixty-five reviews and of the sixty-five reviews, twelve of them were one or two stars. That's 18.46% of sixty-five reviews.
From a cup-half-full perspective:
- 45/65 (or 69.2%) of the reviewers gave a five-star rating.
- 52/65 (or 80%) of the reviewers gave a four- or five-star rating.
- 53/65 (or 81.5%) of the reviewers gave a rating of three stars or higher.

Not too shabby! smile.gif Well, from a cup-half-full perspective, anyway... wink.gif
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From a cup-half-full perspective:
- 45/65 (or 69.2%) of the reviewers gave a five-star rating.
- 52/65 (or 80%) of the reviewers gave a four- or five-star rating.
- 53/65 (or 81.5%) of the reviewers gave a rating of three stars or higher.

Not too shabby! smile.gif Well, from a cup-half-full perspective, anyway... wink.gif

When I buy stuff, I'm definitely a cup half empty kinda guy and besides, doesn't the sky look like it's getting ready to fall? tongue.gif If I'm buying something like a subwoofer and almost one in five say their experience was a bad one, I inclined to believe them and I have excellent luck with purchased items that have a cord attached.

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Are those reviews of the Sub150p? This is a fairly new model, and JBL is a huge company so no reason to assume they're using the same amp as various older models. This JBL sub was pretty well designed, and has solid measured performance, better then any under $200 sub I've seen. I've been recommending this sub for a couple months now, it's only a matter of time before it catches on as the value leader on the forums.
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I have a Klipsch Sub 10 and my amp has gone out on me six times. They(Klipsch) repaired it each time, but I have my fingers crossed every time I play it. It's a nice sub when you aren't blowing amps.
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