Thanks for your input and information everyone.
I kinda figured it was probably at least an OK sub at the very minimum.
What's the deal /w JBL? I have heard various car audio as well as some audio nerds, say that JBL is really sharp, over colored and the range somewhat compressed, well at least on the low end. In fact, rather their speakers really fall of on the low freq. *IIRC that's what I remember being told, I could be off, I just know JBL was kind of frowned upon. Like maybe they're now in the budget, not WalMart budget, speaker manufacturer category of the industry. Not the great, awesome product they once were, way back in the 60's/70's.
An car audio guy, well, as well as a colleague of his at another company, have said that JBL used to be awesome, but ever since they got bought out, they aren't as good. However, they do still have a few product lines that are really great. You just have to look and dig they said.
Thoughts on the matter?
I was looking at the specs on this, now granted I haven't researched it here on the forum yet, so forgive me if there's a sticky or big article on it somewhere, I noticed it has a paper cone, of which they coat /w a plastic polymer for a process they call "PolyPlas".
It's obviously to protect it from humidity, as which I have read. But I would assume that it also makes it more durable, IE. lasts longer as well as making it a more solid material, preventing air pass through of the cone material during actuation of the driver and travel of the cone. But the latter is an hypothesis more than anything.
Are paper cones still the de facto standard, or is there something better in this day and age?
A little background....
I had a pair of floor standing Sony speakers that were about 3.5-4ft tall, with approx. 14" woofers and several tweeters + a mid range driver or 2, maybe 6-8", not sure. They were from the mid 80's before, I feel anyway, Sony went to pot and started making junk.
Those things were mind blowing in bass reproduction of old analog recordings such as Hotel California. You could crank up the volume to just shy of 1/2 way on the amp, of course we had an analogue EQ, those puppies would vibrate the floor to the point you could see small objects dance around on it. They never distorted, never sounded muddy, never sounded shrill and never flat. The sound stage, dimension and range was just disgusting!!! *In a good way*
I have heard $8k-10k Mirage & Definitive systems that don't sound as good as those Sony's did. Too muddied.
My current system sounds GREAT, surprisingly for its price. But it really lacks in the music dept.... A LOT!! Good fidelity overall, just lacking a bit in midrange, may be perception due to the following. It also severely lacks in bass on 2 channel music (OGG, 384k VBR, CD Audio..). I don't know if it's bad mixing on the amp's part, or if it's the sub itself. I tend to think the latter, because if I crank the sub waaayyy up, it's much better.
She does movies well, not great, nor awesome in the bass dept but well enough. I just watched Dark Shadows on BD for the 1st time since theaters. The sub took a dump when Josette jumped off the cliff and hit the rocks on the ocean shore below, but other than that it sounded quite mind blowing!! I need to tweak the center a bit, teensy bit low.
The 1st time I ever heard the sub bottom out was in the DVD, didn't have the BD, for Inception. OUCH!! I thought my sub was going to break. That track has boatloads of really, really low LFEs in it. YIKES!! I bet it's SICK on a sub that can handle it.
I have since discovered I was over driving the poor thing, in order to get closer the the bass levels I wanted on the aforementioned inadequacies. So I toned it down from about 3/4 turn, to about a 1/3 on the volume knob, plus I fixed the cross-over... I think. As well as discovering the whole story about the LRG vs. SMALL front channel setting. OOPS
Fixed that after learning about it, thanks to the AVS forum.