Originally Posted by David Barteaux
Let us know how you like the 18.0' it looks nice, but does it live up to the price
Still dialing it in a bit -- will go through the DSP with Nathan Funk some time upcoming. That said, so far, so great. I bought it to fill in the deepest frequencies (within reason) in a fairly sizable room otherwise handled by two JBL 1400s and a JL 112. I have since lifted the LFE duties from the 1400s, which are incredible with music and provide great slam from 30 Hz and above, so I just run them as part of the front tower system with the corresponding JBL PT800s and cross to the FA and JL at 40 Hz.
Used this way, and with lots of SPL orchestrations between the FA and JL, I seem to be on to something. First impressions, borne of a few days of experiments, are that this is a terrific piece, and a most worthy alternative to the best from Paradigm, JL, and Velodyne, and presumably other ID brands. The reach down deep makes it further compelling versus otherwise terrific subs like those offered by SVS. I otherwise considered the JL 112 (to match the pair), the JL 113, the Paradigm Sub 25 (and similar models, though i was less interested in the Sub 1 and Sub 2), and SVS 13-inch models. I have not heard the Seaton or JTRs, but their size and appearance would not have worked in our space so well.
Further to the FA, the "work of art" aesthetics, intriguing ID genesis (had not owned such before, as I have JL, JBL Performance and Synthesis, Revel, and Pioneer EX otherwise), and that low end sold me. I love the JL 112, by the way, and would not hesitate to recommend any of the Fathom or Gotham models. Nevertheless, I was not sure if even two of the 112s aside of the 1400s would have had me hitting the built in limiters (I have done that on my single unit several times before dialing it in more effectively).
The FA seems limitless in comparison and even with the 1400s consigned to front tower, crossed-over duty, would overwhelm my large (4000-plus cubic foot) room with the JL if I did not keep it on a leash.
My new favorite pastime is watching the driver/cone excursions on the two subs. I assume this will pass so I can watch movies again. I do not have a grill cover for the FA, yet (and usually keep the cover off the JL). The driver/cone is a wonderful thing to behold on both, particularly on the Funk.
I would do the same thing all over again (as to the FA) and would have purchased a new one in the first place, but was impatient and saw Banisher's highlight reel, piano black model for sale, so I jumped. The sale model FAs are a great deal, as are the list prices for the full-on deluxe FA 18 models. SVS and Rythmik subs both are a great deal, but the lowest-end extension, overall frequency curve, and work-of-art profile of this sub give me the truest, five-star smile.