Originally Posted by TuteTibiImperes
Nice review. You mention the musicality of the sub, but reading a lot of reviews on the subwoofer forum here there seems to be a consensus that larger subwoofers with a lot of output don't necessarily have to give anything up when it comes to musicality while also offering a ton of output.
Looking at ID subs that go for similar money, from what you've heard, and taking size/appearance out of the equation, is there anything more 'musical' about this sub as compared to something like a PSA S3000i, JTR Captivator 118ht, or Rythmik FV15HP?
All those subs are musical. All those are great subs. And I fully agree with anyone who notes that 15" and 18" woofers are not slow, just as 8" and 10" woofers are not fast--and 12-inchers are not some happy medium. That's mythology. It's all about good design, execution, and integration. And of course output is tied to displacement. End of story.
The idea here is, if you need a subwoofer that's not all that large, is aesthetically pleasing, and has qualities that you could associate with those big boy subwoofers... as long as you don't need big-time dBs or infrasonic capability, then this is an option. Among options.
My point was more based around the notion that spending extra on this, instead of some other commercial subs, does get you extra nuance. But I've heard subs from the brands you mention and they're all fantastic at pulling detail out of music.
Because let's face it, every time I encounter those brands you mention, or Seaton Sound, or SVS... It's in the home of an AVS Forum member, or at a CEDIA demo stocked with AVS Forum members and other AV addicts, generally speaking folks with a totally different concept of what a normal listening level is.