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I compared the two F112 V2s to the PB16-Ultra I reviewed, which I ran sealed as well as ported. I needed both F112s to keep up with that beast.

But anecdotally, what happened over the course of the PB16-Ultra review is I kept using the JLs for my personal listening. I only really ran the big SVS when I was evaluating it. Now, please note that I'm never maxing out the capabilities of either the twin F112s or the PB16-Ultra, so it's not a peak output discussion with me. I just... liked running the JLs. Is that OK to say? Lol.
Did the JLs just sound better? Think that might be because you have two of them? The JLs are well out of my price range, but I have been considering dual SB16s. I'm currently running four LSiM703s and a 706c. I currently have no subs.
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Did the JLs just sound better? Think that might be because you have two of them? The JLs are well out of my price range, but I have been considering dual SB16s. I'm currently running four LSiM703s and a 706c. I currently have no subs.
Could be having two, although I have 'em stacked vertically. Could be the EQ? Fact, it's irrelevant to try and compare without physically swapping them out. The F112V2 is about a heavy a thing as I'm willing to move. The PB16-Ultra is beyond what I can easily move without sliding, and bulky. So that did not happen.

JL's solution is elegant and also the calibration mic is high quality. Now, if I was spending JL money on subs, I'd be doing it DIY and building my own DSP correction. But man, JL takes the endgame and stuffs it into such a nice, small, shiny box. Respect.


And as for SVS, the 16-Ultras are extremely fine subs too. What more can you say? The JL's are high-end luxury subs and deliver but price/performance is not really a top-level consideration. SVS's latest is more like a performance sub with some luxury features. But, compare (for example) the piano gloss on the two... JL's fit and finish is immaculate.
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Could be having two, although I have 'em stacked vertically. Could be the EQ? Fact, it's irrelevant to try and compare without physically swapping them out. The F112V2 is about a heavy a thing as I'm willing to move. The PB16-Ultra is beyond what I can easily move without sliding, and bulky. So that did not happen.

JL's solution is elegant and also the calibration mic is high quality. Now, if I was spending JL money on subs, I'd be doing it DIY and building my own DSP correction. But man, JL takes the endgame and stuffs it into such a nice, small, shiny box. Respect.


And as for SVS, the 16-Ultras are extremely fine subs too. What more can you say? The JL's are high-end luxury subs and deliver but price/performance is not really a top-level consideration. SVS's latest is more like a performance sub with some luxury features. But, compare (for example) the piano gloss on the two... JL's fit and finish is immaculate.
Thanks. I appreciate your input. Buying subs feels like something I could contemplate for the rest of my life while never actually pulling the trigger.

I gather you feel that JLs fit and finish is superior to that of the SVS you demoed and reviewed?
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Thanks. I appreciate your input. Buying subs feels like something I could contemplate for the rest of my life while never actually pulling the trigger.

I gather you feel that JLs fit and finish is superior to that of the SVS you demoed and reviewed?
Unarguably. The point I keep trying to reinforce is that with JL, and in particular with the F series subs, you're paying for a complete luxury package, and the expectation is there that it will blend in with other high-end furnishings, gear, etc. And it delivers on that front, although you'd have to be scrutinizing to see this difference. Fit and finish of the SVS is excellent, just not the same level IMO. And same goes for ergonomics, the JLs are flexible yet dead-simple to adjust and include auto calibration. With SVS you need an app and you need a mic and you need to know about parametric EQ, if you don't have an AVR that does sub EQ well.

Anyhow, these are all luxury subs, the recent PSA S7201 costs the same as a F112V2 and gets you 4000 watts plus four 18" drivers. So obviously, in that example if bass dB per dollar is the priority for a sealed sub, the choice is obvious. If size and aesthetics enter the picture and overkill describes the PSA's output relative to your needs, and you have the cash to spare, JL is there for ya. And if you have to split the difference SVS continues to fit the bill, yes?

The ID sub guys (Seaton, JTR, PSA) have the "if you've got space, we've got subs" thing down pat, but they don't do small.

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If size and aesthetics enter the picture and overkill describes the PSA's output relative to your needs, and you have the cash to spare, JL is there for ya.

The ID sub guys (Seaton, JTR, PSA) have the "if you've got space, we've got subs" thing down pat, but they don't do small.

Well said. That sums it up for me...anything more than the JLs is pure overkill for me.
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Has anyone compared JL's subs to the new SVS SB16? I think the Muscles guy is running two of each, but not sure which JL subs he has.
If I'm not mistaken, Muscles said his JL F113s are a little better for music and the SVS SB16s are a little better for movies. He says they're pretty close overall. He's got a killer system.
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If I'm not mistaken, Muscles said his JL F113s are a little better for music and the SVS SB16s are a little better for movies. He says they're pretty close overall. He's got a killer system.
I have 2 JL F113's and 2 SB16 Ultras. Believe it or not I actually paid more for the SB16's. I had a friend liquidating his audio setup to move and he never even hooked them up. I love both subs, I am running all 4 at once and they sound amazing together. I have a bunch of videos on youtube if you wan to see them in action.

Real life, I have listened to the same stuff back to back on just the JL's and just the SB's and the sound quality is very close, for movies the SB16 are louder and dig deeper, no question. The JL's are way harder to move around are a bit heavier. The fit and finish is better on the JL's but that is to be expected. Sometimes I listen to music with just the JL's on and it is pretty amazing, especially paired with the Martin Logans. If you have any questions feel free to ask me here or on my youtube channel.

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I have 2 JL F113's and 2 SB16 Ultras. Believe it or not I actually paid more for the SB16's. I had a friend liquidating his audio setup to move and he never even hooked them up. I love both subs, I am running all 4 at once and they sound amazing together. I have a bunch of videos on youtube if you wan to see them in action.

Real life, I have listened to the same stuff back to back on just the JL's and just the SB's and the sound quality is very close, for movies the SB16 are louder and dig deeper, no question. The JL's are way harder to move around are a bit heavier. The fit and finish is better on the JL's but that is to be expected. Sometimes I listen to music with just the JL's on and it is pretty amazing, especially paired with the Martin Logans. If you have any questions feel free to ask me here or on my youtube channel.

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What version is your JL F113V1 or F113V2?
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What version is your JL F113V1 or F113V2?
They are V1's. From what I understand the difference between the 2 is barely noticeable. Maybe others who have heard both can chime in.
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They are V1's. From what I understand the difference between the 2 is barely noticeable. Maybe others who have heard both can chime in.
it is my understanding that there is a big differences from version one to version 2, at least Randy from JL told me there was. Off the top of my head Daro instead of Aro and 20% more output.
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it is my understanding that there is a big differences from version one to version 2, at least Randy from JL told me there was. Off the top of my head Daro instead of Aro and 20% more output.
It's not really that big of a difference IMO, especially if you have Audyssey, Dirac, or some other EQ system built into your receiver/pre-amp. And it's 20% more amplifier power which does not translate into 20% more output. You need 100% increase in amp power just to get 3dB more output.

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The specs on JL's website appear to be virtually identical between the V1 & V2. There was a power increase and a slight weight increase. The output specs appear to be identical. I'm sure there may be other differences.

http://mediacdn.jlaudio.com/media/mf...pdf?1397626169
http://mediacdn.jlaudio.com/media/mf...pdf?1443649713
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It's not really that big of a difference IMO, especially if you have Audyssey, Dirac, or some other EQ system built into your receiver/pre-amp. And it's 20% more amplifier power which does not translate into 20% more output. You need 100% increase in amp power just to get 3dB more output.

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Good to know thanks for the info.
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V1 vs V2= 20% more output? So if it was hitting 100dB it now hits 120dB? Not happening. I would be surprised if it gets more than 1dB or 2dB at most of increased ouput and even that is unlikely as the enclosure volume looks the same from what I can see and power is a very little increase. It would need to double to even give 3dB increase but the driver is probably already close to Xmax limits already.

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V1 vs V2= 20% more output? So if it was hitting 100dB it now hits 120dB? Not happening. I would be surprised if it gets more than 1dB or 2dB at most of increased ouput and even that is unlikely as the enclosure volume looks the same from what I can see and power is a very little increase. It would need to double to even give 3dB increase but the driver is probably already close to Xmax limits already.
That's not how the math works when it comes to sound. Every additional 6 dB = 100% more output (i.e. 2 subs = +6dB). Or you could say 10 dB more is perceptually twice as loud (100% louder). Either way, 20% more output = just a few dB, not 20 more dB.

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That's not how the math works when it comes to sound. Every additional 6 dB = 100% more output (i.e. 2 subs = +6dB). Or you could say 10 dB is perceptually twice as loud. Either way, 20% more output = just a few dB, not 20 more dB.
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So I decided today I am going to start with one F112v2 and buy a second if I feel I need it. probably going to buy it next month this time. I believe it will be huge improvement over what i currently have which is a Velodyne DD10.
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So I decided today I am going to start with one F112v2 and buy a second if I feel I need it. probably going to buy it next month this time. I believe it will be huge improvement over what i currently have which is a Velodyne DD10.
Congrats. I think you'll be very happy with it.
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For you guys who own a F112 could you Please offer some input here? Did you setup your F112 with a XLR sub cable to your processor or a RCA sub cable to your processor? I read the manual and it sounds like hum could be an issue if not using XLR connection is this true?. Do you have a dedicated line for your sub and if so is just your F112 on it? The manual says to have a dedicated line for each sub, thought s on that and would a 15a line be sufficient? Do you also use a line a line conditioner/ surge protector for your F112 or do you plug it into the wall receptacle with no protection?

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For you guys who own a F112 could you Please offer some input here? Did you setup your F112 with a XLR sub cable to your processor or a RCA sub cable to your processor? I read the manual and it sounds like hum could be an issue if not using XLR connection is this true?. Do you have a dedicated line for your sub and if so is just your F112 on it? The manual says to have a dedicated line for each sub, thought s on that and would a 15a line be sufficient? Do you also use a line a line conditioner/ surge protector for your F112 or do you plug it into the wall receptacle with no protection?

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Here's my setup. I don't know if it's optimal, but I haven't had any problems.

Dual F112
Both hooked up with RCA to my Emotiva XMC-1
Each sub is plugged straight to the wall
My whole system: Subs, Amp, TV, etc.. are running off a single 15amp circuit

I've never had any problems with the circuit tripping although I'm not listening anywhere close to reference volume.
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Aesthetics aside, my subjective opinion is that the JLs just have that something extra that I didn't experience with any of the others.
Could you elaborate on what is "that something extra" the JL subs gave you?
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Could you elaborate on what is "that something extra" the JL subs gave you?
That's the subjective part of it. I can't really explain it. Maybe it's the increased detail I experience. Maybe it's all in my head just because I am so happy with them. All I know is with the other subs I have owned I have always had the urge to keep trying new ones. Not anymore. Not at all.
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For you guys who own a F112 could you Please offer some input here? Did you setup your F112 with a XLR sub cable to your processor or a RCA sub cable to your processor? I read the manual and it sounds like hum could be an issue if not using XLR connection is this true?. Do you have a dedicated line for your sub and if so is just your F112 on it? The manual says to have a dedicated line for each sub, thought s on that and would a 15a line be sufficient? Do you also use a line a line conditioner/ surge protector for your F112 or do you plug it into the wall receptacle with no protection?

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Mine are connected via RCA not XLR. No him at all. Both are plugged into surge protection and run off the same 15 amp circuit. I don't run them at reference levels but have never had an issue.
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Mine are connected via RCA not XLR. No him at all. Both are plugged into surge protection and run off the same 15 amp circuit. I don't run them at reference levels but have never had an issue.
Are your subs on a dedicated line? How many amps do you have? What is in your setup? I would love to not have to run a dedicated line. Here is what ai have:

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I have not tripped my breaker yet but wonder if I am getting the most out of my system. All of,this is on two outlets on the same circuit.

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That's the subjective part of it. I can't really explain it. Maybe it's the increased detail I experience. Maybe it's all in my head just because I am so happy with them. All I know is with the other subs I have owned I have always had the urge to keep trying new ones. Not anymore. Not at all.
Glad you found it with your JL subs. Enjoy!
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