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I have a beast of a sub on the third floor of my townhome. On the advice of some members here, I ordered an Auralex Subdude from Sweetwater.com.

I have never gotten more bang (slam) for the buck than what I got from the Subdude. Freakin' amazing improvement in sound. Areas in an upstairs loft no longer resonate. My wet bar no longer rattles. My cat stopped pissing the carpet during action movies. Music is much better too. I actually can differentiate between a kick drum and the bass line now. I can't rave enough about the improvement.

These things are an amazing improvement for ANYONE who has a sub on a plywood/carpet floor. You will not find another way to blow $50 that provides as much improvement as the Subdude.


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I agree. When I added one for my SW900 there was a definite upgrade in sound. Not that it was "boomy" before, but it really helped to tighten it up. Well worth the money.
And my sub fires down onto a base plate and it still worked good.

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Areas in an upstairs loft no longer resonate. My wet bar no longer rattles. My cat stopped pissing the carpet during action movies.

Well, wheres the fun in that?


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Problem is, with all this 90 degree weather here in So Cal, the cat smell was getting overwhelming. Where are the damn air conditioning people when you need 'em, eh?

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Any difference from the Auralex GRAMMA?
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Any difference from the Auralex GRAMMA?

just the colors, everything else is the same


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Any ways to custom make one that will fit exactly to my sub? It seems the length will be a little too long for me and will have some overhang. Will a custom piece of granite/marble work just as well?
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Agreed, my VTF3-MKII is much tighter after adding the subdude. Having the sub in the corner with a 120 inch picture window behind, rattling was a huge issue. The subdude didn't eliminate the rattles, but greatly reduced them. Well worth the small cash output.

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Have any of you tried spikes?

OK, so why *again* do we need a bigger one?
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just the colors, everything else is the same

I always wonder why they do that? Are the dimensions exactly the same?

Jason - No need la. You can start watching your stocked up movies already =p

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Would the difference be noticeable on a hardwood/pergo floor or not as much?
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Have any of you tried spikes?

Yes, but this Auralex is MUCH better. It really dampens the vibrations transferred to a weak or resonant floor.

I agree with the title, the Subdude/Gramma is a must have especially if you have wood floors.

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I always wonder why they do that? Are the dimensions exactly the same?



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Exactly!

Before I purchased one I contacted Auralex to find out if they could make custom sizes, their answer.....NO!

It needs to be about 4in longer and wider to fully support my PB12-ultra/2.


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I always wonder why they do that? Are the dimensions exactly the same?

It's just cosmetics. One model has garish writing and labelling, and the other is toned down for best WAF. I have the Gramma, and I sort of wished I bought the Subdude just because it does look kind of cheesy.

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Exactly!

Before I purchased one I contacted Auralex to find out if they could make custom sizes, their answer.....NO!

It needs to be about 4in longer and wider to fully support my PB12-ultra/2.

I use two under my Servo-15.

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....It needs to be about 4in longer and wider to fully support my PB12-ultra/2.

Why, It works fine for me!


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I've put one under a PB/12 Ultra 2 in an installation with hardwood floors and it was fine. With the weight of that sub you don't need to woory about it tipping.

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After I put the Subdude in, I was able to increase the sub volume, via an SMS-1, from 7 to 13 and still keep a relatively flat curve from 20hz on out. I was suprised that the Subdude was a perfect fit for my M&K MPS 5410. This is the pro version of the MX 5000, so anyone with that sub or an MX 350 (I think) will have a fit so good it looks custom built.

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It is just about a perfect fit for my sub as well. And I am able to "juice" my setup a bit also. It is a keeper. And if need be, just get 2.

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I had the grammer under a PB12+2 and it was about 2" shy under around all sides but held the thing perfectly and kind of looked neat as you could not see much of it. Works great. I now have it under an Ultra and it still works great.
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Jake04Goat,

You asked about Pergo floors. I would think the determining factor would be what is under the Pergo. If it is a concrete sub floor, then perhaps it won't make a huge difference. If it is a wooden subfloor with standard wooden framing covered by a plywood sub floor, it should do quite a lot for you. If you experience rattles and buzzing in different parts of your room, or have loud resonance issues in adjacent rooms, the Subdude will help.

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My experience here in Los Angeles was that it was impossible to find a Subdude stocked locally, but the Gamma, or Gramma's were a lot easier to find. Had I known that they were basically the same............

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Capfacsurf,
Well well, it seems you took my advice from your earlier thread and got the subdude. Glad you like it, do I get that week in Nag's Head for this or do I still have to fix your shoulder?
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Okay, my interest is peaked in getting a subdude now... But how does it decouple the sub from the floor? Is the subdude made out of stiff foam that prevents vibrations from reaching the floor? Or is there more too it than that?

I used to have 2 polk PSW-350 subwoofers, I stacked them on top of each other and put a slightly inflated 12" bicycle inner tube under the bottom, after reading about it on this forum. I haven't tried that with my new 20-39 PC+ SVS.

Will this have the same effect as a subdude in decoupling the sub from the floor? The one thing I am concerned about is that since the sub is downward firing, it may tend to bounce on the inner tube, and may make the sound even worse. What do you guys think?

Oh, I know some would say just spend the $50 to try it, but the dimensions of the subdude will not work for me. If it had a 16" square foot print on the floor, I'd get it, but space is a premium for me and I don't want that big of a platform. Can it be cut down, or any suggestions on how to make my own?

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Ha! Yes, I took your advice. And didn't even give you a footnote....

As far as the shoulder, I am going to have BOTH done on March 8th, by Carlos Guanche. He did my son's hip, and so far, so good. I will PM you a link to the house in Nags Head.

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I use two under my Servo-15.

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I use only one...there's less footprint...I was surprise the Sub does not budge even though the sub "feet" don't fit entirely on the subdude.
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First my sub fires down onto a base plate and I have had no ill affects whatsoever.
I am not sure if it is "foam" but it is certainly some sort of material other then standard carpet on wood.
http://www.auralexelite.com/sound_is...on_subdude.asp
The main site for the subdue, but if you do a search on it, you can find alot of info on it

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Thanks for the PM but I didn't get the link. Good luck on the surgery, if you have any questions pre or post op drop me a PM.
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Here's my take:
http://www.stereophile.com/musicinth...itr/index.html

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