Originally Posted by audiofreak38
Thanks for the info but I still have a few questions. You said the EX will go lower and play a little louder +3db -so is this true mainly for the lower octaves or will it also be louder in the 25-65 Hz range?
It will achieve higher DB ratings, so yes it will be able to achieve higher SPL readings throughout the range but 3db isn't all that much if you ask me unless you're trying to squeeze every last bit of performance out (which doesn't sound like you are).
I am NOT too concerned about extension below 22 hz or so. Which means, I am NOT interested in the turbo at all. The ports being on the bottom does what? Make placement easier perhaps? I know putting a sub w/rear firing ports in a corner can really make the bass more prominant and much more localized as such does that mean the EX is easier to place??
Ports on the bottom reduce port noise (the sound of air rushing through the ports), this is mainly noticable when playing low frequencies when the woofer is displacing alot of air through the ports. By having them on the bottom, it greatly reduces this problem and also allows you to place the sub next to the wal if you wanted since you wouldn't have the ports against the wall. Generaly subs with rear ports need to have some space between the wall and the sub so it can breathe and not sound boomy. Most people tend to space it from the wall about 2"-3", so for the Outlaw you don't need to worry about this.
I also need to know how the dual 3" vented ports compare to the dual 4" ports? That is, would the dual 4" ports just allow the 3.3 to play lower more loudly as compared to the EX???
If so, then this would be of little concern to me. I have to be concerned with music because that is where my preference is. BUT, I also want good ht performance as well. Just dont need my sub to extend below 22 Hz or so. If it does that is fine but it is NOT a must for my application. However, tight, punchy, articulated bass is that must also have good definition when listening to music. So, out of the 3.3, EX, and the Plus which one would do a better job musically speaking??? I am aware the 3.3 is probably better over-all so a better question would be how much better is the 3.3 when compared to both the EX and the Plus? If the 3.3 just digs deeper with less distortion then I may just go with the EX or the Plus and save some money. Just need to ascertain as much info as possible so that I can make a well informed decision.
Subs that can play low frequencies (even beyond what you need) make the HT experience more fullfilling when watching movies such as War of the Worlds and others that have really low bass. I would say since you don't need the capabilities of the 3.3, it will cost you the most (unless on sale), I would take it out of the running.
Now the only question you have is should you go with the EX which has the ability to play slightly louder and digg a tad bit deeper for $100 extra (keep in mind this is also larger in size - check your space requirements) or save money and go with the Plus. Between the EX and the Plus they will both be equally musical so it doesn't matter which way you go, overall the Plus is all you need. Even though the Plus is the lower model of the three you won't be dissapointed at all with it, will probably blow you away at how good it is.
Edit: Keep in mind that the best sub in the world may not perform to your expectations in regard to tight and articulate bass if your room isn't the best for sound reproduction in which case you would need room treatments (bass traps, sound panels etc...). Alot of people love the Auralex Gramma
which can help for better acoustic isolation.