I do not share that opinion at all, I see nothing else in the market that does what the 13AV.2 does in the $200-$225 price range. You are in the league of the dayton titanic 12, IXL 12.2.2 ect, I don't even know where to buy the AA Havoc 12 anymore since SSA stopped carrying them. What's the problem of them putting a larger surround on if they make the basket larger? The cone is still larger than most 12" cones, it competes VERY well against them. I like the looks of the 13AV.2 subwoofer, very solid construction, dual 10" spiders, extremely strong cone, powerful motor, 5" p-p xmech, I could go on, we are talking about near TC 2000 level of build quality, better than RL-p12, Havoc12, Q12 ect. It is possible that those other companies have better designed motors, but the suspension, soft parts, and basket/motor certainly look to be on another tier of performance. I certainly see absolutely no reason to bash it as you have done, the truth is pretty much EVERY manufacturer smudges specs, I don't want to turn this into a bashing thread. I have ordered SEVERAL times from ed and dealt with the customer support many times before and I have always been extremely pleased with the level of service they have provided. If I have been treated well, I am not going to dissuade others from buying them because of the cyber truama of their early years.
If you want to get into specs, the added 1.25mm of the Havoc is nothing compared to the added 70cm^2 of cone are that the 13av.2 has, ok so even IF ed smudged their specs, which I'll admit they may have, I have seen the sub in action though and I can say with certainty that is fantastic in every way that I personally value in a subwoofer. It has very quiet operation, almost no mechanical noise, less than the subs I have used from Ficar, exodus audio, TC sounds and partsexpress. I am not going to pick favorites here because I haven't even heard the havoc drivers and the Q12 is a good option for anyone, but after my experience with the 13AV.2 I will gladly recommend the sub to anyone who wants a lethal sub in a small box. I would heartily match the sub against the JL audio 12W7, I don't see a clear winner between the two.
The ED also comes with a 5 year warranty