OK, so I just finished building two 24" Cubes (Neo Dan's Design). They should be right under 6 cubic feet of volume since I added a little extra bracing even though it wasn't needed. It seems that both subs like between 5-6.5 cubic feet sealed so this should be fine for both subs. If I am wrong please don't hesitate to slap me in the face.
Now, that the boxes are built my wallet is having a full on debate with my brain.
I first was set on the Maelstroms but now since the economy is taking a dump on us, and nothing is guaranteed. I seem to be searching for a cheaper alternative that still meets my needs.
My brain says do dual Maelstroms with each having their own EP2500 as a power source. However, my wallet is saying do dual ED 190v.2 D2's sharing a single EP2500; one on each channel.
From my numerous hours of thread reading and searching over this fabulous forum here. I have found out that a maelstrom-x loves its power, needing a EP2500 to itself. Maybe more if you boost up the lower end to avoid cliping. On the other hand I have read that the ED190v.2 can do its thing on about 1200 watts (MKtheaters setup as a example).This is how it seems to add up:
(2) ED 190v.2 = $490
(1) EP2500 Amps = $350
Total = $840
(2) Maelstrom-X = $790
(2) EP2500 Amps = $700
Total = $1490Difference of $650
. So, just to put that into perspective that is almost another two sealed ED Subs complete. Making 4 total. Not that I would spend that extra money on 2 more right now
but I just wanted to throw that in there for a comparison. It might help wager someones decision.
I know I like the tight, articulate, clean bass of a sealed sub, so I am sticking with that. I just might have to add more down the road if the desired output isn't accomplished with 2.
So, I guess my question is....What would you do? It seems the ED is a far better value. But is is a better BANG? Is it worth the extra Money? It seems everyone is partial from the threads that I have read. Example:
if they built the ED Sealed they love it and wouldn't change it and same goes for the Maelstrom.
I understand I am just a "Nubie" given my very few amount of posts on this forum. So share your knowledge. Thanks.
BTW, anyone with a little skill and tools should be able to build one of these boxes.