Originally Posted by skinnydoggy
I know this is sort of an older thread, but I have a sonotube build originally intended for an ixl-18. It's tuned to 19-20hz or so. I can get a 2242 for maybe 450, or I can buy a uxl instead of an ixl for 550 or so. Is my tube tuned too low for this JBL to be an option? What is a better sub? Am I crazy to pass up the JBL? My Sonobuild is over 450 Litres, almost 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide... What is the wise decision here? My room is around 14x17.
Two totally different performers, the JBL-2242 is an excellent woofer in a large ported enclosure, just keep in mind that it won't really do much below 30hz. If you were using them in a mid-bass only application crossing say....between 30hz and 150hz, they would be tough to beat. The 2242 is not the optimal driver for a subwoofer in a typical theater.
The UXL-18 is a fantastic driver that reaches low, and has excellent output throughout the 18hz to 80hz range. It may or may not have the mid-bass punch of the JBL. If this will be used solely as a subwoofer in your theater room, and if your listening habits are more for movies, then I would recommend going with the UXL over the JBL, but, if you listen to mostly music, the 2242 would be a really fun driver to use!
(Note- those prices do not seem to be very good on the JBL as I find them for $300 quite often.)
if you want the best of both worlds between the JBL-2242 & UXL-18, go with the AE TD18! It won't have the extension of the UXL, but, it will still pelt out lots of output below 25hz!)