I was looking into purchasing a powered sub for my 2-channel audio only home setup. There are some very good powered 12" subs in the $500-$600 range:
Epik Legend .............
HSU VTF-2 mk4..-.....
Outlaw LFM-1 Plus.....
So, I thought, I wonder if I could build a DIY sub myself that would be somewhat equal to these subs I list above. And at the same time, I could save some money by putting it together myself. I would be looking for a good quality 12" driver, an amp in the 250 w RMS range, and a box of 3.0 cu. ft interior size.
I would need to find a box that has the panels pre-cut to size already, since I don't have any woodworking power tools.
So I picked parts from the Parts Express
website (these are all Dayton Audio parts):Cabinet
Model #: SWC3-CH
Type Enclosure: Construct as a Sealed Unit
Internal Volume: 85 Liters (3.0 cu. ft)
Finish: Cherry Veneer
Dimensions: 19" x 19" x 18"
Weight: 52 Lb.http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=302-845
Price: $ 234Ampifier
Model #: SPA250
Type: Mono, Class AB
Power: 250 w RMS
Damping Factor: 114 @ 100 Hz
Signal / Noise Ratio: 110 dB
Adjustable Low-Pass Filter: 40 Hz - 180 Hz
Phase Select: 0 - 180º
Weight: 13 Lb.http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-803
Price: $ 120Sub Driver
Series: Reference HF
Model #: RSS315HF-8
Cone Size: 12
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Freq. Range: 25 - 1,500 Hz
Sensitivity: 85 dB
Vas: 2.70 cu. ft
Lightweight Anodized Aluminum Cone for Rigidity and Lower Moving Mass
Triple Shorting Ring Motor for Ultra-Low Distortion
Weight: 25 Lb.http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=295-445
Price: $ 149
TOTAL PRICE: $ 503
Well, so much for putting this together myself and saving any money. The price would be basically the same as buying a new Epik Legend with dual side-firing 12" drivers for $499. http://www.epiksubwoofers.com/legend.html
And now I am wondering if my home-brew "Dayton" sub would have the same quality of sound of the Epik Legend, or any of the other subs I listed above?
Don't seem to be much of a bargain (or a good idea) to me anymore. Just wondering how any of you folks feel about this?