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Just a bit more in the EMPtek10i10i versus the Outlaw LFM-1 plus subwoofer.
For music, the EMP sub is right on, accurate and not at all punchy. Really good sub for even bass heavy rock and roll (Some Pink Floyd, and Tommy Bolin's Post Toasties, I know, light weight stuff compared to metal head music, but...). The Outlaw was the equal to the EMP, but not better for music.
Next, I put in the most bass heavy movie I own, Oblivion...and this movie will make my EMPtek sub distort on several scenes where the space craft is taking off. I have to have the gain on the EMPtek sub at no greater than 40% for this movie. Here is where the Outlaw sub made me smile and the reason why I purchased it. The EMP has plenty of output, but the Outlaw has can hit lower and clearly has more output and seem to handles scenes that make the EMP distort without flinching. I can turn the gain/volume up almost to full and do not get audible distortion. Man, that thing can play clean and loud!
Much like all EMP speakers, the EMPtek10i10i does what it does very well- excellent mid low bass, but won't hit much below 35 Hz, I would guess. The outlaw should get to the mid 20s. But for 98% of what I watch, the EMP sub is fine!
I am anxious to compare the Outlaw to my buddies SVS PB1000...previously, we had A/B with my EMPtek sub and it was very close. The SVS hit lower and had more output, but not by a huge amount on either case! I think the Outlaw sub will be better, but we will see! I have two Klipsch subs (10 inch synergy, Rw12d) and those are not in the same class as my EMP or Outlaw- both are much more boomy!
Having heard the BicF12, several Dayton Audio subs and the ones discussed above, I can say that the EMP is the best sub that lists for 500 dollars or less that I have heard (and I got mine for 300)...but not as good as a 12 inch sub that lists for over 500!
Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub