Originally Posted by IsaacHayes
Yeah, BIC is very good with warranty as well. I've read they've been really good to customers with backing up their products. I'll be going with BIC main speakers FWIW.
Yes the PL-200 won't be near as good for music. The Ultra will be a lot less "muddy" and more "repsonsive". I've heard that the PL-200 is "ok" with music though, so it won't be horrible, but it won't sound as accurate for sure. (I don't mean the PL-200 sounds like it's crap). Part of that is just the nature of sealed vs ported boxes, but depends a lot on the driver as well. The PL-200 should be louder in HT being ported and only 50w less than the ultra 12 (assuming both rate the RMS correctly). Both should dig down deep for HT. I'd have to look up the HSU subs I'm not too familiar with them. Ported gains you quite a bit in output. It depends how much music you listen to, and what type I suppose. If you are a bass-head and listen to a lot of rap/etc then the PL-200 would probably be fine. If you listen to other types and want snappy bass then sealed Ultra would be better.
I know I'm on the fence too. I really want to have one of the Ultra's, and was originally going to get 2 12"s but was told my room was too big. So then I have decided to go custom, but I still want something in the mean time. I'm trying to debate if I should just get an Ultra 10 or 12 to give me SOMETHING in the mean time until I can build a ported 15" setup myself. I saw that F12 for $156 but was too late. I don't want to spend a ton if the sub will later be moved to bedroom duty or something. So now back to the Ultras, I'm thinking just one, and like 12's, but that's $100 more. Argh.
How big is your room? Mine is about 22x14 8 foot ceiling but it opens into the kitchen and dining room and hallway. I get my sub today so I'll have to set it up and give it a listen before the sale ends tomorrow. Don't forget you can always sell the sub, although that can me a hassle.
The only "HT" sub I can compare it with is my logitech x5500 sub when is a ported 10. It does not sound great but it's pretty good for a computer speaker. I guess I can compare it to my 2 sealed TC1000 10's in my truck, but they have a 1200 watt RMS amp hooked to them in a very small space. I hardly ever turn them up, they are too loud. They do deliver nice clean sealed bass. Pretty accurate for the low frequencies they can deliver. They actually double or tripple in output with the windows rolled down when playing super low frequencies, you can't really hear the super low frequencies but they sure do shake the truck.
I guess I have had my share of car audio sub-woofers so at least I have something to compare with. If the emotiva sub is designed anything like my AA Assassin then I will be happy, it is a very good woofer for the money, I just don't have a box to put it in.
You know Isaac, if you get the right front speakers you can probably go without a sub for a while. My Polk M70's will deliver enough bass to shake things (not like a woofer but they get very low for towers). I'm sure there are others that could get you by too. Of course they left me craving more.edit: Looks like it won't be here until tomorrow now. So I don't know if I will get it this week at all, but theres a chance someone will be able to sign for it tomorrow. If I end up having to take off work then that kinda kills the "deal".