Originally Posted by polkman1
Neither the Epik: Legend, Elemental Designs : A5s-300 or the Emotiva: Ultra Sub 12 sounded as responsive or as tight. Different ears I guess. What does the mass of the sub have to do with anything? Just curious. I mean if it was gold, then I can see it.
In the case of a subwoofer, two things.
1. The quality of the cabinet. A powerful subwoofer will perform better in a solidly built enclosure and one that has adequate bracing. At lower levels, not as much of a fatcor but at louder levels the internal pressure can produce mild flexing, especially in a sealed box.
2. The qaulity of the driver. More magnet weight equals more force factor to drive the woofer. If you want to see what a solid magnet structure and a sturdy basket looks like, check out the pics of the raw woofer in the ED sub mentioned above.
I don't doubt it (The ML) sounds great. But output wise and extension wise, we are talking two different flavors of subwoofers. I wasn't questioning the sound qaulity. Just that output capability is a big factor when things like "this is a great value" come in to play. Especially since ID companies have been raising the bar on how much sub you can get for your money.
I have nothing against B&M brands, just that I am not really seeing them keeping up in that respect.
BTW, you really have heard all of the subs I have mentioned?
If so, is it possible your ears preferred the steeper roll off of the single 10 over a deeper extension?