I finally had a hour or so to myself last night so I took the time to really spend some quality time listening to the LSP12. Again, I must say, I'm impressed. The sub sounds fantastic.
All I did was run the automatic EQ program on Sony AVR (DG920 I think). I don't think it even EQs any of the speakers... just sets the trim levels and distances.
I listened to all sorts of music like country, rap, pop, etc. I was impressed how well the sub sounded. The sub never missed a beat. I think the sub's natural tuning is in the 30-35Hz area, either that or I am getting a lot of room gain in that area.
I moved on to movies, but knew I had very little time left, so I took out the big guns... War of the Worlds! The sub handled the movie very well. At -20 MV, I had readings of 97dB. At -15 MV I had readings of 102dB, with no signs of distortion. At -10 MV I could tell the sub wasn't getting any louder, but it didn't seem to be distorting. I was registering 103-104dB.
Not too bad for a < $350 12" sub.
I got out my equipment to take REW measurements, but I had forgotten just how long it takes to set that crap up!!!
Therefore, I didn't take any measurements.
I did find the time to haul one of my Epik Empires up the stairs to perform a little comparison for you guys.
Again, all I did was run the auto-EQ program on my Sony AVR and listened to the same material.
At -20 to -10 MV the two subs were pretty much identical, but the Lava sounded like a ported sub and the Empire sounded like a sealed sub. Above -10 MV the Empire beat the snot out of the LSP12 (of course).
All in all, I totally recommend this sub to anyone looking to spend < $350 on a sub. Right now Lava is running a deal. Use coupon code 'woot' during checkout and you get 25% off (and still free shipping!). That makes this sub a steal IMHO. Listen to me... I sound like a used car salesman!
As for the wife, she doesn't like the *size* of the sub. It is too small to use as an end table, but too big to sit next to an end table (in our living room). Again, we only have one place to put a sub. The sub wire is pre-wired into the wall.
Here is a pic of the Lava LSP12...
Here is a pic of the Lava LSP12 next to the Epik Empire...