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Funky Waves Audio - Official Thread (Prebuilt and Custom Subs)

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http://www.funkywaves.net/index.cfm%5C

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Funky Waves has been building and installing custom audio systems since 2002. We use the latest and best technology available to design and build our systems. All of our enclosures are handcrafted with the highest quality materials, and epoxies available. We have experience working with many materials including Wood, MDF, Composites, and Metals. We have also worked with many finishing products including Rubber Coatings, Automotive Lacquers, Melamine Paints, Real Wood Veneers, Clear Coated Aluminum, and more. We build and install custom home theater speakers, subwoofers, and surrounds, built to meet your needs and exacting standards. We also build custom automotive subwoofer enclosures. If you can imagine it we have either done it or can do it.

Incredible build quality, top notch driver choices - Beautiful Veneers
What you want - how you want it...



post #2 of 704
Would love to hear from owners of these subs. They certainly look incredible ...
post #3 of 704
Yeah, its nice to see an option with the monster LMS-5400.

I know they are getting some serious amps in stock soon (2000W plate amps with 4000Watt peaks)

They are in Canada too for those people getting killed by import/shipping costs from US based subwoofer Manufacturers.
post #4 of 704
Prices are in canadian currency right?
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The fact that the first three posters to this thread are DIYers confused me at first. But after perusing the website it would appear this company bridges the gap between DIY and typical ID (w/ pre-manufactured subs) by offering just about everything in the continuum. If I'm understanding their business model right, seems you can select a pre-designed product and still choose from several options or you can have them custom make something for you from a large selection of components you choose or they will accomodate anything in between that the customer wants. Seems the customer has a lot of flexibility... I like that business model. Judging by the pictures, the craftsmanship is as good as it gets, quite impressive stuff. The only thing left is... how do they sound? I'll be interested in reading the reviews and opinions when they do start flowing into this thread as this looks like a company to watch. Nice thread.
post #6 of 704
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You nailed it on the head with Funky Waves bridging the gap.

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The only thing left is... how do they sound?

You will find it extremely difficult to beat the SQ of the TC-Sounds LMS driver, I'd venture to say almost impossible.
I have 6 LMS's in my custom build and they are truly the most accurate driver out there, huge output and linear motor tech makes them extremely clean.

Obviously one would have the choice of many more drivers available to choose from - for the more budget oriented builds.
The Sky's the limit - or your wallets the limit....

Nathan, any new news on the 4000w amps...?
post #7 of 704
We are taking orders for products with them. They will be shipping by the end of Oct.
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The fact that the first three posters to this thread are DIYers confused me at first.

Hey! I still do own a PB13 you know!
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Originally Posted by monomer View Post

The fact that the first three posters to this thread are DIYers confused me at first.

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Hey! I still do own a PB13 you know!


Yes, and I just bought a Seaton Submersive HP for my bedroom to replace the JL F112, so were not DIY only... We just know good products when we see them, and why not start a thread for a really good company that doesn't use mystery drivers....
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Hey! I still do own a PB13 you know!

When is that PB13 coming over for a showdown? lol
post #11 of 704
Great thread Warp. Well deserved. A very talented company that turns out some outstanding work.

Funky Waves has the official Bosso seal of approval.

Bosso
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When is that PB13 coming over for a showdown? lol

Unfortunately it's going to my brothers house shortly ... just have zero time these days!
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I had the pleasure off speaking to Nathan at Funky waves for about an hour last year about him making a sub for me. I didn't go ahead with it in the end but he's a great guy with tonnes of knowledge.

I wouldn't think twice about recommending him to someone for a build and I'm all the from the UK.

cheers

Graham
post #14 of 704
What did you end up with insted? Since you mentioned you didn't go ahead with having one built from Funky Waves I'm curious
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Originally Posted by Warpdrv View Post

Yes, and I just bought a Seaton Submersive HP for my bedroom to replace the JL F112, so were not DIY only... We just know good products when we see them, and why not start a thread for a really good company that doesn't use mystery drivers....

You mentioned that the LMS's are probably the best SQ drivers available.
I don't want to start a this vs that but, how do the submersives compare in SQ?
post #16 of 704
REALLY TASTELESS NATHAN

Jumping on a pretty reputable ID companies thread to market. Way to kick um down dude!

More decisions like that and this freaky waves thread could end up looking like the Lava Subs thread.
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Cool, it's nice to see a thread about these guys. I've been wondering how their products are for a while now.

I see theyre located in Halfmoon Bay, BC. I'm from Powell River, which is only a ferry ride and short drive away. I think I'll stop in for a look at their stuff next time I head home.
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REALLY TASTELESS NATHAN

Jumping on a pretty reputable ID companies thread to market. Way to kick um down dude!

More decisions like that and this freaky waves thread could end up looking like the Lava Subs thread.

Sorry I think I worded that wrong, what I was getting at was some of his complaints were a bit picky for the price point of what he was looking at. I wasn't implying they do not have good products just at what level you expect beautifully soldered circuits, for a ~1-3k subwoofer I would say most of that looks ok, and what is not is likely not the norm, but how many units have they sold without problems? Quite a few I'm sure, and it sounds like they are replacing it.

Now if it were a 10k+ subwoofer and the insides looked like that I would say no that does not look OK and I would expect more than that. For what it is I think it's within reasonable expectation, and is being fixed, that is what really matters.

Like someone else said in that thread outsourcing from china etc. It can be hard to keep quality control up, as there is a higher defect rate and some can get through the manufacturers QC inspection. We often use overseas components and sometimes they do not look pretty but they work, and even when abused in testing do not fail.
post #19 of 704
I own a bamboo 8"sub from them that I use for my PC setup. Sounds outstanding and looks gorgeous. Gave me a very fair price on this for shipping from BC to the states.
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Originally Posted by crabra View Post

You mentioned that the LMS's are probably the best SQ drivers available.
I don't want to start a this vs that but, how do the submersives compare in SQ?

The Submersive is a fantastic sub - I have no regrets moving off the F112, SQ, accuracy and output is every bit as good, I gained a great deal of low end output in the move, Plus it looks alot better IMO. I have really grown to dislike piano black in every respect...

The LMS's and Submersive are in 2 different rooms, so comparing side by side will not be happening, I'm not moving a 300lb sub into my bedroom... It'll be hard to compare 1 Submersive to 3 x Dual Opposed 18", but from the time I have had in both systems, I think the LMS's are a bit more accurate or crisp in comparison, and the output of each of my XLerators staggering, but its not like they are a huge night and day different here - LMS's by a small margin, but to get the kind of output I needed in my great room - I would need alot more Submersives to equal what I built and it would have cost more then I spent.

The LMS's are IMO truly amazing drivers, but they come at a price, they are not the most efficient, so it'll take some amp power to squeeze everything out of them, and good amps cost money, but they are the most accurate drivers I have heard, extremely controlled and well rounded bass. A good compromise is to use the TCSounds Pro 5100's, they are a touch lacking in the low end but are more efficient, and Nathans current favorite driver from what I read. I like sealed, so I built these subs in answer to all the manufacturers claims that they had the most powerful sub available...

Some people like tubby bass - I do not...
post #21 of 704
Funkywaves built my sub and I'm stoked. Although my wasn't built with an LMS driver the workmanship is simply over the top...IMO.
PS: If anyone here in the GTA would like an audition or see his work firsthand just give me shout.

Regards, Bill....
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Billy, toss up some pics of your FunkyWaves sub...
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Originally Posted by Warpdrv View Post

Billy, toss up some pics of your FunkyWaves sub...

Warp, it wasn't really my intent to post pic's, but oh well.... Nathan advise me of the various options available to me within my set budget. I talked to him regarding some of my restrictions and with his recommendation using the FW12x design with the AE av12x....it would likely yeild me the best results and I'd also echo others comments that he was excellent to deal with.





Thanks, Bill...
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Originally Posted by Warpdrv View Post

Nathan, any new news on the 4000w amps...?

They are ready.
LL
LL
post #25 of 704
Those amps look like they could bite you!
post #26 of 704
Well we wanted something a little different to offer. Not only a ton of power but physically solid, the main plate is 1/4" aluminum, the rear enclosure is 1/8" tig welded aluminum. Most plate amps have 1/8" or thinner main plate, and either no rear enclosure or a plastic one.

We go to great lengths to build solid enclosures we wanted something that would not compromise the enclosure integrity. Especially in a subwoofer capable of the kind of power this provides.
post #27 of 704
Are they going.to be sold for DIY too? Or just with finished units?
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If sold seperate how much?
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If sold seperate how much?

$700usd.
Also will they be available in a 220v version?
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Right now they are only available in finished products, and only 120V. We may offer a preorder for the DIY'ers when we build another batch, the preorder price would be $750ea. We would need more to be worth selling stock to the DIY community.
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