Originally Posted by Archaea
Patrick, Mark and Jeff can do a fine job with the speakerpower amp's dsp, but I'm not sure why you think the enthusiast can't match it with the proper eq tools? Minidsp, behringer tools etc. Certainly, most customers wouldn't have the knowledge or tools, but a enthusiasts with the proper tools can create an equitable eq in pretty short order on those well designed boxes. Ported or sealed indifferently.
One simple reason, because Mark and Jeff don't offer it. It simply complicates things for them
. They would have to answer more questions, taking up more of their already limited time to run their business. But I agree, there are many up to the task of actually doing it (myself included). The only other thing I can think of is there is more profit for them as they can make "some" money on the actual amp. But since Jeff offers a passive ported version, that theory does not make a whole lot of sense.
Just as a point of reference, do you think you can just plug a LG clone into a passive CapS and need nothing more than an auto Sub EQ like XT32 to get a decent FR curve compared to using a ported Cap? Granted it may not be too hard to manually EQ it to get it sound decent. But remember there are more steps involved making it more complicated and thus more room for error along the way. Who do you think is going to have to answer these questions when things don't sound right? And what if people think they are doing all the right EQing, etc. but say they mess things up in the lowest octaves, which results in significantly less output below 20Hz. If that were to happen (not saying it would with you or anyone else), then Jeff's (or Mark's) product would be essentially mis-represented out in the field with neither Jeff or Mark having any control over it. As small business owners these are all things they have to think and worry about.
All I am saying is there is something to be said for keeping things simple
, especially when running a small business like theirs.
Just to be clear: I don't think this has anything to do with the few of us that are capable of properly EQing a sealed version, but more to do with Jeff and Mark wanting to keep things as simple as possible as it all effects their bottom line.
I am sure I may be totally off base on this (been wrong MANY times before), but besides these reasons I have stated; like you, I don't see why they wouldn't offer passive sealed versions either.
Can anyone else think of any other reason(s) why they do not offer passive sealed versions?