Actually, I was only half kidding. You certainly know I hold a special place in my heart for budget subwoofers, but of late I've reviewed mostly units that don't fit the description (with the exception of the NXG NX-BAS-500). That's why I contacted PE and asked for a SUB-1200; I wanted to get back to my "roots", so to speak, and see what $119 could possibly buy. Turns out the answer is more than I anticipated. I'm not sure where Monoprice could have cut any corners to produce a subwoofer that costs less than this one does, but I am somewhat curious.