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post #31 of 40
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Originally Posted by Glashub View Post

It DOES NOT look like a garage build. Anybody who says that is full of shite. There are a lot of people who try to make people feel bad so that they can feel better about themselves.
Disregard those who go off on you around here. The anonymity of the net allows some to act like they got "big balls" when they really feel quite powerless in the real world.

You may be correct, I have seen SEVERAL garage builds that are superior to this particular subs finish, not all but quite a few. Not trying to bum the OP out about the finish on his sub at all. Funk Audio already did that when they charged him $2K and expected him to just accept it, and somehow I'm the bad guy for calling Funk on it? Why does the company that produced the sub par finish get a pass? Who's full of shite again?
post #32 of 40
With all due respect the OP produced pictures. Do you have pictures of the better garage builds? Not trying to be rude and I'll give you the benefit of doubt but your claims are suspect until you provide the thread with pictures, right?
post #33 of 40
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Originally Posted by Glashub View Post

With all due respect the OP produced pictures. Do you have pictures of the better garage builds? Not trying to be rude and I'll give you the benefit of doubt but your claims are suspect until you provide the thread with pictures, right?

How about this? I will retract the "garage build" assertion and round it off to more of a DIY statement. Although quite a few DIY projects have alot of garage/shop time in them. I am not going to filter through all the DIY builds just to prove a point we all know is true, but there are many many quality builds that have photos on AVS from DIY'ers that can easily meet or exceed what the OP got. All mfg's let one slip by every now and then, maybe this unit is the one Funk wishes they could have back. It is what it is, if the OP is happy then so be it.
post #34 of 40
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Originally Posted by kgb540 View Post

How about this? I will retract the "garage build" assertion and round it off to more of a DIY statement. Although quite a few DIY projects have alot of garage/shop time in them. I am not going to filter through all the DIY builds just to prove a point we all know is true, but there are many many quality builds that have photos on AVS from DIY'ers that can easily meet or exceed what the OP got. All mfg's let one slip by every now and then, maybe this unit is the one Funk wishes they could have back. It is what it is, if the OP is happy then so be it.

I don't have a dog in this hunt. Just felt bad for the OP. Got to be hard to spend all of that time writing an honest review only to find out that most members decry the quality of the work done on the sub. OP seems like a genuinely nice person. I said to send it back myself. Didn't mean to offend you or to seem like I was singling you out.
post #35 of 40
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Originally Posted by Funky Waves View Post

The only actual "flaw" is the chipped veneer around the grill guide, we have decided not to use these grills fasteners anymore(they are not strong enough either), they put too much pressure on the surface of the veneer and can crack/chip it on the more brittle hardwoods, sometimes not right away and can go undetected. The touch up we are sending up will fix that.

As for the white spots yes they are little knot holes, and are the type of thing we have had these on occasion with some veneers and had people complain when we filled them in, we we try to err on the side of it being easier to fill later than to "unfiill", the camera must have a flash for that picture as it really makes them stand out, the not as closeup pictures are a better representation, they are hardly noticeable. The grain texture is common to many wood species and unless a grain filling finish(adds significantly to the cost) is used will be apparent. As for the veneer meeting on the edges that is completely normal to any subwoofer without solid wood corner inlays, this option was out of the budget.

This particular veneer was sold with this subwoofer at a hefty discount, ~$300 off the regular price for this species.

About the amplifier, it is normal to run hot and is supposed to be this way, when run at max output for indefinite periods it only gets ~5-10deg C warmer, so it does not have the stresses on the electronics from wide rapid temperature swings when used intermittently. This amplifier is from the high end "pro audio"(powersoft, made in Italy) world and will offer solid performance for many years. If one does not use it daily for long periods a smart power strip that will turn it of and on with the AVR would be a good idea, mostly for energy savings.

Product was clearly discounted due to cracks and chips.
What more is there to say about appearance.
wvchris

oh yeah, nice looking sub you are very fortunate to have it.
good luck!!!
post #36 of 40
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Originally Posted by Glashub View Post

I don't have a dog in this hunt. Just felt bad for the OP. Got to be hard to spend all of that time writing an honest review only to find out that most members decry the quality of the work done on the sub. OP seems like a genuinely nice person. I said to send it back myself. Didn't mean to offend you or to seem like I was singling you out.

You can't post a review and not expect people to share their opinion. It's the internet, thats how it works. We all post things hoping that other will share our views on that subject but as we all know, it works both ways. If the OP hasn't figured it out by now by all the comments, to lots of us here, he got the raw end of the stick.
Take the driver and amp out of the box and ship the box back IMO This would be unacceptable for any other sub maker, why since it's custom does it have different rules? Imagine opening up a nice new pair of speakers only to have a bunch of cracks and small holes throughout the finish? Most people would have a crap. if I could fix it myself, I generally do and never buy anything from that company again.
post #37 of 40
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Originally Posted by N8DOGG View Post

Imagine opening up a nice new pair of speakers only to have a bunch of cracks and small holes throughout the finish? Most people would have a crap. if I could fix it myself, I generally do and never buy anything from that company again.

I just want to make sure a few things are clear, yes there is a chip around one grill mount(this is an issue and is being resolved), there are no
"cracks" there is simply grain patterns in the wood, and a few knots showing, this is the character of the wood, which is a natural product.
post #38 of 40
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Originally Posted by Funky Waves View Post


I just want to make sure a few things are clear, yes there is a chip around one grill mount(this is an issue and is being resolved), there are no
"cracks" there is simply grain patterns in the wood, and a few knots showing, this is the character of the wood, which is a natural product.

I think the sub looks incredible. I'm kinda bummed I didn't go through Nathan for my sub but I think the sub would have made my speakers look bad anyway lol.
post #39 of 40
I guess I have to chime in with my experience at this point. I am the proud owner of the 18.3 in Wenge Nathan shows as showcase on his homepage. All components are Funk Audio. The finish of my sub is outstanding craftsmanship and sound wise it bests my dual SVS Ultra PB13 in each category. Nathan is a fantastic guy to deal with and I highly recommend to consider his products as a viable option. For me the decision was between multiple Seaton Submersive HPs andNathan's 18.3. I am satisfied with my choice.
post #40 of 40
well hopefeully people have figured out that the "imperfection" is inherent to the vaneer as Nathan said. the way I see it, the only way that can be avoided with vaneers is to waste vaneer positioning it so the imperfections are not where a hole needs to be made or use magnets to hold the grill on. or no grill at all. all add to cost except the no grill option. but if any of those were done people would say the imperfections are beautiful and give it character.
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