Originally Posted by spyboy
One guy compared the SW115 to the Klipsch RW-12D in the same room. He said:
"The bass (on the SW115) was not as tight or musical as the RW-12D, but it was much louder in the same room."
Not a good sign.
I would go with something tried and true. If you have spoken to Epik and they told you you can't use dual Empires with your screen wall, I would go with dual SVS PB-12NSD.
That is what an excellent sub should look like. The PB-12 NSD also sports a very high quality 400 watt amp. The same wattage as the Klipsch. The PB-12 also weighs 66 pounds in a much smaller box. This indicates a better cabinet.
You get 45 day unconditional return rights with SVS as well as a full 5 year warranty on both the driver and the amp.
"One guy" is just not a very good source. Don't take this as disrespect, but that guy's opinion is basically worthless. As you well know, there is a lot of people who don't know how to properly set up a subwoofer. There is also a lot of people who don't know what a good subwoofer sounds like- anyone who describes a sub as musical or unmusical is already suspect on that score. I would be very surprised is the RW-12D was somehow a better performing sub.
Also, the SW-115 is not much larger than the PB12, the volume measurements approximate to 8000 cubic inches vs 8400 cubic inches, and since the SW-115 weighs a few more pounds, the weight seem proportionate, so your cabinet argument doesn't work.
Usually internet direct subs have a big advantage over brick-and-mortar retail subs, but I think that angle is being oversold in this case. As the OP said, just judging from the design decisions, the SW-115 is a step in the right direction for Klipsch. Of course, we won't know for sure until it is fairly measured. Another thing is, the PB12 isn't exactly an output monster. In Ricci's tests, it does get handily outperformed by the Outlaw LFM-1 EX. I think a better alternative for the OP is to get two LFM subs and orient them for front-firing. My own experiments using the Outlaw for front-firing effect were very positive, I thought they sounded great that way and preferred them in that orientation. Even considering that though, I think the SW-115 might still be capable of more output than the Outlaw subs, if not quite the depth or flat frequency response.