Originally Posted by audiovideoholic
^ Brian and bass addict
I agree where the before post went but comparing 6si to an ultra
That's six times the space and six times the cost of wood and 6 times the TIME of building the enclosures (if separate), 6 times the baffles cuts , etc.... And all to compare to one driver with more power.
Don't get me wrong the SI has its place but its not in comparison with higher power handling/high Xmax drivers. They have their pros but many cons that price won't overtake it's cons. If someone wants to take up a LOT of space and use a bunch of drivers to perform as well as some other brands with fewer drivers while saving money then the SI is a fit. There are just a lot of drivers that cost anywhere from a little more to a whole lot more that will out perform them and take up a vastly smaller space.
But like I said, I liked where the before post was going. The SI is a quality driver but has its limitations.
My point was extreme but why can't you understand the pertinence with my post. I was exactly the person that had an Ultra and just recently build 6 SI's. Your above post further impresses upon the fact that they perform equally for less. (See continued response below that SQ isn't just related to driver alone but FR as well).
It's funny you mention six times the price for the wood. So let's use your math. Let's see here; a single Ultra requires one sheet of 3/4" MDF, and my six required 6 sheets. That's $48.00 compared to $288.00. So I spend $240.00 more so far. (I'm going to bypass your time estimation as I built 2 cabs and it didn't take me 6x as long). My six SI's were around $1050.00ish shipped. So now I've spent $200.00 more on drivers, using the current Ultra pricing, which is less than it was when I ordered my SI's. Now let's figure $550.00 for dual EP4000's compared to 1700.00 for dual clones for the Ultra (one will inevitably grenade requiring you to purchase a second
I have now built a much better setup for over $700.00 less than the Ultra.
On a serious note, most everyone on this forum has more than one subwoofer. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that most have more than four. So why isn't a six to one a valid argument? Also take into consideration that I have a much, much better chance at smoothing out room response with a multi setup approach.
If you have money to burn and are extremely limited on space, and don't care about a great FR, then sure, the Ultra is a great driver. But for the majority of us, it makes much better sense going other directions.