After some conversations with the techs at parts express (really great company by the way) I decided to go with 2ea 12” subs for now. I got the Dayton Audio T1204K 12" Titanic Mk 4, 500 Watt RMS Subwoofer Kit. I also had a 12” JBL that the plate Amp took a crap and he recommended to use the same Dayton SPA500 500W Subwoofer Plate Amplifier to repair the JBL. He said with Subs there is not as much a matching issue as with tweeters and mids where different drivers can really stand out. Also the SPA500 comes with equalizer which will help to tune things to my liking. Worse case I can always shell out another $189 and get another Titanic Mk 4 driver.
this is the T1204K un packaged
this is the amp and driver they sent me the wrong driver because the new MK4 was out of stock they sent the MK 3 as that is what the kit used to have in it. I guess they figured no one would catch it. May have been someone in shipping was just used to packing the box that way who knows
great customer service I sent an email on a Sat and had a reply within 1 hour saying the Mk4 would be in the next Tuesday they sent me a pre paid shipping label and I dropped the Mk3 off at the UPS store and had the Mk4 by Friday. Here it is next to my JBL I hope it can keep up
The JBL that is
The kit was easy just put on the feet install the amp in the pre cut hole add the acoustic material I used the 3M spray glue for that. I also went to Wal-Mart and got some poly fill then install the driver. Blam you have a base.
Here is the JBL and Dayton. I took the pic while I was waiting on the MK4 to arrive.
Member cytoSiN sent me a PM about my Dayton Audio T1204K 12" Titanic Mk 4, 500 Watt RMS Subwoofer Kit
Been following your home theater thread. It looks great! I wanted to follow up to see how you liked the Titanic sub kit. Also, does the Mk4 subwoofer have the goofy "D" logo on it, or is it blank? The pics in your thread are great, and I'm assuming they show the Mk4, not the Mk3 they sent you the first time, so I'm assuming it's blank, but wanted to be sure.
I realized I never shared my observations with the masses here is my reply
In a word Awesome the MK4 kit was so easy to do. There is No D on the cone. That is the MK4 in the finished picture of it in the theater room. I read all of the user comments at parts express and they are on the money as noted from some reviews I had 2 retaining nuts for the driver which were preinstalled push through when I was tightening them. They were on opposite sides so I think this will not be an issue as the driver is nice in tight. I did add a bag of Polly from Wal-Mart which may be over kill but reading many speaker build threads stating that will help lower the F3. I like the equalizer on the Amp since I purchased the same amp to fix my JBL I was able to dial them in using the Audessy in my Denon X4000 Amp. For what it is worth the Audessy in my opinion dialed them in way to flat. Research from many threads indicate that is how it is supposed to be they say give it a week it will grow on you but I like more base and raised it by 6db in the AVR. The Audessy has you dial the base down to 75db which is not even 1/3 on the dial then it sets the level of all your speakers. After the alignment both of the bases were -9db in the AVR so I raised them to -3db. I also turned up the base on the plate amp to about 11 o’clock but that was too much and I returned it back to 1/3 on the dial. I then set the equalizer on the plate amp for 25hz and set it to wide and tuned that up by 5 db. All and all it is a great little sub. We were watching Man of Steel over the weekend. On Friday my Wife went to bed early and next day she said the rumbling kept her awake. I still have not finished my door yet but that may or may not contain the base.Edited by cw5billwade - 2/18/14 at 8:36am