And so my hunt for a sub brings me to this thread! I sent an e-mail to Epik already, but they're busy so I may follow up sometime next week, but in the meantime, I could use the expertise of existing customers. Here's my situation:
- 3000sq ft room, open into other areas. (14' x 20', 10ft ceilings)
- Budget $900
- 60% HT/40% music
- No WAF or size restrictions
I've been looking for a sub to deliver low extension (<20Hz) with good SPL, but still have the ability to play tight, controlled bass when I am listening to music. Up to this point, there haven't been any subs that really satisfied both requirements. If you need specifics: HT (Finding Nemo, War of the Worlds, LOTR), Music (Hard rock/alternative, classical, jazz).
Based on my budget, the Valor, Knight, and Caliber fit just fine with shipping added in. I would probably go either Valor or Caliber out of that list (Valor is the best albeit only sealed sub at the price point, Caliber better than the Knight). However, I'm also thinking if I delay my sub purchase a while longer, the Castle may find its way into the equation, but for now, it's between the Valor or Caliber.
Obviously the Caliber will play louder at lower frequencies than the Valor (I think Chad quoted it as a Caliber being similar to pair of Valors @ 20Hz), but can it keep tight, controlled bass as well as the Valor?
Given my situation, what would you all recommend? And don't say the Castle darnit, I am close enough to my budget's limit as is!! :P So lets stick to below 900 for the time being.
While I am at it...the Castle is quoted as having a "higher excursion driver"...so am I somewhat correct in thinking that it would maintain a lot of the tightness and musical nature of the Valor while offering superior output at lower frequencies than the Caliber, even though it's ported? If it does offer this, then maybe the pennies require harder pinching.