Originally Posted by javan robinson
Many people have told you that Rythmik, Funk, PSA, etc. can offer exceptional sound quality that meets or exceeds what you were currently looking at.
I dont think we all work for PSA, Rythmik, Funk, etc - I think we can all just agree that the JL, Gotham and even SVS are made with aesthetic/profit/marketing, etc 1st, Sound quality 2nd while the aforementioned ID companies are allll about sound quality and performance first and foremost. (Maybe except for Funk, damn those are beautiful!)
Anyways, I own a FV25HP, and while I really really really like it, it's almost too articulate and smooth for my tastes which is why I'm moving up to one of PSA's offerings, but it sounds like you would love that tight accurate, clean, bass of what Rythmik or any of these other companies has to offer.
I totally appreciate everyone chiming in with their own experience and POV. My biggest issue is besides the sheer size of some of these subs and the looks, I do not know anything about their sound quality. Funk definitely looks nice but since I have not heard them, it's hard for me tell what they really sound like. I am relying on internet reviews from real life users. But here’s what I noticed (sorry if it sounds cocky), , it seems the associated gears (like the front speakers, processor, source and amps) of these sub owners (may not be everyone here) are not off high quality.
This tells me two things;
1. Either these are pure bass heads who spend most of their budget on the sub and like them regardless of how good they are.
2. They settle for these subs because of budget constraint.
I believe in buying quality stuff that my budget can handle and I do that by buying used gears. Other than my Mac MX-122, Wadia Intuition 01, BluSound Vault2, Sony TV, Oppo 205 and current SVSs 16s, pretty much everything else is used. I saved a ton of money buying dealer demo Revel speakers, Bryston and Musical Fidelity mono blocks, Furman 20i surge protector, various good quality interconnects and power cords etc.
The reason I am mentioning my gears is to show that I tried my best to go for the best (subjective) quality my wallet could buy. And I have done that after experiencing them first hand and I would like to follow the same philosophy for the subs. Since I will be buying two of these beasts, I am extra cautious because if they do not turn out good then it will be twice as bad and I will regret the hassle of returning them. But it does seem like a lot of you compared SVS, JL or REL with these ID subs and have nothing but good things to say which is an eye opener for me.
Anyways, I am leaning more toward Rythmik G25HP-SE in piano black finish. They seems to be the best of both world (size/ quality/ price) for me. However, they are out of stock till the end of November which is a bummer cause I was hoping to get something before Thanksgiving to enjoy over the long weekend. But can anyone tell me what would be a comparable Funk Audio sub price point wise that may be better (even if it costs a little more)? I understand FA finish is better than any of these other ID companies (and they have really high end subs price point wise), but I'm just into gloss piano finish (unless they can make me carbon fiber finish to go with my Revel Ultima speakers). The only one I see that I like and within my budget is a pair of FA18. But I do not understand the master and slave combo that they have. Is slave just getting the signal from the master in daisy chain setup or the amplification too which basically means slave is a passive? Would love to know more about this.
Again, I thank you all for your input and appologize if my post offended anyone.......not my intent.