Originally Posted by darthray
I see Mike already responded to your post, but will explain to you my reasons of going Aluminum over Paper cone. Just for info, and can be confirm by looking into the Rythmik thread. Not it really matter, since you have already place your order.
First, my preference is midbass with little TR since I rely on some TT. To keep my overall volume not overly loud, to reduce walls/ceiling vibrations problem. Also I like having all my speakers/subs without a grill on. And the newest member of the family, a cat around 1-2 years old that will chew anything made of foam (surround on the Paper Cone). But will not touch anything made of rubber (surround on the Aluminum one), was another reason. And last since my room is only 12 x 18 x 8, and only listening at around -12/-13dB and having dual FV18. I went for the slightly better sound that the Aluminum Cone, over the extra output.
The whole inspiration behind building this dedicated room was because of rattles. Other than an IMAX theatre, I have still to this day never experienced bass without room rattles. I really hope that is about to change.
Originally Posted by Spewdom
Monoprice were taxing you in your State and Rythmik didn't? Odd. Congrats on the new subs!
Rythmik only charges tax in their home state of Texas I believe.
Originally Posted by Marc Alexander
While I do believe the paper cone to be a better all around choice for your application, I would choose the aluminum.
1) With the amount of headroom you will have, I don't think either driver will make much difference. While some may perceive more ULF TR with the paper cone I believe this is more perception (due to 32 - 65 Hz and not ≤25Hz) than reality.
2) The aluminum is beautiful and practically bulletproof. While it is not to everyone's taste, the silver cones are my absolute favorite!
Thanks for the links Marc. I agree 100%. The first thing I loved about Rythmik was the look of the aluminum drivers. The silver especially. I talked to
and they said in my situation go with the driver you think looks better. I am likely changing my order from paper to aluminum.
Originally Posted by rossandwendy
CONGRATS man!! Very excited for you! Quad FV18 is going to be phenomenal. Accurate, low distortion, and loads of headroom. Many of us have said that this is likely the best value out there right now in its price range. Tonight I was running only 1 of my duals in the 5500cf room while watching Ad Astra and it was thunderous when called upon.
As far as cone material, I think either one is excellent (Brian made sure of that) and my bet is that most of us would have a real hard time picking which was playing in a blind comparison. My first Rythmik seven years ago was an F12 that comes with aluminum driver and to me it had a very hard-hitting percussive sound that I really liked, very lean and clean. I think the paper cone is just a bit warmer and a bit fuller sounding. But again, put me in a blind test and I doubt I could reliably pick during a film. I chose the paper cone because in my large room I knew I needed that additional +3db of dyanamic headroom in the midbass. If I had quads and less square footage I'd go aluminum cone just because of my fond memories of the F12, but really a tough call because my L22's that I need to sell are paper cone and they are just fantastic for an affordable sealed sub.
Please let us know how it goes when you get them.
I read your post a few days ago and the thing you said about percussive sound has really, erhm, resonated. I love tight, fast bass. I play a lot of games and feeling the gun or engine of a car with grit and texture is the thing I think I am searching for. So, when you said, percussive, I thought to myself, yeah, that's what I want.
Originally Posted by corwiniii
Congrats. That's going to be sick. I have one FV18 and was just tweaking it last night again and it's just amazing. You will not be disappointed. It's going to be an exiting day when they arrive.
I got the paper cone, but I'm sure either will be terrific for you.
Thanks man! I will for sure come back and post some pics of the room. I can already see a pic of me planking across 4 FV18's in a row.