Originally Posted by Gazzer55
I have been reading through the whole MartySub FAQ (going to take a while). And was wondering if what held true in 2014 holds true today....
In terms of value for money the best option would be an Ultimax UM-18 (UXL if you wanna spend more), in some form of marty box (im looking to do a mini), and an inuke 6000dsp? As I start planning / building I just want to make sure i'm not missing some new tech that has come out over the last while. Thanks
Might be better to ask outside this thread, as this may only be visited by people specifically interested in the Marty. The Marty combo with the UM18 and 6000dsp is sure bang for the buck, but the Marty as far as I know is specifically beneficial due to the cut list easily aligning with common size MDF sheets one can buy today.
That said, if you think about it, it does not have to be a Marty sub, though may be the easisest for a first build as there is probably enough builds and info out there to guide you already. But if you try WinISD, and load one of the readily available UM18 wdr files, you can easily model a box that fits your criteria best. There is a bit of a learning curve, but really not much to it, and you can google pretty much everything needed to learn it.
If you are planning on potentially having 3 or more subs, maybe sealed would be a better option, just note that sealed generally also require more amp power.
Other than that, there is the Sonosub variety that I actually just recently started reading about, maybe if I read about it earlier before planning my current big ported build (LLT?), maybe I would have tried a Sonosub instead. At least maybe read around about it, and try to find out what you might prefer.
As far as other drivers,there are also the PA460 drivers, which are fairly cheap, and very sensitive, but are much better suited for midbass, as opposed to ULF like the UM18.
Then there are also some threads currently about some cheap JBL drivers, of which you can build several subs with and end up with a great system.
Difficult to say what will be best for you, but I'm sure if it is ULF and movie watching you mainly do, building a Mini Marty (or even a Full if you can fit the size), will not leave you disappointed, and might be the most straight forward way if you don't want to spend too much time looking around and reading about the various options out there.
Note also that the iNuke6000DSP is being discontinued / replaced with another model, so may be a bit difficult to find these days. The new model from what I remember was expected to maybe be a bit more expensive, but I may be wrong on this. Other than that, and maybe a dark color, I think it was pretty much more or less the same as the original model.