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Originally Posted by uniquepattern
Ok, so it looks like the only "budget" 18's available are the Daytons....
Is it worth taking up an extra 8ft^3 to go with the Ultimax Drivers instead of the Reference? (4ft^3 vs 6ft^3 per driver?)
I have an Si HT18d2 and recently added an Ultimax. I use mine ported tuned to 18hz. The Si ht18 is an amazing driver for the price and I was going to wait for the re-release in 2017 but decided to go with the Ultimax. Two reasons I didn't wait and went with the Ultimax. First was availability (I didn't won't to wait any longer) but second and more importantly I saw that at least 2 Seaton sound subs use the Ultimax driver (or a modded version of it). Mr. Seaton's use of this driver is a very strong recommendation in my opinion.
I lived with my Si for over 2 years and loved it but as soon as I hooked up the Ultimax it was apparent this driver is in a whole different league. The sensitivity is a bit higher and the Ultimax just seems to have more output even at low volume hooked to the same amp. The Ultimax is a Beast of an 18" driver that will flap my pant legs, crack sheet rock, and take all the 1800 watts RMS i send it. The rss460ho is prob a good driver but it has never seemed that impressive to me, has a much lower xmax, and it cost the same as the Ultimax so easy decision in my mind between those 2. Maybe for the right application.
Now don't get me wrong there are better drivers than the Ultimax I'm sure. The Si HST comes to mind. @ Beastaudio's nearfeild HST are insanity for tactile feel and punch but you could have very close to 4 Ultimax 18's and build the enclosure's for the same price as just 2 HST drivers. Hell your 24's are way better than the Ultimax too ( they better be, right) but I was really not prepared by what I read for how strong the performance of the um18-22 is. I can't recommend the Ultimax enough. I know I'll be buying more.
Also I don't have Crowson's(I want some) but I do have a Buttkicker LFE and I love it too. I power it with an Inuke 3000DSP and it will shake your teeth out if you want it to. @SBurger uses Buttkicker's and Crowson's together on one couch and that's what I'm looking to try next myself .
Epson 5040UB-125" Silver Ticket 2.35:1-Xbox One S- HTPC JRiver MC24
Marantz av7702 - Crestron CNAMPX-12x60 Fully Bridged to 6x220 - 2_Crown Xls 2000's
Crown Xls 1500 - Qsc RMX 1450 - Qsc RMX 850 - 2_Inuke 3kDSP's - Inuke 6kDSP
Speakers}7.4.4 Atmos DIYSoundGroup HTM-12's, Volt-8's
Subs}8 SI HT-18 v.2's SBA 11hz Ported IB-Nr Fld 2_PA460 MBM's-UM18 FMarty-2_Buttkicker's