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post #151 of 159 Old 06-08-2017, 08:03 AM
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That's all I'm looking for a just a bit of warmth down there.
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For $200 I think I will be very pleased with the support that the BasX S8 can add for that bottom octave.

In my limited experience with it, I haven't found it to be a one-note explosion maker. However, it may lack the depth and output expected by HT enthusiasts.

If I was looking for more "perfection", I'd send 2-3x more for the 12" Rythmik sealed box sub. I have an early DIY sealed box with Rythmik components that remains my benchmark for all other subs.
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It is probably premature for me to comment, but I received the Emotiva BasX S8 two days ago. I set it up to accompany new desktop speakers. I found it integrated best using a 60hz crossover on my old HK AVR. Other than setting the crossover and level, I have not had time for critical tweaking and listening. I have been “breaking-in” the speakers/sub with the first track of the Dirty Brass Band’s “Voodoo” album.

My FIRST impression is that the BasX S8 does a fine job at its task filling in the range from 30hz to 60hz. That additional support is enough to add the desired tight rumble in lower range of an electric bass. It also allowed for reasonably seamless transitions from the upper to lower ranges of the walking basslines of an upright bass. Tubas and orchestral bass drums also seem reasonably realistic. In my 14,000 cubic foot space, the BasX S8 has plenty of output to play at moderate levels (and get snide comments from the Mrs.). To be fair, my use is primarily desk top. Even so, I think in small to medium sized rooms, the little BasX sub will provide enough support to the low end for an enjoyable music experience.
Excellent feeback, thanks.

So no "boominess" which is the bane of "budget" subs?

A walking bass line is an excellent test.

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In my limited experience with it, I haven't found it to be a one-note explosion maker. However, it may lack the depth and output expected by HT enthusiasts.

If I was looking for more "perfection", I'd send 2-3x more for the 12" Rythmik sealed box sub. I have an early DIY sealed box with Rythmik components that remains my benchmark for all other subs.
Yes, I'm a huge fan of sealed servo subs, (minority here on AVS), and if you have that experience that adds a great deal of credibility to your comments.

It's fantastic that Emotiva came out with that line of "not boombox" subs.

I use my two little subs in my secondary room and, sure, they don't hit anywhere near 15hz like my main sub but 28hz extension or so certainly does add satisfying depth to HT in my secondary room the few times I use them for HT vs music.

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Yes, I'm a huge fan of sealed servo subs, (minority here on AVS), and if you have that experience that adds a great deal of credibility to your comments.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I'm pretty sure that my DIY sub is not a servo sub. However, Brian Ding worked with my cabinet builder to tweak the Rythmik amp to work best in the sealed cube. Originally, the driver was going to be an Audire aluminum driver, but that was a bust. In the end, the Rythmik amp and driver were a great combination.

With a bit more listening, I'm still very pleased with the BasX S8. I am very comfortable recommending it as a budget subwoofer solution for modest music systems.
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Did you ever order a sub? I was hoping you would get the Emotiva el cheapo and give it a review.

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Check the main page for a write-up about the 12" version.

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Check the main page for a write-up about the 12" version.
Yes, that AVS review pretty much confirmed that the Emotivas are good for music and HT and that the specs and frequency response charts they have on their site are not hot air.

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I enjoy my little Sumiko S5 with my 805 D3's. Dialed in, it has just the right punch in my 12x12 room
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