Originally Posted by Vikram Iyengar
Yeah, it sounded good but I did not integrate it properly or position it for best sound. I just wanted to see what a sub sounds like before the return date ran out. At the time I was sure I wanted the Polk hts10. Also, I was unsure whether Geoff recommended the 8" or 10". They're the same price but 50W difference in power.
But the hts10 has many issues with auto on. I know you said other subs can have that but the hts10 does not have an always on switch. So one must turn it off and then back to auto every time.
I'd like to ask Geoff if he uses his Yamaha only for HT or music too and how it is for music. I had a thought of getting 2 of them (since they're cheap) and placing in different positions like he did. Would that be better than a single RSL?
I also still have thoughts of that sealed Kanto 8" 125W. It's got great reviews, is small and WAF friendly, and I don't need large sound for music.
Another reason I returned the Yamaha previously is I still can't believe Polk will sell a $230 speaker (s15) with a 5" woofer that can't be used itself for hi-fi stereo sound without a sub. My car doesn't have a sub, just factory speakers and gives great mid bass and bass that I can feel. How come the s15 is so flat and shrill for me when the reviews say it's great? Still racking my brains. My little Fugoo bluetooth speaker (2" woofer), Sonos One (3" woofer) have full rich sound! The Google Max was full and rich too! The s15 has no presence.
Ryan, in that Red Rooster song did you hear any bass at all, any freqs that would be played by a sub? It plays wonderfully on my car, Fugoo, and Sonos One without any need for a sub. I'm not trolling, genuinely can't understand what's going on.
The Yamaha subs, or at least my older version, is "always on" unless you turn off the power manually on the rear.
But I use my two subs with an older stereo receiver with power plugs in the back of it so both subs are powered by the same extension cord that goes to the power outlet on the back of the sub that turns off the subs when I turn off the receiver.
They are decent little subs from music and two are more than twice as good as just one and do indeed actually reach 28hz in my room despite not being within 3 feet of any walls.
I took some measurements with my SPL meter and Test tones and here is the frequency response from 80hz down to 30hz in db at some distance that I can't even recall.
While not the flattest response in the world, for the price it's not bad at all, but no, not as good as RSL but while I have money I'm not motivated at all to go out and replace them with two RSLs, (I need two as they are under end table), as they sound very good to my ear for mostly music.
They do a decent job with movies at loud volumes but certainly won't shake the windows at super loud volumes.
In your car the door cavity itself is responsible for the impressive bass that some 5 to 6 inch speakers can produce.
I'd venture the average door cavity is at least twice the size of the cabinet of the little Yamaha subs.
Larger cabinet with same driver means more bass.
The quality of the tuning done by the manufacturer determines if that bass is pleasant or obnoxious in your car.