I say do the 21 in lavoce In the devastator and build it yourself there really no harder to build than a ported box much easier than the other horns plus only takes 2 sheets of wood with MDF a tad over 2 with plywood I promise you wont be disappointed and I would message @Red Five he has the devastator model already and has been tinkering with the 18in lavoce in smaller designsI did a build thread a while ago for NF sub using PA460. https://www.avsforum.com/forum/155-...48-pa460-8-18-nearfield-sub-build-newbie.html. All came out ok but I didn't really get to use it much. Have been using 2 UXL-18 in Mini Marty. Very recently, I came across this thread https://www.avsforum.com/forum/155-...-c-21ds115-4-21-vs-lavoce-san214-50-21-a.html that is discussion how well the pro subwoofers sound. After reading it, I got very curious and wanted to try pro sub driver. I already have PA460. So I decided to give it a shot. Calibrated my system with sub that I built for NF using PA and tried it out. LOVEEDDDDD how well the Mid-Bass sounded. Music sounded very good. Please note that I tried my best to EQ PA exactly how I did with UXL but since I have 2 UXL vs 1 PA, the FR wasn't as good as I had with UXL. Anyway, my little experiment got me super excited to really go ahead with Pro drivers.
Now, from the top of line, we have LaVoce SAN214.50 21". We also have B&C 21DS115-4 21" but in the thread mentioned above, it seems like LaVoce SAN214.50 21 delivers pretty much the same as B&C but with less cost. So ideally, I should just get LaVoce SAN214.50 21. The issue is that I'd need a box for them then. Devastator from John aka @LTD02 seems like the best fit but that'd cost me like around 950.00 + shipment for get it here in NJ. I already have 2 Mini Marty from GSG. Wouldn't it be great if I can just swap my UXL with LaVoce SAF184.03 18? So here comes my question
What's that main difference b/w using LaVoce SAN214.50 21 VS LaVoce SAF184.03 18? Please note that I'm not planning to run my system like 20dB hot. The most I"ll go is 12dB. Most likely 9dB for the most part. Also, I don't need anything below 20Hz since I use BOSS https://www.avsforum.com/forum/19-d...gn-construction/2991522-hideaway-theater.html and it does a very good job to provide all the TR I need in low 20. I am on suspended floor and with 10dB hot, I get very decent TR across.
So it comes down to
LaVoce SAF184.03 18 In Mini Marty VS LaVoce SAN214.50 21 in Devastator to play 12dB loud max.
Note: I'm using INuke dsp 6000.
Room: 23x12x8 sealed.
@hd0823 is using B&C 21DS115-4 21 in a devastator along with his other subs and seems to be very satisfied but then he runs his system 20+db hot . @eng-399, would it be possible to mode these drivers and see what one has to loose if using LaVoce SAF184.03 18 In Mini Marty VS LaVoce SAN214.50 21 in Devastator to play 12dB loud?
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