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I just want to publicly say thanks to Ray for being so very helpful... his subwoofer journey has been great to follow. I had a ton of questions so I reached out to Ray over PM and long story short we ended up talking on the phone for almost an hour the other day. Thanks again Ray for taking the time to answer all my questions.

The ID subwoofer market has changed so much in the past five years. Five years ago the 15" subs were considered big. Then the 18" subs came out and now in the past year or two we have these newer 18" ported subs with low port tunes that can dig deep. What's not to like?

Originally I didn't really care about pursuing extension all that much because I always felt like it was really expensive to chase with sealed subs and there is always the limited content issue. But these new ported subs from JTR and Rhythmik are game changers. It seems to me that low teen to single digit extension is much easier to achieve now.

I really like PSA but it appears they aren't too interested in pursuing this new market of deep hitting ported subs which is a shame because I think its shaping up to be an important market that is attracting many people (I know it has my full attention right now). This is especially true when you consider the cost of Rythmik's FV18. I have a pretty large room (about 5200+ cuft) but it sounds to me like dual FV18's could handle the space with little issue (I think?). And dual FV18's are less now than my dual V3601's cost so IMO that's a really good price for that much sub (and I love my V3601's but that extension on these newer ported subs is just too tempting to ignore).

Anyway, after talking to Ray I really want to try out the FV18's... But sadly I can't because my cash flow is all tied up for awhile. I would also love to try the 2400 ULF but my room really needs duals due to poor response and two of those just can't happen right now. The FV18's are more likely to happen but I haven't figured out how. Having said that I've been lying in bed at night trying to come up with a way to make it work. So far I can't put together a plan that won't land me in a divorce but I'm still conspiring. ;)

Anyway, thanks again Ray.
It was my pleasure Ray and it was nice talking to you after all the conversations we have had on the forum
 

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I just want to publicly say thanks to Ray for being so very helpful... his subwoofer journey has been great to follow. I had a ton of questions so I reached out to Ray over PM and long story short we ended up talking on the phone for almost an hour the other day. Thanks again Ray for taking the time to answer all my questions.

The ID subwoofer market has changed so much in the past five years. Five years ago the 15" subs were considered big. Then the 18" subs came out and now in the past year or two we have these newer 18" ported subs with low port tunes that can dig deep. What's not to like?

Originally I didn't really care about pursuing extension all that much because I always felt like it was really expensive to chase with sealed subs and there is always the limited content issue. But these new ported subs from JTR and Rhythmik are game changers. It seems to me that low teen to single digit extension is much easier to achieve now.

I really like PSA but it appears they aren't too interested in pursuing this new market of deep hitting ported subs which is a shame because I think its shaping up to be an important market that is attracting many people (I know it has my full attention right now). This is especially true when you consider the cost of Rythmik's FV18. I have a pretty large room (about 5200+ cuft) but it sounds to me like dual FV18's could handle the space with little issue (I think?). And dual FV18's are less now than my dual V3601's cost so IMO that's a really good price for that much sub (and I love my V3601's but that extension on these newer ported subs is just too tempting to ignore).

Anyway, after talking to Ray I really want to try out the FV18's... But sadly I can't because my cash flow is all tied up for awhile. I would also love to try the 2400 ULF but my room really needs duals due to poor response and two of those just can't happen right now. The FV18's are more likely to happen but I haven't figured out how. Having said that I've been lying in bed at night trying to come up with a way to make it work. So far I can't put together a plan that won't land me in a divorce but I'm still conspiring. ;)

Anyway, thanks again Ray.
You will want dual FV25's for your room.
 

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Nice review, Ray.

The FV18 was certainly my favorite at the GTG. I liked the 2400 as well—these are two great subs we're talking about—but the FV18 just had a depth and clarity advantage that brought it a notch higher for me.
Indeed, it was surprising how well this sub filled a very large space. Two of them in my small room are sounding pretty potent. Things are falling off shelves in my home that never had before...:) Success!
 

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Brian and Enrico have offered to let me try out/demo the FV25. Not sure when exactly this will happen but I will keep you posted. I'll probably do a mini-GTG with Enrico, Ray and maybe a couple of other interested people. It will be interesting to pit these 2 bad boys in a friendly comparison. I was down these 2 in my own search so I'm looking forward to the opportunity.

Stay tuned!

The 2400ulf is a little different (but similar) than the 1400 driver. I'm not quite sure what the difference is, I'm sure some of the other JTR guys know. May also be a combination of the xmax, dsp, and powerful amp..........? What I do know is that the weight in Ray's room is different than in my room, at least to my ears. Sounds much better and the bass has separation, it's powerful and violent when needed but still subtle and detailed when it's not needed. In his sealed room, the separation wasn't as good and the frequencies kind of blended together. Again, that's what I heard. The difference is a little difficult to describe.

Todd
Can't wait for this man! There is another dude that Enrico said bought dual FV25s, we are thinking of paying him a visit too....:D
 
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@imureh, I've enjoyed following your sub journey. Congrats on landing on the perfect combo!

Question: were you guys ever able to quantify the TR results with Vibsensor in any of your auditions you did? Not doubting the gains at all, it just provides more depth to the conversation.
Hey Thanks Man! I intend to stick to it this time (famous last words...) :D

No one owned a Vibsensor or brought it up, so nope, we missed it. Good point though
 

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I just want to publicly say thanks to Ray for being so very helpful... his subwoofer journey has been great to follow. I had a ton of questions so I reached out to Ray over PM and long story short we ended up talking on the phone for almost an hour the other day. Thanks again Ray for taking the time to answer all my questions.

The ID subwoofer market has changed so much in the past five years. Five years ago the 15" subs were considered big. Then the 18" subs came out and now in the past year or two we have these newer 18" ported subs with low port tunes that can dig deep. What's not to like?

Originally I didn't really care about pursuing extension all that much because I always felt like it was really expensive to chase with sealed subs and there is always the limited content issue. But these new ported subs from JTR and Rhythmik are game changers. It seems to me that low teen to single digit extension is much easier to achieve now.

I really like PSA but it appears they aren't too interested in pursuing this new market of deep hitting ported subs which is a shame because I think its shaping up to be an important market that is attracting many people (I know it has my full attention right now). This is especially true when you consider the cost of Rythmik's FV18. I have a pretty large room (about 5200+ cuft) but it sounds to me like dual FV18's could handle the space with little issue (I think?). And dual FV18's are less now than my dual V3601's cost so IMO that's a really good price for that much sub (and I love my V3601's but that extension on these newer ported subs is just too tempting to ignore).

Anyway, after talking to Ray I really want to try out the FV18's... But sadly I can't because my cash flow is all tied up for awhile. I would also love to try the 2400 ULF but my room really needs duals due to poor response and two of those just can't happen right now. The FV18's are more likely to happen but I haven't figured out how. Having said that I've been lying in bed at night trying to come up with a way to make it work. So far I can't put together a plan that won't land me in a divorce but I'm still conspiring. ;)

Anyway, thanks again Ray.
You will want dual FV25's for your room.

You could be right, Bass, that Hop would need dual FV25HP's for his room. But, I'm not sure. It's the low-bass that I think Hop is after, and the TR which accompanies that, with the V2 paper cone of the FV18. I believe that dual FV18's would give him perfectly adequate mid-bass for any reasonable listening levels, and much more low-bass than he has now.

Is there still MOAR beyond that? Sure, with either the Cap 2400's or the FV25's, although the FV25's won't have quite the same low-bass TR as either the FV18 or the Cap 2400. But, they are both more expensive, and it's all relative when it comes to how much performance is enough. The FV18's would be a big step-up in overall low-frequency performance.

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^^ That we won’t know unless Ricci measures the FV18 paper driver which I highly doubt it will happen or someone measures both versions. Between the three subs he measured, I am confident that his FV18 has lower distortion levels.
@imureh, do you happen to look at the distortion levels on those sweeps at reference level between the 3 subs? The FV18 aluminum driver was measured with very low distortion on data-bass. I am curious if the paper driver FV18 would be measured with similar results.
And if the distortion is higher, might that POSSIBLY be an explanation for the added weight and TR?
Hey guys, here are the distortion profiles for the FV18, JTR 118 and PSA V1801. I am not sure what the aluminum driver numbers were but I am not pro like @Ricci. He has better equipment than my UMIK-1 and knows what he is doing....:D






 

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Hey Thanks Man! I intend to stick to it this time (famous last words...) :D

No one owned a Vibsensor or brought it up, so nope, we missed it. Good point though
Vibsensor is free and you just download the app to your phone. So if you have a smart phone and a bag of rice then you are good to go!
 

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Brian and Enrico have offered to let me try out/demo the FV25. Not sure when exactly this will happen but I will keep you posted. I'll probably do a mini-GTG with Enrico, Ray and maybe a couple of other interested people.


I am an interested person. :D
 
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there are so many setting combinations with the rythmik amps...how the heck you dial it in? or did you just go with something recommended?
 
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You could be right, Bass, that Hop would need dual FV25HP's for his room. But, I'm not sure. It's the low-bass that I think Hop is after, and the TR which accompanies that, with the V2 paper cone of the FV18. I believe that dual FV18's would give him perfectly adequate mid-bass for any reasonable listening levels, and much more low-bass than he has now.

Is there still MOAR beyond that? Sure, with either the Cap 2400's or the FV25's, although the FV25's won't have quite the same low-bass TR as either the FV18 or the Cap 2400. But, they are both more expensive, and it's all relative when it comes to how much performance is enough. The FV18's would be a big step-up in overall low-frequency performance.

Regards,
Mike
Why do you think the paper cone of the FV18 will have more low-bass then the FV25?

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Hey guys, here are the distortion profiles for the FV18, JTR 118 and PSA V1801. I am not sure what the aluminum driver numbers were but I am not pro like @Ricci . He has better equipment than my UMIK-1 and knows what he is doing....:D







I'm not too educated on how to read these distortion graphs. What kind of information are these graphs revealing to us when comparing these three subs?
 

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Brian and Enrico have offered to let me try out/demo the FV25. Not sure when exactly this will happen but I will keep you posted.

Todd
That is super nice of Brian/Enrico. This also sparks my interest, so please tell me when. Thanks Bud.
 

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The FV18s paper cones have exceeded my expectations and of others at the GTG including Marc who has different versions of the FV18. The paper cone together with the revised ports make it an excellent sub for many applications.

@imureh, do you know what the changes were regarding the "revised ports"?
 

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@imureh, do you know what the changes were regarding the "revised ports"?

I believe that they are half inch wider inside than the previous model. They have a 4 inch opening now.



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You could be right, Bass, that Hop would need dual FV25HP's for his room. But, I'm not sure. It's the low-bass that I think Hop is after, and the TR which accompanies that, with the V2 paper cone of the FV18. I believe that dual FV18's would give him perfectly adequate mid-bass for any reasonable listening levels, and much more low-bass than he has now.

Is there still MOAR beyond that? Sure, with either the Cap 2400's or the FV25's, although the FV25's won't have quite the same low-bass TR as either the FV18 or the Cap 2400. But, they are both more expensive, and it's all relative when it comes to how much performance is enough. The FV18's would be a big step-up in overall low-frequency performance.

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Mike
Hey Mike, I didn't say Need, I said Want. :) I don't believe Hop will want to give up that intense midbass slam that the V36's give him. I think he would want to have the best of both worlds. The FV25's seem to check both boxes imo.

Don't get me wrong, I am Not taking away from the FV18...it appears to be a bargain at it's price point. I have added it to the cart a few times now. :)
 

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Why do you think the paper cone of the FV18 will have more low-bass then the FV25?

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Hi,

I didn't say that the paper cone FV18 would have more low-bass (SPL) than the FV25HP. I said that, based on user reports at least, it would have more low-bass TR. Tactile response is not the same thing as loudness. And, those low-bass tactile sensations can really enhance the special effects in movies. I think that it is partly the low-bass SPL that Hop is after, and partly the low-bass TR. The FV25 will have far more low-bass SPL than he has now, while the FV18 (with the paper cone) will have both more low-bass SPL and more low-bass TR. Win-win! :)

To me, an even better question is why does the paper cone FV18 have more low-bass TR than the metal cone version? And, I don't know that anyone has suggested a viable answer for that yet. Here is what I know--or at least believe that I know. Ported subs, in general, can produce more particle velocity, which we feel as tactile sensations, within about an octave of their port tune. I believe that is due to a combination of factors, including increased air moving through the ports, an increasingly out-of-phase condition between the driver and the ports as the subwoofer approaches its tuning point, and increased ringing.

That out-of-phase condition was pretty well demonstrated a couple of years ago on the Nearfield Ported MBM thread, when some people deliberately ran their ported mid-bass modules out-of-phase, with no increase in SPL, and achieved significant increases in mid-bass TR. I don't really see a role for THD (total harmonic distortion) in low-bass TR, and Ray's graphs certainly don't demonstrate a correlation between THD and TR. According to his distortion test results, the V1801's demonstrated far more ULF distortion than the other two subwoofers, but produced the least amount of ULF TR.

But, so far, I can't think of a good explanation for why the paper cone driver would allow the FV18 to have more low-bass TR than other ported Rythmik subwoofers. As I understand it, the paper cone is more flexible than the metal cone, and it produces approximately 3db more SPL in the mid-bass range than the one that Data-Bass measured. But, additional headroom doesn't translate into additional low-bass TR.

If it did, the FV18 with the metal cone should have more low-bass TR than PSA ported subwoofers, and the FV25HP should have more low-bass TR than the paper cone FV18. And, anecdotally at least, that is not the case. (It is also not the case with people who are able to produce very high low-bass SPL's with multiple sealed subs. The low-bass TR still lags, compared to that of ported subs.)

So, at this point, I am having to attribute the increase in low-bass TR as an unintended, and unexplained consequence, of the development of the paper cone for the FV18. FWIW, I think that subwoofer design involves both art and science, with final results sometimes surprising the designer. There are several recent examples of that, including the newer model JTR Cap 2400 and the PSA S7201.

Regards,
Mike
 
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