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You could pay more...but you don't have to.
on November 18, 2005
I bought two of these subs recently and want to share my initial thoughts. First off the bang for buck factor: 10 I got 2 of these delivered for $160...That is unreal. You can go out and spend a lot of money on better subs, but for the average home theater these will do the job. Advanced HT may require more $$$.
Second: Quality of build/parts. I was pleased to find that the woofer is not a paper cone. Some type of plastic/polymer. The Box is nice to look at, but could have been a little heavier/thicker. The amp is simple but effective. I really like the on/off switch, some amps don't come with this basic feature. The only thing I do not like is the fact that the box is ported, and the specs do not point this out. I was hoping for a sealed box. Overall a well built sub for what I paid.
Performance: Ok I had two Onkyo 8" 100watt subs in my system. I was not able to play the plane crash scene from Flight of the Phoenix because the subs could not keep up with the extended rumblings that this track produces. Enter the new subs and now I can hear that scene as intended. The bass is hellacious. I have not dialed in the subs for music and other movies yet, but I can tell they will be just fine. I only have to run them at 50% or less gain each to get more than enough bass out of them.
Bottom line: Good Deal, Good Build, Good Sound
What would have made it better? A remote, a little more power, heavier(sealed) box.
If you have a chance pick these up on the cheap, if you don't like it I am sure that you can sell them of for more than $79.
Edit: After screening a few movies and some music I am even more satisfied with these subs. They can get a little boomy if you turn the gain up too far, but two of them running at 50% really does the trick. Music is fun, Baby Ann is really the bass queen with these subs. THX intro takes on a whole new life. Can't wait to see War of the Worlds with these. Darla's tank tapping scene from Nemo really shakes things up. I have looked at the various models from Sony, JBL, Yahmaha and the like, none of them perform substantially better than these and often cost more than 3 times the price. If you believe there is a law of diminishing returns, and want to get a quality sub for a great price then take a chance and buy this one.
Ok, so it is new years day 2015, and I wanted to update this review. Subs are still cranking out the bass, rocking out Paul Oakenfold's TransPort as I type. I bought 2 in 2005 and almost 10 years later they are as good as new and I can't believe these were so cheap. Happy New Year!!!