Anything better for ~$300

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Rick Westfall, Dec 17, 2003.

  1. Rick Westfall

    Rick Westfall Stunt Coordinator

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    I think I'm going to get the HTD Level 3 subwoofer for about $300. Any opinions on whether or not I can find a better sub for the same money? My only concern is the frequency response low end at 30Hz

    Thanks
    Rick
     
  2. Jason Hammerly

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    Personally I have not heard favorably things about this subwoofer (numerous poor reviews for a $300 subwoofer). I would get the $125 sub (free shipping through dec 31st) from partsexpress before the HTD sub for similar performance. I bought this sub for kicks and giggles and have been quite impressed with it. This is based on reviews from people that have owned one. Can you DIY? A 12" Shiva driver and 250 plate amp should run under $250. That would leave you around $50 for mdf and the rest of the building materials.
     
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  4. Rick Westfall

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    Jason,

    I've never attempted a DIY project. That doesn't mean I wouldn't want to try...just never had the time or energy to dive into it.

    Looks like it's time for some research.
    Rick
     
  5. John S

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    You can truly build a mean sub, for not much money.

    Shoot I even recently converted 2 rediculously large Floor standing Radio Shack speakers with 15" Woofs to sub duty for a friend, and it kicks some serious butt.


    From the experience, I can also suggest using an Audio Source Amp/1A bridged for sub duty. They can be had refurbished way cheap.
     
  6. Rick Westfall

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    Heck...as far are that goes, I already have a PSB subsonic 6i with a bad amp. I could just buy a new one from those listed above and retrofit it into the existing enclosure....

    John...where can you get the audio source amp from?

    Rick
     
  7. Frank Carter

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    Right now you can get a Adire Tempest for $125 shipped from www.acoustic-visions.com and a 250w plate amp(55-6281a) from www.mcmelectronics.com for $100 shipped. If you just follow one of the plans on Adire's site for a vented Tempest you'll have a sub that competes with commercial subs over $1k. The only drawback to the Tempest is it requires a large enclosure. If that's something you can't live with then the Shiva is only $110 shipped and it works in much smaller enclosures than the Tempest.

    Also know that these are not normal prices so I would act fast. I know the free shipping goes away from MCM on Jan 5.
     
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