M & K subwoofers

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Karl_Luph, Jun 28, 2003.

  1. Karl_Luph

    Karl_Luph Supporting Actor

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    I was wanting to know if anyone has owned one of these for awhile and if they would be good to buy used? Any particular model to avoid?
     
  2. Al_Swanson

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    I started off with a V1250 THX and was very impressed. I had begun my bass search with a Polk 250 and thought that was something. Then I got the V1250 and did the "bring everyone over and run the bass chapters" deal and impressed myself and them. A friend knew my passion for bass and introduced me to SVS and this forum. I sold my M&K and went with a 20-39PC. As many will attest here, I was amazed. That was real bass!
    But still, I hankered for more. I got an opportunity to (legally!) purchase a MX5000 MKII for a grand. I sold my SVS and now can truly say I am satisfied. I have a large room with lousy acoustics but that 5000 makes it sound like a sound stage. Without a doubt, the finest sub I have ever heard at any price. Effortless, deep, smooth. I could go on and on.
    Um, so, yes. I like M&K and I don't think you can go wrong with any of their subs - just be sure you do some room matching so you get enough sub to make you happy.
     
  3. Mike Sloan

    Mike Sloan Second Unit

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    Al...I too love M&K! Could you describe the difference in bass quality you are hearing as compared to the 20-39. Do you think that dual 20-39's would have approached the M&K?
     
  4. Al_Swanson

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    Good question. I always felt the SVS was strained and somewhat boomy. Like I mentioned in the post, the M&K never sounds strained.
    I honestly don't know whether adding another 20-39 would help. Tom or Ron could probably answer that better than me.
    Don't take this as any kind of slam on SVS - it's as far from that as it could be! SVS is the king of bass. And while there is no easy way to say this....there's really no match for the 5000, IMHO. Again, I am not knocking SVS, especially when we are comparing a $750 sub to a $3000 sub. I know my SVS's new owner loves her.
    So....I don't think I answered your question, except with more subjective bias. :) Truth be told, you'll love either one.
     
  5. Karl_Luph

    Karl_Luph Supporting Actor

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    I saw where someone won a MX-80 M&K sub on e-bay for $132.00. How would I go about finding out the value of a used M&K sub?
     
  6. Dustin B

    Dustin B Producer

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  7. Edward J M

    Edward J M Cinematographer

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    It is pretty common knowledge that Al's particular SVS was an original 20-39PC with the original 12" driver and the 190 watt plate amp. There are other current production SVS products that would be more appropriate to compare to a M&K 5000 - like the $1,200 PB2-Plus.

    I made it a point to recently demo the M&K line of subs (my local dealer where I bought my DVD-2900 carries M&K). The 5000 IS an impressive subwoofer, offering powerful output and good sound quality.

    Regardless, I agree completely with Dustin, there are several other subwoofers that can match or exceed the performance of the 5000 for less money.

    With that said, I can't imagine anyone owning a 5000 being disappointed; it really is a nice unit. It seems very well built, and has a very nice wood finish, but it's quite expensive and I think you do pay for the name and the THX certification (which the dealer tried to make a big deal out of).

    Regards,

    Ed
     
  8. Dan Hine

    Dan Hine Screenwriter

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    M&K makes nice stuff, but like all other larger(er) market brands you don't get as much per $$ simply because of the larger costs of operation as well as dealer markups. If you're set on M&K then I'll stop there. If you're willing to look at other options let us know. [​IMG]

    - Dan
     
  9. Simon Brown

    Simon Brown Stunt Coordinator

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    Well I owned a M&K THX MX5000 MK2 which cost me $7000.00 (I live in Australia) and was very happy until I read a review of a Subwoofer brand called Whise (Australian company). The subwoofer is half the price and twice as good it was far superior to the M&K in every way. Go to their site www.whise.com.au and look at the Profunder 319. I sold my M&K and bought this and have never looked back.
     
  10. Edward J M

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  11. Dustin B

    Dustin B Producer

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    I need a better sarcastic smilie than the tongue out :p)
     
  12. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Ya know.....

    I get so sick of seeing some people chime in any damn topic
    that is "sub woofer" related..

    Dustin,

    This is not the DIY section of the HTF and I am quite sure
    that everybody knows by now that DIY is unmatchable by SVS
    or any mainstream company for that matter.. You certainly
    take it upon yourself to mention this in any thread where
    someone says "XXX Commerical sub is unmatchable" and I am
    quite certain that poster means by another mainstream sub
    in the same price range.

    And as far as SVS goes.. God knows they make the best subs
    in the world and nothing can stand against them...

    This spiral we go through on every sub thread on these
    forums gets real old...
     
  13. Dan Hine

    Dan Hine Screenwriter

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    Yes, Brett...but not everyone reads every thread about subs like some of us. For the 30 something (or more) people that have signed up for this site in the last 3 days this might be the first time they have seen/heard anything about SVS or other offerings. Specifically DIY, Acoustic Visions or RA Designs since they don't get as much talk here. What it comes down to is this false statement:

     
  14. All i have to say is that almost all Bose owners think they are the $h!t. ...that their speakers are god's gift to the world.

    This is in no way trying to say that SVS is Bose. It is mearly to point out ignorance (NOT stupidity) in the audio world.
     
  15. Scott Oliver

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    Actually Dan you are wrong about that this could be the first time that someone new has read about SVS. I did some Empirical testing in my lab last night and concluded that newbies know of SVS within 9 seconds of joining HTF.[​IMG]

    Considering there are multiple ads all over the forum of them and at anyone time you can expect 50% of the Speaker threads to include SVS then it becomes very tough to miss them.
     
  16. Spero D

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    Simon Brown- Please check your private messages.

    Spero D.
     
  17. Phil_DC

    Phil_DC Stunt Coordinator

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    Karl_Luph,

    I can tell you I have two M&K MKII 350THX subs. The 350 THX was the fastest tightest sub I have ever heard probably one of the fastest tightest subs made, my opinion. The fact is I really only needed one but like it so much I got a second. I am even tinkering with the idea of a third in the back of the room as a designated surround sound sub.

    Your best bet is to do what I did and listen to every damn sub in every store you can find and let your ears decide.
     
  18. Karl_Luph

    Karl_Luph Supporting Actor

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    Thanks alot for the post Phil. I think what I'm going to do since I'm on a small budget is just find a good used old M & K sub someone is selling cheap so they can upgrade. Can someone recommend a model and a price I should expect to pay? I'd like to keep it around $250.00 .
     

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