Sub for Maggie 2.1 music system

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Kris_M, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. Kris_M

    Kris_M Auditioning

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    I have my music system up and running and now turn my attention to a sub. I have Maggie MG 12QR's with Acurus A150 amp, Anthem TLP1 preamp, and Onix XCD-88 in a living room 12'x18'. My choices at the moment are ACI Titan or SVS PC-Ultra. That is about as far as I would like to stretch the budget, pricewise. I like the furniture look of the titan over the black of the Ultra better. Any thoughts or advice?

    Kris
     
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    Perhaps a used Rel Storm III or Strata III. The room is not exceptionally large and depending on your listening preferences and musical interests you might want to see current Rels at a local dealer. I would guesss that the Strata III (no longer made) might make a good match and it has a very flexible crossover.
     
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    Kris

    There is a huge thread on Maggies. I think they have touched on everything related to them including subs. The new Rocket UFW-12 is supposed to be excellent, including an equalizer, in rosewood for $1,100.

    Of course, it is a brand new product. If all the bugs have been taken care of, it should be killer.

    Between the Titan and the PC-Ultra, the Ultra will trounce the Titan in performance but the Titan looks nicer.

    After the Rocket UFW-12, the PB-Ultra in a wood finish is the sure thing, but it will cost you another $250.
     
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    In a room that size, the Rocket UFW-10 would be another excellent option and they're available right now. The UFW-12's are still on the water and will probably take a couple more weeks to arrive.
     
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    Performance-wise, the Ultra is hard to beat anywhere near the price. Pristine on movies and hi-rez music. Built-in PEQ is a godsend. Since a box is ok, the PB12-Ultra (below in rosewood) ain't too hard on the eyes to say the least:

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    The Rocket subs would be great, also, especially since it's not LFE duty. They're beautiful, and the eq functions are really cool.
     
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    Howdy Kris,

    Arthur is correct.In the maggie thread,subs have been talked about.I run an IB sub with my maggies,and it matches the maggies well.

    Keep in mind,Maggies are a very quick speaker,so the sub should also be fast(transitions,etc)

    A good source of info on Maggies,subs that match well and other info related to planar speakers is


    http://www.audioasylum.com/forums/MUG/bbs.html

    This is a Maggie users group.Happy sub shopping.
     
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    Kris_M Auditioning

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    Thanks for the info guys. The PB12 Ultra looks nice but shipping here is expensive, so that is a consideration...($200 on my HT sub,SVS PB12-ISD2)
    I will have to check out the huge maggie thread. My maggies are just breaking in now and starting to sound real nice. Will have to check out the rocket sub, I haven't looked at that yet.

    Kris
     
  8. Jack Gilvey

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    Another option, and the best one really for dipole speakers, is a dipole sub:

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    That's the type that'll really sound inherently "quick". Monoplole subs are much more subject to the room's influence.
     
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    Alan Pummill Screenwriter

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    Kris,

    I currently own a SVS PC-Ultra and a MartinLogan Depth. I have 2 systems. My HT has B&W speakers with the Ultra!! My 2 channel system has MG1.6s and the Depth!!

    Both subs are great subs, and best suited for the system which thsy are in!!
     
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    Kris_M Auditioning

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    Wellllll..... I just pulled the trigger on a B stock PC Ultra, I have wanted one for a while. If it doesn't work out it may end up in the basement with the HT and I will get rid of the PB2-ISD.

    Kris
     
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    The Ultra driver is extremely clean and works exceptionally well in the upper bass to mate cleanly with your 12's. While "speed" in well-designed subwoofers is more a function of their position and in-room FR than anything else, the Ultra is certainly "fast" and "musical" to use the fashionable terms. Its deep bass is just as impressive.
     

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