Castle Compact Cube v MJ Ref 100 v REL Quake (£400 Cherry Subs) Duders of the sub bass department Im here asking some wise opinion on the subs in the spec range above above, in the next few months Im am going to be auditioning subs in the £400 territory but I (and SWMBO) already have a strong idea of what I (we) want : Real wood veneer (Cherry) 100W amp High level connection (preferably Nuetrik speakon) Up to £400 new rrp This sub is to be used in conjunction with my Castle Richmond 2s which have a bass roll off at about 55-60 Hz IIRC, the sub will be only used in high level connection off my hifi stereo amplifier and out the back of stackable rear entry banana plugs. It will be used for mainly stereo but also AV use from DVD (I use a DAC off my DVD-V player for DVD-V movies via my hifi setup) Im more interested in a sub with a tight bass controls than one that goes down to silly levels (ie ones noted as 13Hz from very small cabinets ahem). Here are some manufacturer specs (some dodgy I know of bass performace) of the shortlist that meet my initial brief, I have garnered off the internet : £400 MJ Acoustics Pro : 120W Amp Dimensions (WxHxD ) 278mm X 332mm X 278mm Weight 10.5kg (23.1 lbs) Down to 13Hz http://www.mjacoustics.co.uk/mjacoustics_17.10.02/products/ref100.htm £400 Castle Cube Compact Sub 150W Amp Dimensions (WxHxD ) 350mm (14in.) 350mm (14in.) 360mm (14.5in.) Weight 17.5kg (38.5lbs) Down to 33Hz http://www.castle.uk.com/pages/compact_cube.htm £400 REL Quake 100W Amp Dimensions (WxHxD ) 253 x 294 x 272 (9.96x11.57x10.7) Weight 7.4Kg (16.28 lbs) Down to 23Hz http://188.8.131.52/quake.htm A couple things already mark the Castle job out as an early favourite, it will match asthetically with my Richmond 2s, is it just me or is the weight of this sub very very mass heavy compared to the others, and their honesty in reporting the freq performanc is refreshing. And Ive rarely ever seen better cabinet work than Castles : I know there are plenty of very decent sounding black subs ala Velodyne but it needs to be Cherry Veneer Im sorry are there any more that Im missing at this price range with such a finish and spec sheet ? Any vibes/opinions for this shortlist kindly welcomed. ATB & thanks for looking.