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Compact sub advice sought

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by lex524, May 17, 2003.

  1. lex524

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    Hi everyone

    I will soon be running M&K LCR-55s with a Denon AVR 3802 but don't have a sub yet! I am looking for an inexpensive, compact sub (it will have to be moved about a bit across the country) to fit in the system.... living in a flat huge bass is not really required (i like my neighbours!) but the M&Ks are obviously satellites and need a sub....

    So far the REL quake is a possibility (£300 new) but are there others I should be looking at? From looking on this forum the REL doesn't seem to be that well received......

    Thanks for your help

    Alex
     
  2. Ian J

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    IMHO the MJ Acoustics Pro 50 is a far better sub than the Quake but also worth considering if you need a small one is the Velodyne VX which is available from the Powerbuy forum but I haven't heard one.
     
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    lex524 said...
    Don't let that put you off. If you like the REL Quake then go get it. I have got one and I find it excellent.

    I have also got the Townsend Isolda Speaker cable @ £50/Metre :eek: . Bet you not many on this Forum like that either, but if they gave it a listen they would be amazed.

    So It's your choice, not this forums.
     
  4. Ian J

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    Last month you were telling people to go and get a life and stop being jealous of your equipment because they committed the cardinal sin of not responding to your post.

    Your way with words doesn't seem to have improved since and if you can't be civil you may as well not bother coming here.
     
  5. wilber

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    Ian J is bang on about the MJA pro 50 - I have it's slightly bigger brother (in power terms not dimensions), the Reference 100 and I can tell you it's very good for both movies and music. It looks good too (finished in maple veneer) comes in at around £380 srp so you may be able to get it for £340.

    B&W do some compact subs as well but the one I'd choose from their range (ASW675) is £650. As always try and get a demo & try to borrow one to try at home before you buy (or at least get a commitment to an exchange if you aren't happy)
     
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    A second hand Rel Q150 has also got to be considered, it's only a 12" cube, and IMO is better than either the quake or the Pro50.

    I demo'd the Q150, Quake, Pro50 & some Kef sub and found the 150 to be the best. I had to buy 2nd hand because of budget. It took less than a week to source one from these forums for £250 delivered.

    On the other hand, if the only reason size is an issue is because of an imminent house move, then wait. There ain't no substitute for cubic inches!

    :eek:
     
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    :eek: :eek: :eek:

    & a Quake

    :eek:

    what's the rest of the system???
     
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    My first, and so far only, sub. is the baby Velo VX-10, bought new thru these Forums for £199 (see Powerbuy section). No comparative review to make but it does the job just dandy.

    ditton
     
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    I picked up a Vibe Alpha for £150 it compares well IMO to my REL 200E.
     
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    Interesting i have always thought of vibe as in car subs i might just have to go and listen to one!
     
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    Your right they do make car subs but they make a few home ones aswell but they havent recieved rave reviews from WHF atleast. I admit that doesnt always mean a lot!!!!
     
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    It gets an OK review on this site from HCC (Vibe Alpha one).

    I should point out that despite having a 200E for a couple of years I'm not a great fan of it. Way too expensive.
     
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    Any one know of a retailer for Vibe saw them at bristol but didn't pay much attenion to them, got a nice cap though!!!!
     
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    Anyone know of where a MJ pro 50 can be picked up for a good price? Unfortunately while i would like a larger sub I live in 2 different places (both rented) so tend to move about quite a bit.... lugging the TV is bad enough!
     
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    I know the feeling. Im moving back home from uni soon and im not looking forward to shifting all my stuff back! Then back again in September. Ho hum
     
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    Keep an eye on the BK Electronics "Bargain Corner" section. They have the odd gem up for grabs at a stupid price. A few weeks ago two other forum members and I picked up one of these little XLS10-based beauties each...

    [​IMG]

    35cm cube, Peerless XLS10 + 200W amp, incredibly well made and complete with high/low-level and mains leads all for £250! :cool:

    Very capable of providing clean bass down into the low 20s at decent SPL (-3dB@~18-19Hz measured by Tom Pearce) and far better than anything I've heard in that kind of price range.

    MuFu.

    P.S. More pics - 1, 2.
     
  17. lex524

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    Thanks for the feedback - I went into Sevenoaks and am going to borrow thier MJ reference 100 next week; all the staff were adamant it was better than the Quake for the same price... on that note they are onviously asking £350 for it - just wondered what people had managed to negotiate with their dealer e.g. throw in a sub cable etc... Its slightly annoying that if i had gone to a show a few months ago I could have got it for 20% less (would have been £280!).....

    Sorry to sound like a tight arse but we all like a deal!

    Alex
     
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    which 7oaks? The Manager in Bristol is always open to a bit of haggling be it on price or cable inclussion
     
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    Offered £314 from Audio-T in Oxford for a black one (10% off).

    MuFu.
     
  20. lex524

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    The Sevenoaks in Newcastle - the only problem i can see is that there is not a lot of competition up here!
     
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    If you live in the North East it would have cost you more than the 20% to get to the show in Bristol anyway
     
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    i have a Pro 50 and i am very happy with it. I demoed it against a REL Quake and thought the Pro 50 was a much better sub. I was not prepared to buy a Velodyne without hearing one and with so few dealers around it was not possible to demo one
     
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    I am also lookinf for a good/not to massive sub and also am reluctant to buy a Velodyne without hearing one!

    I am looking at the B&W ASW675, anyone have any views on this? Is there anything else I should be looking at??

    Dont mean to thread highjack but though it might help;)
     
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    B&W ASW675 is very nice - I had one on loan before I bought my MJA ref 100 and it did a very nice job, but it was a bit harder to set up in my room - lots of room boom.

    Why didn't I buy it? Cost - It wasn't worth the extra £320 in my opinion.
     
  25. Ian J

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    Home Cinema Choice certainly have views on it as they described it as "something of a Porsche Turbo of a woofer. Small, agile, desirable, well engineered, powerful and lovely to behold"
     
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    and overpriced???
     
  27. Ian J

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    anything but as the piece actually continued :-

    "The analogy breaks down when you realise that this is not a £1000 plus item or pricey porker."

    HCC liked the sub and awarded it five stars
     
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    I have the ASW2500 which is similar to the ASW675, I think its a great sub. Having heard the Velo HGS18 in action I'm still very happy with the sub. ;) I wouldn't change it for anything. Of cause size of room is all important, a larger sub in my tiny 7x14ft room is always likely to sound worse IMO.
     
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    Could you post a link to the review please.

    I have had a look on the site and cant fint it anywhere??
     
  30. Ian J

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    The reviews are only put online six months after they have appeared in print. This one was in the Feb 2003 edition of Home Cinema Choice so won't be online for another month or two yet.
     

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