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Rocket - an SVS alternative..

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by Ettepet, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. Ettepet

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    For people who think that SVS is the only cheaper option to get a high quality subwoofer, this might be of interest:

    Rocket Loudspeakers UFW-10 Subwoofer

    This subwoofer goes less deep, and plays a bit less loud than what SVS offers, but:

    - it offers high WAF (!)
    - it's very small (33cm^3, or 13inch^3)
    - it is cheap ($599, without transport)
    - it's fast and musical (according to this reviewer for music it performs equally well as a PB2+!)
    - it has a parametric equalizer

    This is one impressive sub! :cool:

    Just like SVS they ship world-wide, which will be cheaper considering it weighs less and is much smaller. A bigger model (dual-12inch, around $1500) has been announced, coming to the market later in the year.
     
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    It looks great for the money (a tad under £500 atm I would estimate), particularly for music but as many people buy a sub for movies I think the limited extension will prove important.

    "Disc after disc, down to 25 Hz, the UFW-10 was the match for the PB2+, I have also had the Velodyne FSR-18 in the same room, for music, I will take the UFW-10 over the Velodyne. "
     
  3. Ian J

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    I don't think that anyone thinks that SVS is the only cost effective option as HSU springs immediately to mind as well as Rocket and I am sure that there are others out there.

    Both HSU and Rocket have an enthusiastic fan base on American forums as does SVS but the latter has the distinct advantage of a growing knowledgebase in UK now as well.

    If anyone wants to be a guinea pig I'm sure that we would all appreciate a review of either a Rocket or HSU product as someone has to go first ;)
     
  4. Ettepet

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    Any volunteers daring to take the plunge, or maybe someone reckless enough to already have done so? :)

    They have an offer where 2x UFW-10 subs only costs $999 + shipment.
     
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    Reading the manual to that sub is quite interesting. A good expalnation of how to use the EQ.

    Looks like it could be a worthy consideration as they list international numbers too for contact.
     
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    What about the input voltage? I can't see if they offer a 220V/240V version.
     
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    There was a voltage selector switch that I saw, maybe on the smaller sub?
     
  8. Ettepet

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    They sell abroad (world-wide), so I guess only the outlet-connector might be a problem. Will check though.. :)
     
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    All right, I sent them an email and they replied the same day. They said that they currently do not have a 220V UFW-10, but will in the very near future.

    I think you'd be also interested in reading another part of the email their representative sent me:

     
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    Interesting statement. Sounds like they want to out do SVS, Velodyne etc.
     
  11. Ian J

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    I smell a guinea pig :D

    I bet I have :thumbsup:
     
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    Who, me? *squeak*


    Maybe you have. I have a JM Lab SW700 :boring:
     
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    I'm not too struck on the finishes though. A bit shiny for me.
     
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    It's the WAF that's important, you only need to listen! :D
     
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    Another one that's hardly ever mentioned is the Nubert NuLine AW-1000.
    Nice and not to shiny real wood veneers on them. I was getting one but bought a Jamo THX set instead.

    Are the Rocket speakers Chinese?
     
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    That link is German? Couldn't see a translate option. Is there one?
     
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    No translation on the site, I had to use Systransoft/Babelfish and then work out the 'interesting' translations it supplied. I did get as far as the order form which has the UK as an option and postage seems to be 66 euro maximum. Worked the total out as about £630 which I thought compared well to the other subs around.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    I thought that looked familiar :). Just wanted to pop in here and offer our services for any questions you all may have. Feel free to email or call any of us directly - you can bet we'll get on it immediately. FYI, we have just received our first (though very small) shipment of 240V UFW-10's. The next LARGE shipment will be here in around 60 days.

    Thanks for the comments!
     
  20. General Skanky

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    One question from me, what are the chances of a greater variety of finishes 'without' a price premium?:) I like the cherry, oak, pine etc type of finishes the likes of REL etc do.
     
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    Talk about good timing! Having just discussed this very issue in a meeting with our president, Mark Schifter, we may be shortly announcing a very special first for AV123. In the near future, we will possibly be producing special limited edition runs of our Rocket Loudspeakers and subwoofers in a variety of exotic premium woods including White Shadow Maple, Mahogany, Zebrano, Walnut, and many, many more (virtually ANY real-wood veneer is available to us). You may find this thread interesting over at our forum on the AV123 website in which Mark produced a one-of-a-kind run of Oak veneered Rockets for one of our very special forum members (take a look here for a pic) http://forum.av123.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3360. This program was literally conceived about 10 minutes ago, so the details, ETA, etc are still pending, though we are working.

    Also, just FYI, we currently offer (3) UFW-10 finishes...all real-wood veneers. From left to right Birdseye Maple, African Macassar Ebony, and South American Plantation Grown (very similar grain and figuring to Santos) Rosewood.
     

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    Just a brief note of reply...

    All Rocket and ONIX Loudspeakers are in fact built in our own manufacturing facilities just outside of PanYu City, PRC.

    I can go into great detail if you are interested in learning more about our factory and how we run our business in Mainland China...

    This is my very first post here... and I would just like to pass along my greetings and thank you's to our many U.K. based customers for Perpetual Technologies and Rocket / ONIX products...

    Wishing you all the very best...

    mls
     
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    Welcome to AV Forums. You have probably noticed that we have a liking for buying American subwoofers directly and as word gets around that it is no more difficult than buying from a UK retailer over the internet I can see this type of business increasing over here.

    I read craigsub's review and the UFW-10 certainly sounds impressive and from what I understand it has a great deal of "Wife Acceptance Factor" which some of the others don't, bearing in mind that the average UK house is smaller than the equivalent American house.
     
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    Thanks Ian - I have a feeling we'll be spending some time here :)! We've got some special plans for our UK friends in the next few months. Stay tuned! ;)
     
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    Hey, don't forget the Netherlands! :D (i started this introductory topic ;))

    There is a sizeable Dutch forum (htforum.nl), currently organizing a powerbuy at SVS. I could relay the information to that topic, as I already have been doing sofar.
     
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    Hey - we're an equal opportunity manufacturer - we love the Dutch too! I'll go check out that forum - thanks for the heads up. I'm sure I could twist Mark's arm into some sort of an International power buy ;).
     
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    It's in Dutch, :devil:, but some of them post here. :)
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    edit: I put a link there, so this topic won't go unnoticed.
     
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    I am a member of the biggest french forum (homecinema-fr.com, 20 000 members) where american subs are not well known at all but as I am interested in your products, I may launch a thread to motivate froggies !!
     
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    All looks 'very' interesting now. I for one will be keeping an eye on it.
     
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    Thank you for the welcome Ian...

    The UFW-10 is certainly a product that most women can get along with... smalll and well finished --- with just the right touches here and there to make it all work...

    I hope to get to the U.K. this Summer... A few of you might know how fond I am of England (my first wife was born and raised in the U.K. --- and we are STILL the very best of friends... :) )... and I've been wanting to go back for years... I have to visit some of our new clients for our loudspeaker factory in China... so now is a good time...

    Again... thanks for the welcome... and do let me know how I may serve in the future...

    All the best...

    mls
     

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