Question Worth repairing my rsw12 sub?

tobiahtayo

Active Member
Sadly my RSW12 sub refuses to come out of standby mode.

Monitor audio said that I can only change the whole amp and they don’t offer replacement.

The drop in replacement is the silver 6 amp.

They say “We offer an upgrade kit for RXW12 which upgrades to the new Silver 6G amp.

Priced at £302.00 all in and will come will fully illustrated instructions”

Is it worth repairing at £302? I suppose the amp will be slightly better than it was...
 

MIKEVO

Well-known Member
Unfortunately, I would recommend changing your sub.

There have been issues with the RSW12 (made of very cheap Chinese components) and the Plate amp module that replaces it was offered free to some users. My friend was very disappointed, even with the free upgrade, its your choice.

If you upgrade to an XTZ 12:17 or similar, your money would be better spent.:smashin:
 

tobiahtayo

Active Member
Unfortunately, I would recommend changing your sub.

There have been issues with the RSW12 (made of very cheap Chinese components) and the Plate amp module that replaces it was offered free to some users. My friend was very disappointed, even with the free upgrade, its your choice.

If you upgrade to an XTZ 12:17 or similar, your money would be better spent.:smashin:

Thanks for your feedback. Is it worth repairing and then selling it or would I not really get much more money?

I have a Dali E12F coming which I got a great offer on through eBay but I appreciate this won’t be as good as the MA was.

Will check out the XTZ. Also heard good things about the BK subs?
 

MIKEVO

Well-known Member
I doubt you would get your money back on the Monitor Audio.

The Dali is a nice sub, but I haven't heard it.

The BK XLS-400 is a good Sub, but is less flexible for tuning than the XTZ, plus the XTZ has more power.
 

tobiahtayo

Active Member
Thanks for your input. The Dali sub came today - it was a bit banged around but it was £175 which is great!

I can only assume that my used Monitor Audio RSW-12 was always lacking some power(broken a little?) as I had to set volume to only 1/4 on the Dali EF-12 . The receiver said anything more - the volume was too high! It then set it up at -10db in my MCACC...
My RSW-12 was usually set to half and the Receiver set it up at around -4/5db!

I can honestly say I wouldnt need more power than the Dali (which I think is 170w)!

I doubt you would get your money back on the Monitor Audio.

The Dali is a nice sub, but I haven't heard it.

The BK XLS-400 is a good Sub, but is less flexible for tuning than the XTZ, plus the XTZ has more power.
 

MIKEVO

Well-known Member
Thanks for your input. The Dali sub came today - it was a bit banged around but it was £175 which is great!

I can only assume that my used Monitor Audio RSW-12 was always lacking some power(broken a little?) as I had to set volume to only 1/4 on the Dali EF-12 . The receiver said anything more - the volume was too high! It then set it up at -10db in my MCACC...
My RSW-12 was usually set to half and the Receiver set it up at around -4/5db!

I can honestly say I wouldnt need more power than the Dali (which I think is 170w)!
As long as you are happy, then your Subwoofer concerns are over.

I would sell the Monitor Audio as it is. the Drive unit is very good, so still worth something. :thumbsup:
 

tobiahtayo

Active Member
As long as you are happy, then your Subwoofer concerns are over.

I would sell the Monitor Audio as it is. the Drive unit is very good, so still worth something. :thumbsup:
Thanks. How much do you think it’s worth not working?

Also do you think there has always been a problem with my sub?
 

MIKEVO

Well-known Member
Thanks. How much do you think it’s worth not working?

Also do you think there has always been a problem with my sub?
I wouldn't like to quote a figure, possibly best to ebay it.

My friend had an RSW12 and was never really happy with it, I always felt it lacked composure, even with a minidsp in circuit. I wouldn't suggest the position of the Volume knob is an indicator of how to compare subs, its impossible to say if your MA sub was faulty but the amp should have been able to make the drive unit move to quite large excursions, at least an inch each way for my friends RSW12, it seemed to have power, but no finesse.
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
There are a variety of plate amps available -

BK Electronics - Peerless Plate Amps

But they are in the neighborhood of £300.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dayton-Audio-SPA500-Subwoofer-Amplifier/dp/B0048FHWL8

Wilmslow-Auidio - Plate Amplifiers

Likely you would have to get one that was the same size and shape as the exisiting one.

Monitor Audio Sub seem grossly over priced, and they are far better Subs for about half the money.

This is the current equivalent Monitor Audio Silver Subwoofer -

https://www.hifix.co.uk/speakers/hi-fi-speakers/subwoofers-70/monitor-audio-silver-w12-subwoofer

SVS Subs are highly regarded, and considerably cheaper -

https://www.hifix.co.uk/speakers/hi-fi-speakers/subwoofers-70/svs-sb1000-subwoofer

SVS PB1000 Black Ash Subwoofer - SVS - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

BK Electronics are probably the best value of all -

https://www.hifix.co.uk/speakers/hi-fi-speakers/subwoofers-70/svs-sb1000-subwoofer

Their largest most power Sub is only £574 -

Monolith Plus -FF

Monolith-DF Plus

The Popular XLS400 and the XLS200 are £450 and £330 respectively.

XXLS400-FF

XXLS400-DF

XLS200-FF

XLS200-DF

The newest P12-300 are $379 each.

Monolith-DF Plus

http://www.bkelec.com/HiFi/Sub_Woofers/P12300SB-FF.htm

Notice the wide variety of cabinet finishes available on all these Sub. Many here in the forum have or have had BK Subs, and were very happy for what they paid.

Steve/bluewizard
 

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