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Dayton Audio SUB-1200 Subwoofer Discussion Thread

Dayton Audio SUB-1200

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The Dayton Audio SUB-1200 is a 'bottom line' subwoofer -- meaning the people who are most likely to purchase one are interested in the price, first and foremost -- so I'll skip directly to my bottom line (as in what I think about it); buy one. Better yet, buy two. At this price you can almost certainly afford a pair. How is it even possible for a company to sell something with an amp, driver and enclosure for less than $130 and still make a profit? Usually it's a piece of junk, that's how. Dayton Audio has managed to hit that price point alright, but without the last bit; the SUB-1200 is not a piece of junk. Quite the contrary actually. Forced to describe the SUB-1200 using a single word it would absolutely have to be "value". It's often said DIY (Do It Yourself) is the least expensive way to get a good subwoofer. In a lot of instances I would concur, but not in this case. I don't believe anyone could build something capable of doing what the SUB-1200 can for the same price. If you're on a tight budget, and can do without the very lowest octave of bass, this is the subwoofer to own.

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Re: Dayton Audio SUB-1200 Subwoofer Discussion Thread

Great write up Jim!!

I own two of these boogers due to the fact of their price point which I bought them about 8-months ago, however they been sitting in there boxes for about 7 months now!! These Daytons can't beat dauls for $200 shipped!! Does parts express even make money?

I always thought for the longest that the Velodyne XV11 was my favorite cheapy / bang for the $ subwoofer, but once i got my hands on these Daytons they just are a great deal for the money!!

They will not hit them low-notes, but they are very nice for a simple home audio enthusiast thats on a budget and want "bang for the buck" under the $200 price point or just starting out for sure.

Bass-on my friend!


12/18/13 - At PE they have it on sale for $109! Linky: http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-...oofer--300-629

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Excellent write up Jim,

I just hooked up 2 of these subs in my living. Was looking for a budget sub for mostly music and TV, and I am pleasantly surprised by their performance. I've listen to them for only a few hours, but they sure put out very good values for the price.
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Great review, as always, Jim.

Wow, you hammered that sub... WOTW and Cloverfield??

I love the challenge you (sort of) issued: build a sub that sounds better for less. It would be fun to have a contest with builds sent to you for review!

I'm curious, are these Dayton subs similar to the cheaper Polk subs in terms of sales? It seems that the Polk PSW10 is on sale every other week for lower and lower prices... do you think this Dayton will drop down to (or below) the $100 price point? It sounds like it is almost unbeatable at $130...
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Re: Dayton Audio SUB-1200 Subwoofer Discussion Thread

Yea, the music aspect caught me of guard as well. So long as the rhythm section isn't too quick the SUB-1200 will definitely hold it's own.

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I'm curious, are these Dayton subs similar to the cheaper Polk subs in terms of sales? It seems that the Polk PSW10 is on sale every other week for lower and lower prices... do you think this Dayton will drop down to (or below) the $100 price point? It sounds like it is almost unbeatable at $130...
They've been at $109 for several weeks now, but more than likely that's a holiday special. Frankly, I'm not sure PE needs to do that because they're easily worth the $129 regular price.

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Based on your take, $109 sounds like a total steal.
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Another nice review Jim especially when there is a lot of ppl that don't want to spend more than $200 in a sub .

BTW Symphony X i consider that they are more on the melodic metal side than trash since there sound is the same as bands like Sonata Arctica , Stratovarius , Helloween or Nightwish but a bit far from Trash like Exodus , Kreator , Slayer , Testament etc .

For Michael Schenker stuff and some audition i advise his live One night at Budokan , especially the Cozy Powell drum solo
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BTW Symphony X i consider that they are more on the melodic metal side than trash since there sound is the same as bands like Sonata Arctica , Stratovarius , Helloween or Nightwish but a bit far from Trash like Exodus , Kreator , Slayer , Testament etc .
Did you mean thrash?


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I used to love his work in Rainbow. Cozy died way too young...

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Did you mean thrash?




I used to love his work in Rainbow. Cozy died way too young...
yes i did .

He was and is one of the greatest drummers of all time . I only saw him once live with Whitesnake back in the 80's good memories .
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