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Hi,
can someone post as to what the current top of the line subs are? there are a few options out there at a few different price points


TC Sounds 5400 LMS Ultra

SI 18 inch and 24 inch

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UXL-18 and FTW-21

Dayton Audio UM18-22 18" Ultimax (anything else from Dayton?)

Am I missing something? Whats the current breakdown on best sub at decent, not unreasonable price? Will be powering them with clone fp14000s.

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Depends on what your building. TC sounds Ultra is one of THE best 18" subwoofers. UXL is second to that and then its a huge toss up between a few special order car audio 18's and lower excursion 18's.

BUT it really depends what your wants are.
 

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If by top of the line you don't just mean actual driver but subwoofer with enclosure itself you may look into the Tuba HT also. It is pretty efficient and have a crazy output. It can dig pretty low with room gain (but not as low as a good llt) and really doesn't distortion much at all. It's down side is that it's pretty big and ugly (to me) at least it will not look as good as a nice veenered enclosure with a big 18 inch black subwoofer pointing at you if you know what I mean. It certainly got me interested tought and I may build one one day.
 

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If by top of the line you don't just mean actual driver but subwoofer with enclosure itself you may look into the Tuba HT also. It is pretty efficient and have a crazy output. It can dig pretty low with room gain (but not as low as a good llt) and really doesn't distortion much at all. It's down side is that it's pretty big and ugly (to me) at least it will not look as good as a nice veenered enclosure with a big 18 inch black subwoofer pointing at you if you know what I mean. It certainly got me interested tought and I may build one one day.
Or you can view this. http://www.avsforum.com/forum/155-diy-speakers-subs/1609714-sibuna-s-sealed-si24-build-8.html#post26878105. One HS 24 out-performs two LMS-U 18's by +3dB with the same amount of total power. I think the HS 24 discussion starts here in the GTG thread.
 

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They say there is no replacement for displacement. I wonder how much money a beast like that cost and what size enclosure it has to have to get usable output for home theater.

I really want to see or hear a Tuba HT but my heart tell me that 4 18 inch driver would look nicer! I think I am a bass junkie. At least living in an appartement currently stop me from becoming one.
 

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Well I am sorry but a single 24" in 15cuft would probably out run four THT's. I dont have any outdoor measurements of either but I would guess the 24 would have more SPL and definitely would extend a lot lower and have a lot more SPL.

BUT this thread is an open ended question which doesnt really go anywhere. There are many examples that work for everyones example. Just a matter of what your variables are.
 

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I posted a thread stating that it is.
 

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Yes the HST 18 is available now. However, it would still take at/over 3 of the HST 18's to equal the output of a single HS 24. The HS 24 is also a very solid winner in the LFE department regarding sealed alignments between the two drivers.
 

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We just need to have a 24" driver that likes 6-7cuft sealed. :D
 

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We just need to have a 24" driver that likes 6-7cuft sealed. :D
An HS 24 looks silly in a box that small. If you only have 6 ft^3 to work with you shouldn't be looking at a 24" subwoofer - an 18" woofer is a much better option for an enclosure of that size. The law of cubes is in your favor with an enclosure that has a front face of over 26" squared - it only takes a few inches one direction to add significantly more volume. :T
 

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I'm just finishing up an SI-18 build using 24" SonoTube. I was looking at the mouth of the tube last night and found it difficult to imagine a driver exactly that large (even if it's the OD of the basket). :yikes:

I see that Sonoco makes 26 and 28" tubes. I think that would be the way to go for an easy SI-24 build (ported or not).
 

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An HS 24 looks silly in a box that small. If you only have 6 ft^3 to work with you shouldn't be looking at a 24" subwoofer - an 18" woofer is a much better option for an enclosure of that size. The law of cubes is in your favor with an enclosure that has a front face of over 26" squared - it only takes a few inches one direction to add significantly more volume. :T
I have about 8cuft to work with myself and the 24 is alright in about 15-17cuft. SO I dont want to be on the oddball end of which it takes a LOT more power than RMS to hit Xmax. BUT I do like making maximum SPL in a given location. So the 24" si a great driver for that if it can work for you location limits. I am also trying to talk myself into having one of the 24's anyways. :D


Morca I dont have any of these brands in Australia either. I just order from overseas and pay the hefty shipping fees.
 
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