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Scott, thanks for sharing this info with those of us that don't get to read or see "the perfect vision". There is one thing that should be pointed out here though and it is something that one can easily overlook: How many other subs have they tested or listened to within a reasonable period of time ???
While it is easy to compile a list such as they do, it might be more useful for them to say "out of 100+ subs of varying price points, these are what we consider to be the best of the bunch", etc... While you and other readers may know what models have been covered in recent times, for all that we know they have only looked at 25 or 30 subs total !!! The best 24 out of 30, 40 or even 50 doesn't carry near as much weight as the best 24 out of 100+ if you know what i mean. Knowing what the competition was and how much they had to narrow the field down makes a BIG difference in my opinion.
Please correct me if i opened my mouth and inserted foot. I have not read nor seen the article and such information may have been provided. Sean
You are quite correct in your comments. The TPV article did not state how many subs they reviewed in determining their "top 24", unlike the list I posted last year which reflected the top subs rated by Widescreen Review from nearly 300 they had tested.
The list above is -- obviously -- an imperfect guide, but it does offer a starting point for potential buyers. As always with speakers: do an extended audition -- preferably in your home system -- and trust your ears!
Do they describe what they like for bass and what they are looking for in a sub? If their taste in bass or goals for a sub is different than yours, then the list is would ironically become subs to avoid.
There is such a large range of brands accross all the various price points, I hope their goal is not to attract advertisement revenue by highlighting as many brands as possible. (The reason for my first question.)
I don't mean to be too negative towards this list. There are some nice subs listed. I just understand the motivation behind marketing and tend to see ads for what they are. There is something in business they call "disguised marketing".
There are the pros and cons about using subs. I tend to lean in the non-sub sound. I like an intergrated sound which means i'll let the woofer handle the lower hz's. So in a 3 way speaker setup i'll need a good 10 inch woofer that goes to 20hz's. For a great price, i'll go with the Peerless 10 or 12. But even better would be the new Seas W26. Amazing, these are possibly the only two i would consider. And they were'nt even in the the "24" list.????
The lack of other REL's on any list is one of the reasons I am suspect of this list. REL has a separate line of HT subs. You would think they would audition one of those for an HT publication. The Stadium is from their audiophile line.