I think there should have been a selection "11" which read: None of these DIY gives the best performance.
I'd say probably SVS makes best consumer subs (great value & awesome performance) but do they make the BEST subs ever?
Picking the king would hard for me to pick the winner between Velodyne Digital Drive PLUS 18 and JL g213
Neither of these subs have good value, but top notch performance.
In the end I think JL g213 is the King.
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I voted Rythmik for the raw value of the FV15 in One-Port-Open mode.
If I were buying a commercial sub, I would go straight for a Funkywaves though.
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---> Crown XLS 2000 ---> Philharmonic Model 2
---> Tapco Juice J2500 --> DIY Maelstrom X
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I voted! I love my subs and they've been workhorses for years rocking my media-room. I know they're probably not the very best sub when it comes to numbers etc. but I'm a satisfied customer that would buy the same brand all over again.
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Which Velodyne model are you guys talking about? I voted HSU for Outlaw.
Velodyne is in the lead? Really? Well, to each their own.
For me it's either SVS or Rythmik. Since the former has been around longer and really knows what they're doing, I voted for them. If I were to buy right now, though, it would be a Rythmik FV15HP for ported or FunkWave's 15.3 for sealed.
DIY is the path I chose, though.
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No matter what measurements tell us, a loudspeaker isn't good until it sounds good. – Dr. Floyd Toole
Good speakers generally sound good in most rooms. It's only below the transition frequency (300 Hz or so depending on the size of the room) where the room largely determines how good the speaker sounds, and there judicious placement, equalization and multiple subwoofers can fix those problems. - Dr. Sean Olive
I voted SVS. I think Velodyne is great, but they are a little over priced IMO. I agree with Nuance about the FV15HP, that sub is awesome for the price. SVS gets the vote from me for the prices, the super flat curves, the company policies and reputation, and the cylinder sub options. For sealed I would go with the Submersive.