The Aperion Audio Bravus II 12D is a relatively compact (15.5in^3) 650 watt powered subwoofer with one active and dual 12‚€Ě passive drivers. Aesthetically, the Bravus II 12D is the best looking subwoofer we've seen for under $1k. Thanks to its strong amp and well executed passive radiator system, the Bravus II 12D is able to achieve real output down to 25Hz not typical of similar sized sealed or ported enclosures. Though it lacks some of the bells and whistles of competitor designs, it makes up for it with solid performance earning our "Large Room"Ě Bassaholic rating. At $899 delivered to your door in a premium high gloss finish with a risk free 30 day trial period, we highly recommend you give it a try!
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Last edited by gene; 11-08-2012 at 11:50 PM.
This is very respectable performance for the dollar, in my opinion, with a nice flat FR. It might not quite have the extension of the other 12"s, but its output is roughly on par, and when you factor in its size and appearance, I think this sub would be very easy to live with. It looks especially recommendable for someone who doesn't want a gigantic subwoofer.
reviewed, I think the Klipsch SW-311 is probably the closest competitor and I'd say the Aperion compares reasonably favorably.
On the contrary, I think it is fair to compare them, and I think this one holds it own pretty well. It isn't a whole lot more expensive, and it does look nicer, and its output matches the LFM at certain points while surpassing the PB12 at others. It just doesn't dig quite as deep, but you are only missing 5 hertz against the PB12 and LFM (in two ports mode), if you ask me that isn't bad at all, especially when you consider the size of the sub. I think Aperion made a good decision between where to tune this and how big to make it, and it's a sensible compromise.
OTOH, for someone that can accommodate a larger sub, it wouldn't make my list; you can't fight physics as the results show. From about 30Hz on down, clean output capability is declining quickly. The LFM1 can deliver 4.5 to 7.1dB more clean output than the Aperion at 25Hz, and you know as well as I do that's pretty significant difference in pretty critical band for movie effects. Further, the LFM-1 can deliver credible output at 16Hz, whereas 25Hz is the last point worth mentioning for the 12D. That's a 2/3 of an octave. It doesn't sound like a lot just looking at the numbers, but if you're a guy who likes his action flicks, it's a difference you can readily feel.
Last edited by Steve81; 11-09-2012 at 12:18 PM.
I just compared Josh's sweep data for the Bravus II 12D and its favorable to the data I collected for the JL Audio f110 that costs considerably more. I'd say this is one small sub for mankind, one large leap for small subwoofer design!
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I don't see that as surprising. Small subwoofers are just a losing battle against physics. Not to take anything away from the Aperion, but, to me, that doesn't signify what a great value the Bravus sub is as much as it says what a poor value the JL Audio sub is, at least as far as SPL/$. It should also be mentioned that the JL Audio sub has a bunch of fancy features like the ARO eq where the Bravus is pretty light on extras. But yeah, I'd much rather have the Aperion sub. A sealed 10" is going to be coughing up blood trying to output anything below 30 hz, however watching it try has to be an amusing sight.
I spent some extended time with the older Bravus 8D and I'd say Aperion did everything right in the redesign. Better performance and no cumbersome digital setup. I prefer the simplicity of knobs and modern AVRs take care of crossover, EQ, and everything else that needs to be done during setup. If you're using a modern AVR, the sub really needs a level control, and that's it.
I'd say that this new sub hits the mark on looks and performance for the more aesthetically sensitive. And, they're based in Portland, just 1.5 hours up the road from me...
How about a comparison to the Rythmik F12. Similar price, size, and more importantly, the F12 is one of the few small subwoofers that claim to reach that low. Can't decide between the two based on specs without a shootout!