KEW

KEW

Audioholic Warlord
I noticed that Polk has a 10" in-wall sub for $500 via Accessories4Less ($900 MSRP). Seems like this could be a useful solution for people with unique restrictions.
This product piques my curiosity on several points:
1) That is more cost than I normally associate with a Polk sub. Does Polk make any decent subs in the upscale market? I know better than to ask if they represent good value compared to ID subs! I am only asking whether they suck at any price or might they be good subs for music (at 10"...and not being JL Audio drivers, it also seems like the depth of the driver has to be limited to the 3-1/2" depth of a wall stud I would rule out HT)!
2) What competition is out there? Who else makes in-wall subs?
3) Anyone try/have one of these (Polk or otherwise)? How do you like it? Was integration an issue (seems like a real hit or miss proposition as you can't really do the subwoofer crawl - or maybe you can by just listening close to the wall where you would install it?
4) Thoughts on the viability of generating bass coupled to the wall structure? It seems like you might want to avoid deep bass as it might get well out-of-hand fast with wall resonances and room gain (why it would be great to hear from people with real experience!

Interestingly, this looks like a totally different item than the other pic! I guess they added some strips of foam to prevent vibration from the sheetrock.
 
slipperybidness

slipperybidness

Audioholic Spartan
I have personally been curious on the PE slim-line subs (I'm sure you are familiar with them, or at least seen them on PE).

Specifically, it seems that they can be wall-mounted! Not quite the same as in wall, but I have been similarly curious about this option.

Included floor stands and on-wall mounting brackets facilitate a variety of mounting schemes
 
KEW

KEW

Audioholic Warlord
I have personally been curious on the PE slim-line subs (I'm sure you are familiar with them, or at least seen them on PE).

Specifically, it seems that they can be wall-mounted! Not quite the same as in wall, but I have been similarly curious about this option.

Included floor stands and on-wall mounting brackets facilitate a variety of mounting schemes
I assume you saw Brent Butterworth's evaluation in this article (I guess you could say it rated second):

The "low-profile" sub is the red line on the graph.

 
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TLS Guy

TLS Guy

Audioholic Slumlord
That sub has an F3 of 36 Hz, so not really a sub. It seems to be a straight sided box with a port opening. The box is 5 ft. tall, so I bet the design has a very nasty honk at 110 Hz as the standing wave will have a wave length double the height which is 10ft. So that is how you calculate the 110 Hz honk.

If you are going to make a satisfactory slim line sub then it absolutely needs to be a properly designed TL. Then you properly harness that standing wave. You get the wave length longer by folding the line and properly damping it.





This sub is a real performer and takes little power. Bass is really tight.

 
DigitalDawn

DigitalDawn

Full Audioholic
You would be surprised at how effective it is -- especially with two of them for larger rooms. I have one in my 16 x 14 foot bedroom and it's surprisingly good.

Now if someone is looking for a bigger solution there's the InWall Silver/15 but it won't fit in normal walls.
 
Alex2507

Alex2507

Audioholic Slumlord
You would be surprised at how effective it is -- especially with two of them for larger rooms. I have one in my 16 x 14 foot bedroom and it's surprisingly good.
I'm gonna do my best TLS impersonation, here goes:

"Take two SVS Ported Cylinders and call me in the morning." :D

I'm glad to know the in wall approach works for you.
 

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