Hi guys,\n\nSo I have ordered 2 of the Monolith 16 Ultras. :oops:\n\nSome of you may recall I've been looking for subwoofers for the past few years, asking about the differences and obsessing over minutia for about 2 years. I have hesitated to buy anything, largely because I had concerns or things that bothered me about all the existing offerings.\n\n\nTLDR version: There was stuff about each brand I was not crazy about so I have had no subs. I just ordered dual Monolith 16 Ultras. I will probably need guidance on how to setup and optimize these things in the near future. \n\n-----------\n\nI wanted something with extreme output, but also a classy\/upscale finish, without sacrificing looks or distortion. I also was not willing to pay $6k+ for a pair of subwoofers to achieve this, for what is basically a hobby\/leisure room in my house.\n\nHopefully, the Monolith Ultra will meet all my criteria. I'm sure the 13" Ultra would also meet these needs for my room size. However, I have not seen the 13 Ultra for sale with the matte black finish yet.\n\nThese subs seem to fit all my criteria:\n1) Massive SPL output & extension\n2) Extraordinarily low distortion\n3) Reasonably priced\n4) Good aesthetic design with good finish (I ordered the matte black paint version)\n\n\nIf you care, here's a summary of my thoughts on the competition, which has held me back from purchasing each of these brands. These may or may not be fully true, but these are my impressions:\n\nJTR = These subs have incredible audio performance, but I've never been a fan of their industrial finishes. I can't hide the subs, so the finish would always be visible to the room. This issue can be overcome by purchasing a custom finish, but not at an acceptable price point to me. Also, I am still concerned about customer support from a brand that is largely operated by 1 individual, located extremely far away from me. If something were to break on the sub, or the owner were to pass away or retire, I'm not sure where that would leave me.\n\nSVS = The piano black finish on the SVS looks best of any sub, but I am concerned it would be a lifelong magnet for fingerprints, dust, cat pawprints etc. I'm sure the higher end SVS subs produce satisfying audio output, but the value per dollar with this brand is relatively poor, and their prices keep increasin A pair of PB-16 Ultra is now $5,600 before tax or shipping. The customer service should be excellent with this brand, so that is not a concern.\n\nRythmik = This is a brand I was very curious about, especially that is local to Texas. However, several reviews with measurements showing high distortions kind of steered me away from this brand. I don't fully understand the Servo system, and I'm not sure why it is necessary.\n\nHSU = These subs are very appealing overall, but I always felt like they were underpowered vs the competition. Just on paper, they have 50% or less the wattage of their peers... so that tells me they are leaving something on the table.\n\nMonolith = I have always been drawn to the reports about the Monoliths, except they have been lacking in 2 key areas: 1) The amplifiers they have used have been underpowered relative to their raw size, 2) I have not been attracted to their cheap-looking fake wood-veneer finish and angular corners. They remind me of the lower level line of Klipsch speakers, who's aesthetics never appealed to me.\n\nEnter, the Monolith Ultra.\n\nRound corners.... check\nAttractive furniture-grade finish.... check\nExceedingly capable output.... check.\nAdequate amplifier power..... check.\nExtremely low distortion measurements... check.\nTHX certification .... check (Third-party verification can't hurt.... sure why not).\nBacked by a reasonably large company with solid support .... check.\n\n\nIn any case, I'm hoping these subs will likely be extreme in every sense of the word. :cool:\n\nPotential concerns:\nMy theater room is 10.5 feet wide by 20 feet deep, with 10-foot ceilings. :oops:\nI also have to lug these up a flight of stairs somehow. :oops:\n**Also my wife has never heard a subwoofer, so she is not sure quite what they do. :oops:\n\nI feel like I have ordered a disrespectful amount of bass, I'm truly curious to see how they perform.