Avi sub. Now reunited with ADM9RS...short bundle of thoughts
(also posted on Avi forum)
Well, I got a box through the post today...
Yep, the Avi sub.Opened it... 2 minsplugged in...1 min.
It's surprisingly small. Slightly wider than my BK, but shorter and narrower.It's a good weight...meaning I can carry it pretty easily
So, it's been on for a couple of hours now.Impressions and comparisons...
Difficult this as both are excellent subs.The Avi sub seems more Hi-fi. There is less overhang on bass notes...tighter. It reminds me of my old MJA pro 50, but bigger and more capable of high SPLs...that one was excellent and tight though, within limits.It definitely suits the speakers 100%, no impression of there "being" a sub. But then I got that with the BK also.One thing I noticed with both subs, and moreso with the Avi,is that it has what must be a psychological effect of reducing any boom.When I first set up my 9RS I got boom. I did sort it out with positioning, but always got the impression that they were on the brink, like they were trying too hard in the bass...certainly with my collection of dub-bass like electronica.Nothing major mind you, but the addition of the sub actually seems to make the whole thing more evenly balanced.
I have only tried with music, but my impression is that the BK will go a little deeper, albeit with not quite as high quality.So, for the ADMs and music, the Avi sub is a clear choice.
I can't comment on films as this is an audio only setup, although there is a TV there for the moment, that isn't used...so I may give it a whirl at some point.
One thing that puzzles me is why the sub is not marketed separately. It would make a fine, high quality sub for any speakers. And although BK have some great subs, the Avi would definitely compete on quality with similarly priced and more expensive subs in the market...Velodynes and suchlike.
I would still recommend the BK at its pricepoint. It is still an excellent sub, and is fantastic for movies, and pretty darn good for music. But if price difference is not a major issue and you want the best from the speakers, then the Avi would be the one to buy, especially if music is the main priority (remembering I haven't tested it for movies).
If anyone is interested, I have the crossover at 60Hz (it was at 100Hz when it arrived!) and the gain is at around 11 o'clock.