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Subwoofer dilemma, B&W ASW610XP or Monolith-FF + or Monolith-DF + ?

Hi guys,

What do you guys think? I can't decide which sub to get. Should I go for the Monolith-DF + or the Monolith-FF + or the B&W ASW610XP? My rooms about 6m by 12m in size... Or any other suggestions?

Thanks..

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RE: Subwoofer dilemma, B&W ASW610XP o

The Monolith is a very different sub to the B&W.

True sub enthusiasts would say the B&W doesnt even come close to the performance of the monolith which it wont - the monolith has a flat freq response down to 20hz with no boosting or EQ to do it - its a proper sub based purely on design and cabinet volume, that will mean clean bass right the way down in the right environment (That wont be your listening room unless you are 5 x rollover lottery winning lucky). It wont matter whether you buy the FF or DF it will perform the same.

However it depends on what you want the sub for - obviously bass but...

The B&W is a sealed box sub, so easier to place and probably faster and better for music - emphasis on probably - however It wont go as deep as the Monoilth.  A better and cheaper option is the BK XXLS400 - very, very. very good sub for the money, is better than the Monolith for music but again it doesnt go super low but is a good alrounder.  There are reviews online about the XXLS400

The Monolith is more aimed at films / movie sound tracks where its really going to impress and will hold its own with subs costing 3x as much, actually more probably than that.  It is also a very popular and a very good sub with lots of online reviews and opinions - and obviously its BIG!!

 

But its the same with all subs - unless you can get the placement and performance keyed in then it doesnt matter what sub you buy the bass will sound the same - bad.

You wil need some bass management (or room treatment) within your system - if your receiver doesnt have it built in - Audessey / ARC - I would check it I were you - Then budget in for  an Antimode as they really do a very good job, they are the next best thing

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RE: Subwoofer dilemma, B&W ASW610XP o

Thanks for the advice......I think I'll go for the Monolith, i'm more of a movie buff  Dirol

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RE: Subwoofer dilemma, B&W ASW610XP o

Very sound advice from Ellisdj.........so nothing more to add really. BK subs are good vfm

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RE: Subwoofer dilemma, B&W ASW610XP or Monolith-FF +

Good choice - It will most likely blow your socks off - next thing to do is research placement for it and again source bass management at the same time. Setup right will def blow your socks off !!

plonking it down in a spare corner of the room is going to cause problems due to the room gain start your googling search and get reading!!! 

Cant stress importance enough - learning to use REW is a good bet as well Wink 

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RE: Subwoofer dilemma, B&W ASW610XP or Monolith-FF +

 

Once again I appreciate your help...I didn’t know such a thing called 'REW' existed, but know I do  Smile and I'll shall definitely use it, thanks!!!!   :grin:

 

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I would also have a look at the sealed SVS SB1000 and the ported PB1000. Two quite different subs for two quite different requirements - both are under £500.

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