I don't know about anyone else, but I'd love to see a shootout between the various Seaton sub designs all at a similar price-point. ($2000)
4 x MFW-15
Anyone else feel the same way?
Ahh... Much like the hopeless romantic, subwoofer enthusiasts search for the elusive "obvious answer" to what is "best." A measurement shootout will only tell you so much, and you can usually expect that in one way or another, the largest option will pull ahead. 4 MFW-15s will certainly be the loudest and overall most powerful, while also being the largest 2-kilobuck solution, but not extend quite as deep as the BMF, and certainly not as deep as the SubMersive generally digs in real rooms. In the end, the advantage will always depend on listening environment, your specific use, preferences, and physical limitations within the space. A smaller room could very well show the SubMersive the preferred winner, where the BMF has a very silky sound due to the "distortion trap" effect of the front chamber and PR, where it will get plenty low and deliver below 25Hz in larger rooms more easily than a single SubMersive. The SubMersive still has some very notable advantages once you start counting more than dollars and add multiple subwoofers. Being a sealed sub, the SubMersive's low frequency exention is really only limited by how loud you listen and how many you are willing to place in your room. The SubMersive also has the least compression within it's maximum limits (although the BMF should be very close). All of the three share certain benefits and goals, but all use very different means to get there and are optimized differently. I wouldn't have designed each if I didn't think they had worthwhile and unique qualities.
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