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The sub is very well made, but the three control knobs were interesting. All 3 felt different, and varied in how  smooth they turned. Might be a slight QA issue, but worked normally/ok.

 

After checking the voltage setting and plugging in the IEC power cord (the sub comes with one with an American head, so I had to use one of mine), I initially used the unbalanced output from my Emotiva Basx PT-100 preamp into the L input on the sub. Turned everything on, nothing. It wasn't playing. This same output fed my Orisun up until a few mins before, so I know it was working.

 

Switched over to the Red/R input, and all was well, so take note. Perhaps in the future, I might try the balanced input, but seeing as my pre doesn't have a balanced output, might not make sense.

 

After a day of listening yesterday, and more this evening, playing first Saint Saens, Dallas Wind Symphony, Kunzel conducting The Cincinnati Pops on 1812, Daft Punk, AC/DC then Jurassic Park, some  observations.

 

The little (comparatively) sub rocks. I could actually feel/more of the "lock" it had in the hall/dining area on certain places in the tracks, especially on The Organ Symphony. On Daft Punk, which has heavy bass-laden rifts throughout, it was quite enjoyable. The Darth Vader toy I put on it literally bounced throughout Get Lucky.

 

Did it go deeper than the Orisun, I couldn't tell since I didn't play anything that had content down so low it made a difference. However, since the Orisun was in the system a long time, and I've set it carefully over many hundreds of hours of listening, it was practically invisible, as in, I could not localize it when it played.

 

And perhaps I turned up the SW12 more (since it was new and I was trying to get a handle on how it sounds), I could easily localize where it was. I'll be doing more calibrating over the weekend, since I just started a new job.

 

However, it's a great little subwoofer, and I'm enjoying it very much.

 

Daniel

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Thanks for the feedback,

 

The sub is very well made, but the three control knobs were interesting. All 3 felt different, and varied in how  smooth they turned. Might be a slight QA issue, but worked normally/ok.

 

I checked a set and notice the knobs may have pushed in till touching the plate , pls try pull out a bit, so that is a small gap between the knobs and the plate-amp.

 

After checking the voltage setting and plugging in the IEC power cord (the sub comes with one with an American head, so I had to use one of mine), I initially used the unbalanced output from my Emotiva Basx PT-100 preamp into the L input on the sub. Tuned everything on, nothing. It wasn't playing. This same output fed my Orisun up until a few mins before, so I know it was working.

Likely is beco of the first time power up and the auto switch have not fully working/kick in yet , pls power it up and wait for 10s and connect the same signal cable to the L input to confirm and then insert to the R input to test , both should work and if not I will replace it. ( when the circuit detected in coming signal, the Led will turn blue , first time power up may take abit longer<10s , as all component are new)

Switched over to the Red/R input, and all was well, so take note.

it could be by the time you connect it to the R input ,the auto start just kick in , so pls connect it to the L now to double confirm .

 

 

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To all interested on this SW 12 sub,

 

Many whatsapp me,wanted to buy this sub at the 11.11 offer price , but I am sorry the offer is over.

 

Many have trade in their used sub for this and few have 2 sets on their setup , I will not disclose who they are , except they come in here and commend, as I believe what user commend is better then spec and sales talk, what service they received is better then what we say.

 

If you have question on this SW-12, please post here and I believe some user will come in and reply you.

We will open another Black Friday sales/pre-order soon , if you still keen please check sales post.

 

Thanks for all your support

Peng

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Peng, I will like to take this opportunity to remind you that the purpose of having this official thread for Starke product range is for sharing of reviews on performance, specs and features...and NOT blatantly put up promotional advertisements to entice members into buying. If you want to do that, pls do it in the right forum - sales and MO forum which we have allowed dealers to post their products in an open and transparent manner.

 

While I applaud you for the continuous efforts to bring in *new* products to the members here in X'tremeplace forum and for that we are grateful. However pls do adhere to the forum rules of not doing hard selling. If the products are good, word of mouth will spread from the members using it.

 

Thanks for your cooperation.

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Thanks. I will give it a go, all your suggestions, this evening.

 

daniel

Put a Subdude-II under the SW12 last night. Not enough time to detect any difference yet, but I am excited.

 

Watching Star Trek Discovery now. Nice, subtle.

 

Daniel

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I can see that your sub is sitting on the carpet so do you still need a Subdue-II? I feel a DSP may be a better option for tuning / enhancing the bass if that is what you are looking for.

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I can see that your sub is sitting on the carpet so do you still need a Subdue-II? I feel a DSP may be a better option for tuning / enhancing the bass if that is what you are looking for.

Nah, was looking to have some fun, even if it doesn't make sense.

 

And it's really well made. I bought the HT, realized it was way too big, and sold it. One forum bro using the FV-18 (I think) bought it off me.

 

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I will normally do away with the subdude , good footers will do a better job .

After a small fight, and having to go direct to the US, I'm getting footers too.

 

Got sets of Vibrapod Isolators and Cones. Should arrive in a few days.

 

Daniel

 

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Looking for some comments here...I have been using a single svs pb13ultra for some years now and it’s always performed flawlessly.

 

 

How would the performance of 2 x sw12 be by comparisons?

 

 

75% music to 25% movies and my processor supports dual subs with Dirac (v1)

 

 

Size and positioning aside...not sure 2 smaller subs will be better WAF than the big svs

 

 

Maybe a couple of kk 808’s might have better waf...can place main bookshelf speakers on top? Isolated of course.

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