I had a chance to listen to the Ken Kreisel Subwoofers subs recently, thanks to the warm welcome of some friends and also watch a couple of bass gurus at work.
They were also very kind enough to give a tutorial on bass, mid bass, and many other things.
They now belong in my Hall of Wow... along with some other speakers I have heard.
a pair of 8" ones, set up properly can give a very solid punch. That's
in the higher frequencies than I expected, going up to 240 Hz, which was
not what I had expected.
They exhibit speed and slam, and will be very impressive in our small homes.
that's all you desire, then they will be able to show their superiority
to some of our traditional favorites from Hsu, SVS, and even Rhythmik
and JL Audio in this aspect.
In the same room we also had the JL Audio F 113, and it was a different kind of sub.
The JL Audio digs deeper, and gives
that awesome rumble still, but will lose out in speed and because it can
dig so deep, their mid bass and punch isn't able to keep up.
shifting the JL Audio away from walls will help ameliorate their lower
bass and give the mid bass a chance to shine. This can be combined with
elevating the sub above the floor onto some solid stands or very heavy
support, preferably the same weight as the JL Audio F 113 themselves.
many of the traditional killer ID subs will dig deeper, but I suspect
will also be lesser impressive than these newcomers in the punch factor.
So should you run out and buy them immediately?
Well, the main drawback is very simple:
of these costs USD 1995. And for that special punch, you will be buying
two or four of them. That places them in the premium category. And you
can buy a few SVS, Hsu, Velodyne or Rhythmik subs for the cost of the
small 8" subs. If you opt for the 12" ones, the cost is even higher.
they are indeed impressive, but for those with smaller pockets, be
happy with the other brands, especially the Hsu and Rhythmik family,
which give very decent VFM.
I have no financial interest or other interests in any of the items / events I write about.