Okay, got to run some hip-hop, rap, and dubstep through these. This portion of the review will be fairly short as the variety of sub information in these generes is fairly limited and similar. As stated above, they certainly have more output than I expected. If I had twice the Power on my front stage than I do, I would crank these things and have no doubt that they would keep up. I put in some stuff that I typically use to show off SPL (AZ, Beastie Boys) and they rattled my car. They will dig as low as you like. I specifically tried to get them to bail on the lower frequencies and they wouldn’t do it. 2 negatives: 1) If you are wanting straight SPL speakers, these aren’t it. Sundown has plenty of those. However, if you mainly listen to other types of music and just throw in some rap from time to time, these are more than sufficient. Most of the time, you would not be able to tell that these are just 8s. 2) If you have really low notes going from one frequency to another very quickly, they can get a bit sloppy. Not common but, I’m trying to find some criticism.
Obviously the amount of SPL is not going to be as consistently great as some good 12s but, it could certainly hang in there with a lot of bigger subs. Whenever the sub notes get low, low in the spectrum, these play everything effortlessly though, the SPL levels fade off. Again, this is rare but, it does happen. The really low info is there and strong but there will be no hair moving. Now, higher up the sub range, these things will slam. I bumped the xo point to 100hz to play some of the hip-hop bass that doesn’t use real low information (Wu-Tang, Aseop Rock, Sage Francis) with great success. You could probably get some real good lower mid-bass out of these if they were up front or you weren’t worried about localization.
So, overall they perform very well with this type of music for 10s or 12s but phenomenal for 8s. As requested, I threw in some dubstep, which I normally don’t listen to. They will handle dubstep with no problems whatsoever. I couldn’t really get a grip on the tonality of these while listening to dubstep because the gun barrel scraping against my teeth was thankfully drowning out the music.
Classical/Jazz review coming soon.