Those new xv3’s look cool, I just got 2-12” ssd’s from Fi, nice quality subs. I was going to go with the DC level 3’s, but having a hard time getting them right now.Nicely done. I am doing a new setup as well. 2 12" Fi Xv3's or 2 12" DC Audio Level 3 2.1s. Just sitting here waiting on that check to arrive and make a decision with my box designer who has done a couple thousand boxes at this point and did it professionally.
I ran a little experiment (as you know already) comparing a GB12 sealed to a GB12 ported and using a DSP to make the ported box sound like the sealed box with the exception of the lowest frequencies well below 25 Hz. I did this as a blind test with a few Anonymous members at a meet by switching the boxes back to back with each other while playing certain music. Some couldn’t tell, some preferred the ported box, and some preferred the sealed, but none stood out as a clear winner. Conclusion: tuning makes more of a difference, sealed is easier to tune, Ported makes the most SPL on the least power.I think I have come to the conclusion that I like the sound of sealed better than ported. To me it seems tighter, cleaner, more precise, etc..
Good thing the MiniDSP has 4 presets.David, you’re going to end up with the same problem I have. You say to yourself “I will buy these to try them out thinking you will just sell the ones you don’t like” but then you like each one for difference reasons and you end up with a subwoofer hoarding problem. 🙃