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  • Tube Audio Designs (TAD) Sub

    Has anyone heard this sub? 12" 150 watt sub closed out for under $200. They claim good musical performance, but I can't find any actual reviews.

  • #2
    After trying both a Yahoo and a Google search, and finding nothing, perhaps you could provide a link ?

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    • #3
      Yeah I am at a loss too, I have seen the sub and his other designs but cannot find the website for the life of me.
      Regular guy.
      Tubey or not tubey, that is the question :smoke1:

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      • #4
        It was also "closed out for under $200" ... meaning it is no longer produced.

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        • #5
          Click on the first speaker picture to get info on the sub.

          http://www.tubeaudiodesign.com/

          A supposed $1299 sub on sale for $169? Hmm...

          Here's an AVS thread on the sub with some reviews: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=921444

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          • #6
            Interestingly - I think I have one here. Splicer (from AVS) asked me to check out a prototype sub - it is a 12 inch sub with the same "look" as this one ... curved sides ... bottom port.

            It's not a bad sub at all, especially for the price.

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            • #7
              I don't think the $1,299 "list price" is real. All of their speakers have a silly list price. Craig: If you have one of them, what can you tell us about it? Decent driver? Musical? The price seems to have jumped around quite a bit. Was as low as $139 at one point apparently.

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              • #8
                Splicer is Superior Audio here - hopefully he will chime in. I want to make sure it is the same subwoofer before tossing an opinion ...

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                • #9
                  Mark - The A12 should do well in the market. Once you get the final design done, drop me a line, and we will put a production unit into a round robin test of the A12, BIC H-100, new AV123 X-Sub Encore and the Scamp-10.

                  All should come in for $300 and less - the affordable subwoofer world is looking good. :boom:

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Craig Chase
                    Mark - The A12 should do well in the market. Once you get the final design done, drop me a line, and we will put a production unit into a round robin test of the A12, BIC H-100, new AV123 X-Sub Encore and the Scamp-10.

                    All should come in for $300 and less - the affordable subwoofer world is looking good. :boom:
                    :applause:
                    Great strides towards getting people away from HTIB for their "main system". In my experience,when helping friends - the "uninitiated" for lack of a better term - they have tried, or are looking at HTIB to save $$. While they get the benefit of enjoying acceptable SS, they are left "wanting" because of the lack of oomph. They simply try to push HTIB too hard, and are let down, left thinking "What's so great about all of this??" And just leave it at that...HTIB has it's place & can serve folks well, but the ones that count on me helping them are definitely looking for more. (I try to tell them, "hey - I really don't know that much"...but they still trust me:nervous:)
                    OK - sorry I'm rambling...I hope you all know what I'm trying to say...:dizzy:
                    True (entry level) subs at this $$ make it easier for folks to get into HT & build a capable system they can enjoy for a long time. And often leads to them building bigger/better systems over time...:goodvibes:

                    EDIT: Most of my "friends" don't even consider a dedicated 2 channel system & would never think of a 2.1... "Why would you need a sub when just listening to music...?":snaggletooth::fryingpan: They learn over time...:yes:

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                    • #11
                      If you running bookshelf speakers for 2 ch a musical sub would be very sweet.

                      engtaz
                      engtaz

                      I love how music can brighten up a bad day.

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                      • #12
                        There will be plenty of subs rounding out the options below the $300 price point.

                        Between the Scamp-10, and the x-sub2 Encore, I'm feeling good about having offerings I can recommend to those just testing the waters of real HT, while still respecting myself in the morning. :)

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                        • #13
                          Yes but some of us can only dream of owning a Submersive. Great job. Great sub.

                          engtaz
                          engtaz

                          I love how music can brighten up a bad day.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mark Seaton
                            I'm feeling good about having offerings I can recommend to those just testing the waters of real HT, while still respecting myself in the morning. :)
                            You and your silly standards... :fryingpan:
                            With a shovel...

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for the link to TAD (Tube Audio Design). I didn't but the subwoofer because I'm waiting to learn more about Craig's subwoofer. However, I did buy a pair of the TAD 805SD Monitors. I spent the morning reading all the forums and customer reviews and ratings. Overall it was a very positive experience. The big concern from some was the exceptionally long "burn in" time of (some said) 200 hours! But after that everyone said the speakers "suddenly" turned into very listenable and enjoyable speakers. They are very attractive. That's important for Guest Room where they are destined. They look a lot like the one product line of B&W speakers that are very popular with the tweeter mounted on top. Also, now TAD features real wood veneer wheras prior models had vinyl veneer. The other option is a stunning 11 coat shiny piano black. I chose the cherry to match the bedroom furniture suite. I also bought a pair of their Sound Boards. These are heavy painted boards that the speakers are placed on to provide stability and reduce vibrations and resonance. Only $15 and right now they are including "Free Shipping" on both the speakers and sound boards. Total cost was $184. Now I have 525s in one bedroom and these in another, I bought a kit to replace the surrounds of our vintage Boston Acoustics A40s. They are still a very nice sounding little speaker. Thanks again for the lead. I had not come across TAD before. I'm sure once they're broken in they'll be perfectly adequate for our guest room. Can't wait to get that little $159 subwoofer.

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