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    Join Date: Apr 2008

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    I'm Neil.

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    Go for a sealed sub over a ported one (in general). BK has my vote.

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    Join Date: Mar 2017

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    Hi Richard

    I did consider building my own but didn't find a site to buy a kit off that had decent reviews. If i went for the SW5, do you think i could expect a similar level of performance to the BK XXLS400? Thank you for he advice and it's definitely something I'm now looking at.

    Chris

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    Join Date: Mar 2017

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    Thanks for all of the advice guys.

    I'm now down to a choosing between a DIY sealed box or a BK XXLS400.

    Chris

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    To my ears, the sealed box subs tend to sound cleaner.
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    Join Date: Feb 2015

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    Hi Chris,

    I regret I have not heard the BK unit so I am unable to make a comparison. I am still using one of Ivan's 10" subwoofers which I made many years ago and I am still happy with it. I'm sure that the kevlar coned driver in the SW5 is excellent and the class D amplification is better than the one in my unit. In short, Ivan has always produced excellent speakers and I doubt that you would be disappointed if you went ahead and built one. My expectation would be that a SW5 would at least match the BK and probably surpass it...........Let me know if you decide to build one. There are some hints and tips I could pass on that you won't find in the build manual.

    Richard.

  6. #16
    Join Date: Dec 2008

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    I'm Yiangos.

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    Have a look at themovierooms.co.uk. They even stock svs subs !

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