Review: Monoprice MSUB-A122 Subwoofer Page 3
The MSUB-A122 leaves me with two questions. First, is it the world’s best crazy-cheap speaker, or does that honor fall to the Dayton Audio B652? I can’t decide, so let’s just call it one of the best speaker bargains in the world. Second, what would a stack of four of these things on each side of my room sound like?
47 to 130 Hz ±3 dB
Bass output (CEA-2010 standard)
• Ultra-low bass (20-31.5 Hz) average: NA
20 Hz NA
25 Hz NA
31.5 Hz 98.3 dB
• Low bass (40-63 Hz) average: 115.3 dB
40 Hz 112.3 dB
50 Hz 117.9 dB
63 Hz 115.6 dB
I made the frequency response measurement seen in the chart with the crossover set to 150 Hz, using ground plane technique with a Clio FW analyzer in stepped sine mode. The sub sat on the ground and the microphone was placed 2 meters from the front of the sub. The measurement is smoothed to 1/6th of an octave. Obviously, this isn’t a deep-bass subwoofer. Whoever engineered it seems to have taken the meager resources at his disposal and wisely focused 100% of his efforts on the range from 40 to 100 Hz. Combined low-pass function of the crossover, driver and enclosure is about -16 dB/octave.
To measure bass output, I used the CEA-2010 method. The MSUB-A122 has plenty of output in the low bass octave (40-63 Hz), comparable to what I’ve measured from average 10- and 12-inch subs. There’s still decent output at 31.5 Hz, but below that, bupkis.
Incidentally, when I hooked up the Dayton Audio B652s I checked the subwoofer’s speaker-level and line-level outputs with a digital multimeter to see if they include any high-pass filtering to take the bass out of the satellite speakers. They don’t.