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DEAD: Dayton Audio Sub 1200 12" home theater subwoofer $110 shipped after $5 coupon and sale from Parts Express

DocDeals 1,289 April 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM in Coupon (4) More Parts Express Deals
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CURRENTLY OOS, BUT INVENTORY SHOULD ARRIVE ON 4/23. PRICE LIKELY TO REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL 4/30 (per advertisement email).

This price is almost identical to the Black Friday sale they had in November. I purchased the sub at that time with high expectations, and this sub exceeded them. At normal price, it seems to be the most highly regarded of the extremely budget subs at AVSForum, and this price is a $20-$30 savings off the regular price. Plus there is a coupon code for an additional $5 off.

There is a shipping upcharge of $15 even after getting "free" shipping on orders over $98 (applies to subtotal). However, even with the upcharge, the total should be about $110.

The math:
$100 price
- $5 coupon code (try SAVE52012 or PESAVE5)
+ $15 shipping upcharge (because the sub weighs almost 45 lbs)
=$110

Link to subwoofer [parts-express.com]

Be aware the coupon code is entered at a weird spot. The box only seems to appear on the checkout screen where you pick your credit card, but do not enter the CC number. The box for the coupon is under the credit card options is the promo code box.

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#2
Good price for a good sub.

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#3
Still gets my vote as the best sub in this price range, worlds better than the various 8-10" subs you see at under $100.

Next step up would be a BIC F12.
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Never heard this sub, but would bet the JBL 10" 300w RMS sub I got for $120 would destroy it.
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Quote from MIX MASTER ICE View Post :
Never heard this sub, but would bet the JBL 10" 300w RMS sub I got for $120 would destroy it.
$120? Or purchased from your thread at $150?

If $120, then that was a probably better deal. If $150, I think we start comparing apples with oranges since one would expect significantly better performance if paying 35+% more.

And of course, this is assuming JBL got their amplifier module failure issues worked out (they may have, I just know it was still a huge concern when I bought my sub back in November).
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Quote from MIX MASTER ICE View Post :
Never heard this sub, but would bet the JBL 10" 300w RMS sub I got for $120 would destroy it.
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$120? Or purchased from your thread at $150?

If $120, then that was a probably better deal. If $150, I think we start comparing apples with oranges since one would expect significantly better performance if paying 35+% more.

And of course, this is assuming JBL got their amplifier module failure issues worked out (they may have, I just know it was still a huge concern when I bought my sub back in November).
OOOOOOOOOUch. Now that one may have hurt !wave
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Quote from DocDeals View Post :
$120? Or purchased from your thread at $150?

If $120, then that was a probably better deal. If $150, I think we start comparing apples with oranges since one would expect significantly better performance if paying 35+% more.

And of course, this is assuming JBL got their amplifier module failure issues worked out (they may have, I just know it was still a huge concern when I bought my sub back in November).
It was open box for $120.Wink
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#8
In for one. I have the older version (Sub-120) with a new plate amp.

I've heard the Sub-1200 has some improvements. Got one for the rents!
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Quote from MIX MASTER ICE View Post :
Never heard this sub, but would bet the JBL 10" 300w RMS sub I got for $120 would destroy it.
Actually they are comparable and in a blind test I betcha you'd pick the Dayton. And I am not biased against JBL, I have owned and do own a ton of them. JBL's first truly good sub is the 8400 and it is well outside of this price range, and not a particularly good value for its price. JBL just isn't very good for entry level subwoofers.

Biggest problem with the Dayton is the brand is not well known, so they are hard to sell if you decide to upgrade. But the 12" model is a great value.
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Quote from FranksAndBeans View Post :
Actually they are comparable and in a blind test I betcha you'd pick the Dayton. And I am not biased against JBL, I have owned and do own a ton of them. JBL's first truly good sub is the 8400 and it is well outside of this price range, and not a particularly good value for its price. JBL just isn't very good for entry level subwoofers.

Biggest problem with the Dayton is the brand is not well known, so they are hard to sell if you decide to upgrade. But the 12" model is a great value.
So you've heard this Dayton head to head against the JBL SUB150P? I would actually find it amazing for a generic 120w sub to outperform a quality brand 300w sub....but keep pimpin' it as hard as you can.Big Grin
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#11
Nice Sub for the price.
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#12
I got this the last time it was a SD. One thing I didn't like is that the 'auto-on' turned off too quickly-- like right in the middle of movies during quieter parts-- then when it kicked in it was very distracting.

I have a Definitive sub that took a lot to get the auto on to kick on (and it wasn't selectable), but at least it stayed on.

This Dayton will kick on sooner, but also kick off sooner.

My solution was to just keep it on 24/7.
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#13
The reason few people have heard of Dayton is that they mostly build raw drivers for DIY builds, and in low production numbers. This is why you don't see them reaching out to Best Buy and the like to get into their stores. Having been in the audio business in the past, as well as being a classical musician, I have what most would call a very refined ear. Dayton audio does build some cheapie stuff like this, but they also build raw drivers and amps that can outperform the best audiophile equipment at a fraction of the price when used in a decent build.

Their cheapie packages like this will BY FAR outperform any name brand equipment at a similar price. And by far I mean a JBL sub at 50% higher price, like another poster mentioned, will not even touch this sub.

For the sub in my main system I use the Dayton Audio Reference 12" High Fidelity sub (RSS315HF-4) paired with an O-Audio 300watt BASH plate amp in my homemade cabinet, based on the Zaph Audio sub (plans available in the archive section on his site).

My Dayton sub cost $400 to build and outperforms subs I've heard that were around $5k.
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I have the SUB-1200 as well as the HTS-1200 speakers for surround duties on my 7.1. Its fantastic for home theater, plays well and deep. Many people complain that it's not very musical, but I find it to be quite good for a wide range of music, as long as you respect the power limitations and dont wang the sub into clip-town. I have it coupled to a set of Pioneer FS51's and a CS21 center, powered by a HK 3600. I have zero complaints about the setup. If I had to do it again, I might change the surrounds, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy the sub or fronts again.
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#15
Fits the bill. In for 1.

Thanks!
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