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#302246 - 04/17/10 11:33 AM Upgrade from EP350 to EP500?
Dduval Offline
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Hey all,

Here's my dilemma. I have about $800.00 burning a hole in my pocket and want to upgrade my subs.

Do you think it would be worth it to upgrade my EP350 to an EP500?
Would I really notice a big difference?

I'm thinking of going DIY as well, probably more bang for my buck. But man, it's kinda of a pain making sure I get the tuning right, correct size, getting a good finish, ported or sealed, etc, etc.

Or should I just sell my EP350 (trying to get $450.00 to $500.00 shipping included) & just buy a different sub.

Problem with that is I wanted dual matching subs. If I go DIY, this can be a reality.
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#302248 - 04/17/10 12:28 PM Re: Upgrade from EP350 to EP500? [Re: Dduval]
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Well, if you "want" dual matching subs, I think you've answered your own question.

Honestly, I think it's going to be difficult and frustrating to build 2 DIY subs that perform as well (or look nearly as good) as an EP350, especially at that price point.
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#302249 - 04/17/10 12:32 PM Re: Upgrade from EP350 to EP500? [Re: Dduval]
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Dana, since I haven't heard either sub, EP350 or EP500, I'll let others who have listened to both compare the differences. However, reg the actual upgrading...have you considered the idea of getting a *second* EP350 and running two subs. This may/may not work within your budget, but may improve your system over a single EP500, or perhaps you could go through the trade up program if you want to go with the EP500.

The DIY route is certainly worth considering. There are several kits out there that have already been figured out. Basically you just have to assemble them. I believe most of the subs on ED Audio are available in kit or finished form.

Correction: Elemental has a couple of their subs available in kit form.


Edited by Adrian (04/17/10 12:36 PM)
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#302252 - 04/17/10 12:51 PM Re: Upgrade from EP350 to EP500? [Re: tomtuttle]
Dduval Offline
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 Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Well, if you "want" dual matching subs, I think you've answered your own question.

Honestly, I think it's going to be difficult and frustrating to build 2 DIY subs that perform as well (or look nearly as good) as an EP350, especially at that price point.


What I want is dual $10,000.00 subs that make ice cream, but I can't afford that.. \:\)

Seriously Tom, The EP350 can be crushed by going DIY. hell, I currently have a BIC PL200 that I paid under $300.00 for that outperforms my EP350 at 1/3rd less volume on the dial!

I was just wondering if I would notice a decent difference if I went with an EP500. But probably not...

I will probably just go with one of AE's P-Series Kits and just use my existing Bash Amp. Later I can get an EP4000 amp to drive it.

But yea Tom, I think I answered all my own questions, but thanks anyways.

Dana
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#302256 - 04/17/10 02:11 PM Re: Upgrade from EP350 to EP500? [Re: Dduval]
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If you are pleased with the Bic, why not get a couple more of those. Sell the 350 and you will darn near break even.
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#302258 - 04/17/10 02:18 PM Re: Upgrade from EP350 to EP500? [Re: Wid]
Dduval Offline
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 Originally Posted By: wid

If you are pleased with the Bic, why not get a couple more of those. Sell the 350 and you will darn near break even.



Believe me, The thought of 3 or 4 PL-200's in my room has crossed my mind. This option "may" still be on the table.

The wife is struggling at the thought of having more than 2 subs...I certainly can understand that. \:\)
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#302296 - 04/17/10 09:46 PM Re: Upgrade from EP350 to EP500? [Re: Dduval]
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Dana, as Rick pointed out, if you like the PL200 so much(although the relative volume settings are pretty meaningless)the most logical step would be to get another one to set up on opposing mid-walls or diagonally opposite corners. That $800 could be used on something more meaningful.
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#302297 - 04/17/10 10:01 PM Re: Upgrade from EP350 to EP500? [Re: Dduval]
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 Quote:
I currently have a BIC PL200 that I paid under $300.00 for that outperforms my EP350 at 1/3rd less volume on the dial!

Have you measured either sub in your room?

Those AE kits look really nice! I wonder what the tuning is on the pr subs.
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#302304 - 04/18/10 08:11 AM Re: Upgrade from EP350 to EP500? [Re: JohnK]
Dduval Offline
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 Originally Posted By: JohnK
the most logical step


Now John, lets not bring logic in this...
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#302305 - 04/18/10 08:25 AM Re: Upgrade from EP350 to EP500? [Re: fredk]
Dduval Offline
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 Originally Posted By: fredk
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I currently have a BIC PL200 that I paid under $300.00 for that outperforms my EP350 at 1/3rd less volume on the dial!

Have you measured either sub in your room?


Yes, I did a pretty good comparison and wrote a short review on avs. SPL meter as well as test tone sweeps. FYI

Dana
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