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This sub delivers very high sound quality and can also get pretty loud, and for the price I don't believe you could do any better. I have used subs that cost a lot more and not had the performance that I get from this one. Great value. As with most speakers I think a large degree of the performance is having it in a box designed for the sub and having a good quality amp with plenty of clean efficient power to run it. Good cables and power source for the amp are also important. This sub needs to be in a ported box and the size of the box and port need to be correct. The ideal box specs are listed and Crutchfield can help you with that. Focal actually lists alternative box/port sizes to achieve tighter bass or better low frequency performance. I actually built my box and tuned my port about half way between tight and the ideal listed, and the low frequency response is as good as I've heard, the sound quality and tone at very low frequencies often gets lost, this sub plays them accurately, string bass sounds like string bass, bass guitar sounds like bass guitar, kick drum... Etc. Sometimes subs just play the sound without that detail especially on really low notes. Best sound quality I've ever heard from a ported enclosure, sounds better than most sealed setups I've heard. I generally like small sealed boxes, I love this setup.
Pros: Great sound quality, great value, build quality looks good and appears very durable. There are a few nice touches with the build that I've not seen with other brands, like the wires connecting the binding posts to the voice coil are sturdy and foam wrapped. Snyder looks very solid, more than I would have expected for a sub at this level, nice features overall. Also this sub can play higher frequencies better than most, it advertises up to 400hz, I set my crossover at 200, no distortion.
Cons: Must be in a ported box, don't buy it if you need a sealed enclosure, not sure how it would sound but I'm guessing not good. Most subs can go either way, Crutchfield says no and so does focal. Box and port size are pretty specific, could be difficult if you aren't building a custom box. 4 ohm version only, you have to have a pretty hefty amp to get 200 w rms at 4 ohms, there is a dvc version but it's 3x the price. Could get more power from a smaller amp if it was available in 2ohm