8-12-2005 7:52 PM
Several hours ago I hauled the boxes for a new pair of RL-P 12's into my office to unpack, away from my 2.5 year old son's curious fingers. Between cooking and shoving food in his face, building race car tracks, and switching out the DVD between Thomas the Train and Big Trucks, I got a chance to unpack one of these bad boys.
First impression is outstanding. The packaging is very tight and professional. It includes a complimentary SoundSplinter decal, but more importantly, enough coushioning material to protect the speaker extremely well, without warping the carton or damaging the woofer in any way.
Upon initial removal of the woofer, I was pleasantly surprised at its weight. Yes, it is heavy. Very heavy. Not that weight is a determining factor on performance, but often can indicate a level of quality in manufacturing, but more so, in subwoofers, the pull-power of the permanent magnet. From pictures and descriptions, I had an idea, but not really an idea (if you know what I mean). These drivers are serious.
After snagging a couple of quick pic's of the packaging and wrapped woofer, I removed the plastic covering, accidentally barely touching the cone with the heal of my hand. "It's cold..." I thought to myself. This is a metal cone -- Cool! It's stiff as a 2x4 but light as a feather. Better still... it's a black metal cone. Very nice to look at, extremely sophisticated, and mildly intimidating.
So, then, I took it out to the garage for a few pictures and when I placed it on the hood of my truck, the hood bowed in far enough that I was afraid the hood would be rippled when I lifted the woofer back off. Yea, it's heavy. Looking at it closer, I noticed a couple other things. The incredible attention to detail and extremely professional construction of the driver, all the way down to voice coil cables (tinsel leads) imbedded in the spider.
Now, compared to some other drivers, including the JL W7 series, Orion H2, and the Alpine Type X subwoofers, these drivers are not painted up and enhanced cosmetically. It's quite clear that everything you see is there for a very specific and practical purpose. There is almost no makeup or cosmetic surgery on these drivers at all -- which, when relating to a "hot date", could mean serious regret for you the next morning. But, with the RL-P's, it's like *that serious hottie who doesn't need any smoke and mirrors to be that hot*.
In the next half hour or so, I'll be measuring the weight and dimensions (and comparing those to the pretty substantial Alpine Type X 12" sub while I'm at it)...