Reviews and Problems with Definitive Technology SuperCube 8000
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Definitive SuperCube 8000
24 December 2013
Summary: I have tried both HSU and Velodyne. HSU doesn't come on all the time and sounds a little heavy. The Velodyne was junk, stopped working after a couple years with little use. This subwoofer sounds better , and is easier to incorporate into my system without it overpowering everything with too much boomy bass. The remote works great, the different eq settings also actually make a difference. Really like the sub for the money.
Summary: Just wasn't what I expected it to be. Maybe it was just the acoustics in my room but, it just couldn't compete with the down firing 12 I have!! I did move it several times but ended up returning it!!
Pros: Nice features strong built cabinet and pretty
Cons: would flash clp when cranking on it and nothing in the book for what it meant. Didn't perform to my expectations
Summary: I'm the proud owner of a PF11500. It's about 20 years old. Not replacing but adding SC8000 to my already awesome home theater. A Month ago the power supply went on my old sub and definitive repaired it. After all this time they still care about their customer. Try that elsewhere. Crutchfield also pays great attention to their customers so it's on again.
Pros: Great performance and quality construction.
Cons: My 20 year old sub has no remote. Doesn't need it anyway. Wait, that's not a con.
Summary: I've had the sc8000 for less than a month and am very busy so I'm still within the "break in phase" of this amazing sub. I just took my 9yr old to see the lego movie yesterday on the big screen, and for the first time ever, the theater sound reminded me of home. Normally I'm striving to make home remind me of the theater. The deep deep bass is perfect for movie soundracks and deep bass music like rap. Some obvious design flaws are the removable piano glass black top.
Pros: Massive deep bass. Great for low volume, late night listening with adjustable volume. It's got so much power the rest of my system doesnt have to be cranked to get good output from the sub. The remote controll is priceless.
Cons: It's very elegant looking but that doesn't help its perfomance. Strip the cosmetic add ons and let this deep voiced mini monster shake not just vibrate you to your core.
Summary: Replaced an older and much larger Velodyne with accelerometer control. The SC8000 is a definite step up in responsiveness and much better definition/musicality (subjectively speaking). Objectively, the SC8000 is putting out ~107db at 20hz and a measured +/- 3db down to 22hz in the Grand Room. The SC8000 has proven itself as a formidable home theater sub woofer with extremely satisfying results in a wife-approved compact package!
Pros: Thunderous low-end with incredible responsiveness.
Summary: I had a malfunction on a competitor's product (downfiring 12 inch) which I also purchased from Crutchfield 20 days earlier. I called Crutchfield and they cheerfully accepted my return and recommended I change to this newer compact passive radiator design. I went one up over their recommendation of the DT 4000 and received the DT 6000 which was impressive. But I just wanted something even more impressive. II upgraded to the DT 8000 and its is quite impressive.
Pros: Easy setup, smaller footprint, passive radiator design, remote for custimized listening between music and movies.
Summary: Packaging from Definitive leaves a lot to be desired. The sub weighs a remarkable 72 pounds. This sub is less than 16" on a side. So it comes from the factory in a single walled, thin walled box with only protection on the top and bottom. Unacceptable packaging for an expensive sub. It should be double boxed with protection of the sub on all sides at this price. It's a miracle it arrived without damage.
Pros: Great output for its size although I have nothing to compare with. Remote is great. Size is a plus.
Cons: Packaging, EQ modes not really useful. The sub sounds best with the EQ off. Not crazy about the pop off top. It comes off too easily and rattles a little. Price is pretty high.