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RBH SX-1212P/R Subwoofer Review Conclusion

By Joshua Ricci

sx1212 no grillIf you have a thirst for big bass output or an abnormally large room and have a healthy budget to work with, the RBH SX-1212P/R is worthy of consideration against other popular contenders such as the Velodyne DD18+, JL Audio Fathom series and Paradigm Signature series, but it offers something a bit different.

The SX-1212P/R is a big subwoofer at about 40 inches tall and it is expensive with an MSRP of $5,300, but it really doesn’t take up much floor space at all so it actually does better than expected at blending into the room despite its physical size. The SX-1212P/R doesn’t carry much in the way of “extras” or special “features” either, with only the most basic of controls and connections included, but in my experience, most of these “extra” things are seldom as useful as advertised and often do little to increase the acoustic performance of the speaker.

Most of the cost in the big RBH is in the drivers, the cabinet and the amplifier and that is exactly where they should be. One feature that the SX-1212P/R does have is the capability to shake even a large room with the critical 15-30Hz octave while displaying a sense of effortlessness and headroom like few subwoofers I have encountered. If you are looking for a system that will bring authoritative yet clean bass into even a large space the RBH SX-1212P/R may be just the ticket.

The RBH SX-1212P/R is a large powerful vented subwoofer and easily met the required output goals needed to earn the Audioholics Bassaholic Extreme Room rating. The Extreme Room rating indicates that this sub is recommended for maintaining adequate headroom in rooms or spaces of 5,000 cubic feet or more and/or for users who tend towards higher volume playback of material. For further information in how we make these recommendations, check out the Audioholics Subwoofer Room Size Rating Protocol.

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RBH Sound SX-1212P/R Review
RBHSound.com
MSRP: $5,300

The Score Card

The scoring below is based on each piece of equipment doing the duty it is designed for. The numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the individual cost of each unit, thus giving a rating roughly equal to:

Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating

Audioholics.com note: The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing of the product in question. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings.

Audioholics Rating Scale

  • StarStarStarStarStar — Excellent
  • StarStarStarStar — Very Good
  • StarStarStar — Good
  • StarStar — Fair
  • Star — Poor
MetricRating
Bass ExtensionStarStarStarStarStar
Bass AccuracyStarStarStarStarStar
Build QualityStarStarStarStarStar
Fit and FinishStarStarStarStarStar
Ergonomics & UsabilityStarStarStarStar
FeaturesStarStarStar
Dynamic RangeStarStarStarStarStar
PerformanceStarStarStarStarStar
ValueStarStarStarStar
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Recent Forum Posts:

AcuDefTechGuy posts on August 25, 2014 19:05
Love4Music, post: 1047843
For the price tag of $5300 I'd expect this sub to perform at that price lol

From 12.5-40Hz the SX-1212P/R produced the highest output that Audioholics has EVER recorded from any subwoofer reviewed to date

What performance do you expect at $5300? LOL.

As Irv already mentioned, unlike ID brands, expect a 20-30% discount for B&M brands, so the $5300 price goes down to $3700-$3800. For ID brands, expect 0.0% discount + shipping and handling, which is usually > $100 for each sub.

I hope the RBH SX-1212N (MSRP $1450, street price $1100) gets measured one day. It has the same volume/cabinet as the SX-1212P/R, just different drivers. I think the SX-1212N will be a great value.
gene posts on August 25, 2014 16:51
SDFamMan, post: 1047707
Hey guys, just joined the forums and am looking for some advice. I have the T2/R in FL/FR position and a 1212P/R as a separate sub. I am looking for opinions on how to set this up in the best way. I also have 6100c/r for center and 4 661/r for rear and rear surround. Arcam AVR750 decoding surround. Looking forward to the comments. thanks guys!

Nice Setup. My advice is to crossover ALL speakers at 80Hz. Run mono bass + LFE to the T2 subs and your 1212/R. Optimize location of the 1212 sub to best blend with the dual 1010s. Level match, and properly set delay to your subs if you have independent control of more than one sub, otherwise adjust level and Eq manually until all 3 subs blend as best as possible.
Love4Music posts on August 25, 2014 16:37
shadyJ, post: 1043194
Wow, the RBH sub gives much better performance than I would have expected in a smallish, dual ported 12. One thing I think would be fun is the low end peak, a little more punch in that range doesn't hurt music at all and can beef up deep bass effects noises. Now I can see acudeftechguy's attraction to these subs, they are not wimps, especially for their footprint. I also appreciate the mention of the film Triangle, this is a superb, overlooked gem. Hey Josh, if you liked Triangle, you should check out a movie called Time Crimes, a very neat movie which is quite similar to Triangle, and I think Time Crimes is even a bit more clever as a ‘puzzle’. As with Triangle, the less you know about the movie going in, the more you will enjoy it. Anyway, great sub and great review!
For the price tag of $5300 I'd expect this sub to perform at that price lol
AcuDefTechGuy posts on August 25, 2014 09:22
SDFamMan, post: 1047707
Hey guys, just joined the forums and am looking for some advice. I have the T2/R in FL/FR position and a 1212P/R as a separate sub. I am looking for opinions on how to set this up in the best way. I also have 6100c/r for center and 4 661/r for rear and rear surround. Arcam AVR750 decoding surround. Looking forward to the comments. thanks guys!

I would set it up as 3 separate subs: 1010 + 1010 + 1212 with the XO @ 80-100Hz.
SDFamMan posts on August 25, 2014 00:57
Hey guys, just joined the forums and am looking for some advice. I have the T2/R in FL/FR position and a 1212P/R as a separate sub. I am looking for opinions on how to set this up in the best way. I also have 6100c/r for center and 4 661/r for rear and rear surround. Arcam AVR750 decoding surround. Looking forward to the comments. thanks guys!
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