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Dayton Audio T1503 Titanic Mk III Subwoofer Kit Review

by October 31, 2006
  • Product Name: Dayton Audio Titanic MK III Subwoofer Kit
  • Manufacturer: Dayton Audio
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: October 31, 2006 08:25
  • MSRP: $ 749.85
  • 15" Titanic MKIII Subwoofer
  • 1,000 watt amplifier
  • SPL: 115dB
  • 20mm of excursion
  • Amplifier features stereo line-level as well as LFE input, variable low-pass crossover, full parametric EQ, and auto on/off.
  • Dimensions: 19-1/8" W x 19-1/8" H x 19-3/8" D

Pros

  • Convenient size
  • Easy assembly
  • 1000 W amp
  • Good value as a kit
  • Plays loud and clean

Cons

  • Limited Low end frequency extension
  • Parametric EQ only good for room peaks

Introduction

The Titanic T1503 MK III kit is a good smart design that is very easy to put together. I could really crank up the volume on this sub without the same fear that I have with my current subwoofers or other vented systems of bottoming out or overstressing. For under $750, you get a 15 inch subwoofer in a small cabinet, a 1000 watt amplifier and very good performance. For any handyman searching for a great sub at a great price, you should take a hard look at the Dayton Titanic MK III.
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Recent Forum Posts:

djreef posts on January 09, 2010 00:36
allargon, post: 490186
A DIY'er saves about $150 over a built unit. I saw one of these assembled go for just over $300 on E-bay. I wanted it, but my gf put a limit on my electronics spending, until I show up with some jewelry.

Yea, ain't that the way it always is.

DJ
WmAx posts on January 08, 2010 00:13
Smigletat, post: 670760
I am still interested in the Ultra sub. I really want a subwoofer that is gonna be able to handle 4,000 RMS watts with a 4" coil, so I am leaning toward the Ultra 5400. PM me chris and let me know what you can get me 1-for?
Thanks Chris!

I PMed you the information. Check your inbox.

-Chris
Smigletat posts on January 06, 2010 12:12
TC SOunds LMS Ultra 5400 15" Subwoofer

I am still interested in the Ultra sub. I really want a subwoofer that is gonna be able to handle 4,000 RMS watts with a 4" coil, so I am leaning toward the Ultra 5400. PM me chris and let me know what you can get me 1-for?
Thanks Chris!
WmAx posts on December 28, 2008 06:33
allargon, post: 498780
How does this puppy compare to the AV123 MFW-15? The MFW-15 is vented whereas this one is sealed. The MFW-15 is much cheaper as well.

I just snagged one of these on Audiogon. (I got some jewelry to keep me out of the doghouse as well.) The consensus on reviews is that the cabinet sucks, but the driver and amp are solid.

The sealed cabinet is a big compromise for drivers, and with most drivers, it means substantial impairment vs. other designs that are ported. There are exceptions of course. Take a super woofer, like a JL W7 or TC Sounds TC3000 or ULTRA LMS, and it will excel even in sealed systems, due to the insane excursion, motor linearity and power handling ability these units possess. But, 99.99% of all woofers do not come close to the characteristics of these super woofers. The Titanic is a good quality unit, but like most, suffers highly when compared to a vented design. Use it in a vented design, and it will radically improve in performance.

-Chris
tomd51 posts on December 27, 2008 21:42
I'm sure you'd get all the depth you'd want with a larger, vented cabinet w/this driver… -TD
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