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XTZ Cinema Series 3X12 Subwoofer Conclusion

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I enjoyed my time listening to the 3X12. Since this was my first experience with a product from XTZ Sound, I perhaps put a bit more scrutincinema_sub3.jpgy on the 3X12 than I might have if it had instead been a brand that I have more familiarity with. As soon as I had a chance to really get into the nuts and bolts of the 3X12 I could tell this was a serious product from a highly capable speaker company. The construction quality and finishing is very good and the components are high quality and very well matched to each other. Upon firing it up in my listening room it quickly became apparent that the 3X12 possesses the sort of dynamic range and deep bass headroom that smaller units can only dream of. Bass heavy electronic music was effortless. Action movies were thunderous and room quaking. The lowest registers of high quality 2-channel recordings were reproduced with honesty and neutrality, just as it should be. By the time I got around to capturing the 3X12’s performance metrics during the outdoor measurements session, I was confident it would produce an excellent set of data simply based upon what I’d been hearing at home. The 3X12 did just that producing a textbook set of vented sub measurements. About the only negative thing I have to say about the 3X12 is the same complaint that applies to all big subs…It is BIG! You will need a few friends to help move the 3X12.

I never really looked at the price of the 3X12 until I was putting this article together. For some reason I had a figure of $3,900 in my head and did not question it at all because that type of sticker seemed entirely in line with the product quality. Then I did a bit of fact checking and learned that the 3X12 is in fact $2,500! Sure that is still a significant sum of money for most, but it performs nearly on par with the RBH SX-1212/R I reviewed last year, which to date is the most powerful subwoofer ever reviewed by Audioholics. The XTZ 3X12 performed very similarly to the big RBH in both the measurements and listening sessions yet you can purchase a pair of the 3X12 for the price of one SX-1212/R. This makes the XTZ Sound 3X12 a killer deal as far as subwoofer systems go. If you are in the market for a big boy sub the 3X12 should definitely be on your short list. XTZ Sound says their design goals are “To provide the optimal relation between price, performance and quality on the market”. That is a lofty set of goals, which the 3X12 was clearly designed to meet and succeeded. Highly recommended.

The XTZ 3X12 is a serious product from a highly capable speaker company.

XTZ’s 3X12 subwoofer flexed its considerable muscle and earned the Audioholics Bassaholic Extreme Room rating. It is one of the few single unit sub systems able to do so. 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 see the full article here.

See: Audioholics Subwoofer Room Size Rating Protocol

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XTZ Sound 3X12 Review

XTZSound.com
MSRP: $2,500

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 ExtensionStarStarStarStar
Bass AccuracyStarStarStarStarStar
Build QualityStarStarStarStarStar
Ergonomics & UsabilityStarStarStarStar
FeaturesStarStarStar
Dynamic RangeStarStarStarStarStar
Fit and FinishStarStarStarStarStar
PerformanceStarStarStarStarStar
ValueStarStarStarStarStar
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Recent Forum Posts:

KEW posts on May 30, 2018 00:50
Danzilla31, post: 1250877, member: 85700
Hey Kew every time I try to submit my email they say I deleted my Webform and give me really weird instructions on how to resend it they have a contact # I'm gonna try to call it tommorow. ….. Weird.
Yeah, I noticed some weirdness on their website as well when I was wanting to look at products! The “U.S. Store” section was more reliable.
Danzilla31 posts on May 30, 2018 00:45
KEW, post: 1250856, member: 41838
They only list 3X12 Demo! So, apparently this is the price for demo units and they say none are in stock!
They say:


It is interesting that they do not list the 3X12 at regular (non-demo) price! I can think of two scenarios to explain it:
1) This model has been discontinued, so the only ones they might sell are used “demo” units.
2) They are having a difficult time gaining a presence in the US market so decided to discount the price and attempt to build a name here. So they don't piss off European customers, they call them demo units.

Hopefully ShadyJ can get the real story or if you email them, please share what you find out!
Hey Kew every time I try to submit my email they say I deleted my Webform and give me really weird instructions on how to resend it they have a contact # I'm gonna try to call it tommorow. ….. Weird.
Danzilla31 posts on May 29, 2018 21:02
KEW, post: 1250856, member: 41838
They only list 3X12 Demo! So, apparently this is the price for demo units and they say none are in stock!
They say:


It is interesting that they do not list the 3X12 at regular (non-demo) price! I can think of two scenarios to explain it:
1) This model has been discontinued, so the only ones they might sell are used “demo” units.
2) They are having a difficult time gaining a presence in the US market so decided to discount the price and attempt to build a name here. So they don't piss off European customers, they call them demo units.

Hopefully ShadyJ can get the real story or if you email them, please share what you find out!
Hey appreciate the heads up KEW I'm gonna for sure email them and try to get back at ya guys as soon as I can with anything I find out.
KEW posts on May 29, 2018 20:23
Danzilla31, post: 1250853, member: 85700
Hey Shady J I was browsing this article and was curious about they're products so I just checked out they're XTZ U.S. store website. This sub looks like it is on sale they're now for $1500. Did I just work too hard at work today or something? If that's the price now that's one serious subwoofer for that kind off money. I'm gonna contact them myself just to clarify but can you possibly let me know if I'm right? or do I need time off from work Lol Thnx!
They only list 3X12 Demo! So, apparently this is the price for demo units and they say none are in stock!
They say:
Currently out of stock, please E-Mail us for status.

It is interesting that they do not list the 3X12 at regular (non-demo) price! I can think of two scenarios to explain it:
1) This model has been discontinued, so the only ones they might sell are used “demo” units.
2) They are having a difficult time gaining a presence in the US market so decided to discount the price and attempt to build a name here. So they don't piss off European customers, they call them demo units.

Hopefully ShadyJ can get the real story or if you email them, please share what you find out!
Danzilla31 posts on May 29, 2018 18:59
shadyJ, post: 1105625, member: 20472
I would guess the Golden Ear sub is unlikely to have the output, low distortion or overall performance of the 3X12. I would be interested in seeing tests of the Golden Ear sub though, an interesting design though for squeezing a lot of output from a small box. One serious advantage that the Golden Ear sub has is it does not weight 170 lbs.
Hey Shady J I was browsing this article and was curious about they're products so I just checked out they're XTZ U.S. store website. This sub looks like it is on sale they're now for $1500. Did I just work too hard at work today or something? If that's the price now that's one serious subwoofer for that kind off money. I'm gonna contact them myself just to clarify but can you possibly let me know if I'm right? or do I need time off from work Lol Thnx!
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