I picked this driver up about a week and a half ago. I bought it to replace a 12"dvc to which a VC started rattling. I had it in a polk 505 box stuffed with polyfill (not blocking the port). added a 250 watt plate amp from parts express and cut the box to make it fit. It was my first half @ss attempt at DIY sub making.
Anyway, I pulled it out just to screw with it in the 2 channel. for a half assed attempt, it was a very good performing sub in my home theater I eventually replaced it with the 12"shiva with the 142.5L cabinet I built myself.
So I bought the Dayton Reference sub, with the goal of building a sub solely for 2 channel music. For kicks, I put it in the 505 box mentioned above. I put even more polyfill in it, just because, I really dont know why. I put it with my 2 channel rig and low and behold, it sounded pretty good. I wanted to leave it there to break in while I plan what cabinet I am building (I planned a 3.2-3.3 cu ft sealed enclosure at the moment)
A funny thing is happening as the driver breaks in, it sounds fantastic in the enclosure it is allready in. It blends seemlesly with my Carver Platinums, which of course, is th last speaker you would expect to need a sub. My bassment severely challenges any speaker in the bass dept, and the Carver's believe it or not, are no exception.
If I didnt tell anyone I had a sub running, no one would have a friggin clue. I'm gonna roll with this a while, but it might change when I get the Anthem pre 2l I bought from Doro.
the sub. plus the amperex bugle boys I put in the Dodd ELP has me really happy at the moment. Just figured I'd share
anyone looking for a sub driver primarily for music should keep this thing on the short list