M&K MX-105 Subwoofers

MX-105

User Reviews (13)

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Juice_22   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 02, 2002]
Strength:

Clean, Crisp, Clear, Bass. The sound is very tight. The 125 Watt rating is very misleading. I use it in a 22'x12' room with vaulted cielings.

Weakness:

Large Cabinet, otherwise none.

I was a little hesitant at spending this much, but wow, what a difference. The bass is so much tighter than everything else out there. It seems to come alive more when playing Audio. My system came alive with this addition. After reading several of the reviews here, I Looked at the Paradigm PS-1000 and the Sunfire True Subwoofer Jr. I even tried the Sunfire Jr. at home for a week. The MX-105 has the cleanest bass out there. The cabinet is a little too large. It's not too Boomy. I've noticed most ported subs are very boomy. With this unit, I end up feeling the floor rumble before I see anything. Usually with other subs I don't feel those things. This is one of the best sub's for under a Grand.

Similar Products Used: Sunfire Ture Subwoofer Jr.
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5
VALUE
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5
s_d_gilchrist   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 06, 2002]
Strength:

Boom, Boom, BOOM!

Weakness:

Boom, Boom, BOOM!

All sorts of room-shaking power. No definition.

Similar Products Used: Alon, Celestion, KEF
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1
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1
Nick Tanner   AudioPhile [Mar 15, 2002]
Strength:

Plays low. Accurate, tight bass.

Weakness:

Too small an amplifier. Should play louder.

I hate to rain on this fine product''s parade, but I was a bit dissapointed in my MX-105. Don''t get me wrong, it is a GREAT sub, but please listen to my story. I originally bought an M&K V-125 (single 12" driver, 125 watt amp) in 1998. I had it for about a month and absolutley LOVED it. Unfortunately, my wife and I had to replace the roof on our house and we needed cash fast. With heavy heart, I returned the sub to Magnolia Hi-Fi. 5 months later we''re back in the black and go back to Magnolia to get my sub back. They did not have any V-125''s on hand but they had the more expensive MX-105 and I purchased it thinking, two 12"s has got to better than a single 12". I was wrong. Though the MX-105 I think plays lower than the V-125, the output level was NOT as great. This was confirmed by my trusty Radio Shack SPL meter. I ended up keeping it because I really am not into house shaking bass, but I know my recollections are correct. Basically, I think the MX-105 is underpowered. It sounds GREAT. It plays LOW. But for TWO 12" speakers, I just don''t think it is that loud. If you could put a 200-300 watt amp on that thing, I think it would be perfect.

Similar Products Used: M&K V-125. Many car audio subs including: JL 12W3''s, Rockford Fosgate Punch 12", Soundstream SPL160 and SPL12 (15" and 12").
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4
VALUE
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3
Skip M   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 07, 2000]

Before expanding my home theater system, a very modest one at that, I scoured the 'net for reviews on receivers and subs. I heeded the good reviews concerning the receivers and chose Denon's AVR-3300 several months ago. Extremely satisfied (especially for under $1k).

I again looked to reviews for help; this time in the sub arena. After arming myself with some knowledge, I set out to find a M&K MX125. My dealer said one wouldn't be available for some time. Considering my viewing room's size (15 x 20), he suggested the 105. Even that, he stated, would be more than enough.

I'm glad the 125 wasn't available- it saved me some money! If you're like me, pockets aren't as deep as some but just have to have good-to-great sound, this sub will definitely anchor your system without the need to replace/upgrade any time soon. My system's main chore is home theater. We've gone back and watched our older DVD's- WOW! Reminds me of the movie theater I managed a few years ago.

I really can't get into all the techie stuff. I have to trust my ears ( and those of my ever-increasing guests!). In my case, the size isn't a problem as the enclosure is in a corner behind the loveseat. That also deters my children from even thinking about adjusting the crossover or gain. Even the wife-factor has been pleasant, despite initial apprehensiveness over the investment.

I feel very comfortable with my purchase even if I may have paid more than others (under $900 out the door with 35 ft of cable). I based my purchase on the M&K name/reputation, dealer's recommendation, and especially the reviews here. If you decide to pick one up, you won't be disappointed.

Similar Products Used: None
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5
VALUE
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5
T King   Audio Enthusiast [Jun 02, 2000]
Strength:

Deep, intensive, low, low bass. Tight and fast, very fast.

Weakness:

The intensity could be almost vomit-inducing (you feel your gorge heave).

I want to thank the five posts below for recommending this unit. I recently acquired one and am very impressed with it. This sub makes most of the others sound like cheap boom boxes (I'm serious), including the more expensive Polk models and the Circuit-City Velodynes. True bass should be more palpable than audible. This is the real thing. My simple advise is this: Save the money for those many upgrades you eventually will make by going straight to the end, the high end.

Similar Products Used: None comes near.
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Ed   an Audio Enthusiast [Mar 23, 1999]

I auditioned several subs including Paradigm PS-1000, PS-1200, Mirage FRx-10 and FRx-12. I was looking for a sub in the $600 range, but I couldnt find one that impressed me. I read the reviews here for the MX-105 and thought I would find a retailer and listen to it. After I heard it in action I was hooked.Unfortunately the lowest price I could find was $750. This is the MKII version so the list must have went up. It seems the differnce is the bypass switch for Dolby Digital receivers. I realize it is priced almost 50% over some of the subs above but the sound quality is 100% better. The more I listen to it the better I gets. It is very responsive, with no warble. I have all speakers set to small so the sub receives all the low frequency signals and it is completely non-directional. I have this in a room that is 20X25 and it definatly does the trick. I just cant figure out how to keep the windows from rattling!

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5
VALUE
RATING
Kevin Potts   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 17, 2001]
Strength:

Best boom for the buck. Very tight and very low. Wonderful corner sub.

Weakness:

None yet.

After buying one M&K 105, I just could not resist buying another. These subs are simply awesome. I haven't heard another sub yet that even comes close to what the 105 can do in this price range. It excels on movie soundtracks and compliments all types of music very nicely. Although it doesn't go as low as other more expensive subs, and I do mean expensive, It certainly does the job for most home theater nuts. Especially those of us that are somewhat financially challenged. If you are in the market for a superior sub at a superior price, you will not be dissapointed.

Similar Products Used: Pioneer, JBL, Velodyne
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
ross   an Audio Enthusiast [Feb 01, 1998]

The heart of any stereo/home theatre system is the powered subwoofer. The price range for a mininum 12" sub is from $200-$2500. My shopping criteria is finding the best value for the dollar. I found that powered subs fell into price categories of $200-500, $700-$1000, $1200-1500, and $2000+. The $1200+ categories sub bring with them solid tight bass response flat below 20hz with huge amounts of power; applications reserved for those of you with immense viewing area. For the average Joe with a viewing area less than 6000 cubic foot (20'X30"X10'walls) the under $1000 field should be fine. Now, which one to choose?
The $200-500 subs is loaded with adequate to garbage subs. Most of these subs bass is loose, distorted, hollow with bass extentions rarely going below 40hz. The best I have heard is the JBL 120 watt 12" and the Cerwin Vega 200 watt 15". The JBL sounded pretty tight with a -6db specs at 23hz. This sub would work fine for stereo listening or for the rear channel satellite on dolby digital AC3 setups. The Vega played hard and super loud down to its 30hz limit. There was definitely serious slam abiltiy here. The bass was not well defined and tight, but for some music preferences and explosion scenes in movies, these subs rock. Unfortunatly to hold prices down, the cabinet is not well constructed. The cabinet vibrated and shook, probably the culprit in the bass clarity. But all in all an excellent value with a street price of $450. The JBL street priced at about $325.

For those of us that want solid tight bass with accurate slam ability, with excellent components, with excellent cabinets the next range is suitable. The units I auditions are the Velodyne 1210, velodyne 1215, Klipse 15, and the M&K 105. Other manufacturers did not have all of the critieria covered. The best here hands down is the M&K 105 with a push-pull dual 12" driver 100 watt. The dual drivers actually doubles the sound output of a single driver. The cabinet is solid, the electronics top notch, the speaker drivers beyond reproach. As a result the sound quality is audiophile. Solid tight bass extending below 20hz with authority. Clear tight bass. You could feel and hear the distant Trex footsteps in Jurasic Park (the other subs did not even acknowledge). Musical passages are breathtaking. Enough bass to shake every room in the house. All this for a street price of $700. Buy a floor model and shave another $150 off! At this price range, there is no comparison. More expensive subs in the $1200+ category brings on more output, not necessarily better sound.

The $1200+ has some excellent entries such as NHT3, M&K 200, Sunfire (on a side by side comparison to the M&K 105, the 105 played louder and held its own as far as bass output is concerned), Velodyne 18, Bags end 18, M&K 350.

See www.geocities.com/Eureka/Park/3419 for more information.

OVERALL
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5
VALUE
RATING
Ty   an Audio Enthusiast [Nov 11, 1998]

My final selection for the two subs under $1K was between the Deftech 15TL and the M&K MX-105. The Deftech 15TL seems to be a little more powerful of the two due to its' 325 Watt RMS rating and 15" woofer, but the M&K seems to have better bass definition. Due to my small listening room and a better deal with the M&K MX-105, I chose the M&K and never look back ever since. This sub blend flawlessly with my KEF RDM-One. Man, does this sub ever put out some intense rumble. When watching Godzilla with my friends and their kid, the kid got scrared and ran.
In short, both the Deftech 15TL and the M&K105 are great subs. They are different but essentially equal. Also, the Deftech 15 TL got a good reiview in one of the HomeTheater Magazine. In the mean time, have fun checking out these subs. Five stars for both.

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5
VALUE
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Mark Phillips   an Audio Enthusiast [Jul 16, 1999]

I recently upgraded to the MX-105 from the Velodyne FSR-15. The reason I state the word upgrade is to acknowledge the performance of this powered sub. My listening interest varys in an enormous way and this subwoofer is able to handle my favorite music which is reggae. The velodyne had some difficulty handling all those low frequency outburst from the majority of my reggae collection. Reggae music is a true test for any subwoofer and the MK-105 does an incredible job.

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5
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