- Written by Kevin Lichterman
- Published on 05 March 2008
I've lived with Epik's Conquest subwoofer for three months now, so I've really taken my time completing this review. In my defense, there were extenuating circumstances for my tardiness.
First of all, in all honesty, I only had a small window each day to listen to the subwoofer. My audition time was limited to the few hours between the time I arrived home from my day job (after reading this you'll certainly agree I can't quit my day job) and my kid's bedtime. Sure, there were more hours in the day, but for some reason the poor kid found it disconcerting when her bed along with the rest of the house would tremble at the pounding bass of the Conquest. Second, call me greedy, but once you get used to this level of performance, it's hard to give it back up, but I am getting ahead of myself.
Epik Subwoofers – The New Kid in Town
If you haven't heard of Epik Subwoofer until now, it's forgivable. The company was founded by Chad Kuypers in August 2007 in Crystal Lake, Illinois - a small town in Northeastern Illinois near Chicago. Chad's an accomplished musician and has a decade of speaker building experience according to his biography. f He works with his father, who himself has 30 years of furniture manufacturing experience, at Epik to build subwoofers that can be stamped "Made in America". Their stated goal is to bring world class bass performance at reasonable prices to the consumer. Let's see how they do.
- Deisgn: Front-Firing; Ported (Dual 6")
- Driver: 18" Paper/Kevlar
- Amplifier: 1,000 Watts RMS BASH
- Dimensions: 36" H x 22" W x 31" D
- Weight: 200 Pounds
- MSRP: $1,599 USA
- Epik Subwoofers
Creating a Conquest
There are some price-is-no-object subs on the market in search of ultimate bass performance. Epik takes a different approach with the Conquest. I'd say it's been designed around the "size-is-no-object" philosophy. You can see the difference between the Conquest and a more typically sized subwoofer in the photo below. Generally, the larger a speaker cabinet is, the more efficiently it can produce bass. An efficient design can lead to lower production costs. With that concept in mind, this is one of the biggest subwoofers I have seen intended for use in a home environment. Will Epik's choices allow them to meet or beat competitors' prices and still provide top-notch performance?
Finished, the enclosure of the Conquest is 36" High x 22" Wide x 30" Deep. To put this size in perspective, it's roughly the size of a 46" Rear Projection TV. It is constructed using ¾" thick (1 ½" around the driver) Ultra Refined Grade Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF). This higher grade of MDF, compared to what you'll typically find at Home Depot, offers a more homogeneous composition that will ensure a better looking enclosure especially on exposed edges. I'd suspect its uniformity may contribute to a less resonant enclosure as well – at least to some degree.
Using this raw material, Epik uses a four-axis computer controlled (CNC) milling machine to cut out the 12 pieces that make up the Conquest enclosure and its four internal braces. Again, I suspect that using this method for production reduces costs to Epik by decreasing waste and by increasing efficiency of construction due to the speed and precision of CNC machine. The end consumer benefits as well through the passed along savings and high quality construction.
The combination of the MDF, the internal cabinet bracing (see above), and a good stuffing of acoustic insulation give the enclosure a solid feel for its size. Give most sides of the enclosure a good knuckle rap, and you get a nice dull thud. However, where the internal braces are not present, the sound is a bit hollow. This can lead to coloring of the sound in some speakers. However, on the well vented Conquest this did not seem to be an issue.