@SMEI've been looking into getting a miniDSP to better fine tune my sub, so your recommendation for a HPF to protect the driver will move that decision along. I have a tone generating app that I used to do the test you suggested to find the tuning frequency. It appeared to be about 21-22Hz. By 18Hz the cone was moving quite a bit again. I was shooting for 20Hz, so it will be interesting to see what it actually is, when I do measurements with REW.
Listening impressions - During the build I tried to give my wife an idea of what to expect from the new sub. It was always a difficult topic, because I wasn't completely sure what to expect. But now that it's playing in my living room, the new sounds I'm hearing are a little easier to describe.
Both music & movies are dramatically different. With music there is a "presence" of bass that can't be ignored. It's not totally volume, but rather how the bass now seems to fill the room. As the bass line gets lower there is no obvious reduction of volume which, of course, makes it louder in the lower frequency ranges & that increase in volume comes with an increase in chest-thumping vibrations. Listening to music is a much more visceral, immersive experience now. Even at moderate volume the ability of the sub to reach down & hit the lowest notes with authority is impressive.
Movie viewing has been radically changed - especially action movies with Dolby Atmos soundtracks. However refined & musical it's capable of being, start Mad Max Fury Road & it becomes a sledgehammer - seriously rocking us during explosions. The ability to reproduce loud explosions, gunshots or car crashes is stunning. The sub never seems to be pushed anywhere near its limits - even when the soundtrack is as loud as I can stand (the ultimate measurement of the volume capability of your system - it's louder than you can listen to it) .
I don't want to sound too giddy, but I'm more than pleased - I'm thrilled.