OK I have bought two replacement subwoofers now and I don't like either one and I am very aggravated so I need all your help PLEASE!
A while back I use to work at Best Buy and with some program they had with Athena Speakers I was able to get a great deal.
What I had was:
-2 rear Athena WS-15 http://www.athenaspeakers.com/v2/pro...hp?ident=WS-15
-2 front Athena WS-100 http://www.athenaspeakers.com/v2/pro...p?ident=WS-100
-1 center Athena http://www.athenaspeakers.com/v2/pro...hp?ident=WS-60
-Sub Athena AS-P6000 down firing 800 watts http://www.athenaspeakers.com/v2/cla...ident=AS-P6000
-Receiver Yamaha HTR-5850 http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/p...l?CNTID=200019
I put it all together myself and after a lot of manual readings and playing around with receiver settings I got it all configured and LOVED everything! I could turn the volume way up and play music CDs and movies and the sound would be crisp/sharp and the bass on the sub could go low and be loud and when I turn the sub even just half way would rattle my house walls and things would shake, but the quality was good and not distorted. I usually had the sub volume at 4 out of 10 and max would be 6 out of 10. Was very happy with everything and then after 3 years my Athena AS-P6000 subwoofer went out. It was one month passed expired warranty, but Athena fixed the amp and it was all good again until 6 months later it went out again.
So then I started looking and gathering all sub info. I could which totally confused me even more. Do I need 8" or 10" or 12". Do I need 800 watts like my last sub or 150 watts. Do I need a big sub or small sub? No idea! I finally found a JBL SUB10 10-Inch 250-300-Watt Subwoofer
on Amazon for $200 that had a lot of good ratings so I bought it. It arrived and I hooked it up and woh! ... it sucked compared to my last sub. Its volume was not very high and the quality when turned up had a lot of "rattle" then a "thud". So I returned it. After visiting Best Buy and Circuit City and looking at their Polk Audio and their one Velodyne subs the sales guy said I should really visit a home theater store dedicated to high end speakers. So I did. I talked with a sales rep and listened to a B&W ASW608B sub
. It sounded good in their small show room so I decided I was sick of trying to find a sub and spent $500 for it. Brought it home. It was a lot better then the JBL but still did not produce the volume of my last sub and not near the bass and rumbling as the Athena. You could hear the B&W from the other end of the house though, but in the same room it just didn't seem to have that nice thud bass sound. My old Athena sub, when turned way up, could be heard outside my home on the sidewalk. It would sound like a night club was going on inside my house.
Even this B&W sub was not that great and it cost a whole $500! When I stand right over the B&W sub it sounds good and shakes my hair a bit, but when you step 15' away and sit on the couch it is just so, so.
So basically I need all your help, PLEASE.
My living room is about 25' x 20' with about 12' vaulted ceilings and it is partly open to the kitchen and on one side is an open hallway the bedrooms. The couch is about 12' from where the sub would go. The floor in the living room is carpet and tile in the kitchen. The walls are just regular ground floor house walls. My price range is really about $500, but if I REALLY have to spend more to get the quality of what I use to have then I suppose I could spend a bit more. I don't really care about the size of the sub as it has before been to the side of my entertainment center and somewhat by the corner of the room. Three B&W 608 subs could probably fit into the Athena sub I had so I don't care about the size too much. I will mostly be using the bass for 70% movies and then some for 20% music, but would like some bass for TV shows 10% I watch too. I was thinking of hiring someone to configure my receiver and speakers, but not sure if its needed or not.
I don't really know too much about speakers, Hz or crossover whatever, so please keep it simple, stupid for me.
Thanks so much in advance!