Originally Posted by rjtw
Thanks for the reply. Yes, I'm outside the US, in Japan. Most of the brands I see on this forum are not readily available from local retailers, but I'm OK with mail order. I hope to demo some units when I'm next back in the States. FYI some of the brands here, in addition to the major Japanese labels, include Elac, Audio Pro, Tangent, Tannoy, Dali, Highland Audio, B&W, Bose, Mackie, Monitor Audio, Infinity, JBL and Roland.
Elac, Audio Pro, Tangent, Dali, Highland Audio, Mackie, Monitor Audio, Roland.
These brands are not discussed on this Forum because they do not sell enough to the USA home theater crowd.
Bose is considered a joke in the "serious" home theater crowd.
Of those you added, B&W's higher end models might satisfy you.
As mentioned by rydenfan, J L Audio F113 and F112 are excellent performers. For less money, any one of at least a dozen models from internet direct companies are popular.
AV123 MFW 15
SVS PC Ultra
Elemental Design A7S-450
HSU ULS 15
Elemental Design A5-350
SVS PB-12 Plus
There are many more that could be added.
It depends on how long you are going to be in Japan, what your budget is, and which, if any of the Internet Direct companies may be able to ship to Japan.
Alternatively, you may have to keep reading until you get a better sense of what to expect from subs of a certain cabinet size, design (sealed vs. porter), amp power, driver size.
Or, if you get a really good demonstration, you may just buy something that sounds good to you, is reasonably priced, and that you can return. We may not be familiar with it, but we just don't know how good some of the choices you have really are.