I just picked up a closeout subwoofer from CC... a Klipsch Synergy Sub-10 for $239!
Last one at my nearest location that was still in a sealed carton. They had a couple others that were clearly demos (no box), but the same
price. Ridiculous... no discount for open box, no manual, was it used?, if so, for how long? etc...
Anyhow, the back story:
This is for my TV watching room, with occasional movies and sports too. (I have a "theater area" elsewhere in the house with a PJ and a definite upgrade in audio.) In this TV room, I have an Onkyo TX-SR575 AVR and 5 Acoustic Research "The Edge" speakers (no model #'s, just a name...) The AR sub that came with the package died a couple of years ago, so I had been using the sub from a Polk RM6750 set (no separate model #), and I really wasn't satisfied with the overall sound of this configuration. I considered replacing all of the speakers, but I realized that the sats weren't the problem at all - the sub just had no oomph! I realized that that might be 'cause it only dug down to about 45Hz... hardly a "sub" at all!
So, I decided to stop by CC and buy whatever sub I could get a deal on, figuring most anything would be an upgrade. I actually had planned on getting a budget Polk, PSW10 or such. All they had was open box/demos and they looked like they'd been beaten. I browsed a little more and found a Boston Acoustics sub (I didn't check the model) for $450... probably nice, but I wanted a deal! Then I saw a MONSTER (as in cable) THX 100 sub for $379!! Are you kidding me?!? I never knew...
As for the Klipsch, they also had a Sub-12 for $300, but my TV room is not so big, and the little Polk, although it didn't go low, was loud enough at certain levels, so I was pretty confident the Sub-10 would do the job well. Got it home, hooked it up, and at low to medium volume, it sounds really nice! It has certainly brought my system back to life. I'm sure it will respond when I get the opportunity to crank it.