So I've finally decided I need to buy a sub and that I need to pony up a little more dough for one than I have wanted to previously. I have about $600 I can spend (REally though, I dont have it but I will spend it :-) ). I really want a good sub that will operate well at low volumes. I live in a apartment building with like 30 other units in the building. I'm on the top floor (I have an elevator so its not a problem getting it to my unit) but have 3 floors below me and people to the left and right of me and on the other side of the hall.
Pretty much I can't make it too loud. For volume I tend to listen to my AVR at like -20db depending on content and as low as -30db. My room (living room) is 13x18 that opens up into a hallway and the kitchen.
My current 5.0 Setup is:
Swan 6.1s LR
Swan C3 Center
Swan 2.1 Surrounds
This is running off my PS3 and my computer and at some point i'll run my cable though it but I never really watch that crap anyways. My Use is prob 40/40/20 (HT/Games/Music). Now normally they are about equal but I like to listen to my music louder than I do HT and Games and this isn't really an option in my apartment.
I'm ok with Used but I'm worried about knowing what to look for to see if it is abused or broken.
My current though is the Epik Sentinel for a couple reasons. It is in my budget (kinda) at $650. I also work about 20 min from the Epik Warehouse so I could pick it up (no shipping) and I have a credit card with a billing address in Wi so I could get away with out paying sales tax. thus it being $650.
My other though is a used Velodyne HSG-18 (I can get it for $650). I have a few worries about this also though. First is the part about it being in good shape and what not. Second, Will it be too big? And finally, I live in an Apartment made in the 1960s... Can my power system handle that monster?
Any other suggestions are welcome. I live near Chicago so another option is to just watch craigslist and Audiogon and look for stuff in the area.