Originally Posted by nathan_h
I am going with a pair of L22 instead, which has extremely similar output to my existing F15HP, but the form factor will be much easier to place in the rear corners. My wallet is sad but my home theater is happy.
I will enthusiastically join in with other forum members who have encouraged you to keep the two F15HP subs you already own. (And you may recall that just recently I expressed an interest in buying
those same two F15HP subs that you originally intended to sell. I think it makes much more sense
for you to hold on to them -- they are excellent subs!)
I am also convinced that investing in a pair of L22 subs is a brilliant idea
. As you have said, the output of the L22 closely matches the bass performance of the F15HP, but with a footprint that is significantly more compact. I believe you have a very good reason to feel quite confident that you are making a great
choice by purchasing the L22s: this model represents one of the best bang-for-the-buck values among all
the different subwoofers that Rythmik sells (or put another way, the L22 is a Rythmik sub that delivers an exceptional bass-decibel-per-dollar ratio). For example, according to the Rythmik website, the L22 and the E15HP have essentially identical output. Now, a pair of L22s will cost you $1638, while a pair of E15HPs is $2312, so you save $674 with a pair of L22s. In addition to that, if you were to buy four
L12s to approximate the bass output of two
L22s, you would have to spend $2036, or $398 more. So the L22 occupies a definite "sweet spot" in Rythmik's product line.
Moreover, I believe you can feel free to set aside any notions about having bass overkill in your Home Theater. Subwoofer headroom is a beautiful thing. Rythmik's servo subs do an excellent job producing powerful, accurate, detailed, low-distortion bass, but even so, playing the very deepest frequencies requires a tremendous amount of work out of a sub, and there is a real performance advantage when you don't have to push your subs hard in order to achieve the sound pressure levels you want in your room. You've got excellent equalization capabilities in the electronic components you own, and those combined with subwoofer placement options should result in smooth, superbly balanced bass in your Home Theater.
As I mentioned in my email, I live in a "tiny house": a 17'x20' studio cottage that includes a full kitchen, bathroom, and living room. The original design for this house called for interior doors on hinges, but during the construction process I realized I could save a considerable amount of precious space by having pocket doors installed, instead. Would it be possible for you to replace the inner door of your Home Theater with a pocket door, and benefit from the extra free space within the room?