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I'm replacing my current home theater setup, and have settled on some Focal speakers. I fell in love with them on first listen with my sample CD, and the other speakers I've listened to in the same price range (Chorus 716V as L/R speakers, CC700V center and 705V's as surrounds) just haven't impressed me the same way. Their bass leaves a bit to be desired, but their upper-end detail is superb. So I need a good subwoofer to fill out the bass deficiencies.
A handful of people have directed me away from Focal's subwoofers for bang-for-the-buck, and one who has worked in the A/V business for 20 years suggested that I look to three Paradigm subwoofers for my budget: DSP 3200, UltraCube 10, and SE (Special Edition). The Cube is about $1K, and the others are about $800.
I'm unsure whether I'll be able to make it back out to the "local" Paradigm dealer's shop before I want to make my purchase, so I was hoping you guys might be able to help steer me in the right direction. What are the pros and cons of these three subs? I get the impression that the UltraCube is designed to minimize footprint-per-bass, and that I'd be paying a price premium for the small size. I don't mind a larger sub, and if I can get equal-or-better sound for $200 less, I will.
These speakers will be used for music and movies. They'll probably be used for music more often, but when playing music, we're usually around the house doing stuff, so it's when we're watching movies that we're sitting still and paying closest attention to the sound.