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I'm looking to upgrade my sub and just not sure which one to get. There are so many to pick from. What's the best brand and brands that I should stay away from? I would love to hear everyone opinion for the best sub under 500 dollars..
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Under $500, my picks would be HSU, eD, and Epik. How large is your room and what are your listening habits?
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Under $500, my picks would be HSU, eD, and Epik. How large is your room and what are your listening habits?

Not sure the room size, I'll post a pic. I mostly watch action blu ray's, ps3 (Call of duty) and normal cable.

I was thinking Jamo SUB650 12" 650 Watt Pwrd Subwoofer BLACK
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Under $500, my picks would be HSU, eD, and Epik. How large is your room and what are your listening habits?

Don't have any good pics on my phone, I'll take some today after work.
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I'd go for the emotiva ultra 12, check out the review that's pretty recent..they're having a special including free shipping..
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It helps to have the room size, height, width and length....the cubic feet are what helps to determine the subwoofer. The pics will help to show if the room is enclosed or has open areas, but won't tell us really the proper size of the room.

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like robster said it really depends on the size of your room, these are the sub $500 subs i recomended earlier today in a different post, but these are for a smaller size room (under 15x15)

http://hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-1.html

http://hsuresearch.com/products/stf-2.html

http://lavasubs.com/12_inch/powered_home_subwoofer.html

The lava is currently back ordered, but if you order it now you will get a discount, plus if you email them and tell them you are an AVS member they will give you a coupon code for an additional 10 or 15% off i forget which

And if you want to throw in an extra $100 this one will really shake you:

http://hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-2-mk3.html

if you have a larger room, you may want to consider 2x Bic f12's ($185 ea) they dont go paticurally low, but they have a good clean loud sound to them.
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like robster said it really depends on the size of your room, theres are the sub $500 subs i recomended earlier today in a different post, but these are for a smaller size room (under 15x15)

http://hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-1.html

http://hsuresearch.com/products/stf-2.html

http://lavasubs.com/12_inch/powered_home_subwoofer.html

The lava is currently back ordered, but if you order it now you will get a discount, plus if you email them and tell them you are an AVS member they will give you a coupon code for an additional 10 or 15% off i forget which

And if you want to throw in an extra $100 this one will really shake you:

http://hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-2-mk3.html

if you have a larger room, you may want to consider 2x Bic f12's ($185 ea) they dont go paticurally low, but they have a good clean loud sound to them.

I'll take some pics of my room today, and also measure it. The living room and the dining room are joined. I'll post pics in a few hours..
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It helps to have the room size, height, width and length....the cubic feet are what helps to determine the subwoofer. The pics will help to show if the room is enclosed or has open areas, but won't tell us really the proper size of the room.

Okay my room is 15x20 with 9 ft ceiling. Check out my pics and let's hear some ideas on which sub I need
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Okay my room is 15x20 with 9 ft ceiling. Check out my pics and let's hear some ideas on which sub I need

No one has any ideas?
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SVS is introducing their new PB10 NSD and 12 model in a month and a half or so should take a strong look towards them.
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For 500, HSU all the way, a VTF-1 or even better for 50 more, a VTF-2 MKIII.
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For 500, HSU all the way, a VTF-1 or even better for 50 more, a VTF-2 MKIII.

+1 on the VTF-2 MK3 although with shipping it comes to $608.00, but down the road you'll be less likely to get upgraditis!!
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bigjoexxl - If you're wanting to ditch your old Onkyo sub, let me know - I'd be willing to pick it up from you (as long as it's in exc condition). It's from the HT-9300THX setup, right?
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The Epik Legend, SVS PB10 NSD, 2 Lava 10 inch subs or subs from HSU or oulaw. The Elemental Designs A2-300 is also a strong choice for $415
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Okay my room is 15x20 with 9 ft ceiling. Check out my pics and let's hear some ideas on which sub I need
you put those surrounds way to high....

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you put those surrounds way to high....

The most frequent reference I could find for surround speaker height was about 2-3' above the user's seated position. I know mine are mounted on the rear wall facing each other and angled slightly downward. Mine are also about 8' off of the floor. My AVR has Audyssey calibration, and I think they sound great where they are currently mounted. The room sounds much larger than what it is.

Think about where the surround speakers are mounted in your typical movie theater.

Anyways, nice to see ya again airgas1998

To the OP: Your surrounds look to be about 7' high, is that about right? BTW: My vote for a new sub would be the Epik Legend, but I think you would be happy with most of the choices mentioned here.
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