Originally Posted by mphfrom77
Isn't there a list somewhere here of, basically all, the different subs that are currently selling these days?
Not that I know of.
Many of us are just aware of the commercial products availed to us, and can just rattle them off. Their are many unsuccessful one offs, that don't get much chatter, but anything that can exhibit a solid performance/dollar ratio gets the attention of enthusiasts quickly...and that news travel fast. There are cost no object approaches as well, but oddly many of these under-perform for HT.
JL for example, superior workmanship, remarkable linearity, however they don't plunge the depths that the LFE standards require for contemporary soundtrack releases. Their F113, a revolutionary product in it's own right, however it has a -3db point whereby much lower frequency content would elude the listener.
Their flagship Gotham, a dual 13", 300lb masterpiece, it costs around $8K, and would be great in any system. It excels at music because music doesn't have the ULF requirements that HT does. It is an excellent product, by any standard...but, for extreme low frequencies that exist these days, there are better options for HT. For around $2k, one could get a Seaton Submersive. Larger drivers, more powerful amplifier, and it plunges about as deep as the material requires. So one could get 3 Submersives, which offers 12,000 watts across 6 drivers in technically superior dual opposed cabinets....all this and money to spare.
Study the differences that vented and sealed offer, and how each alignment would be best for your room. Learn how optimization will enable you to get a lot more out of your system. Don't discount the need for additional headroom. Headroom, or the gap between the operational level, and the max potential of the system, is the most critical aspect in proper sub-woofing. Headroom cures nearly all non-linearity issues. Rarely is someone regretful about buying too much sub. Oftentimes however, they realize they should have pursued a more robust product. Buy something that you can buy more of later, to increase in scale. A multi-sub approach is the theoretical ideal. Keep in mind the power ratio of 3db for every doubling in power. So power reserves get gobbled up fast with EQing, which every system needs. Remember that for every halving of frequency, a driver must quadruple it's excursion to maintain the same volume level.
The dynamics in HT, the wildly swinging levels exceed music substantially. 30db swings are commonplace. These dynamics must be tended to produce a realistic experience. This takes a lot of air movement,..there is no substitute for displacement. Explore DIY, and the incredible high value encountered in that arena.
I'll stop..too much caffeine.
Good luck and no, I don't know of a list of subs