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Is it better to post my information and request for subwoofer advice here, or should I start a new thread?

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If its for a subwoofer that costs around $300 or less this is the place.
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Cool... here's my story.

A couple of decades back, give or take a few years, I was a serious audiophile. Then life (including a wife and kids) intervened, and listening to music became a much lower priority.

I just got an HD TV, and I decided to cobble together a more modern viewing/listening experience. I recently bought a refurb Marantz SR7005 AVR from acessories4less.com.

From my audiophile days, I have a pair of Acoustat 2+2 electrostatic loudspeakers, and a highly modified Hafler power amp to run them. I know these pieces can make good music.

Somewhere along the way, I picked up a Cambridge Soundworks center channel speaker and a Polk PSW50 subwoofer. I hooked everything up, using a pair of small JBL bookshelf speakers to make a 5.1 surround setup.

Well, the speaker setup wanted the sub at +8 dB, and at any kind of volume levels, it’s making a scraping sound. I can duplicate the sound by pressing in on the top of the cone, so I think the driver is torn.

I went back and set up the speakers again without the sub, and it sounds pretty good. But when I played the attack scene from “Pearl Harbor,” I could tell something was missing without the sub.

So here I am. Here’s my key information:

Budget: I guess my budget is $500 or so. I’m having a bit of buyer’s remorse about the $700 I spent for the receiver, though, so $300 would be better.

Size requirements: For those of you who don’t remember, the Acoustats are about 20 inches wide and 7 feet ten inches tall. Any subwoofer I can afford will be visually insignificant by comparison. Still, while I can probably make a 2-foot cube work, two boxes that size might result in a loss of conjugal privileges.

Room size: Pretty big. About 22 by 28 feet the way I measure, with the back six feet of the 28 open to downstairs. The vaulted ceilings probably average 12 feet tall, so I calculate over 6000 cubic feet.

Listening habits: mostly TV and movies these days. Trues to my audiophile days, though, I expect music to sound like music. The Acoustats reproduce transients very well, so I think the sub would need to be fast, too. I generally listen at moderate volume levels, never anything like in the movie theater. When I listen to music, I tend more toward chamber music and jazz rather than 130 dB rock concerts.

Thanks for lending your expertise!

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Budget: I guess my budget is $500 or so. I’m having a bit of buyer’s remorse about the $700 I spent for the receiver, though, so $300 would be better.

Size requirements: For those of you who don’t remember, the Acoustats are about 20 inches wide and 7 feet ten inches tall. Any subwoofer I can afford will be visually insignificant by comparison. Still, while I can probably make a 2-foot cube work, two boxes that size might result in a loss of conjugal privileges.

Room size: Pretty big. About 22 by 28 feet the way I measure, with the back six feet of the 28 open to downstairs. The vaulted ceilings probably average 12 feet tall, so I calculate over 6000 cubic feet.

Listening habits: mostly TV and movies these days. Trues to my audiophile days, though, I expect music to sound like music. The Acoustats reproduce transients very well, so I think the sub would need to be fast, too. I generally listen at moderate volume levels, never anything like in the movie theater. When I listen to music, I tend more toward chamber music and jazz rather than 130 dB rock concerts.
Houston, we have a problem. A big one I'm afraid, and it's your room size.

First off, if you're ceilings average 12' then you're closer to 7400 ft^3 of total volume. You would need to spend probably 5x your projected budget in order to even get a decent amount of bass in a cavern that size, and that doesn't even account for the quality of the sound. To achieve output and precision it would require quite a bit more cash. Realistically it might be better not to spend anything now and try to save up enough so what you ultimately get would actually stand a change in that room. And think duals at a minimum.

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