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Added links to the official owners thread for each manufacturer where such a thing exists.

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Hey Jim, thanks for writing a great thread! I was wondering if you could give me a recommendation. I live in the basement apartment of a 5 story apartment building in Boston and I am looking for a cheap sub to round out my 5.1 system. I have 2 polk R50s for mains, R15s for rears and a Polk cs1 monitor for the center. The room dimensions are 18' by 12' so not very big. I know this price point is very low but I was looking at this Pinnacle SUB-SONIX 200 watt 10" subwoofer that someone was selling new on Craigslist for $100. Another option I was considering was the PSW10 for $90 on sale at amazon right now. My budget is about $150 - 200 but the less I can spend the better. Any recommendations between those two or within that price range if you think a better deal can be had?

This thread is more for information then recommendations, but I'll toss out my 2 cents this one time...

There's a difference between an inexpensive sub and a cheap one; the PSW10 is the latter - I'd probably skip that one if I were you.

The SubSonix 10-200 is only available from Amazon, so I'd check to see if the one on craigslist is really new. Either way, I'm not sure if it's a good option. I reviewed the Pinnacle PS Sub 225, which is higher up their product line then the 10-200 is, and found it to be somewhat lacking for HT. It wasn't a bad sub, just didn't really have what it takes to do movies justice.

A few others in your price range that might be worth considering are the OSD PS10, the BIC V1220 or F12, Acoustic Audio HD-SUB12, Dayton Audio SUB-1200 and the Lava LSP10 (avsforum members get a 15% discount from Lava).

If you're able to stretch your budget just a bit you can get one of the better values: the Premier Acoustics PA-120. At that website link you can make them an offer of around 15% less than they're asking and they will often accept it.

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That W2500 cost less than $75 over on Amazon -- and that includes shipping! -- which made me cringe. Yet the reviews are predominately positive, some are downright effusive. Who woulda thought that...

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I'm not too familiar with this sub, but it is a name brand and the sale price is very reasonable.


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I'm not too familiar with this sub, but it is a name brand and the sale price is very reasonable.

[url="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ref=pe_173920_22920450_pe_b4_t/?ASIN=B003IT70B2"]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ref=pe_173920_

Yup, that one's already on the list. It's an Amazon exclusive too, so they're the only company selling it.

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hi Jim thanks for the starters column it is great for noobees.
what you might add to the first posting for the new be is to also check out
the DIY do it yourself section of speaker building. it is a place where you can
pick you own speaker specs and amp power as well as what you need to feed the sub
like you need RCA connectors ETC.
I replaced a old Onkyo thruster speaker set ($40) with bad woofers that went down to 30Hz
with some new 12" speakers that go below 20Hz. the sound from my 100 watt avr/amp to
the pair is ample for me. just an idea that might help someone. the replacement speakers
I bought were $100 each (on sale) but well worth it, $240 total.
if you want to quote me on the first page is fine.

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what you might add to the first posting for the new be is to also check out
the DIY do it yourself section of speaker building.

While there's perhaps some overlap between the DIY crowd and those who would buy a ready-made sub, I'm not sure there's enough to warrant melding the two. If it looks like there's sufficient interest in the future I might include something like that, but for now I'll probably leave it as is.

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Currently the Energy S10.3 is on sale for $200. Jim, what would the difference be between the Energy vs. the Bic F12? This would be in a 17x15x8 room + a stairwell leading upstairs, used for home theater exclusively. Thanks in advance!
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Currently the Energy S10.3 is on sale for $200. Jim, what would the difference be between the Energy vs. the Bic F12? This would be in a 17x15x8 room + a stairwell leading upstairs, used for home theater exclusively. Thanks in advance!

I'm curious about this as well. Room dimensions are very similar to yours, so looking forward to what Jim has to say. Was also considering the PA120.
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Currently the Energy S10.3 is on sale for $200. Jim, what would the difference be between the Energy vs. the Bic F12? This would be in a 17x15x8 room + a stairwell leading upstairs, used for home theater exclusively. Thanks in advance!

$200 for the Energy is a really good price. Between that and the BIC I'd probably choose the Energy. I tend more towards clean, detailed bass as opposed to the heavy, booming kind. From what I can tell the F12 isn't a bad sub for what it is, but the output is probably a bit less refined. Few people seem to have much negative to say about the sound from the S10.3 -- some have even inferred it's fairly musical -- so by that alone I could see myself going for the Energy.

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I'm curious about this as well. Room dimensions are very similar to yours, so looking forward to what Jim has to say. Was also considering the PA120.

Now that throws in another dimension. By all accounts the PA-120 is also a fairly musical sub, and one most seem to like. It has a 12" driver too, so it can probably dig a bit deeper then the Energy.

acousticsounddesign.com sells the PA speaker line. They have a "best offer" system where you can submit a price. If you bid 10-15% less than what they're asking, and they accept it, then the PA-120 is very close in price to the Energy. Given that situation I would more than likely go for the PA-120.

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Now that throws in another dimension. By all accounts the PA-120 is also a fairly musical sub, and one most seem to like. It has a 12" driver too, so it can probably dig a bit deeper then the Energy.

acousticsounddesign.com sells the PA speaker line. They have a "best offer" system where you can submit a price. If you bid 10-15% less than what they're asking, and they accept it, then the PA-120 is very close in price to the Energy. Given that situation I would more than likely go for the PA-120.

Sounds good. Thanks for the reply. I was leaning towards the PA already, but just needed an extra push. Use will be solely HT.
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Hey guys i just got a epic empire. i am selling it to change to something bigger, my room is 25' x 30' x 8' . wil get dual jtr captivator instead.. so i am located in Montreal, Canada and i am selling for 800$. My number is 450-452-2846. call me if you have any questions. or e-mail at munchkinjude@hotmail.com

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Hey guys i just got a epic empire. i am selling it to change to something bigger, my room is 25' x 30' x 8' . wil get dual jtr captivator instead.. so i am located in Montreal, Canada and i am selling for 800$. My number is 450-452-2846. call me if you have any questions. or e-mail at munchkinjude@hotmail.com

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Thank you. We so desperately needed something like this. It would be great if a $500 category was added, and then you would have 90% of the people covered with both. Again, thank you for putting this together.

You're welcome. I'm glad it helped you out.

I've been asked a number of times if I would put together another list, one that encompassed more expensive units, but it would require a substantial amount of work and I simply don't have the time. There are a tremendous number of subs in the $301-$600 range which, all told, would easily be 2-3 times the size of this list. I really wish I did have the time for something like it, but unfortunately I'm not in that position.

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I can get the Boston Acoustics CS Sub10 for $150 shipped to my door... tempted to go for it to complete my den HT setup. Should I go for it? Seems to be a great price for this sub.
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I can get the Boston Acoustics CS Sub10 for $150 shipped to my door... tempted to go for it to complete my den HT setup. Should I go for it? Seems to be a great price for this sub.

From what I understand it doesn't really produce a whole lot in the 30Hz range, but for $150 probably few subs would. If that's your price target another one to consider would be the Dayton Audio SUB-1200. Certainly not the most articulate subwoofer ever designed, but my guess is it would have more output and extension then the CS Sub10.

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Not sure I can ask for recommendation in this thread (i did not get any response when I opened new thread so posting same question here hoping to get some as this seems more appropriate thread for budget subs)
I have wf-34 fronts, matching center and surrounds and onkyo 707
http://www.klipsch.com/wf-34-floorstanding-speaker

20x15 and double height ceiling living room which opens up to kitchen on the side that faces TV and foyer on left side of TV

I am looking for Sub under $400 that will complement this setup. I am looking for sub to enhance dialogues and does not care about shaking the house or music. Mostly TV and rare movie watching.

To match rosenut speakers I am leaning towards
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Monster-Cabl...#ht_1098wt_931
specs at
http://www.shop.com/Monster+Power+TH...98016-p+.xhtml
The sub is beautiful and I am pretty sure it scores high on WAF.

I know I am asking for the trouble ny mentioning overprices stuff from Monster Cable but I think their products are good quality just overpriced.

I other options I have is obvious choices like HSU VTF1 or BIC F12 or BIC Pl200 or PA-120

How is mirage omni -s12 considering my needs. Outlaw, elemental design, epitomik etc are out of leagues I guess.

Other idea is spread out 6.5 " insignia with small foam factor all 4 corners of the room
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Insignia...&skuId=2337715

I have been trying ebay, audiogon and classifieds at AVS without any success to get any decent sub shipped to NJ

Is it necessary to stick with just 12" driver or 10" will be enough

Pl pl dont judge me by mentioning ignisia, Monster along with SVS, HSU in the same sentence but my requirements are not stringent so pardon me if I committed sin
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The Polk DSWPRO440WI is under $300 on Amazon as of the time of this post.
http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/d...?s=dswpro440wi

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Not sure I can ask for recommendation in this thread (i did not get any response when I opened new thread so posting same question here hoping to get some as this seems more appropriate thread for budget subs)

Strictly speaking, I am trying to avoid that type of thing in this thread. I was hoping to keep this one purely informational, so it wouldn't turn into something massive and difficult to navigate. However, I do understand that a lot of people have questions such as yours, so in order to ensure there was a place to ask them I created a discussions thread. If you post your question their perhaps it will generate some replies.

Just curious; you mentioned starting another thread asking for advise, but that you didn't get any replies. Can you provide a link to it? I'd like to see what happened, and why no one responded, because that's pretty unusual.

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The Polk DSWPRO440WI is under $300 on Amazon as of the time of this post.
http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/d...?s=dswpro440wi

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FY8NIS

Is that what it normally sells for? If so, I'll add it to the list.

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From what I understand it doesn't really produce a whole lot in the 30Hz range, but for $150 probably few subs would. If that's your price target another one to consider would be the Dayton Audio SUB-1200. Certainly not the most articulate subwoofer ever designed, but my guess is it would have more output and extension then the CS Sub10.

Thanks for the information. I was doing some more digging/comparing speakers around the $300 to $400 shipped range and a number of Dayton Audio and BIC subs have come up. Spec wise they seem pretty good but I'm concerned about the bass accuracy. Currently, I'm leaning towards the Axiom EP125 8" sub, although it's $400 shipped I feel spending the extra $100 would be justified. The EP125 seems vastly superior to the BIC and Dayton Audio offerings, at least spec wise. I'm not overly concerned about this purchase since it is just for my den but I would still like to make the right choice.
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Upon closer inspection, it appears the EP125 actually only goes down to 35Hz in the 3+-db frequency range. I might be better off looking at the Outlaw Audio M8 or bumping up my budget for an HSU sub...
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Thanks for the information. I was doing some more digging/comparing speakers around the $300 to $400 shipped range and a number of Dayton Audio and BIC subs have come up. Spec wise they seem pretty good but I'm concerned about the bass accuracy. Currently, I'm leaning towards the Axiom EP125 8" sub, although it's $400 shipped I feel spending the extra $100 would be justified. The EP125 seems vastly superior to the BIC and Dayton Audio offerings, at least spec wise. I'm not overly concerned about this purchase since it is just for my den but I would still like to make the right choice.

Axiom is pretty good equipment, but I'm not sure any of it is worth the selling price to be honest. Personally, I think you can do better elsewhere. A couple of potential alternatives might be:
  • Premier Acoustics PA-120 {use coupon code TV15 for a 15% discount}
  • Cadence CSX12 Mark II {on the large side for a 12" sub}
  • EMPTek ES10i {nice looking sub, but doesn't go very deep}
  • HSU STF-2 {fairly generic appearance, but well regarded}

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Axiom is pretty good equipment, but I'm not sure any of it is worth the selling price to be honest. Personally, I think you can do better elsewhere. A couple of potential alternatives might be:
  • Premier Acoustics PA-120 {use coupon code TV15 for a 15% discount}
  • Cadence CSX12 Mark II {on the large side for a 12" sub}
  • EMPTek ES10i {nice looking sub, but doesn't go very deep}
  • HSU STF-2 {fairly generic appearance, but well regarded}

Thanks for the suggestions, the Premier Acoustics sub seems like decent value. I should mention that I'm in Canada so I'm not sure how many of these retailers ship to Canada. I know Outlaw Audio can ship the M8 to my door for roughly $280 total. I would ideally like to get a small sub since it's going in a den roughly 12x15 (a large bedroom size) so a small sub footprint is important. I suppose my ideal choices for this room size would be the STF-1 from HSU and the M8 from Outlaw Audio... just waiting to hear back from HSU to see if they'll ship to Canada.
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Thanks for the suggestions, the Premier Acoustics sub seems like decent value. I should mention that I'm in Canada so I'm not sure how many of these retailers ship to Canada. I know Outlaw Audio can ship the M8 to my door for roughly $280 total. I would ideally like to get a small sub since it's going in a den roughly 12x15 (a large bedroom size) so a small sub footprint is important. I suppose my ideal choices for this room size would be the STF-1 from HSU and the M8 from Outlaw Audio... just waiting to hear back from HSU to see if they'll ship to Canada.

Just thought I let you know that I got a couple of PA-120 delivered to me in Atlantic Canada. For the price, I don't think anything touches them that would be available around here. It's in your budget. PM me if you want details. Fantastic sub. The more you use it, the better it gets. Above par fit and finish.

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