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The small size requirement is because it is going under a computer desk.
I run a Dayton SUB-1000 under my computer desk, I've had it for almost 2yrs now. It's been a great little sub, perfect for computer duties. If called upon it can provide floor shaking output, I was impressed for the low price. Although with that being said, it doesn't play much under 30hz, but that's typical for a sub costing around $100.

My BIC F12's provide more output and easily reach down to 25hz, but they are bigger and twice the price.
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I am in the process of moving and looking at options for a replacement sub. I currently have a tsc t-250 sub and it has worked great. I am looking to see if there are any +-$300 options that would be a noticable upgrade.

I have seen many options like the Jamo and BIC 12" subs and have no idea if it would even be an upgrade. Any advice?
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I may have posted my orig post in the wrong spot (saw this link but thought it was for a list of cheap subs - not advice )


I am putting together a budget home theater for a 12x12 room in my basement. I was planning on purchasing a Polk Audio PSW108 sub, per Crutchfield's recommendation. However, I came across a Klipsch SW-450 sub for a similar price at Amazon. On paper they appear to be a lot more bang for your buck, but I gather it is an older model, so are cheaper. I tried to post a link showing a feature comparison, but don't have enough posts to link. Here is general comparison of features:

PSW108/SW-450
Watts: 50/200
Low-Pass Crossover Freq: 80-160 Hz/ 40-150
Frequency Response 40-160 Hz/ 28-120 Hz

I will be using a Denon AVR-S510BT receiver and Polk TL150 satellite speakers. This will be 100% used for movies. I don't need wall shaking bass, but would like a decent home theater sound. Would the Sw-450 be overkill? Would the PSW108 pair better with the Polk Satellite speakers? Does it really matter? I appreciate any recommendations!
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I am putting together a budget home theater for a 12x12 room in my basement. I was planning on purchasing a Polk Audio PSW108 sub, per Crutchfield's recommendation. However, I came across a Klipsch SW-450 sub for a similar price at Amazon. On paper they appear to be a lot more bang for your buck, but I gather it is an older model, so are cheaper. I tried to post a link showing a feature comparison, but don't have enough posts to link. Here is general comparison of features:

PSW108/SW-450
Watts: 50/200
Low-Pass Crossover Freq: 80-160 Hz/ 40-150
Frequency Response 40-160 Hz/ 28-120 Hz

I will be using a Denon AVR-S510BT receiver and Polk TL150 satellite speakers. This will be 100% used for movies. I don't need wall shaking bass, but would like a decent home theater sound. Would the Sw-450 be overkill? Would the PSW108 pair better with the Polk Satellite speakers? Does it really matter? I appreciate any recommendations!
If the manufacturers specifications are accurate - which isn't a given - than the only choice between the Polk and Klipsch sub may very well be the Polk. That's due to the limitations of your speakers though, and not some inherent benefit to that particular subwoofer.

The TL150's speakers use what Polk optimistically calls a woofer, but at 2.5" it's barely a midrange really. If you keep the volume low, on a good day it might have acceptable output to 120Hz. That means your subwoofer will need to handle everything below that, a big ask for something in the budget category. The Klipsch is maxed out by 120Hz, so the lowest the speakers can go is the highest the subwoofer can. That's not a recipe for success.

The Polk PSW108 supposedly can reach 160Hz, but sadly can only manage an anemic 40Hz on the lower end. That leaves a lot to be desired if you only want to play music, but if HT is in your plans it's simply not acceptable. You might be better off considering something like the SVS SB12-NSD. It can reach high enough to work with tiny speakers, yet play low enough to enjoy movies.

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I may have posted my orig post in the wrong spot (saw this link but thought it was for a list of cheap subs - not advice )


I am putting together a budget home theater for a 12x12 room in my basement. I was planning on purchasing a Polk Audio PSW108 sub, per Crutchfield's recommendation. However, I came across a Klipsch SW-450 sub for a similar price at Amazon. On paper they appear to be a lot more bang for your buck, but I gather it is an older model, so are cheaper. I tried to post a link showing a feature comparison, but don't have enough posts to link. Here is general comparison of features:

PSW108/SW-450
Watts: 50/200
Low-Pass Crossover Freq: 80-160 Hz/ 40-150
Frequency Response 40-160 Hz/ 28-120 Hz

I will be using a Denon AVR-S510BT receiver and Polk TL150 satellite speakers. This will be 100% used for movies. I don't need wall shaking bass, but would like a decent home theater sound. Would the Sw-450 be overkill? Would the PSW108 pair better with the Polk Satellite speakers? Does it really matter? I appreciate any recommendations!
I use a couple of the Polk PSW10 subs up front and they are good for movies/TV/sports, but I did add in a spare BIC F12 to the back of the room to get it out of the way.

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Epson HC2000; Screen - 151.5" 16:9/TV or 143.5" 2.35:1/HT at a seating distance of 13 feet; Yamaha RXV675 for 7.3; Speakers - Infinity Primus; Subs - 2 Polk PSW10s, 1 BIC F12; Headphones - 4 JVC wireless; Sony 3D Blu-ray player/six pairs 3D glasses.
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I use a couple of the Polk PSW10 subs up front and they are good for movies/TV/sports, but I did add in a spare BIC F12 to the back of the room to get it out of the way.
How do you think 2 PSW10's by themselves would be? I could get 2 of those for my price range.
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How do you think 2 PSW10's by themselves would be? I could get 2 of those for my price range.
I replaced the BIC F12 with the PSW10 and only added the second one months later to raise my towers. They had all the bass I need for movies and I only added the BIC F12 back in to put it to use after sticking it in the garage for months to get rid of a chemical smell it had from day one.
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Thank you for the info on the Freq range. That makes sense and I will look for a larger range.
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