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JimWilson's Avatar JimWilson
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I've often seen requests from people who are looking to purchase budget subwoofers. You can count me among those who tries to respond and help those folks out, but after replying to the hundredth such question I got to thinking; exactly how many companies are out their making budget subs? Intrigued, I decided to try and find out for myself.

First I had to decide exactly what constituted a 'budget' subwoofer. After going back over numerous posts I selected $300 as the ceiling, so anything that costs less qualifies. I also decided that the $300 price should be what you can reasonably expect to get the sub for, not it's "suggested" retail price. In other words, what most people can rightly assume to pay without the need to wait for some "clearance sale" or restricted holiday event.

Since most of the budget sub questions are asked about HT systems I original decided that a 10" driver would be the minimum. After going back and forth though I decided to include subwoofers with 8" drivers too.

Having a driver size and budget target I began scouring the internet. The list below is what I can up with, sorted alphabetically by manufacturer. In some instances you'll notice more then one link associated to a particular model. I did this so there was not only a reference to the manufacturers webpage, but also an example of a place to buy it from that shows a typical price.

You may also notice subs that don't have a link to their respective manufacturers webpage. While compiling this list I found several companies that sell exclusively through a single retailer, so links to their webpage are of little value.


Note: this thread is not intended for anyone to debate how good or bad something is, only to let others know what's out there. It's the responsibility of the individual looking for a subwoofer to make up their own mind about what they want, and which products meet their needs. I expect a person looking to buy something will be able to do their own research and ask questions in other threads, so let's keep all of that out of this one. However, I do understand that part of the process is to ask questions and solicit advice, so to that I end created the Budget Subwoofers Discussion thread. Please use that to ask your questions and to see what others have said.

If everyone adheres to the intend of this thread it may ultimately end up being a valuable resource we can simply point people to.



Acoustic Audio

* HD-SUB10

* HD-SUB12

* HD-SUB15

* PSW-10
* PSW-12

* PSW-15

* RWSUB-10

* RWSUB-12

* RWSUB-15

* CS-PS10-C

* CS-PS12-C

* CS-PS15-C


BIC America
* RtR 12s -- Information -- Purchase
* RtR EV1200 -- Information -- Purchase
* F 12 -- Information -- Purchase
* H 100 -- Information -- Purchase
* Venturi V80 -- Information -- Purchase
* Venturi V1020 -- Information -- Purchase
* Venturi V1220 -- Information -- Purchase
* PL-200 -- Information -- Purchase
{from the Purchase link on the PL-200 use the "Make Your Best Offer" button to request a price in the $280 range, and they will often accept it}

Boston Acoustics
* CS Sub10 II -- Information -- Purchase

 

Cambridge Audio
* Sirocco S90 -- Information -- Purchase

Cerwin-Vega
* VE-28S -- Information -- Purchase

Crystal Acoustics
* TX-8SUB

Dayton Audio
* SUB-800
* SUB-1000
* SUB-1200

* SUB-1500
 

Dual Electronics

* L12SW -- Purchase


Energy
* ESW-C8 -- Information -- Purchase
* ESW-M8 -- Information -- Purchase
* Power 10 -- Information -- Purchase

* Power 12 -- Information -- Purchase

Fluance
* DB150

HSU (Owners Thread)
* STF-1

Infinity
* PS38 -- Information -- Purchase


JA Audio
* JA-SS10 -- Information -- Purchase

Jamo (Owners Thread)
* SUB 210 -- Information -- Purchase

* SUB 260 -- Information -- Purchase

JBL (Owners Thread)
* ES250P -- Information -- Purchase

Klipsch
* Sub-10 -- Information -- Purchase
* Sub-12 -- Information -- Purchase
{the Sub-10 and Sub-12 are both discontinued products, so availability may be limited}

Martin Logan
* Dynamo 300 -- Information -- Purchase

Monoprice (Owners Thread)
* 8"
* 12"
{these subwoofers don't actually have a name or model number, so they're listed by driver size instead}

MTX Audio
* CT8SW -- Information

* CT10SW -- Information -- Purchase

* CT12SW -- Information -- Purchase

* TB1010 -- Information

* TB1212 -- Information


NXG

* NX-PROSUB125 -- Information -- Purchase

* NX-BAS-500 -- Information -- Purchase -- Review

Outdoor Speaker Depot (OSD) (Owners Thread)
* SS8
* P8
* S-10
* S-12
* PS10 -- Review

* PS12

Outlaw Audio (Owners Thread)
* M8
 

Pinnacle (Owners Thread)
* SubSonix 10-200 -- Information -- Purchase
* AC Sub 125 -- Information -- Purchase

Pioneer
* SW-8MK2 -- Information -- Purchase

Polk Audio
* PSW10 -- Information -- Purchase
* PSW110 -- Information -- Purchase
* PSW111 -- Information -- Purchase
* PSW121 -- Information -- Purchase

* PSW125 -- Information -- Purchase

* PSW108 -- Information -- Purchase
* PSWi225 -- Information -- Purchase
* PSWi8M -- Information -- Purchase
* PSW505 -- Information -- Purchase
{Polk lists the PSW505 as discontinued, yet it's been available for years anyway. it also seems to be on perpetual sale, which is why I included it}

 

Powerbass

* PBX 10.1 -- Information -- Purchase

* PBX 12.1 -- Information


Premier Acoustics
* PA 10 -- Information -- Purchase
* PA 120 -- Information -- Purchase
{from the Purchase link use the "Make Your Best Offer" button to request a lower price. if it's reasonable they will often accept it}

Pure Acoustics

* Noble II -- Purchase

 

Pyle
* PDSUB8A -- Information -- Purchase
* PDSUB10A -- Information -- Purchase

* PDSUB12A -- Information -- Purchase

* PDSB10A -- Information -- Purchase

* PDSB15A -- Information -- Purchase

Sony
* SA-W2500 -- Information -- Purchase
 

SpeakerCraft

* Roots 208 -- Information -- Purchase


Theater Solutions (Owners Thread)
* Sub8D -- Information -- Purchase
* Sub8F -- Information -- Purchase
* Sub10D -- Information -- Purchase
* Sub10F -- Information -- Purchase
* Sub12D -- Information -- Purchase -- Review
* Sub12F -- Information -- Purchase

* Sub15D -- Information -- Purchase

* Sub15F -- Information -- Purchase


Vector Research
* BASS8
* BASS12
{might only be available in Canada. no manufacturers website could be located, so these links are to the distributor}

Velodyne
* WiConnect 10

Yamaha
* YST-SW215 -- Information -- Purchase
* YST-SW216 -- Information -- Purchase
* YST-SW315 -- Information -- Purchase


capablanca's Avatar capablanca
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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.
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More for your list: the HSU STF-1 and the new Monoprice subwoofers.
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The Energy s10.3 regular price at Newegg is still $249.99
JimWilson's Avatar JimWilson
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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 felt it was long overdue too. If it turns out to be beneficial perhaps we should consider making this a sticky.

I debated back and forth on what the cut off should be. After looking at quite a number of posts it seemed the majority of people who wanted a "budget" sub were looking for something below $300, so that's why I chose it.

I agree; there's probably a need for another thread, listing sub's between $301-$750 or $800. That could be for "mid-priced" subwoofers. Not sure I want to be the owner of that one though, because I'll bet there's a whole lot of those...
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Dont forget the HSU stf-1 or outlaw M8.
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The Energy s10.3 regular price at Newegg is still $249.99

I added this one, but have a question for you; does Newegg have this on sale regularly, or is it just temporary?
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More for your list: the HSU STF-1

Added. Thanks.

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and the new Monoprice subwoofers.

A $57 dollar subwoofer? $57 dollars!? Must...resist...urge...to...break...own...rule, must...resist...urge...to...break...own...rule.
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Just last weekend I saw a JBL CSS11 (10" driver) at Costco for $187. It retails elsewhere for much more, and it isn't on Costco's website, but it was on the floor. Any opinions on this one?
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Yamaha YST-SW315
Amazon list price is $299
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A $57 dollar subwoofer? $57 dollars!? Must...resist...urge...to...break...own...rule, must...resist...urge...to...break...own...rule.

It seems awfully cheap, doesn't it? I've been waiting to see what this thread has to say about them from someone who buys one. People can look for discussion there.
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Just last weekend I saw a JBL CSS11 (10" driver) at Costco for $187. It retails elsewhere for much more, and it isn't on Costco's website, but it was on the floor. Any opinions on this one?

It would probably be better if you started another thread asking for opinions on this sub. I'm trying to keep this one informational only, and not have anyone engage in a debate about what's good or bad about a particular model. Thanks...
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Yamaha YST-SW315
Amazon list price is $299

Added. Thanks.
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It would probably be better if you started another thread asking for opinions on this sub. I'm trying to keep this one informational only, and not have anyone engage in a debate about what's good or bad about a particular model. Thanks...

I already have my M8 so I'm not searching, so no one needs to answer but it can be hard to get non-snarky info about reasonably priced audio equipment.
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Here is a link to Audio Source.

http://www.audiosource.net/
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Here is a link to Audio Source.

http://www.audiosource.net/

WTF? I tried googling it several different ways, and I never got that link.

Thanks for finding it.
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I already have my M8 so I'm not searching, so no one needs to answer but it can be hard to get non-snarky info about reasonably priced audio equipment.

I know where you're coming from. That's part of the reason I started this thread, to make it a little easier to find the info.

You also might want to try the forums at blu-ray.com. There's a guy called Big Daddy who seems to know just about everything you can regarding subwoofers. He might have some additional info on what you're looking for.
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You're welcome. I felt it was long overdue too. If it turns out to be beneficial perhaps we should consider making this a sticky.

I debated back and forth on what the cut off should be. After looking at quite a number of posts it seemed the majority of people who wanted a "budget" sub were looking for something below $300, so that's why I chose it.

I agree; there's probably a need for another thread, listing sub's between $301-$750 or $800. That could be for "mid-priced" subwoofers. Not sure I want to be the owner of that one though, because I'll bet there's a whole lot of those...

It really should be a sticky. Think about all the "I'm looking to purchase a sub" threads. I was surprised earlier that there wasn't a sticky like this because it would be very helpful and allow people to see the options. Separate threads can be created to debate which subs are the best. I'll probably be in the market soon for a $400-500 sub and so here's hoping that you create that mid-priced thread
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Haven't experience these for myself, but heard lots of good things about them.
http://www.fluance.com/fldb12in200w.html
http://www.fluance.com/fldbposu.html
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Haven't experience these for myself, but heard lots of good things about them.
http://www.fluance.com/fldb12in200w.html
http://www.fluance.com/fldbposu.html

Added. Thanks.
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I added this one, but have a question for you; does Newegg have this on sale regularly, or is it just temporary?

$249.00 was its regular price at Newegg for a long time with occasional price drops for sales, but now I think its regularly at $219.99. A good sub in my opinion.
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Hi,

How abt rating these budget sub woofers for newbies like us. The rating is based on your experience with product.

Ramesh
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How abt rating these budget sub woofers for newbies like us. The rating is based on your experience with product.

Who's rating system though? I'm certainly not able to listen to all of those subwoofers, so it can't be mine, and if I solicit other peoples opinion we'll simply get into arguing back and forth. That's precisely why I said in the first post this thread is not intended for any of that. I'm simply trying to create a reference to show people what's available. From there each person should do whatever research they feel necessary, because there are no two circumstances alike.

If you have any questions then by all means start a new thread specific to what you need. I'm sure there will be plenty of people who can assist.
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Who's rating system though? I'm certainly not able to listen to all of those subwoofers, so it can't be mine, and if I solicit other peoples opinion we'll simply get into arguing back and forth. That's precisely why I said in the first post this thread is not intended for any of that. I'm simply trying to create a reference to show people what's available. From there each person should do whatever research they feel necessary, because there are no two circumstances alike.

If you have any questions then by all means start a new thread specific to what you need. I'm sure there will be plenty of people who can assist.

I agree that rating the subs would just cause arguing. How about, though, listing a link or two where they have been rated by legit magazines. It could and should be a sticky if you did that.
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For those interested in the Energy S10.3, Sound and Vision did a review of it and some other Energy speakers. It's from 2005. If you search "energy take series home theater system" on google, it should pop up in your search results. It isn't a subwoofer-intensive review....it looks at the whole system...but the article was complementary of the s10.3. I've had the S10.3 since Wednesday and so far, it's a winner.
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I agree that rating the subs would just cause arguing. How about, though, listing a link or two where they have been rated by legit magazines. It could and should be a sticky if you did that.

Interesting concept. Let me think about that one a bit further.
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Interesting concept. Let me think about that one a bit further.

Or, perhaps, a link to any discussion at AVS. Such as the monoprice sub discussion I listed earlier or the BIC F12 discussion thread. Or the a link to an owners thread.

Regardless or not of whether you do something like that or links to reviews, too, this is still a great resource
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It seems awfully cheap, doesn't it? I've been waiting to see what this thread has to say about them from someone who buys one. People can look for discussion there.

I have read from online sources that Monoprice deletes unfavorable reviews from their website and clearly they order reviews "best first/worst last." Not sure you can find a critical review there.
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In case anyone is interested, there was another thread that was started by EndersShadow that list different budget categories. Click here
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Great thread... thanks!

For Canadians, Precision Acoustics makes a decent sub for under $200.

http://precision-acoustics.com/hds10.html

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/...656379fc97en02
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