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The Emotiva is a great little sub for $400 if you don't have a large room, you are using it for mainly music and you don't want a sub that takes up a lot of room.
If you have $1000 to spend, and want to use it for home theater, one really should look at the larger ported subs or even the larger sealed subs. Just because the Emotiva is a good value doesn't mean it's the best match for your needs. Even though you could buy two of them for the price of the higher end subs, you still will have very limited extension which means you'll always be missing the deep bass. More and more soundtracks have significant bass at 20Hz which you can feel more than you can hear. The Emotiva starts to filter out bass below 30Hz.
The sealed Hsu ULS15, Rythmik F15 and SVS SB13 are no brainers if you want a musical sub that can do double duty as HT subs (all have enough output below 25Hz to give justice to HT material). (I omitted the Empire because I don't like its droopy non-linear response below 80Hz)
If you truly want deep bass output, one should look at the larger ported subs like the VTF15, Rythmik FV15, and maybe SVS PB12NSD.
Out of those I especially like the Rythmik because it provides excellent extension, low distortion, and a very linear response. This is one sub you will be happy with for any application whether critical listening with music, or high demand HT use. If you eventually need more output, you can add a second one.
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