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Hey guys. I have the bug to acquire some speakers. I just got some ORBS in the mail for my living room setup (www.orbaudio.com) to please the wife, and I like how they sound. With a sub I like them better than my current bookshelf speakers. They seriously sound pretty big!

But now they're bringing out the imperfections in my cheapy 12-inch sub. I believe it's a Dayton from Parts Express. My brother is loaning it to me til he gets his own place

These Orbs just don't do much below the 100hz range, so I need a sub that handles some of the upper frequencies better. This sub is a bit boomy. It works OK for music with bookshelfs that already handle 70-80 hz, but isn't cutting it with the Orbs.

Now I know AVS tends to be a high-end forum, but I am really hoping to stick to less than $200 and 8 inches, or maybe 10 inches in a very small box. It's also kind of hard to test out subwoofers, so I'm hoping for some advice here.

Maybe this size and price range is blasphemy around here, but I am convinced there are decent options (http://www.amazon.com/Energy-ESW-C8-.../ref=pd_cp_e_3) ??. Looks like these will sell out before I get to them.

I'm also considering the Lava 8 sub. It seems to be a little on the tall side, but since it'll be behind a chair that shouldn't matter as much as the other dimensions. http://www.lavasubs.com/8_inch/power...subwoofer.html

I've heard good things about Lava.


I just want something that blends in well with the orbs without going all farty and boomy. I'm not looking to shake the whole block. I'm also not interested in the Orb audio "Super 8" sub that comes with various Orb packages, because I've heard many complaints about the amplifier in those subs blowing out. It's also a little more than I want to spend ($284 for the "orb outlet" cosmetically blemished option).

Seems like you can't really test drive subwoofers as easily as with speakers, so any advice is appreciated.

I want to use this equally for music and movies probably. This is just a 2.1 setting (lots of wife compromise here). And I don't want to put a lot of money into a sub if I'm only doing 2.1 with Orbs. BUT I want it to sound pretty damn good anyway. And not take up a lot of space. Hard to please I guess!

Thanks for any advice. and I'm checking Craigslist daily!
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You'll definitely want a sub that can reach up to 150hz comfortably. I don't have any issues with my Super 8, and it has seen almost daily use for about 18 months.

I'm not sure what compact subwoofer options will be good for you in the sub-$200 range tbh. I'll look around though

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newegg has the Energy ESW-M6 available for $180 after a $70 coupon code.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882269021

Not much of a sub of course (response probably drops like a rock at 40hz), but very small and attractive. I think it would match well with the orbs.

vanns has the Velodyne VX-11 for $190. should be much more capable than the above energy
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...res/549356948/

vanns also has the Jamo Sub300 for $200:
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...300-dark-apple

and the Klipsch SUB10 for $200:
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it.../klipsch-sub10

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Cool. Thanks for the links. The Energy is attractive because of its size.. My wife would love it LOL... But I'm hoping it would still rumble enough when she goes away and I want to watch something blow up :P. That's still definitely an option.

OOoo Velodyne and Jamo.. Very tempting but unfortunately those are bigger boxes than what I'm dealing with currently. A bigger one will never fly with the boss at home!


Glad to hear you are enjoying your Super 8. I would like to go with that one since it's designed for the Orbs specifically, but I've just read too much about the blown amps to be willing to try
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I would go with Energy 10.3. When it goes on sale it is $200.00.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882269026

or the Bic F12 which is larger, but fits your budget.
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F1...0437321&sr=8-1
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I would go with Energy 10.3. When it goes on sale it is $200.00.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882269026

or the Bic F12 which is larger, but fits your budget.
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F1...0437321&sr=8-1

I haven't heard the Energy S10.3 but I hear everyone raving about it.

To the OP. If you can get the Energy S10.3 on sale at NewEgg for $200 then I would definitely scoop that up. I don't think your going to do any better for $200.

I don't think the BIC F12 will fill in the upper frequencies anywhere near as good as the Energy would. I also think it sounds boomy as well.
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A few years ago, I had the chance to audition two S10.3s, which I had bought off an AVS member for friends of mine locally who were setting up HT systems.

At the time, I had a DefTech ProSub 200TL (12", 250W) and I was impressed by how much deeper and stronger the S10.3 (10", 200W) played. And both of my buddies still have - and enjoy - their S10.3s.

If the new units are as good as the old ones were, it should make a good introduction to the HT experience.
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