I have been in the market for a new subwoofer for a while and have been doing quite a bit of research trying to make a decision and have been slowly compiling and narrowing down a list.
The upper end of my budget is about $800. I am looking for an articulate, tight sub for music that still has good output and such that can provide the tactile and visceral sensations needed to make it suitable for home theatre. Music may have a very slight edge over home theater in terms of importance to me.
It would be paired with my Paradigm Studio 60 v5's and would be replacing a very entry level Klipsch KW-100 sub.
Will be used for about 50% music, 50% home theater
At some point I would consider going duals, but it probably won't be for quite a while because I also need to upgrade receivers and add a center channel.
The room it will be used in will be changing in the next few weeks as I am changing duty stations and do not have a house picked out yet at the new place. Additionally, I will be moving yet again in another 7-8 months, so the room is a very fluid situation at this point in time.
I would just wait until I move in the next couple weeks to make a decision (and still may), but a few things may move the time table up. I would be able to pick up the Rythmik sub on my drive to my new duty station and avoid shipping costs and I also just received an e-mail from Outlaw saying they are running a special on the LFM 1 EX until Jan 30th for $549 including shipping.
The all inclusive costs for the three subs for me after discounts would be:
-Rythmik F15: $810
-SVS PB12 NSD: $730
-Outlaw LFM 1 EX: $549
-I've considered the HSU VTF3 Mk4 but with the sale the Outlaw just seems like the better value given their similarity.
-I also think that I have crossed Epik off the list because I don't like the idea of how hot the amp runs and have heard a number of people say that their subs are more oriented around output than SQ.
-I've also taken Elemental Designs off the list because I've similarly heard they place an emphasis on output over SQ and I'm not a huge fan of their aesthetics.
I would probably have the chance to audition the Rythmik F15 before I bought it, but I'm not positive if I'll be able to do that before the sale on the Outlaw ends. I am probably leaning slightly towards the Rythmik F15, however, I don't know if it would be solid enough in home theater. The Outlaw seems like the best value, but I don't know if I would be compromising SQ and then the SVS PB 12 sits somewhere in the middle.
Thanks for reading my long winded post and any thoughts, opinions and recommendations would be greatly appreciated!