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Join Date: Sep 2003
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I have a new array of DefTech ProMonitor 1000s as L/R and surrounds, with a ProCenter 2000. Also a pair of old Cambridge Soundworks Ambiance as rear surrounds, due to be replaced. A Pioneer VSX-1021 is the AVR
I'm very happy with the sound of this system in my small room -- 13x15, acoustically deadish with wall-to-wall carpeting and lots of upholstered furniture, with a 9 foot ceiling. The back of the room is completely open to the main living room, which is 13x25. The space is set up for two or three people, who are only 6 to 8 feet from the front speakers. The open back does remove back-wall reflection as reinforcement, however, so I tend to have to push the amps a little harder than you might expect in a space that small. OTOH, we're sitting close to the speakers.
The sub is my old Cambridge Soundworks BassCube 15, which is sort of the opposite of what I want: it shakes the house and everything in it, but it's not particularly tight or punchy. It's too big for the space, and it limits placement options.
I listen to a lot of music, including hi-rez music from BD, DACD, and DVD-A. Everything from jazz, classical, and folk to progressive rock.
The system is of course also used a lot for movies and TV, and I do like my action movies on BD, but I don't need those ultimate few Hz all the way at the bottom.
I'm looking for a sub that is:
-small enough that I can experiment with placement;
-very accurate for music -- this is the most important factor;
-appropriate for use with a crossover of 80Hz;
-fine for LFE, but earthshaking is not required;
-under $500. As far under as is reasonable.
All recommendations and discussion greatly appreciated!
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