I've searched and searched and if I had a $600 sub budget I know which sub I'd get. But with a limited overall $1150 budget (max; includes speakers and receiver), I can't decide. Or rather, I can decide, but I don't know if it's a good decision. This is my first complete true home theater setup, so I am operating without prior experience. My baseline is a cheap HTiB that my wife had from years ago. Here's where my money is going (nothing owned at this point except for the TV):
TV: Sony KDS-55A3000 (Already own)
Front: Cambridge Audio S30
Center: Cambridge Audio S50
Rear: Cambridge Audio S20
Receiver: Onkyo TX-NR509
List of subs I am considering based on reviews and budget:Energy 10.3 - Inclined to go with this one.
Klipsch Reference RW-12d (Did the price on this just jump to the $450-$500 range!?
HSU Research STF-1
Premier Acoustic PA-120
My wife and I are about 70% TV/Movies and 30% Music. So, I would prefer something that works well in both scenarios. Our room size is where I think my budget is probably not enough — it's a living room that has no separation from the kitchen, except for a bar counter. The main room has a few angles as you can see in the crudely drawn sketch below. The ceiling starts out at 12-feet on the right side of the image and slopes to 8-feet. Not taking into account the angles of the room, the rectangular listening area is about 17-feet wide and 22-feet long (doesn't include the kitchen).
It seems that based on my research, the subs listed above probably won't fill the room. With that said, will any of them work for both music and home theater? Will I be wasting my money if I get the Energy 10.3 for a space this big?
I know that if I save a few more months I can get something better, but I've been saving and our budget already has future months earmarked for other purchases. I have to draw my budget line somewhere. :-)