I am slowly narrowing down the options here. After much thought and calculation I can put down up to $1200 dollars solid on a subwoofer, and not
a penny more. That includes S & H and all that jazz. Part of me cant believe I'm willing to spend such amount, which is kinda weird if you think about it hard enough... but I digress.My main concern now is when the choosing, purchasing, and receiving finally occurs that I won't know what to do with a subwoofer sans plug it in. This is partly because I have never owned nor purchased a separate subwoofer before, since usually the Hi-fi speakers would come with one.
The more I read up about subwoofers so I can understand instead of just grasp, the more frazzled my brain becomes, it just doesn't want to understand. Probably because a lot of math seems to be involved and shown. Scary. ._.
With that said, I'm now thinking Room EQ as a huge plus. I don't want to make this...investment useless. A plan B would be nice ( or is it C). >_>
This is of course presuming that the Yamaha YSP-5100 can't do it with some subwoofers too. (Ugh.)
I have to also mention some things based off of some PMs.
If I had the extensive cash wiggle room, I would drop it on a Paradigm subwoofer bar none. I suppose I now, before I even choose my first subwoofer have something to look forward to. It's a pity its so extremely hard to find a price to even ball park the prices for the subwoofers they sell. Fortunately I'm pretty good with a search engine, and was able to find this
to ball park an idea.
The D15 Direct Servo subwoofer from Rythmik ( their only downfireing sub) is also very impressive if it really as quick as the marketing would lead one to believe, and if true I might -maybe- just get this, though I'm concerned it might be overkill for my room size. It's a pity that its priced at the very tippy top of what I have set...but so be it.
My choices are constantly evolving with every bit of information I can gather. A read here and a video there.
Looking at Velodyne's full inventory (instead of just the "small room" selection), I have found the Optimum-8 which according to Crutchfield is (Now?) Discontinued. It's not downfireing, but its $699 (down from $999) has EQ (and abunch of other specs.). The thing is...this sucker is really big and sucks up a ton of juice. I'm not sure where I would put it.
Originally Posted by capecodorthopod
The Yamaha wireless sub module can be plugged into the LFE input of the sub.
I don't think you can go wrong with either the SVS PC12-NSD or Epik Legend for this application. I would still favor the Legend since you'll be crossing over above 100 hz so the sub will be playing some "localizable" frequencies. The dual drivers on opposite sides will probably prove harder to localize than a single downfiring driver. It was for me.
That leaves the two mentioned contenders unless someone can put in 2 cents, press start, and select a better subwoofer for the price and need.
One has dual speakers and is pretty big so I'm not sure where I'm going to put it, but is currently going for $499 Introductory price. Plus shipping bumps it up to $550+.
The other is a differentish ( It has to be a word! I just made it up! XD) speaker that I'll be able to put pretty much anywhere. It costs $749 but costs about $795 after everything goes through.
And this is why I do my best to stay away from candy stores of wide selections. /fatass :P