Jim & others, thanks for this thread. I've learned a lot reading through it.
My 13-year-old 8" Kenwood HTiB sub bit the dust, so it's time to get a new sub (I'm distraught, as you might imagine). Budget is $200 - $300, but the less I spend on the sub, the more I'll have to replace the corresponding HTib LCR speakers shortly (probably used Klipsch). I'm set at surround (4 in-ceiling Klipsch).
My challenge is that I have a huge volume to fill - about 15,000 cubic feet. I know I won't get spectacular results in my price range, so I'm willing to make some compromises. Use is 99% TV/movies - I'm willing to sacrifice musical performance. Size of cabinet(s) isn't a problem. Cabinet finish (beauty) isn't a problem either. Slight preference for downward firing to protect against kids. Near-field positioning probably isn't an option with current family room layout, but all of the seating is within 15 feet of the tv/sub location.
My current list of options (prices are current sales w/ shipping):
- single Velodyne VX-11 ($170) - good reputation, looks like a great sale price, could add a second down the road and still be ok budget-wise. Only 10".
- single BIC F12 ($201) - 12" driver and still leaves plenty of cash to replace the front speakers.
- dual Dayton SUB-1200 ($225) - I'm thinking this will get the most SPL's. Dual 12" are sexy, right?
- single Acoustic Audio Cinema CS-PS15-B ($230) - 15" might be sloppy, but acceptable for HT use.
- single Klipsch RW-12D ($300) - matches the rest of my system (and 12" driver), so this is attractive. Might be able to find for $250 or so if I wait a bit.
- single HSU STF-1 ($335) - only 8", but good reputation.
My concern is that the options at the top of my budget aren't going to fill my cavernous space any better than the others, so are they worth it?
Thanks for any comments or further recommendations.