Originally Posted by gotbuck
I know everyone loves reading the what sub should i get posts. Sorry to clog up the forum with yet another one. But I've been researching til I'm blue in the face and just can't decide/need help. Primary usage is TV/Movies and some video games. Very little music - that takes place on my 2-channel Monitor Audio BX2's upstairs (plug for MA - just got them and LOVE them).
Here are the details on my current set-up.
Room Size: 20' x 18' (not enclosed)
Speakers: L/R - KEF Q300
C - KEF Q200
SL/SR - Boston Accoustic HSi 460 (in-ceiling)
Sub: Polk PSW10
AVR: Denon X2000
Sub placement is in the front corner of the room next to a built in media center. My price point ranges anywhere from say $100 - $500. I don't necessarily want to go to 2 subwoofers either (WAF). Spending the extra money to go to the high end of my range doesn't bother me, but quite honestly the more I look, the murkier the return on investment looks in that price tier over say a good $200 sub.
I've been looking at the Dayton's, the BIC F12 / PL200, Klipsch 12", and others. So the questions I have are as follows:
1) What is the best sub for the room size to pair with those speakers?
2) If I up-spend to the $500 range am I really going to get a better sub given my usage?
Thanks in advance.
You give room size as "20' x 18' (not enclosed)"
so 2 things there-
Ceiling height matters- your actual cubic volume could be 2520, 2880, 3240, or 3600 cu feet with 7, 8, 9, or 10 foot ceilings.
And the "not enclosed" is a pretty huge deal... if it's largely open to other areas then the cubic footage of those areas counts too as far as pressurizing the air.
As to expensive subs being "worth it", for your application I think the only "expensive" sub that MIGHT be worth it would be the SVS PB1000... it's the cheapest good sub I know that will actually go down into the 20Hz area and sound good...and it's $499.
the good news is, you get a 45 day risk free in home trial, and if you don't like it they pay for you to ship it back and give you a full refund.
Given your primary use for movies and some gaming I think it's worth you trying it out
(though personally for the size of the space I think it might be too little to have massive impact... I've got a PB2000, the next step up at $799, and it's amazing
in an 1800 cubic foot closed spaced, but was barely noticeably better than a Dayton 1200 in a space 5 times that size - still for a no-risk trial it's worth a shot)
If you decide it's not doing it for you you can always send it back and just get a nice Dayton 1500 for $184 and call it a day...