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post #3541 of 3551 Old 03-31-2017, 04:33 PM
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I'm coming from an Energy 8" sub (from the Take Classic 5.1) and trying to stay at $200 and looking at the Polk PSW505 and the BIC f12. I just got the Sony Core bookshelfs and center. Need to go with Amazon for shipping reasons. Any opinions or other options I should look at?
Here's a list I compiled recently of subs I have seen recommended at various price points:

Monoprice 9723 - $100
Dayton Audio SUB - 1200 - $150
Dayton Audio SUB - 1500 - $200
BIC America F12 - $200
Emotiva BasX S8 - $200
BIC America H-100II - $250
Emotiva BasX S10 - $300
Emotiva BasX S12 - $400
RSL Speedwoofer 10S - $400
SVS SB12-NSD - $400 (discontinued, a few new ones left on Amazon/Ebay)
SVS PB-1000 - $500
HSU VTF-2 MK5 - $600 (with shipping)

The only one on this list I've actually listened to is the SVS SB12-NSD (which I believe is the best value at its price point - sales price before being discontinued was around $650), so don't take this list to mean that I have extensive knowledge of the capabilities of each of these subs.

Some of these were based on the following article from Wirecutter:

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-budget-subwoofer/

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^Klipsch R-115SW has been around $400 occasionally at Fry's. Best value in that price range
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I just moved and my HT room size dramatically increased to 7000 ft^3. I have the AJ pioneer 5.1 and suspect everything will be fine except for the sub. I need a new sub setup for sure. My budget is not big, I prefer value and thus the pioneers. I'm drawn towards dual budget subs to both better fill the space as well as looking awesome. I'm wondering if two $100 budget subs like the 9723 can get me there or if I'll be forced into a higher budget. If I can't get there on 9723 then I'm confused about the step up. Pair of Dayton 1000 would be more money and smaller diameter. That's better?
Polk's and Yamahas can be found for similar price but they don't seem any better than the Dayton or Monoprice. Any advice?
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I just moved and my HT room size dramatically increased to 7000 ft^3. I have the AJ pioneer 5.1 and suspect everything will be fine except for the sub. I need a new sub setup for sure. My budget is not big, I prefer value and thus the pioneers. I'm drawn towards dual budget subs to both better fill the space as well as looking awesome. I'm wondering if two $100 budget subs like the 9723 can get me there or if I'll be forced into a higher budget. If I can't get there on 9723 then I'm confused about the step up. Pair of Dayton 1000 would be more money and smaller diameter. That's better?
Polk's and Yamahas can be found for similar price but they don't seem any better than the Dayton or Monoprice. Any advice?
I used to have an 8" Polk sub that I got used for cheap. Considering what I paid, it wasn't terrible. For the money though, either the Monoprice or Dayton options are probably better. For that much room, though, you might want to get a single better sub for now and then save for a matching second sub later.

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I just moved and my HT room size dramatically increased to 7000 ft^3. I have the AJ pioneer 5.1 and suspect everything will be fine except for the sub. I need a new sub setup for sure. My budget is not big, I prefer value and thus the pioneers. I'm drawn towards dual budget subs to both better fill the space as well as looking awesome. I'm wondering if two $100 budget subs like the 9723 can get me there or if I'll be forced into a higher budget. If I can't get there on 9723 then I'm confused about the step up. Pair of Dayton 1000 would be more money and smaller diameter. That's better?
Polk's and Yamahas can be found for similar price but they don't seem any better than the Dayton or Monoprice. Any advice?


I would try and go with something like the Dayton SUB-1500, it will have far superior output compared to the smaller options, and even beat out the dual sub setups you are considering. Two subs really only serve to even out the frequency response in your room, the output increase is minimal.

As said above though, you will probably want at least 2 of those SUB-1500 for such a big space. Perhaps consider placing them near your seating location so you can have a more enjoyable experience.


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I just moved and my HT room size dramatically increased to 7000 ft^3. I have the AJ pioneer 5.1 and suspect everything will be fine except for the sub. I need a new sub setup for sure. My budget is not big, I prefer value and thus the pioneers. I'm drawn towards dual budget subs to both better fill the space as well as looking awesome. I'm wondering if two $100 budget subs like the 9723 can get me there or if I'll be forced into a higher budget.
Large space = large sub(s) I'm afraid, unless you're sitting right on top of them. It might be better to spend your money on the best sub you can get now, and then save toward another of the same kind for a future purchase.

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I didn't want to do it but based on your responses I will increase my budget and get one sub. At $400 this puts me in the RSL Speedwoofer 10S territory. Can a well sorted 10" perform better in a large room than say a 15" Dayton? And is there a reason the RSL is preferred over the HSU VT1?
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I didn't want to do it but based on your responses I will increase my budget and get one sub. At $400 this puts me in the RSL Speedwoofer 10S territory. Can a well sorted 10" perform better in a large room than say a 15" Dayton? And is there a reason the RSL is preferred over the HSU VT1?
Get 2 of these.

http://www.buydig.com/mobile/product.aspx?sku=klpsub12hg
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I didn't want to do it but based on your responses I will increase my budget and get one sub. At $400 this puts me in the RSL Speedwoofer 10S territory. Can a well sorted 10" perform better in a large room than say a 15" Dayton? And is there a reason the RSL is preferred over the HSU VT1?
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I didn't want to do it but based on your responses I will increase my budget and get one sub. At $400 this puts me in the RSL Speedwoofer 10S territory. Can a well sorted 10" perform better in a large room than say a 15" Dayton? And is there a reason the RSL is preferred over the HSU VT1?
From an output perspective it's likely the Dayton would have the edge, but for SQ the RSL and Hsu would be the better option. Not sure which item is more important for you.

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RSL is a Mighty Mouse small footprint sub; and yes free ship & return if not satisfied within 30 days; good luck
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