Originally Posted by humbland
The area is open to two rooms, kitchen and dining, so I know I can not get good pressurization. This is for background listening, so I'm not worried about nodes. The budget is as cheap as possible, and still work; But no more than $200. A good 8" or compact 12' is what I had in mind.s
I hate questions like this as I've found folks are wanting $2,000.00 worth of output in a $200.00 form factor. There's nothing wrong with doing this but it's a hard ideal to replicate.
There are two kinds of subwoofers, sealed and vented or ported. Ported for large rooms that open into other rooms and sealed for small rooms that benefit from room gain.
(if you know the above, my apologies for being so basic)
If you're expecting the subwoofer to have musical authority, you're setting yourself up for fail as you've limited yourself with your specifications. But if realistically, one understands they've intentionally limited themselves and are willing to live within the restrictions of the inherent limitations, then, for it's size, something like a Dayton, Sub 1200
would work but it's frequency limited.
And as one goes up the ladder of desirable features, cost goes up as well until you're at something like a SVS, SB-1000
(13"x13"x13" which is a small form factor) that runs $500.00. If one is willing to deal with a larger size, the ported, PB-1000
would be a better choice for your listening venue but it's larger and at $500.00, also above your stated budget of $200.00.
It all depends on how much one values their music, how many Benjamins they have to throw at the problem and what kind of limitations they're willing to live with.