Great forum and thread.
I recently upgraded my HTIB system to the following components:
Yamaha rx-a710 receiver
2 EMP Tek E55Ti fronts
EMP Tek E56Ci center
2 EMP Tek E55wi surrounds
I plan to run a 5.1 setup (for now ...), with the additional two amp channels powering a set of outdoor speakers.
Great room is 20x15x18 (5400 cubic feet), and most of the right side of the room is open to a kitchen (first floor only) and foyer (first and second floors). So it's a large space to fill.
Since the HTIB sub will be moving to the basement along with the rest of my old system, I had planned to buy a ~$200 "stop-gap" sub like the Energy S10.3 or Bic F12 to go with the EMPs for now and upgrade later.
After reading this thread, however, it seems I might be better served simply to run my new system without a sub for now, and save my money until I can convince the wife to let me spend a few more bucks on something better.
Realistically, what subs should I be looking at? I'm guessing nothing in the "budget" range? Would something in the $500-600 range work? (e.g., Outlaw LFM-1, Epik Legend, HSU VTF-2 MK 4) What about the Klipsch RW-12D (cheaper if it goes back on sale)? Or should I be looking for something even larger? Will I need at least 2 subs to fill the space?
FYI, I don't need a sub that will shake my entire house or disrupt my neighbor's pacemaker, but I would prefer to have a "robust" sub to compliment my setup. (I specifically decided not to go with the EMP Tek subs because, according to the specs and reviews, they only go down to 30 hz.)
Any suggestions or thoughts?
Edited to note that this system will be used approximately 50% for casual television/sports viewing, 25% music and 25% movies.