I want to start by saying that I don't really know anything, but I would like to think that I do my homework. I typically spend several hours scouring the internet and these forums reading information.
My room is about 14' x 18' and is not fully enclosed. It has a corner that opens to a stairway and is open to about 60% of the rest of the house.
I am looking to spend $1k or less, but would be willing to increase that slightly if it meant a significant bump in performance/value.
All of our listening is home theater.
I live in Montana, so shipping is a factor.
I am open to dual configurations (note that my AVR only has 1 sub output, so I would need to Y it, not sure if that is an issue).
I would rather get a powered sub. I don't want to mess with having a separate amp sitting around unless it provides a significant bump in value.
I tend to look for value more than anything else.
I pulled up some configurations that are in this price range based on the conversations I have been reading:
2 x Outlaw Audio LFM-1 Plus
1 x Epik Empire
2 x Epik Legend
1 x HSU ULS-15 in Satin Black
1 x HSU VTF-15 H
1 x HSU VTF-3 MK4
2 x HSU VTF-2 MK4
The price of the single HSU VTF-3 MK4 is attractive, but will I be unhappy with it? Is it worth the $250 bump to look at some of the dual setups? Or the single Epik Empire? Are the two that run about $1,165 a much better option? My other speakers are DefTech Mythos. Should I be looking for a DefTech sub?
Is there a ridiculous sale somewhere I should look at? Since I don't know much, I feel like I am wandering blind when browsing Audiogon. I don't know what is a good deal or what I should be interested in.