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Looking to setup a 2.1 system for my ~3500 ft3 room. I already have the speakers that have decent bass but i am looking to upgrade and add a subwoofer for around $500 range. Any recommendations would be appreciated

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Looking to setup a 2.1 system for my ~3500 ft3 room. I already have the speakers that have decent bass but i am looking to upgrade and add a subwoofer for around $500 range. Any recommendations would be appreciated

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That's a fairly large room. Not sure about $500, but closer to ~$600, and assuming that your floor is on joists (which means you should get some "floor effect"), I suggest:
- Epik Legend
- Rythmik FV12
- Outlaw LFM-1 Plus
- SSA Rumba 12

If your floor is concrete, you may want to consider something bigger / more powerful - but, unfortunately, more expensive - such as, say, an SVS PB12-NSD (or two ).

Just my 2¢...
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I hadn't heard of the rumba sub, looks very impressive.
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Yea I spoke with rhythmik today and he suggested to go with fv15.. but that's way out of my budget...I am going to have to stick to 500-600... Hunt is still on..
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I am going to have to stick to 500-600...

Dual Energy S10.3 subs, frequently on sale @ ~$200/ea.
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You might be able to get a pair of Cadence CSX 12IIs for that budget. They seem to be open to some discounts for forum dwellers

They don't have a lot of output below about 25hz but they pack a nice punch in the mid bass and would really help fill that space.

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Good suggestions..I am just thinking out loud: why don't I pick up a 12" 350-400 W sub from best buy , test it in my room and how it fills up the room...then return that and buy one of the good ID brand like hsu, epik rhythmik etc...I have a feeling I might be okay with a good 12" sub with good accuracy and tight bass without all the boominess....also I actually measured the room it's about 2800 ft3
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Good suggestions..I am just thinking out loud: why don't I pick up a 12" 350-400 W sub from best buy , test it in my room and how it fills up the room...then return that and buy one of the good ID brand like hsu, epik rhythmik etc...I have a feeling I might be okay with a good 12" sub with good accuracy and tight bass without all the boominess....also I actually measured the room it's about 2800 ft3

The number of watts isn't very meaningful by itself. Without knowing the efficiency of the driver it really means little, just a number to impress the consumer. The subs suggested are good, but not aware of what BB sells in the $500 range but it won't compare well to the ID subs. I like the dual opposed driver setup of the Epik personally, just that much more air being moved and with some difference in location to help smooth out response (I have an Empire from Epik).

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Good suggestions..I am just thinking out loud: why don't I pick up a 12" 350-400 W sub from best buy , test it in my room and how it fills up the room...then return that and buy one of the good ID brand like hsu, epik rhythmik etc...I have a feeling I might be okay with a good 12" sub with good accuracy and tight bass without all the boominess....also I actually measured the room it's about 2800 ft3

If you do a search you will find owners who upgraded from the subs they sell to ID noticed the bass was tighter and deeper now that does not mean those department store subs are bad just not in the same league as ID.
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It is a lie that every subwoofer sold Internet-Direct is great and every sub sold at a brick-and-mortar location sucks.

I've owned an ID-brand sub that was sloppy and muddled, compared to a B&M sub in the same performance class that cost the same amount. I'll admit that BB isn't the place to go for good prices generally, but don't assume that if it can be bought at a store, then it's worse than what could be bought from an ID brand.

This game isn't so cut-and-dried as some of the devotees here would have you believe. Definitely go with your plan to audition a variety of subs. You have a little time and money to lose and an informed perspective to gain.

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I understand that not all the b&m stores have bad subs....since there is no way to compares he ID subs without paying for the return shipping I think that is the route I might go...test out a few big brand subs with similar specs and look for that in ID market
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