So my conundrum... Have a large room which is the primary living area. Wide and high -- and probably acoustically horrible, since marble floors (there will be an area rug). Room is about 5400 cu ft and has openings to the dining room in back and a pass through to the kitchen as well as open hallways.
As it is the main living area WAF is important, and large box subs won't work. Additionally, while I should be having tower speakers, because they would have to be about 10ft apart (ent ctr 8 ft wide base cabinets), and the listening area is about 6-8 feet, am not sure that towers will be a good solution, where is book shelfs will be able to place on the base cabinet and therefore closer together.
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Listening habits are probably 80% Music (Classic/New Rock, Jazz) and 20% TV/Movies. And not at reference level. I want the extension to here the bass guitar and kick drum, but don't necessarily feel the need to have the room pressureized -- feel the kick drum in my chest or make the room shake when a rocket launches.
So basically am looking for the best sub in a small package (probably 14" cube largest) that will give me clear, tight, musical bass, enough output to satisfy me musically, will sound decent for movies.
Would try to keep the spend ideally around $500, but it it was an exponential (instead of incremental difference), probably could justify 8.
My thoughts based on reading hear:
SVS SB12-NSD / $649.00 - Closed, small cabinet, Piano Black problably helps the WAF. Top end of the size spectrum, is a single one enough to give me what I describe above in the room.
Rythmic F12 - Larger than I want and more $$ as well -- probably out of the running, unless this is the one option that gets the job done.
Def Tech Supercube ii -- Small package, on sale ($399 I think) -- could possibly justify 2 based on the size and price point. Realize that these generally get bashed here, and don't fulfill the specs. Not sure how 2 of these would compare to a single SVS or Rythmic
Hsu / Outlaw / Epik -- Seems like the SVS would be a better choice given the size/music constraints that I am looking for -- although appreciate the suggestion.
I realize that my limitations on size factor in this big a room, prevent a "true" pressurized subwoofer experience. Given the limitations, am trying to find the best choice.
Current equipment: Denon 2112ci, Polk 5 jrs (front), Polk CsiA4 (Ctr on order), Polk Rci60 in ceiling (surround). Looking at replacing the front soundstage at some point in the future -- currently considering PSB Image B6 and Aperion Versus Grand Bookshelf.