I hate deciding! 2 smaller subs vs 1 bigger sub help. - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 07-07-2012, 10:40 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
hogues's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 623
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 22
Hello, everybody. I;m just about to start my basement/HT project and I'm looking to decide on what subs I want. I'm pretty sure that I will be matching these with three sho-10's and 2 or 4 mirage OMD5's. I may just go with all sho's, but size is a factor. I am debating between numerous sub choices. First off,

1. My budget: I would like to stay around the 2k range. I live in Chicago, so Epic, JTR and Seaton would all be pickup options and save me on delivery charges.

2. Size requirements/limits. Size isn't that important, but I don't really want something really out of place in my room. Let's just say it is lover down on the list, but still on it.

3. Room dimensions. The total cubic feet for my space is about 2300. The room is rectangular with the tv against one of the smaller walls. The only trick is that for the first 8 feet the width is 11 ft. After that it opens up to 14 ft because of a "hallway" type area. My listening position will be between 10 -13 foot range, so in the 14 ft area.

4. Primary uses. I would say 60%tv/sports, 35% movies and 5% gaming/music. This is primarily a HT, I listen to music elsewhere. I actually plan to have the movie use go up with this room.

5. Listening habits. I like to listen to TV shows at a lover level and Movies and Sports at near reference levels.

6. Appearance requirements. This is sort of the same as #2. It's not high on the list, but still on it. I don't want something very ugly but I don't really care that much. I think that all of the subs that I'm looking at are fine.

7. Timeframe. Hopefully in about a month.

After going through the shootout and GTG threads (as well as individual suggestion threads) I am a bit overwhelmed. From what I've read, it seems like dual subs are the way to go, but I'm not 100% sure. The dual subs that I'm looking at are:

1. CHT SS-18.1 Dual Pack

2. CHT VS-18.1 Dual Pack (too much for my space?)

3. Hsu VT-15 H dual pack (I currently have the HSU STF-2)

4. Epic Empire Dual Pack

As for single subs:

A JTR Captivator 1000 or even a Captivator

A Seaton Subversive or a subversive HP

As of right now, I'm leaning towards the Epics or CHT ss-18's. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

hogues is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 07-07-2012, 11:16 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Jay1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: AZ
Posts: 3,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 102
I agree with the direction you're considering. You room is pretty small, and you will get a nice lift down low. The Epik does have a 20hz HPF, which will limit it. The chase could be a really good option, I highly recommend adding an EQ as well.

http://www.minidsp.com/onlinestore/detail/15-minidsp-in-a-box/flypage/62-minidsp-2x4-reva?sef=hcfp
Jay1 is online now  
post #3 of 9 Old 07-07-2012, 11:20 AM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
hogues's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 623
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 22
Thanks! I forgot to add that I already have a Denon 4311i. One thing in the chase's corner is that I could go with the packages that they have.

hogues is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 07-07-2012, 11:21 AM
 
Auditor55's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Silicon Valley, CA.
Posts: 8,795
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 20
Duals. Dual VTF-15's would work good, save some of the 2K in your budget. Scrath off a single sub of anyone them from your list, unless you want a trophy. Oh, BTW, I wouldn't classify dual VTF-15's as small subs.
Auditor55 is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 07-07-2012, 11:48 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
cel4145's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 11,246
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 55 Post(s)
Liked: 643
With the Denon 4311, you are set to go for EQ. Dual SS 18.1s with the Dayton amp should be plenty for your room smile.gif

cel4145 is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 07-07-2012, 12:09 PM
AVS Special Member
 
eljaycanuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 5,089
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
Liked: 471
I've heard ChaseHT SS-18.1s in my ~3,375 cu.ft. basement HT space and in my buddy's ~2,025 cu.ft. basement HT space and I'm confident that they will kick serious @ss in your 2,300 cu.ft. room! smile.gif

That being said, duals of any of those subs should prove very satisfying. cool.gif
eljaycanuck is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 07-07-2012, 02:42 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
hogues's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 623
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 22
[quote name="Auditor55" url="/t/1419151/i-hate-deciding-2-smaller-subs-vs-1-bigger-sub-help#post_22198411". Oh, BTW, I wouldn't classify dual VTF-15's as small subs.[/quote]

Ha, no, neither would I. I guess I was referring to the price more than anything. Thanks fro the input, everyone.

hogues is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 07-07-2012, 06:16 PM
Senior Member
 
erhurd's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: San Diego County, southern California, USA, Planet Earth
Posts: 452
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16 Post(s)
Liked: 33
Looking forward to seeing photos of your project as it progresses to completion.

BTW I agree with the idea of dual subs; I am using a pair of M&K Sound subs in my HT. The addition of the second sub will really contribute much to smoothing out your low frequency room response. You will be more than satisfied with the results.

Edwin R. Hurd
AVS Forums Lurker-In-Training!

My Tight-space A/V Setup
erhurd is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 07-07-2012, 07:47 PM - Thread Starter
AVS Club Gold
 
hogues's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 623
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 22
Dual subs it is! Thanks for all of the feedback, it really helped.

hogues is offline  
Reply Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off