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I'm looking to add a subwoofer for a system in my new apartment that will be used mostly for music (70% music, 30% TV/movies). Music is mostly hard rock/metal so I want something tight and punchy. Accuracy and impact is a bit more important than low end extension in this situation.

Room is 12x15ft, no special high ceilings. Will be used with a Jamo S606 system and a Denon AVR-1712 with MultEQ XT.

In this price range (less than $250) I've found that people generally recommend the Energy s10.3 and the Bic F-12, with the Energy being more favored for musical accuracy. I've also read that multiple subs is almost always better than one.

So in my situation, would you recommend a single Energy S10.3 or a pair of Dayton SUB1000's? Or anything you think would be even better for my goals within the given budget?
(I'd really like to stay at $250 or less. I know it's so easy to say "if you just spend xx more, you can get ________ " but this is just for a year or two until we move into somewhere where we won't have to worry quite as much about neighbors and can move up to an Epik, Hsu, SVS, etc.)

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Give your circumstances I'd opt for the Energy myself. I'd rather have one musical sub to put in a small room then two sloppy ones.

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So the Daytons are sloppy? Too bad. Guess we'll go with the Energy then!
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If you're very tight on cash then it might be alright, but you have the option to go with something a littler better so you really should. The fact you plan on using it almost 3/4's of the time for music makes a precise sub all the more important.

The SUB-1000 cost $99. For that you get a driver, amp, cabinet plus all the ancillary items; paint, feet, grill, damping material, etc. PE has to make some profit too, so figure all those things combined probably cost them $50, not a lot of money for all that stuff. They have to cut corners someplace.

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In that small room the Energy will last longer than your ears will! I have the energy in my living room (20 x14 with right side open to a kitchen twice the size) and it produces more than enough bass for movies and music. I have an SVS 25-31 Plus tube sub in my theater to show you I do know what a good sub is;)
I cannot hesitate on recommending the Energy for you.

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