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post #1 of 4 Old 08-02-2012, 08:37 AM - Thread Starter
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Need some kind help on subwoofer as I'm quite a newbie to hifi. Previously on an entry-level onkyo HTIB S3200, and upgraded to my current set in May/Jun 2012.

Must say that I am already enjoying much much more as compared to my previous HTIB set. But was thinking of getting a better sub to better suit my current HT setup, but not too sure what to get.

Well based on room size, I know may need a bigger budget, but I guess I have to compromise. Can advise the best sub for the budget of USD$600?

Below are some details of my setup and listening preferences:

- Listening preference: Bluray music concerts/Movies/CD music = 50%/40%/10%.
- Room size: 19.7ft x 13.1ft x 8.5ft, but listening area is 13.1ft (L) x 13.1ft (W)
- Current HTS setup: Yamaha RX-V1900, Infinity Primus PC351 centre, Polk Audio TSI200 fronts, Cambridge audio S20 rears, Infinity Primus PS-8 SW.

Thanks!

Below is an illustration of my living room layout: (ll - denotes wall, x - denotes empty space - have to use xxxx as the website do not allow blank spaces...... )

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Room size is approx. 20' x 13' x 8.5 = ~2,210 cu.ft.

Questions:
- Where do you live (this may impact selection and shipping costs).
- How flexible is your budget?

The SVS PB10-NSD is a great sub. If you can find a gently-used one for a good price, it's definitely worth considering.

The Emotiva X-Ref 10 is a good music sub, but it doesn't dig very deep.

If you live in the continental USA and can afford to stretch your budget to $649 (incl. shipping), that'll get you the SVS SB12-NSD, a very well-rated sub.
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Room size is approx. 20' x 13' x 8.5 = ~2,210 cu.ft.
Questions:
- Where do you live (this may impact selection and shipping costs).
- How flexible is your budget?

Im in Singapore. Budget is kinda fixed as I've already spent quite a bit on this set, upgraded from a off-the-shelf satellite cheap onkyo set. So far all the components I bought are all used sets from fellow hobbyists.
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Room size is approx. 20' x 13' x 8.5 = ~2,210 cu.ft.
The SVS PB10-NSD is a great sub. If you can find a gently-used one for a good price, it's definitely worth considering.
The Emotiva X-Ref 10 is a good music sub, but it doesn't dig very deep.
If you live in the continental USA and can afford to stretch your budget to $649 (incl. shipping), that'll get you the SVS SB12-NSD, a very well-rated sub.

I was reading and it seems some choices that suits my listening and budget are: SVS SB12, SVS PB10. HSU VTF-1, Xref 10, MJ acoustics Pro50 MkII, any M&K 10" sub, sunfire 10" subs.

Do u know which will be the most suitable choice out of the lot? considering listening preferences and room size.
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