Hi all --
When I began my theater project over 2 years ago, NEVER did I think a SUBWOOFER was going to be such an integral, tough-to-select part of my theater! Now that I'm almost finished, though, researching this topic has both shocked, and overwhelmed me.
I have tried to read some information, but my head is spinning. I see lots of folks asking "which sub should I get" questions, but I'd like some specific advice for my setup.
Here is a drawing of my room, with dimensions:
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I will answer the questions in the "please read before posting" subwoofer thread...1. My budget?
AS LOW AS POSSIBLE, but definitely $250 or under2. Size requirement?
I can fit a sub up to roughly 18" wide, high, and deep.3. Room dimensions?
The theater portion of this space (which excludes the hallway and closets external to the main room) is roughly 255 sq. ft. -- and roughly 2000 cu. ft.4. Primary uses?
90% Theater (of which 75% will be sports viewing, and 25% movie viewing), 8% Wii, 2% Music5. Listening habits?
NO NEED to bring the house down. I'd simply like to have a "movie theater-like" experience, able to enjoy all the LFE effects included in the soundtrack.6. Appearance requirements?
Basically none7. Time frame?
Probably anytime from now to about 6 weeks from now (when the theater should be finished).
Bottom line, I've never had a sub before; I have a 5.0 setup in my living room, using an old Pioneer Dolby Pro-Logic receiver which -- until my wife forced me to get bookshelves
-- was powering speakers which included 2 Pioneer front floor speakers with 12" woofers. Those 12" woofers on my L and R fronts are all the bass I'm used to (and obviously, I get even less, now, with the bookshelf fronts).
Anyway, I am way over budget on this project, and unfortunately need to do this as cheaply as possible -- BUT, I don't want a piece of junk. I'd like the best possible sub for my situation, able to reproduce the best, most accurate low frequency movie effects, at the absolute lowest possible price
. I would consider used, refurbished, closeout -- anything to get me there (except DIY -- I don't want to tackle that as I don't have the time to research it to the level I'd need to feel comforable). I don't care about blowing my windows out and waking up the neighbors; as a matter of fact, my room does not have the best sound isolation to begin with, so many times I won't be playing at high volume levels anyway. I simply want to enjoy a "theater-like" atmosphere when watching Blu-Ray/DVD movies, able to fully enjoy the soundtracks.
My other speakers will, 90% sure, be Fluance AVHTB+ speakers (unless someone suggests a better 7.0 setup, used or otherwise, at the same price)
All of these speakers will be powered by a Pioneer Elite VSX-21TXH.
I'm not sure yet on a Blu-Ray player (I'd take suggestions on a decent budget Blu-Ray player, too!
I will be using a Mitsubishi HC-3800 projector, a 92" DIY screen, and seating row one at roughly 9 to 10', and row two at roughly 14-15'.
I have seen plenty of talk about the BIC America F-12 (which was, I guess, formerly the H-100), and I've seen some talk about the Energy S10.3 -- either of which can be had, new, for around $200 shipped. I don't know whether these would be considered among the best for my situation, or not. Any and all advice would be appreciated.
P.S. Another option could be a Fluance sub, to match my system, but not sure if that's the best sub for my situation, or not, given the $250 price tag and the fact that the other two subs I mentioned are less expensive, and perhaps higher quality?