Hi all! First off, thanks to everyone for the scads of helpful information in these forums. I've found an amazing breadth of info here, and so many members willing to share it. I've read a lot here, researched other sources online, and narrowed my choices.
I started with a budget of $4-500, so before any of you particularly insane people out there (you know who you are) begin suggesting I should build a subwoofer igloo and live inside that, I've already done the growing outside my original budget to what is feasible.I'm looking for recommendations considering these habits and my set-up/acoustics:
I tend to listen at Moderate volume, Low late at night, with occasional bouts of Loud-but-not-insane volume.
Importance, in order: Music, HT, Gaming
I place a strong emphasis on tight, controlled bass first, then extension, and last headroom. I've read that ported subs have more extension at the expense of clarity. True? ..or it depends?
(no WAF issue)Condo Acoustics:
15' x 20' room with a 3' doorway to 7' hall, and 8' ceilings
2 windows on one wall, opposite hallway
2nd floor, linoleum on concreteMy Set-up:
A/V receiver - Denon 3310ci, 7.1
R/L - B&W 685 C - B&W HTM62 Surround - B&W M1
Heights - ancient Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble III (placeholders)
Subwoofer - ancient 250W Cambridge Soundworks 12" (deceased)
Here are my candidates, listed from most expensive down. I'm leaning toward the lower half
due to budget issues.Rythmik Audio
is nearby, so I was thinking to ask if I could go there and give a listen. Any tips for listening to and evaluating subs outside your own space? It seems trickier than fronts.
I also took note of the Rythmik F12 and the SVS PC12-Plus, but those are definitely out of my price range. Also the HSU VTF-1 MK2 and the STF-2, but I don't think those would cut it for my space.
Are there any mainstream brand subs that even belong in this conversation? (for similar price/quality ratio)
Note: I included the B&W primarily because it matches my speakers.