so after months and months and years of debating and researching and drooling... I think it is time to add the .1 to my sig
I am, however, rather nervous about adding the sub. I am in an apartment and have neighbors next to and below me. I like to think I am rather conservative with my listening volume as it is, and I work office hours so my "late night" sessions don't exactly extend into the wee small hours of the morning, but I still have concern. Based on my unofficial android DB meter placed on my coffee table (5' ish from each speaker), I usually don't exceed 60db when listening. In fact, most of my listening is done in the -60something to -50db range on my receiver, which although my speakers are 90db efficient, I still feel is rather conservative.
I still haven't quite narrowed down the options. I found deals via AV websites and Audiogon that seem appealing, but these subs I'm looking at are really all over the place...
The electronics nerd and audio snob in me wants to get some high watt beast, but I know that would be bad temptation, as well as primarily unused potential. Example: vanns has the Klipsch SW308 on major
sale these days, but I'm afraid that a 300W/600W peak under-30hz-rated sub just might be a one-way ticket to eviction
I have also found smaller subs that I have considered. Example: audiogon has a listing for a 10" 150W B&W sub which is the same series/generation/finish I have, which would be nice (I love me some matching gear!). Not quite the lil' a$$ beater that the Klipsch is, but I feel like this might be a more... logical choice.
All of these choices have caused a few general questions to pop up my head. Specifically....Ported VS sealed?
Given the fact that my goal is not to rattle buildings and melt faces, I am thinking I should go for a sealed design. Although I am no physics expert, I am under impression that ports work best (or at all?) when the driver is pushed hard, aka the higher I turn it up, the stronger effect the port has. True story? This also makes models like the Klipsch with passive radiators appealing. Do these designs still work well at lower levels?High watts VS low?
Given that I am in a smallish apartment and my intended uses, it's pretty obvious I don't need a lot of watts. But hey, if I only got things I needed
I never would've joined AVS in the first place
but I feel like if I get a sub with 200W or less, I could use more of the subs.... potential? This may be a foolish question, but would a low watt sub driven hard sound or wok "better" than a high watt sub barely driven? I know there is all kinds of debates about watts VS watts for speaker amps, but I'm curious to hear the sub angle.Sub Dude?
Regardless of what I get, I will without question get a Sub Dude or a DIY project with a dense foam platform. I see a few AVS users using similar products... how much do these work? Does this legitimately cut down on vibrations/rattling, or is this a band aid on a gun shot wound?Bass travel at "low" volumes?
I know I've mentioned this a few times, but I feel like I am somewhat cautious with my listening levels. I know bass travels through walls well, but is it still stronger than other frequencies when at lower volumes?
So, all of that said....................... any thoughts?
I know I didn't really ask much specific, and just ranted all over the place, but any feedback and discussion is welcomed!