Originally Posted by pauly cracker
Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I did not think it was going to be a very tough choice or maybe I am just make
Ing it harder than it needs to be.
Subwoofers are the most vexing and enigmatic of the sound reproduction chain and yes, they are the most difficult to choose among the choices available.
First things first, budget. What are your personal expectations? Are they THX reference level playback? Do you simply want some rumble in your movie soundtrack and you'll be happy. Do you want to feel the bass and be gob smacked with an indelible smile? How far are you willing to push this string? At the end of the day, what are your true expectations and will your budget support these expectations? Subwoofers are a trade off between expectations and real term budget limitations.
Second, shape and size of the room playback environment; asymmetrical vs symmetrical. All of which determines how the sound waves produced are going play and get along with each other; sound quality; room acoustics.
Subwoofer placement. Two subwoofers better than one subwoofer. Two cheaper subs better than one more expensive subwoofer. Two more expensive subwoofers better than three cheaper subwoofers, so forth and so on to the extent of your budget and the ability of the room to swallow up subwoofers.
Third, playback system which deals with your ability to measure and control the acoustics of your playback environment.
Fourth, measuring gear and EQ's at your disposal to properly set the subwoofer/subwoofers you do choose to buy.
FYI, it's hard to choose because it is hard to choose.