Originally Posted by JimWilson
I have a passing familiarity with the NXG sub, so I'll take a crack at this one...
Given your room is about 3000 ft^3 my guess is it would be a bit overwhelmed. It will definitely work, and provide bass your towers simply can't, but that much space will leave little in the way of headroom and you might find it runs out of breath when you crank the volume. A pair would certainly be better but then you're getting into the $500 range where you can start looking at an SVS PB1000 or Rythmik LV12R. That would be a different decision then.
What are your goals for this sub? HT, music, some combination of both perhaps? Do you enjoy loud volumes or are your listening habits more subdued?
Hi Jim, thank you for replying.
I listen to music and watch movies, so it will have to serve a dual role. I don't feel that I blast the volume very high, but that is a relative statement to make. If it helps, please note that the volume indicator on the receiver rarely displays a value higher than -27db when watching movies. Generally, I keep it below -30db. For music, I have not checked.. but I think the same volume levels would apply.
My goal would be to have the lower frequencies covered with accuracy, not spend a lot and be able to feel something when the bass is going. I think that is something that I am missing at this point. The down-firing, front-ported subwoofer that came with the Onkyo Sr-800 had the following specs (according to onkyo):
bass reflex enclosure
built in 230 watt amplifier
(10 7/8)w x (20 1/16)h x (16 7/16)d
I remember being able to feel bass. Scenes I can think of include the following:
1) The Golden Compass: The dirigible parking in the city
2) Revenge of the Sith: Opening scene when they fly between two starships
3) Superman Returns: The pulse when the lights go out
4) ST- First Contact: medley of shots when the borg are over-running the ship.. two borg get shot down and then the third has adapted and shielded itself.. i really felt a zing when that happened.
There are others, but those are the clearest in my head right now.
here is a rough sketch of the room.. it's not to scale
EDIT: ps, I downloaded the Reference 2 Bass disc that some members kindly created to try and see how they sound. I had some issues and not all the scenes actually had audio, but it didn't seem too bass-y.