I've searched the forums and needless to say, I was a bit overwhelmed. So I decided to just start a new thread.
I think I have a pretty good home theater with the exception of a high quality subwoofer. I have DefTech Mythos Towers with matching Center and Surrounds. I use an AV Receiver (with ARC) as a preamp, which feeds an external amp (170x5 with all channels running). Here comes the huge weak link: a Mirage frx 10 inch sub. It is definitely better than nothing at all, which I found out when the fuse blew a week ago. But obviously, it's not what I want long term.
I've had plenty of experience with ported subs with the above mentioned Mirage and various car subs over the years. I think I'm ready for some good clean, tight bass that is usually achieved with a sealed box. I've read many different discussions over ported vs. sealed on here, and I think I'm in the camp of accurate bass is accurate bass. The system will be used for HT about 60% of the time. The listening area is large. It is an L shaped room with about 75' spans on the long sides and 35' on the width. On the back side it opens up to a kitchen, so it is really about 75' x 75'. Also, 10' ceilings. Oddly, the acoustics seems pretty decent. Probably because the area is all 90 degree angles and the ceiling it flat not cathedral. I also have hardwood floors throughout.
I don't need to have chest caving bass, but I would like to have something respectable. Local shops have been trying to sell me things like the DefTech supercubes, Paradigms, and Velodyne Optimums. They all sound respectable, but I have heard a lot about internet direct subs. Problem is that I don't know much about the different brands. Since I will basically be buying blind, I wanted to get some feedback from the folks on here.
I have been looking at two subs primarily, but I am open to suggestions. I'd like to stay in the $1,200 range for now if possible.
1) Rythmik D15se - I like the finish and the fact that it is downfiring (mainly due to less opportunities for accidental damage). Rythmik is given great reviews and seems like a can't miss. Also like the fact that it has RCA outputs to add a second sub at a later date if wanted. I due have concerns of only having a 370W amp, but I'm not familiar enough to know the sensitivity on the subs. Price today is $1,049
2) HSU ULS-15 (rosenut finish) - The rosenut finish is nice and it has the wireless connectivity, which makes placement more flexible. I'm assuming the wireless would allow for 2 subs to run off of one signal for later expansion option. Has more power than the Rythmik and I've heard good things about this sub as well. Price today is $1,199.
I also looked at the SVS SB-13 Ultra, but at $1,599 i couldn't see it being $400-$500 better. Could it be half again better than the above two? I'm not sure it'd be even as good, considering the posts I've read.
I mentioned finish first on the two above choices, but finish is not critical, but naturally I'd like something that looked nice too. Hope I wasn't too long winded, but wanted to give as much info as possible. Thanks.