Originally Posted by isagreg
So SVS subs are not as good as Hsu, Rythmik and Outlaw?
Nothing wrong with SVS subs. Based on all I've read regarding specifications and reader reviews, I'm a fan of Rythmik, SVS and Power Sound Audio. That is not a veiled knock on anything not in that group. As to recommendations, despite the negativity, I'm a fan of a two or three sub, subwoofer based system. That said, you show three locations, of which one can easily fit up to three subs. Just saying on the three sub point, not pushing a three sub solution.
Based on everything I've read, there is no music vs Home Theater solution, there's only quality subs waiting to be integrated into one's sound system.
Based on your above room diagram, you have an open room concept into the kitchen/dining area which increases your subwoofer needs. Now one needs to ask, what are their expectations. My impression, you're simply wanting some quality bass augmentation but not at what one might call the bass-head level. If my assessment of your needs is correct, I would recommend going with a bit larger budget if wanting a one subwoofer solution and that would be a Rythmik, E15 placed in the number two position.
Yes, way above your stated budget but that's my recommendation. Based on all you've shared, regarding a one sub solution, you're best served by more, not less. If wanting less, then yes, a two sub solution is the proper recommendation and should be placed in either location 1&2 or 1&3, maybe ever to the right of 3 and call it 3&4. If you went with a two sub solution, two SVS, SB12-NSD's would give you excellent response, musicality and room gain amplification. Buy one SB12-NSD and if you like what you hear and you're feeling froggy, add a second SVS, SB12-NSD at a more appropriate time and point.
In the end, it's all up to what you want to do and what makes you happy and if you're all about a one sub solution, because of the open room design, my opinion, you need more, not less.
Hope the above helps.