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I am looking for a sub that is up to around $250. My system will be budget minded. Here is my setup:
1. My living room is 19x16x9 with one side partially open to the kitchen. Since this is my living room, a BIC F12 would probably not work as my wife had me move my vintage Altecs to the basement due to their size before I sold them due to lack of use!
2. Due to this being my living room, the sub will most likely be up front and center under next to the electronic cabinet or near the front-corner of the room.
3. Would a front or bottom firing sub work better as it could be moved closer to the wall?
4. I estimate 80% movies/20% music
5. Probably end up getting a Denon AVR-1613 or AVR-1713 (still deciding)
6. I will purchase either the Energy Take Classic 5.0 or Energy RC Micro 5.0 satellites. I am having a very hard time deciding on which ones, but I will stay under $200.
a. The TC go down to 115 Hz and the RC go down to 150 Hz so the sub I get needs to at least cross into the frequency of the satellites
in order to not miss any source.
b. However, would a sub crossing in at 150 Hz need to sit front/center in order since it most likely not be sonically invisible at a high
crossover point?
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If you can push it to $299 the Klipsch RW-12d is by far the best option.

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I thought it was 350.00?
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It's often on sale for $300.
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At $299, the Cadence Acoustics CSX12 Mark II would work well to pair with the Energy Takes or Energy Micros. Lots of midbass output.

Then there is the Premier Acoustics PA-120, which is more within your budget range.

Because of their lower crossover, I would go with the Energy Takes. I have heard them, and they sound very good for small satellite speakers (although not a substitute for larger more full range speakers).

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I'm going post something you don't want to read. You need to choose speakers that have better specifications. The reason, frequencies >80Hz are locatable (the directionality of your hearing can tell where the sound is coming from) and if you're porting locatable signals over to your sub, you're going confuse the heck out of your listening pleasure as the sound is not going come from where is suppose to be coming from.

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a. The TC go down to 115 Hz and the RC go down to 150 Hz so the sub I get needs to at least cross into the frequency of the satellites
in order to not miss any source.
b. However, would a sub crossing in at 150 Hz need to sit front/center in order since it most likely not be sonically invisible at a high
crossover point?

Based on your above, I don't recommend doing what you suggest in your original post. Even if used, can you find a set of speakers that comes down to 80Hz?
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Based on your above, I don't recommend doing what you suggest in your original post. Even if used, can you find a set of speakers that comes down to 80Hz?

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If size restriction is not a factor, the Pioneer SP-BS22 and Pioneer SP-C22 are 252 for 5 speakers on Amazon right now. Those would work much better than the Takes or Micros. smile.gif

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I'm going post something you don't want to read. You need to choose speakers that have better specifications. The reason, frequencies >80Hz are locatable (the directionality of your hearing can tell where the sound is coming from) and if you're porting locatable signals over to your sub, you're going confuse the heck out of your listening pleasure as the sound is not going come from where is suppose to be coming from.
Based on your above, I don't recommend doing what you suggest in your original post. Even if used, can you find a set of speakers that comes down to 80Hz?

Not necessarily true - if your sub is positioned in the front of the room near your mains, this point becomes (mostly) moot.
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I need satellite sized front speakers. This is my main living room and it needs to blend into the decor. Same goes for sub, it can't have the same footprint as my old Altec speakers! What would be a good sub in my price range that has a foot print less than a BIC F12 so I can put it front/center and set at 120Hz cross over. I am mostly going to be listening at moderate levels only.
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Klipsch RW-12d on sale again. $279.99 with coupon EMCXSXV78. Free shipping

http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemNumber=N82E16882780078

Just order one myself smile.gif

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If you can push it to $299 the Klipsch RW-12d is by far the best option.
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