Originally Posted by techstl
It figures that the first guy that gives me a recommendation has stretched the budget even further.
We're very flexible like that.
Nothing that quality "Y" adapters won't fix.
Will this require a receiver that provides 3 sub preamps? Or would I need anything other than quality RCA cables to install them?
I get the feeling that the consensus around here is to get the best you can afford.
I think it's more along the lines of us being "stuck" with what fits into our budget but yes, always get the best you can, even if it means buying one today and a second one two or three months down the road. I like to characterize subwoofers as a journey and not a destination.
I see that steve nn suggested buying a PB12 Plus now and a second one later. That works. It never hurts to half-step and hee-ha your way through the process as in this case, with time and more purchases, things get nothing but better.
I've never heard 3 Rythmik subs.. perhaps if I did.. they have the "gotta have it" mojo. If we're comparing apples to apples, it looks like the SVS PB-1000 is more comparable the Rythmik subs both in price and in my rather rudimentary comparison of the frequency response graphs. So, if I gotta have 3, why? If I gotta have Rythmik, why?
My personal experience, it takes three subwoofers to bring a room to life. The SVS, PB-1000 is not comparable to a Rythmik, LV12R. The Rythmik has direct servo. Go to their web site and read. The direct servo adds to the articulation experience and the LV12R digs deeper than the PB-1000.
The purpose of this post is not necessarily to learn what subs fit in/near my budget, but rather learn what features/specs of a sub should matter most for me. For example, if more subs equates to a better experience, why not buy (5) Klipsch RW-12D.
In a nutshell, overall output and depth of extension with limited distortion and plenty of headroom at high output being an important consideration is the why. In your example, one cannot make five Klipsch, RW-12d's dig as deep as you can get three LV12R's to go, no matter how much one jumps up and down
Three subs will lift the left side of a graph (in the same way, two won't) once the output is EQ'd flat which makes the lower octaves usable by adding energy into the lower octaves.
Now you're getting into methods of measuring and EQ'g your room.
One way to creep up on the whole subwoofer thing is to buy a single decent subwoofer at <$800.00. Acquire room measuring capability. Acquire and learn to use EQ appliances. Now that's done, add a second subwoofer and then a third subwoofer. Doing it this way, I'm sure my above will have much more meaning.