Originally Posted by glynnsmith
I am in the process of upgrading my home theater equipment and was hoping to get input on the best option for the remaining component - dual subs. We want the dual subs for evening out the sound (and my wife just likes the balance of two subs).
Here is my current configuration:
Sharp Quatron LC 80LE857 80" TV
Dennon 3313CI AV Receiver
Emotiva XPA-3 Amplifier
Acsend Accustics Sierra Towers w/ RAAL ribbon tweeter upgrade
Ascend Accustics Sierra Horizon Center Channel w/ RAAL ribbon tweeter upgrade
Sonance Cinema Series SUR .5S In Ceiling
Our usage is going to be 90% Home Theater / 10% Music, but more interested in accuracy vs. volume. The room is 16" x 18" with 10" ceilings and is open to the kitchen and Foyer. If I understand it correctly, sealed subs are most likely the best choice. I would like to keep the budget under $2500 for the set. The models I have been considering are:
Power Sound Audio XV15
SVS SB12-NSD (perhaps SB13-Ultra but it stretches the budget a bit).
Any thoughts or recommendations?
Thank you in advance !!
Actually, ported designs generally give more output and are liked for home theater situations. Sealed designs are generally more accurate with less distortion. However, the lines are becoming more blurred these days as far as musicality of the ported designs vs sealed designs.
Out of those models you listed, I'm sad to say that I cannot recommend the Hsu ULS-15. I auditioned it and it had a bottoming out (popping) problem. I really liked this sub, so I was extremely disappointed. I've read other people's stories with similar experiences (one was at a subwoofer shootout).
I haven't auditioned the Rythmik F15HP (there was a 6 month back order on the piano black finish, otherwise I would have tried it out). I have heard great things about Rythmik subwoofers, especially their ported model.
The Power Sound Audio subwoofer you listed is a ported design. Perhaps you were thinking about the XS15. Heck, two XS30s fit into your budget. I will be auditioning a single XS30 very shortly, so I cannot say how good this subwoofer is at this time.
I just purchased the SB13-Ultra, but I use this sub only for music (which it is outstanding at). I was also impressed with its performance on movies, but feel there are less expensive options that will give you similar performance.
There are many other options, and I'm sure the fine folks here will let you know what to look for. Best of luck in your upcoming purchase!