Originally Posted by RockDawg
My home theater setup is in the great room that is 22'x16' with a vaulted ceiling that peaks at 14'. Additionally, there is a 14'x10' loft upstairs and a 7'x7' opening off the great room that leads to a dining room.
almost the same dilemma i am in. my room is around 11,000 cubic feet, and open to an extremely large kitchen with a 18 foot ceiling. so even worse then you.
Originally Posted by jbrown15
are you open to DIY at all? $800 is a pretty good budget for two good subs and an amp.
DIY is the only way to go for that budget and requirements. can you design a box and build it ? or know a good box builder ?
thats what i did... every sub i tried, no matter how many people raved about it, was weak in my large room. ended up getting a bunch of cheap blowout sale stuff from Parts Express and MCM Electronics as an experiment, and used a few leftover Elemental Designs plate amps i had after they closed. eight T3 Audio 12 inch subs, and two 21 inch MCM Electronics subs. putting 4 each of the T3's on a 500 watt RMS amp x 2, and driving the two 21's with a 1000 watt RMS amp. the drivers were chosen for their low Fs... i like it really deep and low, dont care much about extreme loud.
mounted on my back wall, the cabinet is massive... but takes very little floor space. approx 2 feet deep, 14 wide. goes almost to the top of the 12 foot ceiling.
cost me around $700, including the guesstimate value of the amps.
i am not lacking bass anymore. in fact, it has never been cranked... i am too much in fear of my windows to do that.
overkill ? yup... thats why it is going to move to a friends house that has an even larger room. i will build a milder version for myself.