"I am looking to get a good musical subwoofer ranging in price from $500-$700 to match my front Totem Sttaf speakers to play 2 channel music. The Sttaf is complemented by a Centre Totem Mite T and a pair of surround bookshelf speakers Totem Mite. I am very happy with the musical sound, however, it is lacking in the bass compartment. I heard lots of good things about the subs HSU and SVC and I wonder if anyone can suggest which sub would be more musical as I like to hear the punchiness of the beats of the drum without the rumbling and boominess of the sub. Any good musical sub in my price range to match my Totem system? Any good musical subs other than HSU and SVC? Is a 12" driver better than a 10" one? Many thanks."
common question. common problem. your situation is excerbated by the fact that your speakers have no woofers.
most of the punch factor in music is getting high spl in the 60-200hz region, which means high sensitivity mains as much as good subs. your best bet for increasing that midbass punch is to do what the entire pro audio world does...use a high sensitivity driver with high power handling and put it in a ported cab tuned relatively high and then put some power on it. ~98db sensitivity and 500+ watts will get you going...this is precisely the problem that hsu was attempting to address with its mid-bass module.
adding a home subwoofer with 81db sensitivity isn't going to cut it.