Originally Posted by Player3
Oh that gets me thinking, what do you guys think about DIY subs? Such as this Dayton?^^
If you want to go full DIY without the need to cut your own enclosures you can always get flat packs online. If you are truly looking for the best bang for your buck with a medium sized budget DIY is a great option.
It will take a little assembly, but you'll learn a few things along the way and get a great performing system out of it.I would recommend:
Dual 18" subs. There is no question that having a second subwoofer will help provide a better response throughout the room.
4 cu ft enclosure: http://www.diysoundgroup.com/subwoofer-flatpacks-2/4-sub-flat-pack.html
- Erich does a great job shipping these out and does it basically at cost. (Make sure you get some binding posts from him or from parts-express) = $240 + shipping for twoDriver:
Two options: Dayton RS 18" http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=295-472
or the Stereo Integrity D2 http://stereointegrity.com/index.php?id=57
= ~500$ shipped for a pairAmp:
iNuke 6000 (Can find these wherever is easy, local or amazon) = 400$
There are numerous ways to finish the speakers depending on what look you like. Some people like veneer, others like painting them with something like Duratex (very durable paint that has a nice texture).
This will give you a system that performs at a higher teir than anything else you'd get commercially at this price point and fall within your budget. The downside (upside to some) is that you will need to put it together. You could use your extra budget to figure out some EQ for the subs (minidsp is a popular option) or get the iNuke6000 with the DSP (slightly less flexible but integrated in the amp)
You can see some more technical information about these two subs in a 4 cu ft enclosure here:
You can directly compare to several other subs mentioned in this thread such as the SVS PB12 and Rythmik FV15. Remember when looking at graphs that adding a second speaker gains 3db and doubling the power (using the second channel of the amp) also gains an additional 3 db.