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My options are limited because of WAF conditions. Just one sub, period. It has to be black, be no deeper than 22 inches and look like a coffee table (or be unobtrusive).
Budget is no more than $1,150. I’d like to spend less and buy sooner, but I can wait till next year if I have to go to the top of my range.
I am looking mainly at Rhymik, the 12-inch ported LV12R, the F12 signature edition (piano black) and the 15-inch DF signature Edition (piano black).
Power Sound Audio, the XS15 and XV15, are my other options. No piano black for either PSA sub, but they are both down firing and look unobtrusive enough. The ported PSA is about as a big as a sub as I could get.
My new addition has a combined living room/kitchen that doubles as a home theater. The space is 16W x 24L x 8H. (See diagram. The letter S is where the sub would go.)
I am a regular here, so the only thing I am struggling with is: how much sub? My AVR is Denon 4311. Speakers, 7 Noble Fidelity in-walls (really nice and go pretty low for inwalls).
I almost never listen at reference level and rarely watch movies without my wife. We don’t do a lot of action, but I defintely want the headroom for the rare occasion. My habits run 10% movies, 30% TV and 60% music (jazz, classical, rock in that order).
I want a sub that is “musical” and I lean toward sealed, but I want oompth when the occasion merits. So ported is an option despite the much larger size. I just wonder if I really need to spend the money for a 15-inch sub given how infrequently I will need it to ring hells bells. But I want to make sure my room is adequately pressurized, even if I am just listening to jazz.
(Right now I am temporarily using a cheap Energy 10.3S, which does a surprisingly decent job for a $200 sub.)
Other options I’ve discounted:
-The Hsu VTF-15H. Love to get it, but it’s way too deep. My HT cabinet only sticks out 22 inches.
-The SB-13 Ultra. I have one of the original SVS circular subs in my secondary HT and it’s great, but I can’t get a tube for the living room. The SB-13 Ultra is too expensive, and frankly, I hate the new grills on the Ultra and the SB12 and PB12.