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I am not a expert by any means and seeking suggestions on a sub!!!  First of all I have a small room 12' x 12' with a Marantz SR 4002 receiver with the latest version of Klipsch Quintets and a polk psw110 subwoofer.  I went with the quintets based on size and the reviews I had read and very pleased with them and the sub sounds ok!!! But just wondering if it is really worth it to upgrade the sub. The room is a pine side tongue and groove construction with 8' ceilings and carpeted and as stated before limited space so I stayed away from floor speakers and oversize bookshelves. Anyway back to the subs looking to to spend up to 500.00-700.00 will I notice any great difference some I have looked at is the Bic pl200, the svs line, klipsch and even have a friend that has an old mirage s12 and a few others would this be an upgrade or money better spent somewhere else.

 

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In no particular order: Power Sound Audio, SVS, Rythmik, HSU. All would be a distinct upgrade.

The Rythmik LV12R has variable damping along with a servo, $589 delivered.

http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages/products/subs/lv12r.html
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Make sure whatever you buy has decently flat response to at least the lower 20hz range. That may mean staying away from retail subs from the big box stores in your price range and going with internet direct. The ones spyboy listed are good places to start.

Another addition to the list might be Outlaw - something like this
http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/lfmEX.html

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I'm in a small room myself... really small actually.. my first 5.1 setup was also the Klipsch quintet speakers but with a Klipsch SUB10. Those little quintets are pretty amazing speakers for what they are! After about 3-4 years the amp died on the SUB 10 and upgraded to an SVS PB12-NSD. I just put the SVS in the same spot as the Klipsch and I can honestly tell you Jake.. it was a night and day difference! The Klipsch was a single 10" 200watt and the SVS is a 12" 400watt.. doesn't really seem like THAT big of a difference but I'm telling you man it was a HUGE jump in performance.. It dug deeper, hit harder and sounded cleaner. I've since upgraded everything (If you stay on this site, you will too so be careful!) but for the money it was a great system! Like I said, my room is small like yours, 13.5x8.5x8 and for most normal people that would be more than enough.. but we aren't normal people on this site..

The subs that spyboy and Archaea suggested are sound advice.. all great companies with good customer service. What are your listening habits? Mostly movies? Mostly music? Little of Both? I agree with Archaea in that you should look for a sub with a flattish response down to the low 20hz region, especially if you watch a lot of movies... that's where all the fun begins IMO. Good luck in your journey to sonic bliss!
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I'd probably look at the SVS SB12-NSD for that room, but anything from SVS, HSU, Outlaw, PSA, or Rythmik will be an upgrade to what you have now.
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I just upgraded to an svs pc12-nsd and it's incredible the difference it has made. Room is approx 3200 cu ft. That sub is right at the top of your budget. I think any of the options provided would be a great addition to your set up.
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In that small room I would go sealed...take a look at the PSA XS15 or SVS SB12NSD.
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Thanks for all of the suggestions seems like I have several good choices for my price range, BUT I stopped by Best Buy yesterday and talked to the installer at the magnolia section and he also suggested adding a set floor standing speakers that would help with the bass and still be able to use my Quintets. Of course he showed me the top line model of Martin Logan, and B&W speakers which I can neither afford or justify!!! Any suggestions on this issue a couple caught my attention in my price range

 

Newegg has their Polk Monitor 70's on sale for $150.00 each

 Also has their Klipsch Senergy F-30's for $199.00 each

 

World Wide has their Definitive Technology BP7006 for $699.99 pair? Would I need a sub with these for a 12'x12' room

 

Any thoughts on these are others in this range?

 

I am not looking to upgrade speakers every couple of years,

 

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I stopped by Best Buy yesterday and talked to the installer at the magnolia section...

Don't do that....ever. cool.gif
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Thanks for all of the suggestions seems like I have several good choices for my price range, BUT I stopped by Best Buy yesterday and talked to the installer at the magnolia section and he also suggested adding a set floor standing speakers that would help with the bass and still be able to use my Quintets. Of course he showed me the top line model of Martin Logan, and B&W speakers which I can neither afford or justify!!! Any suggestions on this issue a couple caught my attention in my price range

Newegg has their Polk Monitor 70's on sale for $150.00 each
 Also has their Klipsch Senergy F-30's for $199.00 each

World Wide has their Definitive Technology BP7006 for $699.99 pair? Would I need a sub with these for a 12'x12' room

Any thoughts on these are others in this range?

I am not looking to upgrade speakers every couple of years,

Thanks Again

Grab a nice subwoofer and skip the floor standing speakers, with your small speakers something to keep in mind is you will need a subwoofer that can cross over at about 150hz. SVS SB12 or SB 1000 are two subs that would pair up nicely...

Audioholics, bass-data, sound and vision all have very informative reviews of many of the subwoofers members are recommending spend some time on those sites, also call SVS, HSU, PSA these companies have reps that will point you in the right direction and are typically much more knowledgeable than your average best buy home theater tech.
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Thanks everyone seems to have good things to say about svs, hsu

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SVS,, HSU, PSA, Rythmik, Outlaw all make good subs...do some research, email these companies and go with the company you feel suits your needs.
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SVS,, HSU, PSA, Rythmik, Outlaw all make good subs...do some research, email these companies and go with the company you feel suits your needs.

Agreed. I own Outlaw and SVS subs. All of those companies above provide much better price/performance values than what you'll get from Best Buy or brick and mortar stores. Coming from a PSW10, any of their 12" offerings will be like going from a cheap moped to a nice Honda motorcycle smile.gif

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