Hi there: I'm helping a friend get his living room home theater together. They're re-doing their whole room, down to the studs, which opens up lots of nice options. On the downside, the wife is adamantly opposed to boxes on the floor, so no floorstanding speakers or subs has been an issue. So my usual standby recommendation (pretty much anything from SVS, depending on budget) won't fly.
Their contractor recommended the Polk Audio CSW100 in-floor sub
, which I wasn't familiar with. My knee-jerk reflex was to say no, because, frankly, I'm not a huge fan of Polk, due to some bad experiences in the past. Not sure if they've cleaned up their act or not, but I'm some biased anti-Polk, so I wanted to look into other options. It's also a somewhat larger space (exact details coming when I get them), so a 10" sub didn't seem likely to cut it, although I can be convinced otherwise. I did turn up an example
of a relatively high end system built using the Polk subs, but (a) I'm not sure we have the budget for two, and (b) I'm not sure how much extra work went into tweaking)
A little Google-Fu turned up The Velodyne SC IF/IC In-floor Subwoofer
. The Velodyne name, of course, leaves me with a lot more warm and fuzzies, for subwoofers.
One thing I'm uncertain of is how one would determine the optimal position for the sub, when you can't move the sub! Further, since the front of the house interior is still stripped to the studs, there really isn't any way that I can think of to test or measure room response with REW or anything like that. That's one advantage to the Velodyne, which includes EQ gear that will at least attempt to compensate for room response. (This article
seems to speak well of them, although it's about the SC600, an earlier/discontinued model).
Are there other good in-floor subs I should suggest considering? My friend is not going to be building anything himself, so I'm trying to stick to factory models, and brands that have a reputation I can sell him on. We may end up going with the Polk in the end, who knows, but having some more options to discuss would be helpful. Thanks!