Originally I have a $200 budget for a subwoofer, after some research, I decided to increase the budget to $500. I saw this great review and want to pick one from the list: http://www.audioholics.com/how-to-shop/500-subwoofer-roundup. I prefer to buy either PA-150 or PB-1000 after some research. Any suggestion about which one I should pick? Any other recommendation is also appreciated.
My HT room is in basement, a 3500 cf room open to a 500 cf room. Carpet floor. The ceiling is 7 feet high.
I just bought a SW-112 from fry's ($470+tax, good deal?) last week. When I test the base, I heard some strange noise coming from inside of the subwoofer (near the control panel in the back of the sub) when playing sound around 20 to 30 hz. I decided to return it.
For the subwoofer placement, I understand to find a perfect place may need to do a sub crawl. But I would prefer to place my subwoofer to one of the positions marked as P-1 to P-4 in the diagram below. Currently I put sw-112 at P-1. I need some experts to help me choose the one spot relatively best among those 4 positions.
Any recommendation about the other speakers and Sofa's placement is also highly appreciated!
* Receiver: Onkyo TX-NR626
* Front: Infinity P363
* Center: Infinity PC351
* Surround: Bose 201 Series III speaker.
* Subwoofer: researching
* Projector: Epson HC 3020.
Thanks for any suggestion you may have!
From what I can see, and from what I have read, I doubt will find a better option than the pb1000 for your room with a $500 budget. In fact, the output was quite impressive for what it is.
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A pair of these would be pretty nice for the price.
Given the size of the room you might be able to experience much of the 20hz output from a single PB1000 unless it was placed near field.
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I agree with basshead and phatfreeza regarding the worry free trail on the PB-1000, it can't hurt to try it out and see if you are happy.
That said, if you want output above 40hz then the PA-150 would be good but if you want a sub that can dig deeper then I would go with the PB-1000 (assuming either of them can handle pressurizing a room that size).
Finally, I would either move my speakers in a little so I could put the sub in the front left corner and try corner loading or I would go nearfield as dominguez suggested.
This is just my $.03 of course.
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