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i just bought some polk RTIA1 bookshelf speakers for my 2-1 channel music setup and the speakers are fantastic but i need a good moderately priced sub 150-300 to fill in the lows for my music. i like the punchy tight sound to be used on my hardwood floors. any help would be appreciated! thanks


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Have you checked out the budget subwoofer discussion thread? Generally the discussion there focuses on <$300 subs.

Also, what are you using to power your speakers (make/model)? This could influence your sub choice.

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I'd upp your budget a bit, for music worst thing you want is a bloaty boomy sub. What about a second hand SVS SB12NSD?
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How are your wood working skills? If you can glue and screw then I can put you on a couple diy options for 300.00 that would kick butt.

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i dont have any wood working skills but a nice second hand sub would be fine. i definately do not want a boomy sounding sub with music. right now i'm using a denon 1513 which does the job for me. i will only be using this for my cd-dvd music concerts in which i have around 150 of them. i enjoy them alot but i'm in need of a good sub to complement them! my living area is about 16X18ft with vaulted ceilings opening into the dining room/kitchen if that info is needed.


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Then save up and buy a good one. I have a spare subwoofer similar to your budget, it sound bloody awful, I rather leave it switched off, then switch it on and ruin the soundstage.
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i dont want a sub that will overpower my bookshelfs but give me that lower extension io balance the sound nicely!


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Look up the hsu stf-1 on sale for 278.00 + shipping.

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i dont want a sub that will overpower my bookshelfs but give me that lower extension io balance the sound nicely!

A good sub won't do that, you just turn down the volume. I'd recommend the SVS SB1000 as a minimum.

What is the size of your room?
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about 16X18ft LXW. the 18ft extends into the dining/kitchen area.


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I'd say probably looking at SB2000
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i will look into some of these and maybe a second hand one or on ebay maybe!


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I have the RTiA1s as well and like them a lot, However, they need help with midbass as well as low.  I have 2 SVS PB1000s (b-stock$449 each) because I feel I have to cross them over at 100Hz to pick up some of the midbass that the bookshelves lack and I was having localization issues with a single sub set at 100Hz.  Obviously 2 subs is out of your price range but its hard to find a <$300 sub that doesn't sound boomy IME.  Have you looked at Hsu's STF-2? ($359)  Doesn't dig real deep but its a good all around sub (for a small room) that will bolster the performance of your RTiAs.


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