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Polk or Klipsch Subwoofer

Building my home theater which is roughly 12x15. Going to use a 7.2 system. So far I have the Yamaha Aventage receiver and a Klipsch Icon center speaker. Now I'm purchasing the subwoofers. Only 2 I'm interested in are:

Klipsch SW-450
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Anybody have thoughts on one over the other and why....
I will be using 2 of them and mostly be used for movies.
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Building my home theater which is roughly 12x15. ... Now I'm purchasing the subwoofers. Only 2 I'm interested in are:

Klipsch SW-450
Polk Audio PSW110

Anybody have thoughts on one over the other and why ...
Klipsch SW-450
- 10" driver
- 200W continuous amp
- 28-120Hz +/-3dB

Polk PSW-110
- 10" driver
- 100W continuous amp
- 32-250Hz +/-? dB (38Hz @ -3dB)

I'd go with the Klipsch for more overall output and better extension.


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Neither.....

Whats your budget for subwoofers? $600? If so than get a Rythmik LV12r
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Neither.....

Whats your budget for subwoofers? $600? If so than get a Rythmik LV12r


I agree...neither of those. Go with Rob's advice or check out SVS....I'm sure you'll get a great deal...

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what about polk audio psw505
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Can I ask why just those 2? Honestly, it seems like you're limiting options, which is never a good thing. It's not that the 2 you listed are bad; however, there are SO many better ones. If you're open to other suggestions I would recommend stating a budget, then let the suggestions roll in.

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Agree with above save your money for something better. Rythmik LV12, Outlaw LFM1, SVS PB12NSD outlet are 3 solid choices under 600.00.
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Only reason I chose those 2 are because I can get them at a great deal at Best Buy which is probably not the best reason for a decision but I know they are reliable brands.
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I guess I can expand my search. What about the BIC PL-200
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Please give us your ACTUAL budget cause I was going by the retail price of the subwoofers

What is the size of your room, with ceiling height. Is it closed off or open?
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My MAXIMUM budget would be $400/each. The room has 8ft ceilings, 12x15 and closed. I want 2 10" subs
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I am taking the Klipsch back to Best Buy today and ordering 2 BIC-PL200 subs. Better choice??
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IMO:
- Start with one SVS PB-1000 ($499, shipped, with free return shipping within 45 days).
- If you don't like it, return it and the in-home demo costs you $0.
- If you do like it, enjoy it, and add a second one as soon as funds are available.

You'll end up spending $200 more than your current max budget but, IMO, you'll be in a better place.

Here's a good review of the PB-1000.
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I am taking the Klipsch back to Best Buy today and ordering 2 BIC-PL200 subs. Better choice??
Not really... You are making a huge compromise in your performance by only allowing yourself to have dual subwoofers when one subwoofer would be plenty. And devoting your hole budget to that one subwoofer gives you a far better lower end which will go deeper in frequencies.
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IMO:
- Start with one SVS PB-1000 ($499, shipped, with free return shipping within 45 days).
- If you don't like it, return it and the in-home demo costs you $0.
- If you do like it, enjoy it, and add a second one as soon as funds are available.

You'll end up spending $200 more than your current max budget but, IMO, you'll be in a better place.

Here's a good review of the PB-1000.
This is the best possible advice.

Interenet direct companies are a far better choice when you have up to $800 to spend on subwoofer(s). They offer ALOT more performance and bass for your dollar.

I would start with a PB-1000 and with its risk free 45day in home trial period you can see if that is enough bass. Heck for $800 you can get an SVS PB-2000 shipped with the same in home trial deal
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I bought 2 Klipsch SW-450 subs so I'm not comparing 2 BIC PL-200's to one Klipsch. I will be using 2 subwoofers
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I bought 2 Klipsch SW-450 subs so I'm not comparing 2 BIC PL-200's to one Klipsch. I will be using 2 subwoofers
I am talking about buying one actual quality subwoofer compared to your 2 Klipsch SW-450's or 2 Bic PL-200

One subwoofer from SVS Sound, HSU, Outlaw Audio, Rythmik, Reaction Audio, or PSA for $600-$800 spent is a much better way to spend your money than 2 budget subwoofers like that Klipsch or Bic.

Just saying. When you are ready for real bass look towards those internet direct companies.
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There's so many options for subwoofers!! Every subwoofer has great reviews and a couple negative reviews no matter how great or who the company is. This is quite a situation I have here. Some say to get BIC PL-200's, some say to get SVS's, and others are for Klipsch and Polk. Anybody on here have personal experience with 2 or more of these subs that can give me an actual review, not just somebody who's all about one company because they own that product never listening to the competition??
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FWIW: I have often read of people who owned a Polk, Klipsch or BIC moving up to an SVS, HSU, Rythmik or some other ID sub.

I have never yet read a single instance of someone who owned an SVS, HSU, Rythmik, etc. moving to a Polk, Klipsch or BIC.

They usually move up to:
- a better ID sub;
- duals/multiples; or
- both.

(The really crazy people go DIY. )


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I have the BIC PL-200 and have very been happy with it considering I paid $279 for it. I just wish it was better with music. You can get it from here and make an offer of $279 (it's the lowest they'll go) - http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/c...pid=1555&sc=28

I am saving up to upgrade to one of the ones already mentioned above. I could get a second one of these right now if I wanted, but just go for the next level up your first time around. You'll be wanting to upgrade sooner than you think. Go with one mentioned above and then go for a dual sub once you have the budget too. Don't go dual on the lower end. Leave yourself the option to have something truly special.

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I agree with all of the member's suggestions. It's not that the BIC, Klipsch or Polk aren't decent subwoofers, it is the fact one can get a superior subwoofer by looking at I.D. companies. If you can possibly expand your budget to $500 per subwoofer, there are companies like SVS, Reaction Audio, Hsu that would be more satisfying. Your room size (if it is fairly closed off with 8-foot ceiling height) indicates to me that one $800 subwoofer would be more than you need if it is placed properly. That price allows you a whole heck of a lot more subwoofer and will give you the tactile feel most crave.
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You're better served taking your time. If $800 is your limit for 2, I would but that $800 towards 1 fantastic sub now and add another down the road. You're room isn't big, so a 15" sealed or ported from either Reaction or PSA would serve you very well. Also, consider dual SVS PB2000's for only $200 more. Those would sound awesome in your room. I promise you that if you skimp now you'll always wonder; what if?
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These are the answers I needed to hear but couldn't find them anywhere online. So even though the BIC is a great sub, it's still a tier under the SVS. Im strongly considering the SVS PB-1000. I want awesome bass that will stun me everytime I watch a movie. They will be strategically placed for maximum performance so I'm thinking 2 of these will be the way to go. Thoughts??
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There's so many options for subwoofers!! Every subwoofer has great reviews and a couple negative reviews no matter how great or who the company is. This is quite a situation I have here. Some say to get BIC PL-200's, some say to get SVS's, and others are for Klipsch and Polk. Anybody on here have personal experience with 2 or more of these subs that can give me an actual review, not just somebody who's all about one company because they own that product never listening to the competition??


Here's some real advice coming from someone with personal experience: ( me )


Save up a couple hundred more bucks and get the best SVS you can find. Its a win/win situation. Your getting a viable subwoofer in the SVS and could get another down the line.


If you buy 2 cheaper subs then your wasting your time and money. So just go with one SVS and move on....you wont regret it. no worries...
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These are the answers I needed to hear but couldn't find them anywhere online. So even though the BIC is a great sub, it's still a tier under the SVS. Im strongly considering the SVS PB-1000. I want awesome bass that will stun me everytime I watch a movie. They will be strategically placed for maximum performance so I'm thinking 2 of these will be the way to go. Thoughts??
Is your 12' x 15' room open or closed off to other rooms? What is the ceiling height of that room?

Best case your room is less than 1500 cu ft. ONE SVS PB-1000 would be plenty for a room that size.

People start off with those Klipsch's and Bic's due to budget reasons and then move up to Internet Direct subwoofer for better performance. If you spend $800 on one subwoofer alone you will be amazed and never feel the need to even go to a local theater again.
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Thanks for the advice Deckard, quick question: When you say "Best SVS I can find", would the PB-1000 fall into that category? Also instead of buying 1 PB-1000, why don't I get 2 and have a real home theater experience?
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My room is a lot bigger than yours (17x18 with 14" vaulted ceilings and opening in each corner) so you would have better better results in this department. The BIC PL-200 in my situation doesn't deliver the bass that will stun you or punch you in the chest. It can rattle the room pretty good and I can feel the pressure in my ears if it's a good scene, but if you want the stun in the chest bass you definitely need to go up a level.

This thread is really making me want to upgrade...
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Thanks for the advice Deckard, quick question: When you say "Best SVS I can find", would the PB-1000 fall into that category? Also instead of buying 1 PB-1000, why don't I get 2 and have a real home theater experience?
Cause one is all you need and if you are thinking about spending $1000 on duals when you can get a single SVS PB-2000 which can go deeper and likely to be louder than the two PB1000's
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I want to spread the subs to equal out the bass levels. I'm really leaning towards 2 SVS PB-1000 now. You guys going to make me go broke Seriously though, my wife and I would rather spend a little more and be happy than spend a little and settle.
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Cause one is all you need and if you are thinking about spending $1000 on duals when you can get a single SVS PB-2000 which can go deeper and likely to be louder than the two PB1000's


Thanks Rob, but I think he's set on getting 2. ....for the real theater experience LOL.
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Now I'm really considering the 1 PB-2000 for now and maybe eventually adding an additional if that would even be necessary
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