Originally Posted by nathanzachary
So, having narrowed down essentially all of my other equipment, I thought that I knew what I wanted in terms of subs. Now I've found two other contenders, and want to know some opinions. Here's what I've decided on for the remainder:
Focal Aria 936 floorstanding speakers
Focal Aria 906 bookshelf speakers
Focal Aria CC900 centre-channel speaker
Transparent MusicLink/Wave cable
Panasonic 55" VT50
2x Emotiva XPA-1 (gen 2)s for the 2-channel
1x Emotiva XPA-3 (gen 2) for the surround
Emotiva XMC-1 (gen 2) (whenever it is released)
Built music server running Linux with MPD controlled by MPDroid
~130 cubic metres (5.8m l X 4.25m w X 5.2m h)
~4500 cubic feet (19' l X 14' w X 17' h)
Opens up to a loft atop
Rythmik Audio F15HP
I'm thinking that I will probably end up getting two of any of those options, due to the sheer size of the room.
I'm about 90-95% music, with 5-10% film, so the clear emphasis is on music. I listen to everything from classical, to choirs, to hardcore/metal, to dubstep and dance. I do like bass that is controlled, but can also open up and make you feel like you're at a rock concert when you want it to.
Thanks again for the help and opinions.
Hi Nathan. Firstly, both the SVS SB13-Ultra ($3000/pair) and Rythmik F15HP ($2400/pair) are classy subwoofers and you would probably be happy with a pair of either of them.
We had a stab at your likely power needs
in the other thread. I know it's tough to do, but I would encourage you to resist the siren call of those beautiful big 1kW monoblocks! (For now anyway.) In your situation with your moderately large open space, there's better value in scaling back the amplification expediture at least as far as the Emotiva XPA-5 ($1000) or indeed to a flagship AVR (but I understand you're set on an XMC-1). You could then re-allocate the $2000 difference to even higher performing dual subs, or quads of the above if placement is not an issue.
Given your clear music priority, my top two candidates are the JTR Captivator S1
($4800/pair + shipping) and the Seaton Sound SubMersive HP+
($5300/pair + shipping).
In Archaea's Kansas City Blind Subwoofer Shootout 2012
(results in post 2) the Cap S1 was scored 1st on movies and 2nd on music by the assembled bass fiends. The SubMersive reversed the results and scored 1st on music and 2nd on movies. Very close... both of these are benchmark sealed subs. The Cap S1 is available in custom veneers which brings the price and aesthetics closer to that of the SubMersive.
Good luck with your deliberations Nathan!