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Subwoofer advice for 2.1 setup with focus on music

I currently have a 2.1 setup with no subwoofer. The breakdown between movies & music is 40%\movies and 60%\music.

My current setup
Receiver: Marantz 1501
Front speakers: Polk RTi8
Room dimensions: 16 x 10 x 12

I am on a very strict budged with around $320 to spend tops on a subwoofer. I don't expect the sub to work musical wonders but want the best musical option in that price range. A clean and tight punch with focus on music is what I am looking for and not necessarily a sub that can shake the walls and knock off picture frames.

So I looked at the BIC-12, PL-200, Polk PSW505, PSW111, PSW125, Klipsch 12HG, and of course the HSU STF-2. The STF-2 would be my top pick, but since this sub is outside of my price range ($400 out the door), I have to settle for a different option. Based on my research, the PL-200 attracted me the most as the best sound for the money, but I don't see that it receives much praise for its musical ability. The Polk PSW111 came next along with the PSW505 in that they do better musically than the other subs mentioned above. Your advice and input will be very much appreciated.

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The nxg-technology-nx-bas-500 sub seems to be the consensus sub around here for under 300.
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why not live with what you have for another month or two, and save a little more to get the one you really want rather than settle for something that you will ultimately want to upgrade again?
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So I pulled the plug and bought the NXG NX-BAS-500 from RadioShack, a sub I overlooked somehow while doing research. After reading the few but very reliable reviews on this make and model, I feel that this sub will produce the sound I am looking for at this price range. Should be at my door next week.
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Enjoy your new sub. I think you made an excellent choice with your budget and would need to spend a good bit more to do better

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agree, wait until you can afford to get what you want instead of something that will end up sitting in a closet not being used some day. although i bought a yamaha 150 watt powered sub on ebay years ago and couldnt be happier. think i paid under $150.00 to my door.
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I need help!! I've been listening to my new NXG 500 sub for 2-3 weeks now and I am finding that it does not like to come out of standby mode when listening at lower volume levels and goes to standby too quick. Jim mentioned that in his review but I ignored it. Now I realize it is becoming a bigger issue for me that I anticipated. I find I have to increase the volume or turn the switch from auto to ON. This is REALLY annoying and I don't know if I can come to terms with that for the next few years. Is this normal across all subwoofers? Will leaving it in the ON position permanently have any negative impact on the sub and the components? Sadly, I find myself thinking about returning it for this reason alone, something I really don't want to do. What should I do? HELP!!
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You can try turning up the sub trim in your AVR and turning down the gain on the sub, but I would just leave it on. Won't cause any issues and costs pennies a year.
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So I pulled the plug and bought the NXG NX-BAS-500 from RadioShack,...
Lol, I think you meant to say 'pulled the trigger'. If you pulled the plug, that means you stopped doing something.
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You can try turning up the sub trim in your AVR and turning down the gain on the sub, but I would just leave it on. Won't cause any issues and costs pennies a year.
Yeah just leave it on unless you go out of town or something. It won't hurt anything.
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Lol, I think you meant to say 'pulled the trigger'. If you pulled the plug, that means you stopped doing something.
now that's funny right there....i don't care what anyone says.
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