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Vary, very small subwoofers?

I'm trying to find a sub for my little office (at work) iPod setup. I've got the Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers hooked up to a Lepai t-amp. Sounds great but could use just a little help in the bottom end.

My problem is I only have 10" height under my desk to fit a sub...no room on top of the desk either. Was looking at the Dayton SUB-800, but it's too big. I found this Velodyne that would fit, but it's quite a bit more than I wanna spend on my office setup.

What decent quality sub would fit my space? Anything under $100? What about more expensive? I'll only be playing at low levels, since it's in my office after all.
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Yamaha makes an unorthodox low profile sub: http://www.accessories4less.com/make...specifications

I don't really know anything about it, or how it sounds, but I suppose it would be better than no sub at all. There is also the PSB SubSeries1 which is a little more expensive but I would wager sounds better. http://www.crutchfield.com/p_760SS10...00.html?tp=187

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Pinnacle has a small dual-6.5" sub that should just fit under your desk:
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I have a mirage MM6 which would fit. I think there are many manufacturers that market the exact same sub as their own. The Velodyne in your post may be the exact same sub. I got mine for $200 and it's an excellent under the desk computer sub. It's not worth $400.
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As an option, consider putting beside your desk rather than under it.
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Pinnacle has a small dual-6.5" sub that should just fit under your desk:
Oooh, that has promise! Thanks.

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As an option, consider putting beside your desk rather than under it.
Not an option unfortunately. My office is pretty tight, full of video editing equipment.
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I have a mirage MM6 which would fit. I think there are many manufacturers that market the exact same sub as their own. The Velodyne in your post may be the exact same sub. I got mine for $200 and it's an excellent under the desk computer sub. It's not worth $400.
This sub is a very good recommendation. I had one and was amazed what this little sub could do. I agree as for price $200 is good. If the OP could find the mirage satellite 5.1 kit with this sub for less that $450 it too is an amazing combo deal. Small speakers / subs but great sound.
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I'm trying to find a sub for my little office (at work) iPod setup. I've got the Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers hooked up to a Lepai t-amp. Sounds great but could use just a little help in the bottom end.

My problem is I only have 10" height under my desk to fit a sub...no room on top of the desk either. Was looking at the Dayton SUB-800, but it's too big. I found this Velodyne that would fit, but it's quite a bit more than I wanna spend on my office setup.

What decent quality sub would fit my space? Anything under $100? What about more expensive? I'll only be playing at low levels, since it's in my office after all.
Glue two of these

http://www.parts-express.com/tang-ba...oofer--264-909

To one of these

http://www.amazon.com/Quality-Park-M.../dp/B0006UXOJ8

Add a 99 cent binding post and a cheap amp like this

http://www.parts-express.com/lepai-l...upply--310-300

You can stand it up in a corner behind you and people would just think it is work related?

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How about a buttkicker?
http://www.thebuttkicker.com/gamer2

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Did you really need to quote that entire post in your reply?
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This sub is a very good recommendation. I had one and was amazed what this little sub could do. I agree as for price $200 is good. If the OP could find the mirage satellite 5.1 kit with this sub for less that $450 it too is an amazing combo deal. Small speakers / subs but great sound.
Can't seem to find the Mirage right now for less than $450.

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Glue two of these

http://www.parts-express.com/tang-ba...oofer--264-909

To one of these

http://www.amazon.com/Quality-Park-M.../dp/B0006UXOJ8

Add a 99 cent binding post and a cheap amp like this

http://www.parts-express.com/lepai-l...upply--310-300

You can stand it up in a corner behind you and people would just think it is work related?

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Now that's funny Tom.

But, seriously...would that actually work?

BTW, that's the exact amp I already have.

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http://www.thebuttkicker.com/gamer2
Considered it, but my chair needs to be mobile. I slide from my work desk to my editing desk all day long.
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Can't seem to find the Mirage right now for less than $450.



Now that's funny Tom.

But, seriously...would that actually work?

BTW, that's the exact amp I already have.



Considered it, but my chair needs to be mobile. I slide from my work desk to my editing desk all day long.
Oh I bet it works as good as the <$200 options in this thread..

You would need to ensure an air tight seal between the drivers and the tubing but that shouldn't be that difficult. Also, you could do a curve enclosure too if it helps with the limited space aspect.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846

this might make the air tight seal easier?

http://www.parts-express.com/precisi...e-kit--268-350

I don't have time to model any of this (There's probably 10 DIYers that will in that section.. but if all you are looking for a a bit of bass down to say 35-40hz I bet this works fine. Of course as soon as you turn up the 20w amp you'll think...."man, this sounds GOOD, I just wish it were a little louder" And then you'll find yourself shopping for a 40w or 80w amp.

Before you know it you'll have co-workers and friends asking for custom versions. And then it is APSpeakers inc!



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Tom....you're crazy.

That's why you design speakers and I buy 'em. I could probably build something like that (with help) but I'm the kinda dude who likes to buy stuff already assembled....just ask my wife as she witnessed the last grill I had to put together.

Anyways, I just ordered that Pinnacle from Woot....seemed like a screaming deal at $180 (MSRP $750, going for around $600 retail right now, $400 used). I'll let you all know how it works out in a few days.
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Pinnacle has a small dual-6.5" sub that should just fit under your desk:
Oh, and thanks again rrskda for posting this great deal!!
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Oh, and thanks again rrskda for posting this great deal!!
another option,


http://www.markertek.com/Audio-Equip...FQ1gMgodP04A-Q


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Oh, and thanks again rrskda for posting this great deal!!
Just ordered one myself to replace a junk logitech sub for my computer. -3db @ 28hz with 107db output should be plenty!
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Great, let us know how it performs. Hard to find reviews of Pinnacle subwoofers.
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yeah, thx for the link (I guess )
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This one might fit if you turn it on its side and remove the feet...


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Well I recieved my Pinnacle Subsonic today. It came packaged very well. Thick single layer cardboard lined with 3" thick heavy duty foam. After Unboxing, the little 8" cube is a stone weighing 25-30lbs. It came with a fairly detailed intruction manual along with a quick setup sheet. I was also suprised to see a sub cable included with 4 heavy duty brass spiked feet. The amp is a class a/b that draws some decent heat and the heat sink is half the size of the sub.

I ended up setting the sub up in my 2.5 car garage. I had a pair of Polk RTI-4 book shelfs and a old Sony AVR lying around. So after work I began "project garage bass".

Initial impression, this little sub is amazing. Now bear in mind it's not going to knock pictures off the wall, but for being placed in a 4000^3 garage with concrete floors, this little sub manages to slightly shake all the walls including the garage door. In a small den with a computer setup, this little bastage would be amazing!! For 699.00 retail its waaaayyy over priced, but for 179.00 closeout its a steal. Tight, clean, accurate bass that digs pretty deep for a little cube. I can say there was no way I expected this kind off bass from such a tiny sub.
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That's very encouraging BH! Mine will be here tomorrow and I'll let you know how it does in my 700^3 office.

I think my boss (office next door) is gonna hate me......or fire me!
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WTF?!

This morning my tracking said it would be delivered today....now my little sub is taking a cross-country trek.

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That's very encouraging BH! Mine will be here tomorrow and I'll let you know how it does in my 700^3 office.

I think my boss (office next door) is gonna hate me......or fire me!
You can listen to music on speakers at work??? Even if you have your own office, wouldn't people notice?
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Yeah, nobody's complained....yet. But I don't have the sub yet either.
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OK, got the Pinnacle sub hooked up in my office this morning...all I can say is good thing my boss is on vacation this week.

This little sub has way more output than I would ever use in my office! Nice tight, clean bass even at lower levels. This thing was a steal at $179! Much heavier than it looks too.

All I need to do now is bring my SPL meter in so I can calibrate the level. Can I just use any of the "pink noise" vids found on Youtube??

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I agree alan! I was going to make a you tube video of the little sub hammering in my 4000^3 garage. From 6" I recorded 115db peaks playing bass music, from 3ft away I was still seeing 112-113db, from 12ft away 100db, and most of the garage space shows atleast 96db output. Now that is damn respectable for a 8" cube imo. I would of never imagined....179.00 was a steal no doubt!!
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Hey basshead, where do you got the gain on your sub set? Mines at about 10:00 and seems about right.
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About 9-10:00
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Great to see it getting such good reviews. Any idea how low the frequency response goes, +/-3dB?
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According to this, it's 28hz.
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According to this, it's 28hz.
Yep, which is why I'm curious about how low it actually goes
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