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kylbarnes 11:39 PM 07-22-2014
Wow. Okay, it looks like I've found my subs. I'll go with 2 LFM-1 EX subs. One for each room. Thanks guys.

JimWilson's Avatar JimWilson 06:45 AM 07-23-2014
If you're willing to spend the entire sum on a pair of subs now then the Outlaw's are the way to go. I have heard one of those myself, and for the current sale price it will be very hard to beat.
JT78681's Avatar JT78681 06:46 AM 07-23-2014
The Outlaw LFM-1 EX is a beast. I used to have one and it definitely dug deep and packed a punch. I love the tops on them. I had it in between two couches and it served quite well as an end table with that plexiglass top. The sale needs to hurry up and end, so that I don't end up purchasing another for my other room.
PM-Performance's Avatar PM-Performance 10:38 AM 07-23-2014
Have you considered DIY? I was looking for another SVS the other week for a bigger room and someone mentioned DIY to me. I now have bought 2 18" drivers, a 3000 watt pro amp with DSP, 4 bassshakers and 250w amp for those too for less than what just dual subs would cost me. (about $900 soo far and "should" yeild some pretty rediculous output along with added tactile response from the shakers. Shakers out of the equation and it was under $600)
kylbarnes 12:00 PM 07-23-2014
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Have you considered DIY? I was looking for another SVS the other week for a bigger room and someone mentioned DIY to me. I now have bought 2 18" drivers, a 3000 watt pro amp with DSP, 4 bassshakers and 250w amp for those too for less than what just dual subs would cost me. (about $900 soo far and "should" yeild some pretty rediculous output along with added tactile response from the shakers. Shakers out of the equation and it was under $600)
I thought about it. But I don't trust myself enough to build my own.
PM-Performance's Avatar PM-Performance 12:09 PM 07-23-2014
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I thought about it. But I don't trust myself enough to build my own.
Niether do I, I am convincing a friend to build my boxes for me. Otherwise, the rest is fairly straight forward
Rowan611's Avatar Rowan611 03:49 PM 07-23-2014
It's not that hard. Plus, if you buy a flatpack from diysoundgroup, all that's required is building it per the instructions. Or, look into a full Marty or mini Marty. Just gotta assemble it - that's where you'll get the most bang for your buck.
PM-Performance's Avatar PM-Performance 04:36 PM 07-23-2014
Plus over 4000 cubic ft and 2 12's may be pushing it unless on subflooring.
This is why I am switching up now too
kylbarnes 05:17 PM 07-23-2014
I put in my order today for 2 LFM-1 EX subs. Can't wait for them to arrive!
JT78681's Avatar JT78681 07:08 PM 07-23-2014
Well done!
Rowan611's Avatar Rowan611 07:45 PM 07-23-2014
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I put in my order today for 2 LFM-1 EX subs. Can't wait for them to arrive!
Nice! I'm sure you'll enjoy them.
K5/SS's Avatar K5/SS 01:22 PM 08-01-2014
Any updates?
kylbarnes 03:21 PM 08-01-2014
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Any updates?
I got both LFM-1 EX's on Tuesday. So far, I've only tested 1 sub downstairs in my living room. So far, it's pretty good. It doesn't quite have the "shake the whole room" I was hoping for out of 1 sub. But it could be because it's only 1 sub, it isn't broken in yet, or that it's a down firing sub hitting somewhat thick carpet with minimum clearance. This weekend I'm going to try both subs in both rooms at full blast, and see if I get that full rumble I'm hoping for.

I'll post an update this weekend with how it sounds with both subs active.
Kini62's Avatar Kini62 03:26 PM 08-01-2014
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I got both LFM-1 EX's on Tuesday. So far, I've only tested 1 sub downstairs in my living room. So far, it's pretty good. It doesn't quite have the "shake the whole room" I was hoping for out of 1 sub. But it could be because it's only 1 sub, it isn't broken in yet, or that it's a down firing sub hitting somewhat thick carpet with minimum clearance. This weekend I'm going to try both subs in both rooms at full blast, and see if I get that full rumble I'm hoping for.

I'll post an update this weekend with how it sounds with both subs active.
Your rooms are just too large to get the "shake the whole room" experience out of a single mid priced sub. Rooms that large need a lot of power. Down firing has no affect, carpet either.

Put both subs in one room and see how that goes.
shadyJ's Avatar shadyJ 03:37 PM 08-01-2014
A couple bits of advice for more room shaking: run the sub in 2 ports open mode. Make sure the mode switch is set to '2 ports open' on the amp plate. This will give you more punch in the 20 to 40 Hz range, although at the cost of a bit of extension. Next thing, run the subs hotter than whatever your AVR set it to in the calibration routine. Many times Audyssey or whatever room correction calibration the AVR has will set the sub to a 'meh' level of output. Run the calibration, and afterward raise the subwoofer channel output by, maybe, 5 dB, or whatever it takes to rock you. Don't tun the sub extremely when its set to one port mode though. It's OK to beat on it when it's in 2 port mode. One more thing, try different placements for the subs if you can. Placement makes a huge difference in bass sound.
kylbarnes 03:40 PM 08-01-2014
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Your rooms are just too large to get the "shake the whole room" experience out of a single mid priced sub. Rooms that large need a lot of power. Down firing has no affect, carpet either.

Put both subs in one room and see how that goes.
Yup, that's the plan. Is there a recommended Blu-Ray that has the best Bass? I was trying the Dark Knight movie as my source. Maybe Transformers? Something else? I want to piss off my neighbors this weekend with my test.
Kini62's Avatar Kini62 03:55 PM 08-01-2014
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Yup, that's the plan. Is there a recommended Blu-Ray that has the best Bass? I was trying the Dark Knight movie as my source. Maybe Transformers? Something else? I want to piss off my neighbors this weekend with my test.
Either of those movies are pretty good for bass.

There are also quite a few youtube videos that you can use to test your subs.

Take shady's advice on the setup.
JimWilson's Avatar JimWilson 04:01 PM 08-01-2014
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Yup, that's the plan. Is there a recommended Blu-Ray that has the best Bass? I was trying the Dark Knight movie as my source. Maybe Transformers? Something else? I want to piss off my neighbors this weekend with my test.

For a raucous bass-fest also consider Battle: Los Angeles.
PM-Performance's Avatar PM-Performance 10:34 PM 08-01-2014
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For a raucous bass-fest also consider Battle: Los Angeles.
Other good ones are tron legacy and Enders game. Pretty ridiculous lfe
cel4145's Avatar cel4145 08:55 AM 08-02-2014
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Your rooms are just too large to get the "shake the whole room" experience out of a single mid priced sub. Rooms that large need a lot of power. Down firing has no affect, carpet either.

Put both subs in one room and see how that goes.
+1

Might as well see if the two together will achieve what you want in the living room.

For movies to try to test your sub, four to five star movies on this list are generally great
kylbarnes 12:48 AM 08-04-2014
Latest update. I tried both subs in both rooms this weekend, and tested a few Blu-Ray's. I also took Shady's advice and ran Audyssey, both ports open, and jacked up the sub calibration by a few dB. Big improvement from before. I became especially happy when I could hear the stuff on my walls rattling throughout the room. I think the sound quality of the subs are great, and when you throw two in the mix, it will definitely give you that boom effect you want out of a home theater.

The only downside is that I now have to split up my subs, and throw one in each room. I'll probably save up for another sub in six months or so, and then move them both upstairs and run the new one downstairs.

Altogether, I have nothing but nice things to say about the LFM-1 EX.
cel4145's Avatar cel4145 12:55 AM 08-04-2014
They usually put the EX on sale sometime between Black Friday and the end of the first few weeks of December. So subscribe to their mailing list then and watch for sales
kylbarnes 04:31 PM 08-04-2014
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They usually put the EX on sale sometime between Black Friday and the end of the first few weeks of December. So subscribe to their mailing list then and watch for sales
I know what I'm getting myself for the holidays.
MIX_MASTER_ICE's Avatar MIX_MASTER_ICE 01:31 AM 08-07-2014
The Outlaw subs are nice. I got the LFM-1 Plus on sale for $500. It will produce some port noise when pushed, which made me wonder if this would only be exacerbated with the EX. The two subs share the same amp, driver and most importantly, the same dual 3" ports. The EX is in a larger cabinet and puts out more dB's and lower extension, but with the same size ports. Wouldn't that make the chuffing worse, especially in max extension (1 port plugged)? Forgive me if I'm way off on this, as I'm very much a novice in regards to these subs.
Tdekany's Avatar Tdekany 07:32 PM 08-07-2014
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Latest update. I tried both subs in both rooms this weekend, and tested a few Blu-Ray's. I also took Shady's advice and ran Audyssey, both ports open, and jacked up the sub calibration by a few dB. Big improvement from before. I became especially happy when I could hear the stuff on my walls rattling throughout the room. I think the sound quality of the subs are great, and when you throw two in the mix, it will definitely give you that boom effect you want out of a home theater.

The only downside is that I now have to split up my subs, and throw one in each room. I'll probably save up for another sub in six months or so, and then move them both upstairs and run the new one downstairs.

Altogether, I have nothing but nice things to say about the LFM-1 EX.
Have you tried 1 sub near field? Could make a difference, until you can purchase one more.
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