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$400 sub woofer recommendations

I have a 11 foot by 10 foot room that I am putting a new system together in. So far I have the following items in my basket on Amazon:

-Klipsch Quintet V speaker system

-Yamaha RX-V475 5.1-Channel Network AV Receiver with Airplay

My Samsung UN65HU9000 just arrived today.

I am not sure what a good subwoofer would be. I have been looking at:

-Klipsch SW-450 10-Inch 450watt Subwoofer (Black)
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-Polk Audio PSW505 12-Inch Powered Subwoofer (Single, Black)

I am completely open to suggestions and I'm trying to stay around $400. I looked at Polk DSW PRO 440 WI but im not sure if any of these are overkill.

I mainly play action games on my ps4 /xbox one. I will be watching blu rays too. I also play a game called "Rocksmith 2014" so i want music to sound good with the subwoofer too. Please help me complete my system! If you guys have better recommendations on the speakers or receiver please let me know. Thanks in advance.
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If you can up your budget $100 dollars this will put you into a whole new league of subwoofers and capabilities. Right now the Outlaw LFM-1 Plus can be had for $500 shipped to your door. It can't be beat for that price unless you were to build something yourself. I would act quickly before the sale ends.

http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/lfm1plus.html
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Here are some other options if your firm on your budget. Also, PS there is no such thing as overkill when it comes to subwoofers.

http://www.amazon.com/Premier-Acoust.../dp/B0021I0DD8

http://www.amazon.com/NXG-Technology.../dp/B008FSTU4G

http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/stf-2.html
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^^^See above post.
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Here are some other options if your firm on your budget. Also, PS there is no such thing as overkill when it comes to subwoofers.

http://www.amazon.com/Premier-Acoust.../dp/B0021I0DD8

http://www.amazon.com/NXG-Technology.../dp/B008FSTU4G

http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/stf-2.html
Out of those 3, what would be your #1 pick? And thanks again for info!
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The NXG Technology NX-BAS-500. It offers reasonable performance for it's price point. You can read more about it here.

NXG Technology NX-BAS-500 12"
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I see you will be watching movies also. You may want to give the SVS PB-1000 a try, as you can have it shipped to your home for a free 45 day trial and if you don't like it ship it back. As mentioned above stepping up another 100$ will get you a better sounding sub and I don't think you'll regret it at all. Other internet companies to look into are HSU, PSA, ect.

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No one thinks overkill on the subs suggested for satellites?

All 3.5" speakers all around and then jump to a really hi output 12" driver? I would probably reccommend spending more money on bigger main speakers.

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No one thinks overkill on the subs suggested for satellites?

All 3.5" speakers all around and then jump to a really hi output 12" driver? I would probably reccommend spending more money on bigger main speakers.
A buddy of mine has the Quintets with a very low powered sub. The quintets get very loud and have great clarity. His room is larger then mine as well. So the speakers I am happy with. But yes, I am worried about overkill with the sub. I think im going to bite the bullet within the next week on a sub and the Outlaw is looking nice after some reading I have done(plus the sale ends this month, and will save me $170) . But i still do wonder if its too much
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I had the quintets. I know what they are capable of.
I still think you would be better suited on a bookshelf set or towers instead of quintets, but I wouldn't go nuts on a large hi power sub with micro speakers
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A buddy of mine has the Quintets with a very low powered sub. The quintets get very loud and have great clarity. His room is larger then mine as well. So the speakers I am happy with. But yes, I am worried about overkill with the sub. I think im going to bite the bullet within the next week on a sub and the Outlaw is looking nice after some reading I have done(plus the sale ends this month, and will save me $170) . But i still do wonder if its too much
It's won't be too much. You can always turn the gain done on the subwoofer and on the receiver settings. Personally I am not a fan of Yamaha budget receivers, they are way to limited in their features and they struggle to make anywhere near their claimed power output.

If you can get the Outlaw LFM-1 Plus within your budget you would be silly not you.

You can always turn the subwoofer gain down but you can only turn it up so much.
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I had the quintets. I know what they are capable of.
I still think you would be better suited on a bookshelf set or towers instead of quintets, but I wouldn't go nuts on a large hi power sub with micro speakers
Would you give me a recommendation on 5.1 Towers and book shelves for around $400-$600?

I have only heard good things about the receiver too. Is their a 4k receiver for around the same price point that is better? Im not afraid to spend a little extra.

PS> Yall cant talk me out of that TV, i love that thing!
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I have these and looks like they are on sale for $100 a piece on Amazon (This is an absolute steal). I paid $400 for my pair a while back. You could have all of this for under $600.

http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primu.../dp/B0046A8R3M

I have this center channel

http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primu...EGDCF4Y0W3N000

And these too

http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primu...91R2XPF79C5TQD
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HSU STF2 is 400 shipped I believe. You might be able to get a deal on a Klipsch SW 112 at Frys for that price if you don't want internet direct. I agree with the poster who said that 500-600 is a huge performance jump from 400 bucks.
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I have these and looks like they are on sale for $100 a piece on Amazon (This is an absolute steal). I paid $400 for my pair a while back. You could have all of this for under $600.

http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primu.../dp/B0046A8R3M

I have this center channel

http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primu...EGDCF4Y0W3N000

And these too

http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primu...91R2XPF79C5TQD
Cool man thanks for the reply! What receiver you using? Im looking for 4k's since i just got the 4k samsung.
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Would you give me a recommendation on 5.1 Towers and book shelves for around $400-$600?

I have only heard good things about the receiver too. Is their a 4k receiver for around the same price point that is better? Im not afraid to spend a little extra.

PS> Yall cant talk me out of that TV, i love that thing!
For 4k receivers there is the
-Denon AVR-E400, for $350 (With Audyssey it has great speakers room calibration software)
-Sony STR-DN1040, for $400 (no other receiver comes close to having as many features. Like wifi connection to network no hard wiring required) Sony got a great review by Sound & Vision mag that is worth reading, link.

Here is a review of the Yamaha RX-V475 by Sound&Vision, link.

As for 5.0 speaker set under $500 the go to one is the Pioneers
-Pair of Pioneer SP-F52-LR towers, $127/each shipped (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
-Pioneer SP-C22 Center Channel, $97 shipped (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
-Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Book Shelf speakers, $127/pair shipped (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
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For 4k receivers there is the
-Denon AVR-E400, for $350 (With Audyssey it has great speakers room calibration software)
-Sony STR-DN1040, for $400 (no other receiver comes close to having as many features. Like wifi connection to network no hard wiring required) Sony got a great review by Sound & Vision mag that is worth reading, link.

Here is a review of the Yamaha RX-V475 by Sound&Vision, link.

As for 5.0 speaker set under $500 the go to one is the Pioneers
-Pair of Pioneer SP-F52-LR towers, $127/each shipped (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
-Pioneer SP-C22 Center Channel, $97 shipped (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
-Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Book Shelf speakers, $127/pair shipped (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
Thx Rob, I had seen that you recommended the infinity towers over the pioneers in an older post. You think the Pioneer are best bang for my buck?
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Rob the Pioneers are nice that's what I came from before, but the Infinity's are on another level. For less than $100 dollars over the Pioneers they are worth it and then some.
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Cool man thanks for the reply! What receiver you using? Im looking for 4k's since i just got the 4k samsung.
Denon AVR-1713
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Rob the Pioneers are nice that's what I came from before, but the Infinity's are on another level. For less than $100 dollars over the Pioneers they are worth it and then some.
Yeah now that the center is on sale for 199.95 its a great deal. The link that you used however didn't have the $107 with free shipping price.
Here is the deal on the infinity's
http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primu.../dp/B0046A8R3M

I would recommend the Infinity towers over the Pioneers any day. Both are great speakers you can't go wrong with either. I just recommended the Pioneers first as their price is consistent. With the Infinities its a deal you have to jump on now cause their price will be different tomorrow.

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Yeah now that the center is on sale for 199.95 its a great deal. The link that you used however didn't have the $107 with free shipping price.
Here is the deal on the infinity's
http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Primu.../dp/B0046A8R3M
Good catch must have grabbed the wrong link.
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Personally I would look for something used on Craigslist and up the speaker budget if you can.i just don't think getting a monster sub and anemic speakers is going to so any justice if you want good sound. You need mid bass too, not just super highs and super lows.
Man too bad you weren't closer, I just sold a full klipsch icon 5.1 set with sub for $450 because I couldn't unload them for the life of me so gave them away.

Even if you get some main drivers atleast 6" you will be more please IMHO.
I did quintets and were nice for what they were, bit night and day when you step to a bigger driver
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What would be the step up to something with some mids? That isn't way over this current budget?
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I would allocate more of the budget on the sub(s). It's going to have the biggest impact on your system. I didn't put a lot of emphasis on my speakers, but I did choose carefully. With that said they keep up just fine with my subs and they cost significantly more. Good luck with your system.
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There is a PSA XV15 for sale used @ 500.00. If you live close enough this would be a smoking deal. Still has 3yrs left on the warranty. Check the PSA thread.
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What would be the step up to something with some mids? That isn't way over this current budget?
I dont know how good BIC stuff is, but it looks like you can get some towers , center and surrounds with 6.5" drivers for not too much over what you were looking at from partsexpress.
Also those Pioneers and Inifinities probably wont be bad that were linked above.

Again , I just dont think you will be overly happy with a monster sub and satellites and will be on here asking about upgrading soon again anyway. Deff get as much sub as you can, but dont sacrifice the main part of the system for ample bass.
And honestly, you can go DIY on the sub and the money you save on that end up with likely more output and put the saved money towards bigger 5 channels.

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There is a PSA XV15 for sale used @ 500.00. If you live close enough this would be a smoking deal. Still has 3yrs left on the warranty. Check the PSA thread.
With a stroke of luck I found a used PSA XV15 2 hours away for $550. It's huge! Now my room is all wood floor. Should I get carpet to sit the sub on? I really didn't want a throw rug in my room because of the dogs.
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^^ No need. Shouldn't have any effect.
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With a stroke of luck I found a used PSA XV15 2 hours away for $550. It's huge! Now my room is all wood floor. Should I get carpet to sit the sub on? I really didn't want a throw rug in my room because of the dogs.
Not sure what's on the bottom already. But you might want to put something under it (rubber feet, maybe?). Over time, you might get some minor vibration that could rub your wood floors.

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^^ The XV15 is a down-firing, rear-ported model with pretty high feet (looks like a couple of inches). I ended up setting my XS30 on furniture sliders (for wood), simply because I need to pull it out often to dry mop.
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