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Need help find subwoofer. :)

Hello very new to the forum.

And browsing a long looking and random speakers brought me here.

I recently bought new receiver- 2100W
And two Def Tech 450's

Looking for a sub that will match the sound of these Def Techs so it will even out with music and sound extremely well in movies.

In a Master bedroom. with two doors 20x20 9ft ceilings and two windows.
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From the limited info given, I suspect your budget for a sub is under $300. If you haven't had a chance to look at the "under $300 subwoofer" thread, I suggest you take a look. That being said, the following may work for you:

NXG NX-SUB-500
BIC PL-200
Dayton SUB 1200

If I'm in error on the budget, please clarify by giving your maximum budget. It will take a very good sub to fill that 3,600 cu. ft. volume of space.
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okay thanks

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okay thanks
Not sure why you edited your response, because your concerns are valid. I too look at the negative reviews. You will read negative reviews on any product no matter how good that product is. You'll also read great reviews on a product no matter how bad it is. One needs to filter some of these reviews and look at the percentages of happy and unhappy customers. And no matter how great the company is, a bad unit will sneak through quality control.

However, there are areas which do bring up concern. NXG is probably the highest rated (price/performance ratio) here on AVS between the three, but since it has such limited dealership and contact info, I can see why people are hesitant. I would be too. While the dealership (Parts Express) for Dayton is well known, it's warranty coverage is a real concern. The BIC in question has the best warranty of any BIC subwoofer and the best warranty in the business (5 years on the amplifier and 8 years on the driver). That should relieve a lot of concern.

On a $300 budget (or even a $400 budget), one is limiting oneself, and I won't even go into your room volume. The subs I've mentioned are probably the best one can do, unless you buy used or go DIY. Increase to a $500 budget and that opens up a new world. Now we are talking Hsu, SVS, Outlaw (while on sale) and Reaction Audio. Big difference.

Best of luck on your search.
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I heavily advise trying to stretch your budget, as dsrussell stated, because you're talking about a 3600 cubic foot room. Any "budget" sub is just going to leave you disappointed in a room that size unfortunately.

Although, perhaps you can elaborate a bit more on your actual goals for this setup?
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On a $300 budget (or even a $400 budget), one is limiting oneself, and I won't even go into your room volume. The subs I've mentioned are probably the best one can do, unless you buy used or go DIY. Increase to a $500 budget and that opens up a new world. Now we are talking Hsu, SVS, Outlaw (while on sale) and Reaction Audio. Big difference.
Agreed. The Outlaw LFM-1 Plus, on sale for $500, is a much better choice for your room if you want to fill the room with bass. It's also a better quality sub than the others in the $300 range. Not sure how much longer that sale will last, though.

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I'm a fan of Hsu subs. They outperform their cost. You can get a VTF-1 for a bit over $400, but the VTF-2 would be better (in the $500 range). Great customer service, too. Repeat customers get a discount (just contact them and provide the serial number of your existing sub). Very musical subs that will also dig deep for movies.

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3600 ft^3 + nice speakers - $300 budget = disappointment.

The 450's are pretty good speakers, and your room is on the large side, so there really isn't a $300 subwoofer that would satisfy your needs. Once you get into the $500-$600 range you will definitely find options - like the SVS PB1000 and Rythmik LV12R - but much below that price point and you're probably not going to be satisfied with your purchase.

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