I just upgraded my whole system. I was running an Onkyo TX-NR515 with Klipsch Synergy speakers and a Klipsch KW-100 sub. I've switched over to the following:
Klipsch RF82 Fronts
Klipsch RC62 Center
Klipsch RS42 Surrounds
I wanted to try the system out with the KW-100 sub I have, thinking that it produced enough bass for me. The thing is, Im VERY happy with my sound now, except that the bass, while it seems like enough volume, sounds boomy and flabby. I think maybe its struggling to keep up with the RF82's?? Or maybe its just the mix of good speakers with a crappy sub...I didnt really notice the problem with my old speakers, but they were never that clear either. I'm not sure...Im fairly new to this.
Anyway, I really didn't want to dump more money into this, but if a new sub will drastically improve my tone even more then I'll sell this one and try to move into something else. Or maybe its how I have it setup? If its a new sub I need then here's what Im looking for:
Budget: Depends...maybe 600-800 tops? I dont know what it would take to move up from what Ive got. I'd like to try to find a deal and dont want to spend excessively (or my wife will have my head).
Size: Not really a HUGE consideration, but I dont want a monstrous sub....I dont have that much space. and then there's the WAF.
Room: Seating area is only about 14x11. BUT, its open to my office space of about 10x11, and multiple rooms and hallways.
Uses: About 40% TV, 20/20/20 Gaming, movies, music.
Listening habits: Usually fairly modest for TV and gaming. I like to feel the room shake when I watch movies though and I crank my music to concert level at times (when no one else is home). I mostly listen to rock.
Appearance: Decent. No eye sores but I'm not going to ask it out on a date.
Timeframe: Not a big deal, but I would like to buy local (Canada - Vancouver area) so its easy to return if I'm not satisfied, OR order from someone like SVS that offers free returns.