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Have a BIC V1020. What sub for dual?

Current setup:
4x Pioneer FS52
Pioneer C22 center
BIC V1020 sub
Currently have an older Denon with Audyssey XT. Receiver to be upgraded to indeterminate model at some point, may or may not be able to swing XT32.

I would like to upgrade the sub setup, and I figure I can buy a new sub and run dual. I don't really know more than that - do the subs need to be similar in any way? Does it hurt the overall system to have one great sub (say an SVS PB-1000) and a not so great sub? Are there any subs that would particularly suit this system?

Budget is ideallt $300 but I might stretch up to $500 if it's really worth it. The room is a basement (wood panel over wood studs over blocks) about 14 feet wide and 30 feet long, with the listening position set at maybe 12 feet back. I'll be doing acoustic treatment of the space but have not yet worked out details. Hopefully that covers all the relevant info?

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I wouldn't bother running the BIC if you get a new $300-$500 ID sub. The new sub will completely overpower the BIC.

Ideally, you want identical subs in a multi-sub setup.
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I agree with Alan. I own the BIC V-1220 (and gave away the V-1020) and use it in another room. I did not want to bring down the better sub (SB13 Ultra). I'd say get the PB-1000 or the Rythmik LV12R (or even the Outlaw Ultra X12), then save for another in the future if you are not getting good coverage in your large room.

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Movie area: EMP Tek R5Bi, PSA XS30, Denon X2000, Oppo BDP 83.
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Ideally you would want dual subs to be the same. You could get another V-1020 and it would improve output and response in your room, but of course it won't create more extension. If you decide to get a more capable sub, say the SVS PB-1000, don't be afraid to use the V-1020 with it in a dual sub set up. Experiment with placing the V-1020 near your main listening area. I even ran the V-1020 near my couch, coupled with a much more capable PSA XS30 and the difference with the V-1020 as opposed to without it was very noticeable. It really added a lot to the 30Hz and up range. Gunshots and explosions in Advanced Warfare shook my couch and had much more impact with the V-1020 in the mix.
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