Best Sub under $600 - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 02:19 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
DrCheeks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Acworth (Atlanta), Ga
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Hello,

Finally boss lady (wife) has allowed me to purchase another piece of electronics for my home theater. I am interested in purchasing a subwoofer. I was given permission to spend no more than $600. What is the best sub? I have read and re-read all of the info on SVS. Are the HSU subs just as good. Also how do I determine how much wattage I need for my sub. Should I get a powered or passive sub? Currently I am using an old Bose passive sub with a cheap 150 watt amp----not great sound, not clean bass. Please help.
DrCheeks is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 02:41 PM
AVS Special Member
 
plasmamaniac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Peachtree City, Ga. (25 Miles South of Atlanta)
Posts: 2,323
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Check out the HSU subs, I have and I have decided on the TN-1220OH with a 500 watt amp. Don't worry about the wattage as it is very subjective but use it as a ballpark figure.
plasmamaniac is offline  
post #3 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 02:44 PM
Advanced Member
 
TracerBullet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: LA, CA
Posts: 567
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
check out the rocket ufw 10-- $599.

www.**********
TracerBullet is offline  
post #4 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 03:04 PM
AVS Special Member
 
mikejz84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 1,109
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Don't forget DIY sub

Going to BB means rubbing elbows w/ the Unwashed Masses

No thanks

Netflix for me!
mikejz84 is offline  
post #5 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 03:53 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Nhan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Frisco, TX
Posts: 1,123
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Rockets, Hsu, SVS. Can't really go wrong with any of these. BTW, what speakers are you using? If they are the Blose cubes, you might have some trouble integrating them with a non-blose sub. I seem to remember someone posting of a way, but I forgot what it was.
Nhan is offline  
post #6 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 04:04 PM
Senior Member
 
ClutchBrake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 373
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Could you give a little info about your room and the rest of your setup?

I have an SVS 20-39 PCi. They go for $599 brand new. Not having heard a ton of below $600 subs I certainly can't claim it is the best. I'm certainly pleased with it and at $599 would definitely buy another.
ClutchBrake is offline  
post #7 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 05:48 PM
AVS Special Member
 
tomes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: IL
Posts: 1,819
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
You know, if the lady gives you a limit, there are ways around that :)

I got a strict budget of 2000, and so far, it looks like I will be spending 2300, not including speaker stands, speaker wire and signal cables :)

("honey, you have to take shipping into consideration", "that didn't include tax", "it was cheaper before, it's not my fault I had to wait, and the sale went away!")

:)
tomes is offline  
post #8 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 06:06 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
DrCheeks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Acworth (Atlanta), Ga
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Thanks Tomes. I will try that. I have a HK AVR 525, Infinity Reference Speakers, and a Onix rocket center channel speaker. My room size is 11 ft by 30 ft, carpeted, and has low ceilings. Thanks for all the replies guys. Appreciate it. I really love this website and forum.
DrCheeks is offline  
post #9 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 07:37 PM
Moderator
 
Woodrow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 6,673
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 13
Quote:
Originally posted by tomes
You know, if the lady gives you a limit, there are ways around that :)

I got a strict budget of 2000, and so far, it looks like I will be spending 2300, not including speaker stands, speaker wire and signal cables :)

("honey, you have to take shipping into consideration", "that didn't include tax", "it was cheaper before, it's not my fault I had to wait, and the sale went away!")

:)
Someone on this board gave me some advice that's really helped. He said if your WAF won't let you get something, just talk about the piece of gear you want all the time. She lets me get it just to shut me up.
I'm not joking either, it REALLY works.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Woodrow is offline  
post #10 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 08:43 PM
Senior Member
 
TowJumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Macon, Georgia
Posts: 289
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
When the war department (wife) objects to a new addition, I like to start talking about that 'dangerous' Bike (motorcycle) that I always wanted. That seems to distract her enough to overlook some things.

Only problem is I can never actually HAVE a bike or the ruse wont work. YMMV.

"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
TowJumper is offline  
post #11 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 09:13 PM
AGE
Senior Member
 
AGE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 278
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 14
What is it an abbreviation for? I understand from context that it has something to do with pleasing one's wife...

Dumb question, but I don't know the answer so there it is.
AGE is offline  
post #12 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 09:17 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
cschang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Manhattan Beach, CA
Posts: 14,769
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Liked: 77
Wife Acceptance Factor

-curtis

Owner of
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Volunteer Mod at the
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Like all things on the Internet, do your research, as forums have a good amount of misinformation.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

cschang is offline  
post #13 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 09:19 PM
Member
 
malbadon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Calgary
Posts: 53
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Wife Approval Factor.
malbadon is offline  
post #14 of 43 Old 01-05-2004, 09:39 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Nhan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Frisco, TX
Posts: 1,123
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Wife Annoyance Factor? :D
Nhan is offline  
post #15 of 43 Old 01-06-2004, 12:46 AM
Member
 
Chris A H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Back to the thread topic... ;^)

Tell us what ratio of music to HT you will listen to, it would help as well.
Chris A H is offline  
post #16 of 43 Old 01-06-2004, 06:29 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
DrCheeks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Acworth (Atlanta), Ga
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I will be using my sysytem for 85% movie and 15 % music.
DrCheeks is offline  
post #17 of 43 Old 01-06-2004, 07:28 AM
AVS Special Member
 
plasmamaniac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Peachtree City, Ga. (25 Miles South of Atlanta)
Posts: 2,323
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I use mine 65% movies, TV and 35% for music. I just talked to Dr. Hsu and he was very helpful in recommending what I need for my home theater system.
plasmamaniac is offline  
post #18 of 43 Old 01-06-2004, 07:29 AM
Senior Member
 
kgoetz97's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Hampton Roads, VA (Smithfield)
Posts: 463
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Quote:
Originally posted by TowJumper
When the war department (wife) objects to a new addition, I like to start talking about that 'dangerous' Bike (motorcycle) that I always wanted. That seems to distract her enough to overlook some things.

Only problem is I can never actually HAVE a bike or the ruse wont work. YMMV.
What does YMMV mean?
Thanks (since we're answering all the abbreviations here:D )

Life is good...
kgoetz97 is offline  
post #19 of 43 Old 01-06-2004, 07:49 AM
AVS Special Member
 
policy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Denver, CO, USA!
Posts: 1,109
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
If you're looking for a sub which can be AT your house for under $600, looks amazing, and outputs deeper bass than the SVS everyone has an erection for, check out the Stryke Audio minithunder. I have one and I've been INCREDIBLY pleased. It's far better than anything they carry in the high-end stores here (Paradigm, Infinity, Sunfire), and it's just BEAUTIFUL. The veneering is amazing. I highly recommend checking them out.

When an episode of Walker Texas Ranger was aired in France, the French surrendered to Chuck Norris just to be on the safe side.

XBL:MileHighMurder
PSN:SayH1ToYourMom
policy is offline  
post #20 of 43 Old 01-06-2004, 09:41 AM
AVS Special Member
 
beowulf7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: TX
Posts: 2,366
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 20
Quote:
Originally posted by kgoetz97
What does YMMV mean?
Thanks (since we're answering all the abbreviations here:D )
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

Thread starter, I'm really close to getting an Athena system and will most likely get the AS-P400 subwoofer. It has a 10", 400 W peak, 100 W RMS, and costs $400 MSRP. That's well under your budget, but it gives you an idea.

There was another recent thread here where one guy asked to see pictures of SVS-12 (forgot the exact model). Those subs look massive and all the owners in that thread said that sub was unbelievable. That sub retails for $599, which leaves you a buck to hit a go-go bar. :o

Procrastination is the thief of time.
-- Edward Young

They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety.

-- Benjamin Franklin

You shouldn't mix meditation with management.
The mind gets too empty.

-- Scott Adams, "Dilbert"
beowulf7 is offline  
post #21 of 43 Old 01-06-2004, 10:02 AM
AVS Special Member
 
plasmamaniac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Peachtree City, Ga. (25 Miles South of Atlanta)
Posts: 2,323
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
How about the HSU STF-3 for $599? I wanted this sub but I don't have room for it and I think that the upright cylindrical sub TN-1220HO with a 500 watt amp would suit my purposes better and if I need to upgrade when I get a larger house I can just add another TN-1220HO because the 500 watt amp will power two subs. A lot of people like this sub for the price.
plasmamaniac is offline  
post #22 of 43 Old 01-06-2004, 01:00 PM
AVS Special Member
 
premierht's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Philly
Posts: 1,508
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Best site on the net.

I nominate the NHT SW12.

Good luck,

E. J.

Get a good deal on the Algorenet? Don't come crying to me when you need it fixed.
premierht is offline  
post #23 of 43 Old 01-06-2004, 04:05 PM
Senior Member
 
TrinhTD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 314
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Plasmamaniac, the TN1220 and 500W amp will set you back $1200 not $600 unless you know something which I don't :)

For under $600, how about Adire Dharman or Adire Deava.
TrinhTD is offline  
post #24 of 43 Old 01-06-2004, 06:48 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
DrCheeks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Acworth (Atlanta), Ga
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Hello,
I would love the TN1220 with the 500W amp but it is $1200 not $600. Please let me know if you are getting it for $600. I won't tell anyone, it will be our secret. I can keep it on the down low.
DrCheeks is offline  
post #25 of 43 Old 01-06-2004, 08:34 PM
AVS Special Member
 
beowulf7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: TX
Posts: 2,366
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 20
What is the most desirable type of sub, downward firing, rear firing, or front firing? I guess it depends on the room arrangement. I just ordered Athena AS-P400 10" subwoofer, which is front firing. My brother was saying that it's the worst kind of "firing" set up, but since the sub is for my parents' HTS, they probably won't care. : \\

Procrastination is the thief of time.
-- Edward Young

They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety.

-- Benjamin Franklin

You shouldn't mix meditation with management.
The mind gets too empty.

-- Scott Adams, "Dilbert"
beowulf7 is offline  
post #26 of 43 Old 01-07-2004, 12:13 AM
Member
 
Chris A H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Quote:
I will be using my sysytem for 85% movie and 15 % music.
If this is the case and you like the cylinder look I would pick the SVS 25-31PCi (just under $600 shipped to your door).

I have the box model of this sub (the PB1-ISD) and just love it. It is so good on HT that I find I am watching more movies!

My original budget was $400 and I bought a Hsu STF-2. Good for music but lacking in HT in my room so I returned it. Upped the budget and really upped the performance with the SVS! I'm very happy now.

Good luck.
Chris A H is offline  
post #27 of 43 Old 01-07-2004, 06:23 AM
AVS Special Member
 
plasmamaniac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Peachtree City, Ga. (25 Miles South of Atlanta)
Posts: 2,323
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
You guys can't read very good. Read this again. How about the HSU STF-3 for $599? I wanted this sub but I don't have room for it and I think that the upright cylindrical sub TN-1220HO with a 500 watt amp would suit my purposes better and if I need to upgrade when I get a larger house I can just add another TN-1220HO because the 500 watt amp will power two subs. A lot of people like this sub for the price.
I stated "How about the HSU STF-3 for $599?" I decided to get the TN-1220HO because it fits my space next to my home theater display and the HSU STF-3 will not because it bigger and not cylindrical like the TN-1220HO. You need to learn to read the whole statement and not just pieces of the statement.
plasmamaniac is offline  
post #28 of 43 Old 01-07-2004, 06:30 AM
AVS Special Member
 
video321's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: NJ
Posts: 1,581
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked: 14
I'm waiting to hear more about the STF-3 as I save my pennies. To me, this may be yet the best "bang for the buck" sub under $600. I only wish they dropped the tuned level - I believe it's only 25hz right now.
video321 is offline  
post #29 of 43 Old 01-07-2004, 07:06 AM
AVS Special Member
 
lwang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 1,336
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 12
Quote:
Originally posted by video321
I'm waiting to hear more about the STF-3 as I save my pennies. To me, this may be yet the best "bang for the buck" sub under $600. I only wish they dropped the tuned level - I believe it's only 25hz right now.
It is rated flat to 25hz, but it doesn't mean it is tuned to 25hz. Even a VTF-3 in Max Output mode was flat to 22hz, which is what the STF-3's based on.
lwang is offline  
post #30 of 43 Old 01-07-2004, 07:17 AM
AVS Special Member
 
plasmamaniac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Peachtree City, Ga. (25 Miles South of Atlanta)
Posts: 2,323
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
That is why I am going with the TN-1220HO either with the 250 watt amp or the 500 watt amp. I can afford the TN-1220HO with 250 watt amp now but I would have to wait to get the 500 watt unit because of wife factor. However, if I build another larger house with dedicated home theater room then I might want to add another TN-1220HO to the setup and if I bought the one with the 500 watt amp I would be in business. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
plasmamaniac is offline  
Closed Thread Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off