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A while back I posted that I had added a wall and considerably reduced the size of my home theater to 19'x12'x7'. I sold my Martin Logan Descent and picked up a Dynamo which impressed me very much for it's size at the time. However, coming from a Descent I felt that the "wow" factor was missing and considered going to the slightly larger Abyss or Grotto.
Instead, I found a great deal on another Descent so I'm back where I started. Space isn't an issue - but I'd like to know - is this overkill for the space? And is there any reason why having a larger sub than I need may be a bad idea (besides cost)?
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No matter how big the sub is, it's got a level control. If it's more sub than you need, it just means you've got more headroom. That's never a bad thing.
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what does overkill mean?

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No such thing as a sub that's too big. Just turn that bad boy down.

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Rule 1: If you can get the sub into the room and still have enough space left for a chair or two, it's not too big.
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... or the sub could double as your chair.

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You room isn't much larger than my old room, which I has dual SVS Ultra's in and I didn't consider that overkill then. Now I have a larger room and one Descent. If I decide to keep that I will get two.

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There is no such thing as overkill in subs.
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A while back I posted that I had added a wall and considerably reduced the size of my home theater to 19'x12'x7'. I sold my Martin Logan Descent and picked up a Dynamo which impressed me very much for it's size at the time. However, coming from a Descent I felt that the "wow" factor was missing and considered going to the slightly larger Abyss or Grotto.
Instead, I found a great deal on another Descent so I'm back where I started. Space isn't an issue - but I'd like to know - is this overkill for the space? And is there any reason why having a larger sub than I need may be a bad idea (besides cost)?

No, headroom is always a good thing. Just make sure to calibrate, you obviously don't want to have MORE bass, you want accurate bass.

On the other hand, depending on the space, it may or may not be a good idea to get multiple less powerful subs for more even response about the room, but this is gettint a bit more complex.

But bottom line, no, headroom is never a problem. Obviously having a lot of headroom and then turning it up way too loud for loud inaccurate bass is a problem, but that's why you calibrate. It's like driving a porsche through a school zone at 20mph. Having the *capbility* to go super fast is hardly a problem.
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There is no such thing as overkill in subs.

Amen to that brother. In the world of bass and subwoofers this face goes to this in no time. You just can't get enough.
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seriously though, an overkill subwoofer will have less distortion playing the same frequencies as a subwoofer that's struggling with the size of the room.

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I will soon be adding another sub in my 18X18 room.

Not going to taint the post with what it is, but it's big!
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1375 cu ft room + LMS-5400 in sealed 6cu ft enclosure. Should be fun.

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Please, I have a SubMersive1 in a 1000cf room. Needless to say, it can be quite fun

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Please, I have a SubMersive1 in a 1000cf room. Needless to say, it can be quite fun

I've been trying to contact Mark about ordering one but he hasn't answered any of my PMs.

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No matter how big the sub is, it's got a level control. If it's more sub than you need, it just means you've got more headroom. That's never a bad thing.



I agree,I have so many subs from tiny to...damn big and I need...MORE!

With subs the bigger the better.

Ask yourself mortal , do you have as much displacement as me ? The answer is no unless you have a Windmere fan sub.
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I'd take a look at HSU or SVS. They have much better products in the price range that you're looking
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1875 cubic ft HT.......(4)Tumults,sealed.

The rule is you can never have enough bass capability. Most guys upgrade because they just met their requirements.I think you need to have 50% over and above so you can enjoy your sub and your sub can enjoy reproducing bass.
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My room is 17x15x8 and I have 2 Kef PSW 4000s 2 Sunfire true subs and a Def tech Reference. I like to have plenty of bass during the scenes that don't have alot of bass but when the bass kicks in really loud out of nowhere I don't want my subs turned up so loud that they blow.

I guess what I am saying is I like to have plenty on tap.
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