Originally Posted by HDisMe
^^ Fair enough and I appreciate your perspective. Aside from my AVR doing its limited EQ'ing on the sub, I dont plan on, at least initially, doing any major EQ'ing so directionality may
be an issue.
I agree that some may not be annoyed by near field placement or notice it, but it only seems logical, even if a sub is well EQ'd, to NOTICE its there when its only a few feet away from you or in some cases right behind you vs. if it was away several feet in a corner. I dont know, I guess until I have it place I wont truly know...
I wanted to address your question regarding subwoofers, your budget, your space requirements, and Epik products.
When it all comes down to it there is no better value on the market than doing a DIY project or Do it yourself. You're essentially buying the drivers for ABOUT the same cost as Epik and other ID manufacturers, you're buying the raw materials at a slightly higher cost than Epik and other ID manufacturers, and you're spending your own labor to do it so that's how you come out with a high performance product for the lowest cost available.
That being said you're probably here because you don't want to do something yourself which is fine. I didn't either and that's why I bought Epik. All things considered, Epik is a decibel per dollar leader in terms of internet manufacturers and much higher than B&M (brick and mortar or actual stores) product lines decibel per dollar ratio. There are a few competitors like Elemental Designs, SVS, and Hsu research who all make competing products that perform well at the various price points. What most people forget is that the biggest differences you'll run into are customer service, product finish quality, driver quality and component quality, and marketing. How Epik achieves such a high decibel per dollar ratio is that their customer service costs are kept very low by employing only 2 people who may ever answer an email or phone call. They keep marketing costs very low by not advertising anywhere (that I know of) except their own website. Thus the quality of their drivers, components, and build quality go up based on the price you pay and the amount of money they have left to work with. Most companies profit margins are about the same per industry.
With all of that being said your room is very large, and you should always buy the best product you can. Despite your nearfield placement you still have over 5,000 cu. ft. to pressurize which is the point of a subwoofer. The Dynasty will be the best choice for your space, but based on your budget and size requirements that may not be an option.
I guess in the end what I'm trying to say is whatever amount you DO decide to spend in the end, the Epik product will perform as good if not better than anything else out there at the price point.
Good luck, and happy shopping!