IT'S A 215 SF
Dedicated HT! NOT 1600! It's 1600 CUBIC
foot room!!! LOL I've edited the title but it may not update...
I'm in the design phase of my dedicated basement HT found here: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1437601/im-baaack-this-time-with-a-new-project
The room to be built will be 12.5' wide, 17' long and the ceiling is at 7.5' above the floor. I plan on only a single large reclining couch and bean bags for when kids come over. I may try to squeeze in a second row but that's not in the design at this point. I have the space to do an IB but since it's more expensive, would it be worth it?
I've been researching and am intrigued by what I've found on the impact an IB configuration has on the sub-stage. At the same time, it's limitations are in placement options and that it will cost a bit more. For arguments sake and for how the HT will be financed, let's just say the Q18's enclosure and the construction of the IB Manifold/wall reinforcement will cost me the same amount of $. Let's also assume that both designs can be powered by an EP2000 amp and the same EQ device (not decided on yet). So it basically comes down to driver cost and the pros/cons of each alignment...
Here's a breakdown of what I'm thinking:
Single Fi Q18 in a slot ported enclosure to specs - $334
Pair of Fi IB315's in a manifold and reinforced wall - $448
Difference (assuming amp/EQ and enclosure costs remain the same in either option) = $114
Would the pair of 15's in an IB produce $114 worth of cleaner, lower effortless bass?
Also of note is that my receiver (currently) is a Yamaha HTR-6130 but will most likely be replaced with a 7.1 unit with HDMI 1.4 and Audyssey features. My center speaker is a Pioneer Elite S-IW571L and my mains and surrounds are Pioneer Elite S-IW671-LR's. My mains will most likely be upgraded eventually but for now that's what I've got to work with.