I'm looking for some subs for my living room (1800 cu ft), which is open to the kitchen in the back. Since this is for the living/movie room, I want them to blend into the room so my location options are 2 up front flanking the TV (front firing only so not Submersive HP+(nor F2)) and subs in up to 3 end table positions, which I do plan to sub crawl to find best positions. I posted briefly asking for advice (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/newestpost/1481418
) and it was primarily recommended to go with SI18 or Dayton18HO. However, after researching the subs, I don't have enough room for lots of lesser subs and would like to maximize the quality output with fewer subs. My focus is on solid, near 10 Hz high-quality output near reference level for 95% home theater. As an aside, my next upgrade will likely be the JTR Noesis speakers so I do want some subs that will be able to keep up.
So with all of the options out there, these are the ones I keep coming back to and have added these to the poll. I have considered others but doubt I would deviate from one of these 4, not even for DO SI18 or Dayton 18HO.
- 3 of the Rythmik FV15HP (DIY versions) built as down-firing end tables with port towards wall. Obviously this is the value leader of this poll and should sound great. And based on data-bass.com, this sub should be able to hit low and loud in 1-port mode. This is for my living room and so I doubt I would be playing too loud but I worry that the Rythmiks won't have enough horsepower. Then again, I don't think I'm a bass head like some on here with 8 and 16 subs...at least I hope I'm not.
- 2 LMS 5400 18" subs with a single SpeakerPower plate amp (SP1-4000) that I would use to drive both subs, even though the subs would be separated in different locations within the room depending on what sounds best given placement limitations. I could see myself adding another LMS 5400 and plate amp down the road if needed but I hope I'm not that much of a bass head. Regarding other amp choices, I've looked and I know I could save money with a pro amp but I'm willing to pay for quality and I like that these are quiet and I wouldn't have to deal with the always-on pro amp situation.
- Seaton Submersive HP+ master/slave subs - This is the sub that got me started down this path when I came to AVS researching a new sub. This would likely be more than I would need for my room (well, all of these options really) but I would rather 2 than 1 to even out room acoustics.
- 2 JTR Cap S1 subs - These are beasts for theater and have a small enclosure for their capabilities so I would definitely have some flexibility in placement. Most expensive option here but also one of the least intrusive on the room due to size.
I'm leaning towards the Rythmiks or LMS subs. The Rythmiks would be nice and would save me money. However, if they don't absolutely blow me away, I might have that thought in the back of my head that I should have gone with the LMS 5400s; which is sort of where I'm at. Funny thing is, the Rythmiks might also be overkill for me but so few people post about them that I don't know, so I have doubt. If I didn't have my doubts, I would have already bought the Rythmiks and wouldn't have this poll.
Thanks for reading this far and I hope you've taken part in the poll.