Originally Posted by royalstud02
I am trying to decide what sub would be a good fit for my home theater. The room is very large and has 16 foot ceilings and is adjoined by the kitchen and entry and has an open floor plan. I would prefer one sub and really don't want to spend more than $1000. I'm not concerned with how nice it looks or how big it is. I mainly watch movies and rarely listen to music so I'm thinking a large ported sub might be best. It was recommended to post a thread in the DIY section to save money and have a better end product. However, I have no idea where to start nor do I have the tools or skills to custom build a box. Does anyone have any recommendations on what to purchase?
Go with ported 18's. Start with one or two and then add on as you see fit.
The stonehenge kit from diysoundgroup is easy to assemble and a good value.
If this is your first project the si18's are a great value and are less than 200 each shipped.
The lms5400 are awesome and for $925 each plus shipping they should be.
I am a fan of using the lower cost drivers to begin with and see if you need/want more.
For me it is all about the performance for the dollar.
Designing and building your own box would be the most affordable option. You would have to break out the saw and be able to work with 4x8 stock. Just depends on how comfortable you are with your wood working skills.
I prefer the flat pack option, well designed braces, easy to assemble and looks great.
For the result I get and the time and mess I save it is well worth the money.
Do plan on using an out board amp and skip the plate amp options. A pro style amp will give you way more watts for your dollar and many come with dsp built in to help you get your in room response the way you want it. The inukes are very popular and are the best value out there.
Good Luck Post pics of what you build!