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I have recently decided to upgrade my current bedroom 5.1 system and am very new to audio, i decided on cambridge audio s30's for the front and rears and a s50 for the center channel. What i cannot decide on is the subwoofer, my room is very small so i dont need anything huge but what i am looking for is a very musical and tight sub. I also want it to blend well with the speakers and to be under $300. So far i have my eye a few subs:

klipsch Sw 308: Looks really nice and i like the size but i have not heard many reivews

http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-SW-308-Reference-Series-Subwoofer/dp/B0046L4MP8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359960394&sr=8-1&keywords=klipsch+sw+308

Hsu STF-1 or STF-2: Great reviews but are a bit big:

http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/stf-1.html

Cambridge audio s90: This sub is the same manufacture as my main speakers so i think it would blend well but it does not look that powerful and i have heard no reivews

http://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Audio-Sirocco-Subwoofer-Black/dp/B002RSWFTM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359960519&sr=8-1&keywords=s90+sub+cambridge+audio%27

Does anyone have experience with these speakers/subs? Any input would be greatly appreciated,thanks!
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There's a subwoofer dedicated forum.

http://www.avsforum.com/f/113/subwoofers-bass-and-transducers

But for <$300, one sub that is constantly recommended is the Klipsch RW-12d, I have it and can attest to the power of it.
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Thanks! I will post it in there
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Polk 505 and the BIC F12 come highly recommended, and are inexpensive. Both of these subs will perform extremely well for the price point especially in a small to medium sized room. Its just personal preference for whatever you choose, but the F12 i believe is cheaper.
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In your price range (~$300), I would go with the Hsu STF-2 or BIC PL-200. I very briefly had a Polk 505, and was hugely disappointed. Right now I'm running a Hsu VTF-2 MK4, and it's a tremendous value IMO.
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I have the Polk 505 and love it! I'm big into music also and it does a great job!
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In your price range (~$300), I would go with the Hsu STF-2 or BIC PL-200. I very briefly had a Polk 505, and was hugely disappointed. Right now I'm running a Hsu VTF-2 MK4, and it's a tremendous value IMO.

i second that... IF your budget increases. I prefer the pl-200 for its power, but it drops off quickly at like 60hz and higher so not good for smaller speakers.
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There's a subwoofer dedicated forum.

http://www.avsforum.com/f/113/subwoofers-bass-and-transducers

But for <$300, one sub that is constantly recommended is the Klipsch RW-12d, I have it and can attest to the power of it.
+1 imo for your $300 budget the klipsch rw-12d would be the best alternative

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The rw-12 does look very nice, but it is rather big. Does anyone know anything about the klipsch sw 308? it has some good reviews but nothing on blogs and it is a much better size for me, i would rather not get a large 12 inch sub
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+1 imo for your $300 budget the klipsch rw-12d would be the best alternative

The rw-12 does look very nice, but it is rather big. Does anyone know anything about the klipsch sw 308? it has some good reviews but nothing on blogs and it is a much better size for me, i would rather not get a large 12 inch sub
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The rw-12 does look very nice, but it is rather big. Does anyone know anything about the klipsch sw 308? it has some good reviews but nothing on blogs and it is a much better size for me, i would rather not get a large 12 inch sub
Your compromising for the wrong reason. While a small subwoofer looks good you give up alot on performance. You buy speakers for sound and audio performance not looks

What are the exact dimentions of your room including ceiling height?
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Your compromising for the wrong reason. While a small subwoofer looks good you give up alot on performance. You buy speakers for sound and audio performance not looks

What are the exact dimentions of your room including ceiling height?

My room is 11ft X 8ft X 9ft, i mostly want to make sure that the sub blends well with my cambridge audio 30 bookshelf speakers and is under $300. I would compromise on extreme low end for a better, more tight sub. Oh and about half of the room has a slanted ceiling with a skylight.
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I still recommend the Klipsch RW-12d it will blend amazing with S30's and has many nice features
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If you can, jump up the HSU STF-2 that was already recommended. Certainly bigger than that 8" Klipsch sub, but a 10" will plenty of output for you room (assuming it's not part of a more open space), and yet be smaller than the 12" subs that have been recommended. Will have solid output down into the mid 20hz range, which I don't think you can count on from either of the two other subs you listed. And it will "blend well" with the Cambridge speakers.

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If you can, jump up the HSU STF-2 that was already recommended. Certainly bigger than that 8" Klipsch sub, but a 10" will plenty of output for you room (assuming it's not part of a more open space), and yet be smaller than the 12" subs that have been recommended. Will have solid output down into the mid 20hz range, which I don't think you can count on from either of the two other subs you listed. And it will "blend well" with the Cambridge speakers.

I think you definitely have a point, i have heard some great things about Hsu and although the STF-2 is a bit more pricey i think it will be worth the money. I think i will also get a denon 1712 as an AVR for the whole system as it seems to have very good reviews.
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The HSU subs have a great reputation for excellent build quality and performance, and the company also provides excellent customer support. For a 10" sub, the STF-2 is definitely a very good value when you factor all that in.

If you decide you have to go with an 8", look into the Outlaw Audio M8. Outlaw makes very good subs. Here's a review: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-20042164-47.html
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And yes. The Denon 1712 is a good receiver.

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And yes. The Denon 1712 is a good receiver.

Do you think i should get some stands for the s30's or would they be okay sitting on a desk?
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Because of the rear ports, you don't want them flush against a wall, probably six inches at least out. The bass can get muddy. So if the desk option has you placing them against the wall, but stands would let you set them out some, that's better.

If you are sitting at the desk to use them, it is advantageous to have them up where the tweeters are close to ear level, or aimed upwards so that the tweeters are aimed at your ears.

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