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post #1 of 4 Old 07-08-2014, 11:22 AM - Thread Starter
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Compact Sub For NHT SuperZeroes

I'm getting some NHT SuperZeroes. This is for use in a condo with wood floors. I want the smallest sub possible (without being ridiculous) that have a crossover and frequency response that will match well with the SuperZeroes. I'm not a bass head, don't crack my movies/music and I've got old ladies living on both sides of me so I just want something accurate, not boomy or muddy to compensate for the low frequency dropoff on the superzeroes.
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I love NHT speakers too - the SuperZeros and SuperOnes are very nice. I have a new pair of Classic Twos that I just bought used in mint condition and I am loving them in my office system.

I would suggest a sealed sub - you won't get as much low bass extension as a ported sub (your neighbors will thank you) and I prefer the smoother / tighter bass with generally smoother frequency response and smoother low frequency rolloff.

NHT makes makes a special sub for use with the the SuperZero speakers:
NHT Super 8 / 11' Cube, Sealed Acoustic Suspension, 110w, DSP, 8" Driver - $350:
http://www.nhthifi.com/Subwoofer-hom...&category=3779

There are also lots of Internet Direct sub companies - check out SVS:
SB-1000 / 13" cube, 300W, Sealed Acoustic Suspension, DSP, 12" Driver - $499
http://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/se...0#.U7wp2vldV8E

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Do you have a specific budget that you need to stay within? You didn't mention your budget and that can be a real game changer. The sealed subs are smaller and have a very smooth frequency response which seems to meet your requirements, but they require a lot more power and most use DSP to extend the range of bass which costs a lot more.

There are some kits and DIY subs that are also quite good that are a fraction of the cost - BIC, Dayton, and Polk (there are a lot more) make subs for around $100:

http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-...oofer--300-628
http://www.parts-express.com/bic-v-8...watts--303-460
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-10-.../dp/B0002KVQBA

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Another question: When you say you want a "crossover" in the sub - are you wanting to use speaker level outputs through a crossover (to strip the bass out for your small SuperZero bookshelf speakers so they don't have to try to reproduce the bass) or do you want an active crossover with high pass RCA outputs that you will use to feed the amp powering the SuperZeros (so that the amp doesn't have to amplify the power hungry low frequency part of the program and the SuperZeros won't see the bass)?

Doesn't your electronics (like your AVR / receiver) have bass management?

2-Ch (HT L/R): Oppo BDP-105 BD, Adcom GFP-750 pre, Bryston 10B Sub Xover, Bryston 4BSST2 / Paradigm Signature S4 v.2 (L/R), (2) SVS SB12-NSD (Subs)
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