Help choosing replacement sub for Onkyo 5500 (dead SKW 591)
Repair is not a valid choice for me. What are good replacements for the subwoofer? Never used it much at all, this morning when I turned things on, I got a high pitched whine followed later by the "heartbeat". The rest of the system and speakers work, of course everything sounds rather empty.
In the interim, is there a way to recalibrate system so it sounds as good as it can without sub? On to the main question, with budget and some data.
Listening Area : Small, barely enough to fit the 2 back channel speakers. When I set it all up I got help to mount speakers and run wires through walls/attic, and everything is properly spaced. The room itself is 12'x15' (give or take some inches) and is open on the left side front, to a hallway, also on the left side rear half open to dining/utilility area. For those knowledgable about the Space Coast/Homebuilding it is a 1957 GDC house, and there is really only 1 space in the home to set up, and thats where it is.
Performance of previous unit: I was very happy with it. Never had any of the problems I read about with Onkyo and subs cutting in/out. The audio quality was fine for me and occasional guests. Movies and some video gaming. The Audessy? setup helped and I even had a schoolmate stop by, who is a competitive gamer with an MLG team do some COD with his Xbox hooked up, he commented that the positional was amazing and clear. Just clarifying that the performance was ok to me, and I am not necessarily looking or needing an upgrade, just a replacement.
Uses : Movies, Tv, Video Games. Definitely not an audiophile. If sounds were not clear before, I did not notice.
Remaining Equipment: Same speakers that came with HT s5500 setup./ Had a nice shielded cable I used to hook up the sub to rcvr and it sat at the front right corner of listening area.
Budget: $200 maximum and that is stretching it. I have seen the latest Onkyo model SKW204, but I am not sure if I want to go with same brand again. The old one was not abused, and barely lightly used.
As an aside how can I check or test the receiver to see if it is really ok? There was no storm or anomaly this morning, it just died. Onkyo 'support' just said that if I still get sound out of the other speakers (I do) that it is ok?
Last edited by FL_Speakers; 07-15-2014 at 08:56 AM.