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View Poll Results: How Many Separate Subwoofers in Your Main HT?
0 41 4.21%
1 425 43.63%
2 351 36.04%
3 67 6.88%
4 58 5.95%
More than 4 32 3.29%
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:04 PM - Thread Starter
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In my poll about your main speaker configuration, the possible votes were all ".0" or ".1" systems. Many respondents were a bit confused by this, saying they have more than one subwoofer. So this week, I'd like to ask about the number of subwoofers in your system—specifically, subs that are separate from the main speakers. I generally recommend using separate subs, at least for movie soundtracks, because the best placement for bass drivers in a room is often not the same as the best placement for the drivers that reproduce the rest of the audio range. And the judicious placement of more than one sub can significantly smooth out the bass response of most rooms so that everyone can enjoy the same great bass no matter where they sit. On the other hand, many audiophiles prefer to have full-range main speakers, claiming that the sound is more integrated than it is with separate subs.

 

How many separate subwoofers do you have in your system? Or do you use full-range main speakers without a separate sub? (If this describes your system, select "0" in the poll.) What led you to your decision in this regard?

 

Next week, I'll ask about where you place your subs, and those with subs integrated into the main speakers will have their own vote selection.

 

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Old 05-29-2014, 02:08 PM
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Wow, I'm the first vote! I have two SVS cylinders, a PC12+ and a PC Ultra. They're quite the duo.

Panasonic P60U54
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I used to have four but I needed some quick cash so I sold one and I am down to three.  I have two Phase Technology Power 15s and one Phase Technology PC Sub.

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Just joined the two club. I'm cheap so I bought a Dayton Sub-1200 to replace the 8" Def Tech ProSub I have. I still need to hook up the 8" near field with a wireless kit... want to get that done this weekend. It's the best I can do on my budget. We all need to start somewhere, right?

So call it 1.5 for now.
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I only have 1 subwoofer, but also have buttkickers which nearly eliminate the need for extras.
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Just joined the two club. I'm cheap so I bought a Dayton Sub-1200 to replace the 8" Def Tech ProSub I have. I still need to hook up the 8" near field with a wireless kit... want to get that done this weekend. It's the best I can do on my budget. We all need to start somewhere, right?

So call it 1.5 for now.

Nobody is judging. I used to think my old 8" Pioneer sub was the end of all subwoofers.

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Zero for me ...

But if you read the Home Theater of the Month Thread in this Section you will see that I am an outlier on this one. I have 2 each 15" high excursion woofers in my Left, Center, Right speakers. I am mixing the LFE signal into the LCR audio inputs of each main speaker via a multiprocessor (Rane RPM88).

These speakers have a +/- 3db point of 18hz-24khz and give me all the bass I need for both HT and music. I am also doing PEQ and have deployed some filters and it is working as one cohesive system in my room. I also have Surround and Surround Back speakers that are independent of this process.:
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Two Seaton Submersives. I have the master/slave option so single signal. Incredible subs.

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2 Dayton 18's powered by a Berhinger 3000DSP, 2 Bic 12's, and 4 Aura Bass Shakers.

Still want more though... Might add 2 more 18's and remove the 12's.
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1xKlipsch 12" at the moment, but soon to be 4x18" in an infinite baffle arrangement.
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One for now, I have two.
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4 separate 15's spread throughout my 11x15' room. I need more.
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4 submersives for me. Thoroughly pleased.
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I put more than 4, but not exactly. I am using 4 JBL Synthesis HTPS-400 off of the .1 channel. But I also have a set of Sonance in-wall Cinema Subs as part of the L and R channels to let them play down to 40 Hz.

Would I have stayed happy not knowing how good it could be? 

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My two "movie oriented" home theater systems are each equipped with the same pair of subs and the same three matching L|C|R speakers . . .

The 'left' and 'right' side front-of-room subs are a Harman|Infinity TSS-SUB450 and a Jamo SUB 550 y-connected from a single SUB output on the AVR.

The three "LFE capable" Yamaha AST-S1 (aka YST-S1) Front Left|Center|Right (FL|FC|FR) speakers are set to LARGE with Bass from the L|R Main channels directed to both the L|R Main speakers and the Subs.
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Just 1,

vtf 3 mk4 hsu good enough for my needs. :)

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2x 'cheap' Xtz 99 w12.16 subs, guessing they aren't common over the pond yet, but this Swedish brand is hitting hard in your bang4$ market.

I also have a Dspeaker antimode 8033 to reign in some frequencies and this little box is about as close to a magical device as I have ever been, it corrects both my subs and lets them play much better than their <500$ price tags.

Granted they don't do much of anything under 23hz, so they can obviously be improved upon, but given my tiny space if I'm thinking for any lower extension than that I might just as well be looking into transducers (buttshakers).
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I have five subs in my main HT/music rig.

Klipsch RSW-10d
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4 submersives for me. Thoroughly pleased.

There is no way you are pleased only having 4 submersives biggrin.gif

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One 15" ported tube sub I built 14 years ago. Tuned to 16 and powered by a 700 watt Samson pro amp. Yep, 14 years and my wife still is ok with it as long as I don't add another sub...
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One PSA XV-15 BUT I plan to add another. ,

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Generally, fewer than 3 subwoofers is a compromise for smooth response. Once you try and achieve reference levels, then you better have some very awesome subs if only using 1 or 2. Heck, I'm not sure it's possible unless maybe it's a 24" sub. Personally, I have 6 x 12" subs with 20mm xmax. It's borderline capable. I don't push them to reference because they're just not big enough.
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2 Klipsch in the HT system , 0 on audio system .
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One = PSA XS30se

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2 DIY 18" sealed subs (dayton refrence). subs powered by an inuke 3000. Would like to get two inuke 6000 dsps and another two diy subs.

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Fusion 12 Tempest (LCR)
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