Originally Posted by michaelhryu
I bought a pair of Vienna Acoustics (VA) Mozart Grand as front speakers, a pair of VA Bach Grand as rears, a VA Theatro as center for my HT setup. And I am looking for a subwoofer now.
Someone at Vienna Acoustics Forum recommends me two T-3 subs, rather than a single T-2. What do you think of this recommendation, please?
Any other ideas, please? My budget for sub is under $1,000.
By the way, where is the best place to shop REL subs?
Thank you very much in advance!
Those are nice speakers, Michael. They seem to reach pretty low (32-35Hz), too.
I first started with one T-3 paired w/B&W 685 bookshelves, which made a remarkable difference w/the low end support. The 685s are rated down to around 50Hz, so I crossed the T-3 to about 60-65Hz. I couldn't detect any frequency gaps and was immensely satisified...until the upgrade bug bit!
I purchased a second T-3 and now connected the two in a mono configuration (one plays the L & the other plays the R channel). My little bookshelves are just astounding with the support of the subs. REL's Neutrik connection integrates the sub w/your speakers really well because it allows the subs to play exactly what your speakers are playing, albeit below whatever you cross it at. Apart from BK subwoofers (bkelec.com), I don't know of any other subwoofer that can use both high level (Neutrik) & low level (LFE) connections (and I don't know why) simultaneously.
The T-3's 8" woofer is fast, deep, responsive, and very musical. I use them for LFE as well, although I don't have a huge listening area. Of course if you want to go deeper and louder, there's always the T-2/T-1 and the R Series.
I'm very satisfied w/my T-3s. If the bass from a single T-3 already wasn't localized, my dual T-3s in mono have all but disappeared, practically turning my two-way bookshelves into full-range speakers.
A buddy of mine just picked up a T-1 from Magnolia/Best Buy to match his Paradigm Studio 20 bookshelves and I think his thirst for low end support for his speakers is pretty much quenched.
Have you heard the RELs at all, Micheal? You should audition them. Chances are you'd get the best deal from your local hifi shop rather than from a big box retailer like Magnolia/Best Buy. At current prices, you can get a T-1 for under $1k, definitely a T-2 under $1k and I wouldn't be surprised if two T-3s can be had for under $1k. Happy listening!