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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hi, I am looking for a budget subwoofer for music only. I would like something that would be comfortable up to 120Hz and I would like to stay under $200, if possible.

The room is 16x13 with 9ft ceilings. I tend to listen to music at low-moderate levels.

Hopefully, if no more troubles befall me this will be the last piece of audio equipment I buy for a while.
post #2 of 18
If you want something "good" for music at $200 then you have to look used.

Probably looking for a used 8" Mirage, Aperion or Jamo.

8" will have a bit of a hard time with your space, but at $200 (or even if you pushed closer to $300) that's probably it.
post #3 of 18
I've heard the Energy sub that comes with the Takes was on sale at costco for $99, it's a good sub for music, and it goes to 120hz. Get two one for each L/R!

Ron
post #4 of 18
Have you considered bumping up what you're willing to pay?

I think that what you can get under $200 is very different than say the $400 price point.

I consider a sub a good long term investment. They last a long time if you don't abuse them..

What kind of music by the way? That can be a big factor in how much you'll use it...
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
I have considered bumping up my price and I am torn about how much I want to spend. What would be a better solution?

I listen mostly to many variations of rock music.
post #6 of 18
What receiver and speakers do you have?
post #7 of 18
Rock doesn't need lot's of low end sounds so a good 8" should be good. You won't fill that room with bass and if that's all you're relying on for bass I recommend something bigger. A sealed 10" would be really nice for rock. How about one of these http://www0.shopping.com/xPO-Pinnacl...eyFeaturesArea
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cyberbri View Post

What receiver and speakers do you have?

It is an old stereo receiver with Energy rc-mini's

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Originally Posted by msvara View Post

How about one of these http://www0.shopping.com/xPO-Pinnacl...eyFeaturesArea

I did some reading on this one and it seems like it requires an LFE output on my receiver which I don't have. It doesn't seem to have high-level speaker or RCA inputs.
post #9 of 18
how about this
bic f12
its getting hard to find because of back orders but its worth it

theres also the for aliitle over 200
pa 120

both subs are similar in performance but the pa 120 imo looks better

and if your looking for somthing smaller, i use to have the older version of this and was pritty happy with it, but i personly wanted more
infinity ps28
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by dalto View Post

It is an old stereo receiver with Energy rc-mini's



I did some reading on this one and it seems like it requires an LFE output on my receiver which I don't have. It doesn't seem to have high-level speaker or RCA inputs.

It accepts RCA's, Line Lvl or LFE but no speaker level inputs I'm guessing that's what you meant.
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
If I upped my budget a little bit would something like this be a better choice?

Or would there be an even better choice at that price range?
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by dalto View Post

If I upped my budget a little bit would something like this be a better choice?

Yes, MUCH better. A 'real' subwoofer...you will not be disappointed as this is much much better than what you were considering.
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by dalto View Post

If I upped my budget a little bit would something like this be a better choice?

Or would there be an even better choice at that price range?

I thought you wanted it to go up to 120hz?

Ron
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
How about the Velodyne VX11? Has anyone heard this sub?
post #15 of 18
If you up your budget to $399 then the soon to come (due this month hopefully) Ultra10 from Emotiva could be the one.

Otherwise look for a used Mirage BPS-150i.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by RonaldoCombs View Post

I thought you wanted it to go up to 120hz?

Ron

I received an email today from Brett at eD. I had asked about the high end of the frequency range on the A5s-300 (which is listed as 19-100Hz). His response:

"It isn't that the subwoofer stops at 100 Hz, that is just where we actually stop the measurement. Reason being is that most setups will cross the subwoofer over somewhere from 60-100 Hz with the Receiver, so then you'd just turn the dial up on the subwoofer to 180. Realistically the A5s-300 is pretty flat response wise up to 150 Hz or so and still can reproduce sound above that point as well."

I haven't heard the A3S-250 so can't comment on how it would fit for your situation. But, given eD's reputation for a solid product and excellent customer service, the A3S-250 might be worth a look.
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
*sigh*

The Velodyne VX-11 was on-sale at Fry's for $149. I figured it was worth a shot but it is going back tomorrow.

So.....I guess what everyone is saying is that if I want something decent I am going to have to spend some money.
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
So I ended up ordering an Energy ESW-V8. It finally arrived today and I have been listening to it all night. It is perfect for my situation. It sounds spectacular in my space for music listening. Much better than the Polk or Velodyne I had.
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