Originally Posted by Seanbenn
I have purchased my home theater system and I'm now looking for a sub. I have Paradigm Monitor 11's a cc-390 center and adp-390 surrounds. I'm inching closer to the 4k mark with wire connectors and speakers ect. I'm not sure how much more she is going to let me spend so I was looking at a dsp 3400. Any advise on subs that would not break the bank would be great. I would love to get a sub 25 but I have kids and can't throw down another 2k on a speaker. I still need a receiver because my Yamaha is old and weak. Thx in advance.
Seanbenn, I just auditioned the Paradigm DSP-3100, 3200, and the 3400 earlier today. About a year ago a friend bought a 3200 and we have been more than impressed with its preformance. So impressive that it became the benchmark for my additional sub. I was a little hesitant because the DSP series are ported subs but after running a battery of music and home theater test I am now completely unbias towards ported subs.
As for the audition today the 3100 due to only have a ten inch driver could not produce the same impact or extention as the 3200 or the 3400. With that said, the 3200 and 3400 were awesome. Everything I auditioned sounded great from rock and jazz to Transformers 2. The bass was extremely punchy and precise as well as authoritive and controlled. Even when being driven extemely hard I never heard any port noise or strain. I am confident that no matter your choice 3200 or the 3400, unless you have a gigantic theater, will meet you bass needs.
A word of advice, the 3200 retails for 799.00 and the 3400 for around 899.00. The local dealer offered me the 3200 for 585.00 and the 3400 for 725.00 and I chose the 3200 because of the difference in price.