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No idea how to pick a nice sub, but I do have the specifics in the sticky thread so here goes...

1. Theater space is 15' wide by 20' deep but is totally open on one side to another 10' wide by 20' deep bar area. You can see the screen wall on the FAR LEFT SIDE (in yellow) of this pictures with the area marked "Family Room" and side bar area isn't marked but the word "Phone" is written in that area. Ceiling height in the theater area is 7'7 and in the bar area 8'7 -----



2. The sub will go in the upper left corner of the above picture and you can see my marking of the in wall subwoofer cable running from my AV closet it to it.

3. The speakers L/C/R will be Def Tech UIW RLS II's http://www.definitivetech.com/Produc...UIW%20RLS%20II in the screen wall behind an AT screen. The 4 surrounds will be simple Orb Audio Mod 1's http://www.orbaudio.com/ on ceiling to setup a 7.1 system.

4. The system will be powered by the Onkyo TX NR-809 (135w a channel) and be mainly used for Bluray and Sports viewing.

5. Max size for the sub is 24" wide / 24" tall. I'd like a dark black wood looking cabinet but aesthetics aren't a deal breaker.

6. I don't listen to movies at anything approaching reference level because of young children and a wife who doesn't like high volumes. That said I am building the dedicated theater with an eye having a more theater like experience at home and hope to eek the volume higher in the future.

7. Price point I'd like to spend is $500-$750 but yes I could spend a bit more (or happily less) if that fits my system and needs. Obviously sonically my system will never be ideal due to the limitations of the room layout and the fact I have to use smaller more limited surrounds so I am assuming I don't need to pair this with the world's biggest sub but I truly just don't know what I "need."

Thanks for any help...
post #2 of 5
What you "need" depends mainly on two things: your room and your listening preferences. Your room will effect what the subwoofer can do as much as the subwoofer itself...in other words it will effect the sound a lot. It's very important to place the subwoofer where it sounds the best in the room rather than dedicating a spot for it in your building plans, but I suppose you have to do what you have to do. You should really decide placement based on sound/measurements, though.

I assume the ceilings are 9 feet? If so, that space is roughly 4500 cu. ft. counting the 10 x 20 bar area (you need to count this, as the theater opens to it, and since it isn't sealed off needs to be considered part of the entire space. Bass doesn't know or care if you consider it a separate area). Based on that I'd recommend the Epik Empire. It is 22 H x 18 W x 24 D, so it might be a squeeze. But like I said earlier, you should place the sub where it sounds and measures the best, not based on where you think it should go while looking at blue prints. You room is considered "large" so you'll need something capable to fill it.
post #3 of 5
The Empire would work well for you, as would the ED A5-350. The stock unit is a little too tall for you, but if you called them they would probably be able to change the cabinet dimensions to your liking. There will likely be a wait involved though, so not the best option if you're in a hurry.
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Thread Starter 
the theater area has 7'7 ceilings, the bar area has 8'7 ceilings so a total of 3995 cubic feet. the sub you listed would fit.
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Originally Posted by basementdweller1 View Post

the theater area has 7'7 ceilings, the bar area has 8'7 ceilings so a total of 3995 cubic feet. the sub you listed would fit.

Right on -then that's what I personally would go with. Here's a good chart for reference to give you an idea of its output capabilities:

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