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post #1291 of 2778
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

As for answering your question, sub box w/12" cutout and grill - $25, Dayton Audio SPA500 500W Subwoofer Plate Amplifier $89, Dayton Audio RSS315HO-4 12" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 Ohm $79 = one helluva GREAT SUB!!! (and I made 2! cool.gif)

Thanks! Now we're cooking.

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Oh, and BeeMan, you really DO want to be there...Just fabulous deals that are seriously unheard of... wink.gif But you gotta get there early for the best stuff. Was thinking about 18" subs this year... cool.gif

We're buried in the mountains on the West Coast but with UPS and a wife's blind eye to my excesses, your post has stimulated some previously mentioned ideas.

...eek.gif

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Edited by BeeMan458 - 3/9/13 at 8:22am
post #1292 of 2778
I'm looking for a subwoofer; would the JBL Studio 1 Series SUB150P be too much? I'm very sensitive to bass and would like a subtle one, but clear.

I was given a Sony Bravia Surround sound system ( DAV140), which made me upgrade my TV to an LG LCD model 42CS570 - which has led to shopping for a receiver. I have a Roku 2XD, U-verse wireless and TV, and a Blue Ray player (fairly new and with HDMI port). I will use the Sony speakers for now, since I don't have a need for throbbing bass or loud sound levels. I was advised I'd need a powered subwoofer. Mainly I watch TV and movies on this, no video games or game systems. The room is about 12x12.

Current receiver options are: Onkyo TX-NR515 or TX-NR616 (the 515 apparently has some reliability bug), and the Yamaha RX-V473 5.1-Channel.
post #1293 of 2778
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Originally Posted by terri77 View Post

I'm looking for a subwoofer; would the JBL Studio 1 Series SUB150P be too much? I'm very sensitive to bass and would like a subtle one, but clear.

I was given a Sony Bravia Surround sound system ( DAV140), which made me upgrade my TV to an LG LCD model 42CS570 - which has led to shopping for a receiver. I have a Roku 2XD, U-verse wireless and TV, and a Blue Ray player (fairly new and with HDMI port). I will use the Sony speakers for now, since I don't have a need for throbbing bass or loud sound levels. I was advised I'd need a powered subwoofer. Mainly I watch TV and movies on this, no video games or game systems. The room is about 12x12.

Current receiver options are: Onkyo TX-NR515 or TX-NR616 (the 515 apparently has some reliability bug), and the Yamaha RX-V473 5.1-Channel.
I think it would be a fine choice. You can turn it down if its a little too much.
post #1294 of 2778
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post


And thus the reason for this website. There is a DIY section specifically aimed at noob's. wink.gif As for answering your question, sub box w/12" cutout and grill - $25, Dayton Audio SPA500 500W Subwoofer Plate Amplifier $89, Dayton Audio RSS315HO-4 12" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 Ohm $79 = one helluva GREAT SUB!!! (and I made 2! cool.gif)

Where did you find the amp and sub for those prices?
post #1295 of 2778
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

I think it would be a fine choice. You can turn it down if its a little too much.

+1

Al
post #1296 of 2778
Within this topic of budget subwoofers, can anyone recommend a make/model of a powered subwoofer that can also drive a pair of external speakers?

I don't mean one that has high level speaker inputs and just does a "pass thru" to its speaker output terminals; i.e., one that accepts a "line-in" signal (RCA and/or 3.5 mm, no matter which) and has its own set of amplifiers to drive itself *and* a pair of external speakers.

I need to replace an old (but good) Altec 2.1 system (sub + 2 satellites) that just died on me; I'd like to pair up a new PSW with an old/existing pair of Polk Audio Monitor bookshelf speakers that I have leftover from an old HT system. Any way to get around having to buy an external amplifier for the speakers?

Great thread and thanks in advance!

Cheers,
Randy
post #1297 of 2778
Hey all,

I posted over in the definitive technology sub thread but havint heard anything. I may have been glossed over so no big deal thought I would post here.

System- 2 DT Mythos four, ProCenter 1000, Gem XL surrounds. Powered by a Denon that will be replaced and upgraded "soon"

I am looking for a subwoofer that will blend nicely with this. 500$ budget max please. Subs I have been looking at are the supercube 1 on ebay for a good deal and local SVS craigslist subs as I have heard great things about them. My room is quite small right now I would guess 15x12 but I would love a loud great sounding bass I can turn up for both music and hometheater. This is why I have been shopping for subs out of my budget that are used however I would love some insight into my situation and any recommendations wether used or new.

Thank you!
-kevin
post #1298 of 2778
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Originally Posted by youngran View Post

Within this topic of budget subwoofers, can anyone recommend a make/model of a powered subwoofer that can also drive a pair of external speakers?

I don't mean one that has high level speaker inputs and just does a "pass thru" to its speaker output terminals; i.e., one that accepts a "line-in" signal (RCA and/or 3.5 mm, no matter which) and has its own set of amplifiers to drive itself *and* a pair of external speakers.

I need to replace an old (but good) Altec 2.1 system (sub + 2 satellites) that just died on me; I'd like to pair up a new PSW with an old/existing pair of Polk Audio Monitor bookshelf speakers that I have leftover from an old HT system. Any way to get around having to buy an external amplifier for the speakers?

Great thread and thanks in advance!

Cheers,
Randy

I don't think that exists. There are 2.1 computer speaker setup a where the amp is contained in the sub for everything but no standalone powered subs are able to drive other speakers.
post #1299 of 2778
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Originally Posted by kweisen View Post

Hey all,

I posted over in the definitive technology sub thread but havint heard anything. I may have been glossed over so no big deal thought I would post here.

System- 2 DT Mythos four, ProCenter 1000, Gem XL surrounds. Powered by a Denon that will be replaced and upgraded "soon"

I am looking for a subwoofer that will blend nicely with this. 500$ budget max please. Subs I have been looking at are the supercube 1 on ebay for a good deal and local SVS craigslist subs as I have heard great things about them. My room is quite small right now I would guess 15x12 but I would love a loud great sounding bass I can turn up for both music and hometheater. This is why I have been shopping for subs out of my budget that are used however I would love some insight into my situation and any recommendations wether used or new.

Thank you!
-kevin

I would look at the SVS SB-1000. Should rock a small room.
post #1300 of 2778
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Originally Posted by kweisen View Post

Hey all,

I posted over in the definitive technology sub thread but havint heard anything. I may have been glossed over so no big deal thought I would post here.

System- 2 DT Mythos four, ProCenter 1000, Gem XL surrounds. Powered by a Denon that will be replaced and upgraded "soon"

I am looking for a subwoofer that will blend nicely with this. 500$ budget max please. Subs I have been looking at are the supercube 1 on ebay for a good deal and local SVS craigslist subs as I have heard great things about them. My room is quite small right now I would guess 15x12 but I would love a loud great sounding bass I can turn up for both music and hometheater. This is why I have been shopping for subs out of my budget that are used however I would love some insight into my situation and any recommendations wether used or new.

Thank you!
-kevin

at $500, the two SVS subs come to mind. SB-1000 and PB-1000. I would definitely trust Jim or other frequent helpers in this thread more than me, though smile.gif
post #1301 of 2778
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Originally Posted by kweisen View Post

Hey all,

I posted over in the definitive technology sub thread but havint heard anything. I may have been glossed over so no big deal thought I would post here.

System- 2 DT Mythos four, ProCenter 1000, Gem XL surrounds. Powered by a Denon that will be replaced and upgraded "soon"

I am looking for a subwoofer that will blend nicely with this. 500$ budget max please. Subs I have been looking at are the supercube 1 on ebay for a good deal and local SVS craigslist subs as I have heard great things about them. My room is quite small right now I would guess 15x12 but I would love a loud great sounding bass I can turn up for both music and hometheater. This is why I have been shopping for subs out of my budget that are used however I would love some insight into my situation and any recommendations wether used or new.

Thank you!
-kevin

At $500 I would suggest starting your own thread as this thread is for budget subwoofers mentioned in the "List of budget subwoofers ($300 and less)" thread.

Al
post #1302 of 2778
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Originally Posted by Angler55 View Post

At $500 I would suggest starting your own thread as this thread is for budget subwoofers mentioned in the "List of budget subwoofers ($300 and less)" thread.

Al

I apologize! If you would like to delete my post feel free. I will move my question elsewhere. Thank you for the advice about svs though.
post #1303 of 2778
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Originally Posted by kweisen View Post

I apologize! If you would like to delete my post feel free. I will move my question elsewhere. Thank you for the advice about svs though.
Angler55 is right and is only trying to help you. If you start your own thread in the subwoofer section then you will get more responses and you will not clog this thread up with a bunch of irrelevant posts that people will have to wade through when they come here. If you need help with starting a thread then let us know. smile.gif
post #1304 of 2778
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

Angler55 is right and is only trying to help you. If you start your own thread in the subwoofer section then you will get more responses and you will not clog this thread up with a bunch of irrelevant posts that people will have to wade through when they come here. If you need help with starting a thread then let us know. smile.gif
agreed! this is good advice because I have done my fair share of clogging(not intentionally tongue.gif ) and starting your own thread gets better results!!
post #1305 of 2778
Ok, so I'm torn between a few different subs. I listen to a lot of rock music, but also like to get impact out of movies. I'm not expecting a miracle, but I'd still like to get the best bang for my buck. My current stats are like this:
20x15x10 with one end open to kitchen, It will most likely go into a corner behind the TV, so a snazzy appearance isn't a real priority
200 budget
70/30 music/HT
Denon 1612
Kef Q300 mains

I'm currently looking into the following:
JBL Studio Sub Series 150 - $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882665157

Klipsch Sub-10 - $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780012

Velodyne VX-11 - $170
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/item/features/549356948/velodyne-vx-11?s_c=site_search

Outlaw M8 - $250 +shipping

The most important thing to me is that it can keep up with my music and also be able to "fill out" for movies. I'd rather have a sub that's slightly less impactful than one that sounds like a boomy loud mess. Thanks for any and all suggestions!!
post #1306 of 2778
JBL ES250BK $199
http://www.amazon.com/JBL-ES250PBK-High-Performance-12-Inch-Subwoofer/dp/B00166ZFSO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367189578&sr=8-1&keywords=jbl+es250
I recently purchase 2 of these and they really impress me with music and movies.
post #1307 of 2778
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Originally Posted by SAVholic View Post

JBL ES250BK $199
http://www.amazon.com/JBL-ES250PBK-High-Performance-12-Inch-Subwoofer/dp/B00166ZFSO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367189578&sr=8-1&keywords=jbl+es250
I recently purchase 2 of these and they really impress me with music and movies.

Thanks for the quick reply! That's one I had totally forgotten about but had seen on the "list of budget (<$300) subwoofers" thread. It "blends" pretty well for music? What type of music do you listen to.... (just for reference)?

Thanks again!
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To my ears the blend very well for music. I listen to jazz, rock eg. "Dream theater", New age, etc. Not boomy or sloppy, My friend which is also a member of this forum has an emotiva xref-12 and a PL-200 says that the JBL sounds very tight and clean and I totally agree. I also blasted some movies and I just can't complain.
post #1309 of 2778
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Originally Posted by SAVholic View Post

To my ears the blend very well for music. I listen to jazz, rock eg. "Dream theater", New age, etc. Not boomy or sloppy, My friend which is also a member of this forum has an emotiva xref-12 and a PL-200 says that the JBL sounds very tight and clean and I totally agree. I also blasted some movies and I just can't complain.

That's good to know. If it can keep up with the double and triple kick-drums of Dream Theatre I'd think it could handle most of MY music! I'm more concerned about the neg reviews on it's reliability. I wonder how it fares against the Studio 150.
post #1310 of 2778
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Originally Posted by B-Ben View Post

I'm more concerned about the neg reviews on it's reliability

I was too, but many of those "bad amp reviews" are very old or people who had bad luck with their couple of years old subs. If you feel uneasy you can buy the extended 2 yr warranty for $18, or the 1 yr/amp 5yr speaker/enclosure provided. I remember when I wanted an Epik legend (epik refues to ship to US territories) and some owners were complaining about bad amps and other were very happy with them. This is just a matter of luck and taking good care of your gear.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by B-Ben View Post

Ok, so I'm torn between a few different subs. I listen to a lot of rock music, but also like to get impact out of movies. I'm not expecting a miracle, but I'd still like to get the best bang for my buck. My current stats are like this:
20x15x10 with one end open to kitchen, It will most likely go into a corner behind the TV, so a snazzy appearance isn't a real priority

200 budget
70/30 music/HT
Denon 1612
Kef Q300 mains

I'm currently looking into the following:
JBL Studio Sub Series 150 - $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882665157

Klipsch Sub-10 - $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780012

Velodyne VX-11 - $170
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/item/features/549356948/velodyne-vx-11?s_c=site_search

Outlaw M8 - $250 +shipping

The most important thing to me is that it can keep up with my music and also be able to "fill out" for movies. I'd rather have a sub that's slightly less impactful than one that sounds like a boomy loud mess. Thanks for any and all suggestions!!

Your room measures 3000 cubic feet, and that doesn't even include the "one end open to kitchen" area. Frankly, I don't see how any of the subs you're looking at are going to provide you much output or impact. More then likely they'll be swallowed up by the volume of space. You could probably get away with one Rythmik LV12R, or maybe even a single SVS PB1000, but the rest I have my doubts about.
post #1312 of 2778
You may want to up your budget and get two of the JBL Es250 and that might be able to handle your room size
post #1313 of 2778
It sounds generic at this point but the Klipsch RW-12d is still the best value as long as they keep selling them for around $300 at Newegg. I would go with 2 RW12s.
post #1314 of 2778
Hot Cakes! Get your hot cakes cause when the kitchen's closed, hot cakes are but a memory.

Hot Cakes! Get your hot cakes!
post #1315 of 2778
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Originally Posted by JimWilson View Post

Your room measures 3000 cubic feet, and that doesn't even include the "one end open to kitchen" area. Frankly, I don't see how any of the subs you're looking at are going to provide you much output or impact. More then likely they'll be swallowed up by the volume of space. You could probably get away with one Rythmik LV12R, or maybe even a single SVS PB1000, but the rest I have my doubts about.

Jim, I get, I really do, and I have read all of your budget reviews (I truly respect your opinion) and believe me, if I COULD get a couple of SVS PB1000's I WOULD. Unfortunately, I'm in the budget sub section for a reason, and the way I look at it now, anything will be better than the nothing that I currently have. I figure I'll buy this, and in a few years I'll hopefully be able to purchase something of higher quality and substance, and then this sub can be delegated to a bedroom, office, or maybe even garage (weight room). I know a lot of people on here view it as wasting money, but I'd rather UPGRADE in a year or 2, then have nothing for a year or 2.
Thanks for your input though!
post #1316 of 2778
Then before the door closes, pickup a RW-12d and if still available at a later date, pickup a second or third RW-12d.

Your above comments are telling us that you want more than what you're putting on your subwoofer choice list, hence why I suggest, if at all possible, start with a RW-12d.
post #1317 of 2778
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Originally Posted by swim33 View Post

You may want to up your budget and get two of the JBL Es250 and that might be able to handle your room size

If I could afford 2 ES250's, I'd be buying a nice HSU, or SVS! From what I've gathered from most people on this forum, 2 subs are great for uniformity, but it can't beat the LFE of a single superstar. Thanks for the input though!
post #1318 of 2778
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Originally Posted by BeeMan458 View Post

Then before the door closes, pickup a RW-12d and if still available at a later date, pickup a second or third RW-12d.

Your above comments are telling us that you want more than what you're putting on your subwoofer choice list, hence why I suggest, if at all possible, start with a RW-12d.

Thanks, I appreciate the honest feedback, I guess I should just take the plunge and jump on the "hotcakes" lol!
post #1319 of 2778
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by B-Ben View Post

Jim, I get, I really do, and I have read all of your budget reviews (I truly respect your opinion) and believe me, if I COULD get a couple of SVS PB1000's I WOULD. Unfortunately, I'm in the budget sub section for a reason, and the way I look at it now, anything will be better than the nothing that I currently have.

Understood. In that case, if you can afford an extra $60 check out the NXG NX-BAS-500. I just did a review on that sub and found it to be surprisingly good.
post #1320 of 2778
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... I'm not expecting a miracle, but I'd still like to get the best bang for my buck.
. . .
200 budget
. . .
... the way I look at it now, anything will be better than the nothing that I currently have. I figure I'll buy this, and in a few years I'll hopefully be able to purchase something of higher quality and substance, and then this sub can be delegated to a bedroom, office, or maybe even garage (weight room). ... I'd rather UPGRADE in a year or 2, then have nothing for a year or 2.
For $200 (at Amazon.com), the JBL ES250PBK would be my choice:
- it fits your budget;
- the specs look good (12" driver, 400W RMS amp, 15-150Hz FR*); and
- the vast majority of the reviews on Amazon.com give it a 5/5 rating.

(*Although the FR isn't rated with a +/-3dB variance, I would think (perhaps incorrectly) that with a 400W RMS amp in a cabinet roughly the same size as the Klipsch RW-12d, the extension figure (25Hz) would fall within the -3dB variance (i.e., 25Hz @ -3dB). In which case, even if the sub doesn't have quite the output of an RW-12d, it would have similar extension, it should have a good amount of output anyway...and it's right on budget.)

Just my 2¢... smile.gif
Edited by eljaycanuck - 4/29/13 at 1:51pm
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