Originally Posted by ppilot
I guess a better question would be will my relatively untrained ear hear a significant difference in a 11x20 room with eight foot ceilings? Also how long do subwoofers typically last and if they do fail is it usually in the first two years? I know for some people $200-260 isn't a huge deal but that extra three years of warranty protection would provide some peace of mind.
I understand your thinking because most audio equipment really does have a diminishing rate of return as you spend more money. However, not so true for subwoofers. You really do get continue to get good performance gains until you spend a good bit more money than this. I went from a decent $300 sub to a $700 in my house, and was absolutely amazed at the difference. So much so that the first words out of my mouth were OMG. LOL
So if you were someone who could afford it, for your size room, I would suggest the Rythmik LV12R
. From there I think the returns on buying a more expensive subwoofer start to diminish more rapidly. In between that, get the best sub you can