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post #2041 of 2778
I can't spend that much. I have to buy speakers too. My brother gave me his old onkyo stereo, but no speakers.
post #2042 of 2778
Just curious what tipped the scale toward the LV12R for you rather than the PB-1000?
post #2043 of 2778
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Originally Posted by speakerbob View Post

I can't spend that much. I have to buy speakers too. My brother gave me his old onkyo stereo, but no speakers.

What's your budget? From my experience, save up and do it right the first time. Or else later on, you will be trying to sell what you bought and trying to upgrade.
post #2044 of 2778
Im 22 and just started my job. Have college bills and stuff to pay. If the lava or dayton subwoofer is no good, it will be long time before I should spend a lot more on subwoofers.
post #2045 of 2778
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Originally Posted by speakerbob View Post

Feral cats attack people and dogs. I hear what you are saying. I guess I have to wait a long time if I got to spend more $. frown.gif

We adopted a feral cat. We nicknamed her "Shredder." I, being the cat person, had the unenviable task of domesticating her. She's the best darn cat. The point, to be encouraging, with aides like REW and a miniDSP, one can do an excellent job of taming the most feral subwoofers.

(yup)

(something to consider)

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Edited by BeeMan458 - 11/5/13 at 9:49am
post #2046 of 2778
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by speakerbob View Post

Im 22 and just started my job. Have college bills and stuff to pay. If the lava or dayton subwoofer is no good, it will be long time before I should spend a lot more on subwoofers.

For someone just starting out, who has a very limited budget, either should work just fine for you. When you get more established you'll upgrade anyway, just like we all have. wink.gif
post #2047 of 2778
With a $150 budget, you are indeed limited but it is not the end of the world. How big is your room? With the Dayton, I suspect It may be able to dig slightly deeper than the Lava but the Lava will have noticeably more overall output above 30hz. Both should do fine with music though you will be missing out on some deep bass from Dub-step and movies.

Both will be much better choices than no sub at all or that Sony sub you mentioned. You can pick up the Lava and be done with it or you can start with one Dayton and save up for a second down the line and enjoy a smoother in-room response and about 3db increase in headroom overall.

Both are good budget subs
post #2048 of 2778
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Originally Posted by JimWilson 
For someone just starting out, who has a very limited budget, either should work just fine for you. When you get more established you'll upgrade anyway, just like we all have. wink.gif
+1 and well said. smile.gif

I went without a sub for years, relying only a pair of most-excellent Paradigm 7se speakers to get the job done. Which they did. cool.gif
post #2049 of 2778
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Originally Posted by JimWilson View Post

For someone just starting out, who has a very limited budget, either should work just fine for you. When you get more established you'll upgrade anyway, just like we all have. wink.gif

I concur.
post #2050 of 2778
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Originally Posted by speakerbob View Post

Im 22 and just started my job. Have college bills and stuff to pay. If the lava or dayton subwoofer is no good, it will be long time before I should spend a lot more on subwoofers.

To be encouraging, based on your above, the 12" Lava subwoofer will rock the joint. To be even more encouraging, for $170.00, the 12" lava will outperform $900.00 subwoofers from 1994. Now in my opinion, that's value.

(yup)
post #2051 of 2778
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Originally Posted by JimWilson View Post

For someone just starting out, who has a very limited budget, either should work just fine for you. When you get more established you'll upgrade anyway, just like we all have. wink.gif
+1 Neither one are bad subs and are a lot better than nothing.
post #2052 of 2778
I think I will get the lava. Have to get my speakers first.
post #2053 of 2778
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I think I will get the lava. Have to get my speakers first.


Good luck with that as that's another can of worms. As a recommendation, check out the speaker forum for speakers.
post #2054 of 2778
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I think I will get the lava. Have to get my speakers first.

If you have a small room, you might want to get a pair of towers like the Polk Audio Monitor 70's. They have pretty good bass by themselves. I bought a pair from newegg.com a while ago. Last time I saw them on sale for $149.99 each.
post #2055 of 2778
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I think I will get the lava. Have to get my speakers first.
Consider buying gently-used, from sites such as usaudiomart.com, audiogon.com, craigslist, etc. With a bit of patience and/or a bit of luck, you can get great deals on gently-used speakers.

And because I'm a big fan of them, I highly recommend you snag a pair of Paradigm 7se's (or 5se MkII - essentially the same speaker). They're great-sounding speakers ("laid-back", neutral to slightly "warm" sounding, with clean highs, clear mids and a nice bottom end), and a well-maintained pair should sell for ~$150. cool.gif
Edited by eljaycanuck - 11/5/13 at 3:17pm
post #2056 of 2778
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Originally Posted by ainsworth View Post

Just curious what tipped the scale toward the LV12R for you rather than the PB-1000?

I'm assuming that question went to me... if not I apologize.



  1. The 12" driver of the Rythmik compared to SVS's 10" driver for just $70 more;
  2. It being servo controlled,
  3. JMan's review and a discussion thread that I started.


This truly is a remarkable sub, espcially in its articulation of bass. I've said this many times before... this unit in terms of articulation can hold itself shoulder to shoulder with any sealeded sub you care to throw at it.
post #2057 of 2778
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I think I will get the lava. Have to get my speakers first.
Consider buying gently-used

+1000

The used market is the way to maximize a limited budget for speakers. I've set up many friends with awesome cheap setups by scrounging Craigslist. Good speakers from 10
years ago will still be good speakers today, at a fraction of the price of buying equivalent quality new a retail. If you let us know your speaker budget and local craigslist we could check it out for you.
post #2058 of 2778
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It's all about the Benjamins and how many of them you have to throw at the problem. Subwoofers don't care. Subwoofers are heartless. Subwoofers are dead and cold. Either one buys for performance or one lives with disappointment. A feral cat is friendlier than a subwoofer.

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Permission to borrow this fine summation, Sir?
post #2059 of 2778
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Permission to borrow this fine summation, Sir?
lol Dont tell anybody where you got it.
post #2060 of 2778
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... I've set up many friends with awesome cheap setups by scrounging Craigslist.
Same here. Not only have I set up several friends with gently-used speakers, but I've re-worked my own HT set-up several times with gently-used gear, including the Studio 60s and 20s I currently own. smile.gif
post #2061 of 2778
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Permission to borrow this fine summation, Sir?

You compliment me. By all means and you don't need to tell them where you got it. biggrin.gif

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Edited by BeeMan458 - 11/5/13 at 4:01pm
post #2062 of 2778
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Originally Posted by speakerbob View Post

I didn't want to pay more than $150 for a sub. I might could swing a little more. Is this Lava sub better than the Dayton 1200? I saw lots of reviews for the Dayton.

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Save more money.

At that price list all your choices out put a blindfold on the put your finger down and pick that one. It really doesn't matter you should just save and in the future spend at least 500 minimum. In the long run and looking back in hindsight I guarantee you would be much happier with that choice even though you must wait
post #2063 of 2778
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You compliment me. By all means and you don't need to tell them where you got it. biggrin.gif

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post #2064 of 2778
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

If you have a small room, you might want to get a pair of towers like the Polk Audio Monitor 70's. They have pretty good bass by themselves. I bought a pair from newegg.com a while ago. Last time I saw them on sale for $149.99 each.

I have already decided to get the monitor 60 speakers when they go on sale again.
post #2065 of 2778
I am currently running a PSB subseries 125 in my media room and am looking to upgrade but keep the price close to $300 if possible. My set up is as follows 11.5 x17 room with 9 foot ceilings. PSB 7.1 system consisting of the previously mentioned sub. Image B6s for L and R, C4 for centre and B4s for surrounds and front heights. My use is 95% movies,TV and Games and 5% music. We are by no means audiophiles but feel the sub is the weak link in the system. That being said we don't wnat to shake teh whole house either.

I would be happy to assemble a kit and could easily make the box if I had the dimensions. As far as the electronics go, it would have to be dead simple with detailed instructions. I looked at parts express and saw the Dayton Audio C1500K. Would somethning like that work? Maybe something smaller? Daytin sub 1200?Sub 1000?

Thanks
post #2066 of 2778
I think that Dayton kit would be a fantastic option, everything is pre-cut and you just put it together. You definitely need something with decent output in a room that size, so the 15" sub should be a good choice. DIY offers to most value by far, you would probably need to spend $500+ to beat that sub.
post #2067 of 2778
Dayton sub 1500 anyone?

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post #2068 of 2778
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Originally Posted by madspeed View Post

Dayton sub 1500 anyone?

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It's still pretty new and I haven't seen any reviews on it. I would imagine though the performance should fall in line with the rest of the Dayton subs. It should probably play deeper and louder than the SUB-1200, but right now that sub is on sale for $109 so you could get a pair for the price of the 1500.
post #2069 of 2778
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Originally Posted by slennon View Post

I would be happy to assemble a kit and could easily make the box if I had the dimensions. As far as the electronics go, it would have to be dead simple with detailed instructions. I looked at parts express and saw the Dayton Audio C1500K. Would somethning like that work? Maybe something smaller? Daytin sub 1200?Sub 1000?

I'd reconsider getting a sub that doesn't at least have some pretense of being articulate. Your PSB speakers are pretty nice, and have a reputation for being precise, so getting a subwoofer that isn't might result in some audible integration issues. For example, that C1500K kit is a driver, amp and enclosure for $340. All those components for that price infers something has to give. Looking at the spec's depth is definitely one of them, but are dynamics another? Your room is not terribly large, at less that 1800 ft^3, so you may want to consider something smaller with better components.

FWIW... I'm a fan of PE; I think they offer a lot, have very solid customer service and for the most part their prices are good. The sub kits I'm not so sure of though. Take something like the RS1200K. For $580 it seems to be a deal -- and is probably a nice subwoofer -- but for the same price you can get a Rythmik LV12R. I have a hard time believing the RS1200K would equal or best the Rythmik.
post #2070 of 2778
I just ordered the new Dayton sub 1500. I' ll pist up some pics and a review. Liiks like its too new and theres not much info out there on it, but for $200 what the heck. With all the positive reviews regarding the sub 1200, it should perform well for the price point.

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