An audio virgin here, finally took the plunge to assemble my first audio system. Been lurking on the AVSforum for about two weeks now and it's been immensely helpful. Very glad such a resource exists.
Like with the first car, I want the system to be affordable so if I screw it up, it's not a significant financial exposure. tMy setup is as following: Marantz NR1602 (picked it up for $300 on Amazon) driving a pair of small second-gen Pioneer bookshelves (BS22 I think) and a matching center. The room is just 2200 cubes, so I can live with the weak power output. Thinking about buying a pair of floorstanders eventually and demoting the bookshelves to rear, but for now, I want to get to 3.1 that can handle music and HT equally well. (Music is much more important though.) Hence, looking for an advice on a budget sub. Prefer to stay under $300 if possible. Since it will likely outlive the other pieces of the equipment, I'd like it to be applicable for a bigger room as well.
From what I gathered in this topic, I have the following options available:
— Polk PSW505. Guess it's the best deal around right now, with Amazon and Newegg both giving it out for $190.
— Outlaw M8. Currently $250 + S&H. Would be my first pick if it was not just 8".
— BIC PL-200. Word on the street is that it can be had for around $275 + S&H. Looks like it's not the best fit for the music though.
— Energy ESW-8. $300. Did not see it as one of the main suggestions here, so unsure. Same concern as Outlaw.
— Klipsch RW-12D. Can be snatched for $315 + S&H. I consider it to be a step up from BIC, but with the same concerns.
— Energy s10.3. It was probably a steal at $200, but I cannot find it lower than $360 now and it seems excessive.
— HSU STF-2. $350 + S&H. That's probably as high as I am ready to go. I am somewhat baffled that it is ported and not sealed though.
Am I missing any obvious picks not on the list? Any comments and suggestions really appreciated.