Originally Posted by Pete7874
How tall are the ceilings?
Regardless, that's a LOT of room to fill. A single STF-1 will do next to nothing in such a huge area. I used to own one and it was OK in a tiny apartment living room. Once I moved to a larger apt, it was already lacking. And your area is even bigger than what I was working with.
In the $400 range, I would go for two subs, maybe two BIC V1220 or two BIC F12, or even two PA-120 (not sure what they go by these days, but you used to be able to get them for around $200 each).
Ceiling is 8' tall. It is a large space. As I said before (but maybe could do a better job explaining), carpeted "Family Room" is 20'x24', which opens up into a Kitchen/Dinette (hardwood) that is roughly 20'x15'. Kitchen has two archways (no doors) that open into the Dining Room (Hardwood, 20'x20'). There's no doors closing any of that off (but the sound would have to make the 90 degree bend and then work through the two archways to reach the dining room, so I'm not sure how much that should factor in).
Anything would be an upgrade over my current "sub". That said, like anyone else, I'm looking to get the most for my money, and something that will *pair* well with my current setup. I don't think things like "timber matching" are a concern with Subs the way they were when I upgraded the Center, correct? I read one or two places where on-board electronics might *buzz* if they don't match other electronic equipment in your setup, but that hasn't been corroborated by very many other sources, so I don't think I need to stick with Polk just because all of my other speakers are Polk...
If I understand correctly, two subs is simply a means to add more power/volume, correct? It won't do anything to help with low-frequency response, correct?
Does it make *clarity* difficult? Do you have to start tinkering with Phase Shift when that happens? How does that work? *Clarity* is my top priority, followed by low-frequency, and lastly is having a little *punch* to it.
Thanks for the recommendations, I'm pulling up the spec sheets on these BICs now that you're suggesting them, and if those Frequency responses are accurate, I'm very pleased with what I'm seeing for the Price. Whether I buy a $200 or a $400 sub, I will likely only buy one at first, hook it up, and see what I think. Then consider adding a second if I feel I want a little more *boom* in there. The price on those BIC F-12's seems almost too good to be true if they really can dig down to 25 Hz... is there a *catch*? Appreciate the informative and budget-conscience response.Edited by psuKinger - 1/9/13 at 12:47pm