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What size sub needed for 14x14 room?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
What size, or how many watts will i need for a 14x14 room? As of right now im considering Polk PSW10 or Pioneer SW8. Please advise.
post #2 of 11
Depends on what you want. Square rooms can be difficult, too. What's the height of the room? (total cubic measure is what counts, plus if it's a sealed room or open to others). Watts don't have much to do with anything without knowing the sensitivity/efficiency of the sub's driver. Size of driver alone isn't a good measure of output, although it can be a good indicator. Look at the Polk PSW505 instead. What's your budget? You listen to music? movies? Combination? How loud?
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Height of room is 8 ft and is not open to others. My budget is $150 for a sub. I was going to try and get by with an entry level sub as this is my first experience with home audio. I already purchased my speakers - Energy RC Micro and I still need a receiver (looking at Yamaha V371BL). It will used for mostly movies and gaming, some music. I don't like to blast anything very loud.

I'm coming to realize a sub is something I probably don't want to go cheap on, so perhaps I should wait to save more so I can afford a more expensive sub. But I'm unsure if a sub like PSW505 is better suited for a larger space, as 14X14 is not that big.
post #4 of 11
Since your room isn't very large and you don't "blast anything very loud", the PSW10 may work well for you. But it isn't a great sub, and it will hit its limits pretty quickly. Also, note that you shouldn't be paying more than $99 for that sub (plus any applicable taxes).

Given the small size of your main speakers, the crossover will be set fairly high, so you may find that bass is "localize-able" to the location of the sub (rather than being "omni-present").

Not sure what your budget for speakers is, but you might want to consider a pair of larger bookshelf mains, which will let you lower the crossover and decrease the likelihood of "localize-able" bass.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Shinespark1 View Post

Height of room is 8 ft and is not open to others. My budget is $150 for a sub. I was going to try and get by with an entry level sub as this is my first experience with home audio. I already purchased my speakers - Energy RC Micro and I still need a receiver (looking at Yamaha V371BL). It will used for mostly movies and gaming, some music. I don't like to blast anything very loud.
I'm coming to realize a sub is something I probably don't want to go cheap on, so perhaps I should wait to save more so I can afford a more expensive sub. But I'm unsure if a sub like PSW505 is better suited for a larger space, as 14X14 is not that big.

My room is very similar. 14wx13dx9h and can be sealed off.

I have a Def Tech SuperCube 8000 (yes it's overpriced) that I like quite bit. It has decent output to 20hz (according to sound and vision). In my room corner loaded it I can hit over 110db pretty easy(unk frequency) at the LP 10-11 ft from the sub.

But there are times I would like more output. I don't think you'd be happy with a $150 sub in that room, I know I wouldn't.

The other thing is you need a sub that can play and sound good beyond 150hz which is where the micros need to be crossed over at. I would look to spend a little more on the sub for sure.
post #6 of 11
My room is a similar size and I have a klipscb rw-12d and sometimes I still want more. I think only you can decide how much bass you want. Imo, don't skimp. If anything you turn it down and you have a sub that will last a long time. I'd rather under work a good sub then over work a bad one and be frustrated
post #7 of 11
In a square room I would save up and get two identical subs or buy one now and add the other later. It will even out the dead spots in the room. I had a square room once and there was a 4 to 5 decibel difference in SPL depending on where you were standing in the room.
post #8 of 11
If he wants duals, then the Velodyne VX-11 deal is still on - he can get 2 of them for $230. But it's probably not a huge step above Polk PSW10.
post #9 of 11
For $150 you're not gonna get anything worthwhile. Spend $50 above your $150 and get a Bic F12 if you can only afford 1 sub for now. In a few months get another for $200 and they will be matching and have plenty of output.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Alright, you guys talked me into it....so....PSW505 or BIC F12?

Note: Increasing my budget for one of these subs means I'm definitely stuck with these RC Micros for awhile, and I still need a receiver.
post #11 of 11
That's a tough one. Either one would be a good choice.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1372356/bic-f12-or-psw505
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