Originally Posted by shadyJ
Given the OP's budget and size restrictions, there just isn't a way to work in a great sub. A small sealed one won't have any kind of decent output, especially for someone who likes reggae and hip hop, and they can't fit a large one, so that's why I recommended a less expensive ported sub. Without the sub's size restriction, I would say go for a six or seven hundred dollar ported beast and get some three hundred dollar speakers, like Ascend, Hsu, Arx, Behringer, HTD, etc.
But that's the problem. It's the "I" there. Your needs as an extreme basshead are quite different from the average individual. Even HSU used to recommend their 8" ported subs as good in rooms up to 1500 cubic feet. Audioholics recommended the SB12-NSD as good for medium sized rooms, which is up to 3,000 cubic feet. The SB1000 won't have quite the output of the SB12, but it should have enough output for most people in a 1600 cubic ft room, even for listening to reggae and hip hop.
So nothing wrong with you liking extreme bass, but that's not what most people need. I like bass, but I"m more interested in SQ over SPL, and would never consider your desktop setup of dual 15" subs:
Nothing wrong with that, but once again, it's not what most people want or need