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Best subwoofer under $500 for 2.1 computer setup (90% music)?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I just got a pair of Audioengine A5+ powered speakers as well as an Audiolab M-DAC and am loving both a LOT.

I'm now looking to complete the setup with a quality subwoofer for under $500.

Mainly use this setup for listening to music (50% various electronic [house, drum and bass, trance, etc.] and 50% everything else [rock, country, classical, jazz, etc.]). Probably 10% of the time will have movies.

I was looking at either the SVS PB-1000 or SB-1000, but am open to other recommendations.

The one thing I'm wondering is which of those two you think might be better for my applications.
I have people over pretty often and want something that will nicely fill out my large, acoustically challenged, space. It's a big 1100 Sq.Ft. "L" shaped basement, with the setup being at the top of the "L"- slate floors, too :/

I'd like something very powerful that can move a decent amount of air.

Was originally looking at the Audioengine S8, but feel it's too costly for what it is...

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: I should add I've got a chance to get a REL T5 sub for around this price, but the specs don't seem as impressive? Am I missing something? Why does it command such a premium (when talking new prices) over the SVS, or even the S8 for that matter (as both have a downward firing 8")? Sorry if it's a stupid question!
Edited by MRKM - 4/21/13 at 1:07pm
post #2 of 13
Forget the REL T5. An 8" sub is not going to do well in that size room. Subs see all the air volume space in the room.

For that matter, you'd probably need a high output 15" to have a chance of it moving "a decent amount of air" in that size space. Since your budget doesn't permit that, I'd recommend going with two Klipsch RW-12ds. Newegg has them for $279 ea (promo code EMCXSWM8, ends 4/24). Dual sub setups have the advantage of being able to create a smoother frequency response throughout a larger listening area.
post #3 of 13
IMO the only subwoofer for under $500 that would make sense for your setup would be the Klipsch RW-12D.

Amazon shows it for $371 right now, which is a good price.

My KEF B12D is better, but it is $700.

It sounds like you have a pretty "live" room, and one of them should do the job.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

IMO the only subwoofer for under $500 that would make sense for your setup would be the Klipsch RW-12D.

Amazon shows it for $371 right now, which is a good price.

That's a terrible price. They are often on sale for $300 or less at Newegg, and as I previously stated in this thread, currently $279.
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

My KEF B12D is better, but it is $700.

The B-12D is an NHT sub, not Kef. And as a small 12" sealed sub, it would be underwhelming in that size room. Not enough nearly enough SPL considering the OP is looking for "something very powerful that can move a decent amount of air."
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies, guys- I'm looking into the RW-12D.

I didn't fully explain my scenario... While I do have people over pretty often and want something to fill the space nicely, it's not my main concern. Lets take the word "very" out of the equation and just leave it at "powerful". I often find that in search of pure brute power other things are lost, such as musicality. Also, people won't be spread out over the entire space, but about 10-15 feet from my system.

My main application (probably 80% of the time), will be listening to music at nearfield distance.
post #6 of 13
The Klipsch RW-12D seems to be the budget subwoofer of the moment. However, is it good for music? The OP mentioned that 90% of listening is for music so I'm not sure the Klipsch is a good fit.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by postrokfan View Post

. . . so I'm not sure the Klipsch is a good fit.

There is no good fit for him in that size room with that budget. smile.gif
post #8 of 13
If you are handy at all you could go DIY for that price and build a decent sub
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post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

There is no good fit for him in that size room with that budget. smile.gif

I suppose you're right as usual cel. wink.gif
post #11 of 13
If you don't mind used, you may be able to find an Epik Empire for that for that price.
post #12 of 13
Many people prefer sealed subs for music, they generally are less boomy, though you trade output for extension. The SB-1000 would be a great choice in your price range. I don't think any sub you buy for $500 will fill that space, but that is not what you are going for. For nearfield listening I would wager that is going to sound very good, and should enhance the sound of your A5+'s because they are no longer playing the low frequencies. I would recommend getting an Auralex sub-dude because it will decouple the sub and provide cleaner bass, especially on a tile floor.
post #13 of 13
I own the SB-1000 and agree it's a great sub, but not for that size room. The PB-1000 equivalent in nearfield positioning may do slightly better. Tough use case - big space but listening position doesn't really warrant big/multiple subs. I'd probably go with one of the Klipsch and if that doesn't work get another the next time the sale is on.
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