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Best sub for "sub" 500 dollars!

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have a 500 sq ft room and a set of EMPtek towers/center SLS q line surrounds.
The weak link in this HT setup is a 150 watt, 8 inch SLS sub. Cannot spend even a penny more than 500, counting shipping!
Best subs in the under 500 often mentioned:
klipsch rd-12, EMPtek 10i10i, and the SVS 10 inch sealed sub, which occasionally dips under 500! Any others? Thoughts?
post #2 of 14
500 sq.ft. is a pretty big space. One of any sub under $500 is going to have a challenge. That said, both the Klipsch RW-12d (frequently on sale at Newegg.com for $300 or less, plus shipping) and the SVS PB-1000 ($499, shipped) are solid options. Another sub that is reputed to have pretty strong output and decent extension is the Premier Acoustic PA-150 (currently $425, shipped, at Amazon.com).

Not sure what the EMP Tek ES10i10i's output is like, but it certainly doesn't dig very deep (30-150Hz +/-3dB). I'd pass on it.
Edited by eljaycanuck - 5/6/13 at 5:55pm
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by eljaycanuck View Post

500 sq.ft. is a pretty big space. One of any sub under $500 is going to have a challenge. That said, both the Klipsch RW-12d (frequently on sale at Newegg.com for $300 or less, plus shipping) and the SVS PB-1000 ($499, shipped) are solid options. Another sub that is reputed to have pretty strong output and decent extension is the Premier Acoustic PA-150 (currently $425, shipped, at Amazon.com).

Not sure what the EMP Tek ES10i10i's output is like, but it certainly doesn't dig very deep (30-150Hz +/-3dB). I'd pass on it.

Yep agreed!
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Eventually I will have dual subs, but for now, just need better than the SLS 8 inch sub ( good accurate sub, but not even close to able to fill that space).
post #5 of 14
Can you stretch your budget? SB12 B stock is listed for $599.00 shipped, I use the SB12 in a 15x15x10 listening area, with the dial set at 12, bass is great with movies and music, very clean smooth output, more then enough, I thought i would need two of them but one shakes my entire room. Once I sell my Epik Legend I will be putting dual SB12's in my family room.

I have a Legend for sale if your interested PM me.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Elihawk View Post

I have a 500 sq ft room and a set of EMPtek towers/center SLS q line surrounds.
The weak link in this HT setup is a 150 watt, 8 inch SLS sub. Cannot spend even a penny more than 500, counting shipping!
Best subs in the under 500 often mentioned:
klipsch rd-12, EMPtek 10i10i, and the SVS 10 inch sealed sub, which occasionally dips under 500! Any others? Thoughts?

For $500 I would buy a SVS PB1000 & add a 2nd one down the road when you can afford it if you want more output or more even bass.
post #7 of 14
Why not check out used subs which might be available in your area? Classifieds here or over at ChaseHomeTheater, for example, may provide a good place to start.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jim Cutter View Post

For $500 I would buy a SVS PB1000 & add a 2nd one down the road when you can afford it if you want more output or more even bass.

I agree.

Another option is to wait until Outlaw has a sale. I bought a lfm-1 plus for $499 shipped a few months back.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
I strongly considered the outlaw, but currently it is 550 plus shipping, so well out of the budget. With free shipping from new egg, I can get two Klipsch rd-12 for slightly less that one outlaw!
Btw, ordered the Klipsch today...thanks much for the advice, however!
post #10 of 14
JBL has a sealed sub es250p for 399, claims it plays to 25hz. I have this sub in my. gaming room, it does decent job. but it tends to get boomy and distorted at higher volumes.
post #11 of 14
I would wait for the Sale on the Outlaw Audio LFM-1 Plus, which will be $499 w/ free shipping. I picked up my duals around Christmas of '11 for $998 shipped, I have been extremely happy with them.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Elihawk View Post

I strongly considered the outlaw, but currently it is 550 plus shipping, so well out of the budget. With free shipping from new egg, I can get two Klipsch rd-12 for slightly less that one outlaw!
Btw, ordered the Klipsch today...thanks much for the advice, however!

That'll be a heck of an improvement over your 8" sub biggrin.gif
post #13 of 14
If you have an amp you may want to consider this sub for $500:

http://www.chasehometheater.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=586&category_id=29&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=143

That price may not even be correct. There was a sale going on when I inquired since the price I was quoted was less than the price online so best bet is to inquire if interested.

Good luck!
Edited by seifer300 - 5/8/13 at 2:13pm
post #14 of 14
If you can stretch your budget to 560 you can pick up 2 klipsch rw-12ds at newegg right now. You will just need to purchase them separately under 2 different e-mail accounts:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882780078

I just upgraded from 2 of these to a PSA XV15 but the pair of klipsch were awesome for the money.
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