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Thoughts on my current sub, or suggest a budget subwoofer to complement my starter HT

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I'm slowly building out a HT setup or a small basement/entertainment room. I need some advice on a budget sub that will complement my current system without overwhelming it.

Current setup:
2 KEF Q100 bookshelf as fronts
1 KEF Q200c center channel
Connected to a Pioneer VSX-1021
Recently acquired floor model CV CMX10s

Requirement: Using bookshelf speakers means I'm lacking some bass (though so far I'm very impressed with the KEF Q100s otherwise)
Room dimensions: 12' X 12' X 8' ceiling
Use: movies, TV, casual music listening when entertaining
Habits/requirements: I don't need/want any heavy pounding, and this is a condo with a shared wall, so nothing that will disturb my neighbours
Setup location/appearance: due to the room layout, the sub *may* end up in a cabinet underneath the TV (about 18" clearance) or in a closet at the back of the room.
Budget: ideally sub-$300 CDN

I was recently in my local home AV store and they were selling a floor model Cerwin-Vega CMX10s. It's a little banged up cosmetically, but works fine, and is fully returnable. I picked it up on a whim then brought it home to check reviews, but I'm having trouble finding any solid recommendations other than the same 6 from Amazon. Based on what I have found, the CVs seem to be known for heavy bass, something I don't really need. The MSRP on these was $500 USD (I paid considerably less) but the model is discontinued.

So, should I keep the CV even if it might be too much for my tastes? Or should I look for something different? Any help is appreciated.
post #2 of 8
Not sure where in Canada you live, but you might want to check out canuckaudiomart.com for some gently-used subs. There are a couple of Paradigm PDR-10s for $200 or less; an Energy S8.3 for just over $100; and a PDR-12 for $300.

You could get two - or three - Polk PSW10s, when on sale for ~$99. Not a great sub, but decent in small to mid-sized rooms and up to moderate volume levels. (And having two - or three - would help.)

Or you could consider saving up a bit and getting an SVS SB-1000 or PB-1000 ($499 + shipping + tax) from sonicboomaudio.com.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yeah, the Polk PSW10s are on sale right now for $100 CDN -- looks like they too are about to be discontinued? Both the store I was in as well as Futureshop are selling them at that price.

I saw a couple of reviews mentioning that at this price point the Polk is an OK buy, but overall not a great sub. Anyone else have an opinion here?
post #4 of 8
Not sure what the availability is up north, but you might want to check out the NXG NX-BAS-500 as well. It's a real nice subwoofer for the price.
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... you might want to check out the NXG NX-BAS-500 as well. It's a real nice subwoofer for the price.
FWIW: $407.99 on Amazon.ca. I took it to check-out and shipping was only $7.26.
post #6 of 8
Yikes, that's pricey. eek.gif
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yeah, that's a little more than I'd hope to spend. Thanks for the recommendation though -- I looked at the review and this looks like a solid sub.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by scienide09 View Post

I'm slowly building out a HT setup or a small basement/entertainment room. I need some advice on a budget sub that will complement my current system without overwhelming it.

Current setup:
2 KEF Q100 bookshelf as fronts
1 KEF Q200c center channel
Connected to a Pioneer VSX-1021
Recently acquired floor model CV CMX10s

Requirement: Using bookshelf speakers means I'm lacking some bass (though so far I'm very impressed with the KEF Q100s otherwise)
Room dimensions: 12' X 12' X 8' ceiling
Use: movies, TV, casual music listening when entertaining
Habits/requirements: I don't need/want any heavy pounding, and this is a condo with a shared wall, so nothing that will disturb my neighbours
Setup location/appearance: due to the room layout, the sub *may* end up in a cabinet underneath the TV (about 18" clearance) or in a closet at the back of the room.
Budget: ideally sub-$300 CDN

I was recently in my local home AV store and they were selling a floor model Cerwin-Vega CMX10s. It's a little banged up cosmetically, but works fine, and is fully returnable. I picked it up on a whim then brought it home to check reviews, but I'm having trouble finding any solid recommendations other than the same 6 from Amazon. Based on what I have found, the CVs seem to be known for heavy bass, something I don't really need. The MSRP on these was $500 USD (I paid considerably less) but the model is discontinued.

So, should I keep the CV even if it might be too much for my tastes? Or should I look for something different? Any help is appreciated.


In my experience Cerwin Vega's are generally known for playing loud while not extending very deep. You can get a Dayton sub-1200 from solen.ca for around 200$ shipped (maybe more or less depending on where you live).
Whether or not it would be worth it depends on what you payed for the Vega.
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