I've been lurking around trying to figure out what sub to buy for a few weeks. I have some idea of what I want, but there were a few questions I had that I wasn't able to answer.
Quick bio: I was looking for 'computer speakers' but instead ended up with a lepai202a+ and pioneer bs22. Am very happy with that and won't be upgrading in the near future. I am looking for a sub for just a little extra oomph in the lower register. I've never had a real sub before except some tiny (smaller than my current speakers) logitech, so I'm under the impression that anything will wow me.
- Budget: ~300 MAX (stretching hard), preferably under 150..
- Medium size room 20x15 or so, but does that matter if i'm sitting next to it?
- 33% gaming, 33% tv/movies, 33% music (in background, i don't critically listen). I also usually listen to low-normal levels (no high vol).
- Is there such thing as a subwoofer with a control pod that I can put on my desk? (not too much of a big deal, shouldn't be so lazy)
- My understanding that I would be connecting this setup by having speaker wire from the lepai go to the high level input on the sub, and then from sub to each speaker. Is it possible to use the speakers without the sub (ie. sub off), or is it just the obvious turn volume all the way down.
- Having no plans to upgrade for a while, does it make sense to even buy a sub say 200-300 thats 2-3x as expensive as my speakers. I've never had a real sub and the 'best' sub I've heard was from a friends logitech z2300, so I wonder if I would notice a big difference between 100-150$ sub and 200-300$.
- I also have my speakers on for ~4 hours a day in one stretch(with stuff playing on/off). Is it bad for the sub to be on auto, and turn on/off multiple times in an evening? Would it be better to just set it to on for a few hours while i use it? This kind of ties in to Q2, as well
- Slightly unrelated, is it okay for me to switch the inputs to the lepai while it is on (connected to speaker/sub)? I mute my computer and then switch to ps3, and vice versa so there's no input at the time.
In the <150 range, I feel like the dayton1200 is pretty highly recommended, but stretching ~300, I see the pl-200, BAS-500, and a few others to name a few. I was thinking about getting the dayton but I keep seeing reviews on how 'bad' and 'throw-away' something is and to just 'stretch' another 200$. This seems to be a vicious cycle though so IDK.
Given that this is for a computer setup, for someone who's never owned a sub, and listens at lower volume, would you suggest the dayton/other budget sub, or just jump for a more expensive one.
That was longer than anticipated, but thanks for reading