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post #31 of 35
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I took another look at the SA-1000, it looks like it might be a better choice than the SPA-1000, and on the back of the unit there's a toggle to turn the on/off the subsonic filter, and I was also mistaken about the PEQ, it's 18-150, like it's plate brother.

 

I had heard about the iNuke, the problem is that I did some research on Behringer and apparently they're not very reliable, whereas, the Dayton audio gets rave reviews when I read about it. I would probably go with two of the Dayton Audios. Since, I do have two LFE pre-outs (7.2 channel).

 

I wanted to ask, though, would a vented sub-woofer box work, like 7.2 cu. ft., the vent was roughly 12 inches wide by 3 inches tall? I saw one unfinished (no carpet or anything) at a car audio place, I thought I could veneer it or build an exterior box for it out of birch and then stain it. Or, are those boxes not recommended for home audio, I would imagine the tuning frequency is probably a little high, since car audio applications typically rely on cabin gain.

post #32 of 35
Behringer doesn't have a great reputation for reliability, true. It gets that rep because some of their products can not stand the rigors of touring. In a home audio setting, which is MUCH less demanding and stressful, I wouldn't worry about it as much.

As far the as the goes, are you saying the port is 12" long and 3" diameter? If so, that is pretty small for a long throw 15" driver. A car audio box might not have the kind of bracing you want for home audio either. I would definitely skip that box. You will want a enclosure to fit whatever driver you select. I would ask for help in the DIY sub forum to figure out the optimum enclosure size. It will change depending on the driver, and also whatever tuning point you want.
post #33 of 35
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It's a vented box, so it's not the round plastic ports, it's like a slot in the box, the slot's opening is about twelve inches wide and three inches high (meaning the surface area of the opening would be 36 square inches). I think, but I'm not sure, that the depth of the vent (meaning how far it encroaches into the internal space of the box) is about 18~20" since there's a few inches between the inside wall of the vent and the back of the box.

 

Yeah, I think I might try one of those software design suites I keep reading about (winISD?), if they're not terribly expensive for download and play around with it.

 

My BD player just sh*t itself, tonight. So, now I have to figure out what to do about getting another one. I didn't even get to use the thing but maybe one full month. I bought it brand new back in September, but didn't set it up until middle of last month. :/

post #34 of 35
I am late to the party. I use several Berhinger amp without a problem and think they are a great bargin. The I Nuke DSP has PEQ and other things to help get the best bass. I use them with my 18 in Chase subs which are sealed. These subs are great for music and HT.
post #35 of 35
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Another update:

 

So, I didn't get a chance to stop by Hsu Research on my way to SF, due to time constraints (I was trying to get through LA mid-day to avoid traffic during commute hours). As a consequence, I made it to SF in a record 6 hours (in a Prius! I think I broke the land-speed record for hybrid vehicles on the 5 North).

 

However, I was expecting my Polks to be in when I got back yesterday, they gave me some line about that they can't get them or that Polk doesn't even have any in their warehouse (which is a load, because I can order them from Crutchfield, in-stock). I don't like being lied to or BS'd so I cancelled my order for the TSXs. Now, I'm trying to find some place that has them other than an online retailer, because I can't price-match and I have the return receipt from the retailer, so I need to find someplace that has them on-hand. For being a decent sized city, San Diego sucks for Hi-Fi suppliers. :/

 

So, now I'm considering a couple different options. I haven't heard them, but people are raving about the Hsu Research surround/center speakers, I could get their "ultimate" 5.2.1 system in Rosenut for $3700. This would have two ULS-15s, the MBM, center channel and four bookshelves. This is way over my budget, but if the speakers are as awesome as everyone is saying they are it might not be a bad deal.

 

The second option is to DIY it. My constraint here is, to get what I want + the work/supplies I need to get a good finish/veneer on them, I'm out as much as the Hsu's. Also, space, the Waveguides I'm looking at for the LCR channels are huge (the Fusion-8 MTM, and the Fusion 12 Tempest or Alpha 12 Zephyr, while shorter than the TSX550Ts, are like twice as wide). Then I'm looking at a set of Amigas for the rears and the DA RSS18HO + 4.0 cu. ft. box and external SA-1000 amp. The last thing is, would using the Amigas for rears and then having different Fusions for the fronts be much of a difference in "voice" and would it sound weird?

 

I should probably start another thread.

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