I've been trying to find the right sub for my large living room. It's about 14 by 22, with open archways to the kitchen and the hall. The first sub I tried was a JBL ES250 12-inch sub, which had a lot of impact but was physically bigger than I was hoping for. I then tried a few different Velodyne subs - first the Impact 10, which I didn't like, the DLS3750, which was a lot better, but I didn't care for the looks or the size. Right now I'm trying a combination of a DEQ8-r, which I can fit behind my TV (it's in the corner of the room) and an Impact Mini, which I'm using as a second sub, about 8 feet from the corner of the room where the TV is. The Impact Mini, by itself, didn't cut it, but when used as a second sub with the DEQ8, it adds punch and fills out the room a bit. This combo still doesn't give me the deep presense of the JBL, but it's a decent combo.
Here's my dilema: while I got a great price on both units (I think) - the DEQ 8 for $279 direct from Velodyne and the Impact Mini from Fry's (last one) for $299 plus tax ($336), that brings me up to over $600 for an 8-inch and a 6.5 inch sub, while my initial budget was $200-$300!!
I'm wondering: am I better off spending $600 - or less - on something else entirely or will I get more bang for my buck with two small subs to fill out my room, rather than one higher-end sub? Again, I'd really prefer a sub with a small footprint. Ideally, I'd like to try the Mini-Vee 8-inch or 10-inch, but they are $799 and $999, making them both out of the question.
So here are my options with the subs I'm currently trying:
1 - just use the 12-inch JBL ($179 Amazon Lightening Deal price) and live with it's size and ugly shape
2 - Keep the DEQ8 and the Impact Mini ($600+) and bite the bullet on the $
3 - start over and go in a different direction
I'd greatly appreciate as much feedback as posssibe, as I have to make up my mind on the units I currently have in less than a week.