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post #1 of 43
Thread Starter 
Hello,

Finally boss lady (wife) has allowed me to purchase another piece of electronics for my home theater. I am interested in purchasing a subwoofer. I was given permission to spend no more than $600. What is the best sub? I have read and re-read all of the info on SVS. Are the HSU subs just as good. Also how do I determine how much wattage I need for my sub. Should I get a powered or passive sub? Currently I am using an old Bose passive sub with a cheap 150 watt amp----not great sound, not clean bass. Please help.
post #2 of 43
Check out the HSU subs, I have and I have decided on the TN-1220OH with a 500 watt amp. Don't worry about the wattage as it is very subjective but use it as a ballpark figure.
post #3 of 43
check out the rocket ufw 10-- $599.

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post #4 of 43
Don't forget DIY sub
post #5 of 43
Rockets, Hsu, SVS. Can't really go wrong with any of these. BTW, what speakers are you using? If they are the Blose cubes, you might have some trouble integrating them with a non-blose sub. I seem to remember someone posting of a way, but I forgot what it was.
post #6 of 43
Could you give a little info about your room and the rest of your setup?

I have an SVS 20-39 PCi. They go for $599 brand new. Not having heard a ton of below $600 subs I certainly can't claim it is the best. I'm certainly pleased with it and at $599 would definitely buy another.
post #7 of 43
You know, if the lady gives you a limit, there are ways around that :)

I got a strict budget of 2000, and so far, it looks like I will be spending 2300, not including speaker stands, speaker wire and signal cables :)

("honey, you have to take shipping into consideration", "that didn't include tax", "it was cheaper before, it's not my fault I had to wait, and the sale went away!")

:)
post #8 of 43
Thread Starter 
Thanks Tomes. I will try that. I have a HK AVR 525, Infinity Reference Speakers, and a Onix rocket center channel speaker. My room size is 11 ft by 30 ft, carpeted, and has low ceilings. Thanks for all the replies guys. Appreciate it. I really love this website and forum.
post #9 of 43
Quote:
Originally posted by tomes
You know, if the lady gives you a limit, there are ways around that :)

I got a strict budget of 2000, and so far, it looks like I will be spending 2300, not including speaker stands, speaker wire and signal cables :)

("honey, you have to take shipping into consideration", "that didn't include tax", "it was cheaper before, it's not my fault I had to wait, and the sale went away!")

:)
Someone on this board gave me some advice that's really helped. He said if your WAF won't let you get something, just talk about the piece of gear you want all the time. She lets me get it just to shut me up.
I'm not joking either, it REALLY works.
post #10 of 43
When the war department (wife) objects to a new addition, I like to start talking about that 'dangerous' Bike (motorcycle) that I always wanted. That seems to distract her enough to overlook some things.

Only problem is I can never actually HAVE a bike or the ruse wont work. YMMV.
post #11 of 43
What is it an abbreviation for? I understand from context that it has something to do with pleasing one's wife...

Dumb question, but I don't know the answer so there it is.
post #12 of 43
Wife Acceptance Factor
post #13 of 43
Wife Approval Factor.
post #14 of 43
Wife Annoyance Factor? :D
post #15 of 43
Back to the thread topic... ;^)

Tell us what ratio of music to HT you will listen to, it would help as well.
post #16 of 43
Thread Starter 
I will be using my sysytem for 85% movie and 15 % music.
post #17 of 43
I use mine 65% movies, TV and 35% for music. I just talked to Dr. Hsu and he was very helpful in recommending what I need for my home theater system.
post #18 of 43
Quote:
Originally posted by TowJumper
When the war department (wife) objects to a new addition, I like to start talking about that 'dangerous' Bike (motorcycle) that I always wanted. That seems to distract her enough to overlook some things.

Only problem is I can never actually HAVE a bike or the ruse wont work. YMMV.
What does YMMV mean?
Thanks (since we're answering all the abbreviations here:D )
post #19 of 43
If you're looking for a sub which can be AT your house for under $600, looks amazing, and outputs deeper bass than the SVS everyone has an erection for, check out the Stryke Audio minithunder. I have one and I've been INCREDIBLY pleased. It's far better than anything they carry in the high-end stores here (Paradigm, Infinity, Sunfire), and it's just BEAUTIFUL. The veneering is amazing. I highly recommend checking them out.
post #20 of 43
Quote:
Originally posted by kgoetz97
What does YMMV mean?
Thanks (since we're answering all the abbreviations here:D )
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

Thread starter, I'm really close to getting an Athena system and will most likely get the AS-P400 subwoofer. It has a 10", 400 W peak, 100 W RMS, and costs $400 MSRP. That's well under your budget, but it gives you an idea.

There was another recent thread here where one guy asked to see pictures of SVS-12 (forgot the exact model). Those subs look massive and all the owners in that thread said that sub was unbelievable. That sub retails for $599, which leaves you a buck to hit a go-go bar. :o
post #21 of 43
How about the HSU STF-3 for $599? I wanted this sub but I don't have room for it and I think that the upright cylindrical sub TN-1220HO with a 500 watt amp would suit my purposes better and if I need to upgrade when I get a larger house I can just add another TN-1220HO because the 500 watt amp will power two subs. A lot of people like this sub for the price.
post #22 of 43
Best site on the net.

I nominate the NHT SW12.

Good luck,

E. J.
post #23 of 43
Plasmamaniac, the TN1220 and 500W amp will set you back $1200 not $600 unless you know something which I don't :)

For under $600, how about Adire Dharman or Adire Deava.
post #24 of 43
Thread Starter 
Hello,
I would love the TN1220 with the 500W amp but it is $1200 not $600. Please let me know if you are getting it for $600. I won't tell anyone, it will be our secret. I can keep it on the down low.
post #25 of 43
What is the most desirable type of sub, downward firing, rear firing, or front firing? I guess it depends on the room arrangement. I just ordered Athena AS-P400 10" subwoofer, which is front firing. My brother was saying that it's the worst kind of "firing" set up, but since the sub is for my parents' HTS, they probably won't care. : \\
post #26 of 43
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I will be using my sysytem for 85% movie and 15 % music.
If this is the case and you like the cylinder look I would pick the SVS 25-31PCi (just under $600 shipped to your door).

I have the box model of this sub (the PB1-ISD) and just love it. It is so good on HT that I find I am watching more movies!

My original budget was $400 and I bought a Hsu STF-2. Good for music but lacking in HT in my room so I returned it. Upped the budget and really upped the performance with the SVS! I'm very happy now.

Good luck.
post #27 of 43
You guys can't read very good. Read this again. How about the HSU STF-3 for $599? I wanted this sub but I don't have room for it and I think that the upright cylindrical sub TN-1220HO with a 500 watt amp would suit my purposes better and if I need to upgrade when I get a larger house I can just add another TN-1220HO because the 500 watt amp will power two subs. A lot of people like this sub for the price.
I stated "How about the HSU STF-3 for $599?" I decided to get the TN-1220HO because it fits my space next to my home theater display and the HSU STF-3 will not because it bigger and not cylindrical like the TN-1220HO. You need to learn to read the whole statement and not just pieces of the statement.
post #28 of 43
I'm waiting to hear more about the STF-3 as I save my pennies. To me, this may be yet the best "bang for the buck" sub under $600. I only wish they dropped the tuned level - I believe it's only 25hz right now.
post #29 of 43
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Originally posted by video321
I'm waiting to hear more about the STF-3 as I save my pennies. To me, this may be yet the best "bang for the buck" sub under $600. I only wish they dropped the tuned level - I believe it's only 25hz right now.
It is rated flat to 25hz, but it doesn't mean it is tuned to 25hz. Even a VTF-3 in Max Output mode was flat to 22hz, which is what the STF-3's based on.
post #30 of 43
That is why I am going with the TN-1220HO either with the 250 watt amp or the 500 watt amp. I can afford the TN-1220HO with 250 watt amp now but I would have to wait to get the 500 watt unit because of wife factor. However, if I build another larger house with dedicated home theater room then I might want to add another TN-1220HO to the setup and if I bought the one with the 500 watt amp I would be in business. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
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