Originally Posted by TrebleVsBass
1)How good is the f32 over the m22? Would you notice the difference with a subwoofer?
2)is it better to get a f32 and get a cheaper subwoofer(~$500)? or use m22 with more expensive subwoofer(~$1500)? assuming both combinations cost the same.
3) Can you guys recommend me a subwoofer to go with m22s? (budget around $1500) How does the revel b15a stack up against the subwoofers talked about frequently on the forums? (like svs 13 ultra, epik tower, hsu vtf3 etc..)
The living room is 19*12 but open to kitchen and dining area on half of one of the long sides. Kitchen and dining area together would add more or less the same area to the living room. The speakers face the other long side with one speaker's back facing the wall and the other one's back facing the high kitchen counter wall. , so the listening distance to the speakers is around 9 feet along the shorter sides.
You will only really benefit from the F32 + sub over the M22 + sub if a)you really like to crank action flicks to reference levels; b)play music at live rock concert levels; c)if you have a relatively large room; or d)you want the option to listen to music in stereo with out a sub at times. It all comes down to this: the extra bass drivers and larger cabinet of the F32 results in two primary advantages over a bookshelf--more extended bass and the ability to play louder.
I run floorstanding speakers with a sub because I want the high-output capability for movies, and I find that even with music, the added drivers in the floorstander provide an effortless quality at medium to high volumes.
With that said, you really don't want to pair a cheap sub with a speaker the caliber of the F32. Cheap subs tend to be boomy and/or peaky and have high distortion levels which will muddy up the sound of the F32's.
Oh, and the Revel sub is great, though as with many high-end speakers you are paying for the nicer cabinet quality of the sub and you could probably get similar performance from a more value oriented brand like SVS and HSU. They just won't look as nice or match your main speakers, if that is important to you.