Originally Posted by ABuilder
My wife and I are purchasing our first nice sound system and I have been having a hard time picking between subs but I am starting to lean towards Rythmik and wanted some advice on their different options and what you think would be best for my wife and I.
The living room these will be going in is large and has two story vaulted ceilings. We watch TV/Movies in the room but my wife and I both prioritize the musical side and would rather have a sub that seamlessly fills out the lower end of our Zu Audio Omen DW MKII tower speakers then a sub that shakes the paintings on the walls. I guess I would rather have strong mid range base then super low. We don't tend to listen to anything particularly loud and have neighbors pretty close though they don't share a wall.
From the readying I have done, it sounds like Rythmik subs are good options for people that have mixed HT/Music use but prioritize music. Their servo tech seems like a great idea to me.
I have been leaning in the direction of getting two subs, but I the locations available for one of the subs keeps be from going 15" Honestly, even 2 ported 12" is pushing the WAF. Below are the options I am split between. Please recommend what you would do with some info of why you would chose what you did.
Pair of FVX12. They are over budget but seems like a great sub. Rythmik list the sub as best for HT use. I had thought due to my large room that ported was better, though I am looking for more sound clarity then feel. Maybe I should be going ported or save $200 with the regular driver instead of the aluminum driver.
Pair of F12-300. They are sealed and I am not sure if 2 is enough for my large room. Sounds like they are best for music but should I just bite the bullet and move up a pair of F12s. Pretty big price jump.
Pair of F12. Originally I had a $1K budget for subs which I have worked my way up from. These would almost double my original budget. Also SVS SB-3000s are about the same price but with double the watts and DSP. Maybe they would be a better option for my large room then the F12 for about the same price.
One FVX15HP. I can only fit and afford 1. Everything I read raves that two subs are much better then one.
My answer is coming from the 'audio first/HT secondary' mindset, so take that into consideration.
I named our TV/family room "acoustic Hell" because it's a nightmare trying to get good sound in it. The room itself is approximately 15' x 18" with an 18' high sloping cathedral ceiling on one half and an open hallway above (on one side). The 15' x 18' is misleading because the entire right-hand side is open to the kitchen/breakfast nook area. I once calculated the Cu ft, but I no longer recall. Bass gets sucked out faster than you can blink your eyes. You might be tempted to ask me why I don't watch TV in another room. My answer would be, "You married?"
I've tried several different configurations in this room, and finally settled on a 2.1 audio system. [The speakers are Jeff Bagby designed two-way monitors using SB Acoustics Satori drivers. They're excellent sounding two-ways. The Sub is a Rythmik F12G sealed sub.] This set up is partly because HT just hasn't worked well in this room, and partially because of my wife's needs/requirements. My wife likes to listen to the 2 channel for background music. She likes Enya, romantic ballads, Eva Cassidy, etc. Voluminous bass isn't necessary. I flip the F12G on for videos.
Many of the readers will quickly determine that my F12G is inadequate for the space, and I agree with them.
We sit about 8' from the TV, so we get just barely enough bass to fill out the bottom frequencies. The sub is just to the right of the TV, which works best in this room. This room would very much benefit from either a second F12G (or a third!), or a 15" or 18" ported sub. However, I would need permission from my wife. [What can I say? I love her. She's more important than the sound, and she allows me to have really nice two-channel gear in the living room.]
The above background is to give you an idea of what you may encounter if you purchased a single sealed 12" Rythmik sub for your room. Of course, YMMV since everyone's room and audio system is different. My long drawn out suggestion is to consider either a 15" sealed sub (Rythmik is my first choice) for music first, or a ported 15" minimum for double duty. I love my F12G for music, and often recommend it, but it's probably not appropriate for your room.
I think I've managed to convey my thoughts, but ask questions if I wasn't clear. I'm not sub expert, so I defer to anyone who really
knows what they're talking about.
Enjoy your journey!