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Hi all,

I have never had a sub, but would like to add one to my system. I would like to get some recommendations from all of you experts! Here are some notes about my system/set-up.

Room is approx. 20 x 21 x 10' high ceilings. I am probably 60/40 to 70/30 music to movies. I'm not looking to rattle everything in my house and the neighbor's house...I want clean, accurate sound for listening to music...as well as some punch for movies. My front speakers are Klipsch KLF-20s that I really like. My AVR is a Yamaha RX-V2600. My TV is a Samsung 55" LED, about 1 year old.

I'm willing to spend $500...and could go a bit higher. Don't want to spend $1k...so, I guess the window is $500 - $800 or so. I would definitely consider a quality used unit as well.

I would appreciate any advice or recommendations!

Thanks - and happy holidays!
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With that decent sized room I would go with a Hsu VTF3 if you can fit a large sub in there. If you need something smaller but can handle a little bit of assembly, check out the Dayton T1504K kit. It very easy to put together, just watch the video on the product page.
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The psa xv15 for $799 delivered is the best sub for under $800.

Wouldn't you agree, Shady?
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..I want clean, accurate sound for listening to music...as well as some punch for movies.

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I would appreciate any advice or recommendations!

Advice: expand your budget a bunch more.

Recommendation: a pair of Rythmik LV12R with an eye on a third.

Recommendation: a PSA XV15 with an eye on two more down the road.

Recommendation: a SVS PC12-Plus with an eye on a second one down the road.

(and with all due respect, yes, I'm very aware the above recommendations are well above your stated budget)

You have a large room and based on the first comment of yours that was quoted forward, the above recommendations are the best recommendations so as to increase the chances of finding subwoofer based happiness in a room your size. In my opinion, even by increasing your budget to accommodate my recommendations, you will not find "bliss" but expectedly, you will find happiness.

(IMHO, if you buy less than what was recommended above, in a room that size, you'll be met with disappointment.)
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The psa xv15 for $799 delivered is the best sub for under $800.

Wouldn't you agree, Shady?

Doesn't quite meet his criteria, 'accurate'.
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The SVS PB12-NSD has the most accurate response in that price range, but the HSU VTF-3 and PSA XV15 are great choices too.

Projector: LG PF1500W; Receiver: Sony STR-DN1080; Speakers: Monitor Audio Controlled Performance Inwalls and Inceilings; Subwoofer(s): SVS PC-2000; Bluray Player: Sony BDP-S6500; Remote: Roomie Remote; Cables: Monoprice
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Room is approx. 20 x 21 x 10' high ceilings. ... I'm not looking to rattle everything in my house and the neighbor's house...I want clean, accurate sound for listening to music...as well as some punch for movies. ... I'm willing to spend $500...and could go a bit higher. Don't want to spend $1k...so, I guess the window is $500 - $800 or so.
If you can open the window back up to ~$1K:
- HSU VTF-15H ($849 + $143 shipping)
- dual SVS PB-1000 ($949, shipped, with free return shipping within 45 days)

If you can't, +1 to the PSA XV15.
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Thanks all for your comments. I was looking at the SVS PB12-NSD as it seems to get good reviews. I was hoping that would be enough sub to make a very nice improvement to my system. I was really hoping to not spend $1000.

Also, do you all endorse, or not, using wireless feeds to the sub? Or does that negatively impact performance?
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I was really hoping to not spend $1000.

It's a safe bet, most who are responding to your request for a recommendation, also held the belief they could find subwoofer happiness for under a thousand dollars. The best one can do, is recommend for one to buy one with an open eye on a down the road, second or third subwoofer.

(always keep an open mind to more subwoofage)

When buying, make sure it's a subwoofer of substance that you can add to as opposed to expecting to successfully butterfly from single subwoofer to single subwoofer.
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Dual svs pb12 on sale but over your budget

One pb12 on sale under your budget

Dual pb1000 949$ over your budget but close

Hsu vtf 15 1k...over budget but included because of your room size

Dayton kits, believe it has been established they have a hard time keeping up with most id subwoofers in their respective price ranges.
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Dayton kits, believe it has been established they have a hard time keeping up with most id subwoofers in their respective price ranges.

Where was that established?
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