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Subwoofer for new/upgraded system

Hi ..

Im upgrading my 5.1 system (for music and HT) with the following:

Speakers: Paradigm
-Front Prestige 85F
-Center Prestige 55C
-Surround Prestige 15B

AV receiver Anthem MRX 720

The only thing left is a subwoofer... Im looking to compliment the system in terms of sound quality and provides a bit of punch when needed .. Also and critically i need something a bit compact as i dont want a large box in my living room.

I tried to so some research but its seems to be so many variations .. Sealed vs Ported .. 2 smaller subs vs 1 larger sub... passive vs active .. SO im v bit confused where to go with this

The room dimension is 7m (23 feet) x 3.6m (11.8 feet) Height is 3.5m (11.5 feet). I sit at the center around 3.2m (10.5 feet) away from the screen/front speakers.

In terms of budget anything below USD 1500 is fine.

Appreciate your suggestions on a suitable sub for new system
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... Im upgrading my 5.1 system (for music and HT) ...

The only thing left is a subwoofer... Im looking to compliment the system in terms of sound quality and provides a bit of punch when needed .. Also and critically i need something a bit compact as i dont want a large box in my living room. ...
How big is "large"?

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... I tried to so some research but its seems to be so many variations .. Sealed vs Ported .. 2 smaller subs vs 1 larger sub... passive vs active .. SO im v bit confused where to go with this

The room dimension is 7m (23 feet) x 3.6m (11.8 feet) Height is 3.5m (11.5 feet). ...
In a ~3,175 cu.ft. room, ported would be more ideal than sealed. And active (built-in amp) is more common than passive (external subwoofer amp).

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... In terms of budget anything below USD 1500 is fine.
A good single-sub option is the powerful and well-rated Rythmik FV15HP. It'll come in under budget ($1,200 + shipping), but it's a bit large.

If you're OK with sacrificing some bottom end while still getting the quality and punch you want, a good dual-sub option is the HSU ULS-15 MK2 DualDrive. The subs are relatively compact, but the pair come in at just under ~$1,650, shipped.

You could also try a pair of SVS SB-2000s. They're compact and fairly powerful, and a pair will run you ~$1,300, shipped.
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How big is "large"?

In a ~3,175 cu.ft. room, ported would be more ideal than sealed. And active (built-in amp) is more common than passive (external subwoofer amp).

A good single-sub option is the powerful and well-rated Rythmik FV15HP. It'll come in under budget ($1,200 + shipping), but it's a bit large.

If you're OK with sacrificing some bottom end while still getting the quality and punch you want, a good dual-sub option is the HSU ULS-15 MK2 DualDrive. The subs are relatively compact, but the pair come in at just under ~$1,650, shipped.

You could also try a pair of SVS SB-2000s. They're compact and fairly powerful, and a pair will run you ~$1,300, shipped.

Thank you for your response .. what i mean with Large is anything above 12 inches maybe 13.5 inches ..
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... what i mean with Large is anything above 12 inches maybe 13.5 inches ..
Oh, that's more on the "tiny" side for a sub. I guess you could always get something like the Paradigm UltraCube 10v2.
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Oh, that's more on the "tiny" side for a sub. I guess you could always get something like the Paradigm UltraCube 10v2.
HA HA yeah i guess by subs aficionados standards .. it is tiny .. and thanx for the recommendation.. However it seems that 10 years old model .. im sure there more recent "tiny" subs incorporating the latest developments ..
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Where do you plan to place your new, "tiny" sub? If anywhere other than right next to or behind the MLP, you are not really going to get much benefit in a room that large.
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You're not going to find a sub that size that plays much below 28hz.

I have two of these and they are great for what they are but they don't play below 28hz.

https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YST-SW.../dp/B000TQ4D8K

You can buy cheaper refurbished at accessories4less.

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... what i mean with Large is anything above 12 inches maybe 13.5 inches ..
Are you talking about the driver size or the enclosure size? Big difference. If you're talking driver size, there are a number of good options. If you're talking enclosure, well... not so much.
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Rythmik F8 is 11" wide but tall and deep ... quality bass.
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Where do you plan to place your new, "tiny" sub? If anywhere other than right next to or behind the MLP, you are not really going to get much benefit in a room that large.
Not sure what is meant by MLP .. but i plan to place by the front wall inline with front speakers and the screen ..
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Not sure what is meant by MLP .. but i plan to place by the front wall inline with front speakers and the screen ..
MLP = main listening position. It sounds like the sub won't be close to the MLP, so a small sub won't really work in the size room you have. Physics are against you here.
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Are you talking about the driver size or the enclosure size? Big difference. If you're talking driver size, there are a number of good options. If you're talking enclosure, well... not so much.
I was talking about the driver...

After hours of research last night i have short listed the following subs

1) SVS SB-2000 (love the size but might lack the punch for the room)
2) SVS SB13-Ultra (Definitely what i'm looking for in terms of performance but its larger than what im looking for and very heavy)
3) Rythmik L12 Direct Servo Servo Signature Edition

Please note that i live in Midld East where selection is scarce and thus will have to ship it overseas .. thus SB13 Ultra (90lbs) will cost a fortune to deliver !!

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1) SVS SB-2000 (love the size but might lack the punch for the room)
2) SVS SB13-Ultra (Definitely what i'm looking for in terms of performance but its larger than what im looking for and very heavy)
3) Rythmik L12 Direct Servo Servo Signature Edition
Do you have any flexibility on placement? If so, then dual subs can provide a smoother frequency response through a wider seating area. In that case, dual L12s or dual SB-2000s.

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