What to buy? $300 / 2150 ft^3 / HT only
Been doing tons of reading on this forum and have gotten some great ideas. But along with great ideas comes great confusion. Can you provide me with some guidance before I pull the trigger on a new sub?
Following the advice of the sticky thread on what info to provide before asking for help, here are some details:
I've got a dedicated HT that measures 2150 ft^3 (22' deep, 14' wide, 7' high with main listening position right smack in the middle of that area). It has velvet or heavy curtains covering the front and side walls/ceiling. I'm not looking to shake the house, just want to get some good quality bass and a bit of rumble.
I've currently got an old, down-firing Dahlquist PDQ-1200 sub that's sounds "pretty good" to my ears. Not sure on the specs, but it says "60 Hz, 400 Watts" on it. 60 Hz seems sorta lame, doesn't it? It needs to be power cycled each time I sit down to watch a movie (otherwise it won't wake up from sleep mode). And I suspect that "pretty good" may mean "lousy" next to a newer, better model. Is that a fair assumption?
Will I notice a big upgrade for my investment?
Main speakers are older Phase Tech PC series that I'm very happy with. Amp is an Onkyo TX-NR636.
I'm leaning toward a front-firing sub, since I suspect my carpet & curtains are preventing me from getting a lot of reflection in the front corner of the theater. Is that valid? I haven't done a 'sub crawl' but maybe that's a good idea?
And I'm leaning toward just getting one sub, rather than two. Mostly because two seems like overkill... but I admit to being a newbie on this topic.
Budget is around the $300 range. If I need two subs, they'd both have to fit in that range. DIY is not really an option.
Some models I've heard thrown around here that might suit my needs:
- Emotiva BasX S12 (front-firing, fits my price range but just barely, no reviews as of yet)
- BIC F-12 (lots of great reviews here and on Amazon)
- Polk PSW-505
- Jamo J112
- Dayton SUB-1200 (if I need two subs, then this seems like the most well-liked option in the $150 range)
Thanks in advance...