Thank you all for the suggestions. You've expanded my choices and have given me a lot of things to consider.
Apologies for not mentioning that I was not Stateside at the beginning of the thread. Yes, I'm in Dubai.
It seems I'll have to figure out the shipping cost issues as it would give me much better options if I could sort that out. I would still welcome suggestions "as if" I were based in the States. It's not like they make Subwoofers here
I'll try and address each point in turn.
I had only heard about Ryhtmik in passing before (only good things), but had forgotten about them. I'll read up on the F15HP and FVHP. It seems they have a custom installation series as well, so I'll have to check out whether or not that is also an option.
Your room seems similar size to mine.
That's interesting do you feel the Ryhtmiks make a big difference when it comes to music over other similar subs?
I appreciate that the cost/benefit ratio is different outside of the US and accurate budgeting advice is therefore not possible. That was certainly the case with speakers (which is a factor in why I ended up with Procella). Still, if you feel like it, I'd welcome your thoughts assuming that it wasn't an issue as I won't have the ability to audition the speakers and there are non-budget considerations as well. Your advice wouldn't be wasted as it seems like you have at least 4 times the subs that I'm considering
Thanks for the offer. I'll keep that in mind, although I might have to stick with buying new at the moment.
Funnily enough, I was on the JTR website yeaterday and for a split second was trying to rationalise getting the Captivators … "Unfortunately" reason prevailed as they're far too big... They must sound amazing paired with your JBLs. I had considered JBL for my speakers (the C211), but ended up going with smaller Procellas instead. What's the biggest difference that you notice with your subwoofer upgrade?
Those Funk Audios are beautiful. My room is relatively understated, no cool guitars hanging on the wall
so the subs will be noticed. As a guitarist, how do those subs sound?
I'll have to look into those PSA S3000i's. If I'm being "rational", I considered the dual SVS SB-2000s as they should be able to get within 6db of reference above 30hz assuming room gain from being against a wall and my relatively close seating distance (CEA 2010 number with my "novice" assumptions). So enough headroom for normal listening levels of -12db to -15db. But if I'm realistic, I know I want to be able to push my system a bit. Say when I have friends over who haven't seen Dunkirk and I want to do it justice
I know every room is different, but how do you find your SVS PB-2000s when pushed? I suppose the ports make a significant difference.
Haha! Thanks for keeping it real.
It's true that I shouldn't compromise the MLP. If I end up with a choice between one good sub or two "just ok" subs, then it might make sense to start with one solid subwoofer and then add another later. What i can't do is buy something I end up being unsatisfied with as there is not much of a secondary market here. Hopefully it doesn't come to that.
I haven't done a price/shipping cost check yet. I need to shortlist some subs first. I will make sure to include the JL Audio F112. I think the F110 might also work if the F112 ends up costing too much. I'll have to read up and make sure.
"non-ugly" is partly my taste, but also the interior designer is a member of the household and will spwnd almost as much time in the room as I will
The Procella P5s will be exposed at the back of the room, so the subs don't have to be hidden. As you say, there's a lot of choice.. I like the way the single driver Seatons look (F18?), but they are probably out of my budget. Our rooms are similar in size. Are they overkill
for your room? I have no idea how big a sub to get, so I'm measuring off getting close to reference SPL.
At least one sub will be below the screen so 24 inch (60cm) height is probably my limit. I'd like to keep the depth below 18 inches (45cm) as we'll have to walk around one. No real width restriction.
I've looked at Deep Sea Sound's website after seeing his work on these forums and in your tasteful room. Probably out of my budget, but still an option. I also enjoyed reading about all the subs you've used. Lucky man
I think you've summed up my current choices well. Also, good to hear that you think the SVS SB-2000s should pass my minimum sound requirements. At least I know I have a good fallback position.
Here's an additional thought, are there any good large-driver in-wall subs? Assuming that they're lighter I can spend the shipping savings on amps. I'll have an 8 inch (20cm) baffle wall for the LCR. I "assume" these subs wouldn't go very low, so are these something I should be considering or with my sound priorities and shallow baffle wall am I better off with in room subs? I think the latter, but just wanted to check.
You have all been generous with yout time and experience. Much appreciated.