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Need sub recomendation for 2ch music

I'm in the process of putting together a 2ch stereo system in our bedroom for music. Room is ~2600 cubic feet.

Speakers: Revel M126BE
Music source: Bluesound Node 2i
Amp: Currently an older Integra receiver, but looking to upgrade this also

Budget: 2 - 3k, preferably on the lower end

I'm open to 2 subs instead of 1.

There is clearly a WAF being a bedroom system, so the sub(s) should be smaller than bigger.
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2 x L12 from Rythmik (14" cube). Or, if you want more performance, 2 x F15HP (20" cube), but quite a bit larger. Sealed subs tend to be better liked for music-focused systems.
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I would say Hsu, PSA, or Rythmik. I use PSA in my 2 channel system and couldn't be happier!
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I'm in the process of putting together a 2ch stereo system in our bedroom for music. Room is ~2600 cubic feet.

Speakers: Revel M126BE
Music source: Bluesound Node 2i
Amp: Currently an older Integra receiver, but looking to upgrade this also

Budget: 2 - 3k, preferably on the lower end

I'm open to 2 subs instead of 1.

There is clearly a WAF being a bedroom system, so the sub(s) should be smaller than bigger.
Pair of SVS SB3000s would have a high WAF and should be plenty for music in that size room. Pair of Rythmik F12s or L22s or any of the 15" sealed subs from HSU, PSA or Rythmik

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I use a PSA sealed S1510DF down firing in my music setup and couldn't be more satisfied. If you want finish options the PSA S3010 sealed is worth a look.
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I'm in the process of putting together a 2ch stereo system in our bedroom for music. Room is ~2600 cubic feet.

Speakers: Revel M126BE
Music source: Bluesound Node 2i
Amp: Currently an older Integra receiver, but looking to upgrade this also

Budget: 2 - 3k, preferably on the lower end

I'm open to 2 subs instead of 1.

There is clearly a WAF being a bedroom system, so the sub(s) should be smaller than bigger.
I'm going to do it. No one ever mentions REL on here anymore based on price/value but for 2ch music, I can't recommend it enough. With the high level input on the REL, its easy to integrate with your revels and whichever amp you decide on. The sound is more of an extension of your mains rather than sounding like separates. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying all others sound like separates. If you were asking about a HT sub or a 50/50 mix, this would be an entirely different story. The S3 SHO is 2-3 inches bigger all around compared to the Rythmik L12. Worth a look if you can demo it somewhere. I personally have a S5/SHO with my 2ch setup.
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Just by reading your title my answer would be Rythmik.

After reading your post my answer is Rythmik.

After reading all the replies so far, I will say @polho22 has a good point. REL is by far the best sub I have heard when it comes to blending in. You would not think that you are running a sub, just that your main speakers are playing fuller. The only problem I had with REL is that I miss out with the bottom octave of music (under 28Hz). My Paradigm Servo 15 took some work to integrate into my 2-channel system and was flat to 22hz and still strong to about 17-18Hz. That being said the sub that I would move to next would be a Rythmik as they are all flat to 14Hz (Lower in-room) and will play cleaner then my Paradigm with more SPL. And the icing on the cake is that it is cheaper than a lot of other options. If I had the money JL Audio would also be a clear winner. So, my final answer is Rythmik, the "F" models are more for 2 channel guys because of the controls on the back of the sub. So F12 or F15 would be my pick. Or the forgotten F8 if you need something smaller.
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Plenty of good options. My PSA's totally integrate and disappear in my 2 channel music system. Use 2 subs and take your time on setting them up. It will be revelation to you system.

I recommend D-speaker antimode 2.0 as it will help make integration even better.
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With your room, usage and budget, one good option would be a pair of sealed HSU ULS-15's. They also have a nice WAF, with the satin black finish. Take that up a notch and for an up-charge you can get them in Rosenut wood veneer. $1955/shipped for the rosenut duals and $1655/shipped for stain black.


http://hsuresearch.com/products/uls-15mk2Dual.html
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For a budget option, check out the ML Dynamo 700. On closeout and now selling refurbs for < half of retail ...

https://www.amazon.com/MartinLogan-S...gateway&sr=8-4

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Just by reading your title my answer would be Rythmik.

After reading your post my answer is Rythmik.

After reading all the replies so far, I will say @polho22 has a good point. REL is by far the best sub I have heard when it comes to blending in. You would not think that you are running a sub, just that your main speakers are playing fuller. The only problem I had with REL is that I miss out with the bottom octave of music (under 28Hz). My Paradigm Servo 15 took some work to integrate into my 2-channel system and was flat to 22hz and still strong to about 17-18Hz. That being said the sub that I would move to next would be a Rythmik as they are all flat to 14Hz (Lower in-room) and will play cleaner then my Paradigm with more SPL. And the icing on the cake is that it is cheaper than a lot of other options. If I had the money JL Audio would also be a clear winner. So, my final answer is Rythmik, the "F" models are more for 2 channel guys because of the controls on the back of the sub. So F12 or F15 would be my pick. Or the forgotten F8 if you need something smaller.
I agree with the above, The F12 Signature Edition has it all! Piano Gloss finish, Direct Servo, Speaker level inputs (if one desires this for music), and 14Hz extension!

http://www.rythmikaudio.com/download...quickguide.pdf
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I agree with the above, The F12 Signature Edition has it all! Piano Gloss finish, Direct Servo, Speaker level inputs (if one desires this for music), and 14Hz extension!

http://www.rythmikaudio.com/download...quickguide.pdf
Lots of great suggestions, but I'm really thinking a pair of these
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Go the DIY route for subwoofers, for your budget you can get great results that smokes any commercial sub.
I would build 2 Front loaded horn subwoofers 12 or 15 inch woofers and a few watts to/amplifier to power them. You can build them with an amplifier for 1500 dollars and less.
Or if that's too complicated to build and too space consuming build yourself 2 18 inch sealed subs with a high power amplifier. You'll get a flat response down to very low frequencies and again nothing on the market will get close value performance wise.
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Go the DIY route for subwoofers, for your budget you can get great results that smokes any commercial sub.
I would build 2 Front loaded horn subwoofers 12 or 15 inch woofers and a few watts to/amplifier to power them. You can build them with an amplifier for 1500 dollars and less.
Or if that's too complicated to build and too space consuming build yourself 2 18 inch sealed subs with a high power amplifier. You'll get a flat response down to very low frequencies and again nothing on the market will get close value performance wise.
@Zallou3 you aren't married are you (wild guess)?

OP, I have to cosign the Rythmik and DSPeaker recommendations. Another option is a 2.2 processor designed for subwoofer integration and 2ch like a Lyngdorf TDAI w/RoomPerfect (which should outperform the DSPeaker).

http://lyngdorf.com/roomperfect/
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@Zallou3 you aren't married are you (wild guess)?

OP, I have to cosign the Rythmik and DSPeaker recommendations. Another option is a 2.2 processor designed for subwoofer integration and 2ch like a Lyngdorf TDAI w/RoomPerfect (which should outperform the DSPeaker).

http://lyngdorf.com/roomperfect/
Another option for easy integration would be the pair of F12SEs + NAD C658 Stereo Pre Amp DAC with Dirac Live.

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