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SVS PB1k vs Polk HST 12 vs 2 Klipsch R-112-SW vs Monoprice Monolith

Hey guys, as a long-time lurker I finally signed up for some help upgrading my system. I'm finally upgrading my sub from a BIC v1220 to something else, and I need some help figuring out what is my best option before I pull the trigger on buying.

My room is around 12x20 in size, not sealed, (there's a hallway and a small opening to my kitchen), and I've got a 500 dollar budget for a new sub. Using the sub for around 50% movies, 50% games. I'm looking at a few options at the moment:
  • SVS PB-1000 for $500
  • Polk Audio HST 12 $350
  • 2 Klipsch R-112-SW $400 (they're on sale for 200 a piece at my local Fry's)
  • Monoprice Monolith 10 $500
  • RSL Speedwoofer 10S $400

Considering what I'm upgrading from, I know that any of these will be pretty great options, but I'm curious if the 2 Kilpschs would be better than anything else since they're going for so little. I'm looking for something with really good low end extension, or as low as I can get with the amount of money that I'm willing to spend. I'm also open to other ideas of what I should get if you have any other suggestions, but not DIY.
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The Klipsch will not go lower than 24Hz. The RSL would get down to about 20Hz. The Monolith 10 can get down to 18 in extended eq mode. So, if you want to get the lowest extension, go with the Monolith.
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For the price, I would go with the two Klipsch. I had two of them before going to the Mono 12's and they are actually good subs even though a lot of people on these forum likes the ID subs better.
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For the price, I would go with the two Klipsch. I had two of them before going to the Mono 12's and they are actually good subs even though a lot of people on these forum likes the ID subs better.
Were you able to take any measurements from them? I'm definitely leaning towards the two since it will give me more consistent bass across my room, but I really crave that low extension.
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IMO:
- $200/ea. is a pretty compelling reason to buy a pair of R-112SW; but,
- if there's any chance that adding a second sub in the future is an option, go with the best sub your money can buy now (Monolith 10" or PB-1000).
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IMO:
- $200/ea. is a pretty compelling reason to buy a pair of R-112SW; but,
- if there's any chance that adding a second sub in the future is an option, go with the best sub your money can buy now (Monolith 10" or PB-1000).
I think I'm probably going to plan on dual DIY waaaaaay down the road once I get some more time and money, I just knew I wouldn't have the time to do a DIY now. I'm more curious if the low end response will be better with the two Klipsch versus the other two.
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I think I'm probably going to plan on dual DIY waaaaaay down the road once I get some more time and money, I just knew I wouldn't have the time to do a DIY now. I'm more curious if the low end response will be better with the two Klipsch versus the other two.
In that case grab a outlet PB-1000...resale on SVS stuff is usually pretty good.
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Those Klipsch subs retail for $650 which is ridiculous but if you can grab 2 for $400 that's the way I would go.
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Extension won't improve using two Klipsch subs. The R-112 will have extension down to the mid to upper 20Hz range. Two subs will deliver more output, however, and give you more even room coverage when properly placed compared to a single sub.



You might keep an eye out for the Monolith THX Select to go on sale again. It's the best sub out of this group, followed by the PB-1000. Both of those are 20Hz subs and the others are in the upper 20Hz to 30Hz +/-3dB extension range. The Monolith 10 was just recently available for $375, which was one of the best deals on quality subs so far this year. I had the Jamo J-112, which is basically a variation of the Klipsch sub-112 using the same amp. Supposedly Klipsch has finally addressed the issue of amp failures that have plagued many of their models, including the R-112. The R-112 will not only fall short of the Monolith and SVS in terms of extension, but it's also not nearly as accurate. The Speedwoofer has free returns if you want to try it, but it only has extension down to around 30Hz +/- 3dB. It will have a more accurate sound than the Klipsch, however.
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Assuming it is a Klipsch 112 not just a Klipsch 12, I think it would be real hard to pass those up for $200. Its not the Monolith but duals will help fill any nulls in your room while also increasing ouput. If you were more music oriented I'd throw out the idea of the Rythmik L12 or L22
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