We've just moved into our new home, and I was looking for some help on subwoofer recommendations for two of the spaces. I've done a bit of reading, and searching, but could use a little bit of tailored guidance to point me in the right direction.
I'm eyeing the Monolith 12" deal on Amazon right now, as well, so part of this is asking whether that sub might be a good fit for one or both locations. Additionally, I currently have a Martin Logan Dynamo 10" sub (doesn't say exactly which model, but it's probably about 10 years old) which could be used in either location as needed.
Room 1: Media Room
- Budget: $1200 or so, but would prefer to spend less and get the best bang for the buck
- Size limits: none, within reason. I've got a corner of the room set aside for the sub.
- Dimensions: Approx 19' x 22'. Concrete slab (basement) with carpet on top. 8' ceilings. Rectangular room, with a window/glass exterior door, and a bunch of interior doors that can close it off completely.
- Uses: Movies and Music. The room is a basement play/media room -- goal is eventually to install a projector. Currently will be paired with Monitor Audio RS6 LCR and Sonance surrounds.
- Appearance: It will be visible in the room, so would appreciate something that looks decent. And we also have young kids, so something sturdy is good.
Other notes: I'm not sure on ported vs sealed, front or down firing, here. If the Monolith 12" is a good fit, I'd probably jump on that deal for this room.
Room 2: Family Room (open floor plan)
- Budget: Would love to stay under $800 here, give or take.
- Size limits: 16" w x 16" d max
- Dimensions: Room is approx 20' x 30', but the whole floor is basically open, including stairways both upstairs and downstairs. Flooring is hardwood (over 1.5" gypcrete). Ceilings are 9'.
- Uses: Mostly TV and movies, occasional music. This is in a family/great room that's part of a open main floor with kitchen, dining room, etc.
- Appearance: Should be "nice" looking as it will be visible, and ideally somewhat kid-proof (down-firing?)
Other notes: This room has a Triad Micro LCR soundbar, and Sonance in-ceiling surrounds. The soundbar definitely needs some bass to help it out. I'm currently using the Dynamo here and it seems to be fine. I'm happy to keep it and put the $ towards the other room, or if there's something that will provide a noticeable step up for not a huge investment, I'm interested! My low voltage installer suggested a dual 10" here (he liked Sunfire HRS and Velodyne).
Appreciate any suggestions/opinions you can share, and let me know if you need additional details to help narrow things down.