I am refreshing my TV room over Black Friday and am looking to set up a 5.2.4 configuration, mostly for movies/TV with some occasional music/video games (in that order)... and am wondering what will be the best subwoofer setup for my preferences.
To be transparent, I am already leaning towards going with a pair of RSL speedwoofers, but am open to be talked out of it
. I currently own a pair that I use in a larger space (for music) and have loved them. However, I see a lot of people point to the Monoprice Monolith 10s as the best ~$500 budget HT sub and wanted to know if anyone has any experience/thoughts on using them in a dual setup vs. the RSLs... or anything else I should take a serious look at? Most of the comparisons I have seen between these two are standalone comparisons, but I feel like the RSLs really shine in dual+ (and I'm not concerned about the power rating difference... which I could understand swaying some votes for the Monolith in other cases).
The layout relative in the room will not be symmetrical (TV+seating will basically be on one side of the rectangle), so I was planning on going w/ a dual setup to mitigate that a bit and get more even bass, most likely dual 10s. The room is under 400sqft (+8' ceilings).
I am not concerned about the power difference since I know dual RSLs will have plenty of power for the space. Outside of that, the biggest thing I see in favor of the Monolith seems to be the extension. With a dual setup, how much am I losing out on by not having subs that go as deep? I have read some people claim HT audio doesn't usually go below 40hz often (with "meaning"). Also, perhaps relevant, is that the new seating will have a couple soundshakers installed. Anything else to consider between the two? (other than size/form factor, which favors RSL in my case, but that's not a deal breaker).
I really am a fan of how tight and controlled the sound from the RSLs and think
that would translate really well to a lot of action scenes, etc (IE: gunshots in John Wick, etc)... and I want to keep as much of that as possible, but not clear on what I could be leaving on the table (a bit more bottom end, etc?). I have owned/liked others subs that extend deeper on paper (IE: LFM-1 EX, etc), but (IMO) didn't sound as good/clean as the RSLs... and the RSLs have no problem shaking the walls when it is called for.
FWIW, I will be testing some movie content on the RSLs shortly, but because the final setup will be completely
different, I wanted to get some other thoughts before I commit to anything.
TL;DR; Comparing and contrasting dual
RSLs vs Monolith 10s (ignoring RMS power), primarily for HT, in 400sqft room... and others to consider?