This is for a 2 channel, music-only living room setup. Philharmonic BMRs, listed as 34Hz at +/- 2db roll-off. However, they are only 85db sensitivity and I'm powering them with a Pioneer LX502 which is a class D3 receiver with 120wpc...probably would be better off with an external amp to get the most out of them.
Right now the BMRs sound good, but don't have as much bass authority/presence as I would like...I don't listen to truly bass-intensive genres like hip-hop, house, techno, etc. though...mostly jazz, classical, and some acoustic/alternative rock now and then.
So, I am considering these options:
- 2 x Sony Core subs, $200 shipped on sale
- 1 x SVS SB12 on sale for $400 shipped
- 1 x RSL Speedwoofer 10 regularly priced at $400 shipped
Now obviously the SB12 is the best performing (I think---correct me if I'm wrong) but am wondering if the RSL would have higher output due to its front ported design vs the SB12's sealed design.
The Sony Core subs are definitely weaker (115watts) but having two of them, positioned next to my 2 speakers, should provide a more even (flatter) frequency response, from what I've been reading. (In the best of all possible worlds I would be able to buy 2 x SB12 of course, lol.)
If I got the SVS or RSL subs I was thinking of nearfield placement to maximize output.
So, one strong sub in nearfield, or two much weaker subs by the mains? Or would the SVS or RSL be enough if corner-loaded, next to the FL speaker?
(See attached photo.)