Great Room, 1 Big vs. 2 Little
Yeah, another question on one vs. two subs based on the room. I have been reading up on this and I think I would prefer two subs but the wife would prefer one. Due to the WAF, I have four locations they could be placed and most of the locations size is a limiting factor. The room is pretty big but I will only have two bookshelf speakers and a Denon AVR 3500H. The Denon will have outputs for two subs and the Odasy(sp?) system to handle two subs as far as I understand. Due to the four locations I have availible for the subs, I am not sure if two is really better then one more powerful sub for my situation. I tried to detail everything below. Please let me know if you need any additional info.
1. Your budget. Well... it started at $1,000 but seems to be climbing to $1,500. Rather stay under $1K but...
2. Size requirements/limits. I have a few locations with WAF. Largest possible location would be 23" H x 21" W x 28" D. Two other locations would be ~ 18" H x 15" W x 15" D
3. Room dimensions. Listening area is about 12" from the front wall. I am not sure of cubic feed but it is a fairly large living room that is open to a dining room behind the listening area about with a total length of just over 30" long. The front half of the room with the listening area is 2 stories high and has a vaulted ceiling from there that opens into a loft to the side of the listening area.
4. Primary uses. Probably 70% TV/Movies, 25% music, 5% games. My wife and I probably prioritize musical sound quality over big HT feel though.
5. Listening habits. We don't listen too loud and value clarity over volume. I would guess we are fairly average in volume level and every now and again you just need to turn it up some right? Neighbors are pretty close so we never go too crazy for long.
6. Appearance requirements. The smaller and fewer the better as far as the wife is concerned. They will be somewhat hidden away most likely so not too worried about looks as long and it does not stand out.
7. Timeframe. As long as needed to get it right.
Option 1. Between couch and wall around the middle of the room length wise. Subs would be under or replace end table. I could possibly fit 2 subs back to back facing opposite directions but don't know if that is a bad idea. 23" H x 21" W x 28" D limit
Option 2. Corner of front wall with TV. Behind an Ikea chair. 18"H x 15"W x 15"D limit.
Option 3. Corner of back wall ~18' back from listening area along same wall as option 1. Smaller the better as it would be in the open. Opposite corner from option 1 would need to be under 13.5" deep while same wall as option one is not very restricted by size other then WAF.
Option 4. Along front wall with TV but up on stair landing ~5' up. 1" railing ever 4" on stairs between listening area and where sub would be. I don't know if being up and behind the rail would ruin sound. Wife says 16"x16" max if on landing.
Subs considered already: HSU HP 15 and VTF-3 both seems a little too big but maybe in Option 1. Rymithic seems a little big too. 2 RSL speedwoofer 10S may be a decent option but I am not sure it will have enough for our big room. Monolith 15" seem too big to fit for me. Rel T7 and T9 both seem like they would not have enough power running alone and I don't have the budget for 2. BIC America seems like a cheap option but no DSP I think. ELEC Debut seems a bit underpowered.
I am leaning in the direction of 2 SVS SB-2000. They stretch the budget a bit but it seems like it would be a noticeable step from the SB 1000. I am also considering one SVS SB-4000 or one SVS PB-3000 in location option 1 above.
I know the locations available really limit how well my system will be able to function which has left me unsure if I would be better off with two smaller subs or one big one in my budget. They are my only options available after going over everything with the wife.
Based on my location limitations, what would you recommend I do for subs? Should I rule out the location on the stairs 5~ up or would that be a better location then I realize. Would you recommend something else to me and could I possible save some by going with less power then I am thinking? Am I over doing the subs when using just 2 bookshelf speakers?
Most importantly, out of my options, where should I put the sub/subs?
Thanks for the help everyone. I am starting to learn as much as I can about all of this and am really getting into it.