Advice on a subwoofer(s) primarily for music
I have lurked and done a bunch of research on these forums and elsewhere and have finally decided to take the plunge to get what I hope to be an end-game subwoofer for me. Here is my basic information.
I am located in Hawaii, so all bets on prices you see on the internet are not in the cards for me. I've corresponded with the various ID companies and in general, I can expect to add about $300+ per 15 inch sub and closer to $500 per 18 inch sub. I don't know if it is even feasible to get into the really large sub realm. Given the added shipping costs, I am not going to be able to demo and return anything, so what I end up buying will be it. Also, the market for used subs in the category and price point I am looking for is basically non-existent.
My room is a living room approximately 4800 cubic feet with an open kitchen that adds about another 1100 cubic feet. It is not a dedicated listening area and I (well really my kids) pretty much have stuff everywhere. It looks like Toy R Us reopened for business in my living room.
My existing gear is a denon (soon to be yamaha) avr, Klipsch epic c3s and dual Hsu vtf-2.
In terms of usage, it will be 90/10 music/HT.
Music wise I listen to just about anything from classical to heavy metal. I would also note that I only listen in the primary listening position maybe 50% of the time. Between doing things around the house and having little ones playing around, I don't really do any critical listening. I have to save that for my headphones.
Volume wise, I probably spend the bulk of my time listening around -30 to -20 on the avr so I am not looking for reference level output.
Budget is $2000-3000.
In terms of what I am looking for, obviously the big thing is gaining more output in general and headroom. Not surprisingly, my Hsu's are pretty inadequate in the space I have. I have my existing sub gains set pretty conservatively because I don't want to push them beyond their limits. Since my use is primarily music, I am mostly looking for output in the 30-80Hz region. Ulf is not a big deal to me and realistically, I probably wouldn't really hear/feel much ulf given my room and budget anyway. I am looking for ported over sealed because of the size of the room they are currently in (and in terms of future planning, I anticipate any move would be to a bigger place). The main reason I would consider a lower tuned port is to shift the group delay as far down the frequency spectrum as I can. I'm open to one bigger sub even though I know the benefit of dual subs. Again this comes back to the added shipping cost I will incur. WAF has a pretty high threshold. My wife has seen the evolution from bookshelf speakers to the current epics, which are 100 lbs towers so another 100+ box is doable. Oh and last thing, I am not looking for DIY. I have neither the time nor interest.
What I am considering right now is either dual 15s, either vtf-3s, fvx-15s or v1512s (or the df to save a little). I could also go with a single 18, either a v1812 or a f18. I've read about the ipal drivers from PSA, but am not sure that I really need it.
I don't know if some of the big boys like the tv3612, fv25hp or jtr 2400 are even feasible given the costs of shipping. They would be doable if the added cost of shipping were $500, but I suspect it would be quite a bit higher.
So given the above situation and my options, what do you think?