High level sub connection required - REL/Rythmik upgrade??
I have (another) sub upgrade advice request.
I have some B&W 804 D3's in a large open ended room 8000-9000 Ft3 with a 2 chann music/HT bypass HT system (power amp to the front 2 speakers with an HT bypass preamp that turns off and bypasses for the avr 7.1 ht part), with an old and venerable REL Storm 5.
Now, the storm 5 is great for music - I am a firm adherent of the high level method of sub bass augmentation - and it really adds soundstage and depth to the B&W's, BUT:
1) I think the storm 5 is a little bit slow for the 804's since the upgrade from the 603 S3's
2) it is lacking in punch for the HT setup in this room, although it tries to do a pretty good job. EXtension is not bad (tried to attach REW picture - no go).
Anyway, looking at an upgrade to dual subs with the aforementioned high level integration to the mains, for music, and of course LFE is piece of cake for any sub for the HT part.
The obvious is 2 x new REL S series but here in NZ they are pricy. REL has said to me the T9i is probably not a good match to the 804's (not fast enough I suspect).
So I'm thinking 2 x Rythmik F12 with the PEQ3 amp. I have REW and a Umic-1 to tune all this BUT I dont want to loose the room filling augmentation nature of the REL. The rythmik would need to be freighted to NZ but that doesn't seem to be a problem.
Another reason for the high level out is to isolate each sub to only reproduce the extension from the L or R channel each one is connected to, which is what I want. The preamp parasound 2100 New classic has 2 x sub outputs but they are mono. The processor has 2 x LFE outputs so no issue there.