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Hey everyone,
I've been out of the HT game for over 5 years. I'm hoping in the next year or so, I'll be able to get back into it. I recently bought a new house and it has an upstairs room that measures 13'x14' w/ 9' ceilings.
Carpeted, 1 window, sheet rock, and double French doors into it.
I will be piece mealing my equipment as I go along. For speakers, I really like the SVS Prime line. And their SB-13 sub. However, a sub of this magnitude, I'm wondering if it just plain and simple "too much sub" for a small room like mine. I don't plan on jacking my volume to ear bleed levels when watching movies or music. My neighbors are within 15 feet of me on both sides, yes, homes close to each other but I likey.
So having a loud volume probably won't be in my favor.
What are yall's thoughts on a sub like this for my room size? and or any other sub recommendations?
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Hello,

I have recently bought a pair of Polk Audio Rti A7's, and are fantastic on their own. My room is 13'x15'x8' , and I would like to know what some recommendations on a sub to pair with them? I am looking only to emphasize the lows, but I do not want to "hear" the sub, just add to the lower end.

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Hello,

I have recently bought a pair of Polk Audio Rti A7's, and are fantastic on their own. My room is 13'x15'x8' , and I would like to know what some recommendations on a sub to pair with them? I am looking only to emphasize the lows, but I do not want to "hear" the sub, just add to the lower end.

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I'd like to spend around $600 max.
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I'd like to spend around $600 max.

I've heard Rythmik Audio's LV12R and at under $600 its a pretty good sub. Outlaw Audio has their new Ultra-X12 for $639, so $40 over your budget but I've heard that's suppose to be a nice sub too!
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Hello All- I am working on a 3rd system in my basement and would appreciate recommendations to use with a vintage pair of A/D/S L300 mini monitors. The ADS --to my ear-- hit about 100hz maybe a tad lower as i believe there is some "bass bump" on these, but I can't confirm this as have not been able to find frequency range on the web. Anyway, given the small size I would think I need a sub that is more mid/upper bass proficient rather then hitting super lows but thats why im posting. Criteria is:



1. Budget. Id like to stay less then $500 all in and would no doubt consider used if shipping costs are "reasonable"

2. Size requirements/limits. I have some corner space so could probably accomadate up to a 15" but prefer a bit smaller.

3. Room dimensions. The room is l shaped and about 14 wide by 20 long, with another 6 x 10 off to the side.

4. Primary uses. 90 percent music.

5. Listening habits basic music and a bit of film....dont need to shake the foundation.

6. Appearance requirements. No issue, i dont even care if its veneered or plywood.

7. Timeframe. Next month or two.

So if anyone can chime in an models from the usual suspects, Hsu, SVS, etc it would be appreciated.

Thanks anyone for suggestions......
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If not Rythmik LV12R then SVS PB/PC2000?

For a previous post I picked up the recommendation for Rythmik LV12R, however it is still out of stock and I'm getting impatient

Wanted some advise if I increased my budget and go for SVS PB2000 or PC2000, is there a difference that would justify the price difference from Rythmik?

1) 20 x 10 x8 space, with one side (20 feet) open to rest of the basement.
2) Currently have CM8 LR with HTM61 for center
3) using ML DYnamo 500, which is fine for the big sounds but I don't get the clarity and real low sounds ..
4) usage is 80% movies

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Hello. I am currently trying to build up my home theater system. Currently using a kenwood 8" ported sub from a htib from 99 and it is definitely my weakest link. Using onkyo TX-NR626, JBL northridge surround speakers. Looking for good frequency range, especially for the lows in the music I listen to. EDM is primary music type, but also listen to pretty much everything else.

Criteria is:

1. Budget. Id like to stay less then $500 all in considering I will buy another one at some point.

2. Size requirements/limits. Would like to have a dual sub setup eventually, so nothing too large.

3. Room dimensions. The room is 15' x 25', window wall on left of system, open archway on right.

4. Primary uses. 60% home theater, 40% music

5. Listening habits: mostly home theater, but want enough to give a decent shake in the room. Music, mostly electronic, edm, dance with occasional country and classic rock.

6. Appearance requirements. Nicely finished, black.

7. Timeframe. Next month or two.
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JL d110, SVS, or Paradigm?

Hi All,

I thought I knew a little bit about subwoofers, having spent countless hours in forums and reading hundreds of reviews, but after stopping by a JL audio store today, I feel more lost than I've ever been.

Just bought a new (old) semi-detached home, and working on a home theater in the basement. Problem is I live in Canada, and our selection of easily accessible subwoofers is limited. Here are the vitals:

1) ~1850 cubic feet basement (20' x 15' x 6'2)
2) Budget is $1400 CAD
3) 95% movies, TV, and video games, 5% music
4) Size isn't a huge factor
5) Setup includes Onkyo 747, KEF Q700 L/R, Q200c C, Q100 rears
6) Output probably not as important as the quality of the bass and the extension

So I went to a high-end audio store today, and the gentlemen that I spent an hour talking to was super helpful. He sold Paradigms, JL, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, among other pretty high end stuff, so he knows what he's talking about. I asked him about Paradigms as he was an authorized seller, and after a few minutes, he was directing me towards JL. He swears by it, and says they make the best stuff. I don't know enough about JL except that they make really expensive stuff that I feel I can't really afford. I can tell he was trying to sell me the best sub for the money, but the problem is the best sub for him may not be the best sub for me. It's like saying between a Porsche Boxster, BMW M2, and Corvette, he thinks the Porsche is the best car for my money. The Porsche might just be the most fun to drive and the most balanced car, but maybe I like the styling better in the M2, or sheer performance of a new Vette. He focused a lot on making sure the sub wasn't just big HT boom-boom-boom, and that it was fast and accurate, and that it blended well with my existing setup of KEFs (says they are very musical speakers).

Now, I don't have thousands of hours of subwoofer listening experience, and it's not like he had SVS and Paradigms to demo for me to compare which one I preferred, and I think that's the problem with subwoofer shopping. For cars, it feels so much easier, because you can literally test drive the cars, likely not on a track, but still, the test drive helps immensely. For subs, there are so many barriers - store HT-dedicated rooms are nothing like your actual setup; SVS is internet only so no demos, and I can't return an SVS since I'm from Canada; and no store will have the subs you're shopping for actually around for you to compare all at the same time.

In the end, my question is not just "what sub should I get" based on the above, but I'm looking for people with actual listening experience between ported and sealed subs that can maybe shed some insight. The store guy recommended only sealed subs, because ported ones just wouldn't be fast enough and accurate he said. I'm sure that's all well and true, but what if I don't appreciate that as much as he thinks I should? It's so hard because I really don't know what I like, and at my price point, some subs will do better at certain things than others. I don't have a $10K to spend on a sub that will do everything well. I feel like at my price point, some will go loud, some will go deep, and some will be fast/accurate - but I only get to choose 2.

Or perhaps I'm overthinking this as I usually do, because if I get either one of the 4 subs I'm considering, I'd be happy with any, which is not what the store owner thinks (says I gotta go sealed). Anyways, here are my top picks in no particular order:

- SVS PC2000
- JL d110
- SVS SB2000
- Paradigm SUB 12

Thoughts?

Thanks guys.
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Hi - I have short listed two subs.
- BIC F12. New unit $225 with shipping and tax
- Klipsch SW110. 8 month old sub from craigslist for $180

I will be starting with Elac B6 and will be expanding to 5.1 as $ becomes available. My receiver is Denon avr-s510bt

1. My budget. ~225 with shipping and tax. I am in south eastern PA

2. Size requirements/limits. none

3. Room dimensions. 19x15 . TV will be moved to 19 ft wall. Height - half the room is 9 feet and the other half goes to rafters with the highest point being ~13.5 feet. Pic attachd.

4. Primary uses. 60% movies and 40% music

5. Listening habits. watching movies and listending to music at middle or middle+ volume. We never go high.

6. Appearance requirements. None.

7. Timeframe. 1 month.

Thank you for your time.
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Hi - I have short listed two subs.
- BIC F12. New unit $225 with shipping and tax
- Klipsch SW110. 8 month old sub from craigslist for $180
I would not consider a secondhand sub out of warranty. These are like sports cars or minivans - they get heavy use and little maintenance.

Have a browse of Monoprice and Emotiva.



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Hi All,

I thought I knew a little bit about subwoofers, having spent countless hours in forums and reading hundreds of reviews, but after stopping by a JL audio store today, I feel more lost than I've ever been.

Just bought a new (old) semi-detached home, and working on a home theater in the basement. Problem is I live in Canada, and our selection of easily accessible subwoofers is limited. Here are the vitals:

1) ~1850 cubic feet basement (20' x 15' x 6'2)
2) Budget is $1400 CAD
3) 95% movies, TV, and video games, 5% music
4) Size isn't a huge factor
5) Setup includes Onkyo 747, KEF Q700 L/R, Q200c C, Q100 rears
6) Output probably not as important as the quality of the bass and the extension

So I went to a high-end audio store today, and the gentlemen that I spent an hour talking to was super helpful. He sold Paradigms, JL, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, among other pretty high end stuff, so he knows what he's talking about. I asked him about Paradigms as he was an authorized seller, and after a few minutes, he was directing me towards JL. He swears by it, and says they make the best stuff. I don't know enough about JL except that they make really expensive stuff that I feel I can't really afford. I can tell he was trying to sell me the best sub for the money, but the problem is the best sub for him may not be the best sub for me. It's like saying between a Porsche Boxster, BMW M2, and Corvette, he thinks the Porsche is the best car for my money. The Porsche might just be the most fun to drive and the most balanced car, but maybe I like the styling better in the M2, or sheer performance of a new Vette. He focused a lot on making sure the sub wasn't just big HT boom-boom-boom, and that it was fast and accurate, and that it blended well with my existing setup of KEFs (says they are very musical speakers).

Now, I don't have thousands of hours of subwoofer listening experience, and it's not like he had SVS and Paradigms to demo for me to compare which one I preferred, and I think that's the problem with subwoofer shopping. For cars, it feels so much easier, because you can literally test drive the cars, likely not on a track, but still, the test drive helps immensely. For subs, there are so many barriers - store HT-dedicated rooms are nothing like your actual setup; SVS is internet only so no demos, and I can't return an SVS since I'm from Canada; and no store will have the subs you're shopping for actually around for you to compare all at the same time.

In the end, my question is not just "what sub should I get" based on the above, but I'm looking for people with actual listening experience between ported and sealed subs that can maybe shed some insight. The store guy recommended only sealed subs, because ported ones just wouldn't be fast enough and accurate he said. I'm sure that's all well and true, but what if I don't appreciate that as much as he thinks I should? It's so hard because I really don't know what I like, and at my price point, some subs will do better at certain things than others. I don't have a $10K to spend on a sub that will do everything well. I feel like at my price point, some will go loud, some will go deep, and some will be fast/accurate - but I only get to choose 2.

Or perhaps I'm overthinking this as I usually do, because if I get either one of the 4 subs I'm considering, I'd be happy with any, which is not what the store owner thinks (says I gotta go sealed). Anyways, here are my top picks in no particular order:

- SVS PC2000
- JL d110
- SVS SB2000
- Paradigm SUB 12

Thoughts?

Thanks guys.
Hi The_R, I'm very happy with my SVS PC12 plus purchased several years ago. Like you I am in Canada(Alberta) and was nervous to buy before trying. At least they have free shipping in Canada now. And they will always let you upgrade if you were not satisfied. If I were you I'd call sonic boom audio and see what kind of deal you can get on the PC-2000 over the phone. I understand your reservations but it's really one of the best subs available in this price range.
I think you're smart to be going ported rather than sealed since it's mostly for movies, most music buffs are the ones to go sealed. We theater/gamer types need the added output and low impact from the ported subs. My HT is in a cement basement like you, I would encourage you to look into DIY bass traps in the corners as the bass can get boomy with the cement walls. Here's a picture of my theater, you can see my triangular bass trap floor to ceiling in the corner. I've loaned my speaker before for someone to sample, maybe you can find someone to do the same?

My system:
Samsung UN75F6300
Integra 40.2
SVS Prime towers/center/satilites
SVS PC-12 plus sub
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Hi All,

I thought I knew a little bit about subwoofers, having spent countless hours in forums and reading hundreds of reviews, but after stopping by a JL audio store today, I feel more lost than I've ever been.

Just bought a new (old) semi-detached home, and working on a home theater in the basement. Problem is I live in Canada, and our selection of easily accessible subwoofers is limited. Here are the vitals:

1) ~1850 cubic feet basement (20' x 15' x 6'2)
2) Budget is $1400 CAD
3) 95% movies, TV, and video games, 5% music
4) Size isn't a huge factor
5) Setup includes Onkyo 747, KEF Q700 L/R, Q200c C, Q100 rears
6) Output probably not as important as the quality of the bass and the extension

So I went to a high-end audio store today, and the gentlemen that I spent an hour talking to was super helpful. He sold Paradigms, JL, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, among other pretty high end stuff, so he knows what he's talking about. I asked him about Paradigms as he was an authorized seller, and after a few minutes, he was directing me towards JL. He swears by it, and says they make the best stuff. I don't know enough about JL except that they make really expensive stuff that I feel I can't really afford. I can tell he was trying to sell me the best sub for the money, but the problem is the best sub for him may not be the best sub for me. It's like saying between a Porsche Boxster, BMW M2, and Corvette, he thinks the Porsche is the best car for my money. The Porsche might just be the most fun to drive and the most balanced car, but maybe I like the styling better in the M2, or sheer performance of a new Vette. He focused a lot on making sure the sub wasn't just big HT boom-boom-boom, and that it was fast and accurate, and that it blended well with my existing setup of KEFs (says they are very musical speakers).

Now, I don't have thousands of hours of subwoofer listening experience, and it's not like he had SVS and Paradigms to demo for me to compare which one I preferred, and I think that's the problem with subwoofer shopping. For cars, it feels so much easier, because you can literally test drive the cars, likely not on a track, but still, the test drive helps immensely. For subs, there are so many barriers - store HT-dedicated rooms are nothing like your actual setup; SVS is internet only so no demos, and I can't return an SVS since I'm from Canada; and no store will have the subs you're shopping for actually around for you to compare all at the same time.

In the end, my question is not just "what sub should I get" based on the above, but I'm looking for people with actual listening experience between ported and sealed subs that can maybe shed some insight. The store guy recommended only sealed subs, because ported ones just wouldn't be fast enough and accurate he said. I'm sure that's all well and true, but what if I don't appreciate that as much as he thinks I should? It's so hard because I really don't know what I like, and at my price point, some subs will do better at certain things than others. I don't have a $10K to spend on a sub that will do everything well. I feel like at my price point, some will go loud, some will go deep, and some will be fast/accurate - but I only get to choose 2.

Or perhaps I'm overthinking this as I usually do, because if I get either one of the 4 subs I'm considering, I'd be happy with any, which is not what the store owner thinks (says I gotta go sealed). Anyways, here are my top picks in no particular order:

- SVS PC2000
- JL d110
- SVS SB2000
- Paradigm SUB 12

Thoughts?

Thanks guys.
JL makes nice subs, but you are paying for the compactness more than anything. I would NOT go with the Paradigm, they make good speakers, but you can get better subs for the money. Of the options you listed, I PERSONALLY would probably go with the JL just cause I like tiny sealed subwoofers and just overall aesthetics, that said, of your list, I suspect you would be most happy with the SVS PC2000.
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Looking for sub for big, open room

Hello all,

It’s been a while, but I’ve doing some upgrading and my subwoofer is suddenly the weak link. I have SF Venere S speakers, and a Mcintosh C2600 pre-amp, MC302 amp, and VPI Scout with 2M Black cartridge. Although I use the setup for movies, tv and 2-channel, I’m really only concerned with 2-channel stereo performance (hi-res music and vinyl). I live in a loft with 35 ft ceilings and the room where the equipment is is fairly large. I currently have a REL T9, which was great in my previous, smaller place, but it isn’t cutting it now. Also, I’d prefer one sub versus multiple, due to the way things are arranged. Bottom line is that I’m looking for a sealed sub that can handle the space.

I’m currently looking at a REL S/5, REL G2 and Revel B112. I’d love to hear from some folks with large rooms and high ceilings and whether any of the subs I’m considering worked or didn’t work … and any other suggestions for what DID work. I can probably demo one or some of these, which will help, but thought I’d reach out to this forum to get some advanced info.

Thanks!
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I currently have a SVS PB12-NSD which I bought right before they discontinued it. I am wondering if I would be better off switching to a sealed sub(s) given my room size. If so, which model would be the best to go with? I am partial to SVS.

1. Budget: anywhere up to 5K

2. Size requirements/limits. I am open to going dual if it will make a difference. Must be 22 Inch or less height so they fit under my screen.

3. Room dimensions. The room is a custom built closed off screening room with Klipsch RVX speakers.. 15L x 10W x 7H

4. Primary uses. 100% home theater

5. Listening habits: Movies, half volume.

6. Appearance requirements. Black, flat or piano

7. Timeframe. Early Summer
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Looking for some advise for sub upgrade. My current setup:
Speakers: Polk LSiM 707, 706,703. Going 5.1.4 Atmos soon.
Receiver: Yamaha RX-A2070
Subwoofer SVS PB10 NSD .
Room size: 25 x 21 x 8'
Use: 100% HT
Listening habits: Never play louder than -10db, 0db being reference. Actually I listen at moderate volume almost of all the time, -15 to -20 on my old Onkyo 805 receiver, 0db being reference. Prefer extension and SQ over SPL output.
Budget: $1000, but might push to $1100.00 MAX!
Not sure if I should go for two 12" or one 15". Desired box size: would like to avoid fridge size boxes

Current list of subs I am looking at in no particular order:

1. Dual Rythmik LV12R Direct Servo
2. Dual Outlaw Ultra X12 (if I could get them on sale around Thanksgiving)
3. Dual HSU VTF-2 MK5
4. Single PSA S1500
5. Single HSU VTF-3 MK5 HP
6. Single HSU ULS-15 MK2
7. Single Rythmik FVX15

Help me narrow down to two possible choices. Also open to other suggestions up to my max budget of $1100.00. Thanks all.

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SW Recommendation to go with Focal Aria 926 for music

Hello,
I am looking for a subwoofer recommendation for my setup described below. Appreciate your inputs!

1. Your budget. ~ upto $1000

2. Size requirements/limits. No constraints or preference

3. Room dimensions. 2754 cub feet. 18' x 17' x 9'

4. Primary uses. I own Focal Aria 926. These have dual 6" drivers. https://www.focal.com/en/home-audio/...akers/aria-926
I also liked the higher model 948 that has dual 8" woofers, however it was $1500 more. I thought I would invest that difference in a good subwoofer. Thus the sub needs to fill this gap of dual 8" woofers in the mid bass range.


5. Listening habits. Smooth Jazz, Instrumental, Relaxing music, Guitar. I prefer quality, accuracy over volume, rattle, earth shake...

6. Appearance requirements. No constraint

7. Timeframe. in next 3 months
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Sub Recommendation

This forum was extremely helpful for my last purchase I am now looking for another sub recommendation. The pb-1000 I got to replace my Bic f12 in my main listening area was such a huge improvement and I am very happy with it. We are now starting to use the basement as a media room as well and the Bic F12 just isn't going to cut it. My plan is to move the pb-1000 down into the basement and get a new sub for the main area. The PB-1000 has more than enough power for me. I was hoping to get more low end extension with whatever I purchase. The room is 11x17x7.5 and is used for 100% movies. My budget is $600 (could possibly push it to $800 but would rather not). I am looking at the HSU VTF-2 Mk5, Rhythmik LV12R, and PB12-NSD. I am open to other suggestions as well.
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... I am now looking for another sub recommendation. ...
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First, a Big Congratulation for making your thread into the sticky.


I cannot believe, I never saw-it before been a frequent flyer on AVS forums


It was obvious that many members did support you, and so do I now
Making this post short and sweat, since after trying to give too many "like", the site froze on me


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Thanks for the advice

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First, a Big Congratulation for making your thread into the sticky.


I cannot believe, I never saw-it before been a frequent flyer on AVS forums


It was obvious that many members did support you, and so do I now
Making this post short and sweat, since after trying to give too many "like", the site froze on me


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here my turn, after reading i want some advice from you guys

my room is 1,350 cub feet and is open to another room that is 7500 cub feet

i have some choices

xtz 12.17 12" reflex
clipsch rw-115sw 15" reflex

on the diy side
ultimax sealed, 12/15/18" with inuke amps, all sealed

any advice for the movie primary use? i also listening some classic/jazz/instrumental music, 70% movie/30% music i can say

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Hi guys,

New member here. I've just moved into a new house and my sub is not delivering so it's time for a new replacement. Incidentally my HT receiver died in the move so I'm replacing that as well. I plan to have a 5.1 setup and good HT sound would be great but music will be my main concern. I used to DJ back in the early 90s until work took over but I've been getting into my oldschool German house and techno collection again and something with a decent kick would be great. The old sub is a JPW 8 incher, which is fine for HT but left wanting for music. There's so much choice now I've got myself stuck in paralysis analysis.

Was thinking of:

Denon AVR-X2400H

& either a Yamaha NSSW300 which admittedly is only a 10 incher or I could probably push to a BK XXLS400 if I really need to.

Fronts are some old 150W Mission M34 floorstanders.

1. Budget: Up to $500 for the sub. Around 400 for the receiver.

2. Size requirements/limits: I'm thinking a 12 incher would be the max for me.

3. Room dimensions: The listening area is 10x18x9 feet, but one wall has two door width openings into an open plan area twice that size. Floors are tiled on top of concrete. I have enough freedom to move the unit around a bit to tune the sound.

4. Primary uses: I watch more than I listen, but I'm only critical when it comes to the music. I'm not looking to shake break the windows, just looking for some better kick and decent sub bass when I need it rather than just being for for explosions and the like.

5. Listening habits: Mainly action movies, jazz, hip-hop, EDM

6. Appearance requirements. Anything is good as long as it doesn't look like a giant PA subwoofer ;-)

7. Timeframe. I'll probably order something in the next couple of weeks.

Many thanks y'all!

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Lightbulb Subwoofer Buying Suggestions

I am reading a number of posts on this page from people wanting fairly similar kinds of advice regarding new subwoofers. And, I am not reading many suggestions that are targeted to the individual questions. I don't really think that this thread is the best one for the kind of advice that most people are looking for.

I would recommend that prospective buyers read Section VIII of the Guide, linked in my signature, to get a good general overview of sealed versus ported, and of output and tactile comparisons. That will at least give you a good starting point. Then, if there is a particular brand of subwoofer that interests you, you might consider posting questions on that subwoofer owner's thread. Alternatively, if your subwoofer search is still open-ended, you might consider starting a new thread of your own.

If you go to the top of this page and left click on Subwoofers, Bass and Transducers, scrolling down the page, you will see numerous threads started by other people who may be asking questions that are very similar to the ones you are asking. Reading some of those other threads, and posting follow-up questions of your own, would be another good way to get answers to questions, and specific subwoofer suggestions. This thread is really not the best way to do that, in my opinion.

I hope this helps!

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GUIDE TO SUBWOOFER CALIBRATION AND BASS PREFERENCES

* The Guide linked above is a comprehensive guide to Audio & HT systems, including:
Speaker placements & Room treatments; HT calibration & Room EQ; Room gain; Bass
Preferences; Subwoofer Buyer's Guide: Sealed/ported; ID subs; Subwoofer placement.
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I'm looking for a subwoofer recommendation for my existing 5.0 setup in a less-than-ideal room layout.

1. Budget: <=$400 USD
3. Room dimensions: The room is about 12ft x 12ft x ~9ft, with wood flooring and the walls and ceiling wood/plaster.

The left-hand wall (from listening position directly against the back wall) has a 4ft-wide opening directly adjacent to the forward wall, which connects to the rest of the house (hub room with openings to kitchen, dining room, and front hallway). Also along this wall is a 60~70"-wide metal/glass TV stand which I'm using for my AVR, turntable, a number of video game consoles, and related AV equipment; the forward wall is covered in built-in shelving, with a larger shelf with a cabinet below in the center that juts out and could reasonably accommodate a 49" flat panel; the right-hand wall has two windows with a radiator (go steam heat). The back wall, left-hand wall, and ceiling are flat with no posters/pictures/etc.

2. Size requirements/limits: The room is pretty crowded; I couldn't place a subwoofer against the front wall without it blocking the shelves, center cabinet, or the entrance (not that I'd want it at the entrance); I couldn't place it on the right wall without it blocking the windows or having it in close proximity to the radiator; I can't place it along the left wall because that's almost entirely occupied by the TV stand/"equipment rack" (mainly needed because all of the shelving at the front wall is too shallow); and I can't place it behind the couch, because it's already against the back wall, and moving it forward the 15"~25" needed for a sub cabinet would cannibalize too much floor space.

The only reasonable place for a subwoofer I can think of would be either side of the couch. There's about 30" free space on either side (Probably about 20"~25" usable, considering my surround stands and a pair of steam pipes in the back-right corner), which should be enough to experiment with aiming the sub forward, back against the wall(s), or inward toward the couch.

I might also be able to swing fitting the sub under the coffee table, and I'd be open to a low-profile sub that I can shove underneath or behind the couch. (I'll edit later with the clearances for the table and couch.) I'm also considering replacing that TV stand along the left-hand wall with some stackable NxN cube-style shelving (Like Ikea Kallax), in which case I could make accommodations for a sub along the left-hand wall, but it would still be in proximity to the room opening.

4. Primary uses: A bit of everything, but mostly music, video games, and movies in roughly that order.
5. Listening habits: I'd like to hear low frequencies, and I'd prefer correctness of the source material over boom; TR is nice to have but not necessary.
6. Appearance requirements: None
7. Timeframe: No rush.

For existing equipment, I have an Onkyo TX-NR555 AVR, a pair of Polk Monitor 70 Series 2 for fronts, Polk Monitor 25C center (on shelf above TV, aimed down towards listening position), and a pair of Polk OWM3 for surrounds.

I've been reading (and in some cases rereading) many other recommendations here on AVS, some applicable, some not. I understand that a single, more powerful sub can be better than a pair of smaller ones, but, considering my limited placement options, I figured two smaller ones, one on either side of the couch, would provide better balance and low-end extension.

What sounded promising was a pair of Emotia BasX S8s; but, when I went to find where to buy them, I found that they were discontinued only a few months ago. The next thing that looked promising would be a pair of Polk HTS 10s, of which open-box examples seem to be going for $230 each on Amazon (but weirdly no new ones); but, what little information I've seen has been for the 12" model, not the 10" I'm considering.

I like what I've read about the Rythmik L12, but that's a bit out of my budget. Even if I extended my budget, I'd only be able to reasonably get one, and I'd be concerned about unbalanced bass, especially if I have to place it directly to the left or right of the couch/listening position. That said, if I could somehow get reasonably balanced bass with the current placement restrictions, I'd be open to getting one <=$400 sub now, and a second for the other side if that model is expected to still be available next year.
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I would get the the RSL Speedwoofer 10S for $399 with free shipping.
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I would get the the RSL Speedwoofer 10S for $399 with free shipping.
No quote, but I assume this recommendation is for me.

I'd still have balance issues putting a Speedwoofer 10S on one side of my couch or the other, yes?
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Subwoofer recommendations for an Onkyo TX-NR686 A/V Receiver

Recently replaced my TX-SR806 Onkyo receiver (and all of its HDMI input capacitor issues) to the TX-NR686. Existing (old school) equipment setup is a 5.0 with:

Pioneer PDP-5010 plasma tv
Polk R50 front speakers
Polk (timbre balanced) CS-1 center speaker
ESP-105A (JBL 100 similar) surrounds
Sony PS2 and PS3 playstations
Audio Technica AT-PL50 turntable
Sanyo RD-W389 double cassette deck

I'm looking to add an efficient low to mid price rear facing subwoofer, but I'm new to the subwoofer world. The room is roughly 12'x12'x8'. The 686 has "preamp outputs for 2 powered subwoofers". #1-Does this mean I need a separate sub for each (left and right) channels or I can use only 1 for both left and right channels? I plan on putting one in the bottom center of an entertainment center below the center speaker in an area 12"h x 18"w x 17"d. What power/cable or other special requirements does a subwoofer need? Any and all constructive inputs are appreciated. Here's the diagram of the back of the 686.

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_580NR6...T#&gid=1&pid=2
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