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The Best Budget Subwoofer

Getting great bass in your home theater setup or listening room can be pricey, though it doesn’t have to be. Our picks from companies such as Polk, Monoprice, and SVS will get you all the low-end thump you might need for movies and music without wrecking your budget for things to watch or listen to.

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The RSL Speedwoofer seems to be an obvious omission from any budget subwoofer discussion.
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The RSL Speedwoofer seems to be an obvious omission from any budget subwoofer discussion.
I'll look at adding it...
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Do you have one of these for larger speakers that do not have built in amplifiers? (By the way, I have to edit your post in the quote and remove the url, to be able to post myself while quoting you. This seems like an oversight so I thought I'd let you know)


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Getting great bass in your home theater setup or listening room can be pricey, though it doesn’t have to be. Our picks from companies such as Polk, Monoprice, and SVS will get you all the low-end thump you might need for movies and music without wrecking your budget for things to watch or listen to.
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The RSL Speedwoofer seems to be an obvious omission from any budget subwoofer discussion.
While I have never heard one in person, based on numerous reviews, the RSL should be on any short list for a budget sub. I know there are numerous options, and you can't cover them all, but I also think the Hsu VTF1-Mk 3 would be very competitive in this group.
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Yamaha

I don't have the experience to really compare with anything else, but I've had the Yamaha YST-SW315 for about 10 years no, going strong and sounds good.
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I've had a Dayton audio sub 1500 for years now (along with a def tech 15 inch sub). I think it's one of the great values in home theater, even by today's standards.
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Which sub will work well for music?
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I've had that Monoprice 12 inch sub for the last 6 years and it has been working great. I feed it a line level signal. I don't use the "auto" setting which I did try but I could never get it to work right 100% of the time. Once in a while it would shut off during quiet parts of a movie which was annoying. I ended up running an outlet that's switched using the 12 volt trigger from my receiver.

Sound quality is good in my room with the sub located about 1/3 of the way along a side wall.

I looked back through my Monoprice orders and I found that I bought this sub on sale for $88.94!
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Now that is a deal !!
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I got my Monolith THX 10 sub for around 375 when they were on sale and have been very impressed.
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For the price VS performance I'm with the post above about the Dayton 10,12 and 15" sub's. Really inexpensive for the performance.

Great value!

BTW I have tried them all, and my kids use them in their systems!

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I have the Dayton 12" and I really like it.
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I don't understand why more people don't take advantage of the Dayton's. I replaced my aging def tech 15 incher with another sub-1500. The system sounds so balanced and awesome now. They are a steal! (no, I am not a paid Dayton employee or sponsor, etc...). lol
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Personally, I don't feel $500 is a budget subwoofer. I would say $200 and below is a budget subwoofer.

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Personally, I don't feel $500 is a budget subwoofer. I would say $200 and below is a budget subwoofer.
I agree. Maybe up to $250.
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I agree. Maybe up to $250.
Yeah...with the tariffs in place, I could see budget at $250 or below...

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since this is about Budget subs

Finally managed to upgrade my system to matching Wharfedale SW150s ( yes ,second hand...but these were rated 5/5 on most reviews when they came out
These were to match the Diamond 9.6 mains/9CM centre/(9CS rears/and (9.1 heights

for the 250 odd NZ i spent to get both...im loving it
Adding in the second SW150 opened up the Bass/LFE in a big way :

Addded link for the Whathifi review yes 250 pds back in 2004 but budget second hand now here in NZ

https://www.whathifi.com/wharfedale/...d-sw150/review

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That's not an "article" at all

Disappointed after clicking through to the "article" which is just a VERY basic list of models lacking any meaningful information, clearly designed to generate affiliate sales without any work done to do so.

The heading "Best Budget Sub Woofers" is obviously hoping to rank for that lucrative google search term, but the content below it gives zero reasons or justifications for the products on the list.
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I have the monolith 10 in and I absolutely love it I have a mixture of Polk Audio for my mains and Pioneer Elite Atmos for my surrounds, and Pioneers in the rear. The monolith completely fill down the system and watching movies now is like being in the theater. The monolith is also great for music because you can plug the port with a foam plug that is supplied. I paid $400 and couldn't be happier
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Getting great bass in your home theater setup or listening room can be pricey, though it doesn’t have to be. Our picks from companies such as Polk, Monoprice, and SVS will get you all the low-end thump you might need for movies and music without wrecking your budget for things to watch or listen to.

Click here to read more. Article by Greg Kennelty
None of these so called budget subwoofers are actually subwoofers because none go down to 20hz which is a requirement to being a subwoofer.
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None of these so called budget subwoofers are actually subwoofers because none go down to 20hz which is a requirement to being a subwoofer.
Yes of course, there is a government agency that requires all subs to achieve 20 Hz. I believe there's a constitutional amendment under consideration, too. Please report all violators immediately.
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Yes of course, there is a government agency that requires all subs to achieve 20 Hz. I believe there's a constitutional amendment under consideration, too. Please report all violators immediately.
There has to be some requirements and 20hz is one of them. Otherwise you could call anything a sub even a Bose model.
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There has to be some requirements and 20hz is one of them. Otherwise you could call anything a sub even a Bose model.
Again, report bass-related crimes to the appropriate government agency.

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Again, report bass-related crimes to the appropriate government agency.
I'll leave that up to you. Audio is supposed to be fun.
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Despite making up only 50% of the population, women are responsible for 73% of all bass crimes.
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Personally, I don't feel $500 is a budget subwoofer. I would say $200 and below is a budget subwoofer.
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None of these so called budget subwoofers are actually subwoofers because none go down to 20hz which is a requirement to being a subwoofer.
How does a 1000 watt, 12" subwoofer, ported, for $100 sound to you? Think it can get to 20?

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https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/be...#how-we-tested
Kind of weird the the lowest frequencies are to the right, but here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...at=interactive

In A/V reproduction accuracy, there IS no concept of "accounting for personal taste/preference". As art consumers we don't "pick" the level of bass, nor the tint/brightness of a scene's sky, any more than we pick the ending of a novel or Mona Lisa's type of smile. "High fidelity" means "high truthfulness", faithful to the original artist's intent: an unmodified, neutral, accurate copy of the original master, ideally being exact and with no discernable alterations, aka "transparency".
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