I understand this thread is primarily for recommendations for speakers, but I would also appreciate it if you could lend your knowledge and recommend a subwoofer
Current setup: 5.1 system with Revel Performa B15a subwoofer. I would like to add a subwoofer that could provide better performance in the lower octaves (<40Hz) but still be able to integrate with the Revel.
The Revel is a sealed unit with a 15" woofer and the amplifier is rated at 1000w RMS, 1,400w peak. It measures approximately 20 x 20 x 20 inches. The amplifier has an AUX output and LPF that could be used (image available here
) if "daisy chaining" it to the second subwoofer.
The room is approximately 12 x 24 feet with 8 foot ceilings. It does have a stairwell, and an opening to another room.
I was thinking of getting the 4 cu ft flatpack, as it is similar in dimensions to my existing sub, but have some novice questions for the driver and amplifier.
1) Comparing the Dayton Ultimax versus the Reference 18 (RSS460HO-4), is one recommended over the other for my specific application?
2) I see the iNuke amplifiers recommended frequently, but I'm not too keen on swapping out fans/potentially having issues once modified, and this sub is likely going to be placed nearfield. What alternatives are there which don't have a fan? Is there a specific amount of power you would recommend for this configuration, i.e. should I aim for a 1,000 watt amp if possible? I see Dayton Audio has a 1,000w plate amplifier, but the reviews are middling.
3) Would you recommend an entirely different flatpack/driver combo? I would have considered the LAB15 kit, but I've read that sometimes integrating ported with sealed subwoofers is challenging. Kind of wish there was a similar "kit" for sealed flatpacks!
I understand a lot of answers could be "it depends" on my questions, so I appreciate your feedback. Basically, I would like to get better low frequency performance than the Revel, but am not sure if I would get a noticeable improvement without going (a) larger in box size or (b) significantly more power at higher cost. I don't have enough knowledge to model these subwoofers in WinISD, but if someone knows where this configuration has been tested/modeled, I would appreciate it!
Again, thank you very much for your feedback and suggestions...I am looking for the best value to get better LFE performance in my room, and was considering this as a reasonable first attempt at DIY