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I was wondering what would be the best sub for a theater room of this size.

Also ceiling 9' and room sound proofed/closed off.

I want to spend as little money as possible and still get a 'good' sub.

Assume price 500-1000 would be reasonable.


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If you do a search here i'm sure you'll find what your looking for.It's my experience here that most will tell you to get a svs or hsu.
 

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5400 cublic feet is a lot of space to fill with one sub. For under $1000, you can look at getting the HSU VTF-3 HO with turbo. Another option is the the SVS NSD / 2 for about $900.
 

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Max Budget:

http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-3-ho.html

http://www.svsound.com/products-sub-box-isd2.cfm

http://www.svsound.com/products-sub-cyl-plpow2.cfm


Below Budget:

http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/vtf-3-mk3.html

http://www.svsound.com/products-sub-box-pb12nsd.cfm

http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/lfm1plus.html


All of these subs will sound good in your room, but because of the size of it, I would definitely go with the max budget subs I listed. You are going to need more power to fill a room that size, which is considered a large room. You may even want to consider (2) of the budget subs I listed.


I would contact each company and tell them your info, and see what they recommend as far as 1 or 2 subs go.
 

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For this size room do I need to use 12" or go up to 15" sub?

If I have to go over 1000, then I will certainly consider it.


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Driver size doesn't matter, it's the driver design, efficiency, enclosure design that are important.


Also, you can improve the quality of your bass by adding some form of acoustic treatment, which is a better investment than most any upgrade that you can make.

http://www.realtraps.com/

http://www.gikacoustics.com/product_info.html#5


If this is something you are interested in, I would definitely contact Ethan or Glen at each respective company, and they can get you set up.
 

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All the walls (and ceiling) are acoustically absorptive. They are acoustic material covered with theater fabric for the walls and sound absorbing tiles for the ceiling. Only the back wall and the floor is reflective (drywall covered with acoustic fabric for back wall, concrete with carpeting for floor).

This has the quality of removing most reflections, but making the room need much more powerful speakers. (Actually the room is 15x20 feet making it 3000 cubic-feet, but I was told I need to effectively double that size to have appropriate speakers).


Not sure if that is really true, but I have needed to upgrade some other components because it is really 'quiet' in there. I had sonance symphony speakers in walls, and had to recently upgrade to sonance cinema ultra 2 LCRs for my front speakers (will get SURs for the surrounds someday when have money). My amp is an Integra 7.3.

My current sub is a B&W (forget which model and am currently at work).


Now that my front speakers have the juice, my sub is underpowered.


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Another sub to consider if you have some time to wait (they are a bit overwhelmed with orders)...the Elemental Designs A7-600. It has the output and extension to fill that space with twin 12"s in a very substantial (175 lb.) enclosure and a 1 kilowatt amp. Lot of guys waiting for their subs but my understanding is that the sound quality on this piece is exceptional and it definitely has the output to handle a space that size.
 

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I was wondering what would be the best sub for a theater room of this size.

Also ceiling 9' and room sound proofed/closed off.

I want to spend as little money as possible and still get a 'good' sub.

Assume price 500-1000 would be reasonable.


Chris.

Chris:

I have the exact same measurements for my HT. 20x30 about 8-9 feet ceiling cathredral. My room is open to a kitchen and dinning area for a total of about 8000cubic feet. I just bought the SVS PB12+/2 for 1199 and let me tell you. I watched WOTW at -23 db and the scene when the aliens tripods came up from the streets felt like an earthquake throughout the entire floor. The bass does not distort like some subs do. The earthquake was, well, controlled and tight. I also felt waves hit my body. Hard to explain but like infrasonic waves were palatable. It sounds great on both music and HT. If I had to do it all over again I would have spent the extra money and bought the Ultra +/2 but that thing weighs 200 pounds! (just out of greed, the +/2 is great). I heard that HSU makes a comparable sub and sounds great on music. Either one of those two subs are my recommendation.
 
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