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I'm looking to upgrade my PC audio system by adding in a quality subwoofer and would like some recommendations for which subwoofer would be best to invest in for my set-up and needs.  I have Swan M200 MKIII speakers on 36 inch speaker stands located 4 and a half feet apart on either side of my computer desk and they're run through the onboard sound on my ASUS P9X79 WS Motherboard.

 

The room measures 21 feet 5 inches in length, 12 feet 9 inches in width and the ceiling is 9 feet tall.  Most of the time I'll be sitting in front of my computer at my desk so the speakers will be a little under 4 feet away on either side.  Here are a few pictures of the room and my set-up (these were taken a year ago but the set up now is more or less the same).



 

 

I'm going to be using this 90% for music, and while I do watch some TV/movies on my PC, the purpose of the subwoofer is not for a home theater set up.  Basically I want to add extra bass and volume to my sound system while still retaining high end sound quality.  I’m not an extreme basshead and only 30% of the music I listen to is hip-hop/bass-heavy, but it would be nice to get a subwoofer I could really feel and that would rattle the pictures on the walls…or, for example, make a song like this really pop, something I believe a quality subwoofer would help substantially.

 

My subwoofer budget is ideally under $400 but I'm willing to make an exception up to $500 if it's absolutely heads and shoulders above the rest in quality.

 

These are the 9 subwoofers (mostly) under $400 that I've found highly recommended after a few hours of research tonight, but I'm not at all sure which would be the best to go with for my setup and needs so any help/advice would be much appreciated.  Also, if there's another option not listed here that would be better I'd be very open to considering that as well.

(not in any particular order.)

 

1. HSU STF-2 - $375 new

2. BIC Acoustech PL-200 - $329 new

3. Klipsch RW-12d - $325 used (discontinued)

4. Outlaw M8 - $249 new

5. Elemental Designs A2-300 - $215 - $250 used (discontinued)

6. SVS SB-1000 - $499 new

7. SVS PB-1000 - $499 new

8. Emotiva X-Ref 10 - $399 new (discontinued - can't find any links to used ones for sale)

9. Paradigm PW2200 - $430 used (discontinued)

 

The other thing to take into consideration is I'm not sure how to hook up the Swan M200 MKIII speakers to the subwoofer/my PC.  Some of the options I've seen for how to hook up speakers such as these with a subwoofer and a PC seem quite complicated and pricey, and while I don’t want to go with a cheapo way that will degrade the sound quality any, I also don’t want to spend hundreds on simply connecting the speakers/subwoofer and PC, either.

 

So, with all this taken into consideration, what would be my best option?  Thanks in advance for any help!

 

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Given the pictures of the room above, what would be the best placement for the sub?  I was thinking under the center of the desk but maybe some more experienced audio pros could help me out there as well.
 

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Originally Posted by eljaycanuck  /t/1519891/best-subwoofer-for-music...c-room-set-up-pics-inside/0_100#post_24409684


SVS PB-1000.
This.  There simply is no better subwoofer for $500, if you value flatness of response and depth of bass.  It is much better than anything cheaper, and is, in fact, a bargain for its price.  SVS also has great customer service and a good warranty.  Just  buy it.
 

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I agree with the others, the SVS PB-1000 is a great sub at $500.
 

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OP here:

 

So the PB-1000 seems to be the most recommended sub out of this list; the only issue is that it's significantly bigger/heavier and would be more difficult finding an easy placement for it in the room.  So how about adding another option to the mix; the SVS SB12-NSD ?  It's sealed but appears to have more output than either the SB-1000 or PB-1000, is lighter and smaller than than the PB-1000, and seems like a superior sub to both.  The only two issues would be; 1.) the added price.  Used, I can get it for between $550-585 and new I can get it from the manufactuter for $629 but that's a fair amount above my $400 budget and I'm wondering if it's worth it.  And 2.) Would it hook up as easily as the SB-1000 would with my Swan speakers/ASUS P9X79 WS?  From what I gather, one of the big advantages of the SVS SB/PB-1000 is that it's fairly easy to hook up with my set-up but I'm not sure that the same would be true with the SVS SB12-NSD.

 

(Please correct me if I'm wrong) but I believe to hook up the SB or PB-1000 with the Asus motherboard and the Swans speakers I'd only need two cables - a 3.5mm to 2RCA cable to go from the motherboard to the sub and a 2RCA to 2RCA cable to go from the sub to the Swan speaker.

 

Would this also be the case with the SVS SB12-NSD?

 

Thanks again for all the help.
 

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I'll just copy and paste the answer I gave to you at Head-Fi



Yes. The SB12 would hook up fine to your speakers and you are looking at the right kind of cables.


My guess is that the PB-1000 would have more max output than the SB12, and it will also extend a little lower. But the SB12 should be be the better SQ sub of the two. The SB12 should have plenty of output for your whole room unless you like it extremely loud (probably louder than those Swans can go). Audioholics reviewed it and rated it good for 1500 to 3000 cubic feet. Note that the listening tests were done in a 4000+ cubic ft room and did pretty well for a compact 12" sub: http://www.audioholics.com/subwoofer-reviews/sb12-nsd-subwoofer/sb12-nsd-listening


The benefit of the extra extension on the PB-1000 would help with movies, but not going to matter with 99.9% of the music out there, even in bass heavy genres.


Another sub you could consider would be the Reaction Audio BPS 212 "Turbo" . It has dual opposed 12" drivers (two in the same enclosure). They are a new company. Someone here at AVS who also owns another good Internet direct subwoofer got one and liked it: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1519727/reaction-audio-dual12-inch-subwoofers Impossible to tell which would sound better between the SB12 and that the BPS 212 Turbo, but I would bet on it to outperform the SB-1000 in total output and likely do as well as the SB12 (if not a good bit better). However, I don't know if it has the built in high pass filter capability, which is a big plus to me in your kind of application.
 
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