I would like to build a sealed sub. With a budget of $300-$400 including an amp, would it be better to have 2 12" average cheaper drivers (Dayton lower lines) or have a better 12" (TC Sounds or higher end of Dayton) Or even one better 15"?
i have not been in the home theatre scene very long, but i'll throw out my opinion
if you want SPL - i imagine multiple cheaper subs will go farther in getting you where you want to be. if you're using this system for movie watching or games, maybe you won't notice the sound quality difference, and may appreciate the extra power in the low end for sound effects.
if you'll be listening to a lot of music and want cleaner sound, a single high end sub might be better.
this was my mentality in the car audio realm and it seemed to hold up over years of experience.
i've also heard people say it's good to have multiple subs in a HT setup and try moving them around to get the best effects of multiple corner loading and kill any dead spots in the in-room response. i don't have any experience with that, but it sounds reasonable
If were up to me I would keep my SVS pb-10 and get another one to put in the other corner, but I have the WAF, she doesn't want 2 subs in the same room. I have to sell my SVS so I can get a better sub.
So since you're allowed one sub, how big are you allowed to go? Start with a card board box model of a 20 inch cube to verify. To slim it up, we can alter any of the dimensions with respect to the other. 500W Bash plate amp, 15" driver, 1-2 wal-mart jumbo pillows.....you might just pull it off with the $400 budget.
p.s. what about stacking the 2nd pb10 on the first?
Do a dual opposed with two 12's or even the classic Dayton 15's and a 500 watt bash amp. It will look like 1 sub. You really don't have a ton of options with your budget. Just the two drivers and amp you are at $400 not including all the hardware and enclosure.
The more clamps you can get the better...I use 12 pipe clamps for a box that size and two adjustable 3 ft clamps so 14 in total and I wish I had more. Ask around and borrow some if you can. Another easy way is to offer a cabinet shop a few bucks to make all the cuts for you so you can just assemble. I pay $50 imcluding the MDF to get everything cut perfectly and my holes cut.
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