2 ft. from any wall would probably be sufficient. What subwoofers are you looking at?I'm looking at various SW and one issue may be the rear port designs. Where it would go currently would have the rear port against a wall. In general for say a 12" SW, what distance is needed?
Minimum 6 in. Ideal 2 ft.
2' would not work. I could possibly move it to a corner if I had to. I'm looking at several models. Rear port seems to be just a bad idea. Front or bottom port doesnt have such a location issue.2 ft. from any wall would probably be sufficient. What subwoofers are you looking at?
Yes. Current sun is down firing driver and port. Thanks but not sure that would work for me. I have the spot I want it to go. If a crawl put it in the middle of the room or a place where a power outlet or cabling was an issue it wouldn't help.Do you have a sw currently? When you receive yours, you'll want to do the "subwoofer crawl" to identify the best position, unless WAF or other issues are mandating a single, restricted location for the sub.
I think you should start by giving us a budget so we can recommend subs, and what subs you are currently looking at.2' would not work. I could possibly move it to a corner if I had to. I'm looking at several models. Rear port seems to be just a bad idea. Front or bottom port doesnt have such a location issue.
Yes. Current sun is down firing driver and port. Thanks but not sure that would work for me. I have the spot I want it to go. If a crawl put it in the middle of the room or a place where a power outlet or cabling was an issue it wouldn't help.
I think I'll stick to sealed or front/bottom ported.
The Frys/Amazon thing drives me crazy. I dont have access to Frys B&M stores. Basically Amazon matches Frys price. If frys is $229, so is Amazon. The price was at $229 and $299 last week. This morning Frys has it for $229 with free shipping so Amazon was same. Now its $229 store pickup only so Amazon is back to $299.The Klipsch sub-12 is actually $199 right now at frys.com if you have their emailed coupon code. Sign up for their codes and they email you savings codes all the time. The sub-12 is the best sub I've ever heard/owned for less than $200.
The SVS PB-2000 I also owned and liked a lot. The metal grille is actually pretty bad ass, IMO. Really adds a high quality look to the sub as opposed to a cheap cloth grille. Performance wise it's a great sub and will extend much lower than the sub-12. SVS has the full 5 year warranty and free trial period of 45 days. Just depends on what you want out of your sub and what you are willing to spend.
Thanks. 4-6" or port size is a huge difference from 2'. I could work with that.
Some more info. My 5.1 HT setup is
Samsung F8500 60" Plasma
Klipsch RP 280 LR
Klipsch RC 62ii center
Klipsch RB51ii surrounds
Everything is new except the sub is from the old setup and is about 8 years old. Its a 12" down firing with dual down firing ports. I got in on clearance for like $100 when circuit city went under. It has worked without issue, but it would be nice to also upgrade it. I like my setup very "tidY". I cant stand seeing any wiring, clutter. A visible power cord for a SW on the floor would drive me crazy. As you can see in the pic, the SW sits to the left of that main speaker. It also serves another function there. It just so happens it is exactly tall enough @ 17.5" to hide a couple panels behind it that have cable. network and rear speaker terminals. The corner to the right of the right speaker is reserved for our dog. She would not appreciate a SW put on that side! The pic got cut off but to the left of where the SW is now is a corner that could easily be used. I could use something else to hide the panels and wires.
Part of the bargain for the HT upgrade is the Mrs is getting new HW flooring in a couple rooms, hallway and stairs next week. We also just put new tires on one of the cars. $ has been really going out the door lately! I'm trying to get the best bang for the $ on the SW upgrade.
Here is what I have been looking at so far, but am open to suggestions:
Klipsch sub-12HG. Goes between $229 and $299 if/when frys has it on sale/available and Amazon matches the price. Price changes The $229 seems to be a real bargain. Down firing with rear port. Darn thing was $229 this moring now its back to $299
BIC PL-200. Generally gets good reviews. Front firing rear port. ~$330
Klipsch SW-112. I like that it has a front firing slot type port. $430 Kind of pricy I think.
SVS PB-2000. The Best. Flat freq resp. Front driver and port. Cons are price, size and I dont like the curved metal grill. This one I would definately put in that left corner.
Open to other suggestions. Looked at DIY. Not totally against it, but dont think I'm going that direction.
If the PB-2000 is a contender, and you have the budget for it, it's a no brainer. It will outclass any Polk, Klipsch, or Best Buy sub.The Frys/Amazon thing drives me crazy. I dont have access to Frys B&M stores. Basically Amazon matches Frys price. If frys is $229, so is Amazon. The price was at $229 and $299 last week. This morning Frys has it for $229 with free shipping so Amazon was same. Now its $229 store pickup only so Amazon is back to $299.
Any thought on the Sub-12 Vs the PL-200? The PB-2000 is still in the running.
I wouldn't recommend the SB2000 in an area your size. Sounds like you could have around 5000 ft^3. A single PB2000 will likely struggle. I would get dual PB2000's if you wanted to go the SVS route, but that might not be an option for you....or your wife. lolWow, you guys are awesome. Thanks for all the great info. Some more info. The family room is about 2800 cu ft with a 10' ceiling. The family room is open to the kitchen which is similar in size with 9' ceilings. Not sure how that works with the total space. My old speaker setup was Paradigm Studio 40s. They never were able to really fill the space with sound. The Klipsch do a much better job.
For me, music is more important than movies. I'm not a total "bass head" where I need (or want) window rattling levels. For music, yes, nice clean tight bass. For movies, yeah the rumble/thunderous bass and all that is cool, but if I had to choose one over the other, I would pick the one better for music. Ideally, I would find something I loved for both.
Here is my current thought. The SVS try and return policy seems to be the best out there. I could get an SB2000 and PB2000 and try them out and send back the one I dont want. I looked at the other two and it looks like I would have to pay shipping one way.
Its interesting that the SB2000 is a fair bit smaller than the existing sub, and the PB2000 is quite a bit larger. The SB2000 could go where the current sub sits, or move it over to the corner. The PB2000 I would definitely need to move to that corner. If the SB2000 is the one for me, it would win me some WAF points. If I just went and got the SB2000, I would always be wondering if the PB2000 would have been better.