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My tv viewing area is currently in my 20x20' basement with 7.5ft celings. However, the tv and couches are placed in a corner of the room. The Area from which the tv will be watched takes up about 1/3 of the total floor space of the room ( the couches are placed in an "L" shape, basically designating that area as the HT)


My question is: can I get away with a smaller sub, or do I need one that can handle a 20x20 ft room? I was currently looking at getting the 10" Velodyne VRP 1000 (115W continuous, 185W max) that I can get for ~125$ US. I'm currently using an 8" Onkyo (100W max, not sure of the continuous rating) that came with my old Onkyo ht-s570 HTiB, and it really isn't cutting it. The rest of my audio setup consists of a Panny XR50,2 x Athena AS-F1.2, 2 x AS-C1, 2 x AS-B1, 2 x AS-R1. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
 

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Although the distance from the sub to the listening position does matter, you really need to consider the entire volume of connected space when selecting the sub. To be honest, I don't think the little Velodyne is going to be enough in an ~3000 cu ft room. It will be better than the Onkyo - the Velo amp rating and frequency response specs are more conservatively rated than the Onkyo - but I really think you would be happier if you step-up your budget a bit more.
 

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From Velodyne's website:

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Step 1 - Determine the total volume of your listening space


When determining the cubic feet (width x length x height) of your room please note we are concerned about the entire room not just the listening or viewing area. If a listening room is "open" to a kitchen, for example, the kitchen's volume must also be considered. Higher ceilings and cathedral ceilings are a critical factor in determining the room's total volume.
Velodyne's "Find a Product"


Select the cubic feet of your room and the physical size preference. You'll get a list of the Velo sub's which meet your needs.


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My budget never matches the sub mfg guidelines. :(

Due to the high ceilings and open floor plan of my living room, Velo sez I need an 1812! :eek:


*Sigh* - After a brief trip to fantasy land, we now return to reality. :D
 

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My budget never matches the sub mfg guidelines. :(

Due to the high ceilings and open floor plan of my living room, Velo sez I need an 1812! :eek:


*Sigh* - After a brief trip to fantasy land, we now return to reality. :D

1812? What size is your room?


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Well, assuming my math is correct, it works out to about 7000 cu ft. It is a "great room" living/family room that is approx 17' x 26' with high cathedral ceilings that slope up from ~13' to a peak of ~18'. AND - that's not counting the openings to the front entry and the kitchen. Looks great - but sucks for acoustics. I need to wait about 5 years for kid #1 to go to college so I can have his bedroom for HT. ;) Once they move out - I'm gonna make SURE they can't come back! :D


Actually, I have the perfect setup for an IB - there is a good anount of attic space behind the wall on one side, and all I would have to do is cut an opening for the baffle. But, there is NO FREAKIN' WAY my wife would go for it. I have enough trouble getting her to accept the speaker stands for the surrounds! :D
 

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I just picked up an Athena AS-P4000 and I really like it so far. I'm still playing around with the settings, but its a HUGE improvement over the Onkyo. When the sub is set to high, even my ceiling rumbles! :)
 
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