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I'm fairly comfortable shopping for speakers and amps but subs, not so much. I've had a PSW10 for years, and recently got a Velodyne MicroVee as a freebie w/ a Denon 3313CI I picked up. The PSW10 rattles, and the Velodyne just doesn't hit (already sold it). So, here I am, picking a sub. Here's my current 5.1 setup:

 

Denon AVR-3313CI

C - Klipsch RC-52ii

L/R - Klipsch RF-62ii 

SS - Klipsch Synergy B2 (connected via Rocketfish amps. They sound surprisingly acceptable)

Sub - temporarily using the Velodyne as, at least, it doesn't rattle like my Polk

 

Room is 18x16, seating is 8 feet from the TV, and the sub will end up placed against the front wall but not in a corner (can't be helped). 

 

I don't want to spend over $500. From what I've seen, the SVS PB-1000 seems like a good choice and is $499 with free shipping on Amazon. I love Klipsch speakers and Fry's sells all things Klipsch about 25-30% below MSRP, so I could pick up a Klipsch SW-12 for sub $500 after tax. 

 

I don't plan on spending another dime on this setup unless I decide to upgrade the surrounds and wire them correctly in the next decade - it's intended to last, and I want a sub I'll be happy with.
 

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... here I am, picking a sub. ... Room is 18x16 ... I don't want to spend over $500. From what I've seen, the SVS PB-1000 seems like a good choice and is $499 with free shipping on Amazon.
The powerful and well-rated PB-1000 is a very good choice. Not sure about Amazon, but SVS includes shipping and offers free return shipping within 45 days.
 

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PB-1000 is a good sub for what you pay, but it won't deliver that punch to the chest, it should give some good room shaking and good bass but nothing crazy. If you can go DIY for around that price you can get a flat pack a sub and amp and it'll be much better.
 

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The PB-1000 gets my vote.
 

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^^ Me too. Go with the PB-1000.
 

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Originally Posted by kwell88  /t/1507367/help-me-choose-a-sub#post_24111899


for someone who has never done any sort of DIY speaker/sub... would this be too much to ask/?

Go with the PB1000. Sure a DIY will probably give you more "chest thump" but won't get you anymore output below 20hz, you have to assemble it yourself, the warranty is not as good and if you don't like it, tough sh!it, you're stuck with it.


With the SVS you get the best warranty and customer service in the business, if you don't like it you can send it back for free, if you like it and want another or want to upgrade to a another or bigger sub you get full price credit on a trade up or the multi-sub discount for a full year.


At $500, the SVS is the best choice.
 
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That has pretty much sealed my decision. I just gotta get the cash together. Not cheap thats for sure, but hey, If its a good quality product that I will be happy with, I would rather spend the money on that then buying cheap, and not being happy with the product.
 

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Please let us know what you think of the upgrade. I'll be purchasing a sub to replace my Polk PSW505 sometime next year, and I'd be interested in seeing what you think of the improvement.
 
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