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Budget: about $1000 to 1300.

Room Size: 20'11 x 16'11 x 9, so that works out to about 3200 cubic feet. Its a game room above my garage that can be sealed. carpet floors, two exterior walls, two interior.

Mostly watch movies, some music, I'd Say 75/25.

I watch movies at moderate volumes.

I need to keep the size of the sub or subs down, since this room is also used by my sons for guitar and drum practice, so all their stuff takes up a lot of space already.

I want to get at least one sub soon, willing to wait for a sale if i know one is coming.


My current system is:

KEF Q300 L+R

Kef Q200 Center

No back speakers yet

Emotiva UMC-200 Pre

Emotiva XPA-5 Amp

BluRay Player - PS3, (thinking about an Oppo BDP103 in the future)


I’ve been looking at are a pair of SVS SB2000, what are your thoughts, is this going to be enough for my room?
 

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My vote is for FV15HP. I used one in a larger space than that and was very pleased. I have no other point of reference though.


*edit* may violate your space requirement.
 

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Sealed subs like you are considering, require good room gain to maintain a flat response much below 30-40 Hz.  This is the area where you get a lot of impact for movies which is your goal.  Room gain for you will begin at 27 Hz, which is borderline for a moderate quality sealed sub.  I would say you would have to either step up to a better sealed sub, or stick to ported.

 

For a single sub, as ozzie mentioned the FV15HP will have the highest output under $1500, and is a little over your max budget.

SVS PB12 Plus $1400

SVS PC12 Plus $1200

Hsu VTF15 $1022

Below this price point you can consider duals of 

PSA XV15

SVS PB2000

Hsu VTF3.4

Outlaw LFM1-EX
 
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If you're concerned with size, the SVS cylinder subs are great. Only take up 17 square inches of floor space. Either a single PC12+ or PC13 Ultra or a pair of PC-NSDs would do nicely.


If you have the room, what bear said above with regards to the rythmik or duals.
 

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PB12 NSD Bstock $549 shipped each is one of the best subwoofer values available at the moment.


Other than that +1 to the other post in this thread.
 

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Originally Posted by HGill23  /t/1525582/help-me-find-the-right-subwoofer#post_24571951


What do u think if I went with the svs sb13 ultra? Appreciate everyone responses by the way
In a 3k+ cubic foot room for 75% movie watching? I would want a ported sub for sure.

 

Are you sure you can't fit a ported sub? What about a ported cylinder? Floor space is just a 16.6" diameter circle for an SVS cylinder. $1,199 for a PC12-Plus. 

 

http://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/cylinder/pc12-plus
 
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Originally Posted by HGill23  /t/1525582/help-me-find-the-right-subwoofer#post_24561692


I’ve been looking at are a pair of SVS SB2000, what are your thoughts, is this going to be enough for my room?

Yes. That will be absolutely fine for that room since you listen at moderate volumes and space constraints are an issue.


Here's a review of the SB12-NSD, the previous incarnation of the SB-2000:
http://www.audioholics.com/subwoofer-reviews/sb12-nsd-subwoofer


Note that the reviewer is using the sub in a 4,000 cubic feet room in his listening tests . At the end of the review, they rate a single SB12 as good for 1500 to 3000 cubic foot room. Now the SB-2000 has (a) a bit more max output and (b) will dig a bit deeper that the SB12, with a more shallow bass extension rolloff. So with dual SB-2000s, you can expect better performance than what the reviewer described.


Sure, the other ported subs recommended in this thread would give you a bit more bass impact and likely dig a bit deeper. But the dual SB-2000s would provide phenomenal sound. Plus, SVS has a 45 day in-home trial period with free return shipping . If you are not satisfied, then you could consider dual SVS PC-12s or PB-1000s.
 
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Originally Posted by bear123  /t/1525582/help-me-find-the-right-subwoofer#post_24561903


Sealed subs like you are considering, require good room gain to maintain a flat response much below 30-40 Hz.

Yes. But he's looking at the SB-2000, which has a flat response to 30hz (no need for room gain from 30hz on up), and is only -3db down at 19hz. So not nearly as bad a problem as your generalizing is suggesting here.
 
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What do u think if I went with the svs sb13 ultra? Appreciate everyone responses by the way

Other than killing your original budget, the SB13 will be fine for your room size of 3,200 cu. ft, plus it's size should be a big plus for you. I have mine in a slightly larger room and it's fairly open and have no problems getting the output I want (but I use mine for music not movies).
 

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Other than killing your original budget, the SB13 will be fine for your room size of 3,200 cu. ft, plus it's size should be a big plus for you. I have mine in a slightly larger room and it's fairly open and have no problems getting the output I want (but I use mine for music not movies).
Since you own one, how do you feel about this option for 75% movie usage in the ops room?
 

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^^ As you know, bear, I chose the XS30 for my movie sub over the SB13. Saying that, the SB13 performed shockingly well (couldn't figure out how it was giving me such impressive, wall shaking sound with such a small cabinet) and it was a bit more detailed than the XS30. However, the XS30 shook things up at a different level and is quite a bit cheaper than the SB13. The room for movies is a bit smaller (around 3,000 cu. ft.) but a bit more open. The SB13 didn't have a problem filling that space.
 

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OP is concerned with size, so XS30 might not be the ideal option since its as big as some of the ported subs listed earlier.  The SB13 is pretty small though.
 

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^^ No, the XS30 is way too big for what the OP said he was looking for. I didn't mean to indicate that he should look at this sub. The SB13 is essentially a 17.5-inch cube with the front grille sticking out another 3 inches. It's a pricey little beast.
 
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