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Hey all,


I have been going through the process of redoing my home theater. It is a small bedroom/mancave type scenario with limited space (about 12'x14'x12'). The receiver I use is the Sony STR-DN1000 I have been using the speakers from the Onkyo HTSR800 (check page 70 of PDF for specs) and just replaced them with the Polk TSX series. I purchased two TSx330t towers, a center TSx150c, and 2 pairs of TSx100b bookshelves all new for $600 after tax.


The Onkyo sub is very boomy and not very musical. This doesn't surprise me since it was from a HTIB. I've been looking into buying the BIC Acoustech PL 200 for $279 but I wanted to know if this would be overkill for a room of this size? Moreover, I'm wondering if there is a better option for me to chose. I'm fairly new to picking a subwoofer. Note - I am on a budget. As a college student, the SVS/HSU/True Subs etc. are way out of my price range.
 

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I recommend that you wait until you can afford an SVS PB-1000 ($500). For your specific question, the subwoofer you are asking about is not "overkill" for your room, and neither would the vastly superior SVS PB-1000 be overkill.


Save your money until you can afford an SVS. Many people upgrade over and over and over, wasting quite a lot of money over the years, when they could have had better for less total money spent if they had just saved up for something worth owning.
 

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Do have any access to basic tools? You can build a sub for fairly cheap that will outperform a PL-200 pretty easily.

http://www.diysoundgroup.com/subwoofer-flatpacks-2/anarchy-th.html

http://www.diysoundgroup.com/anarchy-woofer.html


http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sa100-100w-subwoofer-plate-amplifier--300-802



This setup will run just just under 220.00 should give you plenty of output. I am guessing 106-109db of output from 25-100hz.


You can use duratex or bedliner coating for a finish.
 

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Not familiar with the sub you are currently using, but the position of the sub can make a huge difference in how it sounds. Try moving the sub around the room and see if you can get it to be less boomy. Often, 1/3 of the distance from the corner, along a wall, is a good place to start. You might also play with the crossover point (and relative volume), to be sure you are not reproducing the same frequencies as the mains, and thus adding to the boom factor.


Try that for now, or, if you can't get it to sound better just sell it and put the cash towards a better sub from one of manufacturers you mentioned. Alternatively, try craigslist, eBay, for a used HSU or SVS from a few years ago. That would be a far better solution than a cheap new sub.
 
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