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I'm looking for a good sub to replace my Definitive Powerfield 15. I have full range speakers so I don't use my sub for music. I only use it for LFE while watching movies.


I'm looking to replace my Definitive mainly as a space saver. So, I would like something in the 13"x13"x13" range (or smaller preferably) and in the $500 or lower range. I know size does matter when it comes to bass, so I know going too small will hurt. I would like a powered sub as well.


The room size is about 14' x 13'.


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Thank's for the suggestion. I was looking around and saw the HSU STF-1 and that looked interesting as well. As for the dimensions, the real dimension that matters most is the width so while the STF-1 is 17"h and 15"d the 11"w is great. How would the STF-1 perform?


The Emotiva's size is perfect as well.
 

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Well, the STF-1 is a very capable 8" sub. I've spent some time with it. It offers good output and tonality. It's usable extension is limited to the upper 20Hz range, but that's still quite good for an 8" sub. It's certainly not going to knock down your 14'x13' room, but if you have reasonably modest expectations it would be fine. If you want higher output, and especially if you benefit from decent room gain, the Emotiva would likely be the way to go.
 

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If you have full range speakers now then it's probably safe to assume you'll need a fairly potent sub to fill in the lowest octaves. The SB12 might do the trick, but the X-Ref 10 and STF-1 really aren't going to help you much. There are other tiny subs that have good output of course -- like the Sunfire HRS12 for example -- but that's going to be way more then $500.


Your size and budget restrictions run counter to what you're trying to achieve I'm afraid, so it's probably going to be very difficult to find something that will suit your needs. Have you considered used?
 

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Originally Posted by JimWilson  /t/1417357/new-subwoofer-advice-size-matters#post_22166640


If you have full range speakers now then it's probably safe to assume you'll need a fairly potent sub to fill in the lowest octaves. The SB12 might do the trick, but the X-Ref 10 and STF-1 really aren't going to help you much. There are other tiny subs that have good output of course -- like the Sunfire HRS12 for example -- but that's going to be way more then $500.

Your size and budget restrictions run counter to what you're trying to achieve I'm afraid, so it's probably going to be very difficult to find something that will suit your needs. Have you considered used?

The SB12 would be ideal based on his size requirement. I think an Epik Legend would be the best choice based on his budget, but it's a bit bigger then desired.
 

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Originally Posted by Jay1  /t/1417357/new-subwoofer-advice-size-matters#post_22166669


The SB12 would be ideal based on his size requirement. I think an Epik Legend would be the best choice based on his budget, but it's a bit bigger then desired.

The Legend is 13" wide with the grilles removed, but I'm not sure exactly how much breathing room this would leave for the side firing drivers. Also, it's nearer the $600 end once shipping is factored in.
There aren't many ideal options for him, unfortunately.
 

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What's wrong with the Parts Express kit Jay suggested? $400 shipped seems like a reasonable way to go, unless the budget can be upped a little bit. Plus you get the excitement of building your own sub!
 

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Originally Posted by nulfire  /t/1417357/new-subwoofer-advice-size-matters#post_22167770


What's wrong with the Parts Express kit Jay suggested? $400 shipped seems like a reasonable way to go, unless the budget can be upped a little bit. Plus you get the excitement of building your own sub!

The only thing wrong with it is that is doesn't fit the size requirement. The width of the location may not support anything much over 13".
 
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