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Sub for Garage Stereo Setup - Details provided

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Hi Everyone,

I am a novice when it comes to this stuff, so I thought I would ask the experts here.

Here is what I have:

I installed two old pioneer bookshelf speakers (10+ years) on the ceiling in my garage. I have them hooked up to an old pioneer 5.1 receiver (10+ years). They are running as stereo from the "A" speakers.

There is a line out for a sub, however, that only works for Dolby digital signals, and even then, it significantly reduces the power to the speakers.

This will be used to play music only (FM, Satellite Radio, CD, Blue tooth and network streaming). I have all the sources hooked up.

As you can imagine, the bookshelf speakers leave much to be desired with regard to bass.

I am not an audiophile, however, there are some songs that just do not sound right as the speakers cannot produce the low bass.

I would like to add a sub woofer to round this out.

I can see two possibilities:

1) Get a sub that has High-Level Inputs and Speaker (L/R) out. Run the "A" Speaker Channel out to the sub, then from the sub to the speakers.


2) Get a sub that has High-Level inputs and run the sub off the "B" Speaker Channel (not as preferable, in case I want to wire the "B" to the patio later down the line).

I may be way off base in my thinking.

More Details:

1. Your budget

Cheap as possible. Everything now has come from stuff I had laying around. I am hoping to spend $100 - $150.

2. Size requirements/limits.

Because this is the garage, I have quite a bit of space, however, I would like to keep it to maybe a 24" Cube at the largest. (Doesn't have to be a cube shape, though)

3. Room dimensions.

25' X 30'

4. Primary uses.

As explained above, add bass for stereo sound

5. Listening habits.

Basically, for when I am working in the garage, having some people over for poker, drinking beer with the neighbors

6. Appearance requirements.

Do not care. As long as it works, I suppose anything. Even a used beat up one, as long as it works.

7. Time frame.

The patience of Job. I can live without for a while.

If I left out any important information, please let me know.

Thank you!
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Option 1 should be fine. I've never heard these subs but the Dayton 10" is probably the best of them. They make pretty good drivers for the money.
Thank you.

I'll probably give that a try or maybe the 12" when they come back in stock.

Does anyone know this answer:


AMP ----(high level)-----> SUB ------(speaker out)----> Speakers

Will the sub cross over the frequency to the speakers or does it just send full range?

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I cannot seem to find the answer to the above question.

Will the sub cross over the frequency to the speakers or does it just send full range?

On dayton's website, it says it has a "Low Pass Filter".

Anyone know?

Would I benefit by using some sort of filter to the bookshelf speakers?
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Any of the Dayton subs will work fine for your setup. I believe that you can set the sub to only work at a selected level so running the speaker cables to the sub then onto your speakers should give you what you want.
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