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post #1 of 21 Old 03-28-16, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Recommendation for subwoofer Upgrade $1,500 - $2000 Budget

Looking to upgrade my RSL Speedwoofer 10. It blends well with the RSL speakers but I feel that there is more bass to be had for my movie watching nights. Room size is 16'x15'x8', open door way is 3 feet, room is on the second floor and system is used 100% for Home Theater. My budget is around $1,500, but I could go $2,000 if I never had to buy again.

I have looked at PSA, HSU, Rhythmik and each company has made a recommendation based on my placement requirement of going under a table in the corner of the room between two sofas. Underneath of table is 21" tall, so I will have to place a taller subwoofer on its side. PSA recommended the V1500, HSU recommended Vtf-15h mk2, and Rythmik recommended LVX12. I have read great things about all three and not sure if one would be better suited for my needs. I have considered going dual but I am a newbie and skills are limited and room placement is limited as well since this is a playroom as well for my daughters. Any suggestions would be appreciated and I am not mated to the companies mentioned above, they are the only one's I have corresponded with at this time.
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Re: Recommendation for subwoofer Upgrade $1,500 - $2000 Budget

That's a solid budget, which opens up a tremendous amount of choices. The three subs mentioned are great subs for the money IMO. Is there any possibility of upgrading to dual subs someday, since the budget would certainly support it? Many people use subs in place of end tables, for example. Anyway, lots and lots of choices of subs for your room size and budget. I would first decide if you wanted sealed or ported. Sealed tend to be smaller, ported tend to be larger but offer more output around tune which can be helpful for movies. With your budget, you could swing a sealed sub that will match the output of the $1k ported subs you are looking at around tune, and greatly exceed above and below. Here are a few options to look at:

JTR Captivator S1. If you want the best sub money can buy to fit in a limited space(Sometimes, getting the best is better than settling).
PSA S3000i...little larger, you might have to check dimensions.
Rythmik F15HP.

With a $2k budget and possibly being limited to 1 sub, I'd give the JTR a shot.
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Re: Recommendation for subwoofer Upgrade $1,500 - $2000 Budget

Along with Bear123's suggestions, another one to consider would be the HSU ULS-15 MK2.

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The biggest and baddest sub out there right now is the Mariana Deep Sea Sound 24. It has a 24" driver and a 4,000 watt amp, and is flat down to 10 HZ. The owner, David Gage, is a pleasure to work with. WARNING: if you buy one, as I did, you may have do some sound proofing. It vibrates and rattles the entire upstairs kitchen above the theater room, so I'm in a construction project to correct that. David also recommends a dedicated 30 amp circuit to drive this beast. Very highly recommended! I would refer you to the Deep Sea Sound thread for more info.

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Re: Recommendation for subwoofer Upgrade $1,500 - $2000 Budget

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The biggest and baddest sub out there right now is the Mariana Deep Sea Sound 24.
but can it be had for under $2000?

The SVS PB13u is another contender that should be considered.

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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

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Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
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Re: Recommendation for subwoofer Upgrade $1,500 - $2000 Budget

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but can it be had for under $2000?
And is it 21" or less, another limit the OP had.

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Re: Recommendation for subwoofer Upgrade $1,500 - $2000 Budget

I would recommend you split your budget and get two subs instead of putting all your budget on one sub, I think the bass blends better.
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All three manufacturers recommendations are solid.
I think I would go with the PSA.
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Re: Recommendation for subwoofer Upgrade $1,500 - $2000 Budget

An easy fit in the space and under the table would also be an SB 13u. That's not a large room and it would have no trouble in there. If it were my space I might shop for the fv15hp as bear123 mentioned. I would try to raise the table or remove it altogether. Duals could help but if there's only one spot, you can't put 2 subs in there. That could potentially make response worse.


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I would go with something I can try out risk free if possible. That got me this! It may be a little to big for your space. Tom was great to work with as well.
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