Looking for the best sub at $650 or less...

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  1. Ryan_MF

    Ryan_MF Stunt Coordinator

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    I have auditioned both the Paradigm PS-1000 and the B&W ASW600 and I'm considering purchasing one of the two. Are there any other makes/models at $650 or less that I should audition before I make my decision?
     
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    If you are capable of building your own, that is an excellent option. There are many of us here who would be willing to help you design an even cheaper and higher performing sub than what you're looking at. What are your specific goals? Music or home theater? SVS and HSU are favorites around here for manufactured subs.
     
  3. Ryan_MF

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    I've considered DIY as long as I can get a kit. I don't have access to the right tools or workspace to build from scratch. I've looked at the Adire and Madisound kits, but I'm not sure of their quality compared to the B&W, Paradigm, etc.
     
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    I love B&W speakers, but this subwoofer doesn't have very impressive specifications:
    http://www.bwspeakers.com/index.cfm/...el%20ASW%20600
    This is only a single 10" on 150watts, so even though they describe it as "long throw" I think you can do a lot better.

    Again, Paradigm speakers are great, but their sub is only a 10" on 175 watts:
    http://www.bwspeakers.com/index.cfm/...el%20ASW%20600

    Now compare that to these:

    Rava sealed 12" on 250 watts for $399:
    http://www.adireaudio.com/home_audio...eries/rava.htm

    Dharman, ported 12" on 280W for $599:
    http://www.adireaudio.com/home_audio...es/dharman.htm

    These are completely pre-manufactured subs from Adire that you don't have to build anything for. But they should seriously destroy the two subs you mentioned. But there are other options too:

    SVS ported 12" on 320 watts for $599:
    http://www.svsubwoofers.com/subs_pci_20-39.htm

    Tell us more about your tastes and we can probably help you find a good match among these or other subwoofers.
     
  5. Ryan_MF

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    I'm looking for something to use in a 5.1/HT setup. The A/V receiver will be a Rotel RSX-1055. The L/R fronts and rears will be Dynaudio Audience 42s or Paradigm Studio 20s. The center channel will be the brand-appropriate driver-matching unit. My listening will be a combination of DVD, CD, DVD-A, SACD, MS Xbox and general television viewing.

    I've browsed the Adire site, but I've never seen/heard one of their subs in person. I know they have a great reputation among DIYers, so that is somewhat comforting.

    For kits, I've found that Madisound has some interesting offerings, a few of which are on sale. They also have KT Sonicraft woofer kits. Has anyone here ever purchased from Madisound?

    http://www.madisound.com/nht1259%20sub%20kit.html

    http://www.madisound.com/nht10subkit.html
     
  6. DerrickW

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    Ryan,

    Besides Adire, I would look into HSU, SVS. The links I gave you are not kits, they are completed subs! Acoustic-visions.com sells several kits (including the Adire ones), and so does parts express at http://www.partsexpress.com/webpage....536&filter=kit

    Read around the forum and check out those links. I'm sure you'll find something to make yourself happy if you have $650 to spend.
     
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    You can pick up a new, fully warranted PSB Subsonic 7 on ebay now (I did) for $475. 330W BASH amp with a 15" driver - and it is sealed. I use it w/ Studio 20s as mains....and it does a great job with music as well as HT. Prob. won't punch like the SVS - but it is a relatively small box should placement be an issue. Anyways, it is a better buy the VTF-2 at that price.

    BTW, I auditioned the ASW600 and PS-1000....I thought the B&W would be tighter than the bandpass designed paradigm - bought I thought they sounded very similar! The PS-1000 was actually 'ok' for music, and cheaper than the B&W (and I think goes a lot lower for HT too). However, the aforementioned choices are prob. better.
     
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    I've heard the Adire Dharman and it's an very impressive sub...would be my pick for a
     
  10. Stephen Hopkins

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    Elliot,

    The paradigm design is not a bandpass, it's a regular ported bass reflex. A bandpass enclosure has 2 chambers w/ the driver completely enclosed and all of the sound exiting the sub via the port.
     
  11. Elliot_W

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    Stephen....the paradigm factories are within 10 miles where I live. Admittingly, we don't know much in the Great White North, but we do know 2 things:

    1. Hockey
    2. Paradigm products...

    ...and I can assure you that the Paradigm PS-1000 is a bandpass design, in all its Dual-Cavity-Bass-Shaping glory!
     
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    Thanks. I'll do more research on the Adire and SVS products. Of those two brands, the Adire Rava, Adire Dharman, SVS 20-39 and SVS 25-31 look like winners. I'm very much intrigued by the SVS 25-31. It looks like a great combination of power, price and performance. Can anyone here comment on how the 25-31 handles music (as compared to DVD).
     
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    Another sub that can be bought in a kit is the VMPS sub. It is passive so you have to use an amp. I have read some great reviews on it. I have one on order so I am anxious to hear it.

    www.vmpsaudio.com
     
  16. James Zos

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    What skills are required to build a sub from one of these kits?
    I myself have no skills, but my girlfriend actually builds things (tables, chairs, etc) out of wood. Are electrical skills required, or just woodworking skills? What are the steps involved in putting one of these subs together?
     
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  19. Frank Mowry

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    James,

    According to the desciption at Creative Sounds,

    "This is the first DIY subwoofer kit which can be assembled without any additional tools; everyhting is included from glue, wood filler, sandpaper, acoustic stuffing, to the required wrench and screwdriver to install the driver and amp after finishing the outside to taste."

    The sand paper would only be used to sand down the screw holes that were patched with woodfiller before painting (I'd imagine). If you can use a screwdriver, you should be able to put the sub together.

    Frank
     
  20. James Zos

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    Thanks for your detailed response, Frank.

    I still find it hard to believe that no skill is involved, for the simple reason that it seems like everyone would then be buying these kits and gaining quality while saving money. Maybe some people don't like building their own gear. Personally I'm starting to see these kits as the ultimate "tweak" for my hometheater, and since I've run out of other inexpensive tweaks, this looks like it might be next.

    Thanks again for your answer.
     

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