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Best sub for a limited budget ($130)


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#1 of 46 MichaelBAr

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Posted January 18 2004 - 03:40 AM

Whats the best sub for that amount? I've got reccomendations for getting a dayton. I was also thinking of getting a refurbished one so I can get more for my money. I know $130 is weak but I'm 15 so I don't have a whole lot of money. I've looked out Yamahas, Sonys, KLH's, Acoustic Research, BIC, Jensen, and then someone told me Dayton. I was thinking of at least 75 watts for my small room. Even though the only 75watt was the sony the rest were at least 100watt.

#2 of 46 greg baker

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Posted January 18 2004 - 05:15 AM

Go with the Dayton. I have heard from numerous people that it is a good sub.

#3 of 46 MichaelBAr

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Posted January 18 2004 - 05:45 AM

Is there a big difference between 10" subs and 8" ones? At the same wattage assuming they are both from good brands?

#4 of 46 MichaelBAr

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Posted January 18 2004 - 08:36 AM

Anyone know good brands to look for (for a mid to low end sub)? Besides Dayton? Is khl and Jensen good?

#5 of 46 TosH

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Posted January 18 2004 - 09:43 AM

Stretch the budget to $150 and you could pick up a Sony SA-WM500 or a used Sony SA-WM40. I think those and the Dayton are your best bets in the sub $150 category. I would avoid any KLH sub like the plague. I made the horrible mistake of buying a KLH sub when I was around your age and always regretted it. Don't make the mistake of being suckered into buying a sub just because it has better "specs" than the competition. Specs don't tell you anything about the actual quality of the bass the sub puts out.

#6 of 46 Andrew O'Brien

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Posted January 18 2004 - 11:13 AM

I paid $128 for the 10 inch Dayton, it does a good job for that money
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#7 of 46 larry mac

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Posted January 18 2004 - 11:29 AM

I bought a Velodyne VX10 a few months ago from J&R for $150 & free shipping. It works beautifully for me.

#8 of 46 MichaelBAr

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Posted January 18 2004 - 04:06 PM

yeah I'll stretch it to like 150 to 200 but thats 200 after ship handeling and tax, maybe a little more if necessary

#9 of 46 MichaelBAr

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Posted January 18 2004 - 04:36 PM

So far I'm staying away from KLH. While leaning toward the dayton then the sony/velodyne(don't know which one yet). I can't decide. Anyone know about Yamaha, Infinity, Bic, Acoustic Research, Wharfedale, and Jensen?

#10 of 46 Wayne Ernst

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Posted January 18 2004 - 05:33 PM

Quote:
So far I'm staying away from KLH.


I can agree with that. My first sub was a KLH from Costco. The poor thing lasted 30 days, then the amp died. I know this kind of issue could have happened to any amp with any subwoofer. However, there's a reason for being able to pick up a 10" sub with a 120 watt amp for $99 - it's because of cheap components.
"My reality check ... just bounced"

#11 of 46 Alex_P

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Posted January 18 2004 - 06:40 PM

Check out the AR 108S for about $100... It's an 8" but it does produce for good bass..

#12 of 46 Alex_P

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Posted January 18 2004 - 06:44 PM

Here is the link for that AR S108PS:

http://www.jandr.com....feed.AR S108PS

#13 of 46 John S

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Posted January 19 2004 - 04:00 AM

Go for the Sony 12" as mentioned. It is not the best for music, but it is fairly impressive on HT duty.

#14 of 46 MichaelBAr

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Posted January 19 2004 - 04:31 AM

Are higher " give better bass or what? I mean assuming they are from the same or equally reputable brand. EX. 8" sony vs a 10" sony if they are at the same wattage level.

#15 of 46 John S

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Posted January 19 2004 - 05:06 AM

You start to get a different type of bass as the driver size is increased. A looser, type feel for sure, this is way desired for HT duty. IMHO as always.

#16 of 46 StanG

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Posted January 19 2004 - 05:19 AM

I'll second the Dayton recommendation. For the money, it's very, very good. Once in a while, PE has it on sale for $99...

#17 of 46 Benihana

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Posted January 19 2004 - 06:26 AM

If you would like i will sell you my Sony SA-WX700 for $150 + shipping, so should hit your under $200 mark. It has barely been used, still needs to be broken in. Its a great sub, its sealed and sounds great with music and has signigicantly more output than the older wm40 and the new wm500. After i built my sealed tempest, i do not need this anymore. send me a email @ Benihana81@hotmail.com if interested. Thanks.

#18 of 46 MichaelBAr

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Posted January 19 2004 - 02:19 PM

Yeah I'll consider the sony, but I'm still researching so I don't know when I'll buy the sub but I'm planning in buying it within a month.

#19 of 46 ChristopherBer

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Posted January 19 2004 - 02:53 PM

Picked up the AR 108S the last day of the year last year and it works wonderful. It is way better than my Bose Acoustimass module...Posted Image . I finally hear the bass all nice....and smooth. Try Etronics.com they got some low priced subwoofers.

#20 of 46 JimPeitersen

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Posted January 20 2004 - 09:44 AM

These are great little subs, and it is below your requested price ceiling:
http://www.srs-store...r_subwoofer.asp
Jim