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Cheap Subwoofer for Apt. - Suggestions?

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#1 of 14 OFFLINE   Dingiswayo


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Posted May 20 2007 - 07:29 AM

Hi, thanks for reading this post. I just bought my 5.0 speakers and now I'm looking for a sub. I share a room in a house (even worse than an apt.) So I can't have ridiculous bass, but I want to have something decent when I watch movies (with my roomies). I only want to spend about $200 just because it will kill me to spend money on a nice sub that I can never crank up. Currently I have (on delivery) Infinity Beta 40 Fronts " C360 Center " CS250 Surrounds (all except the 360 are factory refurbs - pray, they sound like your newer brethren!) and I'm thinking about these super budget subs: Velodyne VRP-1000 Dayton Sub-100 and I'm really really tempted to just double my budget and get the SVS NSD-10 in overstock silver. Any other suggestions? Thanks, I know this question has been asked a hundred times in a hundred different ways and I read through them but new developments happen all the time so I thought I'd ask again. Thanks! matt

#2 of 14 OFFLINE   Mike_NW



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Posted May 20 2007 - 07:51 AM

That SVS for $375 would seem to be a good option. Better than skimping for something and not feeling good about it.

#3 of 14 OFFLINE   SethH



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Posted May 20 2007 - 10:20 AM

Take a look at the BIC H-100. It's a great sub . . . not on par with the PB10, but it's over $100 cheaper putting it much closer to your budget. If you're going to go with the Dayton sub, get the Sub-120 instead of the Sub-100.

#4 of 14 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted May 20 2007 - 12:33 PM

Onix X-sub $199 8" 150w (~28Hz), small and won't get you kicked out... www.av123.com Won't likely give you the same output as the others you mentioned though.

For $349, there is also the HSU STF-2, which is 10" and 200w (~25Hz)

If you don't mind the silver or cream, the PB-10 is definitely going to be the pick of the pack at the price though.
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#5 of 14 OFFLINE   MaxL


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Posted May 20 2007 - 04:19 PM

you gonna share the apt. forever? get the best sub you can afford. it should last a good long time. look at it this way, your gonna use this thing for at least 3 years right? so $175 difference in price divided by 36 months = less than $5 a month! what's $5 a month when it comes to your overall happiness? that's right, nothin'! so go ahead do the right thing... well this is sort of how i justified my sub splurge @ $600. hope it helps.
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#6 of 14 OFFLINE   Dingiswayo


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Posted May 20 2007 - 06:30 PM

Max you're great. You helped a lot in another post of mine and this time you sounded exactly like my best friend. Hilarious. Thanks.

#7 of 14 OFFLINE   Harlowe Thrombey

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Posted May 21 2007 - 05:11 AM

I have to throw my 2 cents in here, being a recent SVS convert. I was facing a similar problem several weeks ago: I live in a townhouse and am relatively constrained by my neighbors. I'm not able to really let my system loose like I'd like to, but I also wanted to upgrade from my old subwoofer and wanted some deep deep bass with plenty of reserve. I also wanted this sub to last awhile and be able to play in any sort of room I would put it in (for future purposes.) I went with the PB12-NSD and I made the right call. Its an amazing sub and has tons of bass in reserve. I can't wait to get a house and really push this thing. I would try to push you towards the PB10-NSD, you will not be disappointed. You'll have plenty of sub in reserve, you'll just have to keep the gain in check. Plus when you move you'll be much happier with this sub compared to some of the other subs mentioned above.

#8 of 14 OFFLINE   Dingiswayo


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Posted May 21 2007 - 06:56 AM

Alright, you've all convinced me. I'll wait a little bit to complete my system and go for the SVS. I saw some decent reviews for the others and I got hopeful thinking that maybe I could get away with a cheaper sub, and I could, but as with everything in life you do get what you pay for. And like you all say, it's not like my computer that is worth less than half of what I paid to build it last summer, it'll be a solid piece of dominance for many years to come.

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#9 of 14 OFFLINE   JohnRice


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Posted May 21 2007 - 10:25 AM

Yeah, just go for the SVS and keep it tuned a bit low most of the time. You can air it out when you want or have different living quarters.

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#10 of 14 OFFLINE   Dingiswayo


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Posted May 24 2007 - 10:34 AM

Woe is me. It looks like SVS quit the whole overstock silver and cream-white thing. All of their subs are back up to normal prices. Posted Image

#11 of 14 OFFLINE   Kean-Hock Yeap

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Posted May 24 2007 - 02:21 PM

Well if you are going back down to your $200 budget range, here's another sub for you to consider:

You should be able to find plenty of reviews for the Energy S10.2 on google.
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#12 of 14 OFFLINE   Tom Vodhanel

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Posted May 24 2007 - 02:56 PM

I'm pretty sure we have some PB10s left on sale? Another option to consider is the JBL "sub12". Decent 12" model with 250w. $229 with free shipping from Jandrmusic.com Tom V. SVS

#13 of 14 OFFLINE   Greg Gable

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Posted May 25 2007 - 08:38 AM

If this doesnt convince you to buy from SVS; I dont know what will. These are some stand up guys and they have great subs.

Panasonic TH-50PX60U
Yamaha RX-V659
Paradigm Studio 40 V.4 up front
Paradigm Studio CC-570
Paradigm Servo-15Sonance Symphony in-ceiling surrounds

#14 of 14 OFFLINE   Dingiswayo


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Posted May 25 2007 - 09:22 PM

No, all the NSD-10's are $429, regardless of color. But thanks for the link to the JBL sub and the Energy sub from Kean-Hock. I've actually been in correspondence with some SVS guys on eBay (who apparently got SBS systems as a bonus that they're selling) and they do indeed sound like some very stand-up folks. Regardless of whatever I buy now, eventually I will be the proud owner of an SVS sub. Thanks again everyone who has posted.

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