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Best subwoofer for under $500?

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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   SCcobra4me


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Posted February 16 2009 - 06:36 AM

Just seeing what some of you guys recommend here, I'm looking to spend around $500. Best Buy has a Klipsch SUB-12 that really impressed me and is on sale right now for $423.

Just looking for some opinions. I have a Cerwin Vega 300 watt 12" right now and it just doesn't quite cut it these days, looking for a little better quality. My room this will be in is 16x16 but is a fairly open room, connecting to foyer, dining, etc.

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted February 16 2009 - 07:44 AM

If you are willing to purchase online, SVS makes some very well regarded subs. Their entry level models start at $429.

#3 of 8 OFFLINE   AudioFreak



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Posted February 16 2009 - 08:17 AM

HSU makes some good stuff.

#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Robert_J


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Posted February 17 2009 - 12:35 AM

The Hsu designed Outlaw Audio sub. Elemental Designs is a real bargain but the wait is a little long (each is custom built) but they come in any color you want as long as you want black. I would say Epik Subwoofers but they don't have anything in your budget. But they are a step up from the bargain subs.

Any sub from these companies will stomp all over a Klipsch sub. And Klipsch is no slouch but Deon (if that is the sub he designed) had to work within limitations. Price points, shipping size, saving space on storage. Internet direct is a better deal when it comes to subs.


#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Southpaw


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Posted February 17 2009 - 01:24 AM

I absolutely LOVE my SVS PC12-NSD. It was $499 but with shipping, it came out to around $540.
It's the cylinder model but they also sell a box shaped one - PB12-NSD.

#6 of 8 OFFLINE   Torgny Nilsson

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Posted February 18 2009 - 03:38 AM

Another recommendation for SVS (I have one of their cylinder subs). I don't think you can get a better bang for your buck in a sub. But, as stated, HSU and Outlaw also have well-respectged subs and both of them are also known to provide bang for the buck.

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   jakewash



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Posted February 20 2009 - 07:21 AM

Elemental designs has a couple of subs in this price range as does epik to add to the confusion.

#8 of 8 OFFLINE   steelers_geek



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Posted February 20 2009 - 11:33 AM

I got the Outlaw LFM +1 Plus and love the thing! It was my first real subwoofer, as my first was a 10" JBL E150P. The Outlaw was and is a great purchase!