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#1 of 9 coramdeo

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Posted December 22 2012 - 12:37 PM

I have a mix-match home theater system for our small family room and am looking for a "thin" powered subwoofer to fit behind our entertainment center. I have an Onkyo TX-SR309 receiver with 65w-85w/per channel. I've been looking at the Yamaha NS-SW210 (6.5" wide). The specs sound good, but the $200+ price tag is somewhat high for my budget. I would appreciate any suggestions!! [/SIZE][/SIZE]

#2 of 9 Jason Charlton

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Posted December 24 2012 - 03:28 AM

There aren't a whole lot of options when it comes to those requirements.


Essentially, subwoofers are meant to "move air".  Their ability to move lots of air is governed by two factors: 1) the area of the driver surface (so a larger woofer - 12" or more - is a necessity), and 2) the excursion, or travel, of the woofer (in and out) as it produces sound.


Hence, 99% of subwoofers are in big boxes.


With a small, thin enclosure, you're dramatically limiting both of these factors, so don't expect much in terms of performance.


That being said, I did a quick search on Amazon and found this option.  Less than 5" deep, so it fits your geometry requirements.  I have no firsthand experience with this, but the reviews seem mostly positive.


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Posted December 24 2012 - 09:12 AM

Thanks for your reply Jason. In your opinion, would the Yamaha Sw210's quality justify the $90 difference in price?

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Posted December 24 2012 - 09:17 AM

Here is the best "flat" sub...and I never recommend it. http://www.amazon.co...kef t subwoofer

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Posted December 24 2012 - 11:16 AM

Thanks for your reply Jason. In your opinion, would the Yamaha Sw210's quality justify the $90 difference in price?

Hard to say for certain. The Yamaha is smaller, but "claims" to reach 30Hz, while the other is a larger driver and has more power (subs are the only speaker where power actually matters). It's also sort of a no-name brand... If I had to pick one, I'd probably take a chance with the one from Amazon, just because it's cheaper and I don't think a 50% price jump is going to be worth 5 Hz. With subs you want size, power, and low end. The Amazon sub has the edge in 2 out of 3...

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Posted December 25 2012 - 04:15 AM

Hard to say for certain. The Yamaha is smaller, but "claims" to reach 30Hz, while the other is a larger driver and has more power (subs are the only speaker where power actually matters). It's also sort of a no-name brand... If I had to pick one, I'd probably take a chance with the one from Amazon, just because it's cheaper and I don't think a 50% price jump is going to be worth 5 Hz. With subs you want size, power, and low end. The Amazon sub has the edge in 2 out of 3...

Not really. The only true thing to say about subs (or the bass portion of any speaker) is stated in Hoffman's Iron Law - http://www.salksound.com/wp/?p=56 For an odd sized sub like this, I'd go DIY. You have 6.5" of depth but what are your other limitations on size (height and width)?

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Posted December 25 2012 - 06:03 AM

I don't mean to impose on your time, but I have a couple of additional questions. What are your thoughts about the Yamaha YST-SW80 and would I need to provide space between the subwoofer and the wall. It would be a perfect fit between the wall and my entertainment center. P.S. Merry Christmas . . .

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Posted December 25 2012 - 06:39 AM

Where are you finding a SW80? That thing didn't get love when it was new, a decade ago.

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Posted December 25 2012 - 07:58 AM

Enough said!! I get the message. I found the SW80 on ebay. The frequency range 23-170HZ sounded great, but I'll take your hint and stay with the amazon product. Thanks again.




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