Best 10" sub for movies only <$500

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  1. tommy_esq

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    I have been reading threads for the past few weeks about the subs in this category. Of course I have found lots of different opinions. My set up is a 23"x12" home theater room. Rarely if ever do we listen to music in this room. Thus, I am looking to upgrade my sub to get more umph from my DVDs. So far the contenders are:
    1)HSU vtf 2
    2)Adire Rava
    3)Velodyne CT100
    4)Paradigm PDR 10
    What would your recommendations be for almost 100% movie watching?? Thanks for your input [​IMG]
     
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    Why not save a ton of cash and use it to by DVD's etc. and invest in the Sony SA-WM40 12" sub?? It sounds fantastic when listening to DVD's as well as music if the need arised.
    I too have a big room for my HT (see pix on my site) and the Sony handles things MORE than adequately.
    It can be had for under $150 from the net, or use the net to have Sears price match, take the sub home for a trial run, and hear for yourself what I mean. Sears has a very lenient return policy if the sub doesn't fit your need (but I think it will [​IMG] )
    The Sony is the underdog of the HT sub world, but it holds it own IMHO. Best bang for the buck many of us around here say. Give it a try!
    Good luck!
    Alfer
     
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    Alf, I am currently using a Sony SA-WMS230 that came packaged with the Sony SA-VE230 sub/sat system. It's been a pretty decent entry level 5.1 system, and will eventually go in the bedroom. I have since moved and now have the bigger room and am looking to upgrade. The Sony SA-WMS230 is quite weak in my opinion and sometimes rattles at higher volumes or lower frequencies.

    The price on the Sony SA-WM40 is definitely nice, but is it going to make as much of a difference in my set up as the others would?

    Thanks for your input!
     
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    I'll bet the Adire Dharman would be a superior subwoofer and its a mild $500ish maybe $100 more.

    Well worth it for such a high quality product IMHO.
     
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    The Rava and the VTF2 are the consensus favorites on this forum for the
     
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    HSU VTF-2
     
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    Another vote for the VTF-2.

    My friend has it and it's amazing!!!

    For HT impact you could set it to maximum output (instead of max extension) and get some serious thump down to 30Hz.

    My friend's is setup as max extension and there's plenty of bass left over, so we didn't even bother with max output.
     
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    Of the ones you mentioned (or any other
     
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    Has anyone demo'd or even owned both the Sony and the HSU?
     
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    Is Sony in this league ???????
     
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    Here's a vote for the PDR-10. [​IMG]
     
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    HSU VTF2 is the best for 100% movies unless you build your own like Dustin said.
     
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    Paradigm PDR 10 [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    I had a velodyne ct-10 and returned it after two weeksssss. It was not bad but real boomy when turned up in music. I got a SVS 23-39 instead. It was a lot more but there is no comparison. I really do not think velodyne has anything in the price range of what I got that competes. I would think your best bet would be one of the following:

    1. Buy a SVS if you have an amp or buy a SVS 25-31 and get a cheap amp to power it. I bet you could pick one up for under $100

    2. Build a sonotube

    3. Buy a Dharman
     
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    I think for $500, you could get a decent 12" sub that will give you much lower end than a 10" would.
     
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    I'm not exactly a decent carpenter, so I would prefer to buy a pre-made sub. Props to all of you who have built your own! Sounds like a lot of praise for the HSU...especially for my near 100% HT (non-music) use. Too bad the cabinet isn't as pretty as the Ravas...Is it really that ugly? Or do the pictures I've seen just not do it justice. I don't suppose it matters much as it will likely be off in a corner behind a piece of furniture...usually with the lights dimmed or off no less.
     
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    Tommy,
    For HT, VTF-2 is no doubt a great value (jeffsoundvalues.com is now selling it for $425 delivered).
    For more bada boom, if you can spend $600ish I'd recommend Adire Audio's Dharman (that is IF you can spend more)
    EDIT: My first choice would be SVS Subs [​IMG] You can get a good deal on SVS Subs right now-keep a close watch on Hardware for Sale section here and you might get a CS Sub less than $400-all you need is an amp (which you can use an amp of a $100ish cheapo receiver)
    Enjoy bass bliss [​IMG]
    Cheers,
    Kishore
     

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