Best sub for sub-$400

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Chris Elm, May 18, 2003.

  1. Chris Elm

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    At the title states.
    'Preciate it.
     
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    I second Jason's recommendation for an Adire Rava subwoofer. Been running mine in a 5.1 setup with some Ascend Acoustics CBM-170s and have been in music and cinema nirvana for the past month. Wonderfully accurate bass and blends in seamlessly with my monitors for 2 ch. and multichannel music.

    Some have said movies is the Rava's weak suite as the sealed design and relatively small enclosure precludes it from plumbing the absolute depths (in my room, -3db is about 24 Hz or so). But from my experience, been more than happy with its performance for HT, and the its unparalleled performance in music compared to anything less than $800 is such that I can't imagine you doing better than the Rava for the price, regardless of whether it be for music or HT.
     
  4. Frank Carter

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    If $400's the budget the Rava is an excellent choice.

    If it's more geared for HT use, you might want to look for a used Hsu VTF-2, it will have a higher output down low due to it being ported and the Rava's not.

    At a little cheaper price point, I've found the Infinity Interlude subwoofers to be excellent performers. They have strong output down to 25hz and they also have a single band parametric eq built in. You can find the IL120 refurb'd in different finishes(cherry, maple, and black) from ebay seller: harmanaudio around $300 plus shipping. Since it's straight from Harman, you get the warranty. I feel these subwoofers are a "hidden gem".
     
  5. Chris Elm

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    Yes, the sub will be for Home Theater use only. It will be used for the everyday television more than anything, and the occasional DVD. My dads two channel system and my Home theater in the basement will get primary Music/DVD action.

    To give a little background:
    I am getting this for my dads birthday, as he just got his new TV. This will be his first venture into _.1 format.
    How will these subs compare with the Sony SAWM40 or 500, as I understand these are the under $200 subwoofer kings.

    One other side note...
    He's got some old (old) Klipsch speakers as mains, but they have it seems at least 12" maybe 15" rear firing drivers in each speaker cabinet. Could it be that the stone age reciever hes using has the speakers defaulting to small, as their is little to no action these huge woofers are seeing.
    I am not sure of the model number, but if anyone is familiar with these specific speakers and how the bass is supposed to be from them that would be great.

    Thanks for all of the replies guys. The Hsu sub was one that I was cross-shopping when I bought my sub, so it might be interesting to compare if he ended up with that one.

    EDIT:just found out the Klipsch are Forte II's. This is more than likely a problem with the reciever, no?
     
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  7. Wendell

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    Why not build a 214L Tempest? I did mine for under $400 and it was simple. It was my first attempt at DIY also.
     

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