Please recommend a subwoofer for my system in the $250-$400 price range

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  1. Jakarta Tom

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    The last piece of the puzzle. I am running a marantz 7200 receiver, paradigm reference studio 60's, kef surround and center channel speakers, and my 36" wegaxbr, now I just need a good subwoofer to compliment the rest of my equipment.

    Any advice or suggestions is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Juan_R

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    With that price range I would look in the use market for an SVS or HSU. Everything else in your HT is very nice so I would not settle for anything else. You can probably even get something comparable going the DIY route.
     
  3. Charles Gurganus

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    Soundcity has a Atlantic Technology T70 sub, list for $500, you can get it for $249. I think that is hard to beat for the money. soundcity.com
     
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    Same response I always give in this price range.

    Go visit Brian at http://www.rutledgeaudiodesign.com/ and give him a call. He can probably custom build you a good looking sub that will beat most commerical offerings in this price range.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    The Infinity IL100 and IL120 are excellant subs and both fall into your price range~!
     
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    DIY. For $350 you could build a Tepmest that would best the entry level HSU and SVS subs. For $300 you could build a Shiva that would be right at the same level as the entry level HSU and SVS subs.

    Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  8. Jakarta Tom

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    Great info so far guys. Just a couple more questions?
    What is a HSU and SVS ?

    Also, I am very leary about the do it yourself kits, and the RAVA, although I like the price. Performance is important to me. How do they match up? I guess what I am trying to say is I don't know a thing about the do it yourself companies. I mean I know what I am getting with the name brand equipment, not to mention I get to listen to them. With the kits I don't hear a thing, I am just taking someones word.....although I hold in high regard many of you posters on this board. So what should I do?
     
  9. Brian Bunge

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    The Rava is far superior to anything you'd find at $400 retail. You won't find anywhere near the quality of parts from a $400 sub at your local Hi Fi store.
     
  10. Frank Carter

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    Just do a search for SVS or HSU on this or almost any ht forum you'll see plenty of info on these subs.

    www.svsubwoofers.com
    www.hsuresearch.com

    If you're not into building one yourself or don't want to look into the used market, the Rava is an excellent choice.
     
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    SVS and Hsu are easily the most recommended subwoofers at the $400+ price range in these forums (and most other audio forums). You will hear endless debates about which is better, SVS or Hsu, but SVS provides many more offerings than Hsu does, and some SVS subwoofers extend down lower than Hsu subwoofers.

    You'd probably do your best by picking up a used SVS or Hsu. I just got a used 16-46CS for $225 through these forums, and I'm using an old stereo receiver to power the subwoofer. It works wonderfully, however take my compliments with a grain of salt because I don't have much experience with subwoofers.

    If you do decide on getting an SVS or Hsu subwoofer, just know that used ones are in your price range. DIY and other companies listed in this thread are also options you may want to consider as well.
     
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    I just bought a used SVS 25-31CS for $175 shipped and power it with new PartExpress 250w (4ohms) plate amp for $119 shipped - Total $294 [​IMG]
    Good luck
     
  13. Jakarta Tom

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    Is there any room to negotiate on the RAVA or is it a set price?
     
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    That's the price. You could barely buy the components and build it for that.
     
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    If you can stretch out your budget you can get the SVS 25-31pci or you can look for a used one. If not, I'll second the RAVA recommendation.
     

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