Shielded subs besides M&K?

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  1. Greg_TSL

    Greg_TSL Stunt Coordinator

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    After spending the last year planning on finalizing (like you can ever finalize) my home theater setup, I've finally realized that buying a shielded subwoofer is going to be cheaper than attempting to shield my current one from my RCA F38310 TV. I need to place the sub within 2 feet of the CRT and have decided encasing the sub in Mu-metal would probably not work, and would cost about $20,000.
    I think the M&K MX-350 is a good choice, but I'm wondering if anyone else knows of any other good shielded subs?
    TIA
    Greg
     
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    The Velodyne SPL series are shielded, for what that's worth, and you could probably get more than 1 for the price of the M&K.
     
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    Velodyne's SPLs, as mentioned above, and their CHT series are shielded. Mirage told me their BPS-400 is, too. Also, Hsu's box subs, some PSB units, and most of Polk's subs are shielded.

    Happy hunting!
     
  4. Greg_TSL

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    Wow, I was kinda happy in a way when I thought there weren't that many choices!
    Now that it's been established that there are quite a few, anyone have any opinions on the ones discussed?
    I live in the middle of nowhere, so auditioning, or even listening to any of the ones mentioned is almost impossible.
     
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    Of those mentioned, Hsu is one of the primary online sub manufacturers... they have a generous trial / return policy (you pay return shipping)... http://www.hsuresearch.com/

    Research carefully... I'm not convinced that all their models are shielded.

    FWIW, I've heard the box Hsu's (they also make cylinders), and they are yummy!... I like em way better than the Velodynes... haven't heard the others in too long to comment.
     
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    The question should be, how do you know the location you've chosen will work best for the sub...
     
  7. Alex F.

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    As I said, Hsu's box subs (i.e., VTF-2 and VTF-3) are the shielded models, not all of their subs. If I recall correctly, the cylinder models are not.

    If a used sub is an option, Velodyne's potent FSR servo series is shielded. Our FSR-18 is exceptionally well shielded, never causing problems about 2.5 feet away from our Sony Wega 36" TV, which is hypersensitive to magnetic fields.
     
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    Strictly trial and error...
     
  9. Greg_TSL

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    I dont have too much choice about sub placement right now, the room is fairly small and open on one side. I've got a 12" B&W sub that was in my B&W package just sitting in the main walking path.
    I have moved the sub around the room to test it out (giving a large buffer between it and my TV) and the main problem is the listening position is pretty sub-dead no matter where I place it. Several feet in any direction for listening and I get a much more satisfying result than in the main listening spot!
    This said, I think I'd like to get a sub I can place near the TV, and hope for the best at this time.
    This is our first house, and at this point, not having to stumble over the sub is a top priority, but I'd like a high quality, long term sub that I dont have to worry about magnetic interference, so when we do settle into a more spacious home, I have flexibility in its placement, and a sub I feel confident will sound good for years to come.
     

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