What are my subwoofer options for music and HT in the $850.00 range?

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  1. Todd smith

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    What are my options for a sub in this range that will excell at music and HT?
     
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    Todd, you don't mention what you currently have as speakers nor do you mention the room size you plan on putting it in (if there is a limit to the size of sub you want to use). The recommendation I would offer is either a PSB Image 6 or an sub from SVS.
     
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    A great sub does everything well. I think it is a common misconception that a sub good for HT is somehow worse for music, or vice versa. The two are not mutually exclusive realms.

    I will say this - HT is by far more demanding on a sub than music. If a sub does HT well, it will handle the demands of music easily.

    To paraphrase Peter Aczel of The Audio Critic - a subwoofer sounds exactly as it measures. It is a relatively simple device that presents no mysteries and hides no subtleties. It has a frequency response, a dynamic limit, and a distortion range - that's it.

    If you buy a sub that has a flat FR, very low distortion, good transient response, deep extension, and high SPL capability - it will sound great on everything.

    With that said, my first choice in your price range would be the SVS 20-39PC+, which uses the TC Sounds dB-12 woofer. If you don't like the cylinder, SVS offers the PB1-ISD for $600, which uses the slightly less capable (as compared to the dB-12) Improved Standard Driver and is tuned to about 22 Hz.

    See it all at www.svsubwoofers.com

    Other fine subs in that price range I would not be ashamed to own are:

    HSU VTF-3
    HSU TN1220 HO w/ external amp
    Klipsch RSW-12 (lacks deep extension; otherwise excellent)
    Paradigm PW2200
    Velodyne SPL-1200
     
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    Edward is so right on the mark.
     
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    The sub's I tried all sounded different,better or worse with music.You should try all you can in your range,I think you will hear a difference too.Most important DON'T buy on recomendations only.Many people like the model they bought,that's good for them,maybe not for you.I have owned some highly recomended subs,some were not so great(for me) as some other people thought.There are good subs in your $range,most will perform well,buy/get loaner, and try it at home first.After that if you ain't happy with anything local,look at online company's,the ones with good return policy's.Good Luck!
     
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    I am running 4 jbl s-38's for front and rear and the s-center for speakers. My room is 10x23 perfect rectangle and I will most likely be pairing all this with the hk 525. So what are your thoughts now. I appreciate your replies everyone!
     
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    I have the Paradigm PW2200 and have been very pleased with its performance.
     
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