which sub route would be best?

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  1. Donnie M

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    I'm piecing together a beginner home theater system for gaming, movies, and music. 70/20/10 - gaming/movies/music

    I'll be taking the system to college with me in the fall. At that point it'll probably be more like 40/30/30 - gaming/movies/music.

    I built a custom sub enclosure for my car, so I'm no stranger to the process. I love deep bass and would rather have that over loud bass.

    Sooo, what would be better for my application?

    1. Build a sub enclosure, buy a driver, and buy an amp

    or

    2. Buy a powered sub and call it a day

    Total budget: $200-300

    My system won't be extravagant; it's just my first attempt, so I'm not looking to spend like $600 or anything.

    If you guys need any more info on what the other equipment will be or whatever, just let me know.

    Thanks for any suggestions![​IMG]
     
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    As far as bang-for-the-buck goes, DIY is probably the way to go. The $200-$300 range is difficult with subs because you are just below some of the really good subs (entry-level SVS and Hsu). I would go DIY in your situation since you've got some experience or save up a little and get one of the lower-end SVS or Hsu subs.
     
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    Yeah, I was kind of thinking that DIY would be the way to go. I would probably do a cylinder made out of Sonotube or something, which would be very simple and pretty inexpensive.

    I also re-thought my price range, realizing that it's pretty low. I realized I spent like $400 on the sub, box, and amp for my car, so I should probably be looking to spend about that much for the house as well.

    What are the favorite brands for DIY drivers in home theater right now? I know Dayton, SVS, and Hsu are good from reading around, but what else would you guys suggest?

    I could name a dozen companies that are good for DIY car audio, but I'm not sure what performance differences are desired/expected when working with home audio.

    Can anyone educate me as to what you want when building a DIY home sub, as well as the good brands?

    Thanks everyone.
     
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    Go to the Secrets of Home Theatre & High Fidelity site.On the bottom of the page they have a DIY link under Master Index.There you will find a complete article on a DIY sub using Sonotube and a HSU driver.
     
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    Nice link, thanks Brendy. That's pretty much what I had in mind.
     
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    PR's have always intrigued me, and that's a helluva price for both the woofer and the PR. Are you recommending from experience? If so, what do you think of them?
     
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    What drivers would you guys recommend in the price range of the 12" Dayton, Shiva, AV12, the above GR, etc??
     

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