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Home Subwoofer around $400??

 

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Username: Runnerd

Post Number: 1
Registered: May-05
Looking to add a powered sub to my home theater. I use this system 50% for music and 50% for home theater. I would like to spend around $400. I like my base tight. I want to feel the lows however. I currently have a pioneer vsx-1014 receiver and two Athena AS-F2 speakers. Any help appreciated.
 

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Username: Petergalbraith

Rimouski, Quebec Canada

Post Number: 560
Registered: Feb-04
Around that price, there's Hsu or SVS or the 10" Titanic kit from Parts Express. Any $400 sub from Athena, Paradigm, Mission, etc will not be effective in comparison.
 

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Username: Runnerd

Post Number: 2
Registered: May-05
Thanks for the response. Any specific model numbers of the hsu or svs? Website to buy?
 

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Username: Jimvm

Gonzales, Louisiana U.S.A.

Post Number: 61
Registered: Apr-05
Hsu STF-2 - $399.00
http://www.hsustore.com/stf2.html

SVS PB10-ISD - $429.00 http://www.svsubwoofers.com/subs_pb10_isd.htm
 

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Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 451
Registered: Feb-05
I guess I'm slow today cause I'm just following right behind Jimvm. Those are the two subs that I would suggest looking at. Both have great reputations.
 

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Username: Runnerd

Post Number: 3
Registered: May-05
Of the two, which one has a tighter punchier base?
 

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Username: Tmoore

Post Number: 5
Registered: May-05
I reccomend listening to the paradigm PDR10 it sells for around 350.00 take a look at the reviews also.I think you will be pleased.
 

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Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 477
Registered: Feb-05
I'm a Paradigm lover but the PDR10 cannot compare to the SVS and Hsu. Based on the info that I have, I would go for the SVS. My new SVS PB12 ISD/V will be delivered tommorrow, it replaces a Paradigm PW2100 which is light years better than the PDR10. There are some great internet direct products out there and I believe the 2 subs companies to be among the best. Joel it ain't meant as a put down to the PDR10 but I had one last year when I started to rebuild my system. Blew it up in a few weeks, and I don't drive subs very hard. Replaced it with the highly regarded PDR12. I found the bass to be bloated and overrated. I replaced it with the PW2100. Much better but still something is missing. Tommorow we see if the SVS is the answer. Lots of folks believe in them and I think they are worth the risk. Good luck Eric O.
 

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Username: Runnerd

Post Number: 4
Registered: May-05
thanks. let me know how you like it Art. Ill probably go with that one. ive heard good things about it too.
 

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Username: Petergalbraith

Rimouski, Quebec Canada

Post Number: 565
Registered: Feb-04
My mother has a PDR-10 and I borrowed it for a few weeks before buying a sub last fall. It works okay but was never impressive on music (think a bass drum kick).

I eventually took a leap of faith and ordered a Hsu STF-3. It's true. there is no comparison!
The LFE on movies is unreal and the sub added realism to music and opened up the soundstage.
A kick drum hits you in the chest, yet still sounds accurate and crisp.

Granted these are not in the same price range.
 

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Username: Thx_3417

Bournemouth, Dorset United Kingdom

Post Number: 75
Registered: May-05
A true cinema sub bass is this it contains no ambiguities it means you feel it just lie in the THX professional cinemas

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http://www.fproj.com/used/speakers.htm

Top films played on it are

Titanic LFE 10/10
Apollo 13 LFE 10/10
Saving private Ryan LFE 10/10
Star Wars LFE 10/10
The empire strikes back LFE 10/10
The right stuff LFE 10/10
Master and commander LFE 10/10
Lord of the rings the two towers LFE 10/10
Glory LFE 10/10
Indiana Jones and the last crusade LFE 10/10
The last of the Mohicans LFE 10/10
Raiders of the lost ark LFE 10/10
Terminator 2 LFE 10/10
Amadeus LFE 10/10
Dances with wolves LFE 10/10
Robocop LFE 10/10
Chicago LFE 10/10
apocalypse now LFE 10/10
E.T. LFE 10/10
Earthquake LFE 10/10
Jaws LFE 10/10
Close encounters of the third kind LFE 10/10
Out of Africa LFE 7/10
Gladiator LFE 10/10
U-571 LFE 10/10
Black hawk down LFE 10/10
The sound of music LFE 7/10
West side story 7/10
My fair lady 8/10

Ashley
 

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Username: Tmoore

Post Number: 8
Registered: May-05
ART i checked the svs sub out it looks great,I was just staying within the $400.00 range. It looked like the sv was around $700.00 but i am going to do more research on the sv i might try it myself.
 

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Username: Vgtvidz

Post Number: 55
Registered: Jul-04
Just like Jimvm & Arthur said, go with the HSU STF2 or SVS PB-10ISD, you might even be able to find a HSU dealer near you where you could try them. By the way, if you ever buy the HSU, tell me how it sounds! =)
 

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Username: Jimvm

Louisiana U.S.A.

Post Number: 68
Registered: Apr-05
Oh, I wasn't necessarily recommending either of those subs in my earlier post; I was merely responding to Eric's question about which of their models are around $400 and what their websites are. Hsu and SVS have stellar reputations but I'm in the hunt for a small, inexpensive sealed sub. I'm looking hard at the Onix ULW-10.
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